Color Inspiration - Red Poppy
by Debbie Blair
When I was a child, I spent long summer days playing outside with my brother and sister. We were allowed only in the back yard. Never in the yard on the side of the house, and certainly not in the front. From the back yard we were able to see a big, bright poppy bush just over the fence on the east side of our house. The petals were a vibrant orange, the color of a stunning sunset. The centers seemed a dark purple hue, that of the darkest eggplant one has ever seen. I'm not quite sure why, but to this day, that orange poppy bush is tied to the happy memories of childhood, a deeply engrained image of my youth.
While on a morning walk with my daughter, I spotted this bright red poppy plant in a yard down the street from my house. My mind immediately went to that favored orange poppy of my childhood home. I went home and derived a color palette of reds and greens, and used it to create these hoop earrings with seed bead dangles.
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Debbie Blair's Color Inspiration - Red Poppy - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration red poppy
I used heavy-gauge wire to form two hoops, cut short lengths of lighter-gauge wire, hammered the ends, and then strung tiny seed beads in graduated amounts. Simple loops were formed on the end of each beaded wire, and the wires were added to the hoops in between larger seed beads. I then hammered the hoops for texture and to work harden, and formed loops on the ends where ear wires were added.
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Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard Yellow Brass Wire
H1-18H
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Tools

5 Inch Mini Flat Nosed Pliers Ergonomic Handle
G2-75
  • G2-75
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
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Premium Steel Bench Block 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
G17-9
  • G17-9
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BALLPEIN HAMMER SUPREME- 8OZ
HAM-430.18
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Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
  • G7-2
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design