50 Shades of Crystal

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IMG_2945When White is not White

This bracelet was another exercise in using some of the new bead shapes that have come on the market.  Though now that it’s finished, it very much reminds be of a painting in the Phoenix Art Museum – 19th century woman wearing a long white day dress.  Closer inspection shows the white dress to be anything but.  There is pink and blue and lavender and yellow.  I want to say the painting is by Gainsborough, but that is probably wrong.

So, this bracelet was supposed to be made all of crystals, except they look so very different when put together.  The large central beads are part white / part crystal, then there are crystal clear rizos (the new bead shape) as the dangles; the small round druks have a bit of a mercurial finish to them, seed beads with a silver lining.

I am pleased.  It came out much better than expected.  Hmmm, I wonder if there are other color combinations hiding out in the bead boxes that are more than they appear.  What do you think?

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6 responses »

  1. Beautiful! I love the pattern and the colors. By the way, I think the painting is called The White Rose (Portrait of Miss Jessup) by William Merritt Chase.

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