September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party !!

My first bead soup and what fun it's been! 
I had the luck of the draw to be paired with Dorcas of "Wondrous Strange Designs" ... she creates the most beautiful beads. You can see HERE what she sent me in our exchange....and you can see below what I have created with my treasures for today's party.
The focal point is a marriage of two clay pieces hand made by Dorcas.
The frozen Charlotte is so dear and the colors in the raku glaze are amazing, it appears to change color depending on the light and from which direction you are looking at it.
I added my own piece of antique lace behind the Charlotte to create a place of attachment for two more of Dorcas' creations ... a single wing and a leaf ... I also embellished with additional ribbons, pulling more of the necklaces primary color hues together.
For even more sparkle and interest, I added my signature touch of vintage rhinestones here and there.
I like the juxtaposition of the earthy clay beads with the crystals and rhinestones.
My bead swap package included some lovely silk {I believe to be sari?} ribbons .. in gorgeous lavenders and golds. I desperately wanted to use them in a "new to me" way in my design ... I wasn't quite sure what to do until I found THIS tutorial. BINGO! I turned my silk ribbon into wire wrapped links.
This bead soup exchange was a terrific way for me to challenge myself and stretch my imagination. I had the pleasure of working with beads created from another artist's hands and spirit, that's a pretty special feeling ... Dorcas was so generous with what she has gifted me with in this swap. I have enough beads left to do another piece of jewelry ... I'm thinking of doing a bracelet next. 
Thank you dear Dorcas!!
Dorcas has an Etsy shop FULL of more beautiful designs ... you can take a look at all of them HERE.
    And when you're done looking there make sure you look HERE.
Because there are about 360 MORE bead soup participants to check out!! Our hostess, Lori Anderson, of "Pretty Things", is one incredible party organizer ... I can't even imagine the hundreds of hours she has devoted to this party ... Lori THANK YOU for making this fun party a reality for all of us.

Have a wonderful weekend ... You can find me hopping around in Bead Soup all weekend!

xo
Jill

47 comments:

  1. I love this piece!! The wire wrapped sari ribbon is fantastic...I need to learn that trick:)

    I had so much fun creating with what you sent me! As you will see..we both like the little antique lace additions:)

    Thank you Sweetie for the challenge! And for the wonderful job you did working with my little offerings. Perfection!!

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  2. Wow, this is so gorgeous...thankyou for sharing...I feel very inspired. Love the idea with the sari silk - beautiful.

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  3. My Gypsy Friend, your SOUP is AMAZING!!! I love the handmade beads & the doll adds such a wonderful texture & color to your focal. Thank you for sharing your soup sweetie & to me it's tasting yummmmy!!!
    Hugs,
    Susie

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  4. I LOVE the beads in this beautiful necklace!

    Natacha (from Luxembourg)

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  5. What a lovely necklace!! Your wrapped sari beads are gorgeous!!
    /Therese

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  6. Oh what an awesome necklace!! You made Dorcas soup very tasty....a very good match You and her..great artists! and those wrapped beads are sooo pretty jumm!

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  7. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture and the interesting wire wrapped beads. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  8. I love everything about this piece! Beautiful!

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  9. i just love the softness of this piece. Reminds me of watercolors. Really well done!

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  10. I love your piece. Great mix of textures and colors. It's beautiful!
    Julie

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  11. That turned out so pretty. I love the vintage look and feel of it. And the wire wrapped sari ribbon links are wonderful with it. Thanks for posting the tutorial link, too.

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  12. Beautiful design! Nice job!

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  13. A wonderful vintage style necklace!
    Greetings, Michi

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  14. Such eclectic work, It's all like a spell, isn't it?

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  15. Oh how much I love the rustic beauty of your necklace! It's really quite wonderful. Like you, I dig that juxtaposition you created. Well done!!

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  16. What a wondrous creation. I love the look of vintage with new concepts that just add so well to the mix. I was looking at that fiber wrapped tut earlier today and now I think I need to buy it.

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  17. Very pretty combination of the earthy ceramic and the sparkle. I like how you used the sari silk to blend into the piece.

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  18. I just knew you'd make something pretty and oh boy did you! I love the lace and the sparkle with the raku and glass. SO very pretty (just like your bags!) I'm so proud of what you made (hope you are, too!)

    I hope you'll join me next time! The badge and dates will be posted tomorrow, the 19th!

    Love, Lori

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  19. I just love the purple colors (my favorite) and such a pretty use of those beautiful beads.

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  20. Beautiful muted colours...so sweet.

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  21. its beautiful! I love the soft raku colors, very magical!

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  22. Wow! Love, love, love this!

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  23. What a gorgeous, gorgeous piece! The colors are just amazing, like the colors of a prism. Wonderful!

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  24. Wow, you have created an absolutely stunning piece!
    Deb x

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  25. Love the beads nice creation It is 6:00 on Monday and I am not even 1/2 way thru the list
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  26. What a lovely combination of fabric and beads!

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  27. That is one stunning necklace and I absolutely love the addition of the silk wrapped beads. Very nice!!

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  28. stunning creation, beautiful focal and love the elements you worked with...

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  29. I just love the pairing of the earthy ceramics with the vintage jewelry - so beautiful! :)

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  30. What a beautiful color palette, and I just love raku! Your finished piece is just wonderful! Very creative

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  31. I love all you have cooked up with your soup. Nice job with the design.

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  32. Lovely necklace!! Beautiful!!

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  33. What a gorgeous and interesting piece! Love the wire wrapped sari ribbon, such a cool idea!

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  34. The neck piece looks very beautiful and different,the elements used very different and unique.The center pendant with a little of crochet is also sweet.Birthday gift ideas

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  35. Another neat use of fiber I've never seen before. I have a lot of sari silk that I've been hoarding some of it could become beads now. Nice work.

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  36. Ha..look what you did with that frozen Charlotte..such a cool necklace. You did a Soup-er job with your soup mix. Love it!

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  37. Wonderful eclectic and vintage style piece!

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  38. Very pretty necklace in an unusual and creative style! Lovely colours in that raku focal. Great job!

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  39. Very nice piece, love all the beads and focal bead...

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  40. Love the lace behind your very cool focal beads and the sari silk wrapped links. Very nice piece. You melded the old with the new really nicely.

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  41. Your Soup is amazing!
    Love it.

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  42. Still making the rounds and tasting all the soups! Love the use of fabric and the wire wrapping. Beautiful.

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  43. There is an ancient beauty in your necklace that I really like. Wire wrapping the sari ribbon was genius! I love that technique.

    Ambra

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  44. I love the touch of crystal next to the clay... it adds just the right touch of sparkle!

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  45. Love the necklace and I seriously love what you did with the silk ribbon! The touch of rhinestones throughout the necklace is awesome! Gorgeous work!

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  46. Its really nice to see your designs. They are cool as well as attractive also. :)
    Keep going.

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