Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sunburst Cuff

Here is my latest creation.  I read a post by Robin Atkins on her blog, Beadlust, called How to Blend Colors (click to check out her post...good reading).  I've been toying with the idea of blending colors for quite a while, but the thoughts never materialized into anything but that.  I was a little bit at a loss.  I could visualize what I wanted, but I think I was intimidated to try it.  Her blog post gave me the confidence that it's not that hard of a concept, and it can have some great results.  My cuff here probably isn't exactly the way she would do it, or the way that it might "supposed" to be done, but I'm very happy with my own variation and the results of it. 

I call it the Sunburst in the middle because that's the first thing that came to my mind, but if you can think of a better name for, please by all means give me suggestions.  Anyways, it starts with the sunburst in the middle, then goes from green to blended green and gold to gold on the back side.  Of course, just like looking at a pixelated picture, it looks more blended when you step back from it. 

I used a circular peyote stitch around the porcelain cab, then surrounded that by a circle of short stacks with dark olive green 6/0's topped with 11/0 gold beads. I extended the burst with 9mm gold bugles tipped with 15/0 light olive green beads.  The rest is done with size 11/0's in a simple backstitch in olive, gold and transparent amber, but I was surprised at the amount of time it took to think through each row and plan which colors would go where.  Again, I am very happy with the edging that I learned from Lynn at Beading Heart Art.  All in all, I am very pleased with this cuff.  I think I am getting better with each one.  *pats self on back with satisfied smile*

So, here it is...you can click on the pics for a larger view.  I would suggest looking at it up close at your seat, but also try stepping back from your computer a ways to see the colors blend more.  Let me know what you think! 

Sunburst



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9 comments:

Bellesanbeaus said...

ohhhhh miss lisa...its gorgeous sweetie! i think your name is right on the money!!! big hugs beth

Carol said...

Very cool! This is really nice. Man, you read that post and got right on it, didn't you!! Its a very eye catching design, and you sure lined those bugles up perfectly. Now, thats all I can say cause its gr**n and I'm not too crazy about THAT. ~lol~

Whats next?
xx, Carol

Bobbi said...

Wow Lisa, your cuff is outstanding! The name is perfect and the blending of your colors came out so lovely! You did a fabulous job on this cuff! You're so talented and your work just amazes me! Awesome piece Sweetie!
Hugs...
Bobbi

Jan said...

Wow, you did a fine job on this one! I know it isn't easy to get those bugles lined up the way you want them but yours look perfect. Good work!

beadbabe49 said...

I love this piece and am amazed at how quickly you're improving...I can actually see it happening in each new work!

Beadwright said...

OK Lisa... I LOVE THIS CUFF!!! These are my colors and the design is beyond fantastic!!! Great job.
Nicole/Beadwright

Robbie said...

Yep, this is now my FAVORITE!! Sunburst is beautiful!! Just beautiful and the blending of colors is great!!! Thanks alos for linking us to Lynn..she's great too!!

Gypsy said...

I think you did a great job of your first blending, and will probably find it addictive!It does add alot of interest, while keeping to the same color scheme. Kudos!

Lynn said...

First thing I noticed was how great your peyote stitch was! I love these colors and your blending is perfect! I just have to laugh because I was so addicted to making cuffs and then I got away from them, but oh boy, you make me want to start up again!

Thanks for the shout out - I'm so happy to help!