As I write this the wind is blowing mighty strong and there is a threat of a few inches of snow for the morning, but right now it is glorious spring with the smell of dirt in the air and the ombre brown to green changing every minute of the day. Tomorrow there MIGHT be snow, but without the frosty blanket that has been stowed away until next winter, it most certainly won’t stay long. That makes me so happy!
This palette really spoke to me of the freshest of fresh, perfect for welcoming spring. And of course, a little luck wouldn’t hurt anyone with that pretty clover.
I selected the teardrop shaped beads because they reminded me of the petals of the clover. I wasn’t sure how, but I wanted to wire them together in a nod to that iconic shape. I got out all different wire gauges and thought that it would be some sort of fancy weaving. But then I just started stringing them on some eye pins and realized that the answer was much simpler: string two of the beads onto one 2″ eye pin; cut the end off a 3″ headpin to form a simple loop to thread one bead, wrap the wire around the first set, add the last bead and form a loop. Voila! Instant shamrock!
For the remainder of the necklace I decided to challenge myself to only use eye pins to connect all the parts. For the most part I was using the 2″ bronze eye pins, but my beads were much smaller than that. So you end up cutting off an inch or so each time. Don’t throw those little bits away! They were the perfect size to form eyepins for the smaller beads. So I ended up using about half as many eyepins. Hooray for recycling! Just be sure to hold the end you are cutting off securely lest it go flying all around your studio like a miniature rocket (and for safety’s sake wear eye protection!).
Since this month’s inspiration was all about the four leaf clover, I did a little research.
The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.
It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover; even so, this probability has not deterred collectors who have reached records as high as 160,000 four-leaf clovers.
To find a four-leaf clover, one should look in a patch of white clover (Trifolium repens) or red clover (Trifolium pratense) to find genuine mutant clovers.
So the luckiest clover is likely a genetic mutation!
I named my necklace Faith, Hope, Love & Luck for the four petals. Now once this snow melts (ugh!) I will be on the hunt for this elusive mutant!
My Pretty Palettes partner this month is Miss Lorelei Eurto. I am looking forward to what her talented hands have crafted with this month’s challenge palette! She never disappoints!
Do check out her blog reveal at http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com/2015/03/pretty-palettes-march-reveal.html
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Pretty Palettes party without my partner-in-crime, Erin Strother. She has cooked up a lively necklace brimming with luck!
Let’s just call it what it is—an excuse to use turquoise.
I LOVE turquoise.
For clarification purposes, I’m talking about the stone here, not the color, and if it (the color) pops up anywhere in a challenge palette, you can bet it (now I’m talking about the stone again) is gonna find it’s way into my design somehow. I changed my mind, like, three times concerning what kind of turquoise I should use for this month’s project. At one point, I was holding turquoise heishi, turquoise teardrops, and some funky turquoise flat nuggets in my hand all at once, and for a brief, magical moment I considered using all three, but then vaguely remembered there were other colors in the palette that would feel dejected if I ignored them, so I opted for the flat nugget as a wire-wrapped focal. (Teardrops and heishi—I’ll be back for you!)
Looking for some green stuff, I thought about trying to work some kale into the necklace somehow since that’s all uber-trendy and everything, but then abandoned that idea when I found a strand of green glass beads that had already been pre-wired together into a chain (YAY—less work for me!) so those were a no-brainer. I also chose the same happy, limey faceted rondelles that Erin Prais-Hintz selected, as well as the same flashy green iris beads, (spaaaarrrrrklyyyy) although I opted for faceted rounds rather than teardrops. And although it wasn’t technically in the palette, I definitely saw some dark burgundy red in that clover, so I cheated and used a pop of that to jazz everything up a bit. I found some earthy, cut horn beads that added a slight hippy vibe, and finally, a super-cute four-leaf clover charm ties everything back to the inspiration photo.
Ahhh, spring. And turquoise.
What about you? Were you inspired to get your green on for March? If so, let’s see what you made! The InLinkz collection will be open for one week, so if we have inspired you, go out and grab some beads… we know you will get lucky!
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Erin H-P — What a clever clover! (Try saying that 5 times fast!) This was a great palette choice. I think we were all overdue for some spring action.
And Erin S., love your pretty necklace, but I’m so disappointed you didn’t use kale. If anyone could make that work, it would be you!
Erin P-H, Faith, Hope, Love and Luck… I LOVE it! Thanks for hosting this fun challenge! I love to go to Michael’s with a picture of your beads and search the Wall-O-Beads for just the right strands. Its helped me learn sizes and shape names (so I can now tell rondelles from rounds)! Your necklace is beautiful and what a great job you always do!
Erin S, Its always fun to read your comments! I love the mixed metal action going on in your necklace! Great Job!