Friday, May 9, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!!! Welcome back to my blog. This is the first time in a good long while I am posting a bead related update. I decided to once again participate in the bead soup blog hop. I was paired up with the wonderful and very sweet Valerie Norton on Hot Art for the second time! We both decided to keep each other even though we had been paired up once in the past. I have to say, Valerie completely spoiled me with the soup she sent. Here is a quick look:

She sent so much, there will be many more pieces coming from this beautiful soup. I even got chocolates and some great smelling hand lotion. Thank you so much Valerie!

Anyway, on to the creations, which is what you are really here for.

I call this piece Fly Free
I used the leaf pendant Valerie sent along with the temporarily strung strand of beads she sent. I loved the color combination so much, that I restrung it just as is. My sister Kim and I made the collage and I glued it to the leaf pendant. The 9 represents my favorite and lucky number, and the word Free was added to represent my new found freedom after divorce. Added a little wire worked drop to the end for interest.

The next piece I made is called Beaches and Cream
 I absolutely loved this Golem pendant Valerie sent, the colors are so peaceful and serene. I loved the beachy colors on the cream background (hence the name) and I added bone heishi beads making a chain using them and jump rings. Then I wire worked drops onto the chain, wove the ribbon Valerie sent through the antique brass chain sewing the ends. I loved the clasp so much, I put it nearer the front so it could be seen. I also added a Vintaj hummingbird to the pendant to tie it all together.

Last but not least, a matching pair of earrings. I used the lampwork beads she send, AB bead caps and made simple earrings.I plan to make many more pieces because I have a lot of leftover soup ingredients!! I had so much fun. Thanks again Valerie and Lori Anderson for making this possible.

To see the rest of the participants, go here: