monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller
Sometimes the color palettes surprise me by showing up in unexpected places...
October's Pretty Palette not only looks like a burning fire, but it also has the colors of fallen leaves on the forest floor.
While I was hiking in a nearby state park last weekend, I found myself noticing the pastel colors of the fallen leaves along the paths. They carried the same pink, light brown, soft orange, and grey in this month's Pretty Palette! It had rained recently, so the misty trails were damp and the leaves were a glossy coating of colors on the rock and earth paths.
This month's projects include two statement necklaces and a pair of lightweight but bold earrings. The Shoulder Duster Earrings are made with mostly wood and bone beads with a pop of pink Czech fire-polished faceted glass rounds. They're long enough to nearly brush my shoulders but lighter in weight than many metal earrings. The bottom link creates fantastic movement and fun!
My favorite of this month's projects is the Double Loop Necklace. Have you ever created a project that just feels so RIGHT and so YOU? This necklace is my project like that. I'm planning to create another one for myself!
It might look as though I've made tiny knots between each of the Philippine wood beads, but these are actually tiny 11/0 black seed beads that give each of the wooden beads a little more space and attention. The textured hammered loops have a worn-in texture that gives the piece a comfortable sophistication.
The second necklace capitalizes on the varied pastel colors and textures of the pectin shell heishi beads. Each one adds so much to the laid back Harvest Moon Necklace. Two strands of wire combine inside the strands of beads on each side and then separate at the center of the necklace to create a bold bib-style piece.
The October Pretty Palette set has just been restocked! So you can buy the set--and the amazing bonus beads--for 30% off through Saturday! You now have THREE options for purchasing the October Pretty Palette beading kit, and they're all 30% off:
*You can buy the entire collection with one click
*You can pick and choose your own beads from the collection
*You can buy the entire collection AND add bonus beads that coordinate
It's near the end of the month, but you can STILL create and share an image of your creation in our Beaded Jewelry Facebook group or tag Halcraft Collection with #halcraftprettypalette and follow us on Instagram!
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It’s time for a #halcraftprettypalette #sneakpeek! Warming up this Monday with my new favorite necklace made with @halcraftcollectionbeads October Pretty Palette #beadkit. This necklace features brand new copper hammered rings, dark brown Indian horn tubes, silky smooth Philippine wood rounds, and pyrite rounds strung in a modern design. Layer it over your favorite sweater for a classic #sweaterweather statement! #jewelrydesign #flexiblebeadingwire #beadalonbeadingwire #midernjewelry #beadedjewelry #makersgonnamake #handmadejewelry #hematite #philippinewoodbeads #beading #hornbeads #beadstringing #hammeredloops
Molly Schaller is a design thinker, transmedia storyteller, user experience designer, and craft industry consultant who loves finding connections and creating dialog through craft. Contact Molly about her Pretty Palette design challenge and more!Follow Molly as Allinknotz on Instagram