I submitted the project with a maple leaf pendant, employing the same gradation, but only the rope was chosen for publication. One nice thing about working with Bead & Button is, although you cannot publish your accepted project anywhere else before they do, afterward, you may submit it for publication elsewhere, or self-publish, which I have done in my Etsy shop. I have published a tutorial for the leaf, rope, and bail here, as well as a kit in the "Aflame" colors shown above.
I worked up two other colorways to include in my tutorial. I realize that "Aflame" is a very bold piece with bright colors. So I did a much more subtle version. This is "Singe". I made up jest a few kits in this color group, since the investment in the 24k beads is substantial. They are available here!
And then, there is "Psychedelic Scarab". OK, get out the mushrooms. This might be a tribute to my coming of age in the early '70's. I had a few Scarabeus Green Swarovski beetles left over from a dressmaking project, and the color in that little piece of glass was pretty awesome.
I added a beetle to the bail, and despite the "tripiness" of the colors in the leaf, this baby looks awesome worn with either of my two cobalt blue tops, and turns heads. Ladies who share my table while I am sipping my tea at the farmer's market demand I take it off for closer examination. I have to admit, it might be my favorite. And the ROPE! The kit for this color is here in my Etsy shop.
I hope your will enjoy the curly-edged, ripply-centered, funky shape of this project too, which also keeps the leaves looking realistic!
Happy Autumn to you! I hope you will enjoy making your very own leaf pile!