Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Day!

For all of us beady bloggers, this is a big day!  The 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party is in full swing!  This is the third year that I have participated, and each year has been fun and challenging.  I really hit it off with my partner, Leithleach which made things extra fun.  A look back at our soups can be viewed here.  

I will start the pictures with one of the necklaces I made.  I received two focals, and used both of them in necklaces.  The first one is a pretty red flower with subtle white stripes.  I combined it with black lucite and glass flowers, antique brass metal, and large red Czech glass beads.  I am thrilled with how this necklace turned out.

Isn't it sweet?

The second necklace I made kind of has an Earthy, southwestern feel to me.  I used many elements from my soup, then added some gemstones, chain, leather cord, and ribbon.  I also hammered out some copper washers and an S clasp and aged them with liver of sulfer.

I made some earrings with the Mother of Pearl coins that I thought turned out cute.  I have lots more of these to work with, and I think I'll make a cha-cha bracelet to match.

Last but not least, of course I had to make something beachy.  I had some little silver rope rings that went perfectly with the clasp from my soup.  I used them to dangle seashells, starfish, and crystals all around this little bracelet.

This was such a fun experience.  I have to say that each of my pieces ended up being different than I thought they would be when I first started them.  They evolved into their own, and I guess that's what I'm doing too.  It is very rewarding to create, and being challenged to create with something we might not normally choose shows us that there are infinite possibilities.  I would like to thank Lori Anderson for her amazing dedication, hard work, perseverance and the love she has put into this huge party.  A big thank you also goes out to my wonderful partner Leithleach.  One of the very best things about this experience for me has been making a new friend.

Here is a link that will take you to the list of all participant's blogs.
Happy hopping!