Making a bracelet to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st should be easy. Red and white. Simple, right? But reds and whites are two of the colours that I’ve had the most trouble successfully adding to my bead box.
While there are a handful of production white beads, I have to admit that I’m not overly fond of most of them. I have the White Paper Fold and do love it, but that’s it. And Trollbeads hasn’t generally produced a large number of all-white (or white on clear) uniques. About a year ago they released a few batches that included white designs, but those uniques were scooped up quickly and prices on the secondary markets went beyond what I was willing to pay for a glass bead. There’s clearly a market for it since the beads are in high demand, but even artisans don’t seem to produce too many purely white beads, which leads me to wonder if perhaps it’s because the patterns don’t show as well so they are harder to make? Even harder to find, though, are true reds. Many of the reds have more of an orange tint to them, or end up looking like a deep pink. I have heard that red is expensive to work with and so they don’t produce many true red beads.
A few months ago I received a lovely red and white bead in a trade, so when I was thinking of putting together a Canada Day bracelet, it was the obvious one to start with. I pulled together my whites and then lamented my lack of reds again. I had a red and black artisan that I thought passed well enough, but my other red bead is predominantly black with only a hint of red. And that’s when I realized that my slightly impulsive order of the Ohm Beads Bacon bead might just save me since I had included the Broken Heart bead in the order as well! And when the package finally arrived, I was happy to see that the Broken Heart was a fairly good match for the other red beads in this combo.
The end result is a bit more raspberry than the traditional Canada colours, but I still think it passes muster ;).
Happy 147th Birthday Canada!