Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Greetings fellow soupers. Thank you Lori for such a fabulous event. You did a perfect job matching partners. Jill Bradley and I have become new long distance friends and have really enjoyed our partnership. Our exchange was made early so we both had lots of time to create many beautiful items.
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My goals are pretty much the same in this soup as others I've participated in, however my skills are a little rusty so there were some challenges. Overall I'm satisfied. Here are my pieces.
So back to the drawing board, or rather Joanns to pick up some nice chain to better tie it together. Much nicer look, I think. It can be worn short or long.
One of my goals was to try and use what you already have.
Same day I was able to use all of Jill's wonderful silver pieces to make this fun, lightweight and sweet pair of earrings. Just in time for Spring.
Finished piece. Lots of wire wrapping. I made the clasp, and added a bit of wire to the y. I'm very pleased with this one. And then, of course... earrings to match.
Earrings made to match with a big ring at the bottom.
No, I'm not done yet.... breathe.
Jill sent this beautiful silk. I'll admit I'm silk challenged too. However I do like wire and saw the perfect opportunity to marry the 2 in a fun combo. I made the silk wrapped bead using a heavy copper - 14 g - as a base, wrapped wire around that, then started wrapping the silk to hide the wire. Fat in the middle and thinner on the edges. Then 2 or 3 wraps of copper wire with a mix of copper 2mm balls, some seeds and more copper wire to hold it all together. There's one lampwork bead at the bottom for interest and of course just enough silk to "tie" it all together - slips over my head perfectly - no clasp required.
Monday, February 8, 2021
What a gorgeous bead soup I received from my partner, Jill Bradley. Thanks so much, and I can't wait to start cooking!
Ok, I can't wait (just like a kid on Christmas Eve) Posting these pics early (don't tell). These are the items I made from Jill's soup. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I'll detail each in the next post. Click on pic for a larger view.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Testing January 23, 2021. Coton de Tulear dog breed
On the left you see a blurred BOO TOO.
On the right his brother Ranger.
These 2 guys are 9.5 years young, from the same litter and now live in the same town. Lucky dudes get to have play days - this one was on their birthday and they were excited to meet, greet, and sneak a treat!
(this is a test to see if this blog still works, or to see if I can still remember how to manage it for the upcoming BEAD SOUP exchange. So far so good.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
This is the revised version - and I totally love it. I'm a short necklace kinda gal and since turquoise is my birthstone I knew this was going to be a favorite of mine. It's about 16" long and perfect for me. I had these Picasso 9mm rounds and the Swarovski 6mm rounds so combined with the nice wire wrap I made, using her 2mm crystals I think the whole thing came together great (with chain at the back and a clasp I made from copper, not showing in pic). Inspiration: a similar piece from Artbeads.com (of course not the exact same, but giving credit where credit is due). Strung on Softflex medium professional beading wire.
All the turquoise beads you see are from Christine. I have only made one other of these bracelets before and decided this would be a fun combo of colors. 6 rounds of a base of African Christmas beads, then lots of other colors, shapes in between including more of Christine's gifted beads. I love it. Guess I'm a color nut. Very comfy to wear, no clasp.
Next pair challenged me to get ready for St. Pat's day, I used her green Swarovski and my sterling trinity charm, plus made sterling earwires. 3rd pair is used her green seaglass beads. I mixed some Vintaj colors in blue and green and embossed 2 copper plates, buffed, finished and made copper ear wires. This is one of my traditional designs - my favorite kind to make, lots of steps but fun. Like a mini mural on your ears.