Unfortunately, the picture is very dark and I couldn't get a better shot of the majority of the necklace. I really need to learn to use Photoshop Elements after the holidays! At any rate, I used a wonderful cranberry iris Tila, along with bronze 11 seed beads and cranberry red size 8 hex beads. The pattern used size 8 seed beads, but the hex beads were a good color match to the Tilas and I love the way the hex beads catch the light. In place of the briolettes used in the original design I used these wonderful two toned spotted daggers that I found at a bead show. The colors in the daggers was perfect with the other bead colors.
This close-up definitely shows the color better than the larger photograph. And, you can really see the daggers which are so wonderfully random. Some of them are cranberry on one side and ivory on the other, some are split down the middle, as you can see, and some have a less symetrical division of the colors. I love daggers and these have to be some of my all time favorites. I think they really add to the overall effect of this necklace.
I love the way this necklace turned out and the colors are great for the season. I know I'll be wearing it to a yearly dinner we attend with good friends.
Thanks again to Karyn for organizing this challenge. It's great fun and it gives me the opportunity to bead some projects I really like.
Enjoy your day. I'll be spending the rest of my day getting ready for the holidays to really begin!