Color Inspiration, Summer Fruit
by Debbie Blair
One of the grandest things about summer is the bounty of produce that starts showing up at the farmer's markets. I use the beautiful natural colors of that bounty to influence my color choices when I design jewelry.
Living in Colorado, I've succumbed to the idea that our choices of fruit during the winter months consists mainly of apples, bananas and oranges-lots and lots of apples, bananas and oranges. So when summer hits, we gorge ourselves on everything from fresh peaches, juicy plums, and nectarines, to melons and plump berries of every kind.

During my childhood, my siblings and I would pick bright red cherries by the bucketful from a tree just over the neighbor's fence. We would spend summer afternoons at the patio table removing the pits from our harvest, the sticky juices running down our arms. In the days that followed, jellies, jams and pies would overflow from Mom's kitchen. Pure heaven!



Debbie Blair's Color Inspiration, Summer Fruit - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, colors of summer fruit
So it comes as no surprise that cherries remain a favorite summer treat to this day. This photo reminds me of the relaxing summer days spent in the back yard of my childhood home and it was easy to derive a palette of cheery pinks to use for a pretty summer necklace and earring set. A chain of dark pink Lucite beads in the necklace and the mix of lighter pink beads in the earrings provide a pretty accent to the miniature dried flowers in the sweet glass pendant.
Debbie Blair's Color Inspiration, Summer Fruit - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color palette
Debbie Blair's Color Inspiration, Summer Fruit - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, summer jewelry

Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18H
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24 Gauge Round Dead Soft 1/10 Sterling Silver Filled Wire
H10-24D
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Tools

Ultimate wire-pliers Set
G15-20
  • G15-20
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design