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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bead Soup 7 - My Day To Reveal

I am so excited that it is finally the second reveal day for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup 7 Blog Hop Party.  This is a long post, but these posts are long because there is so much to share.  This is a very important event.  Lori has been ill and this is a huge undertaking for her and we are all so appreciative of all she does for us.  Lori - you are my hero!  So sit back and enjoy. 

This is my fourth time to participate and my partner this time is the very talented lamp work artist Jelveh Jaferian Johnson.  She made me some of the most beautiful lamp work beads - lots of them.  They were beautiful and I loved the greens and sandy mother of pearl colors in them - the challenge they presented for me was working with beads of their large size.  They are the kind of beads where a little goes a long way - at least for me - as I am more comfortable working with beads of a smaller size.  Those of you that make components and beads for me on a regular basis will know that I am always asking for "something smaller".

Here is a picture of what I received from her.  I used most of what she sent
me.  I did not use the silver bead caps, the silver dangles, heart pendant, gold oval beads and small silver clasp.

From the rest, I made three necklaces, a braclet, and a pair of earrings.

First, I wanted so badly to include some seed-beaded components or elements to this Bead Soup reveal.  That is because first I so admire the seed bead work that others do, it is beautiful, creative and I am so jealous of what others are able to do.  Secondly, I have been toying with it the last year on a very limited basis and have been experimenting with some beads and bead caps.  I have managed to make a few seed beaded bracelets that are a success.  I have kept one and have worn it every day now for the last month or so and it is so comfortable.  I listed one and it sold within a few minutes of being listed to a cousin of mine that saw it on facebook and there is another listed in the shop to replace it.

But, for this project, it didn't go so well.  The beads were okay, but didn't add much to her beads and I was not able to make two bead caps that were the same even after trying for three days, so I gave up and went with one that was half-way decent.

I first wanted to work with that gorgeous pendant bead.  That is my beaded bead cap on the top (it's okay to laugh out loud because I can't hear you) and I used black to pull out the subtle black stripes in the bead.  I also used two of her round beads as accent beads.  I used two beaded beads that I managed to make look halfway decent.  I also added copper bead caps, mother of pearl ovals, shell beads, green faceted jade, and mother of pearl donut beads from my stash.

I made a copper chain from mother of pearl beads to finish the back neck strap.

 The next necklace that I made incorporated the other beautiful focal bead that was oval shaped.  This bead has the most beautiful depth and color I gave up trying to capture it on the camera.  It has a clarity of leaded glass with a subtle goldish iridescence to it.  Anyway, take my word, it is gorgeous.

I used two more of her larger accent beads in this piece, along with a creamy riverstone looking oval stone bead from her soup and I began using those beautiful small button pearls she sent to make a chain.

From my stash, I used small clear green glass diamond beads and even though I made these pieces with copper wire that I left unoxidized (for this set) I used her sterling silver star clasp.  I love mixing metals and it needed to be up front so it could be seen.
I could be wrong, but I think by using the pearl/copper chain and spacing out the lamp work beads, I was able to show case her beads and still make a wearable necklace.

 Next, I made a bracelet using her last lamp work focal bead, the other riverstone oval bead, and one of her mother of pearl beads as a dangle.  I used two of my beaded beads, a lamp work bead by designer Deb Houde (because the color matched and the stripes went the same direction as the stripes that Jelveh used in her beads), a mother of pearl donut and faceted jade beads.

 This bracelet will match either necklace beautifully.
 And finally, a pair of earrings that will match either set.

I used her mother of pearl button beads for the dangles, my jade beads and green glass diamond beads and mother-of-pearl donuts that I received about the same time as I received Jelveh's beads.

I worked on this entire set thinking they had come from Jelveh, but finally figured out they were actually sent to me by Melinda Orr.  They matched beautifully and I was thrilled to get to use them in this project.

These too, will match either necklace.

Now, last but not least, I was left with the orange coral disc beads and the green tagua nut button.  My   original idea was to make a bracelet featuring the orange coral and using the button as a clasp.  That did not happen, but look what did happen!  Yes, as if my magic, this necklace just happened!  Isn't it gorgeous!  Now, I don't often toot my own horn, but ISN'T IT GORGEOUS!!!!

Just a reminder.  This is what I used to make the next necklace.  I'm looking for more of the orange coral disc beads so if anyone has any to destash, let me know.  They are about 10mm x 3mm or thereabouts.

I do believe this is the best thing I've made since I made the brooch for an Artisan Whimsy prong-setting challenge last fall.

