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Tool Talk Thursday: Silks for Color Inspiration and Design

Fairy Silk Ribbon  Bundle from MarshaNealStudio on Etsy

I am feeling the need for color since the first hint of Fall has been encroaching on our summer of warmth.  The trees are not so green anymore and the grasses are getting brown.  For ceramic pendants and beads, the colorful silks available today for designing jewelry are a quick and wonderful color inspiration now that our flower gardens are fading.

I just love all the colors in the Fairy Silk Bundle in the picture above available from MarshaNeal Studio Etsy Shop.

Now I am going to show you some Beads of Clay artist pendants combined with silk ties--all of these pendants are from my own personal collection but you can find more of each artist's work at the link by their name.

See how beautiful this ceramic pendant by Marlas Mud looks with this deep rose and multi color silk tie.

And this ceramic pendant from Yolandas Clay

 Dandelion Bloom pendant

Above are some more color combos in Silk to inspire your Fall and Winter color picks.  These are available at Lima Beads. 

And if you are wanting to make color picks that go along with the Pantone color predictions or use a photo from your camera  you can use this handy iphone/ipad app to help you out.

There is an updated version of this in the Apple App store and it works best on the newer iphones with OS 4.0  and the ipad.  I have not tried this myself. There is also an Android version of this as well in the Android Market.

Hope all these beautiful color combos help you feel better about the change of season.  It is the hardest transition for me all year, so I know I needed this color boost.
Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Oh la la, what a nice surprise to see my pendant along with these other beauties! and the silk ribbons are just gorgeous. Thank you Mary!

  2. Oh, thank you for writing in Yolanda. That is one of the rare square ones from that series that is part of my Beads-of-Clay collection. Love it.

  3. I would be interested in learning more about how to finish (eg closures) necklaces with silks. I really like silks, but I'm not too keen on just tying them in the back.

  4. Hi Linda,
    thank you for writing in. I found a blog post on Rings and Things that has some ideas. Next week I will try to round up some more ideas and post them here. For now here is the url for the Rings and Things post:

  5. Thanks, Mary! I'm off to check out your link!

  6. Thanks for sharing the silks Mary! I love working with them with my pendants and for wrapping around my wrist for a bracelet (hint - take a look at my blog this Saturday for Bead Soup and one example of a way to use the silks)… I love the simple, yet elegant feel that clay pieces have when they are on these silky and fairy silk ribbons!


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