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Bead Soup 2014 is Served!

My partner, Barb Solem, sent me some great soup to work with. Very industrial chic in nature. I pondered and tried a few ideas before arriving at this result:

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I took her amazing metal heart focal and added it to some very heavy gun metal link chain and then added her steel gray wired hook and loop clasp to that. Part one finished. To that I added a chunky, heavy strand that included the soft gray rondelles, the dark gray lava like rounds, interspersing the sparkly spacers…all sent by Barb. I included a strand of BIG Fools Gold nuggets that I got in Tucson years ago and never knew what I’d do with them. Voila! Industrial Chic is complete.

Here’s a few more shots, including matching earrings that used the “spring” connectors that Barb sent.

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Close up of the focal.

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And the clasp.DSC02934 And some matching earrings.DSC02936

 

Be sure to check out what Barb did with the soup I sent to her. You can find her here.

And then check out Lori Anderson’s blog page for the scoop on this year’s Bead Soup Blog Party and a list of other participants!


7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal is Here!

It’s finally here! Seems like the time flew by but I managed to get both my creation and my post done while it was still daylight! Here’s a refresher of what my partner, Mallory Hoffman, sent me:

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I thought her Bacon and Egg beads were so cute that I kept the theme going. I used mixed metals: brass wire, copper and brass jump rings, brass chain and lots of dangles. I’ve been making Cork Pendant necklaces for a few months and kept looking for a cork that had a chicken or something “fowl” on it. I ended up finding this one from Rex Goliath Pinot Noir that says “Free Range” on it… a stretch perhaps, but it works for me. BS1 Here’s the close-up shot of my pendant with Mallory’s focals, a cute, tiny crocheted chicken, and various other brass and copper dangles and baubles. I made some of Mallory’s other glass beads into “egg” dangles, too. BS2 Here’s the full shot showing the silk ribbon for the necklace hanging off the toggle that Mallory sent me. I like using toggles this way in front and it makes the pendant detachable, too.

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I hope you’ll check out Mallory’s blog, “For the Love of Beads,” to see what she made with the beads I sent her. And then settle in to check out a couple hundred other participants! You can find the links here at Lori Anderson’s blog. And there will be two more BSBP reveals coming in the next few weeks!

PS. The cute crocheted chicken is by Cori Ruszkowski…check out her work here.


Reveal Time: Mismatched Earring Swap

I met Diana Ptaszynski (Suburban Girl Studio) online and then at BeadFest in Philadelphia this summer. She’s fun, talented, creative, fun, crazy, but did I mention she’s a lot of fun? She hosted a mismatched earring swap among a couple dozen other creative souls and I thought I’d play, too.

The premise was to create a pair of unmatched earrings, that coordinated, but weren’t your typical matching set. Easy, right? Not so much…Fun challenge though and I hope to do it again both in my own designs and it another challenge.

I was paired with Kari Asbury of Hippie Chick Design and she sent me some great earrings! Colorful and textural, and mismatched! You can see what I sent Kari at her blog, but here’s a photo of the earrings I received.

The hoop-style earrings are wrapped with FiberWire from Nellie Thomas of SpinCulture and YarnSweetYarn and carried in Karen Totten’s Etsy store. the cool green and teal coordinates great with these delicate ceramic beads from Nan Emmett of Spirited Earth in a soft purple and deep blue. The colors pick up the tones in the fibers so nicely! The “mismatch” comes with the colors and I love how they coordinate. I’ll be wearing these a lot! Copper wire and chain ties the free-spirited look together.

Thanks, Kari! And thanks, Diana, for letting me play along!

Now take a stroll through the other participants blogs and see what kind of creativity everyone came up with:


Bead Soup Time! Reveal #1

Good morning (or afternoon/evening!)

It’s time for the first reveal of Bead Soup Blog Party #6 hosted by Lori Anderson, Blogger Extraordinaire.

ETA: I forgot I was going to do a giveaway!!! Leave a comment and I’ll do a drawing for a free sample pack of my new Color Me This patinas (not yet released for sale, but very soon!). 6 popular custom blended colors in “try me” sizes.  Drawing to be held August 4th.

I was paired with Nancy Peterson and she sent  me this lovely mix of soup ingredients. Be sure to stop by her blog and see what she made with the ingredients I sent her.

From that I made a pendant with a silk ribbon necklace. Here’s a full shot of the necklace and pendant. I used the interesting ceramic spiral focal that Nancy sent and added dangles using the copper open weave beads, turquoise chips and black faceted beads. On top of that I used some 1.25″ etched, colorized disks that I made (from Metal Me This) and thought they coordinated well. Instead of hiding the cool key clasp that Nancy sent in the back, I used it as an extension to the focal pendant and wrapped the silk ribbon through it. I like the effect of a chunky pendant.

Here are some close ups of the pendant portion.

There are about 150 blogs to visit this round, so get some coffee, or a glass of wine and head over to Lori’s site where the links are all set up for you. Click away. I can’t wait to see all the Bead Soup goodness out there. And remember to come back two more times for the other reveals in this massive 400 person Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori will have all the details on her blog.

PS…here’s a teaser for what’s coming from me in the next week or so…”Color Me This”…my custom blended metal patinas in sample packs. More to come…


Got my Soup Ingredients!

The postal service was good to me yesterday…checks from clients and soup ingredients from my BSBP partner Nancy Peterson!

Nancy sent me a gorgeous beaded bracelet in a new design called “Diamondback”. It fits perfectly and is something I would never attempt myself!

Isn’t it gorgeous! And the beaded focal bead in the center is a secondary challenge from Nancy. I’m thinking it might lend itself to a ring topper of sorts…we’ll see. On to the soup!

Here’s a photo of the goods:

There are a bunch of yummy turqoise chips in shades of teals and blue greens, some deep navy (or black) faceted beads, very cool copper ovals. And look at that key/lock clasp! I’ve never seen one like it. And the focal is really unusual. It’s signed on the back “KM Roedo” (at least that’s what it looks like). I haven’t found the source by googling so if anyone recognizes it, Nancy and I would love to know. 🙂

I’m going to start some sketches tonight. Leaning toward a bracelet this round.

And here is a blurry phone photo of what I sent Nancy. I took the opportunity to release some of my stash of seed beads where they will actually get used! For someone who doesn’t do much seed beading, I have a lot of tubes left! And I also freed some interesting stones that might make focals for seed bead projects for Nancy in the future. I sent a large etched brass clasp from my Metal Me This store and some lampwork beads by Koregon that seemed to fit with the colors that Nancy is drawn to. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with!