Thursday, June 24, 2010
THE BEAD SOUP REVEAL
Wow, Wow, Wow. What fun it has been this week to view all the wonderful designs from the cooking of the soups. It truly has been inspirational and has sparked my creativity to no end. At last, it is time for my reveal from my stash from my wonderful bead soup buddy Alice.
I have been furiously working on a freeform bracelet, my first, but alas, I am stumped and do not know where to go with it. I am making it from the lovely bead soup mix Alice sent me. I am going to add pictures to my blog once it is finished. I also made a necklace from the wonderful lampwork beads and turquoise beads that were included in my stash. I had it done but didn't really like it that much. I took a class this past weekend in wire works and learned a way to perfect my wrapped loops. On Sunday I attended the Intergalactic Bead Show in Charlotte, NC. Of course, it was a bead show and I am a beadaholic so I had to get lots of new goodies while I was there. The weekend got the pot on the burner and the soup started to simmer. I just had to tear apart my one necklace and make two instead.
The first one is my Natural Earth necklace. It is made with some multi colored jasper beads whose colors I chose to match the lampwork pendant. I wrapped them in copper and added copper chain and dangled my pendant and my two lovely lampwork beads from it. I was going for one of those long necklaces and I wanted the little beads to dangle up on my neck. These two little beads resembled little flowers so I inverted the bead caps to make them rise up out of the caps. I antiqued the copper to make it go better with the chain and components. This necklace is for me to enjoy as a reminder of my bead soup buddy. Then for the second necklace I used the turquoise rondelles with olive pearls, lemon fire polished rondelles, dyed fossil coral, brass chain and these funky beads that I dangled in between the loops of the chain. I call this my Sand and Sea Bounty necklace. The funky beads reminded me of shells and the turquoise reminded me of the sea and the pearls and coral represent part of the sea's bounty. I dangled one of my weekend purchases, a brass sea shell, off the end of the necklace. I liked the natural feel this necklace gave me. All in all, I was much happier with the end results of the two over the first one and I hope you will like them too. My thanks to my wonderful bead soup buddy and to Lori for holding such a wonderful event.