What are your favorite bead colors, and why ?
I posed this question to our Beadweaving Master Class panel. Each week on Monday I ask a new question of these wonderful author-teacher-beaders. (I invite you to tell us about your own color preferences in the comments section of the post!)
Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:
About one year into beading I hit a green streak—mostly of the chartreuse variety with some darker exceptions—and little has changed in the past 16 years.
Most of the studio is a retina-burning other-worldly mix somewhere between granny smith apple green and chartreuse. Some people have a physical aversion to even looking in the studio door. I couldn’t be happier.
I’m an earth-tone lover! I have no idea why. Maybe because I’m a Virgo? It’s an earth sign. I’ve always been drawn to darker, earthy colors.
Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:
My favorite bead colors are the metallic and matte metallic gold and silver. I also love the Aiko beads that are colored beads with a 24-karat-gold gilt. I love the richness these beads give to projects. They lend themselves to designs inspired by antiquity.
I also love matte metallic and matte silver-lined beads in autumn colors.
I love all the colors, because each color can express a certain idea better than others. A couple favorite MIYUKI Delica colors of mine are 501, 22L, 1763, and 1764.
That’s an ever-changing answer. I work in one palette for a while and then switch into a different one. Here’s what I have on my bead table this week:
Palette one: silver, dark purple, and gray
Palette two: turquoise, rust, and bright orange
I love the matte metallics, although lately I’ve been working almost equally with bright palettes.
Matte metallics lend a richness — or might I say opulence — to the pieces of jewelry I create. The bright colors lend a sense of fun. They’re all good!
Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and I invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:
*Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative beaders, jewelers, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think:
Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)
Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)
Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)