The February 2017 Pretty Palette was made using Coolers.co, a palette generator you can use to create your own color palettes based on a photo of your choice.
I added in some others as well, some large turquoise dyed shells and crazy lace agate rondelles. Then I found that I really wanted some seed beads, so I used a beige mix strand and also a charm for even more fun. I’m a “play with the beads as I go” type of designer most of the time. :)
My intention with this month’s palette was to keep things beachy, so I focused on the natural beads, starting with the wood rounds and the wooden chips that have such a great organic shape. The great thing about wooden beads is that they’re typically lightweight, making them perfect for earrings. The driftwood chips create statement earrings that don’t weigh down your earlobe. Use Artistic Wire to wrap the turquoise shell bead to the wood chip and create a loop behind the wood chip to connect the other links. These earrings have a definite “shoreline” vibe, with their artsy wire wrapping and organic shape.
A way to make your jewelry less formal is to create layered coordinating pieces that aren’t too matchy-matchy. The Driftwood necklaces can be worn together or individually. They look great draped around your neck while you lounge next to the pool under your favorite wide brimmed hat. You can easily wear them out for an evening bonfire on the beach or to your favorite swanky beachside restaurant.
For another option, wrap them around your wrist as a set of stacking bracelets! If you need a little bit of adjustability for the bracelets, add short extender chains at the end of each necklace opposite the clasp.
What did you make with these or your own seaside beauties? We’d love to celebrate you and your designs for the February 2017 reveal! Just add a link to images that you’d like to share here. Thank you for playing along!
Really pretty, Miss Molly. I love the colors and the way you combined the elements into an easy-breezy laid-back style. Enjoy the day. Erin
Lovely! I really like the way you combined the different colors and textures… Making layered necklaces is not my specialty, but you certainly make me want to try my hand at it! :)
Wow, excellent pieces! Just lovely! Thanks for hosting this challenge, I am happy to be playing along again!