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Pretty Palettes :: December Reveal

Do you have your party hat on and your horns at the ready? Is the confetti cannon queued up and the champagne ready to pop? Because it is time to celebrate!

Let's party! Show off your New Years' style inspired by this festive tablescape.

Let’s party! Show off your New Years’ style inspired by this festive tablescape.

The Pretty Palettes Inspiration for December was a perfectly outfitted party scene. All it needs are the revelers with their noisemakers!

I was immediately struck by the mixture of the silver and gold metals, the strong geometric shapes and of course the classic black and white.

As a reminder, here are the beads that I chose to play with this month:


And here is what I did with them.

Countdown necklace Recalling the flapper era, this long necklace pairs geometrics with metallics in a look that is just screaming for a glass of champagne!

Countdown necklace
Recalling the flapper era, this long necklace pairs geometrics with metallics in a look that is just screaming for a glass of champagne!

I sketched an idea almost immediately upon buying these beads. Those pyramid sliders are SOOOOO COOOOOOL! I wish that my store had more in stock, for I would have bought them all! (Photographing an uber long necklace is my nemesis!)

I envisioned a long necklace with alternating squares of silver and gold and the diamonds and cubes adding a little sparkle and depth. Those crystal stars you see, perfect for the confetti from the cannons and perfect for a cold December night sky, are actually labeled as ‘starfish,’ but I won’t tell if you don’t.

Countdown necklace

Countdown necklace

The secret for me to get this to work was to have the layers of beads lay flat. Those cool hematite cubes add just the right amount of glitz, while still keeping with the flapper-esque look. (My secret: add one extra bead to the outer strand to get them to lay correctly.)

Countdown earrings

Countdown earrings

Using almost all of the beads I bought, I had just a few left over for the earrings. I saved out two of the pyramids, these had more of a silver tone (rather than the golden tone of the three in the necklace – I know it is hard to tell!). I knew that the diamond shaped spacers would play well with this shape, but how to get them to sit just right?

Countdown earrings

Countdown earrings

With two holes on either side of the slider, this presented a bit of a problem. Until I took a piece of wire and wiggled it in there. Et voila! by threading the three diamonds to the center of the craft wire, I could make them align perfectly without spinning around. Bringing the wires up through the slider and then through the top diamonds provided the stability and the structure. To secure them, I just crossed the wires to the top and added this to the rhinestone lever back ear wires. These look like something Daisy Buchanan might be seen wearing to on a secret tryst with Jay.

Countdown earrings

Countdown earrings

So that is what I created. But I have to share a sneak peek of what my Pretty Palettes partner created. For December, I am delighted to welcome Heidi Parviainen as my Pretty Palettes Partner. Hop on over to her blog to see more!

Heidi Parviainen

Blog: Heidi P Says

Heidi also does tutorials for the Wubbers U website. Check it out!

Sneak peek! Heidi Parviainen gives us a glimpse of her festive creation

Sneak peek! Heidi Parviainen gives us a glimpse of her festive creation


If you are interested in joining in the fun and have created your own take on the Pretty Palette for December, please feel free to add your link to the hop below.

The new Pretty Palette challenge for January will be revealed on January 7th.
And I am still not sure who my Pretty Palette Partner will be… it could be YOU!

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Erin Prais-Hintz

About Erin Prais-Hintz

Erin is a color addict who designs one of a kind wearable works of art for her company Tesori Trovati Jewelry. No bead goes unloved in her studio. She loves to mix patterns and textures, colors and metals, simple beads with stunning art beads for looks that have wit, whimsy and tell your story. Follow her creative journey on her blog: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com or find her hand made treasures at www.tesoritrovati.com.



  1. Heidi Parviainen December 31, 2014

    I love your pieces, Erin. They look so Art Deco, I can totally see Daisy wearing this!

    Thanks so much for inviting me to play along. It was a blast!

  2. Alison January 3, 2015

    AWESOME necklace! I love the long length and the ‘shooting stars’. Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge.