Somehow, it didn't quite live up to the picture in my head. I'm trying to figure out what went wrong...maybe I didn't use enough gray beads to bridge between the black and white flowers?
Also, I couldn't get gray leaves like I wanted so I ended up using a VERY dark green (almost black) and I'm thinking there's not enough contrast between the black flowers and the dark leaves. And the white pearls I used for "buds" seem to stand out TOO much.
I thought the black chain was kind of fun to play with as a design element, but then it made it tough to come up with a coordinating clasp. I ended up using gunmetal, but I'm not sure it's really working.
I like the earrings, though.
And then I made this design:
Much cheerier, but not really a "summer" necklace. I don't know how I ended up with such a wintry palette, but at least it's pretty.
Isn't this focal bead amazing? I bought it years ago from Carol Fonda and Monty Clark at a bead show and it's been hiding in my stash ever since then. I came across it when I was doing the great BEAD CLEANOUT (Contest! Free Beads! Don't forget to tell your friends!!) and decided I had to finally use it.
The clasp is a Bali-style "S" clasp set with an amethyst.
And just to not leave everything on a totally gloomy note, here are some bead pics:
More Little Crow beads. Believe it or not, my son picked out this set. I was trolling around my favorite sellers on eBay and he came in the office and wanted to see what I was doing. I thought he'd be totally bored and leave after I explained, but he ended up sitting in my lap and pointing out things he thought I should get. This set was his favorite so, of course, I HAD to buy it. The fact that the beads are gorgeous didn't hurt.
And at the total opposite end of the spectrum are these sweet and girly beads from Brilynn on Etsy. They are destined to be earrings, I think.
Have a great day!