When I designed and wrote the tutorial for "A Hazy Shade of Winter" I got out all the stick pearls I owned, and imagined that I would use them for future "rare-just-a-few-of-a-kind" kits for this project. I am now in the process of trying to clear all those trays and boxes of collected bits, and to focus on finding the perfect finishing touches. I am really happy to be releasing 5 of these kits on Saturday, March 7th to noon CST. I MAYBE will have one more, depending on whether an order I placed will arrive with enough supporting beads for one final kit. When these are gone, there will be no more. Edited to say, the beads that arrived were a paler pink, so I made that last kit up for myself. I LOVE it. Very delicate and I sized it to sit right at the bas of my neck and barely dip into my cleavage with a black jumpsuit I own. Yum. That is what you see above, and you can see the alternating color in the rice beads at the top of the yoke fringes.
I have supported the pink in the nacre with Swarovski Rosaline Pearls, for H, J, and K beads. I could find no 5mm in this color, so have subbed 6mm. This K bead sits in the bezel fringe and also at the top center of the yoke. If you have a wider neck, the 6mm should work nicely for you, and if your neck is more slim, then I have included an extra 4mm pearl in the K bag for you to use in that center yoke position. These push the pink a little, but feel like a nice choice when I view them situated in position. The L beads are Czech drops, and transparent Rose with a rainbow finish. What a good find they were! They help to make the pinks and peaches and rainbow flashes all hang together.
The A and B (and one row of C) beads form the bezel, and I tried to emulate both the pearly finish and primary peachy-pink shade in the bead choice. C and D provide sparkle (transparent with an AB finish) and are used as spacers in the yoke and the fringe. For the majority of the yoke, I chose a flat matte silver bead, trying not to compete with or overwhelm the soft pinks.
I know I have missed the wintery season. But this necklace with its delicate pink might be pretty spectacular at Easter. And for what this is worth, as a Northern Girl, I have made Snow Bunnies (like Snowmen, but with ears!!!) for Easter on more than one occasion. So there is still the potential for Winter for at least some of us.
I am hunting beads for one more version of this piece, and hope to bring it to you soon.