Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pantone Color Forecast: Lavender

mmmmm…one of my favorite colors—just right for Spring (or any other season!). This is the soft blue-violet shade found in the fragrant hyacinths currently blooming in my garden, amethyst gemstones, the famous lavender fields of France, and my didyium safety glasses. Its symbolic meaning is femininity, grace and elegance.

After reading the Pantone Spring 2011 forecast, I was inspired to create some new beads featuring this delicious color, and here's what I've come up with so far: a set of Watercolor Rose beads created with my own custom-mixed canes (the gift of lavender roses means that you find the recipient enchanting and expresses love at first sight)…

Lavender Watercolor Roses

…a yummy set of polka dotted beads encased with transparent Blue Lavender, accented with a chocolate brown that is the Russet color also featured in the Spring forecast that I blogged about earlier here:

Lavender and Chocolate

…and this lovely set of nuggets that has glints of lavender swirling around with various shades of violet, white, and olive green:

Violet Swirl Nuggets

Next on my "to do" list? Woven lavender beads! ;-D If you're looking to create your own beads in this beautiful color too, here are some other 104 COE glass suggestions to try:

Opaque Lavender (Effetre)
Dark Lavender Premium (Effetre)
Orion (Effetre)
Count von Count (Creation is Messy)
Lilac (Reichenbach)

Keep in mind that lavender transparents have a tendency to change to a bluer shade when under florescent lighting, which is something you may want to take into account when planning out certain color combinations or patterns. And don't be afraid to experiment with layering two or more colors together to create a special lavender color—you will be amazed at the gorgeous depth and sparkle you can achieve! *Ü*

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