Saturday, March 3, 2012

And, soup's on! Dig in!

I had this post ready to go yesterday but noooo... it wasn't there when I went to look this about... oh... 15 minutes ago. Oh Blogger, you are so fickle. I am reposting this now and will have to hop tomorrow! First day of my new job today! WOOT! 

The wonderful Lori Anderson has put together this Bead Soup Party and I was one of the lucky few chosen to participate. Love you, Lori!!!

Here are the beads my partner, Kathy, sent me. Don't you just love those bronze pieces and that stone?! And the round piece on the right? From her button collection. AND Czech glass beads!? Love.

Here's what I came up with:

I've been trying to make my pieces more interesting and has presented with a lovely opportunity to play with a new material: wire mesh tubular ribbon. I love how the stones look in the ribbon.

Added some Czech glass beads and a lucite flower. I am absolutely head over heels for that moon pendant.

And of course, I couldn't get away without some wire wrapping...

I used copper wire and some seed beads to make the frame. That stone is such a wonderful shape and sits on top of the frame so beautifully.

I used some silk sari ribbon I bought many many moons ago. Knotted and used a wood bead as a clasp. Simple, but pretty. And it feels great on my wrist.


That ribbon makes me ridiculously giddy. Though, I learned that just because the scraps are sewn end to end doesn't mean it's the most secure binding. SO. When you yank, sometimes, it will come apart. Do try not to scream out obscenities in the middle of the night if this happens to you. :P

I had such big plans for my lovely beads, but was hit with a nasty cold on Sunday. I haven't done much making and creating since then. My bed and I were good friends this week. Here's what I was left with:

As you can see, I started to work on a few different pieces, but never finished. Hopefully, I'll have a second companion post with those pieces sometime next week.

I don't normally work with this color pallet. Oh, I always want to but when I go out and buy beads for myself, they usually end up being purples or pinks... copper wire... sometimes, shiny brass. Thank you, Kathy, for sending me such lovely beads and giving me the opportunity to work outside my comfort zone.

Check out Kathy's blog here.

And hop on over to Lori's blog for a list of all the bead soup players.

40 comments:

  1. Ummmm, yummmmm! I really love what you made with your soup! I absolutely love that asymmetrical necklace.

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  2. reat pieces - love the bracelet combo of wire wrapping and ribbon!

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  3. First congratulation on your new job and lots of best wishes. Now to jewelry, love the necklace with the mesh ribbon and the asymmetrical design. Your delicate wire wrapping and the sari ribbon are a great combination for the bracelet. Stay well.

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  4. Rose-I love the peach colored beads inside the mesh and the lucite flower makes it pop. I will have to try to make a wired bead frame or just wire something! It really enhances a design. I think your unfinished work looks very interesting. I love how you took the button and wired beads onto it.

    By the way, I had a cold too during this party so I can sympathize with you.
    Good luck in your now job! It sounds like it is a good fit for you.

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  5. Beautiful designs. My favorite is the bracelet. The silk ribbon is so pretty and the wire wrapped focal is fantastic!

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  6. I can understand why you are giddy about that bracelet, it made me a little giddy as well. It really is beautiful. Congrats on working with a palette that is unfamiliar and doing such a wonderful job!

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  7. I love the bracelet, but I think your use of the wire mesh ribbon is my favorite! I would have never of thought to use it like you have!

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  8. I love how you used the mesh. I've never played with that stuff before and would love to sometime. The bracelet is so pretty. I really love it!

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  9. Love your bracelet and the way you've framed the focal with the copper wire and seed beads...very pretty.

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  10. I love that bracelet, it is beautiful in its simplicity!

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  11. I really like the asymmetry of your necklace. And that sari silk bracelet is gorgeous in its simplicity - neat wireworkhttp btw!

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  12. Your bead wraps are really fun.
    Great idea I may have to try!

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  13. Great job. I especially loved the bracelet with the ribbon and how you embellished the focal bead.

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  14. You did a gorgeous job with the mesh ribbon, and the wire work is great! I think you nailed it!

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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  15. I like the way you have balanced the colours by adding the flower on the opposite side. Lovelt pieces :) x

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  16. Opened the larger pic with the mesh. Wow, I can see why you love the look!
    The bracelet looks pretty comfy too! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  17. absolutely beautiful! I just love the bracelet!! ~KM

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  18. Both are fabulous! I love the autumn colors with the moon pendant... very different, but oh-so pretty! :-)

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  19. I love the bracelet the best-- your wire-wrapping is wonderful! I really laughed at your comment about the fibers-- you are funny!

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  20. Beautiful pieces! I just love the bracelet!

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  21. Very clever way, how you knotted the ends of the sari silk bracelet! I have to keep it in mind - thanks for sharing your idea!

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  22. Lovely jewellery! I really like the asymmetrical necklace design and the soft, feminine bracelet. Looks great!

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  23. Rose, I love your jewelry! Could you show us how to do that flower on top of the wire lace? That is so beautiful!

    Hey, you won a magazine! Can I ship it to you with a little giftie?
    Give me your address; missficklemedia@gmail.com
    and I will get this out to you soon.
    Shan

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  24. Beautiful job. I find that mesh ribbon intriguing as well, but haven't jumped in to use it yet. Will have to give it a try. Great job!

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  25. Great job using your soup ingredients. I like your designs. Cheers!
    Lori D.

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  26. You did a great job! Love the use of the ribbon...something I have not yet ventured into! Beautiful pieces!

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  27. wow!!! i love your work, it has such a vintage feel!!

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  28. Gorgeous set, Rose - can't wait for you to finish the last pieces too! I love both the necklace and the bracelet - the mix of media is quite wonderful. Beautiful work!

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  29. I really like both the pieces you made. I have played with fabric some in jewelry and I too mistrust how durable it is. I Need to figure out ways to attach it that make me feel like I've done a good quality piece of jewelry that will last! and I like how you wrapped the stone for the bracelet.

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  30. I love your pieces! That bracelet is my favorite though, I am such a sucker for sari silk!

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  31. I have to agree that the stones look really great inside the wire lace. I Had to enlarge the picture to really see it and I really liked it. The necklace is beautiful. So is the bracelet by the way.

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  32. I love both of the pieces that you created. The asymmetrical necklace is gorgeous and I love the little moon charm! The bracelet is so simple but I love the way you framed the bead. Great job :)

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  33. I love your pieces especially the bracelet. I actually really enjoy your style of work. Very good work!

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  34. wonderful, Really like your bracelet and the frame you put on it!

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  35. Beautiful bracelet. I love the wire work.

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  36. Beautiful pieces....love the wire work! Great job.
    Sonya

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