Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Bracelet

Cobalt Picasso Tile and superduo bracelet with ceramic clasp. Beadwork - peyote stitch. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Can you tell I like making these bracelets? I’ve made them in 3 different colorways and I’ve still got some more ideas. The new picasso finish – which is turning up on all types of beads – really appeals. And when they are paired up with peacock tiles – well……., yum.

Flat view of Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

This is what the bracelet looks like lying out flat. It’s 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.

Back view of Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Here’s a back view so you can see how pretty the beads are together.

Top view of Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

And this shows you the lovely ceramic clasp made by Jennifer Davies-Razor.

Interactive Colour Wheel

Colour is ………. Well, what can I say, it just is. And some of us can use it to advantage and some of us need help.

Hibiscus - watercolor paintingWhen I painted in gouache using colour seemed pretty obvious. I painted stylistic landscapes and still lifes and used the colours I saw, or a derivative. This is a watercolour painting of a hibiscus. It was growing in the garden of my little Caribbean apartment.

BTW. This is the first painting I ever made.

 

 

 

 

 

It got a bit more complicated when I switched media to fabric. Then it was necessary to suggest colours, find them in the fabric stash, lay them out next to each other and decide if it worked.

Large image of Lydia - fractal art quiltSometimes I had a pre-coloured design I worked from – such as this fractal art quilt Lydia, and sometimes just the line drawing. A minor complication was whether the fabric was solid, tone on tone, or multi-print. But even this could be dealt with by squinting my eyes, looking at the piece of fabric from a distance and gauging the predominant colour.

Then I started working with glass beads. And things got really strange……..

Because now you are working with transparency, metallic finishes, matte and opaque glass. So many different ways light reflects colour. Beads reflect onto each other too, add this into the mix.

One way to get started with colour is to play with an online interactive colour wheel. I found one here – The Interactive Color Wheel.

Interactive Color Wheel

Interactive Color Wheel

What’s specially neat about this colour wheel is the bar which pops up on the right hand side. It shows the hue and the tints and shades of a particular colour. Very useful.

After I found this I discovered Interweave were offering a live seminar – Seed Bead Savvy: Get the Most out of Your Seed Bead Colors and Finishes from Beki Haley. She discusses how to understand different seed beads and pick the right ones for your project. Just what I was thinking about. Thoroughly serendipitous I say.

How to Photograph your Jewelry with Jim Lawson

In the early days, when I photographed my quilts, I used a digital point and shoot camera. A good one, but a point and shoot nonetheless. The images came out very well and many of them are on my website, or even in books and magazines.

However, this does NOT work for my jewelry. A friend donated one of his old digital SLR cameras, we bought a light cube, a tripod, and some lighting equipment. But still I had NO idea how to take decent photographs of my finished pieces. Continue reading

Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Here is a tile superduo clasp bracelet in another colourway. I am thoroughly enamored with the new picasso finish on today’s beads. And I like the peacock finish on tiles and drops. In this instance the turquoise superduo double hole beads go with the slightly greenish, creamish, brownish picasso tile beads.

I think it has something to do with the earthiness – the beads look like polished stones.

Back view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Back view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

And of course, it is all helped along by using one of Jenny Davies-Razor’s ceramic rings. Again, total love affair going on here.

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Just can’t stop photographing this thing.

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

The bracelet is 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.

And don’t forget it comes in Stone.