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Calendar showing written prompts for each day of January.

The last couple of years, I have followed along with Allegory Gallery‘s fun prompts for Bead in the New Year. I have found it so creatively satisfying. It has helped me produce some of my very favorite pieces. Note to self: perhaps you overthink! I guess needing to make things quickly is actually good for my process. Although, there is no need to make things quickly or even follow along in order or in a specific time frame. You could use these prompts all year long. While in the past I have followed pretty closely, this year I have so much going on that I’ve just been doing a few things as I get to them, but I still find it really fun. So, I’ll share what I make here – this month or later in the year.

Day 1 – Make a pair of earrings

Earrings on a floral fabric bagkround Earrings have large off-white beads, small green crystals and yellow and brown sunshine charms.

I used some Joan Miller Porcelain charms with crystals and vintage beads.

Day 2 – Create a new bracelet.

Bangle bracelet in fibers, metal and beads. Colors are pink, black and cream.

I had a metal bangle form, wrapped it in sari silk and then used dark wire to over wrap it. Then I used yarn with a metallic thread wrapped on part of that. At the loops, I added a crystal, a glass bead with a floral motif and a Swarovski mesh bead. The last two beads I’ve had for eons, so using those made me happy. I love the rustic, romantic look of this a lot.

Day 16 – Use the 2021 Pantone colors of the year

Necklace with dramatic focal featuring vintage metal pieces with different designs and a strand of gray and yellow knotted beads.

The Pantone colors of the year for 2021 are Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray. I went subtle on color with some vintage metal, low-flash labradorite and vintage lemon luster glass beads.

I worked on the Day 17 prompt – focus on metal as the main element in a new creation – but wasn’t satisfied with how the piece turned out, so I put that aside. I’ll show you what else I make as time goes on. Stay well!