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Pretty Palettes :: January 2017 Reveal

Pretty Palettes :: January 2017 Reveal

Molly Schaller
molly 11 months ago

Welcome to the January 2017 Reveal,
our first Pretty Palette of the year!


Bead Gallery beads used in the January 2017 Pretty Palettes challenge inspired by Pantone’s 2017 Colors of the Year.

What fun this palette was for me! How about you? There were lots of colors, textures, and shapes of beads. It was a decidedly upbeat palette, filled with some neutrals as well as bold brights. I chose beads made of natural stone as well as some beads made of glass.


This is a great example of bracelets made to stack or wear individually that work well together. Click to go to the page where you can find instructions to make your own!

When I sat down at my work table with this batch of goodies, I initially felt overwhelmed. There was just too much! It was like trying to work with all the colors in the rainbow! I couldn’t decide if I wanted to work just a few at a time, maybe in a set of bracelets that are each one color and can be worn together or apart, like the charm bracelets on the right or whether I should challenge myself by mixing them all into one big project?

In the end, I decided to go for it and combine the colors into one necklace project. I’ve found that when in doubt and working with a variety of colors that all “go together” like these do, color blocking usually works well. So I started on my way with my handy companion for multi-strand necklaces: my bead board.

Bead boards come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and for this project, I used a bead board with three little grooves to hold the beads for my multi-strand color-blocked necklace. I changed the order of the beads a few times (which is easy to do with a bead board because you can see how they look before they’re strung, which prevents having to restring beads), as well as the number of beads in each block or color to get the colors and proportions just right. Getting the color blocks to stand up to the curves of a necklace is sometimes tough, and the bead board makes this 100 times easier.

Click this image to learn more about this bead board.

Click the image to learn more about this bead board.

Of the 21 strands in this Pretty Palette, I used 11. The bulk of beads I used tended toward the warmer colors and I added controlled sprinklings of the green, light turquoise, and blue beads for contrast, which resulted in a really fun, spring-themed necklace that makes me wish for the tropics. Is anyone else wishing they had a Caribbean vacation planned for spring break?

Interested in cruising and beading? Check out Heather Powers’ Bead Cruise. What could be more fun than cruising the Caribbean and coming back to your floating fortress for an afternoon of beading with friends after swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling, or traipsing through sun-soaked markets? 

Enter the Puerto Vallarta Necklace: all of the gorgeous colors of a tropical vacation on your work table–and you don’t need a passport to enjoy them!


Getting things set up on my bead board!

Here’s a list of the beads I used complete the Puerto Vallarta Necklace:

  • 2          Bead Gallery®  rich blue synthetic lapis stone rounds
  • 34       Bead Gallery® 4mm faceted amber luster glass rondelles
  • 24       Bead Gallery® aqua small glass bead mix
  • 6          Bead Gallery® 6mm Czech pink faceted round mix
  • 6          Bead Gallery® 6mm pink dyed  shell rounds
  • 12       Bead Gallery® 8mm yellow glass crackle rounds
  • 10       Bead Gallery® 8mm green aventurine rounds
  • 18       Bead Gallery® 6x10mm  coral faceted glass rondelles
  • 18       Bead Gallery® 10mm pink quartzite rounds
  • 15       Bead Gallery® 10mm red dyed quartzite rounds
  • 8          Bead Gallery® 15x20mm large quartzite ovals

Click for complete PDF instructions to create your own Puerto Vallarta Necklace by Molly Schaller featuring Bead Gallery beads available at Michaels Stores.

Did you create a design for the January Pretty Palette blog hop? If so, we want to celebrate YOU! Please add your link to the list below!

This linky is open for one week, closing on February 1. 2017. Thank you for participating!


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!



  1. Erin Prais-Hintz
    Erin Prais-Hintz January 25, 2017

    The necklace you made is lovely, fresh and fun!
    Enjoy the day.

    1. Molly Schaller
      Molly Schaller January 25, 2017

      Thanks, Erin! It makes me happy when I look at it. All of those colors are welcome during these winter days.

  2. Jenny Kyrlach January 25, 2017

    How bright and cheerful! I’m impressed that you used so many of the colors in your necklace… It turned out beautifully! :)

    1. Molly Schaller
      Molly Schaller January 26, 2017

      Thank you, Jenny! It really was a challenge! Next month’s palette will have fewer colors, I think! :)