How many blues are there and why is it sometimes hard to find blues that sit happily next to each other? That’s what I’ve been wrestling with recently as I try to find the right beads to create a bracelet. With literally hundreds of beads in my studio (OK, maybe even thousands if you count all the seed beads), how can it be hard to find blues that work with four lovely white ceramic beads and their possibly Chinese characters? This quandry would easily be solved by more of the ceramic beads, but I found them in a thrift store as part of a necklace, so that’s that.
Some lapis beads come close; blue jasper doesn’t work nor do any of my blue glass beads or pearls, lovely as they are. Of course I’m impatient with the beads. I’ve pulled out every little drawer in the plastic cases I use to corral the beads, checked to see that I haven’t overlooked any candidates, and slid them shut again. I’ve walked to the door to check the blues in natural light hoping that a favorite bead will become miraculously the right shade; it didn’t cooperate.
Finally I have settled on some lapis discs and small cloisonne beads plus antique gold spacers. I think it will work. I have not yet committed to the clasp, ergo the plastic clips gripping the ends of the cord. This ends tonight – time to move on.
Wonder if I have any green beads that will go with these lovely celadon oval beads….