Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party

This is my first time participating with the Bead Soup Blog Party.....and it's been so much fun! Thank you to our Bead Soup hostess, Lori Anderson.  I am partnered with Debbie Rogers from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Her blog address is www.debbiestreasuresandgems.wordpress.com  We emailed each other and found out what kinds of beads we like.  Debbie is a nature fan, so I chose my ceramic tree of life for her focal piece and paired it with an assortment of other goodies.  I told her blue is my favorite design color, and she sent me so many blue beady treasures to play with!  This is what I received:



This next picture is what I used to design my necklace with.  We could add or take away what we wanted to from our own stash.  I used everything except the gunmetal toggle, cream satin necklace and the silver chain.  The glass heart focal has gold in it, so that is the metal color I designed with.  And....wax linen is really hot right now and I just happened to have a nice blue shade that matched the components.  It was a fun change from stringing on wire and using crimps.  Knots are so much easier!



Here is my finished design.

 
 

 Don't you just love the jangle spacers? They consist of  3 round circles....you string the middle on your design and wire wrap dangles (or jangles) on the outside 2 circles.  I get them from T Beads.  They come in all the metal shades.  For the 4 jangles, I made 32 wraps of beads and spacers.  It takes some time, but the result is worth it!  I made some ice blue ceramic round beads to compliment the heart focal.  I just can't make jewelry without including some of my handmade ceramic beads.  I hope I made Debbie proud, and I can't wait to see what she designs with the soup she received from me!

Please take some time and hop around the blogs of other Bead Soup Designers.  There were roughly 500 participants, so here are the blog links to my direct group:

Nicole Valentine Rimmer                  www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Marge Beebe                                         www.rockcreekcreations.blogspot.com
Michelle McCarthy                              Www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Chandra Merod                                    www.Junipergoods.blogspot.com
Nancy Olliver                                          http://nancyolliver.com/blog/
Alison Sachs                                            http://beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com/
Kay Mallery                                             www.kaymreflections.blogspot.com
Beth Petricoin                                        http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/
Marta Grabalowska                             http://galeriakota.blogspot.com/
Clare Etheridge                                     http://www.catseatdogs.com
 
 
The complete list can be found with Lori Anderson, Hostess     www.PrettyThingsBlog.com

31 comments:

  1. Blue is one of my favorite colors, too. So, of course, I love, love, love your creations. The jangles are a fun accent. How creative!

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  2. The jangle spacers you users really give your piece dimension and a fun factor.

    I also used waxed linen in my design and as a side note I used some of your ceramic beads.

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  3. Love you piece!! The dangly jangly bits are wonderful!!

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  4. What's not to love about those blue beads. You did nicely with your soup.

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  5. What a fun necklace, Michelle! Can't wait to see you at BeadFest this year! :D

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  6. Beautiful necklace. Love how you incorporated the beads and colors with the focal piece.

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  7. I like the burst of beads on the sides :-)

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  8. This necklace is such fun!!! Very creative!!

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  9. What a nice twist on your piece! Love it!

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  10. I didn't know that dangles were also called jangles! That's pretty neat! :)

    Lovely work!
    <3,
    Andrea

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  11. Love what you made with the beautiful soup you received! Beautiful necklace!

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  12. What a surprise to see the cluster of beads on each side, I never would have thought of that and smiled when I saw it. So original!

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  13. I love blues! The necklace is gorgeous.

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  14. The " jangle spacers" are really an awesome idea! They give movement and interest to the necklace

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  15. Oh, yes, I like your jangles. Beautiful blues and a wonderful necklace. Screams the ocean. Great job.

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  16. Awesome soup and lovely necklace, Michelle! It was my first BSBP also but I hope not my last!

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  17. very interesting and inspiring structure of this necklace!

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  18. Love the blues... awesome first time out!

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  19. Hi Michelle, You did a great job using your soup ingredients. Your necklace is beautiful. I just did two designs with waxed linen cording and I enjoyed it too.

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  20. Cute piece, indeed. I like how you combined the chain and stringing. The clusters are adorable, too. =)

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  21. Adorable! I love they way you used the cluster, dangle sections in the design.

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  22. Lovely necklace. I DO love the jangle spacers!

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  23. Such a pretty necklace and the jangles are very cool!

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  24. Good for you stepping outside of your stringing box and designing with the cord! Your necklace reminds me of a big party with fireworks. Nice!

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  25. Beautiful necklace, very feminine and romantic. Lovely design.

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  26. It looks like you had a great time with your soup! The necklace is unusual and pretty with those jangle spacers. As someone else said, they remind me of fireworks too!

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  27. I love the blue colors and variety of beads you selected for the necklace! And I learned something new - those jangle dangles are an interesting and versatile element!

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  28. It's a very pretty necklace you made, with your soup, and I like the jangle spacers. I'm happy to discover your ceramic beads are available through Etsy!

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