I love beads that look like candy and can be seen as sort of “kidish”. I also like all sorts of contrast, so I like using those beads in a way that elevates them to a more sophisticated, less cutsie look. Hard and soft together.
This pendant by Kim Ouellette of Sparkle Lounge Jewels has this look – white flower in an aged metal setting. I was tempted to just put this on some nice chain. But then I saw these matte almost pastel vintage glass beads, and I liked the look with the pendant. The few unusual green beads keep them from being too pastel, and the matte emphasizes their vintage feel. They were temporarily strung on old white fiber. I didn’t have linen that would make the right size knots, so I used white seed beads. I added an old chain section at the back to bring in the harder element of metal.
I had to do some new-to-me wire wrapping to make ends for the chain scrap (no loops). It turned out pretty good; no pokey ends! I like the overall effect of the elements in this piece. It’s long enough to fit over my head, but I did add a clasp on one side. This necklace is just waiting for spring to arrive!