Sunday, October 31, 2010

Colors of Fall

Check out Pantone's Fashion color report for Fall 2010! It's a beautiful combination of colors. I'm always drawn to the purple colors, this time was no exception. "Purple Orchid" and "Chocolate Truffle" are both striking colors, as well as "Woodbine" which is a lovely rich green along with "Endive" which I interpret as a pale jade green. These colors were inspiration for new jewelry! Grape colors if you ask me!

When contacted me again about making something for their Fall Design Partner's Gallery, I came upon this beautiful maple leaf and these beautiful silver lined round twist beads which I thought would be perfect for a grape cluster design. Grape leaves and maple leaves aren't the same, but close enough.

So I started with a sketch. This is a bit unusual for me, but I had some time to think about this idea until the beads came. 
I also made some polymer clay beads, they are the swirly round ones that are a combination of the "Woodbine" "Purple Orchid" and "Endive" color scheme along with some copper.
I added in some copper wire to the design.
Then I worked late into the night in Studio Nine.  And by morning I had this:
I wanted to try to show the back part also, because I like the copper chain, the different textures and the copper wire twisted into a clasp.
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A detail of those glass beads from plus Amethyst, Jade, Faceted light Amethyst Crystals, Vintage Jade beads, Swarovski Pearls and other great beads from my stash.  I really think the "grape" leaf is the star of the show in this piece. 
It's structured on chain so it has lots of wonderful movement.  These are my colors.  I'm going to enjoy wearing this one! 

It's been years since I've done much by way of jewelry design even though I worked in this media professionally for quite a few years.  And much of this year I was emotionally unable to get in the studio and do the work that is closest to my heart.  I've moved my studios recently and it took considerable time to begin to set up another studio in my new home.  I finally have a jewelry design area.  More than that, I have once again felt the stirring of inspiration and I can't tell you how good that feels.  It's been a long dark season but this is a very good sign.  The creative juices are moving once more and I am grateful.
And that night after I created this piece, I just couldn't stop making jewelry.  It feels so good to be back in the flow again.  And I think I'll enter this piece in the Inspiration Competition when I get a chance! What Inspires You? Necklace Contest
May your creative juices surprise you with a blessing this week!
-Carmen Rose

FTC disclaimer: I received some of the products shown in this blog from free of charge, I have not been paid for my endorsement of these products and I am reviewing the products honestly.


  1. Spectacular.. love the way you create, great style.

  2. AWESOME Girlfriend! It's a good thing I don't live closer ... DH might go broke! :-)

  3. I am beyond envious. A) because I want it and B) because I want to be able to make it.

  4. I think your piece would win!! I would enter it. It's so beautiful! I would love to make jewelry like this. Love it. Thanks!!!

  5. Gorgeous and creative design! Really nice.


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