Saturday, July 28, 2012

Welcome to the 1st Reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Woo-hoo! Welcome to the 1st reveal for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! A HUGE thank-you should first be made to the amazing Lori Anderson for all the work that goes into these. Lori has done the beading community around the world such a fabulous service for putting these events together!

I got paired up with the amazing Birgitta Lejonklou of Sweden for this Bead Soup Blog Party, and I was absolutely amazed at what she sent me.

Two pieces of sari silk, a chain, and five of her amazing handmade porcelain cabochons and pendants! Not to mention the cool copper clasp and the assortment of glass, gemstone and wood beads. The whole package was just breathtaking!

My initial thought was to use the Buddha connector with a bead and wire chain, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make the design work.

Realizing that I was getting reeeeeeeeally close to the deadline, I had to come up with something fast. So, I had to resort to my good old quick'n'dirty beaded cabochon skills.

The first piece that drew me was this gorgeous flower cabochon. I started stitching on it for a while, but then ran out of steam. I had a much grander piece in mind, and didn't want to do it a disservice by just doing something fast.

But fast was what I had to do, because I was running out of time!

So I dug through the stash again, and through my own stash, and found a set of beads that worked with the brown cabochon. And this is what I created...

I put some of my newly-acquired wire wrapping skills to good use and attached the copper clasp to the length of brown sari silk. Then I stitched up a bezel and added some crazy fun embellishment to the cabochon!

I've been having some fun lately playing with different edgings and trims for my cabochons. I love the look of lace surrounding the cabochon, and I think I may have to turn that edging into a full-fledged beaded necklace!

I should also give a big thank-you to my swap partner, Birgitta Lejonklou, for sending me such beautiful pieces! I still have plans for the rest of the components...and I want to finish that blue floral cabochon before I head to Bead Fest Philly on the 15th. I've got an idea for embellishing it that I want to try...

So, while you're here, check out all the other amazing goodies that are being revealed today in the Blog Party!

Hostess, Lori Anderson,
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau
Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

Whew! That's a lotta blogs!

And please, please head over to Birgitta's blog, Create with Spirit, and check out what SHE made with the soup I sent her! She's really a fantastically talented jewelry designer in addition to being a gifted ceramic artist. Lots of pretty stuff to look at!

So now, if you'll all excuse me, I'm off to the farmer's market and to cook dinner for eight! Have fun!


Sharon Driscoll said...

Wow - you may have run low on time but the results were just stunning!

Tanya Ozanne said...

Sure looks like you had fun no matter how little time you had to spend.Lovely.Love and Hugs Tanya

maryharding said...

WOW!! Beautiful bezel and gorgeous sari silk set off Birgitta's wonderful cabochon. Love your wire work too. Look forward to seeing what else you make.

ChristinaMarieH said...

I love the rust colored beads and pendant with the sari silk, it's very pretty!

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

Love the colors. What a great soup to work with. You did an amazing job!

Heidi Post said...

Wow! And you still have so much great stuff left to work with! Your necklace may be the faster version than what you wanted to do initially, but it's still very pretty - and now you can take your time for your grander plans. I'll be curious to see what you do with that Buddha :)

Patti Van said...

Wow! What a cool soup to work with! I love the pendant you created so far---beautiful colors and textures! Enjoy the rest of our soup!

Boot ~C said...

such beautiful bead weaving, great piece

Dyanne said...

Very pretty!

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

Beautiful work!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Hi my partner :)
Yupp... we did not have a very long time but lots of fun. I love the way You framed the brown cab. !! I wish I could do work like that. It is a lovely necklace with the silk and clasp and I look forward to see what else You do with the blue flower and the others using Your amazing skill as a beading queen :)

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love your work. Your pieces are just gorgeous.

AntiquityTravelers said...

OMG I wish I had "quick'n'dirty beaded cabochon skills" !! I have total bead weaving envy for your skills :)! That is a really beauty of a piece

WindDancerStudios said...

So I have to subscribe to your blog now..... because I really really want to see what grand plans you have for that flower medallion :D Gorgeous work!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Jenn,
I love what you started with the floral cab and I really love what you did with the brown cab it is gorgeous. Have fun creating the rest of the floral cab I can not wait to see what you did with it.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Wait. Quick and dirty and beaded cabachon are words that i doubt I've ever seen together. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your first start. This necklace sure is a dandy!

Pretty Things said...

Gorgeous! I'm hoping to learn how to do that sort of beading myself one day (the book is on my coffee table!)

And thank you so much for your participation!

Shyme said...

Lovely necklace!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Gorgeous necklace; the focal is amazing! This piece will look stunning in the autumn season!

Cilla said...

Beautiful! I always admire seed bead work.

Cory said...

The cabochons are awesome, and I love the bead work... Beautiful.

Thank you sooo much for the sweetest comment ever.

Melissa said...

Oh, now I want to see what you do with the rest of the pendants in your soup! The first one works really well!

Dragonfly Close said...

Your special "kind" are one of the reasons I learned to seed bead around cabochons. I saw how beautiful it looked and I just HAD to learn how to do it! I am still in awe of the seed beading skills of those who can do this at a whim. You are so very talented! The whole thing just fascinates me, and I really enjoy it! I totally understand how you could run out of time. I was thinking myself "how do they actually do this for a deadline? It takes me forever!" And here you went and beaded around ANOTHER different pendent! It's awesome, and not even plain, it's got that lovely fancy edging! I totally love it, and it looks awesome just as it is, it really doesn't even need any more IMHO. I couldn't help myself, I ended up checking out your other blog stuff, and your competition piece is really awesome too. Don't EVER stop beading! <3 You truly are an inspiration. -Diane

Judith Johnston said...

oooh that is gorgeous. The edging around the cabochon is so pretty, you did a wonderful job.

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Great bezel work... you will have more wonderful projects come from this soup and I for one will be glad to see it... keep beading!

CraftyHope said...

Your 'crazy fun embellishment' is probably my favorite part of the necklace you created. However, the whole thing is really beautiful!

Ilenia said...

very beautiful work!!!!

Alice said...

you did a fabulous job with both cabs, and from looking at your entry into the contest , the blue one will surely be stunning when you are done, and you made a wise choice to not spoil the piece by rushing. Your edging on the other is beautiful- looks like netting, am I right??

Cassie Donlen said...

Wow, beautiful soup creations. I love how your trim the cabs. Your attention to detail is amazing.

Lupe Meter said...

Nice bead soup!! You did an awesome job with the cabs!

Becky Pancake said...

Great job. I am partial to bead embroidery & I admire your work.

TJewellicious by tanti said...

Love your beading..! :)

pepita said...

I like very much your beadworking on the necklace, makes the pendant "shining".

Sandra said...

beautiful work!

Perri said...

Those gorgeous pendants were just waiting patiently for your extraordinary skill at beading to lend them a hand. The pieces turned out beautifully - and I adore the graceful 'lace' on the edges!


I like your beadworking!
ciao dall'Italia

Creative Moon said...

Very pretty! You did a great job with those!

Alicia said...

Very pretty - I am still trying to figure out seed-beading, and I love to see what you made.