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Wire Jewelry Idea: Borrow Color Palettes from the Fashion Industry
by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com
Wire Jewelry Idea for
November 9, 2011
Tis the season for handcrafted jewelry artists to be pulling out the pliers and making gifts for all their family and friends. But are you stuck on what to be making for your loved ones this year? Maybe you’ve settled on who gets what, vaguely – like you overheard your niece wishing for a collar necklace this fall, or you’ve got the perfect light-blue aquamarine cabochon to bring out your sister’s eyes, but you haven’t decided how to use it.
One place you can turn to is Pantone, known to all types of designers as the authority on color. Pantone’s Fall 2011 Color Report is one source for jewelry inspiration that will help you with your gift-giving this season, for a very simple reason: you’re not the only one using the Pantone color chart. Big clothing retailers across the country are referencing the same color chart! I’ve been seeing these colors come in to my local big-box stores since this spring, and I even have some shirts that exactly match Cedar, Coffee Liqueur, and Honeysuckle, and an Orchid Hush sweater (see chart below). So if you design using a color palette similar to Pantone’s Fall colors, you stand a very good chance to match or complement the wardrobe of the folks you’re giving gifts to! There’s nothing like opening a box of earrings and knowing with pleasure exactly which outfits will go with them!
Here are some jewelry supplies I picked out from the Wire-Sculpture warehouse that follow the Pantone Fall 2011 Palette. Not all the colors are an exact match, but I really enjoyed putting together different color combinations I’d never thought of before! And some stones actually match several colors in the palette, like Fire Agate (Bamboo and Emberglow) and Sardonyx (Coffee Liqueur, Nougat, and Orchid Hush).
I hope this gives you some fresh new color ideas, and who knows, the earrings or pendant you make from this palette just might match your friend’s or your new wardrobe this season! Happpy creating, and let me know your favorites in the comments below!
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