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Pretty palettes - February 2018 reveal

Welcome back to February's Pretty Palettes Reveal! I hope you enjoyed working with all of the beautiful colors in these amazing recycled plastic tiles. Click the image to the right to learn more about these gorgeous coasters that served as inspiration for this month's Pretty Palette.

To play along with me, all you need is some beautiful Bead Gallery® beads and a bit of creativity! Choose your own beads or purchase the official February 2018 Pretty Palette collection right here. On the final Wednesday of the month, we can all share our creations in Halcraft's Beaded Jewelry Facebook group. It's a vibrant community of beaders who love to share what they're working on and enjoy each others' input and tips!


SHOP OUR FEBRUARY PRETTY PALETTE BEADS HERE!

Our February 2018 inspiration image is created of hexagon recycled plastic coaster tiles by BOPE. Learn more about BOPE and how its handmade coasters and tiles are helping to work toward a solution to reduce plastic waste by clicking the image! Image used with permission from BOPE.

LET'S PUT THOSE BEADS TO WORK!

If you're like me, taking time to bead is like taking time for yourself. This spring has felt like it's taking its own sweet time to get here, and these beads were a sight for sore eyes! I love all of these colors! I managed to use almost all of the beads from this month's Pretty Palette in just one necklace this month. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself!

One important design component I added in was the gorgeous rosewood tapered 3-hole connectors.  Take a look at the rest of the Costa Rican Rosewood Bead Collection for a real treat!

The Geometric Gala necklace is filled with color and the joy of spring! Find instructions to make your own below!

Geometric Gala Necklace
designed by Molly Schaller
using Bead Gallery® beads from the Halcraft Collection

Materials:

46 Bead Gallery® 4mm white howlite rounds
20 Bead Gallery® 6mm white howlite rounds
24 Bead Gallery® 8mm white howlite rounds
2 Bead Gallery® sterling silver triangles
2 Bead Gallery® 25x32mm rosewood tapered 3-hole connectors
12 Bead Gallery® 12mm dark blue dyed imperial jasper lentils
29" Bead Gallery® 10/0 turquoise glass seed beads
10" Bead Gallery® 6/0 yellow glass seed beads
32 Bead Gallery® 8mm red mix dyed dolomite rounds
15 Bead Gallery® 8x16mm white howlite rectangles
22 Bead Gallery® 11x9mm carnelian dyed nuggets
69 Bead Gallery® red dyed bamboo coral small branch beads
10 crimp beads
124" flexible bead stringing wire
2 jump rings
1 lobster clasp

Tools:
Chain-nose pliers
Wire nippers
Bead Bugs

Tip: Make sure to leave a bit of slack in the necklace to maintain its natural drape when worn.

Time to create: 2-3 hours

Instructions:
1. Cut an 8" piece of beading wire. Slide a crimp onto the wire. Pass the wire through a jump ring and back through the crimp. Flatten the crimp and trim excess wire.
2. Onto the wire string 1 4mm howlite round, 1 6mm howlite round, 12 8mm howlite rounds, and a crimp. Pass the wire through the silver triangle and back through the crimp. Flatten the crimp and trim excess wire.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2, but attach the clasp to the jump ring before attaching the strand.
4. Cut a 16" piece of beading wire. Place a bead bug on it.
5. String the innermost hole of a rosewood connector (small to large side of bead), 5 turquoise seed beads, 12 imperial jasper lentils, 5 turquoise seed beads, the innermost hole of the other rosewood connector, and place a bead bug on the wire.
6. Cut a 17" piece of beading wire. Place it in the bead bug.
7. String the innermost hole of the first rosewood connector (same hole as last time), 7" of turquoise seed beads, the innermost hole of the other rosewood connector, and place the wire within the bead bug.
8. Cut an 18" piece of beading wire. Place it in the first bead bug.
9. String the innermost hole of the first rosewood connector (same hole as last time), 9" of turquoise seed beads, the innermost hole of the other rosewood connector, and place the wire within the bead bug.
10. Cut a 19" piece of beading wire. Place it in the first bead bug.
11. String the innermost hole of the first rosewood connector (same hole as last time), 10" of yellow seed beads, the innermost hole of the other rosewood connector, and place the wire within the bead bug.
12. Cut a 20" piece of beading wire. Place it in the first bead bug.
13. String the center hole of the first rosewood connector, 10" of turquoise seed beads, the innermost hole of the other rosewood connector, and place the wire within the bead bug.
14. Cut a 21" piece of beading wire. Place it in the first bead bug.
15. String the center hole of the first rosewood connector, 3/4" of turquoise seed beads, 32 orange dyed dolomite rounds, ¾" of turquoise seed beads, the center hole of the other rosewood connector, and place the wire within the bead bug.
16. Cut a 22" piece of beading wire. Place it in the first bead bug.
17. String the center hole of the first rosewood connector, 1/4" of turquoise seed beads, 1 howlite rectangle and 1 howlite 4mm round (repeat the howlite pattern 14 more times), string 1 howlite rectangle, ¾" of turquoise seed beads, the center hole of the other rosewood connector, and place the wire within the bead bug.
18. Cut a 24" piece of beading wire. Place it in the first bead bug.
19. String the outside hole of the first rosewood connector, 3 bamboo coral branches, and 1 carnelian nugget. Repeat the bamboo and carnelian pattern 21 more times. String the center hole of the other rosewood connector and place the wire within the bead bug.
20. Pull the slack out of the strung strands and make sure you like the way they line up and lay against the neck.
21. Holding the innermost group of strands as one, string 3 6mm howlite rounds, 5 4mm howlite rounds, and 1 crimp tube.
22. Pass the crimp tube through the silver triangle and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the crimp tube and trim excess wire.
23. Holding the center group of strands as one, string 3 6mm howlite rounds, 5 4mm howlite rounds, and 1 crimp tube.
24. Pass the crimp tube through the silver triangle and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the crimp tube and trim excess wire.
25. Holding the outermost group of strands as one, string 3 6mm howlite rounds, 5 4mm howlite rounds, and 1 crimp tube.
26. Pass the crimp tube through the silver triangle and back through the crimp tube. Flatten the crimp tube and trim excess wire.
27. Repeat steps 21-26 on the other side of the necklace.
28. Enjoy!

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