So I saw these beads from my favorite glassblower and had to have them. (I wish I'd taken a pic of the beads before, but I didn't. Oh, well.) It took me a little while, but I came up with a plan for them. First, I had to mix the clay to the right colors:
(Yes, those are the color recipes scratched into the clay pieces for future reference.) I wanted to use metallic clays to exploit their chatoyant nature:
How am I doing so far?
Then I made a pair of earrings with two glass beads that were particularly well matched. They're very light because the beads are hollow!
I pulled together a bunch of beads in various shapes, sizes, and color combinations:
Got it all laid out, and realized that I was out of 3mm sterling beads. Grrrrrr. But a quick order took care of that, and eventually I could get back on track with it. The end result was an Evil Spider Princess necklace in shades of a clear spring day:
I took some of the extra beads and made a long chained necklace. Both necklaces ended up with this very beautiful lady, who clearly knows how to make a perfect match: