I was beyond overjoyed and so very honored when Erin asked me to join her for July's Pretty Palettes challenge on Halcraft USA blog. I had no idea what her chosen palette would be or which beads I would be using, but really—who can turn down an opportunity for more beads? Yes, I've walked through the bead gallery aisles of Michael's far too many times wishing that all the beads were mine… I know I'm not the only one! So, there was no other answer but "yes!".
When my packet brimming with beads arrived a few days later, I knew for sure that I had made the right choice—Erin has a way with colors that always makes me smile and I loved the bead mix she put together right away.
Come see what I made…
One of the first focals that came to my mind as I started to plan my designs, was this earthy golden face by one of my favorite ceramic bead artists, Birgitta Lejonklou. For so long I've wanted to use this focal, but each time I pulled it out, the design didn't work out quite right and I put it back—I'm so happy it has finally found the perfect home!
necklace earlier this month. It's rather soft (as far as rocks and pebbles go) so drilling was fairly easy, but as this was my first time drilling a pebble, I was nervous the whole time that I would ruin it! Very happily, I did not! So many happy memories are connected to my ever-growing pebble collection and so adding this one into my necklace really is an extra special touch for me!
MonasLampwork for a little extra surprise and sparkle.
This necklace was still in progress when I came up with another design in a totally new direction…
I used one of my sleepy flower garden bunnies dressed up with a vintage floral cotton print. I strayed just a little bit from Erin's palette and I used a short piece of rosy pink gauze ribbon for an extra pop of color and to hide my crimps…
And also in pink—tiny aurora borealis faceted czech glass between each pearl. Pink is never my first choice, but I thought it added a nice touch to the design and it was fun to see it take on a more romantic and feminine look.
I was down to the wire for time (read the day before this reveal!), but I had one last idea and happily it flew together faster than the first two designs!
Queen Anne's Lace pendants and paired it up with one last bead from MonasLampwork and a single green glass faceted bead. Tied together with hemp, I made an elongated focal—I do like long necklaces and long focals!
And for my closure, I made another vintage button and loop clasp.
And there you have it—three new creations, each with a slightly different feel, and what fun they were to make!
Thank you so much Erin for such a wonderful time and an artfully selected bead mix that was the fuel for these new creations! And thank you to the rest of the Halcraft team for sponsoring such great creativity!
Be sure to stop by Halcraft blog to see what Erin made with this very same bead mix…