Today is the May reveal for Pretty Palettes. As a reminder, here is the palette that I chose for May.
This month, I introduced a new feature of the Pretty Palettes Challenge: a partner. I am selecting a new partner each month that will receive the same bead set that I am using. I find it fascinating how the same inspiration and the same materials can result in completely different ideas. My partner this month is Sarajo Wentling of SJ Designs.
First I decided that I would just cut apart all the strands and put them in a bowl, bead soup style. I wanted this necklace to be a very free-form style and mixing all the beads together ensured that there was no set pattern. Don’t they look yummy all mixed together?
Next I decided that the simple silver plated dotty toggle clasp was a little too plain for this necklace. The cool thing about this little bump on the outside is that it allows for a good anchor point for wire wrapping. I took some 26 gauge wire and wrapped the outer edge of the toggle ring with the pink cats’ eye beads. This technique works best with smaller beads, like seed beads. Try it with tiny silver balls in between! This makes the toggle more of the star of the show, while bringing in a bead from the design, and also looks like a flower, that fits with the palette motif!
Putting the beads in a bowl allows you to select each one at random. When I do a necklace like this, I like to string both strands simultaneously so that allows me to make sure that there is a completely random assortment and that similar beads are not bunched up together. Worn tightly twisted, or torsade-style, with the clasp off to the side, makes for an interesting look.
And why not add a pair of earrings? Reserve a few pairs of beads from your necklace design to tie into the color scheme. I like a little bit of movement with my earrings so I made a dangle using two different colors of the faceted rondelles and the rhinestone spacer. You can keep adding beaded links to these earrings to be as long and daring as you like!
I am calling this set Olive’s Garden in honor of my 89 year old mother-in-law Olive who passed away last week. Olive loved tending her flowers in the spring and summer. Around the farmhouse, orange day lilies are profuse. This color palette reminded me of her and those majestic flowers. By mid summer they would be so full and lovely! Olive loved to encourage my beading and I know that she would have loved to wear these baubles to a special outdoor wedding that we have coming up this summer for her granddaughter Megan.
Allow me to introduce my partner, Sarajo Wentling.
Miss Sarajo was very inspired by this palette and beads and made more than one piece. Above is just one of her necklaces featuring a lovely handmade pendant focal wrapped in brass filigree. I just love the way Miss Sarajo used waxed linen to tie the beads on one side of this necklace and balance out the rosary chain wrapped beads on the other. To see what else Miss Sarajo created, please hop over to her blog SJDesignsJewelry.
Additionally, four of our Halcraft team members submitted their take on the Pretty Palettes inspiration.
Denise Yezbak Moore made a modern color-blocked bib style necklace. I like the very saturated tones in the beads that she found, and especially the contrast between the coral and the orchid purple color.
Michelle Mach gives us a May Flowers bracelet. She chose some interesting textures in the step faceted beads and the carved rose colored rounds. I love the addition of the silver leaf dangles for some sassy movement and the timeless pearl dangle.
Mykeall Shepherd created an entire set of jewelry, with a necklace, bracelet and earrings all punctuated with bold gold triangle spikes.
Katie Hacker used jump rings as spacers between the beads on the drops that hang between frosty cat eye ovals.
Barb Switzer’s Pop Art Punch used fabulous bullseye sliders for a visual punch that looks almost good enough to eat. Do these colors make anyone else feel hungry?
Molly Schaller’s Peony Punch Stacker bracelet is easy to make in that it is one piece of memory wire made to look like a stacked bracelet. Sometimes it’s good to just let the beautiful beads do the talking!
Thank you to Miss Sarajo, Miss Denise, Miss Michelle, Miss Mykeall, Miss Katie & Miss Molly for playing along with me this month. Are you interested in being considered as a future partner for the upcoming months? Please be sure to submit a design! You do need to have a blog to be considered. June and July are already spoken for, but I am looking for designers who would like to play along with me for August and beyond. If you made something inspired by this month’s Pretty Palette, please add your link to the InLinkz code below.
Thanks again for inviting me to be your Pretty Palettes Partner this month, Erin! It was great fun and I love the palette and beads you chose. I would love to play again sometime if it works out.
I love what you made! Maybe I should have tried stringing them all like you did with my larger pendant… it just wasn’t looking right when I played but your’s is just perfection. So versatile too in that you could wear the clasp in several different places to change up the look. I have to get braver about multi-strands.
I went ahead and added my blog to the link up so it would be the direct link to that post.
Is there a June challenge. Please let me know.