This is our fourth Bead Soup party and this time we were matched up with Karin of BackStory Beads.
|12mm red rounds, focal and accent beads, turquoise and howlite and |
a bronze clasp
Here is a collage of what we ended up creating with all those goodies. I seriously didn't think we would end up creating five different pieces; I thought the max would be two, but I sort of got on a roll yesterday. Last minute inspiration hit like a bolt of lightening, and I ran with it because I usually don't get inspirations like that often.
The first piece we started on:
|Rockin' Moroccan - Focal and Accent Beads|
These are the focal beads about halfway up the necklace.
The seed beads with accent of brass spacers, which we bought at the Indianapolis Bead show a few weeks ago. Like I said mom and I usually don't work in the color gold (because I don't like gold) or with brass so this was a nice change for us. Oh, there are a total of six strands of seed beads with the brass spacers.
Mom and I wanted to use the brass clasp for this piece but when I went to finish it off the hole on the bar was too small to get all six strands through, so we improvised. We had two of our oval enameled pieces left over from another necklace and mom said connect the six strands to one side of the oval and the brass clasp to the other - mom is a genius - a genius I say!
This is the whole necklace, Rockin' Moroccan. Both mom and I love it, except for the stringing part :)
The second piece:
|Howlin' Pop Rocks|
Before we started assembling the necklace I knew I wanted to use the red rounds, turquoise and howlite together in one necklace. Mom said she wanted her favorite beads in the necklace and I knew I wanted to have one of our pendants in this necklace too.
For the pendant I knew I wanted a lotus. So, I begged mom to saw out the pendant before she had surgery since I really don't like sawing. Mom sawed out the pendant the night before her surgery - she is such an awesome mom! The colors of the pendant I wanted to be red and turquoise like the turquoise chips and howlite. The colors aren't really in the color pallet we work with but I think it still turned out fantastic.
Here you can see the red rounds, turquoise chips, howlite and our lampwork beads.
Here is a close up of the beads I made. Mom loves these beads but I couldn't remember what red glass I used so there was some experimenting before I got the glass I liked. I think this is the third set of beads I made that I finally liked and wanted to use in the necklace.
I think Howlin' Pop Rocks is a great collaboration of components between what Karin sent us and components we made.
Next are the last three pieces I started making yesterday and mom helped me finish today:
We had some of the red rounds and howlite left over so I thought I would make two bracelets. Usually mom and I don't make bracelets because we think they are hard to make (you would think necklaces were hard to create, but no, it is bracelets for us).
I actually did the wire loops on the bracelet! I have refused to make loops for years now, but I made mom show me how a few weeks ago. While I was waiting for pendants to cool, I started working on this piece. I used the left over lampwork beads, howlite and red rounds. I wanted to use chain in the piece so there are two gunmetal lengths and patina chain from MissFickleMedia. Mom finished by adding the chain and clasp for me - I haven't figured out how to make the loops with the components attached to the loops yet. Just not coordinated enough :)
A closeup of the beads.
The second bracelet I created with 18gauge wire and the components on the wire. I used the focal bead I made, the brass spacers, our turquoise flamework beads and the red rounds. I made the loop on one side, but mom finished off the bracelet with the clasp for me.
Here is a full view of the piece.
Here is a picture of mom wearing the bracelets. I did have more pictures of mom wearing the bracelets but she asked me not to use them. She didn't like how her hands or skin looked - her comment was "Old people skin. Please don't use those pictures". Though I did ask her to use this one because I thought it didn't look too bad plus it showed everyone what the bracelets looked like on someone.
Now, finally the last piece. You guys have been very, very patient waiting for the end.
These were made this morning after mom's doctor visit - she is now allowed to go back to work. These were the last two flamework beads I made in that torching third session. I wanted to add the brass spacers and seed beads to the earrings. Mom and I sort of winged putting the earrings together.
After mom put the ear wires on we both weren't happy with the way the crimps ended up looking. So, I put it aside because mom was going to lay down and I was going to go home and power wash the siding. On the way home I had an idea on how to fix the earrings. After I got back to mom's house she was in the garage because she had an idea too. She thought to use thin wire and string the seed beads on the wire and wrap the wire and beads over the crimps to hide them. I thought that was a better idea than mine and I love how the earrings turned out. We do make an awesome team!!!
After making five pieces, we still have two howlite beads left, some of the turquoise chips and about 14 of the red rounds left. So, lots of fun we had with the soup ingredients that Karin sent.
Here's what we sent to Karin, and you can click here to see what SHE made!
To go onto more hopping here is the list of participants:
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Ana Krepel, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry
Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Davis, Natural Treasures by Deb
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eleanor Snare, The Magic Square Foundation
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works (YOU ARE HERE)
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations
Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Krafty Max, Krafty Max Originals
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Florian, Lilys of the Valley Jewelry Creations
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Callahan, Dancing Wire and Beads by Lori
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Marcia Dunne, The Alternative Foundry
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Melissa Muir, Kelsi's Closet Jewelbox
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam DeBoer, Purple Notes from the Studio
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Tanya Wiles, Tenebrous Hollow Studio
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art
Thanks for stopping by and checking us out. Have fun hopping!