InspirationFX: One Tough Ombre

Get your creative juices flowing

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

The
other trend that is hot this year is “ombre” – shaded colours.
(Especially the hair – love the ombre hair! Anyone think I should try
the ombre hair?)

Now – I’ve always been fond of shaded colours –
the current trend in neon colours is – IMHO – a flash in the pan. I
like bright – but the neon is a like a perky house guest – fun for a few
days – but by the end of the weekend – you’re relieved to see them
leave.

Not so with ombre – which is a look I will happy wear, in-fashion or out. Because, in case you hadn’t noticed – I’m not a slave to
fashion. Rather like the aforementioned perky house guest – me and
fashion agree to disagree. I think it is amusing but takes itself way
too seriously. I’m sure fashion thinks I’m an irrelevant old fool and
too stodgy for words.

Anyway – our friends over at Dakota Stones put together a really nice ombre pinterest board, and it got me to thinking. What about ombre metal?

So
this simple design is two colours of rolo chain, seamlessly linked
together. I was going to do the matte silver chain as well – but decided
I really liked the two shiny chains.

I think the idea definitely has some possibilities for use with some of the other chain colours and textures as well.

The
end result is a nice simple look that you can wear anywhere – but with
the addition of our new, HUGE bail – you can add a pendant. I haven’t
come up with a pendant yet – but I’m working on one – when I get it done
– I’ll show it to you. (It’s based on one of my lampwork beads – so it
will have to just be a jumping off point for you.)

Anyway – the take away is: ombre isn’t just about beads – you can shade colours in metal too!

The
beauty of the rolo chain is that the links are NOT soldered. The metal
is strong enough that the links won’t open on their own, but you can
open them and add whatever.

As with any “jump ring,” open the
links by twisting sideways – not pulling apart. The strength and shape
of the links means that you will need to use two pairs of pliers to hold
and twist open the links.

I made this with 3 strands – but I think more would look nice – I particularly think I might add a 4th.

You
will probably have to do some experimenting to get it to hang right. I
stuck two pins in a board and hung the necklace in a loop to check the
length, and had to fiddle with it a bit – lengthening chains – to get it
where I wanted it.

Inner strand
 26 cm dark chain, 12 cm light chain, 26 cm dark chain
Middle strand
 26.5 cm dark chain, 13 cm light chain, 26.5 cm dark chain
Outer strand
 27.5 cm dark chain, 13.5 cm light chain, 27.5 cm dark chain.

Overall length is 70 cm (28 inches). Adjust to suit your size and style!

The
bail is optional – use it to hang a fabulous pendant, or remove it to
just wear the chains. The super big clasp distributes the weight nicely –
looks good with the scale of the piece, and is easy to use.


 

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