Pretty Palettes :: February 2017 Reveal!

Happy February, color lovers!

This month’s Pretty Palette inspiration is the blue-green waters and soft cream sand of the Bahamas! The February 2017 reveal is up and ready!

 

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A sandy beach and a turquoise blue ocean: inspiration perfection!

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.

February 2017 reveal

The February 2017 Pretty Palette features blues, greens and turquoise of the ocean with the creamy beige of warm sand.

February 2017 reveal

Natural materials such as mother of pearl, wood, glass, and Australian jasper are featured in this month’s Pretty Palette. These and more Bead Gallery beads can be found at your local Michaels Store.

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. :)

How do you design beaded jewelry?

DriftwoodEarringsWebMy 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.

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The Driftwood Necklace & Earring set is beach ready!

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.

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The Driftwood Necklaces by Molly Schaller work as a beautiful seaside set of stacking bracelets!

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.

Here are each of the February 2017 reveal Pretty Palettes necklaces shown individually.

Simply click each image to link to downloadable, printable PDF instructions!

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Click for instructions to make your own Driftwood Sand Dollar Choker by Molly Schaller.

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Click for instructions to make your own Driftwood Crazy Lace Agate Necklace/Bracelet by Molly Schaller.

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Click for instructions to make your own Driftwood Long Wooden Necklace/Bracelet by Molly Schaller

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!



Molly Schaller

About Molly Schaller

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She's always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

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6 Responses to “Pretty Palettes :: February 2017 Reveal!”

  1. 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

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Thanks, Erin! It was fun to work with the neutrals as well as the variations of the light blues! I love how versatile the set is, too–just like you need your vacation wardrobe to be, so you can pack light!
      Have a lovely day!

  2. 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! :)

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Jenny, please do give it a whirl! I find that so often when I’m designing one necklace and idea for another one comes up with the beads, and I want to make them both! Making a set gives me the opportunity to play with the beads even more, both on my bead board and in my wardrobe!
      Thanks for your comment & I hope you will play along with us next time!
      Molly

  3. Wow, excellent pieces! Just lovely! Thanks for hosting this challenge, I am happy to be playing along again!

    • Molly Schaller Molly Schaller says:

      Alison, I love your piece! That little house pendant is the cutest thing!!! Just wait until you see March’s Pretty Palette. I think you’re going to love it!