Saturday, 27 April 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party - 3rd Reveal

I'm so excited! It's time for the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal. I have been busy since the 20th February when my bead soup arrived from Cilla of Tell Your Girlfriends in Canada. Here is a little reminder of what she sent me.
 

Before I started making anything I arranged the beads into little groups on a beading mat and pulled out some lampwork beads from my inpsiration boxes and just played around with different combinations on and off until I was happy with them. This went on for a week or more - but just a few minutes at a time.

The first couple of pieces I made were this bracelet and matching pair of earrings made using the beautiful freshwater pearls, the copper starfish charms, some of the copper 8mm beads, the copper and crystal rondelles, the jump rings, some of the mixed beads and the cute copper clasp from Bead Bazaar. Of course being a lampworker I had to add some of my own lampies.



I have to say that this bracelet and earrings virtually made themselves. The components were meant to go together and couldn't have been a better choice by Cilla and I have to say not something I would have chosen to buy myself.


Next up was the Laborite Focal Bead. I have to say I struggled with this one a little bit. It didn't seem to want to go with any of the other components Cilla had sent so I set about making some of my own beads to go with it. I pulled apart a couple of bracelets and a necklace I got at a charity shop and some little triangle hematite beads that a friend gave me that seemed to suit the angular design of the focal bead and this is the result.


Not too bad if I do say so myself!

I have some of the beads I used in this necklace for sale in my Etsy shop. Click on the picture to take you there.



Now, what did I make next? Oh I know it, was this one


Cilla sent me this lovely ceramic dragonfly focal bead made by Jean Christenensen of Clay Genie but because it was a bit on the small side I wanted to design something that would give it a lift. One of the gorgeous clay lentil beads from The Studio Sublime matched perfectly so I teamed it with a few of my lampwork spacer beads and some czech crystal from The Curios Bead Shop. I put it all together with one of the silk ribbons from Sowereze, made a string of beads and added some chain which I connected with part of some copper daisy clasps.

Well, I have to say there wasn't much left of the soup but I was determined to use as much as I could and really enjoying the stretch on my designing abilities.


This necklace was made using a clay focal from Knme. I struggled with this one too as it didn't seem to go with anything I had, until I realised it had a hint of lilac in it and then there was no stopping me.

It went so well with the Antique brass findings from Vintaj. I had some lampwork beads that I made ages ago that were sitting in my inspiration boxes obviously waiting for this moment. Again adding some czech glass from The Curios Bead Shop.

Finally another necklace. I had left 3 of the clay lentil beads from The Studio Sublime. I don't usually work with anything so big and didn't have anything in my bead collection that would go with them. So I had to design some lampwork beads myself. I had some lovely silk ribbon from Sowereze that was blue and rust and this seemed to be calling out to me to be used. I made the lampwork beads in ivory with tourquoise stringer decoration and amber dots. Used some more of the 8m copper beads from Cilla and more Vintaj brass. I found this cute little owl bead from our local bead shop Purple Moon which just seemed to add the finishing touch.



The only thing I admit to failure on was the lovely little hearts from The Menagerie Studio. I tried making several pairs of beads in different combinations to go with them but wasn't satisfied with any of them. The main problem for me was the hole which meant they hung at an angle and I just couldn't get them to look right. I was going to drill another hole with my dremel but didn't have the right size drill so I'm ashamed to say I have given up - well for now anyway.
 
I hope you have enjoyed sharing my journey and I hope that Cilla likes my creations.
 
If you see any of the creations here that you would like to buy please email me.
 
If you would like to see what Cilla made with the beads I sent her you can read all about it here: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/2013/04/bead-soup-reveal-with-my-beads-by-cilla.html
 
A huge thanks to Lori Anderson for organising this despite having troubles with her health.
 
You can read all about the other participants on the Bead Soup Blog Party Blog.
 
Thanks for looking.
 
