Blue orchid necklace — Art Jewelry Elements July challenge

I was lucky enough to be picked as a guest designer for Art Jewelry Elements‘ Component of the Month challenge. July’s component, a lovely porcelain orchid pendant, came from Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio. It arrived in the mail late last week—just in the nick of time! I received one of the blue pendants—mine was the one on the lower right of this picture.

porcelain orchid pendants

Picture by Diana Ptaszynski, borrowed from artjewelryelements.blogspot.com

I picked through my stash, and found a couple of things to go with the pendant including some lovely Czech crystal rondelles with that same deep blue plus a coppery red highlight and some dyed blue fire agate. Some copper beads, connectors and chain, which complement the blue so nicely. And I went to a big craft show on the weekend and might have bought a strand of blue Czech beads there too. I wanted to make a two-strand necklace, for a change, and I was inspired by a design I saw in a bead company’s email I got during the week.

AJE blue orchid necklace Collage

I love how well the beads complement the lighter and darker blues in the pendant, like they were made to go together. And the copper seems to make the blue more intense.

Thanks again to Diana and the Art Jewelry Elements team for such a fun challenge. Check out the AJE blog for the other participants!

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14 thoughts on “Blue orchid necklace — Art Jewelry Elements July challenge

  1. This is lovely! Diana’s pendant shines in this deisgn! I particularly love the two strands…I have made several 2 strand necklaces lately…I wonder if I received the same email to inspire me!? Beautiful!

  2. Love the combination of all the blue beads, and how they complement the focal bead. And adding the rose copper elements was brilliant. Perfect!

  3. Yes! So vibrant, lovely color! The orange tones in the copper are complementary to the blue and makes the blue “pop”. ( Once an art teacher, always…) Gorgeous necklace!

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