monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller
Get inspired with a Pretty Palette of Bead Gallery® beads from the Halcraft Collection
Finally, fall is here! This month's sultry mix of midnight plum garnets, silky peach pearls, glossy oil-slick hematine, aurora borealis coated Czech fire-polished glass, lustrous mother of pearl rounds, and shimmering quartz and agate druzy slices has me in the mood for changing leaves, lattes, and a nice glass of Malbec.
Welcome to this month's reveal. I hope you've had as much fun with this month's beads and colors as I have. They feel so rich and opulent, just like a fall feast. For those of you new to the Pretty Palettes challenge, here's a little information about how to play along.
1. Read about the Pretty Palette challenge right here.
2. Get your Pretty Palette beads at 30% off with quick and easy ordering by clicking the button above or the individual links to the beads to the right.
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 (today!) in our Beaded Jewelry Facebook group or tag Halcraft Collection with #PrettyPalettes and follow us on Instagram!
Just so you know, you don't have to post your picture exactly today; really any time in the next week is just fine. It's fun to see what everyone has made!
Now through the end of September is your chance to get the entire September Pretty Palette collection for 30% off! Click the links to the right to add each bead to your cart.
Let's get this Pretty Palettes party started! Here is the earring, necklace, and bracelet set I created this month, which I affectionately call Sunset In Wine Country. Click on each image for instructions to make the individual pieces.
My first of the three projects was the bracelet. I fell in love with the purple iris coated hematine chevrons right away and couldn't wait to use them. Their shape and sheen look like a zipper when strung "spoon" style, so that one sits inside the other, but they're also lovely when strung around the diamond beads, as shown here in the Sunset In Wine Country bracelet.
My next project was the earrings. I played around a bit with different stringing materials, but ended up mixing both waxed linen and flexible beading wire for extra texture and colors. The leaf pendants are perfect for earrings because they make a statement while being lightweight. Click here for instructions to make your own Sunset In Wine Country Earrings.
My final piece was the necklace. I had only three of the orange agate drop beads and wanted to use them, but I wasn't sure how to incorporate them into the mix with all of the rounds. The quartz points came to the rescue, being a lovely peach that worked well in color and size with the large agate drops. Their size worked well as a transition in size from large slabs to the narrower connectors. The feather connectors have sparkling rhinestones that would be just as fun to wear with a t-shirt and jeans as it would be with a cocktail dress. I love versatile pieces like this! Click here for instructions to make your own Sunset In Wine Country Necklace.
Molly Schaller is a beading 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