Friday, September 16, 2011

The Bead Soup Party Reveal

A couple times a year I participate in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog party. This is such an inspiring event as it pushes your boundaries to try new things and use different supplies that you wouldn't normally purchase. After we sign up, Lori pairs everyone up and then we send our partner a clasp, pendant or focal bead and a selection of beads. They in turn have to make some thing with those beads and now show them off during this big blog hop. There are over 300 participants, so that's a lot of blogs to visit but I'll be starting bright and early tomorrow morning. So, finally I get to show you what I made with my bead soup. My partner was Christie of Charis Designs and to start off I'll show you the wonderful mix of beads she sent me.


Now we all get in a rut sometimes and I'm just as susceptible as anyone but who couldn't be inspired with this mix. I just am in love with blues right now. Okay, so there was a funny coincidence in that we both sent each other the same metal to work with as well as blue beads and as I'm writing this I jumped over to her blog and we both created items that look very similar or that you could wear with each other. Check out what she made on this post. I made this set before we left for our Napa trip and just had to take it with me. It was fun to wear and just a bit edgy.





As you can tell I used the bronze chain on one side of the necklace and some brown leather knotted with beads and jump rings on the other and the pendant just works to set it all off. The bracelet is made with stretch magic more of the ceramic beads, bronze spacer beads and some Kyanite square beads I had in my stash that mixed well with the other blues. I don't normally like stretchy bracelets but this one is so comfortable. I can't wait to play with some more of the beads she sent me. 

To visit some of the other participants in the party, check out Lori Anderson's blog for the full list.

63 comments:

  1. Edgy and beautiful, love the blues!

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  2. I love the way you combined the cording and the chain with the beads/crystals. It's definitely inspiration for something in the future. Love the bracelet too. Thanks for being such a great partner!

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  3. They both turned out so cute. I can see why you wanted to wear them. Nice job.

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  4. Great project. I love all the interesting texure you achieved in the necklace. What wonderful soup you had too!

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  5. Great necklace, love it.

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  6. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  7. What a beautiful set. I especially love how you made tne pendant!

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  8. 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.

    LOVE the edginess (perfect word for it!) and of course the texture! Kyanite is one of my favorite stones and some people say it helps people who have physical pain. The bronze chain rocks it out, and I love the entire set!

    I hope you join again!

    Love, Lori

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  9. Awesome Jewelry! What a fun soup to work with! I really love the blues bracelet!

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  10. Really nice combination with the blues and earth tones, and the mix of cord and chain. Very cool!

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  11. Love the combination of the different components! Love that focal pendant too! Awesome pieces.

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  12. I love the way you have use your toggle. It is a great necklace. And I would love to wear that bracelet, even though I don't do stretchy ones either.

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  13. Very nice! Both turned out so well, but I really like the necklace! Great job!

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  14. Magical. Just 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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  15. A perfect pair...I love the focal leaf in the necklace and the bracelet is very wearable.

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  16. Very nice, the toggle as part of the focal makes it really interesting.

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  17. Just love these Dana! Your jewelry is always so inspiring -- Makes me want to try new things :)

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  18. What a beautiful bead soup set, Dana! I think the leaf focal is fantastic - and I can't blame you for taking your new necklace along with you on your trip - I'd do the same!

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  19. Beautiful designs in blue and silver! Nice work!

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  20. I'm in love with blues too and those pieces would be perfect with my favorite pair of blue jeans.

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  21. That looks like a fun necklace to wear. I like that you made the clasp part of the focus. It is too pretty to hide in the back. And greetings to another beader from WA. I am just up the freeway in Fed Way.

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  22. I love the dark touch of your piece. Colors are great and the material mix is awesome too. VEry cool piece.

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  23. Ooh! Earthy, chunky, rustic....I love it! Very cool!

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  24. Excellent work, you are a true artist.

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  25. stunning creation....

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  26. Wonderful! You have created two terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture for the necklace. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  27. I love the way you stretched out the beads!
    Gorgeous piece.

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  28. I would also describe your designs as wearable art. Absolutely awesome! Love what you created!

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  29. The only time the blues have made me feel so happy! Nicely done!

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  30. Dana, I love what you created with your Bead Soup! You know I'm a complete sucker for mixed media, so I adore what you did with the pendant, and that bracelet is just too cool! xoxo, c

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  31. Love all the details in your necklace! Your bracelet is so pretty!

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  32. Oh my, I love that edgy feeling of your piece. Great job!

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  33. Love the kyanite and brass and you rocked the design..I can see you wearing that a lot. the focal is really wonderful.
    jenni

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  34. Not only is this such a great, easy piece to wear, but I totally love the cording on it. The focal and clasp at the front is perfect. And I'd love to know where you got those cool brass beads in the bracelet. Love that!!

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  35. Blue and antique gold... great combination.

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  36. The necklace is great - no wonder you wanted to take it on vacation with you!

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  37. Very organic and earthy. Simple, yet effective!

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  38. Oh I'm loving those blues too! And the focal is so yummy. Great job. Thanks for swinging by! Riki

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  39. What a great design. I love the combination of the chain and leather. This is a keeper.

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  40. Beautiful, organic, wearable necklace - it looks like it would go with SO much! And the bracelet is wonderful!

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  41. great design! i love the whole feel of it!

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  42. Love these designs! That pendant is just so cool, and I love the knotted cord :)

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  43. Very nice work. The toggle at front with that focal look gorgeous together...love the way it wears/lays.

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  44. Great job! That bracelet would be perfect with jeans because of the blue. :)

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  45. Both of your pieces are really great. I would definitely wear either one of them. You did a great job with this challenge!

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  46. Lovely pieces! That necklace is just fabulous!

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  47. Love the necklace, especially how you used the clasp right on top of that leaf!! Wow, I love blue and would certainly wear both of your servings of soup everywhere!! Fabulous!

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  48. Great stuff! That leaf pendant is so pretty, love what you did with it.

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  49. Very nice. I love the arrangement of the clasp on the necklace...and you did make similar designs to your partners! How fun!

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  50. Both pieces are lovely! Beautiful blues- great job!

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  51. This soup could of gone in so many directions..I like the path you chose. Really cool Soup- designs!

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  52. Fantastic and funky!! I love them!!

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  53. oh such lovely blues! That necklace does look like fun! I hope you received lots of appreciative looks if not comments ;)

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  54. Beautifully done!

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  55. I love the texture of the bracelet and how you mixed different type of beads together.

    Well done!
    Ambra

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  56. Your necklace has a real edgy feel about it. I love the focal in your piece... it really takes centre stage but you've toned it down nicely by using the knotted cord and chain. Love how you've incorporated the clasp into the focal.

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  57. So funny funky beautiful :-)), great job.

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  58. Lovely jewellery! I really like the colours and how you keep the palette dark by using black cord. Like how you used the toggle clasp too. Very nice job!

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  59. Beautiful pieces! Great bead soup too! I like how you combined a variety of elements to create the necklace. Nice work!

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  60. The mix of the leather and chain is great, the leaf pendant is so great!!! All in all the necklace is fantastic.

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  61. Both pieces are lovely. Good work.

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