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9/17/11

Party On!


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 focal
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!
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The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke


19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel






















121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir
124. Lupe Meter and Mags Saari






154. Pat Haight and Mary McGraw




coffeeaddict said...

Such wonderful pieces, they both have a lot of feel to it.

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Lovely pieces, Molly!

Mylene said...

The necklace with the heart focal is just so beautifully balanced. I'm such a big fan of pressed leaves and your design uses them to perfection. Beautiful!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Molly the pieces are absolutly gorgeous! I love all the browns and dangles in the bracelet! The necklace is stunning! I love how you made the necklace asymmetrical! Love the colors of this necklace and bracelet! Lovely work!!!

CK said...

beautiful pieces Molly! :)

Holly said...

Molly! What lovely pieces you've created with your bead soup! I love that heart focal, and the necklace really just emphasizes how lovely it is. The clasps on both of those bracelets are stunning - as are the bracelets themselves! Great stirring, my friend!

TorqueStory said...

Love, love, love the dangle bracelet, which I know must have taken forever to make.

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

Oh my, what terrific pieces!

ccrider2006 said...

I just love the bracelet with such wonderful fall colors. The necklace is to die for.

Menno Jeweler said...

These are gorgeous...love the colors and the creativity!

Menno Jeweler said...

P.S. Love your choices for your playlist on your blog. :-)

Alice said...

Beautiful pieces--all of them! I just love the colors and texures.

WondrousStrange said...

Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Totally adore that chunky bracelet you made! The colors and details are fabulous. Everything turned out so beautiful. Great job!

Poranna said...

Unbelievable! The bracelets are amazing, I love them :o) And the necklace is stunning, really looks interesting ...

Tracy said...

Such beautiful designs, I love the gorgeous earthy tones and 'feel' of your pieces.

KayzKreationz said...

Those are awesome pieces. I love all the bangle/dangle/bling in the first bracelet. And the necklace, bracelet set are so feminine. Especially with the silk ribbon. Very nice.

Lesley said...

I love what you've done with all the pieces Molly -such rich warm colours and great textures.

EmandaJ said...

Great pieces! Love it. We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda

http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

Riki Schumacher said...

GREAT job Molly! I'm hopping, and loved seeing your name on the list. You did a beautiful job with your bracelet and necklace, love the colors and the texture. Just fab! Riki xox

Shiraz said...

Very beautiful! I love the bracelet.

Shay Stone said...

Whew! Gorgeous pieces you've made!

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

Brava, Molly, brava!

Maggie said...

What a fun bracelet! I love hearts so that necklace speaks to me, love its matching bracelet too.

la mar de bonita said...

Wonderful pieces! They have such a natural and also romantic touch - I love each of them!
Greetings, Michi

Shyme said...

All three of your designs ara really beautiful!

Grubbi said...

Great pieces, the bracelet is right up my street!

Jenni said...

Love the colours and the strength and composition of your pieces..outstanding. The dangle bracelet is a real stunner and must have taken ages to complete.

Christine said...

All of the work is just lovely! The amber bracelet is gorgeous, especially.

Wendy said...

Each piece is gorgeous! I LOVE the necklace! I can't wrap my head around designing asymmetrical necklaces but I'm in love with yours! :)

Shaiha said...

I really love that first bracelet! So fun and so perfect for fall.

CabariBeads.com said...

fabulous color scheme. I love how you've put your pieces together. full but not too heavy

Regina said...

Wow, very nice combination of beads. Love the bracelets and a perfect necklace to showcase that unusual heart focal. Great job!

Palimpa Lim said...

Wonderfully soft, smooth, warm, earthy, harmonic pieces!!! Like mashed potatoes with lots of butter or freshly popped popcorn or a mushroom risotto... hm... I think I should eat something ;)
Though I am normally not into hearts, I love the necklace and the matching bracelet with the beautiful clasp! And you invested so much time and love in all the little danglies on the first bracelet! Awesome!

My Life Under the Bus said...

That heart focal looks like porcelain! As always Miolly beautiful work and these would look fantastic layered and worn together - how perfect for fall!
Happy Hopping!

T... said...

beautiful pieces, that amber bracelet and stunning

Penny said...

What a gorgeous soup you had to work with and your designs are breathtaking.

Bobbie said...

Very pretty work - and I know there must have been many hours of looping wire for that beautifully tactile bracelet!

Sweet Freedom said...

Wow! I love the dangly bracelet, and I know how much time that took! And your necklace is just wonderfully wearable! kudos!

Silver Parrot said...

All the pieces are just lovely. The bracelet is so lush and the heart focal on the necklace is so unique and is displayed perfectly on that piece.

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

YAY for dangles! And you rocked that heart. LOVE it.

And a special thank you for all the extra things you did for this party.

