Saturday, April 13, 2013

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party ~ Second Reveal

Wow, what a night! It is currently 12:40am and I'm scrambling to get this post done. Anyone else have a problem with procrastination?

First off... Thank you Lori Anderson for all that you do!

My bead soup partner is Stephanie LaRosa. We coincidentally sent each other the same color palette to play with...oranges and greens! I posted what she sent me here.

I only ended up using one of the focals. (The other one has been giving me problems...and I have to rework it a bit before its ready for public display.) That being said ~ I made a necklace, bracelet and earrings out of the lovely summery beads. I'm thinking of calling this hot orange and jade green color combination "Heat Wave" because it reminds me of a relaxing on a fiery hot day with a Mai Tai in my hand.

The Necklace ~

I only used components from the soup sent to me. I knew right away that I wanted to make a two tiered necklace and include those lovely large faceted orange beads, the hibiscus focal and clasp. This was VERY out of my element...I'm used to working with a lot of wire and I strung this. Getting the strands to hang right was a challenge. I ended up re-stringing this at least 3 times. But in the end I'm very pleased with the result and it's a vibrant pop of color against a neutral shirt.

The Bracelet and Earrings ~

I again used only the beads that I received. On the bracelet I knotted the beads on green waxed linen and used a macrame sliding knot to adjust the size. ~ This is the first time using both waxed linen and macrame. :) 

The earrings I kept very understated. I wanted them to have some movement but not be as bold as the necklace. So I fashioned some longer ear-wires out of sterling silver wire for a drop length and wire wrapped some of the funky round faceted green beads and dangled them off the end. I love these! They can be worn with an amazing amount of things.

To see what Stephanie created with the soup I sent her please visit her blog!
 Confessions of a Bead Hoarder

The rest of the participants are listed on Lori's website.
7th Bead Soup Blog Hop

Well, it is now past 1:30am and my son usually wakes up by 7. I think I'm going to sign off and get some sleep! I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone else's designs...but I'm going to force myself to wait until tomorrow to check them out...with a mug of coffee in my hand.

Please leave a comment telling me what you think before continuing on your blog hopping journey! 

Thanks for visiting!
and Good Night!