Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spring Green Spheres


Two weeks ago I put a bunch of costume pearls into dye, to get some to work with. To get the variations in color and the deep rich saturation takes a long time, I've learned.

These are a kind of dark olive green, they look very vintage to me.

I'm going to string some, and rosary wrap some with wire.

I think maybe some earrings, the longer drop shaped ones look like earrings to me.


They have irregularities in color because of the hand dyeing.

I made several colors to use in faux antique designs. At one time I listed some of them on Etsy, if someone else wanted to use them, too.


Would it seem silly to offer a few packages of loose hand dyed costume pearls in the shop? They're not real pearls, just costume. The dyeing process makes them look very worn, like they came off an old necklace that was taken apart to be re-used.

What do you think, should I offer some on Etsy? It's an experiment, like so many others...

12 comments:

mairedodd said...

you are seriously one of the most inventive people i come into contact with - always a pleasure to read what you are up to!

SummersStudio said...

Those are a lovely colour and look beautiful in that bowl. I think it could be worthwhile putting them on Etsy. I'm sure that there are a few people out there who would love to have a few at a time, rather than an entire string. This reminds me that I have a string of pearls that were given to me that I've wanted to dye.

SueBeads said...

I think you should! They are pretty cool!

Katie said...

I love them...I actually just got some because I love the color and love what you come up with...There's always something rolling around in that mind of yours, isn't there??? :o)

TesoriTrovati said...

Have always wanted to try my hand at dyeing pearls. Brilliant! I love the aged and worn look, perfect for with your components. I am a big fan of assortments and ensembles...things that I can readily put together. Why not offer them with some of your components?
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Boot ~C said...

these are beautiful!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

sure why not. what a great idea to dye them and give them a new life, they look great!

quiltingjewel39 said...

I can't believe you hand dyed them yourself - you are so talented. I love the color - they do look old and yes I would put them in your shop.

UberArt and Emerson Bindery said...

I think you should give them a try on Etsy. I love the color...they're really neat!

Mini said...

I think they look beautiful and you said it take time to do, out there are people that like things easy and beautiful so its a good idea to sell.

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

You all are too, too good to me. Thanks ... it cheers me up to hear from you. And so very kind with your words. Big ol' hugs to all ya'll! (got my Texan on today, tee hee)

Little Brown Sparrow said...

It's been my experience that people will buy most things, I've had items in my supply shop that I think 'should I bother..?' and they're usually the things that sell the quickest!

There's nothing like the look of hand-dyed materials, I've learned over the years that leaving things as long as you can wait is good- I've got some of my best fabrics from dye buckets I've set- and then forgotten about!