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

43 comments:

  1. Wow, that first piece is so intricate! Reminds me of Victoriana... I'd love to see how the clasp looks in the choker style...that was kind of how I was imagining it too. I hope you enjoy looking at what I did with the soup you sent me too... I finally finished posting my reveal and it's up now. Thanks again Arlene! :)

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    1. Wow.. It's been over a year now.. How crazy.

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  2. You certainly seem to have made up for lost time, creating so many beautiful pieces. Lovely work.

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  3. What a lot of wonderful creations, i adore your big statement necklace.

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  4. Thanks you guys. I was worried that it was a bit over the top.. LOL

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  5. Everything is so lovely!

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  6. Nice soup! It is refreshing to hear about the trials you went through getting your pieces the way you wanted.

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  7. Everything is beautiful!

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  8. Beautiful pieces! You really thought out of the box! Great job!

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  9. Such lovely work well done!

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  10. You got sent such a lovely soup and it looks like you had a lot of fun with it.

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    1. I have been lucky every year Ginger!! :) I do enjoy this whole set up!!

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  11. I liked all the things you made, and you're right, that fan was sweet. Looks like you lucked out with your soup

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  12. Ooh, what a wonderful soup! And the pieces you made are fabulous!

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  13. Beautiful pieces, the fan is so unique, the colors are so rich! Great designs.

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  14. Oh, my, you sure were busy! Beautiful creations - each and every one of them! Love your style :)

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  15. What a crazy soup you had to work with!! You made beautiful pieces from a fantastic soup!! Best wishes to your Brother--in-Law. May he make a good recovery.

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    1. Thank you. It's been a year, I haven't done much since. He is doing much better considering all things...

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  16. I lOVE your sparkling, colourfull,rich designs!!!

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  17. I'm really loving your fibre work; everything's so beautiful!

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  18. Love your rich designs especially the fibre work. Great soup!

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  19. What inventive designs, Arlene :) You seem to have really enjoyed working with this soup!

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  20. Beautiful pieces ~ I really love the simple red and purple necklace that can be worn several different ways and that it showcases the clasp so nicely☺ Also the copper and fiber bracelet is awesome!

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  21. Wow, so many wonderful designs! Great work.

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  22. I really like your big focal and how you used it. Great job on your pieces!

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  23. My gosh, these are totally gorgeous pieces!

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  24. You have SO MANY ideas!! Wow. That first necklace is my favorite of the bunch. Excellent job with your soup.

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    1. Thank you. It's the hardest part for me. To setting down on ONE idea and make it happen..

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  25. Love the fan - very original- and the bracelet♥

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  26. You made lots of cool designs from your soup! I'd like to see what becomes of the embossing enamel on the stars and moon pieces!

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  27. I liked what you did but i wished your pictures came out bigger, there was a wealth of detail that was worth looking at. you did some really creative things, like the bracelet with the wooly wire and copper spirals and how you put beads and chain together was good, I hadn't seen that before. i also liked the Iced Enamal effect

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    1. if you want to see anything better let me know I can show you. LOL

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  28. Here's hoping your brother in law is on the mend! Wow you work well under pressure! Between the stress of your brother in law and the time crunch you were in, I can't believe all the great pieces you managed to get done. My favorites are the one with that amazing clasp and that gorgeous pink ribbon. Bellisimo!

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  29. Beautiful pieces, they have a vintage taste that I really enjoyed.

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    1. Thank you so much.. I am such a vintage loving fool. LOL I had a lot of fun with it and was worried everyone was going to have a heart attack over the big piece. LOL

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  30. What fun you've had! Great job with your soup. I love all the diverse colors and textures>

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  31. I am sorry to hear about the misfortunes that hit your family and I hope all goes to the better! It was fun to read how you designed each piece. I love that red pearl and crystal necklace that can be worn in so many ways. It is very feminine and elegant. All your pieces are so different and made with a variety of materials, fiber included - they are beautiful!

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  32. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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  33. Once you got going, you got going!! My goodness! I think my favorite is the pearl necklace. I love that you kept it simple enough to be so thoroughly versatile. Dress it up dress it down, perfection. Great soup!

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