I got this strand of cheery ceramic cubes recently from my local bead shop. It's an unusual mix of colours.
At first glance they appear to be a mix of spring pastels and brighter sherbet shades, with some denim blues thrown in - all very nice, to my eye. Then when I took the strand apart, I found some of the colours varied around the body of the bead. I particularly loved this pair which shaded from pale blue to a nude/stone colour. I've mixed them with some czech glass and some vintage feathers.
The feathers were originally copper plated - I'd assumed they were solid copper. When I tried to treat them with liver of sulphur the plate simply came away, revealing a nice warm silver shade, which really suits the taupe cubes, I think. They also really match the outfit I'm wearing today but I've resisted the temptation to put them in my ears and have instead listed them in my Etsy shop.
Bye for now, Claire