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.
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!