May 24, 2012

Colorful Pendants

I've been working on new beads for Bead & Button. I shared a few posts ago about my inspiration of wood block stamps from India and spice markets.  Here are some of the paisleys that I designed.

I had pressed out a ton of these pendants last week and they were sitting there staring at me - questioning with possibilities.  Milky white clay beckoned, what colors?  So I went back to the source of my inspiration and picked my palettes from there.

My first group summoned the soft muted shades of this market photo featuring all sorts of flowers, pods and petals in lavender, lilacs, golden yellow, sage and  that lovely muted copper color.  I created a lotus pendant, some graphic flowers - I don't know what they are, I saw a print with the design and did my own version and then the paisleys.

Photo Credit: Jenn Garcia of the Purple Passport.

My second grouping picked up the spicy warm shades of red, purple, orange and ochre. If I had to pick just one palette, it would be this one.

Photo credit: unattributed on Pinterest

My third color set comes from the colors of the colorful powders sold in Indian markets.  I pulled out the pink, purple, teal, kelly green.

Photo credit: Shrimaitreya

Do you have a favorite?  I'm going to put a few of these in my Etsy shop and I will make more to take to the show too because I love these for summer designs!  Hmm, maybe I'll make some jewelry with them this weekend. 


Rosanne said...

Those turned out to be some beautiful beads! Can't wait to see them up close. My favorite are the warm reds and oranges.

A Polymer Penchant said...

They are all stunning! I'd love to see them in a design with those Indian bells, the ones that are like two open halves o a hollow sphere, that they jingle when grouped. The colors are so perfect!

lynsey said...

Oh Heather I cannot possibly choose, they are all gorgeous, I love paisley designs, and beautiful Indian colours

Lisa said...

omigod omigod omigod i looove these! all of them!

Lynda said...

My favorites are the paisley designs. The shape, textures, and colors are wonderful!

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Keri Lee Sereika said...

Really really pretty Heather! What fun getting a glimpse into your creative/inspirational process!