Monday, 15 July 2013

Summer Bead & Makes

As we are enjoying our moment of sun over here in the UK, I haven't been doing much this weekend apart from trying to tan my legs, unfortunately without much success.

My Etsy shop has been doing very well since the beginning of July which has prompted me to get my clay out and make a couple of new pieces for the summer.

One of my favourite peices I made last year was my urchin themed necklaces, but this time I've decided to go a little bolder with the colour scheme.
 
Sea urchin beaded necklace handmade from polymer clay by Lottie Of London
Sea urchin beaded necklace handmade from polymer clay by Lottie Of London
As you can see from one of last years pieces, I kept to quite natural tones for my colour palette with white, mint green and a soft beige.
Urchin colour palette from Design Seeds
Urchin colour palette from Design Seeds
This time I've decided to go a little bolder with the colour theme.  I've used a palette created by Design Seeds, its a fabulous website offering a vast collection of beautiful colour palettes created from themes, nature and seasons and is definitely worth a look and its perfect for colour inspirations.




So here's my seashell cane using an assortment of the colours mixed and combined a create a cane that will provide the main theme for my beads.

Polymer clay seashell cane by Lottie Of London
Polymer clay seashell cane by Lottie Of London

Unfortunately I didn't quite mix up enough of the colours for the palette and so I will only be able to create a few pieces, but here's a selection of the beads made with plans to create a chunky urchin necklace, beaded thong necklace and bracelet.  As mentioned due the enjoying the weather the necklaces have yet to be put together.

Seahell & urchin themed beads by Lottie Of London
Seahell & urchin themed beads by Lottie Of London

As I also recently started a collection of polymer clay rings and studs I decided to create some seashell themes for a summer collection.

Seashell ring and stud beads by Lottie Of London
Seashell ring and stud beads by Lottie Of London


I predict not much claying this week will be done, its quite diffucult claying in this heat as the clay can become quite soft and sticky if over worked, so I guess I'll have a little more time to tan my pasty legs.

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