When I started looking at cool colours, I was always finding myself thinking about how nicely they went together. Then I started making the beads and thought – oh, these colours look really nice together! So, I made some extra beads and then made one final necklace in this series which combined all of the colours.
This is my final Colour Play post for a little while. I’m concentrating on getting ready for my SALA exhibitions now, and will share some photographs of work from those exhibitions soon.
The final colour in the cool colours series is purple!
More cool colours! I love the mix of greens in this necklace. Combined with the clear glass, it’s really sparkly.
I love the subtle contrast in this bracelet, featuring beads made from wine and gin bottles.
I have to say that where I live this winter has been extremely cold so far! This month my Colour Play series is inspired by Cool Colours! When I looked at the colour wheel and saw the cool colours were purples, blues and greens I was thrilled. Such pretty colours. I was sitting outside this afternoon, enjoying a cup of tea in the sunny afternoon, and I could see these colours everywhere – blue skies, green trees, pink/purple flowers.
The first colour that I am sharing with you is the blues! I chose two different shades of blue to contrast in this necklace. On the clear base the beads are super sparkly. They are available in my online shop.
I am loving the colours in these earrings. The luscious reds, browns and purples all work together so nicely. All of the beads were made from a wine bottle, decorated with coloured glass, which I have melted in, to get the colour into the beads.
I have been loving putting together jewellery with the brown/green tones. This bracelet is made with beads that I have made from wine, beer, champagne and gin bottles!!
The thing I love about clear wine bottles is that you can do so many things with them. Yes, I can make clear beads and I often do make clear beads. But I can also get my frit out, which is really just crushed glass, and while the bead is still hot I can roll it in the frit, then melt it in and make really wildly colourful glass beads like these!
I had intended for these beads to go into a different project but when I saw them all sitting on my desk together I thought…maybe I’ll try putting them together. Glad I tried!
Remember that broken orange cup from last week? I made these earrings and this necklace from the cup.
I had also made a bunch of small round beads to test out the glass and see how it reacted in the flame. They have been sitting on my workbench for a little while now, and today I thought I would try to make a bracelet with them.
I moved beads in and out, and around, and back in again until I finally landed on something I quite liked. Here it is…
This month I tried a new technique! I used sterling silver wire to make big rings, then I hand-textured them with a special hammer to get the beautiful finish on the rings. I made several new earrings for my exhibition in Penola, and they got such a lovely response that I decided to make 8 pairs of earrings with Italian glass for a variety of colours and shapes and finishes! Here is a recap of all of the earrings that I made for June.
I’m busy getting some new pieces finalised for July. The newsletter should be out later this week! Stay tuned.