monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller
Get inspired with an modern spring palette of Bead Gallery® beads from the Halcraft Collection
As of my writing this post we have just a couple sets of this amazing Pretty Palette left for sale! Get them quick while they're still 30% off by clicking the button above! Thank you for making this modern, quirky palette so popular! If you're interested in reading more about our Pretty Palette challenge, visit the March 2019 Pretty Palette Inspiration page.
I have had a great time designing with this selection of beads, and I hope the rest of you Pretty Palette people have enjoyed it, too! I had so many different ideas about how I wanted to use the beads! From fire-polished faceted rounds to two-hole beads to the larger agate rounds, the bold, graphic sensibility of these shapes and strong colors got my creative juices flowing.
Because it's spring and we'll be baring our arms soon, I decided to make a wrap bracelet first. This style of bracelet is sure to remain popular throughout the summer, and it is so much fun to make and wear. My Spring Nocturne DIY Wrap Bracelet starts with the grey two-hole beads and tapers up to the 6mm fire-polished rounds. I found some amazingly perfect cord that perfectly coordinates with our color palette in 2mm gold matte leather cording.
I absolutely loved getting a chance to play around with some wire this month, too. My handmade leaf-shaped ear wires include beads wired directly onto the leaf "frames" for a pair of sparkling earrings with a bit of organic flare. I added some yellow lined seed beads and hematite finish 2mm Czech fire-polished beads to make them really pop! Earrings can't handle the larger, heavier beads as well as they can these small beauties.
Click the image below for instructions to make your own New Leaf Earrings!
My final project is a necklace with a modern, color-blocked look. The Spring Nocturne Necklace is a perfect beginner's project. All you need to know how to do is string beads and crimp a tube. The 2-holed beads perfectly create the look of a single strand while keeping the two strands in line. The Spring Nocturne Necklace is easy to wear, and it's matte black beads at the center keep it relatively organic while the bright, sparkling jonquil crystals shimmer! Click the image below to hop over to get full instructions for this simple statement necklace!
Thank you so much for joining me for this month's Pretty Palette Challenge! For even more inspiration and to see what others have made with these beads, visit our Beaded Jewelry Facebook Group, where we encourage each other, share our projects, and learn more about beading every day!
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Here’s a peek of this month’s #prettypalettes goodness! We’ll be working in saturated blues, silvery greys, blacks, and the exciting spark of chartreuse! I can hardly wait to make jewelry with this modern palette that has a feel of barely emerging spring! #twoholebeads #czechglass #beads #colorchallenge #colorpalette #designchallenge #jewelrymaking #jewelrydesigner #chartreuse #black #silver #agate #beads #beadgallery
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!Follow Halcraft Collection on Instagram