Saturday, May 10, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party

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It is finally here - the reveal date for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party.  This is our sixth time participating in the party and each time just seems to get better and better.  To see past challenges you can see them here.

For this Bead Soup Party our partner is Genny Smith.  Below you can see the goodies we received from Genny.

 

We have some handmade components in there
you can see more at Genny's website and Etsy store.
If you have never heard of the Bead Soup Party here you go:  It is a wonderful party hosted by the brilliant Lori, Pretty ThingsLori had the bright idea to host a party where she partners up jewelry artists from around the world.  You and your partner swap jewelry components: any beads, findings and elements of the partners choice but there must be a mandatory focal and art clasp.  You must use the focal and clasp in a piece and the rest is up to you on how you want to use.   Then we, as a group, post our images of our pieces on those reveal date and then get to hopping to see all the wonderful creations.  Lori, with her husband and others, work their tushies off to put this wonderful party on.  This would simply not happen without all of her hard work!!!!

via Google images
Okay - now to show off the creations:

Wildflowers

This piece we are calling Wildflowers.  We used the jasper, purple Czech, small tan Czech, lampwork beads and toggle clasp that Genny sent.  We added the copper spacers and the enameled copper pendant.


A close up of the pendant. One of the versions mom and I worked on this necklace didn't have a pendant - then last week, during our show, I re-worked the necklace and decided to add this pendant to the necklace.  I think it finished off the piece nicely!


A better view of the beads we used - it was actually sunny day and it gives the beads a sparkle that I really like.


Another view of the necklace.

This is the second piece we created - what is great about this piece is that you can actually wear four different ways - which both mom and I love!!!

Tribal - Style 1
This first picture is style one - we have the whole piece together.  The pendant is the one Genny sent us - mom wired wrapped the bail and the chain is something Genny created that the pendant is on.  The top of the necklace is the ivory beads Genny sent, chainmaille she made and the copper spacers she provided.  The lampwork beads are from Juls - that I have been hoarding and mom was correct - they were perfect for this piece!!!!


A close up view of the copper chain.


This is the second style for Tribal - we have the chain hanging as one piece instead of two.


Above is the third style for Tribal.  It is just the chain with the pendant.


And finally the fourth version of Tribal.


Here is a close up view of the beads that Juls made.


A close up view of the chainmaille.


So, that is it - mom and I had a blast with the components Genny sent us!  Please take a moment to head on over to Genny's blog and check out what she created with the goodies we sent.  In case you don't know what we sent her to play with - here you go:

Two of our enameled copper pendants, lampwork glass beads and a jade
toggle clasp
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you take the time to see all the other wonderful creations.  To see a list of those who are participating please head on over to the Pretty Things - Bead Soup Blog Party.

62 comments:

  1. Oh, wow!

    I remember admiring your enamelled focals last year and I still do - the Wildflowers necklace looks just about perfect to me! The Tribal piece looks like a miracle of engineering to a non-metalworker.

    Absolutely beautiful :)

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  2. Adore how you made the Tribal necklace so adaptable, really love it.

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  3. Lovely - both are fabulous - it's a complete tie which one you should send me :-)

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  4. I'm speechless! What a super job you both did with your soup! You truly are an imaginative and artistic team. I love the versatility of your second piece. The lampworked beads are spectacular. The colors in the first piece, Wildflower, has all my favorite colors. Your enamelled pendent gives just the right touch to top off this gorgeous necklace! Thanks for being my partner in my second Bead Soup Party!

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  7. Oh my gosh!!! So cool!!! I love the necklace 'four ways" AWESOME!!!

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  9. Oh My LAWD!!!! That Wildflower Pendant!!! You guys leave me breathless, you know that?!? What you turned your bead soup into is nothing short of delicious. A superb idea to turn the second necklace in a multi-wear piece, and you are sooooo right, the lamp work by Juls really does pull it all together!
    Thank you for visiting my party post

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  10. Incredible use of the enamel pieces - love them both.

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  11. Wow the versatility of your designs just adds to their amazingness!

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  12. Specially like the Wildflowers necklace. Such lovely colours.
    Rose

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  13. Lovely work! The Wildflower necklace is my favorite

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  14. The wildflower necklace is sweet! Love those beads! Great job!

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  15. Gorgeous! I love the Wildflower necklace, but the Tribal necklace is so awesome!

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  16. Love the wild flower necklace and the super changing design! What a fantastic design and idea! xo Genea

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  17. Your choice of pendant put the first necklace over the top. I love it! The versatility of the 2nd piece is a sure win. Kudos to you both.

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  18. I love those lampwork beads and how you integrated them into the chain on the tribal necklace. And that enameled copper pendant is gorgeous!

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  19. Love that wildflowers necklace! So beautiful!

