Saturday, 10 May 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Well the day is finally here, after few delays due to Lori, the organizer's ongoing health struggles.  Just a reminder of what my partner Bonnie Coursolle of Jaspers Gems sent me back in March.




These aren't colours or materials I usually work with but the beads were beautiful handmade ceramic from Grubbi Ceramics in the U.K.

I left them out for a while seeing what they inspired me to do.  It was getting down to the wire so I decided to do a creative marathon and get everything done in an afternoon.  I seem to work best under pressure :-)

These are the results:

There was a large and heavy copper clasp included in the soup but I decided to split it up and make it a focal with the wee little bird dangling from it.  I thought she was so sweet I didn't want to detract from her so I kept the rest simple.  Just a plain copper chain embellished with some little shell flowers.


The next piece I used the large ceramic focal.  It seemed very bohemian so I paired it with the waxed cotton cord knotted with seed beads and the remaining smaller ceramic beads.

The last piece I focused on the copper beads Bonnie had selected and dug in my stash for something to highlight them.  I think they look stunning paired with amazonite and aventurine in the double strand bracelet.  Quite a departure from the first 2 pieces.

I can't wait to see what Bonnie made with the soup I sent her!

Please check out the blogs of the other participants of the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog  Party

59 comments:

  1. Love how you used the large part of the clasp! But I like the bracelet best. Well done!!

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  2. I love the pieces you created with the bead soup that I sent to you. It always amazes me that the picture I have in my head for the items sent is so different than the final creation my partner makes. The imagination of others inspires me. Thanks.

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  3. Like the simple but creative designs. Love the colors of the bracelet. Nice job!

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  4. Sweet. Loving that LOVE necklace.

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  5. All such pretty pieces. I got beads I don't normally work with either but it was a fun challenge.

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  6. Beautiful pieces! It's wonderful when we can find inspiration from things we don't usually work with. :)

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  7. Such lovely work well done!

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  8. Beautiful pieces, Janet... so nice to see how well you rose to the challenge :)

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  9. Gorgeous! I love the love necklace!

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  10. Love your ideas - really enjoyed the LOVE necklace!

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  11. Love the Love necklace!! Beautiful work!

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  12. Great idea with the toggle, I like it a lot! also love the other necklace, its simplicity enhances the beauty of the focal. ANd of course cool bracelet !

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  13. I would wear each and every piece.

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  14. Gorgeus pieces. I love your necklace with the large piece..yumm...

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  15. Love what you did with these ceramic beads. Using the clasp as a focal was genius!

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  16. Nice pieces! Just gorgeous!

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  17. Lovely designs! The bracelet is a lovely departure from the rest of your color palette :)

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  18. Love the earthy colors!! You made gorgeous pieces!

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  19. Beautiful designs and great use of your soup. Also, you were not the only one who had a bead soup marathon. I made most of pieces in one afternoon as well. After procrastinating for most of the design period.

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  20. nice job! my favorite piece must be the 'love' necklace, very well done

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  21. my favourite's the ceramic focal necklace. I love the earthy copper red tones very much.

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  22. I agree that it is hard to work outside our own space, but you did a great job with the soup you were sent. I'd never know they weren't your colors! Very pretty

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  23. Great job on all your pieces! My favorite is the last bracelet. I love the pairing of copper with the amazonite & aventurine. My colors!

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  24. That beautiful copper clasp works beautifully as a focal. Really gorgeous necklace.

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  25. Nice cooking, Janet! And you did them all in one afternoon? You're a creative soul (I always need days to stimulate creativity). Clear lines, beautiful jewelry - well done

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  26. All your lovely designs are so precious...I truthfully can't pick a favorite I love them all equally...ty so very much for sharing them with us bye for now got more hopping to do and boy are my legs tired...lol

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  27. Nice necklaces and a sweet little bracelet.

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  28. Great job with your soup....lovely pieces!

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  29. Love how you combined textures and colors. Beautiful work!

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  30. little birds are kind of irresistible, love the treatment you gave yours. The palette of your second necklace is so romantic too, you really did a great job with your soup! I'm in Ottawa, hope you had a nice show at Glamour in the Glebe. I had a chance to go last year but somehow I never remembered to apply this year. In my next life I'll come back organized :)

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  31. Very nice pieces and I like how you combined your clasp for a different use. Well done!
    Alenka

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  32. All are very nice! I love the long necklaces and the bracelet is very pretty.

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  33. That love necklace is super sweet!

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  34. Love the love necklace :)

    Great soup!

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  35. multistrand bracelet is my fav!

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  36. Very bohemian. Lovely pieces, the pop of color on the bracelet really brings a new element to it.

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  37. I love your style and creativity. SO adorable and sweet! My fav piece is the first necklace - it's adorable and versatile.

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

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  38. Well, I really like all three of them, a lot. But if I had to choose an absolute favorite, I would have to go with the first one. Nice job!

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  39. Love all 3 pieces , Janet. Great designs and use of colour. You had a great soup to work with and you more than did it justice!

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  40. All three pieces are so pretty, I love the second necklace, simple but so funky, great job!

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  41. Your designs are lovely. I really like the second necklace with the Love focal :-)

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  42. Really pretty pieces. I am a bracelet girl and love that bracelet! Very nice!

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  43. You made good use of your soup I like all the pieces and especially the turquoise bracelet just my coulour!
    Jackie

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  44. Hi Janet, The clasp looks great as part of the focals in the first two necklaces and the birdie is cute. My favorite is the bracelet. I can't resist aqua and copper together.

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  45. I love what you created with a soup that challenged you, I love how the aventurine looks with the copper

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  46. Very nicely done!!! I am really getting into the waxed cord and so on and you did a really good job of that. I love your designs, the bracelet is probably more my style, but I really like them all!!! Have a Blessed Day!

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  47. Wow... that bracelet♥♥♥ aqua and copper, a great classic colour combination! Love it♥ And your super sweet second necklace, very feminine. Beautiful soup... beautiful pieces (-:

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  48. Love your techniques and your necklaces. Great knotting. Great job!

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  49. Excellent pieces!!! Great Job! I tip my Chef hat off to you!

    veradesigns.blogspot.com

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  50. I like the design of the clasp focal with the bird - the small bird is center stage in spite of the gorgeousness of the clasp. The second necklace is my favorite - the thread woven in and around the smaller beads makes it look very airy. And the color splash of the bracelet is fantastic!

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  51. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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  52. Sweet simple designs. I love them all, but that little bird would look best around my neck. I really love the bracelet too. I just realized we live in the same city...how about that!

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  53. All of your pieces turned out so well! I think the first one is my favorite. I like that you used the clasp for something other than that and the bird is too cute. Awesome job all the way around though!

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