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.
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.
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!
Here’s a list of the beads I used complete the Puerto Vallarta Necklace:
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The necklace you made is lovely, fresh and fun!
Enjoy the day.
How bright and cheerful! I’m impressed that you used so many of the colors in your necklace… It turned out beautifully! :)