I was going to do something like the center of this for the bracelet, but it was too large and the button wasn't flexible enough.  Way too much for a bracelet.  The button, however, makes a beautiful pendant.

I love the way this circles the neck and I love the coral and nut and African turquoise with the oxidized copper.

Again, I wanted to keep the back simple and let the focus stay in front.

Just made hammered copper links connected with twisted copper jump rings.

I took 12" pieces of 22 gauge wire, held two of them together and balled the end so that the balls had two wires coming off them.  I strung them through a turquoise glass bead, a silver wavy cap, a domed copper cap, the coral disc (some of these holes were too small for two strands of wire so I had to drill larger holes - scary but I had no problems doing it).  Then I used the two wires to wrap the copper framing securing the discs to the top.

And, as I learned while quilting, it is important to show your work, so here is a picture of the backside.

I considered trimming the copper, but hate wasting it so I just wrapped it until it ran out.  It can be seen in places from the front, but I think that adds interest.

This was an exciting time for me.  Jelveh, I so loved working with your lamp work beads and the coral you sent me.  Thank you so much for making this such a challenging and fun Bead Soup 7 for me.

Here is a reminder of what I sent Jelveh.  Lots of jasper, earthenware, gemstones, glass beads, and copper.  I can't wait to see what she does with this.  But, I bet it will be fantastic.  I know she has been working on it for awhile.

Here is a link to Jelveh's blog.  Let's hop over there and take a look.

Jelveh's Blog

And, last but not least, here is a blog list of the other particapants for the Second Reveal Day of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup 7.  But, before you scoot off to check out the other participants, please take a moment to leave a comment.  Comments just make my day and I love to hear what you all have to say.  And, if you haven't already, I'd like to invite you to become a member of this blog.  It's easy, just click on the link to the right.

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers
Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Belanger

Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove
Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick

Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic
Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl GangleChris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles
Christine Hansen
Christine Murrow

Christine Stonefield
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins
Chris Peacock
Cynthia Abner

Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Zeranska

Elaine Robitaille
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Gues
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed
Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedus
Ine Vande Cappelle

Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean A. Wells
Jeanne Steck
Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlack
Jenny Robledo

Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay
JJ Jacobs
Jo-ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen -- don't have a good link
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour

Kate Mulligan
Kathleen Gallant
Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Lange-Klik

Katie Nielsen-Nunez

Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack
Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Toth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter

Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther
Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson

Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber

Mandi Effron
Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker

Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle

Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight
Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc

Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover
Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Splange Collin

Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler
Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo

Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly
Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs
Terry Carter

Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden
Tracey Nanstead
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

If you find an error in a link, please advise. 


Margareta said...

What a great soup! Amazing pieces, I love the last necklace with copperwire!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the best ideas come when they're allowed to brew. That pop of orange and turquoise is stunning and the copper flow is so organic and art nouveau. But I also love the elegance and lightness of the bracelets and lampwork necklaces too.

Shalini Austin Metalsmith said...

These are the kind of pieces that make me forget how old I am and I have to say OMG!


la mar de bonita said...

Beautiful cooking, my dear! What an inspiration for me, how you took lampwork beads in scene - love all of your pieces!

Shyme said...

Gorgeous pieces!!

Taika von Peppendorff said...

Amazing pieces, I especially love the second necklace!

Unknown said...

Wow, Jean you are the first to blow me away hopping for this reveal. I loved that button pictured in your soup, and what you did with it is really beautiful.

coffeeaddict said...

Awesome pieces! Your wirework is stunning and the last necklace is truly striking, but I've set my eyes on the mother of pearl earrings :-)

Kristin Oppold said...

Wow Jean!!!!!!! I loved all of them but that last piece was fabulous!!!! My favorite. Amazing work!

Gale said...

I can see why you'd be pleased with what you achieved in that last design challenge, but what impresses me most is how you managed to keep those larger beads in proportion in the second necklace. I like how you used the smaller beads to end up showcasing Jelvah's treasures. (Now I want some of her lampwork!)

Whimsy said...

As always....beautiful, just beautiful. I love everything you made.

Juli Cannon said...

I want to marry that last necklace, and in my vows I'll promise to wear, to treasure, and to slap away every single hand that tries to get near it because THE PRECIOUS.


PipnMolly said...

Very pretty pieces. Bead soup looks like fun. I love your four legger family photos too!

supere67 said...

Jean, that last necklace is gorgeous! I would have never thought of doing that. And I love, love, love those beaded beads in the first necklace.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous and unique designs all, I would wear all of them at the same time!

Unknown said...

Awesome Jean! I especially am attracted tot he last necklace - it's a wowser. You certainly can make a soup go a long ways.

Cheri said...

Wow! Loved the necklaces.. the orange/coral was my fav. beautiful!

Mandi said...

Just amazing! So many creative pieces that I love them all.

bailaora said...

earrings and the second necklace are awesome!!!

AliMc said...

The copper and coral disc necklace took my breath away. And I thought your beaded bead cap was great, no laughing from me.

Unknown said...

I love, love, love it all... I just can't pick a favorite !

Unknown said...

I'm so glad your bracelet became a necklace. It is STUNNING!! It's one I'd love to own.

Check out my favs in the first and second reveals tomorrow.

jelveh Designs said...

OH MY GOSH, look at the yummy you made with my, these are awesome...thank you so are the best...

Jo-Ann said...

Great range of pieces. Jelveh was my partner last time, her beads are inspiring!!!

Klassy Joolz said...

All your designs are fabulous...the copper necklace is just beautiful!

Jeanne @ Gems By Jeanne Marie said...

I am in awe! How great that received beads bigger than you normally use. Just look what you created!I'm not sure which piece I love more.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

OMG - truly amazing and gorgeous pieces. That last necklace you created is spectacular!!!! I agree with Juli - I would marry that piece :)

Barbara Mason said...

I love all of the pieces that you made, but that last necklace knocked my socks off! Beautiful.

Chelle said...

Your soup is amazing.. Designs are soo unique. I love the bracelet and then got stuck on the necklace. It is gorgeous. One of my favs of the hop so far :)

Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud alright...with joy. I loved all your pieces and you should go big more often; I hope you will. That last necklace is so impressive and then what did you do, turned it around and showed off your well you should!

Karin Slaton said...

You had me in stitches over your 3-day beadweaving adventure, but I love that beadcap in your first necklace, and the beaded beads bring some lovely texture to your first necklace and bracelet. The diamond and button pearl chain is fantastic in your second piece. But your final necklace is a stunner. Leaves me speechless!!!

Claire Lockwood said...

Stunning - that last necklace is awesome!!

Cece Cormier said...

Nice work. My favorites...the earrings and the necklace with the orange beads.

Unknown said...

I adore what you did with the discs! You are so clever, well done.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Ok first thing first I have to tell you I am totally craving old school peppermint lifesavers. Once the idea popped into my head they were no longer jade only candy. All that glass is so gorgeous and your desicisions to mix metals and space things out and combine with beaded beads - well, I just love it all. I'm so glad you walked me through each piece. That last necklace umhm you would make any embroiderer/quilter very pleased with such a nice and tidy back. Especially important for the wearer and the rest of us get to enjoy the oh-my-goodness oh-so-fabulous front side. I haven't seen coral bits like that before but I have seen dyed bone ones that sort of shape which could be fun too. Pretty inspiring Missy!

Kepi said...

I had no doubt I would be impressed, fantastic job. I love them all but the last necklace is stunning. You are such a talented artist.

Marianne Baxter said...

I loved the mother of pearl donut earrings! That last necklace also just rocked!

Unknown said...

Love the earrings and the bracelet!

PiPa said...

So many beautiful pieces, I love the earrings a lot and the last necklace is a true work of art!

Giorgia Rossini said...

wow, I love all your pieces, I really can't pick a favourite!
I love the colors, the wire work, the design... everything is stunning!
this is my 3rd BSBP, I'm on the 3rd reveal... it is totally funny this party!
ciao dall'Italia

m.e. said...

Souper pieces
That last necklace is jaw dropping devine!!!!

SwallowtailJewellery said...

Wowzers!! You had some beautiful lampies to work with. I love all your pieces. Your wirework is stunning. The copper really brings out the colours of the beads. Just beautiful!!

Unknown said...

Your necklace made my favs list for the second reveal. Check it out:

Anonymous said...

Oh, JEAN!! These are OMG-BEAUTIFUL! That last one . . . WOW! Genius! Those coral beads were the first thing my eyes went to in the top pic of the soup. And the lampwork with the stripes and translucence -- stunning! You did a fabulous job with your soup. And I am going to RUN to my studio today to try to ball two wires together! That is brilliant! :D Oh - and I love the large curved links you made. Genius, also!

Megan said...

Very nice work Jean! I especially love the composition of that last necklace - fantastic :)

Cynthia said...

You do lovely work, I love them all!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your wire wrapping is beautiful. I like the orange necklace, it looks like lots of eyes!

Anonymous said...

I love everything! You are very very talented and it shows in your beautiful pieces. I wish I could manipulate wire like you do! I'd be one happy camper :-)

And your dog gallery makes me smile.

