Today is the reveal for July for the Pretty Palettes on the Halcraft blog. This month's inspiration is the Aurora Borealis and I love that Erin Prais-Hintz is a science geek and gives a wonderful explanation of how and why the aurora occurs. I'm a bit of a science geek also and my favorite site for reading all about sunspots, solar storms, meteor showers and all things space-y is spaceweather.com. I look at that site everyday!
Here is the inspirational photo and palette of the Aurora Borealis that Erin chose.
|Inspiration Photo for July|
And, now what style to make the necklace? I wanted something that replicated the shimmering layers of the inspirational photo. So, I thought I would make a multi-strand necklace. Then, I changed my mind (that often happens!) and decided on a different direction.
Here's my necklace:
|Aurora Borealis Necklace|
The necklace is strung on one of my favorite stringing materials - black leather cord, which gives it a casual, summertime feel. The dangles on chain of different lengths give the effect of different layers of color that move and shimmer in the light. I used one of the stick beads for the toggle, too, even though it wasn't center-drilled. It was drilled down far enough to wrap toward the center for use as a toggle.
The bracelet and earrings are quick and easy. The bracelet is on leather cord with another stick bead as a toggle and two rows of beads strung on the leather. The earrings are simple hoops - perfect for a summer night!
|Aurora Borealis Bracelet and Hoops|