I ended up making a pair that looked like metallic dragon colors, so I had to match it with the chromatics! The balance of good and evil demanded it….
Figuring out how to balance the five classic D&D colors was interesting. White, black, red, green, and blue. I debated making the earring with a different number of base bugle beads, and using clear and black crystals for white and blue dragons. But when I considered the proportions of the various colors I’d have, I decided to take a different approach: have the white and black dragons represented by bugles of their respective colors and a strip of top beads, and keep the crystals to the 3 primary colors of red, blue and green.
From there, deciding which colors to make in the longer drops was actually relatively straightforward due to my beadbox. At the time, I only had about 3 reds, and more of other colors, so reds became the central shortest drops. Blues I had plenty of, so they were the longest… you see where this is going. (I’ve since gotten a few more shades of each color. Hee.)
Overall I think it came out fairly well. Anyone have thoughts on improvements?