View Full Version : Beads and colours
13-09-2010, 05:09 PM
I've been asked to make a necklace for my sister for her upcoming wedding (yay!) and she's after a rose coloured thread with dark chocolate coloured beads. I picked up some swarovski's at my bead shop but they're more like topaz and no-where near dark enough for her.
So, I was wondering if any of you knew or had access to swarovski's range and could, in particular let me know what the colour "Jet Nut" actually looks like in real life. Or if there's another colour that you think would be chocolate enough - or even if you think I should give up and go look at some glass beads....
13-09-2010, 06:17 PM
Check out www.firemountaingems.com (http://www.firemountaingems.com) They have a complete range of Swarovski crystals. Jet Nut is very shiney, but doesn't look very brown to me. I would go for the Mocha as it is a deep, rich brown.
13-09-2010, 06:28 PM
What about the Swarovski pearl beads? They come in every color of the rainbow! And pearls are so wedding appropriate.
13-09-2010, 06:32 PM
If you wanted to do the pearls, Fire Mountain Gems has the Swarovski Crystal Pearls as well. The darkest brown they have though would be Antique Brass. They have one called Brown, but to me it doesn't have the warm feel of a good brown, but the cooler feel of a brownish grey. Although, I just did find one that is called Deep Brown that is extremely dark, almost black brown.
13-09-2010, 10:56 PM
I LOVE Fire Mountain Gems. I've been buying my findings with them for years. Because I prefer beading with size 11 beads and smaller, I have only bought some beads through Fire Mountain gems... but I have always enjoyed LOOKING at their supplies
I just homed in on the deep brown pearl mentioned above.
14-09-2010, 02:51 PM
OK, some degree of success - it seems that the bead shop I'd originally gone to had indeed labelled the beads wrong, and listed topaz as mocha. Managed to find some actual mocha beads that are the perfect shade of brown. Next the challenge is to find the correct colour thread - DMC 3688 / Anchor 66. The big issue here is that she wants it to be not shiny. Coton a broder would be perfect, but alas it's not available in those colours - I have to order the thread online as there's no supplier here that stocks a big enough range or anything other than 6 stranded thread. Any suggestions? Who do we know that owns an embroidery shop???
14-09-2010, 03:08 PM
I found some Anchor Coton a Broder in LOTS of colors here: http://www.coatscrafts.co.uk/Products/Needlecrafts/threads/Anchor+Coton+a+Broder.htm You can download a PDF colorcard to see the colors.
14-09-2010, 04:28 PM
Ahh... ok so they only do embroidery thread in 66, but 52 looks similar... might try some of that :)
14-09-2010, 11:09 PM
Glad I could help. :->