BluMoon said...

Wow! What beautiful work I love the first necklace with the wonderful lampwork bead, the second necklace reminds me of the sea, the earrings are lovely I really like how you did the wrapping. The last necklace is amazing lovely work!

YeeLen Spirit Designs said...

Amazing, super, gorgeous, merveilleux. such a Art work. I am so impressed with the earring pair. I love all of them. Congrats

Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE the last necklace.

Unknown said...

All pieces are absolutely beautiful, really love the last necklace. I made a similar one with turquoise and coral.

Francy said...

Oh I love the bracelet! All are beautiful!

Unknown said...

Wow! Beautiful designs!

Unknown said...

I just love the way your mind works, Jean. I could pick that last piece out of a lineup as being yours. How awesome is it to have a style that is so you it's recognizable?

Unknown said...

So I was looking at your pieces and I had decided I loved the earrings best until I saw the last piece you made. What a necklace. Great work!!! thanks for visiting my blog as well.

Unknown said...

You did an amazing job! That necklace is a knockout! All your pieces are really nice!

Lupe Meter said...

What a yummy soup!! Love, love, love all your designs! You did an awesome job...beautiful done! I can't decide on which is my favorite!

CrochetbyErin said...

WOW. you make such gorgeous pieces !!!

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

Love the mother of pearl earrings and your last necklace was a delightful surprise.

april grinaway said...

Oh wow, amazing!

CraftyHope said...

There is no way I was laughing at your beaded bead cap as it's more impressive than anything I could have made in the time we had. Way to try something new!
Speaking of impressive, that last necklace is AH-MAZING!! Just. . .wow. You really made a piece to be proud of. Of course, all of your pieces are really, really awesome.

potterygirl1 said...

Fabulous as always Jean you are an amazing artist with a flair for design!

elisabeth said...

Wow - all your pieces are amazing but that last necklace is a real stunner!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful designs - my favorite is your bracelet.

one-eared pig said...

Seriously. Damn. That is one impressive necklace.

Sarah said...

My goodness, those are all beautiful! Particularly love what you did with the coral discs and the wire, though - really inventive. Thanks for making contact, too - I really loved hearing what you had to say.

monicaglassandjewelry said...

Just AWESOME! The coral discs are so cool, and I love the wire work.

Mimi said...

Jean - how beautiful and creative each piece is! This is the first time I have worked with copper, but I can see you are a pro - lovely!

kjramstack said...

I just love the turquoise and orange piece. Kind of reminds me of the bauble bib necklaces that are so popular right now but, of course, this one is SO much cooler and extremely unique!

Linda Younkman said...

Gorgeous gorgeous. All of your pieces are beautiful but that necklace is spectacular.

Roxanne Stitches said...

Your wire work is AMAZING!! All of your designs are Beatiful!!

Cheryl said...

I love this design and the second one is equally awesome.

Libellula Jewelry™ said...

I'm not really sure that I could choose a favorite out of that lovely group of jewelry! *beautiful work*

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Both your soup and the designs you created with it are gorgeous! The last necklace is really stunning-very artistic and unique. I also really like your wire work design on the earrings!

Unknown said...

Stunning♥, absolutely stunning♥!

ACBeads said...

Beautiful designs but your tagua pendant necklace is defintely gorgeous! Have a great weekend.

Becky Pancake said...

Jean you made beautiful use of your soup. All of your pieces are lovely. My favorite is the pair of earrings.

Bobbie said...

It's taking me *forever* to work my way through this reveal, but I'm so glad I've kept at it, because it would have broken my heart to miss out on the fabulousness that is that last necklace. Oh, my goodness, that is really something special!!

Shai Williams said...

What amazing pieces! The last necklace is a real showstopper but what really caught my eyes was the second necklace with the earrings. Those earrings are flat out incredible.

moonsafari said...

Jawdropping bead soups, both of them! Your jewelry turned out absolutely amazing, the necklaces are so creative, but I could kill for the earrings, I love the wirework on the disks!

-Lp'S Jewelry- said...

Looooove your soup!!!!

gite said...

boahh, one beauty after the next. Stunning pieces. I also have shown one piece from the backside ;-) its from my time of stitching without beads. Your wirework is soo amazing.
Eye-Candy pur

Ann said...

Very well done. I like the necklace with the 3 lampwork beads the best and yes, the chain you made really helps showcase them.

adlinah said...

You certainly saved the best for last! I loved every piece, and thought the earrings were my favourite - your wirework is brilliant - but then I came to that show-stopper of a necklace. Awesome, awesome design!