Questions of color and finish are always an important part of my design process, but usually take place during the planning and design phase of the work. Last week I took some time to come up with new colorways to create kits for my Cathedral Spire Earrings Tutorial. Finding new ways to make the same pattern work with different colors is a different kind of challenge, and I found it both fun and instructive.
As I was pulling materials together, I found that substituting certain components and seed bead finishes helped pull together a cohesive look for a given colorway. Because some degree of contrast is needed to keep the exterior embellishments and details visible against the other bead, I had to think in terms of contrasts in either finish or color or in both.
The original red version has a very bold, regal look:
Finally, I wanted to design a pair in shades of blues and purples. Both my mom and sister love these colors and I often think of what they enjoy when I'm designing. I chose to combine glass rondelles and pearls for this pair and again made a few substitutions to get the finished effect right. Its always good to remember that size 8 seeds and 3mm rounds are pretty interchangeable - that knowledge certainly helped with this colorway: