Color Inspiration - Mahalo
by Kristal Wick
I have had many fortunate opportunities to visit the beautiful Hawaiian islands numerous times. A vacation was always fun but my fave visits were vending at a bead show. Believe it or not, every 6 months there was a great bead show in Oahu and I loved meeting the locals and hanging out with my beady peeps. I always added on an island visit at the end of the show with a puddle-jumper plane ride and eventually stayed on every island.
One of the hotels provided this beautiful image of the Big Island. I loved the color pallet and thought someday I'd use it as inspiration for a jewelry creation.
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Mahalo - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration mahalo
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Mahalo - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration mahalo
I found a great skein of yarn with similar colors and made this fun fiber focal bead ages ago. I had no idea how to wear the focal and it got tired of collecting dust, so I finished it off with a funky boho vibe and made it very long using chain and crystal links. The term "Mahalo" means thank you in Hawaiian and I felt it apropos for the title of this necklace; thanking the beauty of Hawaii and all the natural inspiration I've received!
Hanging the focal from a simple chain wasn't interesting enough so I cut the chain into pieces and added some crystal connectors. That really helped pull the whole piece together and enhanced a basic chain. The chain length can be adjusted shorter if desired. I also used 2 fancy shaped crystals but any gemstone, pearl or glass bead would work well too.
Creatively,
Kristal
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Materials

Gold Filled Chain Round w/ Dia. Cut Pattern 5.3mm - 10 Feet
C4-140U
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20 Gauge Round Amber Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-M20-30FT
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Gold Filled Oval Lobster 9mm - Pack of 1
J3-86
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Gold Filled Jump Ring Open (.025) 22ga (OD) 5mm (ID) 3.9mm - Pack of 25
J11-176
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Gold Filled Chain Flat Cable 1.3mm - 10 Feet
C4-132U
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Gold Filled Head Pin (020) 24GA 1 1/2 inch - Pack of 10
J8-29
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6mm Topaz 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-84A
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8mm Topaz 5000 Round Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 6
A13-186
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copper spacers
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Focal cylinder bead
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4mm Aquamarine 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
A13-56A
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
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Premium Nylon Jaw Pliers
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20 X 15 Inch Padded Work Mat
MAT-620.00
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design