|Glass Pearls, Crystals, Antique Skeleton Keys, |
and Hanforged Copper Chain
What do you think of when you hear the word “contrast”? I bet the first thing that popped into your mind was how colors contrast with each other. And, of course, that is a very valid definition for the term.
But contrast runs far beyond color. Personally, I thrive on playing with contrasting materials. I enjoy wearing pretty, frilly tops with “distressed” (ie, holey!!) jeans and rugged riding boots.
|Crystal Cupchain, Faceted Fire Polished Beads, Heat-Treated |
Copper, Handmade Brass Beads on Waxed Cotton
I like to encourage my customers to take a walk down the adventurous road of contrasting materials. There is so much exploring to do, so many materials to work with, and when it comes to jewelry, there’s a reason we’re into making it ourselves rather than buying it at generic chain departments stores: because we, as bead people, have a unique sense of style, and we have a need to express it in our own way. By working contrasting and unexpected materials together into a single piece, you are busting your beading world wide up…you’ve just magnified the possibilities manifold!
|Vintage Glass Pearls, Handforged Silver Rings, Faceted|
Green and Red Garnet, and Hilltribe Silver
|Glass Pearls Overwrapped With Sterling Wire, |
Handforged Silver Rings
Yes, it seems counter-productive to NOT put much thought into a project, but give it a try! I’m betting you’ll be thrilled with the results…with both your finished piece of jewelry, and the liberation you’ll feel from just letting your mind run free. It's not something we get to do very often in life, so we might as well grab a little fun anywhere we can!