Pretty Palettes :: April 2017 Reveal
Welcome to the April 2017 Reveal!
It’s so great to be back, Pretty Palette people! This month, our colors were decidedly springy. From pale mint green to lavender, this is a nearly pastel palette. I’m definitely not as used to working with this type of palette, but it felt so good to try out this color mix. Our inspiration image created by Heather Powers is a botanical watercolor that she used in a fabric print contest. To learn more about our Pretty Palette inspiration, visit April Pretty Palette Inspiration.
Now, onto the beads! Here is the collection I put together inspired by the April Pretty Palette:
- Bead Gallery® mint glass 6mm rounds
- Bead Gallery® reconstituted turquoise 10mm rounds
- Bead Gallery® Czech glass mixed pink 6mm faceted rounds
- Bead Gallery® rhodonite 12mm rounds
- Bead Gallery® mother of pearl 9mm rounds
- Bead Gallery® amber dyed shell teardrop
- Bead Gallery® dyed hematite 2x3mm rectangles
- Bead Gallery® lavender 6x8mm painted glass faceted rondelles
- Bead Gallery® acrylic faceted lentil link
And…I’m proud to say that I used them all in this month’s Pretty Palette project. I did add a few more as I was working, especially when I made a pair of earrings to coordinate. I added:
- Bead Gallery® silver plated polka dot drum beads
- Bead Gallery® 4mm turquoise dyed howlite rounds
- Bead Gallery® silver plated thin rondelles
I was a bit overwhelmed by the colors in this project, so I did as I sometimes do and started small. A pair of earrings came together using some silk cording for flowing tassels.
After finishing these earrings, I started to get a better feel for the colors and materials. The most challenging bead for me was the gorgeous shell teardrops. They’re so large and interesting I knew that they’d be a main visual component of my pieces. I didn’t want to make a simply strung collar necklace with them this time. Instead, I made a component out of two of them by wire wrapping them together in a sort of upside down heart shape that reminded me of maple leaf “spinners.”
I played around with these on my bead board and found that even with the larger rounds between these components, something was missing. I wanted more texture, and I had a lot more beads to use!
My final solution was to make beaded drops or tassels out of some of the smaller beads on head pins. From there on out, things just came together for the Hexagon Garden Necklace.
Did you make a project for this month’s Pretty Palette blog hop? If so, please add your link here! I love to celebrate your creativity!