Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party - REVEAL DAY!!!!

Remember, the bead soup blog party's purpose is to get a person out of their normal comfort zone using items they normally wouldn't. 

The participants have to have a blog.  They are carefully paired up by Lori Anderson of Lori Anderson Designs - who has spent countless hours and a ton of energy on this blog party.  THANK YOU LORI!  Once paired up, each partner sends a focal bead, a clasp (not just a lobster clasp) and some coordinating beads to create their new masterpiece(s).

This was my first BSBP and I was so lucky to be paired up with my new friend Barbara Bechtel of Second Surf.  Here's a recap of the bead soup I received from Barbara:

Here is the bead soup I sent to Barbara - go see to see her masterpiece!

There are 362 participants in this fun blog party - go check out all the
wonderful creations using the link above.


I actually made three pieces with the soup that Barbara sent to me.  I'm sure you saw the beautiful lace Barbara sent in the picture above.  Unfortunately I mangled it trying to incorporate it into one of my pieces.  :o(  I've never worked with lace before and it just wasn't my "cup of tea soup" this time. 

The rules of the BSBP are that we must use the focal and the clasp, using the extra beads is optional.  My goal was to use all of the little pretties that Barbara sent to me.  I came pretty close to my goal with the exception of the lace.

I am very proud of the pieces below - I hope you enjoy!

I used the majority of the extra beads along with the clasp in this necklace.  I made the chain using copper wire that I formed into jump rings and then antiqued.  The necklace is a choker length.

The extra beads went into this sweet little pair of earrings with my handmade ear wires - great match for the above necklace!

Last, but definitely not least, is the focal piece that Barbara sent me.  It's such a beautiful pendant that I didn't want it to get lost in the jumble of beads in the first necklace.  So, I paired the feather pendant with the ceramic piece and hung them on a simple silk cord necklace. 

Isn't it beautiful?

Here's the picture of all the pieces in one place

Now, off I go to look at 361 other blogs and all the creations!
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Thank you Barbara for making my first bead soup a great experience! 
I look forward to a long friendship!

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