The bold lines and graphic shapes of street art was our inspiration for August’s Pretty Palettes Challenge.
The colors ranged from hot (fuschia, red) to cool (teal) with a generous sprinkling of neutrals like chocolate brown, black, tan and cream. Despite the rather bright palette, the colors all have the same intensity and are a bit more muted.
The beads that I selected were spicy bamboo coral beaded beads, smooth hot pink rounds, mottled teal rondelles, faceted brown iris rondelles and matte carved bone rounds.
For my necklace, I wanted to play up the strong lines of the inspiration photo. I used the round beads in graduated sizes to build the foundation. I envisioned a double layer of beads in the front with copper chain tassels for movement. I color blocked the teal and brown rondelles in the front. The red bamboo coral beaded beads and the carved bone beads added just the right amount of texture.
This necklace has a decidedly Asian flair to me. I don’t know if it is the color or the tassels or what. It does feel very substantial on, and I like the way the piece moves when I wear it.
To suspend the chain tassels, I did a simple trick… I took an eye pin, made an identical loop at the other end and then just folded that in half around my round nose pliers. Easy-peasy connector! (The loops are at the top and the U-shape is at the bottom.)
Those copper wires connecting the beaded tassels are like the lines of the letters in the inspiration photo and allow the beads to have a visual and physical separation.
Didn’t I tell you that my friend Tanya is a wizard with mixing beading styles? Will you just look at the beaded beads that Miss Tanya made? I can’t wait to see the rest!
Miss Tanya loves chain maille and seed bead weaving as well as art beads. Did you notice that she made some beaded beads to match this palette? What a perfect complement to this month’s Pretty Palette! You will have to hop on over to her blog, A Work In Progress to view the entire reveal of all that she made with the beads in this Pretty Palettes challenge. I can’t wait to hop on over there and check it out!
A Work in Progress
Blog: A Work in Progress
If you are interested in joining in the fun and have created your own take on the Pretty Palette for August, please feel free to add your link to the hop below.
The new Pretty Palette challenge for September will be revealed on September 3rd.
That is so amazing. I wasn’t able to make those beads work all together, but I knew you would and was dying to see what you did. The tassels are gorgeous and I love the double layer or teal and brown — so stunning. Thank you so much for letting me play with you this month. It was such fun!