The day has arrived...I can finally reveal what I have made with my Bead Soup mix! For a summary of the Bead Soup Blog Party, read this post. A huge thank you to Lori Anderson for hosting this fun event.
If you recall from this post, these beads were sent to me by Christa Murphy. Be sure to visit her blog to see what she made from the beads that I sent to her.
Christa knew that my favorite colors to work with are blues and greens, so she took me out of my comfort zone a slight bit by sending me yellow! Furthermore, she inched me away from all of the familiar metals I have worked with (silver, gold, and antiqued brass) and introduced me to copper. And THEN, she took me yet one step further away from my comfortable place and threw in some Via Murano twisted crimp tubes to try! But I took Christa out of her comfort zone as well...I sent her plenty of PINK! We have enjoyed getting to know each other. I think we successfully challenged each other, but gave moral support to each other along the way.
Despite the challenges presented, I was delighted with the selection of beads that Christa sent to me. I made 1 necklace, 2 bracelets, and 2 pairs of earrings using her beads and a strand from my own stash. And I really liked the twisted crimp tubes which seem to have a more sturdy hold than the traditional crimp tubes.
"Fall A Flutter"
This asymmetrical necklace features a sampling of all the beads Christa sent. I added the swirly brown round ceramic beads to the mix. I used the focal stone as the pendant and added some tiny topaz crystals for contrast. Plus I decided the hook clasp was too beautiful to be at the back of this necklace, so I brought it to the front. Then I added a copper butterfly charm for whimsy.
This bracelet is a nice complement to the necklace. In a random pattern, it features all of the same honey-colored beads as the necklace. The flower toggle clasp adds charm! All it needs now is a copper bee charm. Hmm, maybe I'll add that...
"A Touch of Blue"
Blue makes an appearance, although a small one! I only used several of Christa's beads for this charm bracelet, but I wanted to include it as well. Its inception was inspired by the other pieces you see here.
"All Is Not Lost"
For the whole story on the meaning of the name of these earrings, please come back for a future blog post! It involves a dog and a boy.
We have a field of blooming goldenrod behind our house right now. Butterflies are often spotted fluttering around in the field.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog to see the creations I made in my first Bead Soup Blog Party. This experience was fun but not without its challenges! I tried new crimping techniques, used a new metal, and experimented with photographing outside. On that note, remember to come back soon for a story about a missing earring!
Please take some time to visit some of the other blog pairs who participated!
Click on each name to go to their blogs.
These are the partner pairs:
140. Mary Hicks and Laurel Steven