Tuesday, January 5, 2010

White Coral

Would you believe this strand of beads was in my recent Rings & Things blogger package? The tag reads, "white coral, short branch".

I was surprised to find it there because many of the other beads were related to Valentine's day. Not that this can't be used in a valentine day jewelry piece, it was not the first thing that came to mind when I looked at them.

In fact, that old song from Sesame Street started running through my head, "one of these things is not like the other, which one is it, do you know?...."

HOWEVER, now that I see them up close and I have reviewed the product details on the Rings & Things website, I'm thinking they would add some cute and interesting texture to some of the sweet lampwork heart beads posted yesterday. I like holding the strand, it is so light and soft to the touch, very interesting!

On the website, these coral beads are described as: 4-15 x 1-3mm short branch (cupolini-style) coral beads, 0.5-0.8mm hole. 255-345 beads per 16" strand. Bleached.

The other design idea I had was about digging out all of my miscellaneous fish or under-the-sea type of beads in bright colors such as turquoise, red, yellow, etc. to incorporate into a fun and sort of chunky bracelet. I am imagining that it would end up looking like an underwater fantasy piece.

What do you think? (I am open to suggestions!!) :)


Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

Hi Lisa! I really like the idea of your "underwater fantasy" piece with all the bright colors. I'd love to see what you come up with!

Cathryn said...

I don't use coral per se so I'm interested to see what you come up with.

TesoriTrovati said...

I thought the same thing. But I would say that love can sometimes be hard and pointy and not just soft and mushy. So...try it! Try to make a hard edged love themed piece! Enjoy the day!

Sandy said...

I would make a seed bead base of Peyote or Brick stitch in an ocean color such as aqua. Then I would stitch the coral on along with some colorful fish and maybe add some "seaweed" with a matching green in the coral stitch.

There are many ways to put these lovely beads to use.


Azure Accessories said...

The sky is the limit with the coral, especially because of the color!!!

I love coral...I use it often, it is very popular in the summer!


Susan Marling said...

I was looking at some larger white coral the other day and really liked it. I like the underwater fantasy idea with cool blues. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Dave Robertson said...

LOL at Erin -- how about a tough love piece? I get a song running through my head too, when I think about that: "Cruel to be kind..." What the heck would that jewelry look like??

:) Dave
at Rings & Things

Julia said...

I'm seeing a silver or copper wire mesh net with all the awesome sea-themes pieces you mentioned woven in. The fantasy themed piece sounds fantastic :D

Lisa Crone said...

I love the edgy love idea Erin! Too funny!

Kokopelli said...

Coral is perfect for a summer-sun-beach piece of jewelry. But the color of this strand could also be included in an icy design for winter. Like icicles.