I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about an invitation from Erin Prais Hintz to partner with her for this month’s Pretty Palettes bead challenge, sponsored by Halcraft Company…which produces all those wonderful Bead Gallery beads. Halcraft not only sponsors these monthly challenges, but their website has tons of great design inspiration. They also have a fantastic Pinterest site with even more design ideas for you.
Here is this month’s inspiration photo and color palette…
perfectly timed for Fall.
Erin selected and sent me this gorgeous group of Bead Gallery beads to design anything I wanted. Oh, my!
I was struck by two things immediately with this color palette of beads.
First off, the range of gray tones. While there’s the expected gold, burnt orange, and burgundy, there’s two shades of gray. Unusual, for sure. And I love gray! And I’ve added more gray to my Fall wardrobe than any other color the last few years. Tops, sweaters, knitted neck scarves, comfy suede flats… Designing jewelry that would compliment gray clothing pieces would be a focus.
Secondly, I wanted to use the antique silver daisy spacers more as a group, rather than individually…to show off the beaded, ruffled edge effects. To treat them as a larger element in design.
This first set uses a nice mix of materials…beads, metal daisy spacers and toggle clasp, as well as sari silk and one of my polymer clay leaves. It was originally made to be a large button, but I’m happy to say that it fit very well into this design.
The next set highlights the luminous cherry quartz rounds…love this with the silver accents! Unusual combo for a Fall palette, but it would be so lovely with a gray cable knit turtleneck sweater I have. And then there’s that beautiful silver leaf toggle clasp!
My last piece plays with a wire work design using some of that prepped copper wire I wrote about here and the 4mm opaque red glass beads that remind me so much of pomegranate seeds…
I’m so smitten with these little beauties that I purchased a another strand at Michael’s. Bought their very last one, in fact. After creating 18 gauge hammered copper bars with wire wrapped bead links for a chain, I made a fringe of those ‘pomegranate seed’ beads dotted with a mix of natural stone, shell, turquoise, pyrite, pearl, and Czech glass beads.
I think this fringed necklace would look amazing on sweaters in so many different Fall colors. I can’t wait to get into my sweater cupboard, just as soon as the temperature drops below 70 degrees, which sadly doesn’t look like anytime soon.
The good news is that I still have plenty of beads left over from this challenge
to have many more hours of fun…
Thank you, Erin !