monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller
Do you take your beads on vacation?
An amazing view and beautiful beads. What could be better?
This spring my family rented a house on the coast of North Carolina, within driving distance from our home, for a week away from it all. I'm so glad that we did. The weather wasn't typical beach weather (only in the 50s and 60s), but that didn't keep us from enjoying walks on the beach and eating way too much. ;)
I took along with me a basic beading kit of tools, stringing materials, and findings, and I tucked the pretty blue Pretty Palette mailer filled with the March Pretty Palette kit into my bag as well.
A few walks on the beach provided the necessary "bead bowls" so that I could empty my Pretty Palette beads into each of the shells for instant organization and a really beautiful experience. This Pretty Palette was the perfect ray of sunshine during my cool, misty stay at the beach.
I knew from the beginning (as you can see on my bead board) that I wanted to make a chunky necklace to feature the selection of large beads in the palette. The smaller sparkly beads would be perfect for earrings and bracelets.
The first to be finished were the earrings sparkly and fun with vibrant beachy colors! Next came the bracelet cuff on memory wire. It takes some time to string all of those beads, but it's simple and a great way to enjoy the view while creating something that is one-size-fits-all and so pretty.
I knew I wanted to use the green marquis-shaped connector, and at first I thought it'd be in the large chunky necklace. I tried it horizontally and vertically, and ended up wanting to use it in a simple necklace as its own special centerpiece. I love the swirls of green in the agate stone against the softness of the wooden beads and the earthy golden orange brown color of the striped agate beads.
The final necklace was the Smoldering Sunset chunky necklace. Although this necklace is an easy one to string, it was a little tricky to design. Large beads in abundance must be carefully fit together, and by turning the large "bottoms" of the red teardrops toward one another I was able to achieve a comfortable balance that drapes well and looks great!
The instructions for each of these project can be found by clicking on the corresponding image on the right!
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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!Follow Molly as Allinknotz on Instagram