Linda
x

49 comments:

  1. Linda. This is a triumph. Very well done indeed. I am inspired by the way you write, your enthusiasm comes over so clearly.
    Hugs, Julia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's very kind of you to say Julia, thanks for taking the time to comment. x

      Delete
  2. Cilla is lovely and your creations are just gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lovely pieces Linda, I have really enjoyed the blog party and the looking at what everyone else has made. Lx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too Laney, just been over to yours and left a comment. x

      Delete
  4. Lovely stuff, Linda! Really like the bracelet and the second necklace particularly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Claire, I had to go and check which one it was, I have to say I quite liked the way it turned out myself. I do find it difficult to photograph necklaces though.

      Delete
  5. Hello Linda!
    I finally get to see your work from the Bead Soup! I love everything! You are a star! I just love the first 'set" and would wear the bracelet and earrings all Summer! just perfect! You really did make different pieces then I envisioned. That is what is so much fun about this Bead Soup! Thank you for being such a great partner Linda!
    Cilla

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, thank you Cilla, I really enjoyed the challenge you set me with your beads and I think I can say I love all of them. x

      Delete
  6. All these pieces are wonderful. I could not choose a favourite!

    ReplyDelete
  7. So many beautiful pieces, I LOVE them ALL!! A truly YUMMMY Soup!!! :)))

    ReplyDelete
  8. labradorite necklace is the best!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I'm wondering why you think the labradite necklace is the best? You are the fourth person to have mentioned they like that one best but it is the simplest necklace of them all.

      Delete
  9. Everything is beautiful. Congrats on a job well done.
    kathy

    ReplyDelete
  10. So many beautiful creations! I love them all. Don't worry yourself over the Menagerie Studio charms...the right design will come when you least expect it. I create with(and hoard) many of her goodies and they are always very good at 'speaking' to me when the design is right.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I was trying to make earrings with them but maybe it would be better to split them.

      Delete
  11. Really nice use of all of your soup. Your designs look great! My favorite is the second necklace.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankyou. What makes you like the labradite necklace too?

      Delete
  12. Each single piece is talking to me ;-)) and i love a lot of the little details. But my absolute favorit is your last necklace. Sure these are my colors, but also the way you combinate the ribbon with the stringed seedies, oh and your lampworks i love. A lot of eyecandies in the morning!
    Greets Gite

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Gite for telling me why you like my jewellery.

      Linda
      x

      Delete
  13. Those necklaces are all incredible! That dragonfly piece looks like it would be especially fun to wear. Nice work with your soup!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love all your pieces, they are totally my style! I love the design and color palette, great work.
    ciao dall'Italia

    ReplyDelete
  15. I would wear all of your creations. Lovely beadsoup and awesome what you made of it. Good job!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad you like them, thankyou so much for your comment. x

      Delete
  16. I love all of your pieces. Great composition with the yummy bead soup you received from Canada. I'm also from Canada..please check out my blog and reveal. It's my first time at BSBP and I'd love your comments.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Nan, I went and had a look and commented. Linda x

      Delete
  17. Great job...so many wonderful creations. Although all are beautiful, I am really loving the bracelet and earring combo.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thankyou, I think they are my favourite too. x

      Delete
  18. You made amazing pieces, I love especially the dragonfly necklace: the mixture of silk and smaller neads is lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Beautiful work! A wonderfully dynamic number of pieces. Really like the multiple photo displays as well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sandra, you can do the pic's in Pic Monkey.

      Delete
  20. I love all your pieces! They are beautiful! To me they look very, very romantic. Wonderful creations!

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a lovely soup cooking, Linda! Every piece has it's unique charm, love the rich eand earthy colours in your creations - very inspiring for me!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow gorgeous soup, i saw your first bracelet and fell in love with it but then i did the same with the Dragonfly necklace as well. beautiful work

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow you were busy, and each one gorgeous. Great designs, great job!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Linda all of your designs are great. The last necklace is my favorite.

    ReplyDelete
  25. All your pieces are wonderful. I don't know which one I like better. Nice job with your soup.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thanks for taking the time to comment everyone. Too many to keep replying.

    ReplyDelete
  27. All of your designs are gorgeous!! Great job with your soup!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Each and every piece in this collection is stunning! That first bracelet is breath-taking and that dragonfly necklace is sublime. You really did an awesome job with your soup.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...