The Pearl, June’s Lustrous Birthstone
What is it about the lure of pearls? Is it the nacre that practically glows against the skin? Is it that each natural pearl is a tiny miracle, the only gemstone made by a living creature? Whatever your reason for loving pearls, you’re not alone. Pearls have been cultivated and appreciated by humans since 2206 BC! Any way you look at them, pearls are classic, versatile gemstones that beg you to incorporate them into your jewelry-making routine.
A cultured pearl is created when an irritant such as a piece of shell is placed in a mollusk. The mollusk secretes nacre to cover the irritant and then a pearl is formed. A natural pearl is one in which the irritant finds its own way into the mollusk; the nacre secretion process is exactly the same!
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DIY Summer Vibes Jewelry Set – We are less than a week away from the official start of summer. It is already warming up here in Southern California. I am so ready for a season of sun, sand and surf. Our inspiration for this week project is the warm tones of summer.
The DIY Summer Vibes Jewelry set is the perfect accessory set for this season. Our layered “Summer Vibes Necklaces” are fun and full of movement. This project is listed as intermediate but can be created by the stronger beginning beader. These necklaces are handcrafted using Bead Gallery® aqua painted glass mix, pink shell 6mm rounds, white shell 4mm round spacers, brown wood 4mm rondelles, Charm Gallery® gold-plated crescent moon and Celtic circle charms. All pendants, Bead Gallery® beads and findings can be purchased online or at your local Michaels store.
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Welcome to today’s Monday Make:
a pair of beautiful gold and blue agate hammered earrings!
Click for printable instructions to make your own Hammered Earrings perfect for summer!
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June 2017 Inspiration
Welcome to the Pretty Palette blog hop challenge!
If this is your first Pretty Palette, let me take a moment to explain. On the first Wednesday of each month I use an image to create a color palette. Then I choose coordinating beads from the Bead Gallery line available at Michaels so we can all play along with the same beads to create a beading project. If you want to create your own project using your own beads and art beads, that’s fine as well. The more beads, the merrier, is what I say!
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Welcome to Erin Prais-Hintz,
founder of the Pretty Palettes blog hop!
Erin was kind enough to participate in this month’s Pretty Palette challenge, and I must say I’ve missed her “voice” on the blog as well as her creative design work so much! The colors she added to the project are gorgeous. Enjoy!
To meander means to wander, to follow the path of a winding road. That perfectly sums up where I went with this necklace.
When I got the beads (mine were a bit different than what Molly posted) and saw that they were all in a monochromatic green palette, I wasn’t sure how I would work them all together. They all had such varied shapes and sizes. So I took a little stroll through my studio.
Having worked with Halcraft for nearly five years, I have amassed quite a collection of Halcraft beads from my local Michaels. Often I would be introduced to a bead from Molly and the team at Halcraft and then go off on my own and buy up every single strand that I could get my hands on. Which means that I have quite a collection to choose from! I found a hand painted wood teardrop pendant by Ashley Bonney of Summer Wind Art that I was saving to use for the June challenge over at the Art Bead Scene because I felt it worked perfectly with the inspiration painting for June. Check back there in the next few days for our next painting inspiration and color palette. This meant that I needed to add in a few extra strands.
To the green palette, I added:
- Bead Gallery® Gold hematite irregular stones
- Bead Gallery® Gold hematite faceted rounds
Bead Gallery® Fire agate crackle 10mm rounds
- Bead Gallery® light purple faceted rondelles
- and some purple diamond shaped beads that I got who knows where?!
I made a bail from three strands of black waxed linen thread at the top of the lightweight wood pendant. To play up the gold leafing on this watercolor surface, I tied on some gold faceted beads and the tiniest aqua iris hematite cubes.
For the rest of the necklace, I wanted to stay away from a pattern and instead focus on the way the colors and shapes played together. At first I started out using multiple strands of waxed linen thread, only to pull too aggressively on a knot and have the thread come apart in my hands. So my path took a different course. I broke out the regular beading wire and set about making a randomized mix of the beads by pouring them all together in a tray. Whatever bead I happened to touch was the next one on the wire, just like coming to a fork in the road and randomly deciding to go left or right. In the end, the necklace feels fresh and not constrained by a recognizable pattern.
I call this necklace Meanderings for the many twists and turns I took along the way (and to honor the inspiration painting at the Art Bead Scene for June…come over and check it out!).
Thanks for letting me play along with you, Miss Molly. I enjoyed it!
Thank you for visiting our blog hop & come back again next Wednesday to see what we’ve got planned for June’s Pretty Palette!