Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Bead Soup Blog Party Time Baby!

Today is the day of the big reveal for the over 300 of us who have participated in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori took on the daunting task of pairing up 362 jewellery designers in a global bead exchage.  Participants were encouraged to go out of their comfort zones to create something with the beads their partner sent them.  My partner Tamara sent me these lovelies!!!


One gorgeous mix, don't you think?  I thought alot about what I wanted to make, and wanted to create something that I have never tried before. Or at least, try do things a little differently. 

So here is my big reveal.... Are you ready??!!!!

I created four pieces of jewellery from Tamara's stash. Here is the first one.


I wire crocheted with artistic wire five strands of pearls, abalone beads, silver findings, mother of pearl beads and crystals. I added some of turquoise tube beads from my own stash to complement the colors in the abalone and pearls. The star of the show is that beautiful abalone focal bead, which I embellished with sterling silver wire and attached it to the necklace.  Although I have wire crocheted necklaces before, I have never attempted to use such different shapes of beads, and I have never added a focal bead before to my necklaces.  Here are some more pictures.....





 
Creating the next piece did take me out of my comfort zone. I made a brooch!



I wrapped the beads with artistic wire and attached a pin bar to the back. I used Tamara's beads, and added a turquoise bead and some tiny pacific opal swarovski crystals.



I was pretty pleased with my first attempt at a brooch. 

I made another necklace. Tamara sent me a gorgeous gun metal and crystal toggle clasp which was too pretty to be hidden at the back of the neck.  This is what I made......



I used an abalone shell which I embellished with sterling silver swirl and attached it to one end of the toggle, along with a and a sterling chain. More of the bead mix dangles from the chain. By the way- do you like my busty mannequin?

  
The last piece I created was a pair of earrings. I used some of the abalone shells, wrapped them with sterling silver and suspended them from a silver chain.  The challenge for me was that these shells had two holes in them. I created the swirl, then ran the wire up the back and made a wrapped loop.






So that's what I made with my soup sent by my new beading friend Tamara!

50 comments:

  1. so much fun to try something new !
    Fabulous job!!!
    Great Soup !
    m.e. :)

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  2. Pretty incredible - Really creative work putting those together with such detail! Love the colors and your wire work - Really gorgeous finished pieces.

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  3. I like the simple necklace with chain and toggle at front...and yes, love the busty mannequin! LOL

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  4. Oh I adore Abalone !!! What you have done here is pure brilliance!!!! I love it all! Wire crochet is something that I have never done- well you have inspired me!! The necklace with the cluster and clasp at the front is wonderful as well!!!!
    You have inspired me and I am going to learn to crochet with wire!!!

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  5. Gorgeous! Abalone is so pretty. I love the clever treatment you used to work with the second hole in the earrings... very inventive!

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  6. holy crow Mary, you've done a wonderful job with the soup I sent. Everything is amazing.....
    I love it all and glad you had fun with it......

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  7. That wire crocheted necklace is amazing! Just beautiful!

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  8. Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.

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  9. I am SO sorry for being late -- today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They're still working on it, but it's like dial-up.

    Oh my gosh, all that wire crochet! That's something I've never tried before. And a brooch -- that's thinking outside the usual box! You did a wonderful job!

    I hope you'll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  10. Lovely!! 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

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  11. Wow! That first piece is gorgeous. I just started trying wire crochet and haven't finished my first piece yet. It won't be anything near as beautiful as your's is. Love all the pieces though. Wonderful "pot" of soup. :)

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  12. Very beautiful pieces. The wire crochet work is very well done. I like the brooch a lot as well!

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  13. Your crochet wire work is so lovely! And that brooch! Such elegant designs. Abalone shell is such fun to work with. Your work turned out great. ♥

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  14. OMGoodness...your soup is DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I adore your design, it's truly stunning! Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP from a very talented designer!!! ;)

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  15. oh, these colors are fabulous and the designs are beautiful!

