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Designing With Wedding Cakes
By Bethany Keiper*
"I love the look of wedding cake beads, but I have a hard time
matching them with other beads for a bracelet or necklace. Do you have any
ideas about what might look good with them?"
(CLICK ON THE UNDERLINED TEXT
IN THE BODY OF THIS ARTICLE TO SEE PICTURES OF THE BEADS)
Times: Of all beads, wedding cakes are my favorites.
These beautiful opaque or translucent beads, with their blue and yellow
frit dots, goldstone trailings and swirled
rosebuds, have an elegance no other bead can match. Unfortunately, since
no other bead can really match them, they can be difficult to incorporate
into a design.
With a little creativity, you can find ways to make the most of these
beautiful beads in all of their different shapes -- round, oval,
teardrop and tube.
Try Czech fire polished or Austrian crystal facetted bright pink or
maroon beads to match the rosettes on the
smaller wedding cakes. Round beads covered with goldstone look great when
paired with the larger opaque wedding cakes. This combination highlights
the goldstone swirls that wedding cakes are known for having.
No matter what the size of the wedding cake beads, a bead cap can create
a fluidity in your designs. Since most wedding cake beads are handcrafted,
they vary in size, so plan accordingly.
For smaller, round wedding cakes, try repeating the trio of a solid black
or white bead (about 5mm round (druk), a slightly raised bead cap, and wedding cake
bead. The cap should cup the wedding cake bead. This design also works
well with teardrop wedding cakes and a prominent bead cap.
Translucent wedding cakes look great paired with bead caps, coupled with
smaller accent beads, and followed by round glass beads (druks) in the same
translucent color as the wedding cakes. Using smaller beads the same color
as the wedding cakes not only looks lovely, but also helps you stretch
your wedding cake budget for a project.
Try combining large, oval wedding cakes with goldstone-covered beads, 6mm
black beads, and a flat bead cap. Facetted, metallic, rose-colored rondelles look great with any size or shape of wedding cake bead. Small,
flower-shaped metal beads also work well, since a rose is the exact center
of a wedding cake bead.
Bethany Keiper is a freelance writer and jewelry designer. Email your
design questions or tips to
Bethany@beadingtimes.com . People who submit tips with pictures
may be published. If so, they will receive credit
and a link to either their email address or their design website.
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