Welcome, welcome, welcome. Thank you for stopping by for the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson and enjoyed by many from around the world. I won't go into all the details, I'm assuming if you are visiting this blog today, you already know what's going on. This is my third bead soup and I have enjoyed each and every one that I have participated in.
This time around my partner is Linda Anderson. She is a great jewelry designer and I have had so much fun getting to know her. For the first time I have actually gotten to know my partner and I hope we can remain friends after this blog party.
Here is a reminder of what she sent me to work with:
Linda also sent some other beads after I had taken this photo, and I had already used those beads before I took a picture of them, so I only have pictures of them in my jewelry designs. This is what I created with the extra beads that she sent:
She sent the blue and green round beads and the small blue/green Czech flowers. I choose to use the clasp that she sent in the bracelet, it acts as a really great focal element with a small group of flowers as an accent. I also used some of my own Czech glass in the bracelet and earrings.
I made a necklace with the focal and some of the other beads that she sent. I added some more Czech beads from my own hoard. This necklace is pretty long, but I like that because it has a great casual feel that would work with breezy summer outfits.
I just realized that I didn't take a picture of the whole necklace, but there are small dangles of coordinating faceted Czech glass beads, spaced along the chain. I didn't add a lot of dangles like on a charm bracelet, it is a very airy sort of necklace.
When I saw the pink, green and blue poke-a-dot beads I knew that I was going to make earrings with them. When I designed the first pair I loved the look so much that I went ahead and made them all the same way. Normally, I wouldn't copy a design over and over, but I really liked the look of the earrings.
I also created some earrings to go with the long focal necklace.
Linda sent the faceted orange rondels and I added small yellow faceted rondels that I had. They mimic the dangles that are on the necklace, only a little bigger.
You might be wondering about the large orange crackle and clear round beads. I have used them, but I haven't finished the piece. I got to playing around with my polymer clay and made a really neat focal piece, that worked really well with the orange crackle beads, but it is still a work in progress. Really, it's more like housework got in the way of finishing the piece, but real life has a bad habit of intruding on what I really want to be doing. Showing off that piece will have to be another post for another day. I haven't used the silver rounds, yet, but they will get used one of these days.
Here is a reminder of what I sent to Linda; stop on over and see what she created with her soup ingredients.
And here is a short cut to a list of all the participants in the Bead Soup Blog Party. Please go and enjoy as many of the blogs as you can.
Thank you for stopping by and a HUGE thank you and a hug to my partner, Linda.
Happy hopping to you all,