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« on: March 27, 2011 08:45:49 AM »

My question is less vague than the title, but first, let me show you what I mean.  I'm making my niece a train car every year for her birthday.  Her first birthday was red, this year she's two, and I wanted to make her orange, but I've run into a really big snag in that I can't find the right shapes in the colors that I want for either orange or yellow.  This is supposed to be a rainbow, and I hate going out of order, but birthdays having deadlines and all, I went ahead and made the green one.

In every other color of the rainbow, I've managed to find a color for the car and a slightly darker color for the candy and wheels, like the green one.  The wheels and candy are all made of the same color.  For the red one, the round crystal (#5000) was slightly darker than the daisy crystals (#3700) and wheels, which was fine.  It still looked good.  For yellow, I think jonquil or maybe citrin would look good for the bicones of the car,  but I'm having the same problem as I'm having with the orange, the colors that would look good for the candy/wheels don't exist or I just can't find them.  For the orange one I've made it out of sun colored bicons, and I thought hyacinth would look really good for the candy/wheels except I can't find the daisy crystals in it.

This is the orange one so far:

I thought about making the train car out of a milder orange and using sun for the candy/wheels.  I can't find sun in the right size of the round crystal, but there hyacinth would work fine I think.  But then I spent a ton of time looking for a good orange that's a bit lighter and everything was brown tinged.  They really don't have many oranges.  Undecided  So I'm stuck.  If anyone has any suggestions I would  more than welcome them.  I tried putting sun wheels on the orange car and, ironically, the bicones made the wheels look really dull.  It's just not a good mix.  I've been looking for something since I decided to do this project a year and a half ago, and orange and yellow have me completely stumped.  The book I got the idea from doesn't have an orange or yellow car... it's a yellow car with orange wheels and an orange candy. Undecided  Now I  know why. *sigh*

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011 05:41:59 PM »

My first thought is that every shape comes in crystal AB, maybe you could substitute those for whatever you can't find work in the colors you like.  It's a great concept and I bet they will be so adorable when put together!
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011 11:33:28 PM »

That is a lovely piece. You have used the combinations so nicely; it really goes with the design.Swarovski is quite expensive though.
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2011 07:41:40 PM »

They are true swarovski.  The pictures don't show the shine very well because I took them with the camera on my phone. Especially the orange one is super shiny.  The green is just delicate shiny.  All of the things I've made look kinda bland in the pictures I think. 

I actually figured out what to do with orange, and it looks super cool.  I took a picture, but it's on a phone that no longer has web access so I have to figure out how to get it onto my computer first.  Still stuck on yellow though.

Actually, swarovski bicone beads weren't too expensive in Japan.  They were about half the price they are here.  Still a heck of a lot more than the plastic bicones, but maybe $6 for 100 4mm beads depending on the finish.  I'm going to miss that....
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