I, like everyone else in the country, am a little tired of winter. I miss Spring, glorious days filled with sunshine, warm weather, wearing flip flops, and all things unrelated to snow. So I decided to cheer myself up by making something bright and colorful.
After making the black and white cross last week, I was inspired to make something with the leftover silver washers.
Over the past year, I have collected some really great colors of fingernail polish. I love how bright and cheery they are.
Don't they have fun names?!
I decided to make washer flowers in several different colors. New Love with a Mint Sorbet center...Mellow Yellow with a Coral Reef center (and vice versa)...and Not a Cloud in Sight with a New Love center. (Isn't the Coral Reef just divine?!)
As I waited for my flowers to dry, I decided to paint some single washers in each of the colors. I decided that I could make a beaded chain using the washers as accent colors.
When I first started working on the chain, I tried making a pattern with the colored washers. It didn't look quite right, so I slept on it and came back to it the next day. I realized that I liked the way the color blocking looked, so I made chains with all like colors and added seed beads in the same colors.
I loved how the colors played off of each other but it felt like something was missing...maybe something sparkly?! I found the rhinestone beads in a gorgeous coral color and thought they would be perfect. So I used them on either side of the flowers as an accent.
I love how the finished necklace turned out. It is bright and sparkly and full of personality. The more I look at it, the more I realize it has a certain Spanish flair to it, which I love.