DIY Divine Jewelry Set

DIY Divine Jewelry Set – October is here and Fall is in full swing.  I absolutely love the changing of the seasons and the color palette that it brings.  The Earth tones of Autumn are my inspiration for this months DIY Divine Jewelry Set.

Our first project are the Divine Necklaces.  This set features 3 individual necklaces that look advanced, but are a beginning beader project.  The Divine Necklaces are handcrafted using Bead Gallery® gold-plated leaf pendant, Czech glass amber luster rondelles, Czech glass brown 6mm, Czech glass aqua rondelles, amber coasted glass mix and shell aqua round 7mm.

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Pretty Palettes :: October 2017 Inspiration

Welcome to the October 2017 inspiration post!

Happy fall! Grab a mug of warm apple cider and read on to find out how you can play Pretty Palettes along with beaders from all over the country. If you have a blog or if you post on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest, you can play along, too.

Here in Indiana, we get all the seasons. And it’s this changing of seasons that always excites me. The colors are becoming richer out in the fields and forests of the midwest. This month’s Pretty Palette is full-on fall. Think apple cider, glistening embers, the rich black of cast iron, and the promise of frosty mornings with gray fog creeping over the fields.

The October 2017 inspiration image was from a cidering gathering at my home this month.

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Pretty Palettes :: September 2017 Reveal

Welcome to the September 2017 Reveal !

Hello, Pretty Palette hoppers! Whether you participate each month (thank you!) or have come see what others have made and be inspired, I’m glad you’re here. You can find specifics about how you can play along on the September 2017 Inspiration post. Look for the October inspiration post right here on the Halcraft blog next Wednesday, October 4th.

The September 2017 Pretty Palette is inspired by this beautiful “fade” of hand dyed yarn:

Read more about the popularity of using a color fade in the September 2017 Inspiration post.

These Bead Gallery® beads by the Halcraft Collection flow with this fade of grey green to grey to turquoise to blue to purple.

Our Bead Gallery line features (L to R) Czech glass, freshwater pearls, wood, semi-precious stone, & glass beads.

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September’s Birthstone :: Sapphire

Sapphire, the symbol of royal love

Welcome to this month’s birthstone beading project post! Our love affair with sapphires has been going on for centuries, but it came to a pinnacle when Princess Diana accepted a beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Great Britain’s Prince Charles. When Prince William gave the same ring to Catherine Middleton in 2010, the popularity of sapphires soared.

Here’s a little more information about this royal beauty:

  • Color: Sapphires are in the corundum family and are found in all colors of the rainbow in nature–excepting red, which is a ruby. Though they’re the rich blue gemstone variety.
  • Care: Sapphire ranks a 9 on the Mohs scale, making it a very durable gemstone. All it needs is an occasional warm soapy bath to stay clean and beautiful.
  • Meanings & Properties: loyalty, nobility, sincerity, & integrity.
  • Uses and Folklore: Sapphires were often worn by members of the clergy, as the royal blue color was associated with the deep blue of the heavens. The gemstone was also thought to attract heavenly blessings.

Fun Fact: A special orangy pink sapphire color is called padparadscha, which means “lotus flower” in Sinhalese, the language spoken in Sri Lanka. Stones from Sri Lanka were initially the only ones labeled with this marketable name. There’s no telling how many padparadschas have been sifted from Sri Lankan river gravel throughout history. Sri Lankans have a special affection for the color that’s traditionally been linked with their country.

The Gemological Institute of America

Because sapphires are a prized and expensive gemstone, I’m using beautiful alternatives in this month’s birthstone project. These Czech glass faceted rounds have a gorgeous blue hue reminiscent of the royal sapphire. Bead Gallery® faceted rondelles shine with an iridescent glow from a light aurora borealis coating. These strands are all perfectly sized to create a woven Sapphire Hues bracelet that is a breeze to make, but looks like it took all day!

Click for printable PDF instructions to make your own bluesy bracelet with Bead Gallery® beads available at Michaels.

The only skills you need to have in your beading tool belt to make a Sapphire Hues bracelet of your own are stringing and how to crimp a crimp tube, so grab your tools and have a blast making this sparkling bracelet to celebrate the September season!

If you need to create a longer or shorter bracelet (this one measures around 7.5″), you can either add a bit of chain before the clasp, add or remove a few of the beads from each strand, or use an adjustable clasp.

Thank you for visiting, and don’t forget to visit again next week to see September’s Pretty Palettes reveal! For more information on how you can play along with me and the Halcraft team, read the September Pretty Palettes Inspiration blog post!







Autumn DIY Jewelry Set

Autumn DIY Jewelry Set – Autumn is one of my favorite seasons.  I love sweater weather and look forward to the holiday seasons.  Now is the time I start to plan my handmade gifts for Christmas. I know it seems early but gift giving will be here before you know it.

Today, I have the perfect Autumn DIY Jewelry Set.  Let’s start with the Autumn Necklace. This necklace is created using the crimping method.  Although it is 5 strands, the necklace is 1 piece connected by a connector bar.  These lovely layers are handcrafted using Bead Gallery® Czech glass turquoise daggers, brown wood rondelles 4mm, Czech glass fire polished 6mm gold tone, aqua mix glass 6mm round, stain wood 8mm carved melon, Sedona gold tone druzy round beads and Czech glass turquoise 8mm.

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