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Pretty Palettes :: October Reveal

Pretty Palettes :: October Reveal

Erin Prais-Hintz
erin 2 years ago

From the beginning of this month to the end, there has been a definite change in the weather! Most of the leaves have dropped from the trees, exposing their skeletons to the cashmere grey sky, shivering in the swirling wind. The mums on my porch are the perfect shade of fall to blend with the flickering pumpkin glow. I have firmly ensconced myself in cozy sweaters, drape-y scarves and the return of my tall boots. I love autumn!

October's palette :: Autumn Hues :: Design Seeds

October’s palette :: Autumn Hues :: Design Seeds

I went a bit literal with this month’s inspiration. The leaves were what drew me in. The colors, yes, but the shapes and the texture. In addition to the bead palette that I selected, I found a strand of silver filigree leaf charms. Now typically, I think that most would use these as…well…charms. But I decided that I would try to make them into a chain of sorts. I tried all sorts of configurations, just by attaching the charms together in flowing overlapping orientation with some oval jump rings (that is key so that they still sit right!), but ultimately ended up with just putting them in all the same direction. Having the holes in the leaves made it really easy to do! Occasionally, I would find that the holes were a bit too small, so then I got out my pointy-end bead reamer file and just {{gently}} enlarged the hole, ever so slightly.

I loved that strand of Czech glass rectangle tubes. The swirling colors remind me of the way the leaves blow around outside my office window. I made each strand featuring a different bead, and making reference to the other strands by including others. That is a great tip to make something look random, yet cohesive.

For the earrings, I kept them pretty simple. My new favorite shape from the Bead Gallery© is the tiny square heishi in this soft gold hematite. You know I love to mix metals and this gold just acts as a color to me. So I pulled that in with some gold plated ear wires to complete the look.

Charms turned into chain lend a decidedly autumn-ish touch to this set, Falling for Autumn

Charms turned into chain lend a decidedly autumn-ish touch to this set, Falling for Autumn

I am calling this set Falling for Autumn.

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My Pretty Palettes partner for October is Lynda Carson of Fresh Baked Designs. Miss Lynda got really inspired early on (putting my last minute technique to shame!) and came up with some wonderful designs. Plus she said she had more ideas to go! So here is a sneak peek of what she is creating….

Sneak peek!

Sneak peek!

Be sure to hop on over to her blog and show her some love for taking up the challenge with me!

Name: Lynda Carson
Fresh Baked Designs
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Sometimes the components that you have don’t suit the look you are after. Why not alter it?! Erin Strother shows us that you can take components and completely change their feel with just a few swipes of color.

I chose a very literal interpretation of this month’s photo, partly because I already had these leaf beads, and they were staring right at me, saying, “Ummm, yeah, here we are, obviously.” So I really had no choice.

But I did decide to alter the color a bit, due to their monochromatic silvery-ness. Coloring metal is super-easy, and a great way to get more impact or personalize your piece so it doesn’t look like the same stuff everybody else uses. I used Ranger/Vintaj patinas mixed with a little glaze to give it transparency, but you could also use alcohol inks, or even nail polish and get great results.

For the support beads, I picked out the autumn-colored beads from a strand of mixed semi-precious stone beads and a strand of mixed, multi-colored rounds, which gave me a nice variety to choose from so things weren’t too matchy-matchy.

Erin Strother paints the flames of autumn on simple silver components that will light up even the coldest night!

Erin Strother paints the flames of autumn on simple silver components that will light up even the coldest night!

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That’s it for us! Let’s see how you were inspired by our seasonal palette!

 

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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.

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5 Comments

  1. Molly Schaller
    Molly Schaller October 28, 2015

    Ladies, these are all so pretty! Erin P, I love how your necklace looks like a cascade of leaves, and Erin S, I am going to have to get my glazes and inks out (which have been neglected in a black box on a shelf in my studio) to color up some of my own metal beads and components. Great palette and challenge this month, Erin! Lynda was right; those red beads do look just like pomegranate seeds! Thanks for playing along!

  2. Lynda Carson October 28, 2015

    Thanks again, Erin and the Halcraft team, for the invitation to join in the fun this month. Bead Gallery beads are a dream to design with for sure!

    1. Molly Schaller
      Molly Schaller October 28, 2015

      I loved seeing your work, Lynda! Keep in touch & I hope you play along next month, too!

  3. Terry Ricioli October 28, 2015

    I think I could work with leaves all the time and never get tired of using them in my designs. There is just something so attractive about them. I love both the leaf chain and the patina-ed leaves. Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!

  4. Lynda Carson October 28, 2015

    Seeing how many of the beads from the palette you were able to incorporate into your design made me appreciate all over again how unusual and appealing it is. Love your creative use of charms (with the help from a bead reamer!) to create a beautiful chain. yet another beautiful necklace for all my gray sweaters!