I hope you'll join me next time -- the blog badge and dates are up on my blog now.

Love, Lori

Karyn B said...

Everything is just beautiful. I love the creams with the purples, and the touch of orange on the heart necklace, and the bracelet reminds me of a fall tree in all it's colorful glory. :D

Cindy Cima said...

Gorgeous designs! I am drooling over that charm bracelet!

Michelle Mach said...

Beautiful work! I especially love the bracelet--so perfect for fall!

The Gritty Bird said...

Molly! Such Gorgeous Work! WOW! :)

Ann said...

Great pieces you made good use of your own stash to highlight what you received.

Boot ~C said...

man I love your bracelet, both pieces are really nice

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Molly, I love the color palette and the necklace design is really pretty. My style. Thanks for sharing. Cherrie

Cynthia said...

Love the earth tones. Great pieces!

Chris said...

Your pieces are simply gorgeous!! And I think you are all quite brave to take the bead soup challenge. :-)

Christals Creations said...

That heart is beautiful. I love the first bracelet. What a lovely soup. :o)

Lyn Foley said...

Nice choices Molly. I like how you kept the heart focal necklace fairly simple so the heart shines.

Jo said...

The bracelet is gorgeous but I love the necklace!

Kate said...

Awesome use of texture! I really love the first piece! Gorgeous!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

I do love all three designs !! Art with class JUMM!!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

All three are just absolutely gorgeous, Molly! I love them! The bracelet with all the danglies is so delicious and the necklace and bracelet set... to die for. I so love your work! Beautiful!

Shirley said...

Oh, I knew you would rock your soup! I can't begin to imagine how long it took to make all those dangles! That is such a luscious bracelet. Man, do I love that ribbon on the necklace/bracelet set! You always create such stunning designs, and this is no exception! Have fun hopping!! :)

CraftyHope said...

Molly,
True to you, all of your pieces are gorgeous! I love the fullness of your first bracelet and the one of a kind quality to the necklace and marching bracelet. As usual, fabulously done!

kim said...

Oh what beautiful soup you had to work with. The designs are so very lovely. I really like all you came up with...you are on my list of favorites!!

Marianna said...

all of them are gorgeous! I really love that necklace!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

I can only imagine the amount of wire work in that bracelet - it's gorgeous & the necklace is so elegant. Love your design work!

Christine said...

Absolutely beautiful designs!!

Laurie's Jewel Box said...

I really like the earthiness of both pieces. The bracelet looks like a lot of work.

Terri said...

I adore the earthy colors in this. Fantastic soup mix to work with and your designs are incredible. I did a chunky bracelet recently took me all stinkin' day to complete...and I must say I like yours sooo much better.
Such talent.

Laura Twiford said...

Great pieces all, but I especially love the first bracelet with all the danglies, so perfect for autumn! Great soup

Judy said...

I bet the bracelet makes a beautiful sound! I really like the clasp on it as well. The necklace is so whimsical...just lovely!

hello gorgeous said...

LOVE the heart focal and the subsequent piece created... definitely my tatse...also the matching bracelet! yummy! ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Debbie said...

I love the wire wrapping and use of jump rings in your second piece. Thanks for sharing. Oh and I love the name of your blog...

God bless, Deb

GlassBeadArt said...

The bracelet is amazing!And the necklace is even more beautiful!

Beadaholique said...

Such a beautiful job on all three! I love how lush and full that first bracelet is... perfect for Fall!

LeeLu Creations said...

Love the fun cha cha bracelet, but I'm REALLY lovin' the heart necklace.

It's so hard for me to do asymmetrical pieces but the necklace you created is awesome!

Beadaholique said...

Beautiful! Each piece has so much character. Wonderful work!

Julie & Andrea

Starry Dreams Jewellery Designs said...

Beautiful! Love all the colors! Great work!

Astrid said...

Gorgeous design and colors!

ladyhawthorne said...

What a wonderful earthy pair of pieces. Perfect for Fall. Thanks so much for sharing what you made.

Elizabeth said...

Both pieces are beautiful!! I love the asymmetrical necklace, but then I am a bit unbalanced !!!:)
great to meet you!

moonlitfantaseas said...

I loved the soup you had to work with, and I really like what you made from it!

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry I am so late hopping your way. My computer dug it's heels in and said Not gon'a go thaat fast.:^)
Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
Be blessed to be a blessing

Thoughtfulhands said...

That pendant is just beautiful and you matched the beading just perfectly I just love these pieces.

Great Work...

Theresa

P.S. I too have your theory :>

hello gorgeous said...

oooo, yummy! reminds me of cosy nights and hot chocolate! ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

JenniferJangles said...

Amazing! Those are all gorgeous pieces. I'm not sure which one I like best.

vonna said...

