For November Pretty Palettes we are inspired by the lovely fall photo by Susan Conaway of lamb’s ears and maple leaves from our reader photo contest. This picture is a truly wonderful reminder that even when we think all the color has been drained from the earth, there is still a great, deeply rich color palette to be found.
I really loved the silver plated leaf beads for the shape that they mimicked in the photo. I played with color blocking and added those leaf beads as a sort of fringe off the bead frames. They almost look like feathers dangling there.
To coordinate with the necklace, I decided on making a bracelet. To add a bit more texture and interest, I wrapped the silver bead frames with wire and the faceted blue glass beads. I really like this effect.
Always a last thought are the earrings. But I really think that the simplicity of the silver bead frames makes them special. I love the slightly off-center hole. Originally, I thought about making a dangle, but decided to turn things upside down – literally – by running the ball headpin down, twirling the tail of the headpin wrapped around the beads to secure.
I call this set Leafy Frost for the glint of silver sparkle on the crunchy leaves on the forest path.
And now for something different from Erin Strother…
When I think of a fall color palette, what immediately comes to mind are antique copper, crumbling rust, earthy ochre and moss, toasty brown with crackly golden edges. Not so much, frosty blue, gray, or pinky-sort-of-something. (Not that any of those colors are bad. There are no bad colors, really, although a few can be rather unpleasant if put into the wrong context. I won’t elaborate. You’re welcome.)
The jasper rondelles I found are perfect for this season with their insanely autumn-ish, swirling red/orange/tan/gray, and I might have used more, except I wanted the chunky wood saucers to be the stars in this piece. Also, I ran out of jasper, so that’s probably a more honest explanation. And while copper or brass would normally be my go-to metal accent, the silver beads create an unexpected wintery feel that makes me want to spend the evening lounging in an oversized, vintage leather armchair next to a warm fire, reading a good murder mystery.
I added a bit of soft, gray-green Vintaj patina to the silver leaf pendant, mostly to get that color in there, and second mostly because I just like coloring stuff, but of course that’s totally optional and you don’t have to do it if you don’t feel painty. (By the way, the leaf pendant also comes in gold, which would look great if you wanted to go that way instead.)
Barb Switzer’s piece is completely different as well! Here’s Barb’s piece:
I’m always fascinated by the inspiration that rises to the top on these color and design challenges. Although I try to focus on one aspect of the challenge, I tend to be influenced some other, less focused elements in each design. This time it was the idea of leaves falling – it was motion that I ended up trying to create, along with a well-balanced color theme. The final result was not at all what I’d first thought of, but I’m pleased with the subtle motion and dynamism of the finished necklace. It was also very fun to incorporate a fiber-based material that I was compelled to use because Erin had mentioned a comfy sweater. Design is both an obvious process and a mystery, no wonder it’s so fun!
So now it is your turn… please share your autumnal creations with us!
Check back here on December 7th for our final Pretty Palettes challenge for 2016.