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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup 7

     After weeks of planning, playing, preparing and photo-ing I'm finally done with the soup I received from Linda Djokic. She sent me a serious ton of stuff - all of it lovely. So, let's get to it - here's a picture of the entire ensemble of pieces I've made (so far!).
The first in the series was made using Linda's 15mm lampworks. I love these beads, they have the feeling of an impressionist painting. Subtle speckles of pastels in pink, blue, purple and green. They feel like Spring. I added wind dings from Genea Beads in rosy-raspberry colors, the silver accents and the clasp.

  I'm really happy with the results. The piece just about put itself together, everything just 'clicked' as I layed it out on the play table.

     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.


 Most of the beads in both pieces were from Linda's soup, I added the chains for both and small accents. Everyone that has seen them so far as loved the purple flowers. After I finished I thought, "I must have used everything by now!" - but, NO... I checked the box and there were still many, many beads. The final piece I made used the fresh water pearls and the pressed glass purple beads. I added some lampwork and toggle and filled in with lots of little bits from my stash. You'll recognize the rubber O's I love that I get from MyElements I use them in almost all my play! This piece is very much my style - everything but the kitchen sink and lots of color!

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!!









62 comments:

  1. Great jewelry! Love the detail.

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

    http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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  2. WOW! What a great collection of jewelry you were able to create with your soup!

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  3. You came up with so many beautiful pieces. That's fantastic. I can't believe you have even more left. At first glance, my favorite is the pink bracelet but they're all great.

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  4. Wow!! And I love "the whole shebang!!"

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  5. What an amazing array of pieces!!! so much wonderful color and freshness!!! Really Great Job!!

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  6. Great pieces. So many different styles. I can't seem to choose a favorite. I do love that purple lamp work flower piece. I have a mild obsession with anything purple. But I still can't pick a favorite they are all too pretty!

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  7. You´ve been busy! Lovely colours and lots of variety

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  8. An impressive soup and you made an amazing job! Great pics too!

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    1. I'm not a good photographer, but using Picmonkey really helps!! They have a collage feature that is really easy to use.

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  9. So pretty!! I love the "charm" necklaces, and the addition of the rubber "O"s just is really cool.

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  10. really fantastic work, pink necklace is the best!

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  11. Your soup is so much fun! Love them all.

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  12. Love what you made! Especially the pink bracelet!

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    1. Thanks for posting a comment - I was really nervous about the pink! I don't usually work in such pale colors but I really like this piece.

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  13. love love love the heart necklace! excellent soup. i enjoyed looking at all you made.

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    1. The heart is absolutely my favorite too! I'm going to have to get Linda (my partner) to make some more.

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  14. The bracelets are lovely, but the necklace is my favorite -- I love how the chain echoes the shapes of the ceramic and polka dot beads, and the decision to use the lampwork focal as part of the clasp to draw attention to it was brilliant!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to look. I feel the same about the necklace. The lampwork focal was my absolute favorite piece and I'm really happy about how it came together.

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  15. Wow! Everything is gorgeous!! Love that heart!

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    1. The heart was my favorite as well - it makes me REALLY want to learn to make lamp work beads!

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  16. Judy!
    I just got back from visiting my son out of State. Oh my gosh!!! You did an amazing job with your soup! I don't have a favorite - they are all so equally wonderful! You are so creative! Thank you sooo much for being my partner - I loved my soup, and also LOVE what you did with the soup I sent you! :)

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  17. Wow - you made a ton of stuff! I love every single piece you made!

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  18. Love all your creations, they would be fun to wear!

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    1. Thanks for looking, this was such a fun event - I can't wait to see the rest!

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  19. I love that you say the pieces you've made "so far". There's a lot of work you've done! I really like that necklace with the rectangle pieces. And your arrows are great! Love the level of inspiration you show here. Great work!

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    1. Thanks for looking and leaving a great comment. The 'arrows' are a feature on Picmonkey - it's an online photo editor where you can do all the basic edits and lots of special effects. The collage feature is really nice.

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  20. Nice ♥ details you added to your pieces, using your imagination :-)

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  21. Beautiful! such abundance and details. I love them all

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    1. Coffeeaddict! Ha! Me too!! Thanks for looking at my soup. This has been a fun, mind stretching experience!

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  22. They're all very pretty - well done!

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  23. Love them all, so very pretty - great job!

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  24. Wow, you made so many really cool pieces!

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  25. You must have been busy! I like your colorful style and especially the final bracelet "with everything".

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  26. Thanks for looking and leaving such a nice comment! I'm almost finished looking at the first reveal - what amazing talent!

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  27. You did an amazing job out of such a pretty soup! I think I have bead soup envy! ;)

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    1. Thanks for looking and commenting - Don't be envious! Go to Linda's site and get some of her amazing beads! They sort of just put themselves together.

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  28. Wow, you made so many pieces! I like all of them. Great job!

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    1. I was overwhelmed by all the amazing beads Linda sent - I still have a few to work into new pieces.

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  29. Wow Judy 6 pieces from your soup is impressive. They are each very creative. Your first bracelet is my favorite.

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  30. Your purple flower necklace is great. I love it! But, all of your other creations are beautiful. I can't believe all of the soup ingredients that you received! Lucky you! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  31. Wow an amazing amount of pieces...all very beautiful. I especially like the last bracelet!

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  32. So much movement and texture! I love all you did but my favorite is the rosy pinks of the first bracelet, or wait, is it the purples of the last? they are ALL gorgeous!

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    1. Ha! Love your comments - I had the same reaction when I opened the package... loved them all and kept changing my favorite.

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  33. WOW! Gorgeous pieces! Love the fringe bracelets and that green necklace is my favorite!

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  34. Wow, you've been a very busy bee :0) All pieces are beautiful, all have different styles - great! My personal favourite is "The Break Down" - surely one, I would wear very often!

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  35. All your pieces are really lovely - great photos!

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  36. Fun and pretty jewelry! I am having a hard time picking a favorite! Great job!

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  37. "Whole shebang" is right! Wow, sooo wonderful!! I featured your work today here... http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the plug - that was a great idea that I may steal. I do features of other peoples work or how-to things, but I've never done it for BSBP. I'll come look at yours when it posts!

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  38. Okee dokey. Send them all to me and no one will get hurt. Seriously, this is JUST my style and I'm grooving on ALL of them. You really put your all into this and it shows!!!!

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  39. Thanks for taking the time to look. This is one of those events that will really stretch a body's imagination. I'm glad to have been in the first reveal - now I can relax and enjoy the rest. Thanks for coming up with a great idea!

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  40. That was a reveal!! You have been very busy. And all beautiful and well-made pieces!! Thanks for sharing..

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  41. I love them! Great work. I like how each piece has a really different flavor to it. Superb!
    Emily

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    1. Thanks for the comments - it's been an adventure!

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  42. I love how you put your spin on everything - your sense of color and texture and whimsy is just fab.

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    1. Whimsy - exactly what I was going for!! Thanks for looking!

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  43. You accomplished SO MUCH!! It's all so bright and fun and dangly! Nice :)

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