Saturday, May 15, 2010

Margie and Me - Baldacchino

In case you missed my other post, I've given myself a challenge to create a different piece each week using a color scheme randomly chosen from Margie Deeb's book The Beader's Color Palette.

Last week, I chose #73, Baldacchino, which in Margie's words "is a mix of gold and silver metallics with black and bronze accents and a rich shimmery hunter green thrown in."

Well, here's the result. A bracelet that I call....appropriately enough, Baldacchino. I stuck pretty close to the color palette, but toned down the shimmery. I wanted to use materials that I had on hand so I stuck with gold and hunter green seed beads and some copper delicas for depth and contrast.

I also wanted to stay true to the feel of the architecture, so I used the cross motif (the Baldacchino is located in St. Peter's Basilica).

The pattern is an original one that I created with a little trial and error.
I really enjoyed this challenge, I wouldn't normally work with colors like this, and I hardly ever work with gold, so it was nice to step out of my comfort zone and try something a little diferent.

On Monday, I'll show you the new colorway I'm planning on attempting and tomorrow I'll have some new things to post in the shop. Have a great weekend!


  1. I like your pattern. Very nice job. You put me to shame. I challenged myself to learn one new technique a month but in my defense I do other things in between. I may have to step up my game on my next set of goals.

  2. wow! very very cool. i am all about the challenge and this is such a cool one to watch you develop.
    enjoy the day!

  3. Hi Marcie, this is a really cool challenge, and also it absolutely hit my colors. Ok I never work with gold either, but I just love it. Also congratulations on the magazine. I can't get this magazine over here, except if I subscribe, but shipping is literally the same as the price for the magazine - ridiculous. I hope to go back to the US some time soon and will try to get a copy then. I am all curious about your next one...