Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bead Soup, the Book!

I was so excited to find one of the “Bead Soup Enclosed” envelopes in my mailbox! In celebration of Lori Anderson's new book Bead Soup. I was even more excited when I saw the bead soup inside. I couldn’t have gotten anything more perfect. Safire Rose Beads and Things sent a very generous soup. They sent beads that let me go any way I wanted to go. Seed beads and stringing wire, crimps, crimp covers, gem stones, Swarovski crystals, two different clasps, chain and more. Isn’t this just wonderful?

This was also great because it is in gunmetal, and both of my girls love gunmetal. Safire Rose also sent three of the juiciest focals ever! They were faceted hematite-like pieces that were made to go together with fittings on the back. You can see the backs in this picture. 

Obviously they are meant to connect. As soon as I saw this I thought Middle Ages and pearls. I thought draped tiers. I felt that while the large chain was great, some smaller chain would be nice, so I bought two other weights to go with it. The first part of the necklace almost made itself. It's the part with the large focals and the chain. I still wanted to add in some pearls, and I felt it needed something delicate. I also wanted to incorporate those beautiful gem stone bits.

I had my daughter try it on and then began to make the linked necklace, trying it on her several times for length. The small magnetic clasp is perfect for this necklace, as it mimics the gem stones, and almost disappears into the necklace. It also allows me to use some of the hematite for sparkle. While technically it's two necklaces, I think it works best together. I consider this necklace a huge success because not only do I love it, my teenager thinks it’s cool and says she would wear it, and she’s very picky. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Soup is Served!

I’m so thrilled to be participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party! Two years ago I was a bystander, and watched in awe, and now I am one of you! Each participant was assigned a partner, and exchanged a focal bead and a clasp that was something other than a simple lobster clasp. We have to use at least both of those items. 
My partner, Denielle Hagerman, is a lampworker. That means she makes her own beads from glass. I was so excited to have a partner that was going to be making beads for me! She found out that I was a gardener, and made me bead soup that was very nearly good enough to eat! Here is what she sent me: 
 I knew right away that the black raspberry was going to be my focal bead. I have a red raspberry patch, and I just love the raspberries. I also remembered I had these lovely pale sage, green leaf beads that would be fitting raspberry leaves. Mr. Chocolate, my husband, always says that the raspberry leaves, in the fall, hang down over the berries and protect them from the frost. I wanted my leaves to do the same, yet without totally covering the raspberry bead. My first year browsing through all of the first BSBP’s I also found one of my new favorite material sources, B'sue Boutiques, so it’s only fitting I use one of her brass platings in my first BSBP. No affiliation there, I just totally love the stuff she carries, not to mention the tutorials she has on the internet. Of course the dragonfly is my favorite. While I had some difficulty deciding how exactly to finish the necklace off, I just had to ask myself, “what do YOU want to wear?” Once I did that, it was clear. This is something I would wear. I love dragonflies, I love this necklace, it’s very “me”. I love silver, too. I didn’t want to use the clasp Denielle made on this necklace, because I wanted to link the leaves into chain, and there was no chain the color of her clasp. All in all, I am very happy with this necklace. I love the dragonfly, and the raspberry bead is so amazing! I love the way the purple and the green play on each other, and especially how the Picasso finish on the purple beads echoes the color of the leaves. I even used a clasp with the bumps that repeat the texture of the glass of the raspberry bead.

 My second piece was a lot more difficult. The bracelet beads were a bit big, and almost too big to make the curve for a bracelet. I made some additional “blueberry” beads to go with it. The problem is that the flower blossom constantly turns to the plain glass back. But that blossom! It’s AMAZING! It looks just like a strawberry and a raspberry blossom! I totally love that blossom! I just wish I could keep it from turning. Anyone have any ideas? The other thing is that ADORABLE BEE! Can you see it? I put it on top of the shorter of the two strawberries. Isn’t it so adorable? I don’t like cute. I mean I really don’t like stuff that’s cutesie, but this is ADORABLE, and that’s just totally acceptable. I am not sure I am going to keep this piece like this. I may take it apart and make another necklace, I just did not think I could carry off two necklaces, or come up with another necklace with these beads that didn’t go into the “too cute” zone. I also used Denielle’s clasp on the bracelet. 
 She MADE it! Isn’t that amazing? She said it wasn’t too hard but was very time consuming. I’ll bet it was! I did not use the lady beetles in the bracelet because I had one more piece in mind. 
I usually wear an ankle bracelet in the summer but I never take it off. One year the beads were from somewhere questionable and the color all bleached out, so I have learned to use all glass beads. I saved out those adorable lady beetles and the other beads Denielle sent for the cheerful ankle bracelet. It has plenty of green and yellow in it, my favorite colors, some sparkle, and the lady beetles. They are some of the most beneficial insects a garden can have. It’s my Gardener’s Dream ankle bracelet!
  Now that you’ve seen what I cooked up, take a look at the soup I sent Denielle.
 Why don't you see what Denielle cooked up with her soup, and then check what's cooking over at the other tables?
 Hostess, Lori Anderson,

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