My first idea was to string the beads. I even added red orange cut rounds which I thought in theory wouldn't work with the orange, but it sorta worked. They picked up the dark orange in the lampwork beads. I had added two vintage orange glass beads along with the big box lampwork beads and colorful yellow and orange rounds. I wasn't happy with it. I don't like to string beads because I don't trust the crimps, especially with a long string of somewhat heavy glass beads. The necklace did not do anything for me. I realize that part of the problem is this method just isn't "me" so I decided to take it apart and start over. (I see now that I didn't even straighten it before snapping the pic - oops).
|Endless Traffic Cones Necklace|
As I was listing the necklace in my Etsy shop, however, I noticed that the orange is flaking off of the glass beads I bought at the big box store! What?! Note to self - be sure to really check the beads obtained at a big box retailer! I usually don't buy a whole lot of beads from them, but every now and then I do find some I like. I shall be very careful from now on with which ones I do buy. I did check to make sure there wasn't any paint chipping off of them, but I guess the heat of the summer must've made the paint brittle? But on a positive note, I can think of the necklace and it's imperfect, chipped beads as a representation of the wear and tear those traffic cones go through, right? : ) The orange and yellow ones in the first necklace are vintage and have no chips in them. Eesh, so many things are cheap junk these days.
Finally I made a couple pair of earrings to go with the necklaces. I'm trying to perfect hoops, and I used a wooden dowel we had in the backroom for a mandrel. It works, but I think the hoops are a tad large for most women's liking, so I will search for a broom handle or something smaller.
Well that's it for my summer colors inspired creations. I usually don't like the color orange and therefore don't create any jewelry using that color. I like using more muted colors. Yet as I was playing around with the beads and after I made the first necklace I found myself looking at orange and other bright colors in a different way. I'm now in the process of making a few bracelets that are bright green, yellow and white. More summer colors!
Thanks for joining me here.