Color Inspiration - Glass and Ice
by Jennifer Brooks
When I first saw this photo, I was certain that it was a well-captured image of a sheet of icicles. The translucent-seeming coloration, to me, suggested that the icicle was in the process of melting. What I didn't register was the copious amount of bubbles even in noticing the way they catch the visible range of light in varying degrees. Bubbles are so often the identifying element when differentiating between stones and minerals and whether the specimen is naturally occurring (like obsidian) or man-made.
Low and behold, when asking my friend if I could use her photo for this color inspiration, she revealed to me that this image was actually sunshine through her drinking glass. Interesting! The perception that what I was looking at was ice could very easily have been true. Regardless, the impression of icicles is what
stuck with me for this color study.
The palette of this image isn't very broad, and that lingering impression of ice formations slowly melting from the eaves of a roof was still strong.
Jennifer Brooks's Color Inspiration - Glass and Ice - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration glass and ice
Jennifer Brooks's Color Inspiration - Glass and Ice - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration glass and ice
Immediately, my mind recalled these stick pearls I'd gotten from some antique store I wandered into while out of town at a friend's wedding. Due to the increased surface area and varied texture on stick pearls, it is much easier to see the sheen of rainbow colors they offer. This element is what grabbed me in the glass that I thought was ice: a barely discernible presence of color.
Of course, in honor of one of my favorite stones that could also easily represent the tones I chose, I used faceted labradorite to offer the grays and subtle rainbows of the lovable feldspar, and a little bit of that signature icy sparkle.
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Materials

22 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
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  • Category: Design
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