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Pretty Palettes :: March Reveal

We are channeling our inner starlet this month with a bevy of fantasy gowns that belong in a fairy tale!

I chose to use the green gown with these beads.


I knew that I wanted to make something that had a little added flair to it, since this character looked like she was a Queen, but perhaps an evil one at that! I wanted it to look tempting, if not a little poisonous, luxe and edgy. I call this set Green Goddess.


I started with this ultra simple, yet totally glam wrap bracelet. I have to say that I have never been a huge fan of memory wire, but this stuff is starting to grow on me! I like the way you can whip something up in a hurry with it. I used the gold plated bumpy spacers en masse to give them a larger presence on the back side of this wrap. I even used them in place of beads on either side of the rhinestone rondelle bead cap spacers. I think that gives them an architectural quality. This bracelet is very comfortable, and would be very easy to whip up in a variety of colors and styles.


Next I fashioned some earrings. Keeping to the green theme, I decided that another shape was in order, so I trekked over to Michaels last night and picked up a strand of green glass teardrops. I like this shape better for the earrings, and I also like that they came in a variety of shades, so I mixed them for more interest. I gave them a similar treatment with the rhinestone rondelles for that architectural flair. I also like that you could make these as long or as short as you like by varying the lengths of chain, or perhaps adding in another piece of chain with some smaller dangles for more volume. The nice thing is that they work really well hanging just below your hairline, or brushing your shoulder for a more daring look. This style could be more casual with simpler stones, maybe some small turquoise arrow points with accents of coral red for a more contemporary look.


But the best part was the necklace. I had this idea come to me in a flash, that I wanted it to be a choker style using the green and gold sliders. And I thought wouldn’t it be cool if it had no clasp….hmmmm. That really got me thinking outside the box! But the long piece of chain with the tiny green faceted rounds really draw your eye and finished this perfectly. The necklace, as it is, is quite dramatic with those sliders with the color shifting stones. But adding that chain was genius as it took it to the next level. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this looked great worn three different ways: at the base of your neck with the sliders together as if they were one complete circle and the chains headed straight down in front; or twisted to the side with the chains and sliders off-center for something unexpected (which would be great for a one shoulder dress!), and it even looked awesome with the sliders in back, the way the chain would trail down the back if your hair was piled high on your head (and a dramatic open-backed dress, of course!). This is yet another very versatile design that I think would look good with a variety of beads, stones and color palettes (and you picture it?!). I plan to play with it some more!


Now my Pretty Palettes partner this month, Alison Herrington, selected the blue dress as her Muse. So I picked out a different set of beads in that palette, that had a similar regal flair. Here is a sneak peek of what she made:


Ooh! I can’t wait to see the reveal!

And to learn a bit more about her, I asked Miss Michelle to answer just a few questions….

1 :: What unexpected place do your find inspiration for your designs?
Books! I am in a creative book club (Andrew Thornton’s Inspired by Reading book clubwhere we make something inspired by a different book every month. And I also listen to additional books on CD in the car and find myself making projects for them as well!

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?
Large hole beads! I love the versatility of them… being able to use all kinds of stringing material… using them horizontal or vertical or as dangles or connectors.
3 :: What is your favorite Halcraft bead (from those I sent or from all available)?
Those blue teardrops! I used them as a dangle AND AS BEADS!
I know that I am excited to see what Miss Alison made with this inspiration. Please be sure to hop on over to her blog and check it out!
Name: Alison Herrington
Company: AlisonAdorns Jewelry
Blog: AlisonAdorns.blogspot.com
Let’s check in with Erin Strother and she how she put her own unique spin on the inspiration photos.
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When I finished making this necklace and tried it on for the first time, I actually laughed out loud. Partly because it looked like something my grandmother would have chosen for me to wear while having tea with the queen, (which, by the way, I did last Thursday*), and partly because I was wearing jeans and a red plaid flannel shirt at the time, so it looked just a tad bit clashy.

I think this necklace would probably pair better with the uber-foofy blue “romance novel” dress from Erin’s inspiration photos, so please just try to get that flannel shirt image out of your head. (I know, you can’t think of anything else now, can you?) OK, try thinking about that dorky song, “Mmm Bop” by Hanson. There. Now THAT can roll around in your head all day instead. You’re welcome.

The best thing about this necklace is that you don’t have to spend 157 horribly tedious hours making a zillion tiny blue rondelle dangles and attaching them to a chain one at a time. The chain comes already perfectly pre-dangled, so you don’t have to do any of that yourself. All I did was separate the chain into 4 equal segments and attach them to pearl sliders, so this is actually way easier to make than it looks. And I’m all about easy.

*This is mostly a lie, since I have never actually met the queen. I have, however, had tea, so that part is true.

And now I AM Mmmm, bopping all over the place! Thanks, Miss Erin! ;-)


Let’s see what you came up with for this uber-fantasy version of the red carpet looks.

And if you are interested in being a Pretty Palettes partner for perhaps May or in the summer,  please let me know if you might be interested. Would love to share the fun – and the beads – with you!

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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. Alison Herrington March 30, 2016

    Erin P-H: O.M.G. What a blast I had! Thank you Erin sooo much for this ultra fun over-the-top inspiration palette this month! Your green emerald set is fantastic! I am in awe of your witch craft and still trying to figure out how you Harry Pottered the clasp in he necklace! I WILL figure it out! My favorite part of your set is the way you used the big daisy spacers in all fun new ways! That really takes the emerald color up TWO notches by using all that gold!
    Erin S: WOW! This challenge seemed really outside your norm, and I have been looking forward to what you made this month. YOU ROCKED IT! What fun you always have and the jewelry shows how much you love what you do! My favorite part of your necklace is how you used the bottom holes on the sliders for dangles! The queen will LUV it!

    1. Erin Prais-Hintz
      Erin Prais-Hintz March 30, 2016

      So fun to have you join in, Miss Alison! The secret is….there is NO CLASP! I actually bought a set of clasps and then abandoned that when I realized that I had memory wire for necklaces. BAM! That way it just sits together on your neck and LOOKS like it is continuous…when in reality it is not! I absolutely adore what Miss Erin S. made. I know I push her outside of her comfort zone every time but she still manages to shine bright!

  2. Terri G. March 31, 2016

    Wow! All the pieces are out standing….Love love the green goddess bracelet! Didn’t play this month…didn’t get to the store and All I had to work with was the halcraft oval green glass beads…enough for just earrings….but had to stop by and leave a comment.