Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party 2014: Reveal - May 10

Once again Lori Anderson, Pretty Things, has organized and hosted another awesome blog party. Each artist sends a partner a collection of beads, including a focal bead and a creative clasp. My partner is Carolyn Lawson of Olympia, Washington. Her blog is http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com and below is the "soup" she sent me. Please, visit her blog to see the "soup" I sent her and what amazing beaded item she made with it! Find the list of links for all 461 participants and partners here: www.beadsoupblogparty.com Please, cut and paste as I can only get one link here for my partner. Enjoy!
I fell in love with the red Swarovski crystals and had to create something with them. I located a strand of 4mm black onyx beads that were just right. Off I went using the crystals, the lamp work bead and the beautiful silver clasp. It is opera length, so there is a variety of ways to wear this strand. Long opera length necklace, a shorter double strand necklace and, my favorite, a wrapped bracelet.
The rest of the soup just broadcast one of my favorite color combinations, jade/moss green and burnt sienna/terracotta. I proceeded to create polymer clay beads to coordinate with these beautiful focal beads. I made 28, 13mm striped rounds and 10, 17mm discs and drilled them to slide onto a waxed, woven linen cord. I wanted to keep the sizes coordinated, so the piece would appear to be an organic whole. There was a large square bead of green moss agate and a large teardrop of picture jasper to use for the focals but, I was unable to drill the hole out for the moss agate. Hence, it didn't appear in my finished piece. Fortunately, the terracotta complimented the greens I had created and all is well.

32 comments:

  1. Love what you did with your soup! my favorite is the green and brown piece, lovely

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  2. I love the long necklace! What a wonderful job with your soup!

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  3. I thought your polymer beads were stained wood beads. What a wonderful job you did of it! Beautiful work!

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  4. What lovely pieces. I really dig the brown and green necklace. xo Genea

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  5. Great pieces from a great Soup! Well done!!

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  6. Love what you did with the soup. Not sure which piece I like the best.

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  7. I love the rustic look of the second piece, great work!

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  8. Great job. I especially love the polymer clay beads you made for the second necklace.

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  9. Love the brown and green necklace! beautiful focal. Nicely done!!

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  10. Great job with your soup. I also like the display!

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  11. Love, love, love the first necklace....reminds me of days gone by...excellent job on the others, so earthy! Great soup! Thanks for joining and posting!

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  12. I love the color combination of jade and burnt sienna too! That is a stunning necklace!

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  13. The orange and green just go so well together - nicely designed!

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  14. Billi your first necklace is great. It is wonderful that it can be worn so many ways. I like the beads you created for the second necklace too. Good job.

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  15. The combination of sienna and green rocks - that's my favorite piece. Well done!
    Alenka

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  16. Brilliant, love both pieces. Love that you can wear the first necklace in so many ways, my favorite would probably be the bracelet as well. Just gorgeous. The earthy necklace is so beautiful, your polymer beads are absolutely perfect with it. Great job!

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  17. I like the first necklace, but I really love the second! It has such a great earthy feel to it!

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  18. Both your necklaces are beautiful - great work!

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  19. Lovely designs, Billi! Perhaps you will discover another way to use that awesome focal :)

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  20. Everything was beautiful, but my favorite was the necklace with your polymer beads. I love those colors too. Great job.

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  21. earth-tone necklace is coollest!

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  22. That earthtone necklace is my favorite. How wonderful to create the beads yourself when you need special ones

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  23. Love the colours of the second necklace, it looks like autumn forest. Love the design too.

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  24. I love both of your necklaces in their different styles. Well done.
    Ana

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  25. Love the floral closure. Finished piece looks great!

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  26. Love that second necklace (some of my fav colors) and the natural, earthy look.

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  27. I love that you created your own polymer beads to go with the focal piece. And, the versatility of that necklace is so clever. Really nice designs!

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  28. Oh, love your two necklaces, the first one is so elegant and delicate, while the second is so earthy, in colour and in style!

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  29. What a clever idea to make such a versatile piece and I'm sure it was not easy to adjust the size of the first necklace especially for being used as a wrapped bracelet! The terracotta piece is beautiful, great color combo and the gemstones at the bail add sparkle to its earthy looks!

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  30. Love the opera necklace and such a great job matching the color of the polymer clay for the focal. Love the bead color bunch right above the focal.....gives it a lot of interest.

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  31. Nicely done! I especially like the earthiness of your second piece.

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