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Pretty Palettes :: January Reveal

Pretty Palettes :: January Reveal

Erin Prais-Hintz
erin 3 years ago

So, after working with the color of the year – Marsala -for a month, how are you feeling about it now?

I have to say that it is growing on me!


As a reminder, here are the beads that I selected for this month’s challenge:


I stuck to the deeper shades of Marsala like the ruby garnet, but I wanted to also throw in some other variations, and the ombre glass pearls for contrast. I was first drawn to the resin drusy beads, for their peek of Marsala in the rich luminescent shell of glacier grey. I freely admit that I like them so much that I cleared out my local Michaels of those beads! (The hazards of this challenge are great, I tell you!)

I also picked up some copper chain and toggle clasps. I knew that I wanted it to be a multi-strand necklace but I had no idea that it was going to take me where I went.

Marsala Smoke convertible necklace design by Erin Prais-Hintz for Halcraft USA

Marsala Smoke convertible necklace design by Erin Prais-Hintz for Halcraft USA

If you have followed me for any time at all you know that I am all about jewelry that multi-tasks. I like to have options. So that is what happened with this necklace. This is a variation of a necklace I have made before, and sort of a hallmark of my design aesthetic. I made each piece of this design modular, so that it can be combined in various ways.


Wanna know the secret?

The secret is to use the rings of the toggle clasp as links. Shhhhhh!

Each of the beaded strands (and the chain) has a small lobster claw clasp at either end. And each of the toggle rings has three jump rings on it. This allows for adding or subtracting any of the strands.

Wear it long...

Wear it long…

You can wear it long by connecting the chain to the loops on the rings.

...add or subtract strands...

…add or subtract strands…

You can wear it short by passing the chain through one of the rings and doubling that over so that both lobster claw clasps are on one side.

...or wear it short!

…or wear it short!

Wear it with one, two or three strands. I think I counted at least 12 different ways to wear it! I am really proud of myself for this hard-working design as I can see it being filled with all sorts of possibilities!


For the earrings, I kept it simple with a little bit of flash and movement, just the way I like it. Little lengths of chain make up the tassel and play well with the coiled copper wire beads. There are those resin drusy beads again! I love their peek-a-boo look.


Now to see what my Pretty Palettes partner has created!

I love to see the sneak peek of their reveal. It gets me all fired up and looking forward to seeing the entire piece! My partner this month is

Sarah Ostriyznick

Blog: Sarah O Creations

Etsy: Sarah O Creations

Sneak Peek! Sarah O has a lovely balance between color and texture happening here!

Sneak Peek! Sarah O has a lovely balance between color and texture happening here!

Hop on over to her blog to see more of Sarah O’s Pretty Palettes reveal!



Miss Erin Strother played along with us this month as well. Here is her take on the color of the year.

For this month’s Pretty Palettes challenge, I chose to focus mainly on the dusty purple color, which, I admit, was because I’ve had my eye on this awesome amethyst slice pendant for a while now. It combines rough crystal formations at the bottom with a smooth, polished finish at the top, with bands of gray and muted purple, shifting to white, then graduating to translucent lavender.

The pendant looks great on its own, but I pumped it up a bit by slipping in a line of whisper-pink pearls through the bail, and topping it with a textured silver coin bead. I loved the color variation between the beads on the matte-finish, purple druzy rounds—everything from dark grape to pale lavender. And finally, the deep red marsala color, used as an accent, added just the right amount of kick to the otherwise muted palette.



Now it is your turn… show us your Marsala-inspired creations!

Check back on Wednesday, February 4th for the next Pretty Palettes Challenge!

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Erin Prais-Hintz

About Erin Prais-Hintz

Erin is a color addict who designs one of a kind wearable works of art for her company Tesori Trovati Jewelry. No bead goes unloved in her studio. She loves to mix patterns and textures, colors and metals, simple beads with stunning art beads for looks that have wit, whimsy and tell your story. Follow her creative journey on her blog: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com or find her hand made treasures at www.tesoritrovati.com.



  1. Louise McCormick-Glazier January 28, 2015

    So very cool Miss Erin!
    Convertible necklace idea! Genius! I really love that it’s variable, that you can adjust it.
    I’d like to try making a convertible necklace.

  2. Alison January 28, 2015

    Thanks for a great challenge! I love your design and how it is so versatile. You really made those resin druzy beads look awesome! (I had a tough time with those and only used one.) What an inspiration you are! Thank you again!

  3. Sarah Ostriyznick January 29, 2015

    Erin, I feel like we were on the same wave length this month with convertible pieces :) I love the versatility of the beautiful necklace you made. Thanks for hosting and including me in the challenge this month!

    Erin Strother- Your necklace is terrific. I get this cosmic vibe from it and I love it!

  4. Louise January 29, 2015

    Hi – (If I already commented, you can delete this comment).
    I love the convertible necklace idea, and really love the earrings. The resin druzy looks much better made up than I would have imagined. :) I wasn’t able to find beads that thrilled me, in store or in my stash, but I’m admiring what everyone has made.

  5. Shay Williams January 30, 2015

    I am totally loving this necklace and how convertible it is. It seems that I never have just the ‘right’ necklace in just the ‘right’ length which is really sad considering I probably have thirty necklaces hanging on my organizer..(hmmmm…note to self…sort through those and only keep the ones I wear.) I think that I am going to have to make up one along this lines.