It's the reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party!
This party caught me off guard a little, I guess. I've known the reveal date all along, don't get me wrong. However, I procrastinated, as is my way. I didn't intentionally procrastinate, but the beads were refusing to speak to me!
That was my gorgeous bead soup from my partner, Terry.
I made three versions of this necklace before I came up with something un-hideous. I didn't take pictures of the first three because those versions were ICKY! I finally came up with something.
By the time I got home from work Friday night, the sun was pretty low in the sky so I had some issues with lighting. That's a crystal AB Swarovski bicone on the left - it's a bit hard to see what it is. The rest is made of garnet chips from my local bead store. I liked the garnet with the focal better than more neutral colors. I felt like it really let the focal shine.
So...I saw the amazing focal:
... and immediately thought "brass". So I dug out a simple Vintaj brass lobster clasp. The clasp I got from my partner:
I worked it a couple different ways - I used several kinds of brass chain and made dangles out of the other beads:
Let me also just say that these colors were challenging for me. I work with "beachy" colors - blue, turquoise, green, etc. Neutrals aren't anything I'm used to working with. So I didn't know what went with what.
The rest is made of garnet chips from my local bead store. I liked the garnet with the focal better than more neutral colors. I felt like it really let the focal shine.
I knew the bracelet had to have the gorgeous clasp from Orrtec Designs as the centerpiece. So I went with the original idea I had for the necklace:
This is three different kinds of brass chain with dangles from the Chinese crystal beads in topaz.
The earrings go with the bracelet instead of the necklace:
Remember these items?
I'm in love with these, but I wasn't able to make anything that did them justice. Naturally, I thought earrings. But I couldn't make them work. I made four or five pairs of earrings with them and I couldn't make anything that didn't make me want to run away screaming.
I've been lusting after all the silk fairy ribbon I see in other peoples' designs, but have never had any. I literally squealed when I saw it! I made a version of the necklace that had the ribbon incorporated but it just didn't look right. I felt like it was out of place somehow. The other problem is that I tried to do that nifty wire-wrapped thing with the ribbon. That's HARDER than it looks! I found this tutorial and tried to use it with ribbon. I've since come to the conclusion that in order for ME to do this, I need a third and possibly a fourth hand. That is going to take some time for me to learn.
I feel bad because I didn't use a TON of the materials Terry sent me. I tried, but they were soooooo gorgeous, I was scared!
I mentioned this the other day, but creativity has been elusive for me lately. There's a lot of upheaval in my world right now and my creativity is suffering. I'm still in love with these materials and am still planning to create with them. I need more time, but I'll get there.
This post is CRAZY LONG so I'm going to stop babbling now! Please, please, please continue the blog hop. I can't wait to see what my partner creates with her soup!
To continue the hop, go visit Lori and see what everyone else made!