Friday, September 28, 2012

Beaded Beads and Lampwork Beads

Earlier this month my aunt lent me a collection of beads that she purchased over the course of her travels, including these two gorgeous Venetian foil lampwork beads:
One of my favorite ways to build a new piece of jewelry is to use lampwork beads as the color palette for the entire piece, and then build up matching beaded beads from there on. Since I have Dewdrop beaded beads on the brain, I picked out some dark metallic brown tila beads, cobalt blue drop beads, and sapphire round seed beads to match the sapphire blue of the Venetian beads. When I put them all together, this is the Dewdrop beaded bead that I came up with:
I took some liberties in matching this beaded bead to the lampwork beads, such as using proportionally more cobalt beads and some light metallic copper seed beads that are not really represented in the lampwork beads. But I think that it complements the lampwork beads quite well.
What do you think?


  1. 'perfect together! I love your beaded beads. Beadweaving is my favorite type of jewelry design.

  2. STAAP! This is wonderful!!! You seem to be able to recreate the colors and pattern in more than just an 'obvious' way!

  3. Thanks Erin! Part of it is knowing the beaded bead design so well; I designed this one over a year ago and I've made dozens of them since then, so I have an instinct for what works and what doesn't when it comes to color combinations. Especially with a design like this that uses tila beads and 2.8 mm drop beads, which have far fewer color choices than the 900+ colors of the delica line. But I'm sure that you'd beat me in delica color matching any day of the week :)


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