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Welcome to the Colors of  Spring  Blog Hop!

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime is hosting this fun hop that challenged 23 designers to create jewelry inspired by Pantone's Spring 2012 Color Palette. We each purchased a set of hand-enameled ceramic beads in one of the ten colors, and then Sally sent us a  second surprise color to make the challenge even more interesting.

My color was "Solar Power" and my complementary color was "Tangerine Tango."  I immediately thought of the beach: the brilliant yellow sun complimented by bright pops of color from beach umbrellas, bathing suits and beach balls, and the warm golden, shimmering colors of sand and shells.

I had been wanting to try my hand at micro-macrame, and this seemed the perfect necklace to showcase this technique. I coupled multiple strands of micro-macramed size 6 seed beads with simple strands of size 11 seed beads. This creates a beautiful texture and softness that wire-linking or simple stringing can't replicate.  Though finishing the piece was technically challenging, I successfully secured all of the strands with wire guards and crimp covers for durability.  I am so excited to show you!

"Solar Power" Necklace

"Solar Power" Necklace-Main

"Solar Power" Necklace-Focal

"Solar Power" Necklace-Cord Detail

"Solar Power" Necklace-clasp detail

"Solar Power" Necklace- on mannequin

"Solar Power" Necklace

The enameled ceramic "Solar Power" focal and "Tangerine Tango" rounds and cylinders are complimented by  my handmade Polymer Clay Gypsy Trade Beads in Teal.  The piece is finished with handmade links and clasp in gold-plated copper wire, which compliment the rosy-golden shimmer of the multiple beaded strands.

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Now for the Giveaway!  Would you like to win TWO sets of  my handmade Gypsy Trade Beads in any color of your choice?  Simply leave a comment below with the color(s) you'd prefer!


Thank you so much, Sally, for hosting this hop!  I can't wait to see what the other designers created!

28 Responses so far.

  1. Shyme says:

    A really fun and summery color palette! I would love to create with yoyr beads in purple and pinks... :)

  2. Patti Van says:

    Your necklace is beautiful! The color combination is both exciting and soothing at the same time! Wonderful techniques!

  3. Lovely necklace! You certainly captured the colors of spring with your design. I love the color of your gypsy trade beads!

  4. Alice says:

    A gorgeous piece! I'm so impressed that you not only challenged yourself with this color, but also with a new technique!

    I would love to win your gypsy trade beads--the color you used on the beads in this necklace are just lovely!

  5. Courtney says:

    The flow and movement of this piece is great. I love the use of seed beads and your gypsy trade beads rock!

    I would love to win a set of your gypsy trade beads, blue or purple.

  6. Kristi says:

    A Stunning piece!

    Would love to win a set of your gypsy trade beads in purple or teal!

  7. Erin, the necklace that you designed for the hop evokes such a feeling of elegance! I can picture this being worn with a long white flowing gown and capturing the attention of everyone in the room!!! GORGEOUS!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to join me in celebrating the colors of Spring!

  8. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE THIS! The colors make such a statement and your handmade gypsy trade beads go so well with Sally's beads...and the micro-macrame!!! The micro-macrame is wonderful...a perfect way to finish it off. How was it to learn? Did it come easy?
    I love all the trade beads but am leaning toward the teal, red, or orange.

  9. Wow, you also did an awesome job working with that Solar Power color. I would have been at a loss. Your necklace is definitely summery and fun. Excellent job!

  10. you did a beautiful job on your necklace and I love your photography. If I have to pick I love the teal and purple beads but they are all lovely!

  11. Erin, Your necklace is so beautiful I love how the beads in the micro macrame look like grains of sand. This piece is a perfect piece to were this summer to the pool, beach or any summer event. It looks so light and comfortable to wear.

    I like the green Gypsy Trade beads.

  12. What a beautiful piece! I love how it's casual, but elegant at the same time. Your handmade polymer clay beads are the perfect accent.

  13. kimmykats says:

    You made me smile. A fun piece. I will have to learn about micro macrame....nice warm sunny colors.

  14. steufel says:

    I love your beads! Teal would be so cool! And pink:-)

  15. Maryanne says:

    I love your necklace. The micro macrame works so well with your beads.

  16. Beautiful Erin! I love the colors, of course any shade of orange is my favorite..

  17. Pixiloo says:

    What a fun, sunny necklace. I would never have thought to use blue with those colors and it works so perfectly. The micro macrame work is just gorgeous also. As for beads, I am a sucker for copper tones.

  18. Wow, you added more than one look in this and it came out very elegant. The title says it all. I love your trade beads. I will be back for some later. Not sure were to post for the drawing. Silly me I skim pages so fast and I didn't see it.

  19. I was just about to write those teal beads were incredible with that focal and where did you get those??? Reading further on in your post, I see you made them!! Wow, those really compliment that focal!! Your necklace is beautiful!!

    Reading further on, you are giving some away?? How exciting, I would love them in teal or a green!

  20. Elisabeth says:

    Loooooove it - love your teal beads with the other bright colors. Stunning necklace!

  21. SueBeads says:

    Um, first, GORGEOUS! Second, would love to win your beads - they are amazing too! I love that teal right there, but any color you pick would be great! Turquoise?

  22. Cilla says:

    I think your beads make the necklace. I love blue with almost everything!
    ( I stopped by yesterday but couldn't comment so here I am today!)

  23. pam says:

    Ooooooh! I would love the chance to win your beautiful gypsy trade beads! I am thinking strung together, they would make a beautiful body for my tin butterflies!

    Your "Solar/Tango necklace is so beautiful, Erin. I love how you are able to translate an idea or concept into a really lovely piece of jewelry. And you are right - the colors speak to sunny tropical beaches - the orange, gold and ocean blue - work so well together to speak of tropical beaches - and then there are the strings of "sea foam" bubbles! Lovely.

    Thank you for sharing your brand new necklace design and for offering us this chance to win your gypsy trade beads.

  24. Lola says:

    Your "Solor Power" necklace makes me very happy!!! I love the colors and the total design ... it's like happiness for your neck!

    I don't know that I could ever create anything quite that happy, but it would be fun to try with your yellow and orange gypsy trade beads.

  25. Pam from Gingerbread Snowflakes posted a fantastic blog post about you and I could not resist coming over here and entering your giveaway. I am so inspired by you. Thanks for the chance to win, and for your creative spark!

  26. oops. I forget to tell you that my favorite colors are Bellflower and Driftwood!

  27. Wow! I just luv it!!! Every single bit of it!!!

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