The Colors of Fall

September 17, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I was very inspired to make some new jewelry designs and try out new techniques.

However, it was one of those uninspired inspirational days; when your fingers want to create and your mind wants to be challenged, but they both get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new things to be done. The result? I really, really wanted to play with my jewelry supplies, but I really, really had no idea where to start.

So I looked for some specific inspiration.

Did you know that there is this website that decides what colors are going to be popular each season? Yup. There is. The above is Pantone's color forecast for Fall 2011.

(If you look at their website, they even give flowery descriptions of each color!)

You can be sure that these are the colors you will be seeing everywhere, from clothing stores to notebooks to maybe even candy wrappers. Because the whole design world apparently uses the colors that Pantone picks out.

(I'm quite sad because few of these colors look good on me, but I guess that's okay because I'm one of those weirdos who only buys basic clothing and who makes her own accessories).

While on the whole, I think that the idea of someone proclaiming "Everyone will use and like these colors because we say they are popular!" is rather silly... I was intrigued by the colors they chose. They aren't your typical Autumn colors. No reds or oranges or deep dark browns. Quite a few of them are colors I don't ordinarily use, and some of the colors I really don't like (think phlox), but they look beautiful together.

*edit: I just learned that Pantone highlights colors that are being favored by designers, not the other way around. Should have done my research!

And that made these Pantone Fall 2011 Colors the perfect, challenging inspiration for new jewelry designs. I have relatively few supplies in these colors, which meant that I had to get really creative...

I actually only finished a small amount of the jewelry I wanted to... but I shouldn't keep delaying this blog post until autumn is past and next summer is well on the way. So here goes, these are the designs that I have made so far.

Click each image for more and bigger pictures. All of these jewelries are available in my Shoppe.

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I can't wait for it to come. :) Doing schoolwork on the porch in the crisp breeze... raking leaves... drinking hot tea... a rainbow of colors in my backyard... *sighs happily*

Bamboo definately makes me think of summer more than fall. So here are some remnants of summer...

Sunflower Copper Cuff

This one also counts for "honeysuckle" and "phlox"!
Chainmaille keychain

Candy Chainmaille set-- not just emberglow pink but also orange, bamboo yellow, and green!

Honeysuckle. I thought those flowers were white and yellow. At least, the ones by our house are! But this is a gorgeous pink, no matter what you call it.
Pixie Hairclip

Of all the colors Pantone picked out, Phlox is the only one I can't pronounce, and the only one that I had huge difficulties finding beads for.

Funky chainmaille
evening star

Fairy hair clip in midnight purple-- not phlox! :)

 I like cedar. It's a pretty green. :) And this color was (obviously) extremely inspirational...
Copper Celtic Cuff

Good for sensitive ears! Made with niobium ear wires!

sea green wrap bracelet
Flower Star
Forest hair clip
floating bracelet
Enchanted forest
nature inspired evenstar
These two aren't strictly cedar... to me, they are more of a pale green. These were obviously inspired by Arwen's coronation gown in the last scene of The Return of the King.
Cedar/light green Evenstar necklace
Arwen's Coronation wirewrapped earrings
Fairytale charm bracelet

While copper isn't exactly nougat, it's the best I could do!
Celtic cuff
french cafe
 The two following Elvish jewels are inspired by Arwen in The Lord of the Rings. You remember the scene with the Elves leaving for the shores of Middle Earth? When Arwen decides to give up her immorality for Aragorn? Yup, these are inspired by the beautiful colors in that scene.
(Okay, they are also inspired by "orchid hush")

Ethereal Evenstar

Pale Sapphire Enchanted Forest Earrings

Celtic swirl bracelet
Lady of the Lake
austraian teardrop

Go check out the Shoppe-- there are around 15 other items I made at the same time, but which don't fit into this Fall/Pantone blog post. :)

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  1. NO WAY! I was literally just using the pantone color report to pick out colors for my jewelry!! Great minds think alike. ;)

    I don't really think that's how their color report works though. They don't choose the colors, they see them during fashion week in New York. Ooh here, on one of the pages it says: "Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to identify the most directional colors." So it's the fashion designers that are choosing the colors and telling us to like them, not Pantone. ;)

  2. Wow, that's fascinating! Great post!

  3. I loved ALL your jewelry. Can I have the Green Arwen Coronation one? LOL. GORGEOUS.

    I've tagged you in a game of Global Blog Tag. You're one of those blogs I enjoy following. Come over to my blog to check out the rules.

    Thanks for all the purty pictures. :)

  4. You made some great jewelry! I am pinning this page:)

  5. awesome. love the jewlery and I'm going ot have to check out that website!


  6. wow, if just looking at some pantone colors inspired you to do all that it's amazing, great collection of creations. thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  7. Wow!! really!! I never knew anything like a website existed.. wow!! Totally loved the collection.. specially the dark teal.. awesome!! :-)

  8. Awesome collection... I especially loved the cuffs and hair clips.

  9. I just can not imagine with strong your blog greatly that saved me. God bless you “I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.” - Elvis Presley


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