Colour...it is something I have obsessed about from an early age. And it is often where I draw inspiration when beading.
The dynamic and clashy combination of cobalt and orange has been haunting me for a few weeks now. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I started other projects, but my mind kept wandering back to cobalt and orange. I had to create something. And 'Cerulean Sunset' was it.
We are treated to the most beautiful sunsets here in Western Australia. I never tire of watching the sun set over the water, Mother Nature always puts on the most glorious show. I wanted to capture a little of that magic in this necklace...the last arc of tangerine sun gleaming on the horizon, and the cerulean sky above fading into twilight...
I knew that getting the colour proportions just right was the key to the success of this piece. I hope I've nailed it.
It is a weighty necklace...the large cobalt fire-polished beads are 10mm across. Almost a whole strand went into this necklace!
For me, this piece was also as much about the negative space as the positive. The space between, as they say...
This is a detail photo of the reverse side of the necklace...it can be worn either way, depending on whether you like your orange BRIGHT or BRIGHTER ;-)
The clasp, in my usual style, is a continuation of the rest of the design:
There is so much fun in colour. I admire beadweavers such as Margie Deeb, Marcia DeCoster and Rachel Nelson-Smith for their fearless approach to using colour. When I grow up, I want to be just like them ;-)
Inject a little colour into your own designs...be bold, be brave! And don't forget to have FUN :-)
Thanks for looking, and be well!