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I tend to flit between projects, so nothing forms a series of work. While I was having fun making my spectrum beads, it occurred to me to divide the year up into 7 and focus on each colour of the rainbow in turn.

Spectrum beads by Cate van Alphen

Spectrum beads by Cate van Alphen

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge
It was a vague idea until Katie Oskin from Kater’s Acres invited me to join her 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge. This helped me focus on what I wanted to make featuring the colours…

As I have been populating my new Etsy store with jewellery components, I keep thinking it would be good to have beads that co-ordinate with each other to form sets. So I figure if I spend each week making beads or components featuring one main colour they should co-ordinate with each other at the end of the block.

So my plan is to cycle each week between focals, toggles and accent beads with a review and colour change every 7.4 weeks (a year divided into 7).

Focal
Pendant, cabochon or large bead (1″ or larger).
Toggle
Toggle, button or other closure method.
Bead
Spacer beads or accent beads up to 1″ diameter.

I have also signed up for the Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat so I hope I find the time to do it all :).

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