This month I was inspired by a Marimekko swimsuit I scored at Target last year. To read more about Marimekko, the Finnish design company, visit our July 2017 inspiration post. If you’re new to our challenge, that’s a great place to start. Essentially, I choose an inspiration image and beads each month and share it on the first Wednesday. You and others play along by creating a piece of jewelry using the same beads and colors as me. Then we share our creations on the final Wednesday of the month on the blog, hopping from one blog to another using the LinkUp at the end of this post.
Here are the Bead Gallery® beads I chose from the Halcraft Collection to complete the challenge. They’re bright and filled with a juicy vibrance and energy that is just like summer. I hope you enjoyed them, too! I chose a variety of shapes, materials, and sizes to give everyone a lot of opportunity to play with color.
This month’s Bead Gallery beads:
My first inclination with this challenge was to create flower shapes, but as I did a little more research I found that the bold graphic quality of Marimekko designs was sometimes floral, but not always. Using these beads and a little experimentation, I created a framework from which I could build. Enter Beadalon’s flat wire and the twist punch to create holes.
I punched holes every half inch on a 6-inch piece of flat wire to use as a framework. After bending the frame into a U shape, I found that I needed a few extra holes near the curves of the U, so I added one on either side of the center hole.
I played with the layout of beads to create a really bold, graphic pendant using wire and headpins to hold the beads in place. There was a color block theme to this to keep it modern. Figuring out how to arrange the beads so that the sizes and colors all worked together took some time and was sort of frustrating, as it always seemed like the beads were falling off one part of the pendant as I created another part, but in the end it was completely worth it. I love the result!
I was so pleased with the way the frame worked within the design, and I’m looking forward to playing around more with this idea. The bright colors work well, but I can easily imagine using smooth natural wooden beads for a graphic but neutral pendant.
I ended up choosing to use chain with the pendant, but I might switch it out for leather or maybe even a beaded strand. I’m still thinking about that one. :) It’s just so bold and large that much more would take away from the effect and add more weight to an already heavier than normal pendant.
I hadn’t used all of the challenge beads, and I couldn’t let the carved cinnabar beads go without a little love, so I created a bracelet.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s challenge! To leave your own creations, just add your link to the linkup below! I love to celebrate you!
A truly innovative and clever design, Miss Molly! Love the bright pops of color perfect for a summer day! Enjoy the day. Erin
What a clever, unique design! I’m so impressed with the way you constructed your pendant–I wouldn’t have thought of that! Thanks for another fun challenge… I really enjoyed playing along! :)
Love the way you used the flat wire to create a pendant!
I love this! It’s striking and modern and makes a super statement–perfect for such a bold color palette. Using the flat wire to create the frame was such a clever idea and I love the possibilities it inspires! And I think the simple chain suits this so well–the pendant itself is such a showstopper it doesn’t need anything fancier!