Sunday, October 5, 2008

Eye of Newt

The Swell-est designer in my Ornament Thursday group, Alexa, has decided to put together a separate Tuesday group for the month of October to celebrate her favorite holiday - Halloween. Yes! How could I resist joining? To celebrate Terrorific Tuesday this week, I put together this super-simple stringing project: Once in a Blue Moon.

Now I really love the popular combination of green and purple, but up until today it always reminded me of spring, when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love, etc. I thought it would be interesting to explore the darker side of this color combo - the gothic side of green and purple, so to speak. I rummaged around in my stash and came up with the perfect puce bead from Sarah Moran. It's one of her foil-dotty tab beads, and it reminded me strongly of an unblinking eye (an eye of newt, perhaps):

See? I then added one of my cobweb pendants for a little atmosphere. To finish the piece, I decided on very dark purple amethyst rounds with one large blue lucite bead to suggest the blue moon. The large toggle clasp has two pieces of blood red garnet in the bar. So there you have it - my version of gothic purple and green (okay, with a little blue and red thrown in for good measure).

I will post all of the lovely, dark, wonderful Terrorific Tuesday links on, well, Tuesday. If you would like to learn more about the project and join in the fun, please visit Alexa's blog. (Thanks, Alexa!)


Christina J. said...

I like it!

Phyllis Dobbs said...

I love the necklace, especially the touch of turquoise for Halloween.

Melissa J. Lee said...

Thanks, Christina!

Thanks, Phyllis - I usually do red, silver and black or orange and black for Halloween so I wanted to try a different color combo.

Contessa Kris said...

I'm in love with the eye of newt! Beautiful necklace!

Margot Potter said...

Ms. Melissa

This is lovely! Great design.

Ms. Margot

Michelle McGee said...

Melissa... I LOVE this!!!!