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.
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!
Hola! Me encanta hacer pulseras y collares pero aquí en mi ciudad es muy limitado el surtido de cristal y piedra, pero sobre todo los separadores que le dan ese toque bello a los accesorios. Quisiera ver aquí en México donde puedo conseguir los productos de bead Gallery o si se puede, me los pueden enviar por paquetería?. Ojalá y si se pudiera. Estoy fascinada con la gran cantidad de cosas bellas que tienen.