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  20. The first piece is my favorite, but the second is so versatile! nice work!

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  21. What a stunning colour that wildflower pendant is! I'm so happy you included it, it really makes the other beads sing. What fun you had too making this super adaptable tribal piece, convertible jewelry is so clever

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  22. I'm loving your wildflower necklace! I'm so happy you added on the pendant—it's a beautiful design and perfect with the beads. Both necklaces are such bold colorful creations—lovely work!!

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  23. I love the enamel pieces you both create and the wildflower pendant is no exception. It's gorgeous and that necklace is stunning. Loving the unique and creative second necklace.

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  24. What a lovely cooking! :0) Love the different styles of the second necklace and your use of lampworkbeads in it - it's great!

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  25. love the rich colours of the first necklace and the apple green and chain one is a cool design

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  26. Wow! Both of them are great designs but I really love the versatility of the Tribal necklace. It's amazing that it can be worn in some many different ways.

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  27. The Tribal Style is brilliant! I love all the different ways it works! And I agree, that pendant you added to the first piece really made it pop!

    I'm so honored that you guys have been such a huge party of my Bead Soup saga! Thank you!

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  28. very elegant and delicate projects, especially the first necklace!congrats!

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  29. Beautiful and colorful necklaces! I love that you can wear the Tribal necklace in so many different ways!

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  30. Love the bright bold colours!

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  31. Hi Beth and Evie, You are right your wildflower pendant really finishes the first necklace perfectly. It would be much plainer without the pendant. WOW!! Tribal is a work of art. Being able to wear it four ways must have been difficult to design. It really makes the necklace so much more wearable. I adore the soup you sent your partner. The pair of you make the most wonderful components.

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  32. The necklace with colorful chainmaille is my favourite!

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  33. Very pretty designs and how fun to have a mother/daughter team!

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  34. Nice!
    I love your enamelled pieces, the are beautiful. And the first necklace really stands out.

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  35. Beautiful, love your designs. Love love love the first necklace

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  36. What a great collaboration you ladies have! The necklaces are lovely.

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  37. Wow! Such a great mix of pieces you made! Well done!

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  38. Love them both! The colours and textures are lovely.

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  39. Anazing pieces, I love the color combo in the first and the colored chain maille mixed with lampwork beads from the second. So original to give alternative ways of wearing it!

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  40. Wonderful pieces. I love them all. The first necklace is really gorgeous, great colour combination and design. And I love the little chainmaille "beads".

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  41. SO COOL that you made a necklace you could wear 4 different ways. I love that idea! Both necklaces are quite lovely.

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  42. I liked your second necklace best, in all 4 different versions

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  43. Oh my what an awesome job you two did!!! I really REALLY like the Tribal necklace, not sure which version would be my favorite, I am leaning most towards the fourth one I think, but the whole concept of course is just brilliant, very well done!

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  44. Each of your pieces are incredible. Unique. I love the chainmaille! Great soup!

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  45. Great decision to add the focal to the first necklace. Such a beautiful marriage of design. Love the versatility of the second piece! I am also a love of Julsbeads, and have a few stashed in my hoard as well!

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  46. I like both of your necklaces very much. Beautiful and clever designs.

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  47. I like both of your neclaces very much. Beautiful and clever designs.

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  48. I like how you combined chainmaille and the lampwork pieces. Very creative! I also love the czech piece. I was challenged with czech beads and fell in love with them!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  49. Love the intense colour of both focals. the design of each necklace really showcases their uniqueness.

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  50. I love how colorful your pieces are. I especially love the green one and how you made it so versatile with many ways to wear it. Great job!

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  51. Great designs. Adding the focal to the first necklace makes it complete. I love how versatile the second piece is. Wonderful ideas.

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  52. Lovely designs! That gorgeous wildflower was the perfect addition to your first piece, ladies :)

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  53. Great decisions and great pieces! I love the all. The colors all seem to play so nicely together! You both did excellent pieces! The soup was very tasty, will be back for refills.


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  54. What an amazing enameled focal, it's the perfect♥ combination with the colours of the necklace! The third tribal necklace is my favourite. How wonderful is to have the possibility to play with those designs, with such a ♥great outcome!

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  55. The second necklace is such a clever idea. Love it. And I agree, the pendant on the first necklace just makes the piece complete. Great job

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  56. Awesome designs! I was really drawn to the green focal necklace..wow all that detail... it is just wonderfully composed! Soup-perb!

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  57. Both pieces are beautiful - indeed, adding the pendant to the first necklace was a great idea! The four-ways-to-wear necklace is absolutely fabulous! You have achieved a great color combo on both pieces!

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  58. I love the colored jump rings byzantine accent to the necklace! Fun and unique designs!

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