It was very timely to have the beach as the theme for June’s Pretty Palettes challenge. As predicted, I need a vacation from that trip to Orlando earlier this month! It was a whirlwind that involved a LOT of driving, and no toes in the sand. There were actually back-to-back trips (first to Orlando, then to Madison) with 12 teens so it was more like a continuous slumber party! But we did have a lot of fun and make some great connections and memories.When I finally got around to making my piece I started by looking back over the photos that I posted. Ahhh…. so refreshing just to see the sea, even if I couldn’t see it in real life! And then I put on some music. Music always transports me. For this I chose a Pandora station called Laid Back Beach Music. Jack Johnson. Bob Marley. Chris Staleton. Zac Brown. UB40. The perfect summer soundtrack! The only thing missing was a pina colada and some Coppertone.
Pulling together a group of beads into one cohesive unit is sometimes easier said than done. This month I really picked a doozy of different textures and shapes even though they were all in the same sea-palette. I actually spent more time staring at those beads before the inspiration struck. Then it hit me. They can each stand on their own – like the water, the waves, the foam, the sky and the sand – and still play a part in the whole. (The only ones I didn’t use were the seahorse charms, but I will save for a future project). So I celebrated the diversity of each strand by making them the star (see what I did right there?) in their own space – et voila! – they played so nicely in the sand together!
Originally I was going to do a really long strand of randomness that could be looped and doubled over many times over. Then I spotted the three-strand connector clasp. Instead of putting that in the back, I decided to put it right out front. Since I only had so many of the strands, I didn’t have enough to make a full strand of any of these beads. This allowed me to give the illusion of the three strands in the front. I scattered in the silver starfish for some visual interest and texture. The back part I used the ombre seed bead strands, keeping the graduated colors the same.
For the earrings I kept it pretty simple and used a long 3″ headpin (snipped off the end) to make a simple wrap above the top of one of the turquoise howlite briolettes. I split up some of the strands with my partner Jenny and had 6 of the multi-metal starfish. It was only when I started working with them that I realized that they had different textures. But that is okay as the metal tones are the same.
I call this set Sanibel as that is the island in Florida that my favorite Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Tom would go visit every year for shelling excursions every November. They had quite the collection of seashells in every shape and size you can imagine. I think this set would be perfect to wear for a sunrise stroll along the beach.
My Pretty Palettes partner for June is Jenny Kyrlach.
Jenny sent me a whole slew of sneak peek pictures. I have included a few here for you to enjoy and entice you to hop on over and see what she did with the same set of beads. I think she was inspired by this palette!
I also asked her to answer a few questions….
This is a hard one… I love variety and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and have been known to use pretty much everything. I suppose I will say pearls, just because I love their sheen and their versatility. They can be used in styles both classic and edgy, and look lovely while doing so.
Miss Erin Strother is a California girl, so I knew that the beach would be right in her wheelhouse. She pulled together a very beachy boho look that any surfer girl would adore!
I could have gone a lot of different ways with these beachy shades of light, medium and dark turquoise blue combined with warm tans, golds, and white, but ultimately ended up using a big turquoise slab pendant I had leftover from another project, which seemed the perfect canvas for a cluster of three silver, ocean-themed charms. I also had turquoise suede lace in my stash, which adds a nice textural element when combined with a simple strand of sand colored seed beads, and a second beaded strand of aqua, studded with tiger-eye and copper.
My dog Swiffer was eyeing me hopefully as I made this necklace. I think she recognizes the colors of surf and sand, which, to her, mean only one thing—a trip to Dog Beach. Ahhh, the familiar smell of the ocean, kelp, and wet dogs. And I have the perfect necklace for the trip.
Now it is your turn…share your best beach wear with us!
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Gorgeous beach color palette, Erin! Love how you’ve hidden tiny star fish in amongst your lovely design…just like a tide pool treasure hunt!
Everyone rocked this beach-themed challenge! I guess everyone needs a little ocean love in the summer, even those of us who live in landlocked places. :)
Hee! As you said, it looks like we both had connections to Sanibel Island this time… What fun! :)
I absolutely love what everyone made! This was such a beautiful collection of beads; it was a blast to work with. Thank you so, so much for letting me play along this month… I had a blast!
I am loving what everyone has made. Vibrant and fun colors perfect for some beachtime! I used similar colors and metal tones in my pieces but with different beads available at my Halcraft findings store.
Love the beads and designs! Well done!
Erin P-H: I love love love triple strands! Yours is perfect! The bicone and drop strand is my favorite, they nestle together just right! I like how the lava beads make the blue color just POP!
Erin S: I love that you added tigers eye and creams and tans! It gives it a very soft mellow feeling. I’m glad to see you used leather suede! You come up with the best ideas to use leather cord and suede!