A little while ago I was invited to participate in a blog hop by the lovely Erin Prais-Hintz. It’s called ‘Pretty Palettes’ and it’s something she organises with Halcraft, to show off the range of beads available at Michaels. Each month Erin picks some source of inspiration, then selects a collection of beads in a palette that suits. For inspiration this month, Erin chose some images of the Goreme National Park in Cappadocia, Turkey – including these.
She also picked out this yummy collection of beads.All I had to do was make up some jewellery. After the recent mega bead-making spree, it was nice to be designing jewellery again. I immersed myself in this project over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Erin also encouraged me to make some of my own ceramic beads to add to the mix, which I did when making that last big batch. I should really have taken a separate picture of them. Hey ho, you’ll probably be able to spot them.
Erin told me that it was unusual for her to pick such a neutral-heavy palette, but I’ve loved it. It meant I could focus on texture and shape. The one piece that I made in which I introduced any other colours was the first piece I made, this bracelet –
I felt that the chunky twine beads, which I’ve mixed with some agate and other stones, could use some more detail, so I’ve strung the bracelet on multiple strands of waxed linen and used some of the strands to wrap seeds around each bead. I’ve also stained the twine beads to give them an earthy, aged appearance. Next, I made this necklace, featuring a ceramic cone I made especially for this project (based on the ‘fairy towers’ at the Goreme National Park), along with the soap stone rounds.
I followed it up with another necklace, which also features a number of my ceramic pieces. I’ve used the brown lava rock and treated some of the copper-y beads to give them a crusty dark patina. The dinky bail is from Lucy Haslam.
I made the diamond shaped connectors. I had intended to use the connectors in earrings but when I looked again at the beads Erin sent, I realised that wasn’t going to work. I also made the black stoneware cone, which I’ve teamed with one of Petra Carpreau‘s ceramic spikes. I did make several pairs of earrings. There’s more Scorched Earth in this pair, combined, again, with some of my beads.
In the next pair I used some Slate Studio triangle charms. I turned one of the beaded copper spacers on its side and stacked it with one of the shell beads on an oxidised washer. Again, the ear wires are from Lucy Haslam.
Finally, I couldn’t resist including something featuring these wonderfully rustic bead caps from At Home In Taos that I received while working on these pieces. I added more soap stone and more patinated copper-y beads.
All these pieces are now listed for sale here, on Etsy. I could have made so much more! I barely touched the lovely shell nuggets; many have a nice sheen on the flat sides, as you can see in the second pair of earrings. I also failed to come up with a design for the glittery glass rounds, even though they were amongst my favourites. Thank you, Erin, for inviting me to participate in this blog hop! It was really fun and very welcome. To see what Erin has created, head here!