Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Trendy Bead - Polyester Chain

After watching Katie Hacker's design idea video for using polyester chain, I found myself intrigued. Melanie reported on this chain earlier this year, and it seems to be cropping up more now.

Living in Texas, the summer heat and chain or heavy jewelry don't mix. I wonder how this chain would feel and look next to my favorite art beads.

The chain comes in brown, black, green and grey. I could see using a ceramic pendant like this green one from Chinook Jewelry paired up with wood and stones in earthy shades with the brown chain.

Or mix it up with my Spring Branch Lentil bead with the brown chain, sterling chain and with the same stone & wood combination.

Cindy just showed a project not too long ago with her bling rings, colorful jump rings and chain. I could see the polyester chain in black being thrown into the design for a modern feel.

And speaking of modern, there is something about this chain that lends itself to pop art. Couldn't you see it combined with some of these Round Circle beads from Jangles? Stir in some colorful glass beads as accents and it would be a bright and cheery summer-inspired mix.

Another fun and funky collection, Creative Impressions in Clay's new bead buttons would look great layered together with large silver rings and the black polyester chain.

Or tap into your old school roots and go punk by throwing in Earthenwood Studio's Memento Mori Hearts, the chain in black and lots of chunky silver chain. Rock on!

If you've used this chain, I'd love to see your designs!

1 comment:

Cindy Gimbrone said...

I'm loving the Trendy Bead!! Great post with lots of ideas!