Lori Anderson organised the biggest ever Bead Soup Blog Party – over 300 people taking part in over 20 countries across the world. You can find the full list of participants and their blogs at: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/
I’ve finished all my bits for the Blog Party, photos are below. I got some amazing beads and clasps from my partner Christine. Here’s a reminder of what Christine sent me. You can find Christine’s blog here: http://sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com/
I enjoyed working with different materials to my usual and I did add to the pieces with my own seed beads and crystals. I love what I created – it was a great challenge to take part in. The only downer to the experience is that Christine only received her package on 14 September, it took over a month to arrive with her. Thankfully I know she is pleased with what I sent and I can’t wait to see what she creates from it.
My first piece was using one of the dyed agate pieces I received. I created a cabochon pendant with delica beads and seed beads. I then made a tubular netted necklace interspersed with swarovski crystals for a little sparkle. The pendant is attached via a beaded bail that has a hidden popper fastening in back you can easily remove it from the necklace to wear on another chain or just wear the beaded necklace alone.
Updated to show the rear of the blue pendant…
My second piece was inspired by the copper findings Christine sent me, and I wanted to keep with the blue highlights I have added through all my pieces. I love blue and copper colours together. This is a simple herringbone spiral rope with the copper pieces inserted at regular intervals and finished with the copper clasp.
This piece gave me the most headaches, as I don’t usually use wire, crimps and do stringing. I’m much happier with needles and seedies! I used the beads from the Potomac Bead Company along with the brass focal I received. I added in some crystals and again kept with my blue and copper colour scheme. The earrings contain some of the lovely opal drops Christine sent me.
After I had finished the piece above I thought I was done. Then I remembered the Amethyst pieces and lucite flowers with the silver tone beads and clasp. I couldn’t resist making a simple bracelet and earrings from them.
Here is a Slideshow of my finished pieces.