The next piece I did was the necklace using Linda's large polka-dot lampwork heart. I wanted this to be something really whimsical and fun but I didn't want to simply use the heart as a dangle on a chain. What I came up with was to use the heart as a component of the clasp and offset it to the side. I think it draws the eye to it because of the placement and its size compared to the other beads.
The two spacers that go with the heart made a perfect set with the large cast resin squares and I love the turquoise as an accent to the red. I used small ceramic donuts to make the lower part of the chain and a length of squares & circles to make the back - I like the balance of squares and circles on the entire piece.
A lot of the colors in Linda's work are pale, delicate, misty... I tend to lean more toward the bolder more intense colors. But I think the pink bracelet is a nice balance. From my stash I added the pink spotted lampworks, the silver accents, the pink and white pearls, sea glass, glass rings and the toggle. An awesome mash-up of pinkiness!
I moved on to the large purple lampworked flowers. These presented the biggest challenge for me, for some reason they just wanted to dangle and I kept seeing them facing up, harumph!! After much argument and wire and starting over, I admitted defeat and made two necklaces.
Whew! I still have a few beads left from the overly generous soup that I got but I simply ran out of time trying to use everything. As I finish with the rest, I'll do updated posts so you can all see them. I'm off to check out everyone else's soups - Cheers!!