Friday, May 9, 2014

Creativity Abounds!! Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!!

So this Soup started off with a few interesting twists as most know.   The day before my Soup arrived, I left out and stayed for 3 weeks with my Sister.  My Brother in Law bless him, had been hit while ridding his motorcycle in a funeral procession.   He is doing amazingly great considering.  They do think he'll get 70% mobility in his hands on a good note!!   But this put me behind the curve because my stuff was here and I was there!!  I wanted it mailed, but originally it was only two weeks so you know, that's not too long.  LOL
Well when 3 weeks was LOOMING, I had my Mom (THANK YOU!!!) send out my bead soup!!  I was totally stunned and amazed at what Beth had sent me!!   Check her out here  Create My World Designs   Here is a reminder should you have forgotten where I started

Almost immediately I found a couple things that just BEGGED for a nice flashy blingy BIG PIECE!! Twist a little ribbon here, attach some flowers here, throw on that big old clasp and POOF DONE!! Well that is after I removed some chain dangles, added her peony's and some cluster's made from crystals and beads she had sent!!  So maybe a tiny bit of  "HOCUS POCUS" as well no??   Only, um..  It just didn't look right.    I mean the clasp didn't look right.   So when I got home....  I took off the clasp, changed it for a "plaine" one and I was way more happy!!  But now what to do with the clasp??  I mean this clasp is just too cool to abuse with just anything. So  I put it together with the pretty fan, but it seemed really heavy.  I didn't like it either...

  So the fan ended up all by itself.  ANYTHING else put with it seemed to detract from it.

So what to do with the clasp now???  HERE!!  Some of the pretty purple crystals that I was sent, some pearls I had because you know we ALL horde stuff for "later"   It's a funny little idea I had.  I think for most people it is long enough to wrap around the neck twice as a choker with the clasp up front

Then you can put the clasp down your back if you have a lovely backless dress or you can swing that clasp up front as a pendant!   I thought it was pretty fun but simple.

So I took some other crystal's with some cording I had, some beadalon and these disk pearls, then I tried to braid them...  I LOVE how it looks.  I do NOT love the way the beadalon shows up against the cording.  But I don't have any cording small enough to weave through it other wise.   I hear there is a Hobby Lobby that opened up the road.   I think I'll be going to it next week and check it out.  Well after I see if   Ship Wreck Beads    has what I want.

So in between everything else here are a few things I started, finished and just keep playing with!! 

The Moon and star's are some pewter bits I found and covered with this awesome stuff called Iced Enamel's, it's like an embossing powder that get's covered with resin as some point.  I still have to do the resin bit!!  But love how they turned out so far...

The bracelet is bent copper covered with fiber and a lovely hand made copper leaf I picked up from Lima Beads!!  I have been wanting to use fiber and ribbon for a while and finally used this as a chance to do so!

Starry Night as I call it has been started a while.  Never quite was happy with how it was laying out.  Took a few beads out and suddenly it was " done" and I was quite pleased with the ending results!!

I bought this pendant with much bigger plans.  While I was pulling the ribbon a lady I work with was like OMG!!  I want it!!  Just slap those crystals RIGHT THERE and call it done.  So I did.  Was kind of fun to have something someone wanted to buy!!

So I went to a show.. You know how that goes.. I got these pearls in amazing tropical colors.  I ONLY bought one strand (note to self NEVER AGAIN buy just ONE strand of something funky fun) and while playing with them again (at work imagine that...) another young lady decided she wanted a necklace out of them.  WHAT TO DO!!  I mean I only had one small SHORT STRAND!!  sigh. I did it.  I had to go get some lovely tropical crystal's to finish it off and there were a few pearls left over (ok in reality I hid them!!) so I could add one to this bracelet (how to finish off the clasp??  I haven't found a colored one yet I think anything else might look odd???)  with some wonderful tropical quartz I found.   I have another one set up similar but in different colors I am going to just put a clasp on and call done.  I might end up doing the same here cause the colored chain to plain clasp bugs me....  LOL  

I still have some idea's and beads to finish making.  I want to use the purple twine she sent with the gold seed beads into a braided bracelet and I took a bunch of the left over crystals and tiny purple beads and made them into cluster's that are looking for a home...

and I have a plan to use the purple drops and these beautiful gold pearls in a choker!!   Good thing I have been on a creative streak.  Now to just find more time!!

     I always enjoy doing the bead soup!  This year was less stress filled than years in the past amazingly enough.   I am being bad.  I am saving a couple of the blossom's that I received and the beautiful spacer's to see if something special just for me comes up.    I just couldn't help my self.  LOL   I kept looking at them going     MY PRECIOUS!!
                              Here are the rest of the people who played in this years Bead Soup Blog Party!!

Thank you so much Beth for being my partner this year and the wonderful and exciting soup you sent to me!!
                                                         Bead Soup Party Participants