Color Inspiration - Colorado Aspens
by Kristal Wick
No season beats fall in my opinion and I patiently wait for it every year. It's rather bittersweet as we say goodbye to summer and KNOW that cold white stuff is around the corner-brrrrrr. I've had the good fortune to live in some beautiful spots across the country and experience fall in many different ways. My heart and home are in Colorado but my body craves fall in New England every year and I vow to get back out there someday for those gorgeous reds and orange tones. Colorado has spectacular mountains covered with stunning golden/bronze aspen leaves and they never fail to inspire every year. I took my fave image from this year to create this golden necklace. Although it's a bit fancy for leaf peeping, it's perfect for upcoming holiday festivities.
I used a combination of techniques in this piece and it's neck and neck (pun intended) between creating the links and stamping metal blanks for the lead as my fave technique! I started out by permanent ink stamping the metal blanks, then sealing them well so the ink doesn't rub off. I did patina and sand them first to give a more vintage look to the blanks and attached them to eyepin dangles made out of 20 gauge wire. I really enjoy making wire links of all kinds and these are very satisfying. They are easier to make than they look and it takes only some 18 gauge wire to create them. I used random metal and glass beads, crystals, pearls and small chain links for the stringing portions of the necklace, simply crimping them to the wire links.
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The color pallet and image have a lot of blue from the sky but I wanted to reflect the aspen trees so I left out the blues and focused on golds and bronze with a little green thrown in to represent the leaves before they change colors. As a final touch, I glued small flat back crystals to the blanks for a bit of contrast to the texturally muted metal. Cheers to autumn!

Creatively,
Kristal
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Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Colorado Aspens - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration colorado aspen

Materials

Brass Fancy Drop with Ring, 24 Gauge, 13/16 by 1/2 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-440.40
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Brass Leaf with Ring, 24 Gauge, 27 by 18 Millimeters, Pack of 6
MET-450.58
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Copper Leaf with Ring, 24 Gauge, 27 by 18 Millimeters, Pack of 6
MET-550.58
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Copper Oval with Ring, 24 Gauge, 7/8 by 1/4 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-520.05
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Copper Leaf with Ring, 24 Gauge, 1-1/8 by 3/8 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-550.20
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Sterling Silver Chain Rolo (Oxidized) 2.5mm - 10 Feet
C8-175U
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Sterling Silver Corrugated Oval Cable Oxidized Chain 2.7x4mm - 10 Feet
C8-221U
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Sterling Silver Curb Chain 2x1mm - 10 Feet
C8-227U
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Sterling Silver Flat Drawn Cable Chain 3.6x1.7mm - 10 Feet
C8-271U
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18 Gauge Round Brown Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
H5-D18-21FT
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20 Gauge Round Brown Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-D20-30FT
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4mm Crystal Aurore Boreale 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-94A
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4mm Topaz 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-65A
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4mm Jet 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-93A
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Rose Gold Filled Crimp Beads 2x2mm - Pack of 25
L10-10
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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Original Bead Crimper
PLR-585.00
  • PLR-585.00
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design