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  16. A brooch! Wow, how cool that you tried totally new things for the soup. Your pieces turned out just beautifully.

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  17. That wire crochet necklace is ah-MAZING. Unbelievable - gorgoues work! AndI love your brooch, too!

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  18. I can tell a lot of work went into that intricate crochet piece! It's stunning...very nice job!

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  19. Absolutely fantastic! You did such a great job! Every piece has its own character, I couldn't make a choice, which one I like the most. Just great - all of them! Greetings, Michi

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  20. Thanks everyone for your kind words!! I am in the process of visiting everyones blogs. Can't wait to see what all of you have done with your soup!! :)

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  21. What a great creation. I think I would have struggled. . . :o)

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  22. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love all that wire crochet...

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  23. Oh my WOW! Wire crochet! Amazing! All of your pieces are just fantastic!!

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  24. Lovely creations. What abeauty, your crochet necklace. Love the abalone earrings. All wonderful!

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  25. Why hello Jonesy ;-)
    I so love that somebody made a brooch, I've visited more than 70% of the blogs and not one brooch.
    I love your work, it's opulent and dramatic!

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  26. I LOVE abalone! My dad used to go abalone fishing (whatever you call it) when I was little and I still have some of his shells. That first masterpiece reminds me of a fisherman's net with all of these wonders of the sea caught in it. That broach is so sweet! Good for you giving them a try. The toggle piece and earrings are also wonderful, but I'm still thinking about that first piece!

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  27. Wow! This soup just kept on giving and giving..your designs are amazing. You have been a very busy lady. And may I say that dress form is a hoot! This is the second pin I have seen so far. I love them and have made some in the past for fun...none like this though! Just beautiful.

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  28. Wonderful! You have created several terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and I love that you made a brooch too. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  29. Very nice! I love abalone shell, the colors make it so much fun to work with!

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  30. Oh. My. Goodness. Your pieces are just plain stunning! I can't imagine the time it took to create that first necklace - beautiful!

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  31. I wasn't ready!
    As soon as I saw that first necklace, I sucked air! That necklace in the sunlight is just striking. WOW.
    The other pieces are lovely, but that necklace really blew me away. Fabulous!

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  32. They are all gorgeous! Wow! The first necklace is my favorite, so much detail!

    Julie

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  33. Awesome!!! They are all amazing! I do love the busty mannequin, too. :)

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  34. Nice wire crochet! And I must say, your bodaciously curvy mannequin made me smile!

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  35. If I had that mannequin, I might sell more stuff to men looking for gifts for their women. LOL! I've never seen one that...well endowed ;o)

    Aaah, but I am here to comment on the soup and not the props. The wire crochet is GORGEOUS. I love it. I adore how you used the clasp too. I would wear any of those pieces.

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  36. What beautiful soup! So many pieces! Great work :)

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  37. Ok, your girl is quite well endowed! Anyway, I love the first necklace, it looks like seafoam swirling out from under the beads. I love your solution to create swirls in the extra holes in the earrings. I adore abalone! Great job!

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  38. 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

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  39. wow..i love anything that has wire crochet in it! Your necklace is jaw droppingly beautiful!!!

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  40. Gorgeous design, and love the busty mannequin

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  41. Great pieces - you were able to get so much done - love it!!

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  42. Lovely jewellery! My fave are either that lush, impressive necklace or those cute, simple earrings. But all of it looks great -- very well done!

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  43. Wow, the wire crochet is so cool! Nice stuff!

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  44. Beautiful, very pretty colours in your creations

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  45. Wow, you got a unique mix of items...and did great things with them! I love the crochet necklace! And featuring the toggle as the focal in the other necklace is a great idea.

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  46. So much wire work in the first two necklaces, nice job! But I really really really the earrings: the abalon shells are great!
    Ambra

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  47. You made so many nice pieces. Love all the wire. I love the brooch, so different.

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