I hope you are enjoying a holiday this week before the new year. I always feel such a flood of contented quiet during this week before the new year. The kids are all home from school and have been doing some of their favorite things that they can’t often do while they’re busy in school: setting up a model train, reorganizing her room (that’s my oldest, doing her thing), and building Lego projects are some favorites.
Have you had the time to finish your Pretty Palette project? Finding time to get into my “beading brain” has been a great way to let everything just fall away as my mind enjoys the challenge of working with specific beads and my eyes enjoy the sparkle and colors of December’s Pretty Palette. For more info about our December 2017 Pretty Palette Inspiration, visit my December 2017 Inspiration post. The inspiration images are from my trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I loved a festive grouping of poinsettias, orchids, and ferns I found in the conservatory on the grounds. A special treat this month was being able to use the Bead Gallery beads on our very own www.halcraftcollection.com website! Click here to order your own set of Bead Gallery December 2017 Pretty Palette beads. The link to add your projects is open for two weeks, so you’ve still got plenty of time to order beads and play along!
Before I delve into this month’s project, I wanted to share a photo with you that is a perfect embodiment of this month’s Pretty Palette by Syndee Holt, an amazing photographer and polymer clay artist! We met a few years ago while filming Beads, Baubles & Jewels, I’ve admired her work ever since.
Now, let’s get to the Pretty Palette reveal! I put my project together with the intention of using some leather this time. I just love the look and feel of leather in beaded jewelry. If you’re interested in learning some different techniques to use leather in your jewelry, visit this post: How to Finish Leather Cord Jewelry by Michelle Mach.
The silver leaf pendant caught my eye first, so I started there. Do you ever start with just one component and build your piece around it? That’s what happened with me this time. The leaf is a relatively long vertical pendant, so I decided to go for a long necklace. I wanted to sprinkle a bit of color in front of the leaf to dress it up. That’s when the faceted red coral beads and a faceted green teardrop came to the party. I fastened them to a chain to liven up the leaf and add a layer of sparkle. From here, I built out from the pendant with gorgeous white dolomite stone rounds. These have a tiny bit of a matrix, giving them a really cool look that comes off as stone instead of glass, which I love. I added in a couple imitation malachite rounds to connect to the green teardrop visually. Then came the challenges, those shell loops that I’d been playing with for a while. At first I tried stringing them with beads in the center of the loops, but I wasn’t really loving it. I thought maybe they’d be good for earrings, but again, I didn’t love it. That’s when it became clear to me that they’d be perfect connector loops for the black suede lace I’d planned to use.
Here’s the whole necklace hanging in the wreath on my door with our snow reflecting in the window. I couldn’t pass up a chance at a bit of natural light and the pretty wreath, but it was COLD today, only 10 degrees here in Indiana. Whew! I turned off the sound so you won’t hear the wind howling by!
So that you can see how it’s put together, this photo shows you the way that I connected the leather and used a chain to create the dangle in front of the silver leaf pendant.
I have another golden leaf pendant that I’m tempted to use to make a sort of “negative” of this necklace using gold as the metallic accent and a tan suede lace, substituting the malachite rounds for the white dolomite rounds. I love a green and gold combo with brass, too!
Speaking of brass, do you remember the brass rounds I included in the list? I found a use for them as well. These delicate earrings look like tiny Christmas ornaments for your ears. They’re lightweight, festive, and so fun!
Now’s time for the really fun part. It’s your chance to share what you’ve made! Place a link to your December 2017 reveal Pretty Palettes project right here. The linky will be open for two weeks, so even if your project isn’t finished today, you can participate! I’ve been organizing a single Pretty Palette folder in Pinterest with separate “sections” for each month for easier searching. Bear with me as I get it all caught up!