I know someone who really likes penguins.
I still suck at taking photos, obviously… but I am happy with how this came out.
I got the design out of a book, I admit it. (No way am I practiced enough with peyote stitch to come up with this without a lot of head-banging work!) But one thing I did do was change up some of the colors.
The original design called for flat matte white, yellow, gray, and denim blue, with flat black beads for the closing toggles. And it’s an excellent design, but the colors made the result look… cartoony. I wanted something that would look at least a little more realistic. Penguin-colored.
So I went hunting through the Fire Mountain catalog. There are at least a dozen shades of white you can get! I picked two, since the colors in the catalog, good as it is, don’t always give you an accurate impression of what it looks like when you put it next to other beads. One of those (the one I use here) is silk white. I also used a silk gray for chick fluff, a rainbow yellow, and – most critically, I think – shimmer sky blue for the background. Because if you’ve looked at Antarctic film with penguins in it, the sky is bright, clear blue. So this looked more realistic than the denim blue.
BTW, the silk colors? I don’t know how they do it, but those have little striations on the outside of the bead; you can feel them when you run a finger over it. That’s what casts back the light with that hint of rainbow shimmer. I really like that effect. Makes it look feathery!
Anyone else have stories on how changing a color changes a design? 🙂