February 2019 Pretty Palette inspiration

monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller

Welcome to the February 2019
Pretty Palettes Reveal!

Get inspired with a tropical palette of Bead Gallery® beads from the Halcraft Collection

Is it spring yet? How about now? Sigh. It's not yet spring here, but this Pretty Palette really, really warmed me up! Not only did the Tahitian Twist Pretty Palette  take a bit of the chill out of my studio, it also ignited my imagination, and I found an exciting direction with the beads this month!

What did you think of this month's Pretty Palette? I can't wait to see all of the posts in our Halcraft Beaded Jewelry Facebook group. If you're a newbie to my monthly challenge, head over there after reading this post to get a taste of the fun we have each month as we create unique projects with the same set of beads! 

Here's how you can join the challenge:

1. Read about the Pretty Palette challenge right here. 
 
2. Get your Pretty Palette beads at 30% off  all February with quick and easy ordering--tomorrow's the last day for this deal!  
 
3. Bead while your Pretty Palette beads make their way to you as quickly as possible. Halcraft Collection's shipping can't be beat! 
 
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 or later--we want everyone to be able to play along--in our Beaded Jewelry Facebook group or tag Halcraft Collection with #PrettyPalettes or #halcraftprettypalettes and follow us on Instagram!

The biggest trigger for inspiration for me this month was the two-holed rosewood beads. I used the ones in the materials list, and I also dug into my stash to find two other sizes, because my original design needed some tweaking that involved MORE BEADS!  I started by making the funky stretch bracelet that you see above with the necklace. I strung the beads onto stretch cord in an "S" like path for an easy-to-wear bracelet with a bit of panache. The tiny 11/0 Czech red glass seed beads as well as the smaller two-hole rosewood beads. The larger ones were too large to fit together like "bricks" as I strung them. You can see my process in the Instagram post below and see the finished Tahitian Twist Stretch Bracelet below.


I found that the more I worked with the two-holed rosewood beads, the more I wanted to work them into graphic ladder-like configuration for the necklace. The result was a really interesting wired pendant , complete with tassels--how I love tassels!!! Click for instructions to make your own Tahitian Twist Necklace.

I absolutely fell in love with the large Indian lampwork glass oval beads, and because they are significantly larger than the other beads, I found myself grouping them with the imitation malachite rounds for an easy memory bracelet filled with texture and paint-spatter spots. The charms and tassels make the perfect finishing touches on the Tahitian Twist Memory Wire Bracelet.

If you're looking for a fast project that features tassels and a touch of wirework, the Tahitian Twist Earrings are the perfect fit! A few wraps of wire add more interest and texture to simple linked earrings. 

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Molly Schaller is a beaded jewelry designer and craft industry consultant who loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

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