Discover a Cool Tool for Making Color Palettes!

Feb 13, 2013
Have you had a chance to check out the Spring 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine? It's our special COLOR issue--our issue devoted to Roy G. Biv (you know: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). For this issue, I wrote a feature about where to find color-palette inspiration. One source I mention is Big Huge Labs, a website with an amazing color palette generator that works with your own uploaded photos. It's really easy to use, and it's a great way to help you create palettes to use in jewelry. Want to see what it can do?

Here I uploaded a photo I took of some pretty dahlias, one of my favorite flowers. I buy a bunch every time I go to the farmer's market in late summer. I love this palette, don't you? I can picture a necklace made with beads of these colors--reds, pinks, grays, and oranges.
Ah, I wish I were back on the Oregon Coast, watching the aqua blue waves hit the beach! If I made a necklace or bracelet with these sea colors, perhaps when I wear the piece I might be reminded of the peace I find next to the ocean.
This is a photo I took in Bruges, Belgium. I love the shades of chartreuse drawn from the photo. It's a nice and light palette, perhaps suitable for summer jewelry.

What are your favorite color palettes and how do these palettes come to you? Please share below!




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SLWL wrote
on Feb 16, 2013 4:20 AM

This looks like a fabulous tool for color palettes!  I am always looking for color inspiration.  My style is tone on tone, in my clothing and beading.  I am always trying to branch out, but it can be hard for me to evaluate if colors really look good together.  I often take inspiration for jewelry colors from the colors of craft, paper or mixed media projects I see in magazines.  I would love to use this website to break down some of my photos into palettes - the color palettes of nature are always perfect, but sometimes difficult to reproduce.  I especially love oceanscapes such as your Oregon coast photo. (I recently visited the northern California coast.)  Thanks for sharing this information!

Laurkim wrote
on Feb 16, 2013 3:02 PM

A friend told me of Dirty Colours as they are ageless. At the time I was about to paint my home and she was right. I needed to blend into my surroundings tucked up in a mountain. But the principle remains. If I want to add to my over all look with a jewellery piece this works. Then if the look is bold and bright and meant to stun... Use bright and solid colours! Bright colour is harder to work with so I tone with bright pastels. Australia is a bright sunny place and we are not afraid of colour!

Isocdg wrote
on Feb 17, 2013 6:06 PM

I usually match what I am working on to the personality or appearance of the focal piece. If I want a jazzy piece I add hues from the opposite end of the spectrum. If i want a more quiet piece I match the tones and add complements colors.  Or if I have a person in mind when I am crafting I match it to what they like.