Molly, I really really... like your style in design and such beautiful soup you had to work with. Fabulous pieces! Glad you had fun!

SueBeads said...

Love them all! Great job!

Sally Anderson said...

Such great pieces, Molly. I love that bracelet -- it has so much to draw in the eye and hold it there. Very cool. And the necklace is just beautiful. I'm always so impressed with people who can do the asymmetical thing! I sure can't! Nice work!

Marie Cramp said...

Fantastic Designs! :) Keep up the great work! You are truly blessed, I feel the same about my own gift! <3

Alice Craddick said...

I love what you did with that beautiful focal on the necklace. I always love checking out your blog. I also appreciate the wonderful christian testimony you have thru your blog. You are a blessing and inspiration to others. Keep it up!
Alice's Beads and Baubles

Skye said...

oh wow.. both are such lovely pieces! I was already to proclaim that bracelet as my fave until I scrolled down and spotted the necklace :)

one-eared pig said...

I love all of them! That first bracelet is my favorite - I bet it makes a really cool, soft noise as it moves.

Silver Charm Bracelet said...

Since I love the color brown and all shades of the earth therefore this is a particular favorite of mine...beautiful; assembling and color schemes.

Jennifer said...

The color palette of the heart necklace is gorgeous! Wow!

maneki said...

Gorgeous autumn jewellery! First that lush autumnal bracelet was my fave, but then I saw the necklace. Lovely! Fab job!

Christine Altmiller said...

these are so very beautiful! i love the colors you used!

Kelly J. R. said...

That bracelet is so perfect for fall! What beautiful colors. I love the "fluffiness" of it.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

Love your pieces! That heart focal is a stunner, and you made a beautiful necklace for it!

cw said...

beautiful!!!

Aquariart said...

Oh my the first bracelet is like a big plate of homefried potatoes for breakfast but the Necklace and Bracelet with that gorgeous heart is like a wedding cake, elegant, sweet and melting in your mouth!! Love the colors you chose to put together and especially the black silk ribbon!! Wow!!

Barbara Lewis said...

Wow, Molly! These are beautiful and so you. The colors especially remind me of your work. Really nice compositions!

salla said...

I love the first bracelet. So full and fabulouse!

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

Very pretty. I like all of your pieces. Love the necklace

FryeStyle said...

The heart is one of my most favorite of shapes and symbols. You definitely caught my eye! I'd wear that necklace in a second!

Marian Hertzog said...

I love what you did with your bead soup! The bracelet is my favorite. I love dangles... the colors are so rich and will be great for fall! The necklace and bracelet are awesome too. I really like the fiber mix! Great job!

ccrider2006 said...

So Many Dangles - So Much Time to Do - your wirework is fantastic and I loved all the pieces.

Cynthia said...

So nice to see what you made and I'm delighted to have found your blog-how lovely!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Oh Molly! I love them both so! I can't decide which is my favorite. Both are so earthy and warm, feminine and beautiful!

Pat Haight said...

Oh wow! I love all of them! The colors are perfect for me☺

nikimeiners said...

your pieces are quite lovely

Here Bead Dragons said...

Both pieces are beautiful.

~cryssT

Fire Phoenix said...

Love the addition of the ribbons, great pieces of jewellery!

CraftyHope said...

Molly,
That bracelet for your mom is so fabulous and full! I'm sure it took you a lot of time to make all those dangles. As well, your necklace and bracelet set are a lot of fun. You've made so beautiful pieces once again!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Still getting to all the blogs. What great fun. I really liked your design, you offset the clasp beautifully and the use of ribbon was great.

Bead Lola Bead said...

Beautiful designs!!! I can actually hear that first bracelet jingling on my wrist . . . =D

Serena Trent said...

Great job!

Terri said...

What Beautiful designs you created from the soup mix your partner sent you! I think some one will have fun wearing them this fall! Soup-er job!

Cindy said...

Molly, what a gorgeous bead soup you received! I know you had no problem at all creating these stunning two pieces....and I can appreciate how long it took to design and create all of the dangles on your bracelet - it's perfect for Fall! Your heart necklace is so pretty too - I'd wear that necklace all the time!

Janina Grigore Jewellery said...

Wonderful pieces! I love the brown and amber too - just perfect for fall! The heart focal is beautiful and I like how you added the silk fiber :)
Geanina.

DaviniaDesign said...

Gorgeous bracelet. Great fall colors.

Sharon said...

Your amber bracelet is stunning, the color combination and all those fun dangles really make it an Autumn statement piece. And of course, your necklace and second bracelet are beautiful as well!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful pieces! My favorite is the necklace. I like how you combined silk ribbon and wire wrapped beads. Well done!

chicandfrog said...

The first bracelet won my heart. I wan... ehm, love it!
Ambra