August 2021 Pretty Palette inspiration

monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller

August 2021 Pretty Palette Bead Kit with yellow, blue, orange, and green beads

August's Pretty Palette is inspired by Brood X, the periodical cicada. I can currently hear the annual cicadas, but I heard and saw the periodical cicadas' amazing presence last month. I remember looking up to see the air sprinkled with cicadas as far as I could see one particularly steamy Indiana afternoon. Their buzzing voices droned on and on as I walked through them, trying to avoid bumping into them. As much as I appreciate them as a species, touching them gives me the heebie jeebies!

Did you know that a group of cicadas is called a cloud? And like many other insects it has three life stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Females lay eggs in twigs and branches. In six to 10 weeks, these eggs hatch into nymphs, which burrow into the ground to suck the liquids of plant roots. Here's where the magic of the periodical cicadas happens. These little nymphs stay underground for years happily sipping that plant root juice until, usually 17 years later, they all suddenly decide to emerge at once in a glorious symphony buzzing! Scientists aren't sure exactly what triggers the emergence, but they believe it could be tied to chemicals that are produced cyclically in the tree systems to which the cicadas life cycles are tied.

This month's Pretty Palette is inspired by the amazing colors of the cicada in its various life stages. Immediately after it emerges from the old shell of its nymph stage and leaves its old shell of underground life behind, its wings are lined with minty green veins, as seen in the images of the adult next to the nymph's shell. The image in the lower right shows the cicada's mature adult body studded with orange eyes and "elbows", yellow lined wings, and dark green body. It's a masterpiece of design!

The August Pretty Palette beading kit includes a variety of semiprecious stone, glass, and metal beads in many shapes and sizes for a fantastic beading experience! Click any from the list on the right to get a closer look or add to your cart!

Individual bead strands and the full kit are 30% off during the month of August, but don't wait to get yours! Our Pretty Palette kits sell out fast!
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If you're a newbie to my monthly challenge, read on to learn how you can play along!

1. Check out the current month's Pretty Palette challenge right here.

2. Get your August 2021 Pretty Palette bead kit for 30% off all month with Halcraft Collection's quick and easy ordering. Click to have the Cicada Symphony Pretty Palette Kit delivered to your doorstep right now! 

3. Bead with your current collection while your Pretty Palette beads make their way to you as quickly as possible. Halcraft Collection's shipping can't be beat--and it's FREE to the U.S. with every order over $50!

4. Once you have the beads in hand, create something that is YOU! Feel free to add beads from your stash that flow with the provided palette or use only a portion of the beads chosen here. The key is to have fun and use your creativity.

5. Share an image of your creation on the last Wednesday of the month (August 25th) or later--we want everyone to be able to play along--in our Beaded Jewelry Facebook group or tag Halcraft Collection with #halcraftprettypalette and follow us on Instagram!

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Crystal Cicada 18x50mm PendantPendant by Halcraft Collection
Crystal Cicada 18x50mm PendantPendant by Halcraft Collection

Crystal Cicada 18x50mm Pendant

$7.99
Brown & Green Dyed Hexigon Design Crackle Agate Stone Tube 11x30mm BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection
Brown & Green Dyed Hexigon Design Crackle Agate Stone Tube 11x30mm BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection

Brown & Green Dyed Hexagon Design Crackle Agate Stone Tube 11x30mm Beads

$8.79
Green Beaded Dragonfly 25x28mm CharmsCharm by Halcraft Collection
Green Beaded Dragonfly 25x28mm CharmsCharm by Halcraft Collection

Green Beaded Dragonfly 25x28mm Charms

$3.99
Yellow & Silver Tone Metal Wing 8x22mm BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection
Yellow & Silver Tone Metal Wing 8x22mm BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection

Yellow & Silver Tone Metal Wing 8x22mm Beads

$2.99
Super Bundle - Turquoise Dyed Howlite Teardrop 10x30mm Beads(3Packs/15Pieces)Beads by Halcraft Collection
Super Bundle - Turquoise Dyed Howlite Teardrop 10x30mm Beads(3Packs/15Pieces)Beads by Halcraft Collection
Super Bundle - Turquoise Dyed Howlite Teardrop 10x30mm Beads(3Packs/15Pieces)Beads by Halcraft Collection

Super Bundle - Turquoise Dyed Howlite Teardrop 10x30mm Beads(3Packs/15Pieces)

$6.39
Yellow Faceted Rondell Glass
Yellow Faceted Rondell Glass

Yellow Faceted Rondell Glass

$3.99
Amazonite Nugget Beads Slice 15x20mmBeads by Halcraft Collection
Amazonite Nugget Beads Slice 15x20mmBeads by Halcraft Collection

Amazonite Nugget Beads Slice 15x20mm

$11.99
Dark Orange Glass Czech Round Fire Polished Faceted 8mm
Dark Orange Glass Czech Round Fire Polished Faceted 8mm

Dark Orange Glass Czech Round Fire Polished Faceted 8mm

$5.99
Malachite Chip BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection
Malachite Chip BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection
Malachite Chips

Malachite Chip Beads

$3.19
Czech Fire Polished Faceted Glass Round 8mm  Yellow Opaque
Czech Fire Polished Faceted Glass Round 8mm  Yellow Opaque

Czech Fire Polished Faceted Glass Round 8mm Yellow Opaque

$5.99
Green Aqua Czech Glass Fire Polished Faceted Round 3mm
Green Aqua Czech Glass Fire Polished Faceted Round 3mm

Green Aqua Czech Glass Fire Polished Faceted Round 3mm

$3.99
Jonquil AB Transparent Czech Glass Fire Polished Faceted Round 6mm
Jonquil AB Transparent Czech Glass Fire Polished Faceted Round 6mm

Jonquil AB Transparent Czech Glass Fire Polished Faceted Round 6mm

$5.99
Turquoise Dyed Reconstituted Stone Small Rondell
Turquoise Dyed Reconstituted Stone Small Rondell

Turquoise Dyed Reconstituted Stone Small Rondell Beads

$3.19
Imitation Malachite Round BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection
Imitation Malachite Round BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection
Imitation Malachite Round BeadsBeads by Halcraft Collection
Imitation Malachite Round

Imitation Malachite Round Beads

$3.99
Green Matte Dyed Fire Crackle Agate 6mm  Round
Green Matte Dyed Fire Crackle Agate 6mm  Round

Green Matte Dyed Fire Crackle Agate 6mm Round Beads

$3.19
Orange & White Striped Blown Glass Round & Drop 12mm , 20mm , 24mm  - 4pcs
Orange & White Striped Blown Glass Round & Drop 12mm , 20mm , 24mm  - 4pcs

Orange & White Striped Blown Glass Round & Drop Beads 12mm, 20mm, 24mm - 4pcs

$2.99
Czech Fire Polished Faceted Glass Round 3mm Light Green AB Beads
Czech Fire Polished Faceted Glass Round 3mm Light Green AB Beads

Czech Fire Polished Faceted Glass Round 3mm Light Green AB Beads

$5.99
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Molly Schaller is a design thinker, transmedia storyteller, user experience designer, and craft industry consultant who loves finding connections and creating dialog through craft. Contact Molly about her Pretty Palette design challenge and more!

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