Hello designers, and welcome to this month's spotlight!

Halcraft Collection is excited to announce our March 2022 Spotlight Designer is Monica Warren of Pretty Perfect Style. Her bracelets are a sight to behold, creating the perfect mix of colors and textures!

Read on to learn more about Monica and her stretch magic designs featuring Bead Gallery® beads by HalcraftCollection.com

When did you first start beading? Tell us about yourself.

 I started beading in 2009. I was bored with my day job and decided I wanted a fun hobby. So I took a free jewelry making class in Columbus, Ohio, and fell in love! From there on, I was making jewelry nonstop. 

Tell us about your jewelry business.

My business is Pretty Perfect Style. I started selling in 2009 under my former business name M Renee Design. I actually took a break from jewelry from 2017 to 2020. Strangely enough, the pandemic brought me back to my love of jewelry. I relaunched my brand in 2020 with the new name, Pretty Perfect Style. I'm excited to see what the future holds for my brand!


What is your favorite project that you've recently finished and why is it your favorite?

My favorite project I recently created turned into a collection of rainbow-inspired designs. This collection started as a fun project one day, and my customers just loved the designs. I enjoy making these bracelets. It is satisfying to mix different gemstones with exciting colors and textures.

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What are your favorite beading techniques and materials?

Some of my favorite gemstones are Labradorite, Moonstone, Opals, and African metal beads. My favorite technique is using stretch cording. I like to mix all my favorites together to get a unique look for my bracelets.

What are some of your favorite beads or components on the Halcraft Collection website

HalcraftCollection.com has such a fantastic selection! I adore all the gemstones and bone beads. I started incorporating Halcraft's ethically sourced bone beads recently, and it really does give my jewelry a funky edge that’s unique & trendy.   
 

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Where do you get your beading inspiration? What most inspires you?

I’m really inspired by fashion. I read a lot of fashion magazines, and I’m a big shopper. So current color combinations and styles really inspire me. I’m also a huge art fan and find inspiration in art.

Do you have any tips for the readers regarding building their social media reach?

Having a unique product and consistency is vital. When people are scrolling on social media, they want to see something unique and different. Using unique techniques and having creative designs are essential. Also, to build a social media audience, you have to post consistently. I posted every day for 5 months when I first started, which helped me build up my initial audience. It’s important to note that my sales were pretty slow when I was posting every day. It wasn’t until I was consistently posting and getting better at my designs that my sales increased. This was a good lesson in staying the course.  

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If you had room for only two tools in your bead kit, what would they be?

Definitely scissors and jewelry pliers. I use both of these tools to make every single bracelet I design.


What jewelry trends are you excited to incorporate into your beadwork?


I love the clay and resin trend that is going on nowadays. I enjoy watching clay artists make their creations, and I know adding clay beads to my bracelets would be a perfect addition. 

What jewelry techniques would you like to learn?

I enjoy creating all kinds of jewelry but have yet to learn how to make clay beads. I would love to learn this technique and add my own beads to my creations in the future. 

Fun Facts about Monica
and more of her colorful creations!

Monica currently resides in Charlotte, NC but is originally from Ohio.

She enjoys the weather down south and plans to stay for a while.

All things style excites her! She loves fashion and was previously a fashion blogger!

In her free time, she loves to shop! Unfortunately, this can get her in trouble sometimes. However, it does come in handy when shopping for beads and gemstones!

Monica is planning on starting her own YouTube channel soon!

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Denise Yezbak Moore is a self-taught artisan. She is a senior jewelry designer and content creator for Halcraft Collection and loves to create jewelry with bohemian flair. Denise resides in Orange County, California, and enjoys hearing from fellow beaders worldwide.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram @deniseyezbakmoore