Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Party Reveal

Yes, it has been a whole year since I participated in the Bead Soup Blog Hop. This one was really challenging and a lot of fun. The soup simmered in my craft room for several weeks until I decided what I really wanted to do with some of it. But first let me introduce you to my swap partner....her name is Dana also and she is a wonderful wire artist. You will be able to see that from the focal she made from my soup. Please visit her blog to see what goodies I sent her and what miracles she was able to work with it. Have fun taking a look at her wonderful creations at Winddancer Studios.

Now to the soup.


As you can see there is a lot of copper metal pieces which I love but I have never worked with the lightweight pieces before. Love the Birdy and it definitely became the focal of one of my pieces.

This first piece came about as I was working up a class project for a winery where I'll be teaching. They wanted something wine related and I thought of corks, then I pulled out some of Dana's goodies that she sent me and was inspired to make this little cork pendant. This is a just a sample of what I'll be teaching at the Scatter Creek Winery on June 21st. I used some of the crystals and the light weight copper pieces. I love how the bottom copper piece makes it look like a flower on the bottom.


Here is the winery info and you can see this piece is pictured prominently on the flyer. 


These next pieces I plan to wear as a set. I think they look rustic/bohemian/feminine all at the same time.



This is a close up of the focal. Isn't the wire work wonderful.

The bracelets. The one on top I used some of these wonderful triangular shaped beads around the bangle with one large bead on top. The other two are just wrapped with the sari silk that I'll layer.

The necklace showcases Dana's wonderful wire bird. I even dared to try fusing some copper 14 gauge links. That was fun. I probably need a bit more practice with that.

All in all this was a fun soup to work with and I have lots of pieces left that I can play with. I still have to make earrings and I'm thinking I really like those etched copper tubes and I just happen to have a couple left...so maybe a new pair of earrings are in my future.

If you are ready to view a lot more blogs with beautiful creations, head on over to Lori Anderson's Pretty Things blog and she has the giant list of participants. Happy blog hopping and thanks for dropping by.


40 comments:

  1. I love that used some of the pieces for your cork class, that's is wonderful! I made bangles too, great minds there!! Thanks so much for the wonderful soup and for having fun with mine!

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  2. What very unique and gorgeous design! Beautiful!

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  3. Love what you've done with the wire focal- so very pretty. You've showcased it perfectly. The wine cork is so cute and original and I'm a huge fan of the bangles! Christie

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  4. Great pieces! I really like that bangle set with the soft colors. Gorgeous!

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  5. What fun soup you had to work with! And in your usual Dana style - made gorgeous designs!! So wish I could pop into a few of your classes now and again :)

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  6. What a lovely soup you had to work with. You made such gorgeous pieces!!

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  7. Beautiful!!!! I love the Feminine/Bohemian/Rustic look.

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  8. Honey, you had me at wine!! Beautiful!! And now, I will be looking across the room at my wire basket full of corks and thinking, "Hmmmm...." ;)

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  9. Dana your wine cork necklace is very creative. The pink looks great with the copper and the cute bird. Great job.

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  10. Such lovely work well done!

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  11. That wire bird is glorious!! love what you have done with all of it !!!

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  12. Great pieces! Jealous of that bird focal for sure!

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  13. What a gorgeous soup, and beautiful pieces created from it...that cork pendant is so cool!....and I love the boho bangles as well. You did a great job!

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  14. Lovely. The necklace showcases that fabulous wire bird just right.

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  15. Fun designs Dana! It makes me want to join one of your classes. Love the originality of the cork necklace.

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  16. Very unique designs. I wish you much success with your class at the winery!!

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  17. Love the wine cork idea! I got lots of those :)

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  18. Very fun and creative pieces. I have really enjoyed seeing them!

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  19. Fun designs! I especially love the cork necklace and the wrapped bracelets!

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  20. What a really fun way to re-use old corks! I bet your students will have lots of fun learning from you. I hope you enjoy it as well. As for your other 'set', I love the rustic/boho/feminine feel. It doesn't seem weird at all. I like that you kept the necklace fairly simple as the wire wrapped bird is just so precious and needs to be central. And those bangles are just too fun! Great work!

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  21. Love that cork pendant, very creative!! The set is also very pretty
    Alenka

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  22. The wire work bird pendant you received is just fabulous, and I love the necklace you made with it. Nice job on the links.

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  23. The necklace is lovely - you did a great job of showcasing the copper bird. Your bracelets are fun too.

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  24. Your great necklaces showcase's the bird pendant perfectly!
    The cork pendant is so creative - Good luck with your class!

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  25. What a fun upcycle craft, Dana... very clever! Your bangles and necklace are wonderful also... that birdy is one regal fellow :)

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  26. Really like the sari silk wrapped bracelets!

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  27. That wire wrapped bird is beautiful. What a treasure. Love the way you used it too and the matching bangles - what a lovely set of jewelry. And, you are right about their multiple personalities. Great job.

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  28. great soup and great project.The necklace with focal-absolutely rocks!

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  29. Dana, you got an amazing soup, and you did amazing things with it! I *love* your idea of upcycling corks - congrats on the new class at Scatter Creek - I hope it goes really well, especially because that wine cork pendant is so adorable! The bird focal is incredible - and you definitely showed it to its best advantage. I love the stacking bracelets too - you inspire me to dig out my own stash of sari silk and wire and see if I can come up with a bangle or twol. Awesome sauce, Chica!

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  30. I love how you used so many mixed media - the cork pendant is so unique and you wouldn't tell, the necklace with the amazing wired birdie is just what it needed and you even tried a new technique that involves some serious tools - fusing, that us. Good for you!

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  31. The cork pendant is wonderful, what a great idea. I hope the class at Scatter Creek will be fun.
    Beside this I love all trhe sari silk bangles, they are so beautiful!

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  32. Excellent soup! I love the cork idea...wouldn't have thought of it...I have a bag or corks around here.....and I love the bird, that will be a keeper I am sure and the bracelets are so neat. You did a great job!

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  33. I love those big links on the bird necklace - it makes it look open and airy.

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  34. Wow, love the cork pendant! What a great idea!

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  35. That cork pendant is amazing, great design. Great use of your soup.

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  36. What a beautiful soup, you've got to play with! The wired bird is a stunner, like it how you draw attention to it in your necklace. Like the bracelets too!

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  37. I was immediately curious about how you would use the wire beaded bird. It's a lovely component and you made a very pretty necklace with it. Love your bracelets too. A nice combination of color and texture. Very spring-like to my eye.

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  38. You have a lovely soup to play with. The bird focal is beautiful! Love how you allowed your focal to stand out.

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  39. You really found a nice way to use the bird focal. It would have been a challenge to feature it without taking away from it by doing too much or by doing something too simple. The copper wire rings are perfect! You have definitely achieved rustic bohemian femininity with the bracelets. I love the colors you used. Clever use of the wine cork and the lightweight metal pieces. All in all a great soup!

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