I'm really going over the top and doing 2 design inspirations this month. The Halcraft Inspiration Blog's Pretty Palettes Challenge has a beautiful inspirational picture this month. Fall is definitely not my most favorite season, but even I can admit that the colors outside at this time are truly fantastic!!!
This is the inspiration photo:
The rich colors in this picture are wonderful! And the beads chosen were defnitely diffrerent enough from my usual choices but still within that pinkish/reddish tone that I do like.
I came up with 4 pieces from this month's inspiration, in both a silver and a gold palette. First, a silver-toned necklace and earring set. The necklace was inspired by a white and black one that was on the Halcraft blog a few weeks ago. That bib type necklace shows up well on an outfit. And it was a good way to combine the different round beads.
Second, a gold-toned set. I think the red and purple beads look very regal with this color palette. It is a combination that I would not have chosen myself, but the gold looks great with the red and purple glass beads. I really liked the hematite spacer but was a little stumped as to how to use it in the design. So I ended up making lots of dangles with the spacers and the tiny red glass beads. Together with the large quartzite ruby red beads, those dangles help fill out the bracelet.