Welcome to the September 2011 Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?
Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
Some coordinating spacers or beads
Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.
Here is another picture of the beads I received from my fantastic Bead Soup partner, Magda Sikora of Poranna Gazetta Blog:
And here is the first piece I made:
I used the brown mother-of-pearl rectangles, baby shells, copper-colored glass pearls and the circular coiled clasp, and added beautiful amber chips (a gift from my mother from Poland), darker bronze glass pearls, brass headpins, antiqued brass chunky chain and antiqued brass bead caps for the shells, and I came up with this fun bracelet with a bazillion danglies.
I love the color variation in the brown and amber tones, and the shells are a perfect accent to lighten up the design.
And here is the second project I made with the rest of my soup ingredients:
I used the beautiful heart focal and accented it with the creamy mother-of-pearl rounds, the pressed glass leaves and the Swavorski crystals, and added deep purple glass pearls, vintage brass links, handmade brass bead caps and a hand-dyed silk ribbon from my personal stash to make this necklace and bracelet set.
The design of the necklace is asymmetrical, with the bead links, dangling leaves and crystals making up one side of the chain, while the ribbon ties to a vintage brass hoop to form the opposite end of the chain. I made the necklace long enough to slip on over my head, so I didn't need a clasp.
The design of the bracelet is an echo of the necklace, and showcases the gorgeous brass clasp from Magda.
I had so much fun in this Bead Soup blog Party, and want to send out extra special thank yous to Magda for my beautiful soup ingredients and to Lori Anderson for being the perfect hostess!
If you have a chance, take some time and check out these awesome bloggers and their fabulous 'soupy' creations!__________________________________________________