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Did Someone Say Soup? Bead Soup, That is!

It’s here!

Bead Soup Reveal Day…and I made it by the skin of my teeth…again. But no one wants to hear about that. Bring on the party!

My partner, Marion Simmons, of Shade Tree Studios sent me some yummy ingredients. Here’s a recap:

Bead Soup 2012 The focal is this huge 2″ x 3″ copper filigree piece that Marion wired an equally large copper flower onto. It sparkles with fairy dust and has a beautiful ruby center. You can also see copper round beads, bead caps, rose/taupe glass beads and a delicate copper toggle. Lots to work with!

I had some luscious rose beige freshwater pearls that I’d been hoarding for the right moment. It was time. The colors were perfect! And I had some interesting copper chain…

It took a few starts and stops to arrive at something I was happy with. That’s the way it goes. I ended up with two pieces. The necklace you see below that uses the centerpiece, copper rounds and the toggle, along with my pearls and chain.

Here are a couple of views:

It’s got a very romantic feel to it, and I thank Marion for sending me ingredients that took me in that direction.  Here’s another look…the full necklace. It’s two strands, one of the pearls with the copper rounds breaking up the strand and one of the cool copper chain. I decided to hang the focal vertically.

The second piece might change…It’s sort of where I was going. About 90% where I want it. And a totally different look than the necklace. It uses the tiny glass beads from Art by Lisi, a gorgeous dyed silk ribbon from Julie Mitchell, and a couple of my own etched copper disks. The glass beads add some movement and the bracelet ribbon wraps around the wrist and ties.

Here’s a look at it tied on my wrist:

Thanks for stopping by. There are 199 other participants…the links are below or you can get there from Lori Anderson’s site too. Enjoy visiting the wonderful creations from all over the world. Thank you, Lori, for continuing to be the hostess with the mostest!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Published! Wirework Summer Issue

Sorry about the missing TTOTW post. The computer side of the house has been stealing all the time. Next week!

And I’ve been waiting to post this so I could borrow the Wirework magazine photo of my project, since you know it will be styled better than my photo. But, I’m going to skip ahead and unveil my project from the magazine. If you don’t have the August issue, go out and get it. There’s no subscription to Wirework…it’s a buy or order kind of magazine, loaded with great wire-based projects!

I submitted a copper wire necklace that used a modified version of a pattern that Maria Richmond taught several of us a few years ago at a bead get-together. Cool tangled wire elements and etched lampwork beads by one of my favorite beadmaker friends, Angie Ramey (BeadAddicts).

Maria teaches in Pennsylvania and around the country at BeadFest and will be teaching at Bead & Button in 2012.  Angie and her lovely mama, Vern, have a bead studio in Crossville, TN and sell on Etsy. The necklace is a success because of their input. Thanks ladies!

So, here’s my photo of the finished necklace. It’s very “fall” in the color palette. And copper wire is very popular given the continuing skyrocketing prices of sterling silver (almost $42/oz today). ETA: The magazine project is the necklace on the left…apparently I don’t have a good photo of the necklace without the simple wired pendant next to it. Oh well!

I’m working on my project for the February issue and should have it to the project editor in a couple of weeks. You know I’ll keep you posted on when that issue is published!

I haven’t decided if I’m keeping the necklace or putting it up for sale. Hard to think of autumn when we had another heat advisory day here.

Bead Soup Unveiled!

It’s Bead Soup time again…nearly 100 participants this round, so Lori Anderson (Head Soup Stirrer) has us unveiling our results over the next 8 days. Each day a few more blogs will be revealed at Bead Soup Central so let’s get started!

I ended up in the first grouping (probably a good thing as I get distracted from time to time and both the blogging and the Joolz fall by the wayside. These Bead Soup exchanges are great for a couple reasons: I never like to let anyone else down by missing a deadline and receiving a random set of beads and a toggle really helps stretch my creative wings!

Here’s the teaser shot from yesterday. You can see the personality in this darling fish!

My partner this round is Maria Grimes (Garden Path Beads). Maria has been making beads and jewelry for awhile…I’ve lost many sets of her beads to other Ebay bidders over the years! I did mess up and forget to take a picture of the beads and toggle that she sent me, but you’ll see from the pictures, that her glass beads are whimsical and fun, bright colors and themed…this time around the ocean.

I received this cute green and aqua fish, an orange starfish, and several matching beads along with this hammered toggle clasp. I added Hill Tribe silver beads, also in a seaside theme…a turtle, some fish, crabs, and seashells wired to sterling silver spacer rings.  The bracelet is bright, full of whimsy, and jingles too. Thanks, Maria, for choosing these beads for me. I hope you like what I came up with. 🙂

Worlds Collide: Revisited

I thought you’d like to see the bracelet I designed around the handmade beads from my trip to Louisiana a month or so ago. My second lampwork lesson resulted in these organic nuggets (a style that lent itself well to my awkward movements and limited time!)

My desire was to keep it simple and let the beads be the focus (as is my style, I guess, in designing most of the Joolz that feature lampwork beads). Creamy, smooth coin pearls in a lovely shade of aqua seemed to go as did the clean lines of the Hill Tribe silver…no silver bead the same as another so as not to make my nuggets feel uncomfortable with their odd shapes! The quirky little spirals showed up for the doubletake effect and heck if I can remember where I got them! I’ve got 2 left, perhaps for earrings though I am fresh out of matching lampwork beads.

I’m pleased with the result for now…though I may restring it and lose the pearl by the closure for a little more snug fit. That’s the beauty of making my own jewelry. I can start over any time!

Pretty in Pink…

I sure hope I haven’t used that blog title already…great movie title though, don’t you think?

Isn’t this pretty? Not that big—the pink/black focal is a little over 1.25″ and the whole pendant is 3.5″.  Susan Sheehan made the gorgeous pink bead. I might have to make some earrings to go with it!

Last week was Earring Week and this week is turning into Pendant Week. Though I’m not nearly as prolific…something about not needing identical pairs with pendants! I have a large collection of interesting lampwork focal beads and decided to get them made into little works of art. It’s a nice way to use up the orphan pearls and silver beads, as well as to test out a look.

Most of the beadmakers I work with do special orders and will make matching beads if they have the glass available and the process is able to be duplicated. I try to make matching earrings for a bracelet or pendant/necklace if I think it will complement the look. And it is nice to be able to go back to a source and ask for additional beads if a customer is taken with a piece of jewelry and wants something to go with it. Everyone wins in those situations!