Color Inspiration for Jewelry Making

Swarovski Mix- Tucson

Swarovski Crystal, 4mm Bicone “Tucson Mix”

How do you get color inspiration? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just get stuck. What to design, then what colors to use…Grey Area Necklace was actually born out of my color pallet. As I said in the project, I was taken with a photo on Facebook. It actually spawned the design. Now it is not always that easy, but when something catches your eye, grab it! If not now, you may want that color inspiration for some other time or when you are blocked. Keep a folder or inspiration board with all things that interest or inspire you. Sometimes it may just be walking outside to view the sunset.

In fact our Swarovski Crystal, 4mm Bicone, Bag of 45, Tucson Mix, came from such a sunset, when Susie, Alyssa (our former buyer) and I were on our way back to our hotel in Tucson, we gazed upon the fabulous sunset that is only in Arizona. We went as far as discussing what makes the colors, dust particles, etc…but it turned into what Swarovski Crystal colors they are!

You don’t have to be a scientist or even an interior designer to find the right color…be inspired by what is around you, what you interact with or see. My sister recently found color inspiration in a magazine; a page full of throw pillows…the simplest things can bring something to your imagination, as we are only limited to!


Karla Schafer

Karla Schafer began beading at age 5 after her Grandmother taught her how to bead crochet. She graduated the University of North Texas in '93 with her BBA in Fashion Marketing. Now she is a Lead Designer for Auntie's Beads and star of the innovative video series, Karla Kam!

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