Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party REVEAL DAY

It's here;  it's  BEAD SOUP showtime. This is going to be one GIGANTIC PARTY 
Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to lately. 

Lori Anderson, our fearless leader (there are over 500 of us) assigned us partners in March; we then sent our bead soup mixes to each other and once received, we then spent the interim weeks planning, designing, creating and assembling. 

The requirement was to use the focal bead, the clasp , and as many beads as we desired; adding if necessary supplies and beads from our stash (and we all have one), to create a piece of jewellery or art or whatever took our fancy.  (or wherever our muse led us).

If this is your first time to my blog , WELCOME!  
To save you from having to search through past posts here is a photo of what my partner
  Heather d'Entremont sent me and then  photos of the finished piece. 
Lots of polymer clay goodies; lava rock beads in three sizes; some crystals; two clasps; one large focal polymer clay pendant; some seashell strands; and a pair of pretty pink and copper earrings as a wee gift.

Here is what I made with just some of what she sent me.   
(to use it all would make for a very heavy and busy necklace.)

long neck view
choker view to show clasp polymer filled pewter cup bezel and hook
side view to show size of beads
 This is a short choker length necklace as I didn't want the pendant to be able to swing too freely and risk damaging it when it's being worn.

I'd love to hear what you think of the final outcome. It's quite a departure for me as Heather is a whiz at making millifiori polymer clay. (and I'm not).

I'd love it if you'd also pop over to Heathers blog to see what she made with the soup I sent her.

Here is a link to the other participants blogs.
Enjoy the tour, there are over 500 of us so I'm sure you won't be able to visit them, all especially in one day. The link post has a list of all the participants so you can choose who to visit and when. 

45 comments:

  1. Wow Deb! That necklace is gorgeous! I love that you cut one of the Natasha beads to make 4 smaller beads. How clever! I had fun with this and couldn't have asked for a better partner :)

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  2. I actually cut two beads. I was worried you'd be upset with me. but the focal is SO bilateral that the necklace needed to be symmetrical. i didn't realise how easy it is to cut baked polymer beads, a sharp knife and a steady hand and ta da. thanks for hopping by.

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  3. You really did an amazing job pulling colors from that psychedelic awesome pendant! The piece could easily have been overwhelming but its not, its just right for color and texture balance. Very nice!

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    1. thanks, so glad you stopped by. Hope you are enjoying the blog party so far.

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  4. I love it! What a great idea to strand it twice....and your right, that should keep it safe!! Great job!! ~KM

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    1. thanks for stopping by. I used two strands to attach the pendant as it is rather large (but not heavy ), i had tried one thin strand -too delicate visually - and then one strand with the large round bead combo, way too heavy next to the pendant ,so- third times a charm,- the double strand seemed the best solution. good visual weight but light and airy enough to not overpower the focal.

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  5. That's absolutely stunning - really nicely balanced!

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  6. You had a wonderful soup to work with - and you made such a beautiful necklace! I like it!

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  7. what a lovely design. I like how the touch of black travels the whole way through and the larger rounds provide a great balance for the focal. Great work using your soup!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comments. Adding the black is a holdover from my Interior Design days. rhythm, repeat, balance, contrast and a touch of black to finish it off.

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  8. A lovely creation, Deb! Beautiful colors you have choosen from your soup! Also love the handmade book, you sent to Heather!

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    1. thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely compliment. I am so glad I sent the wee book to Heather as I could never figure out quite what it wanted to be. she found a wonderful home for it in that lovely bookmark.

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  9. Such soft colors, I imagine is sits beautifully on the neckline too.
    Great job!

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  10. Wonderful design, and inspired that you can cut the clay beads. It really looks great and i love the versatility of the long and short . The way you beaded loops to behind the focal give it a great balanced look.

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  11. choker is stunning, super-work!

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  12. I think you did a great job matching beads to the many colors in the focal and the clasp. Nicely done!

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  13. Such a variation of colours in your lovely soup. You made a fantastic necklace!!

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  14. So pretty. Lovely design that showcases the focal.

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  15. Very Pretty.Love the colors of the focal and matching beads.

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  16. Love your work, it's so beautiful! And I love the colour combination too.

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  17. What a pretty soup you got, Your necklace had a very subtle color scheme to it

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  18. I just adore your necklace, the color combo is awesome and it is perfect with the focal. ANd cutting the beads?! So brave! I took a look at your other works and loved them

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  19. Beautiful! I think choker style is just right! I just love how you put it together. Excellent work!

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  20. I love the length and design of your choker!! i worry about large focals as well!! Very nice polymer pieces and you made a beautiful piece!!

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  21. The amulet book pendant that you made for your partner is to DIE for!!! awesome work!!

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    1. thank you. I think i may have to make another one
      Heather did an awesome job on finding it's purpose.

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  22. I like the choker style. It shows of that pendant just perfectly. Nice work.

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  23. Deb, I love the bead choices you made to go with the pendant, they really bring up the drama of Heather's design :)

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  24. I love your necklace. It reminds me of a Rorschach inkblot in full vibrant color. You managed to highlight it quite nicely with the perfect accents.

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  25. Just a quick note to say I took a quick look through some of your other posts and I'm following you. Very inspiring!

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    1. Thank you. I am so glad you stopped by. I hope to post more often this year, so my followers have new things to look at.

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  26. Using the focal on a choker was brilliant idea. It's a wonderful design.

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  27. So unique, super great design. So pretty!

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  28. I REALLY like your piece! It's creative and a different way of using the focal. I'd have been REALLY challenged to use this focal and I think you did an outstanding job with it! =)

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  29. You have highlighted the pendant nicely using double strands

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  30. A beautiful combination of shapes and colors! In spite of some bigger beads, the focal is still the queen of this necklace!

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  31. I really like this design. The double start at the front and the single finish gives it a somewhat romantic feel without being too fussy. Excellent job!

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  32. Your necklace really pulls everything together so nicely. I love your combination of shapes and colors. They balance and highlight the focal piece perfectly! So well done!

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  33. Great work, all those colours 'come together' in the pendant in this design! ♥Beautiful♥

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  34. Oh wow, the way you created jewelry from the focal is stunning! The colors reflected within the beads is gorgeous, and your sense of design is brilliant! One of the most beautiful pieces I've seen! Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

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  35. I really like your chunky choker. I love the muted tones. I think you've accented the focal very well.

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  36. I love the unique spin you put on the choker you made with your bead soup. The extra strands to the side makes it more balanced and focal. Great job!

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  37. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-perb! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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