So, here's something exciting. I was approached by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati to participate in a fun project this month. In addition to her many other bead and jewelry related outlets on the Internet, Miss Erin writes a monthly "Pretty Palettes" post for Halcraft.com If you're not familiar with Halcraft - they are the company behind the "Bead Gallery" products at Michael's (among other things.)
Erin chooses an inspiration photo and a corresponding color palette, selects beads representative of the palette, and picks a lucky partner for the month to play with materials and colors.
And this month...she picked...ME!
I'm so excited for the opportunity and Erin has fabulous taste so the beads are, of course, absolutely delicious. I've already gotten busy designing with them and it's been so much fun. I'll be doing a reveal of the results later this month so be sure to check back to see what happened. The other great thing about this is the chance to show that, while we all (of course) love our art beads dearly, that's no reason to overlook the really great selection of cost-effective materials available at places like Michael's.
You can make really wonderful pieces by using these materials. Hit the store during a sale or when you have a coupon and you can save even more money...which leaves more of the budget left for those art bead splurges! When it comes to selling finished pieces, using more economical materials also allows more flexibility in setting price points thus allowing one to appeal to a wider range of buyers.
If you'd like to read more about this month's palette and the design challenge, here's a link to Erin's post on the Halcraft website.