monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller
Want to learn how to amp up your creativity?
Add some constraints. Although at first it might sound contrary to the goal of expanding your creative powers, it actually works in the opposite way. Having fewer options pushes you to be more creative with what you have. Working within constraints is one of my favorite parts of Pretty Palettes; we're limited by the beads and colors each month, and those constraints push us to think outside of the box and come up with ideas we would never think of without these boundaries.
I embraced the power of constraints this month by accident. I had to take a 4-hour car trip and I wanted to bring my beads along with me. You've all experienced that, right? Car beading is such a great way to pass the time! Well, I was running a bit behind, and I grabbed my June Pretty Palette kit, my tools, and my bead board along with some wire and hopped into the passenger seat of the car.
When I pulled out my supplies to do a bit of beading, I realized I didn't bring any findings or flexible bead stringing wire! But, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. I decided to limit myself to what I could make with what I had, and I love how it all turned out!
This month, the final Wednesday comes relatively early, so you still have nearly a week to purchase the June Pretty Palette beading kit and bonus beads for 30% off:
*You can buy the entire collection with one click
*You can pick and choose your own beads from the collection
*You can buy the entire collection AND add bonus beads that coordinate
I started by making lots of little links for the Endless Summer Necklace, which is a linked rosary-style necklace. These are great for using a variety of beads that are all similar sizes, and I usually keep the smallest beads toward the back of the necklace create better balance visually and physically. The large beaded link at the bottom of this long necklace are on a curved wire link. I worked over and over with different sorts of pendant and wire wrapped options for this necklace using these large turquoie teardrop, but this one using all three was my favorite.
As I was creating little links I found myself making links that used the fun little light blue dagger beads. I tried them within the necklace, but their shape was so different from the other links, it just didn't seem to flow. That's when I knew I'd use them in a bracelet to create movement and drama. The Endless Summer Bracelet uses three strands of links for texture, sparkle, and cha-cha bracelet fun!
I made bold Endless Summer Earrings to go with this set that are also wire based. They're simple to make, but bold! Their saturated turquoise and bright green jasper beads are perfect for a summer outfit.
Thanks so much for playing along with me this month. Don't forget, I'll have a new Pretty Palette waiting for you in a week! Here's a quick sneak peek!
In the meantime, check out all the other amazing Pretty Palette pieces in our in the Beaded Jewelry Facebook group. Share your projects there or tag Halcraft Collection with #halcraftprettypalette and follow us on Instagram!
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As always with beading, there’s so much beauty in the details. Here’s a sneak peek at one of my June Pretty Palette pieces. I’m just loving this kit! You can get your own June #prettypalette bead kit for 30% off! Just click the link in my profile to learn more! #handbeadedjewelry #handmadejewelry #beadkit #covidcrafts #covidcraft #wirewrappedjewelry #wirejewelry #colorpalette #colorlover #bracelet #endlesssummer #germanwire #details #magicinthedetails #jasper #amethyst #czechbeads #turquoise #howlite
Molly Schaller is a design thinker, transmedia storyteller, and craft industry consultant who loves finding connections and creating dialog through art. Contact Molly about her Pretty Palette design challenge and more!Follow Molly as Allinknotz on Instagram