Pretty Palettes :: May Reveal
Boho style is all about
Vibrant color scheme
Variety of patterns and textures
Eclectic pieces as focal points
So that is what I challenged myself to do with my set of jewelry for this month.
Here are the beads that I chose:
Adding to these beads, I found these great chunky ball chains in various metals and lengths at Michaels.
I loved them so much that I bought all that they had on the shelf of my local store (sorry, Stevens Point/Plover bead peeps!). I just love the oversized look to them. The balls look more like beads than chain and I thought they would make a great set that could be worn together or separately.
I call my set Boho Flair since I used all of the design principles of a boho look in each set of jewelry.
I started with the bracelets. I was going for the eclectic focal, natural element and controlled clutter. I used one of the aqua green wood wheel as my focal by simply using jump rings! I attached some jump rings about 5 ball links apart and then attached the wheel with additional jump rings. Add in a dragonfly the middle for additional flair!
For the natural element I used a mint green waxed linen (but you could use hemp or whatever cord you like) with a simple half-hitch knot. I like using waxed linen for things like this because the wax really seals the knot so there is no slipping. And for the controlled clutter, I used up the leftover beads in random dangles that all work well together!
For the necklaces, I used the principles of vibrant color scheme, variety of patterns and layers. These necklaces come carded in three antiqued metals: copper, brass and silver. They are also in graduated lengths: 18 in, 20 in, 24 in, respectively. That made the layering easy!
For the longest silver necklace I used the wood wheel paired with the dragonfly wood tablet bead and added a pop of color with the coral. The middle necklace is my favorite. The flower beads are similar in tone to the dragonfly bead but bring in a different texture and I kept the pattern on the dangles all the same, adding in that coral to tie it together. And then the shortest copper necklace I kept simple: just jump rings and a few of the silver dragonfly charms.
The earrings were a little bit of everything: pattern, texture, color, natural element and controlled clutter! I made them entirely with the waxed linen. Just knot and go!
What I like about all of these pieces is they work so well together because they share similar elements: color, pattern, texture. And they can also stand alone! These would be great to take on a trip as you could wear them so many different ways.
My Pretty Palette partner for this month is Kari Asbury. I asked her a few questions so that we could get to know her a bit better:
1 :: What unexpected place do your find inspiration for your designs?
Over the years I have really found that inspiration can strike anywhere and in places you least expect it! I do live in Oregon, part of the beautiful Pacific Northwest and even though I am right in the heart of one of our major cities the landscape is still surround by beautiful mountains, the city has a gorgeous water front and a beautiful rose garden that overlooks our entire city…see what my mean…inspiration everywhere!
2 :: If you were told you could only use ONE bead (any type, color, size, shape, material, etc) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is a tough one. Anybody who knows me would tell you I am a serious bead collector! If I really could only use one bead the rest of my life I think it would have to be quartz crystal. It has wonderful metaphysical properties and with it’s clear color it can be slightly change depending on the materials used for stringing…so that could help keep designs fresh and fun!
3 :: What is your favorite Halcraft bead (from those I sent or from all available)?
With so many beautiful and fun choices this is a tough one for me. But from the selection you sent the aqua wood beads really grabbed my attention. Lots of ideas spring to mind and even with the large size the wood material make them so light weight they could be anything from earrings to necklace, simple or bold, not to mention what a perfect choice they were to include in a bohemian palette!
Here is a sneak peek of what Miss Kari made. Can’t wait to hop over and see it all!
And now for something fun from our favorite Design on a Dime expert, Erin Strother!
This was a fun challenge! I started out thinking I would use those cool wooden starburst thingies that Erin P.H. had chosen, but when I got to Michael’s, they were more GREEN than I expected, and since I had already picked out some turquoise-ish accent beads, the green didn’t really match, so those went out the proverbial window. I did, however, use the same dragonfly mix of beads for my base, which offered a lot of variety that all works together without having to buy a whole bunch of different strands. I also threw in a couple of silver dragonfly beads, which I painted light turquoise with Vintaj/Ranger patina paints. (Don’t you love those?) Then, I added a second strand of wire-wrapped 5mm rounds in warm orangey tones. The great thing about this strand is that you don’t have to do ANY wire wrapping—it comes already pre-made like this. (Woohoo! Total score for us lazy people.) Finally, I added a third strand of small beads in light, medium and dark turquoise colors, with a few pops of pink, tan and copper to tie into the tones of the other two strands, and there you go! Boho!
So now it is your turn. Were you inspired to get your bohemian style on? Show us what you made!
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