Friday, February 10, 2012

Pantone Spring 2012 Colors into Clay -I-

I've been making some large Rondelle Spacer Beads in eight of the new Pantone Spring 2012 colors.  They are now available in our Etsy shop and ArtFire studio.  It seems I am constantly making these beads as I find they compliment my other clay beads really well.  Here they are all strung together on a cord.  They remind me of those candy necklaces I use to buy as a kid.








Of course you could always make these beads yourself using the color recipes I've provided and my tutorial.


Click on the pictures below to go to my past blog posts for the eight color recipes using Kato clay:











Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sweet Sweet Pink Lilac -I-

When I think of lilac my mind creates images of lilac bushes in a soft purplish color.  The Pantone color Sweet Lilac, however, is actually more pink than lilac shade you would think of.  

While this type of pink is not a usual color I would wear I find it goes well with many of the other Pantone Spring 2012 colors.  Here I used it in these buttons and Nastasha bead combined with Cabaret to add a bit more contrast and pizzazz.




Here are a few more color combo ideas with Sweet Lilac:


... with Tangerine Tango & Cabaret

... with Bellflower

... with Tangerine Tango & Cabaret

... with a touch of Margarita

The recipe for Sweet Lilac is quite simple really.  Here is the recipe using Kato clay.


Sweet Lilac
1 part Magenta
15 parts White Mix # 1-2 *

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pantone Bellflower -I-

Pantone describes this soft and muted shade of purple as fanciful and ornamental exuding uniqueness and creativity.  The Pantone color Bellflower reminds me of fields of lavender or other soft and muted type purples.  These beads and buttons  are a combination of Bell Flower with Cabaret.


Here are a few more other color combinations to hopefully inspire you:









Here is the recipe using Kato polyclay:


Bell Flower

3 parts violet
1/2 part silver
1/2 part magenta
2 parts Ecru mix # 2-8 *

Monday, February 6, 2012

New Shawl Pins -I-

I've been working on some new shawl pin styles lately.  I love making these pins even though they can be quite labor intensive.   I love creating textured ones and highlighting with mica powders and pigments in various colors and then embedding Swarovski crystals.  The bead at the end of the sticks in the ones shown below are created in a similar way to how I make my Double-sided Textured Beads.  




You might recognize the texture I used in these ones shown below which are from my friend Helen Breil.  I love her textures so much and they are so versatile.




These are using the same texture sheets but using a mokume gane technique.  They are not my usual style but I really like the more organic look to them.




Tomorrow I will continue with the remaining Pantone Spring 2012 color recipes.