It's always fun to shop with an inspiration palette in-hand and I love the images that Erin included with this month's challenge. They're so charming and cheerful! I found the multicolor beads and then picked a few shades of turquoise to round it out.
Beaded bezels keep popping up in my trend research, so I decided to make a hand-stitched pendant with a beachy, Boho vibe:
Here it is, all ready for a picnic on the beach! (See materials and instructions below.) Click on over to the Halcraft blog to see everyone else's creations for the Pretty Palettes Challenge. Or, check out this video clip from a segment about using color palettes for inspiration on Beads, Baubles & Jewels. Plus, here's a loom work bracelet project using the same multicolor rondelles. Have a great, sunshiny week!
“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
10217643 42 Bead Gallery® 3x4mm multicolor dyed howlite rondelles
10265333 46 Bead Gallery® 2x4mm turquoise dyed stone rondelles
10172437 74 Bead Gallery® 6mm turquoise dyed howlite rondelles
(82799) 3 Bead Gallery® 15mm surfboard printed shell lentils
10140033 2 Bead Gallery® 25mm turquoise howlite mix disks
10121916 24” Beadalon® 49 .018” diameter satin silver beading wire
10104818 1 yd Beadalon® Wildfire .006” diameter frost beading thread
10443509 4 Beadalon® silver crimp beads
10470334 8 Beadalon® silver crimp covers
10443234 1 Bead Landing™ silver-plated toggle clasp
thin scrap leather
Standard crimping tool
Beadalon® #10 beading needle
Embroidery needle (or beading awl)
Small, sharp scissors
Time – 2.5 hours
- Thread the needle and stitch a surfboard bead onto the leather by passing through the bead and tying the thread in a knot on the back of the leather.
- Pass the needle through the bead again and add four 4mm turquoise rondelles. Position them alongside the surfboard bead, then stitch through the leather and back through the last two beads. Repeat this backstitch bead embroidery technique to encircle the surfboard bead with turquoise rondelles. Pass through the beads again to strengthen the circle.
- Stitch down through the leather after the last turquoise bead and bring the needle up to begin another row. Backstitch as before to add the multicolor beads in a circle. Pass through the beads again to strengthen the circle. After the last bead, stitch down through the leather and knot the thread on the back of the pendant.
- Cut the leather closely around the beaded circle (watch out for your thread!). Use an embroidery needle to make a hole through the leather about five beads away from the topmost multicolor bead on each side of the medallion so you have a place to attach a beaded strand for each side of the necklace.
- Cut a 12” length of beading wire and pass it through the hole on one side of the leather. String a crimp bead and pass the short wire end through it to form a loop. Crimp it and attach a crimp cover. Pass the wire through: 25mm disk, closed crimp cover, surfboard, closed crimp cover, nine sets of alternating 4-6mm rondelles, twenty-eight 6mm rondelles, crimp bead. Pass through half the clasp and back into the crimp bead. Crimp it and add a crimp cover. Repeat for the other side of the necklace.
- Cut a leather circle that's slightly smaller than the medallion and glue it over the back to cover your thread ends.
Tip: You can use this basic bead embroidery technique to make custom medallions of all kinds! Just look for coin, disk or lentil-shaped beads for the center and 4mm rounds or rondelles for the embroidery. The same necklace would have a totally different look in a black/white color palette.