Saturday, March 30, 2013

It's Bead Soup Time!!!!

Yay! Today is THE DAY!!! What day you ask? Why, Bead Soup Blog Party, of course! The brainchild of the incredible Lori Anderson. I have been so very privileged to be in this awesome challenge several times. Each time, I've learned and grown as a designer. You just can't thank someone enough for that, you know?
My partners have been very diversified, and I have loved working with each one. This time, I was paired with the very talented Rose Rushbrooke. Please go check out her gallery of design when you get a chance.
She is a bead weaver as well, which would make you tend to think....oh, that's not a challenge, they are both bead weavers. We are, and the focal she sent to me is one that I've actually made before, which would make you think that it would be even easier for me, right?

The colors immediately made me think of some pearls and fiber I had recently purchased, so I set up my kumihimo disk, and got to work. This is the rope I was planning on using for the focal, and attaching the clasp to it as well.
That stunning fuschia yarn really set off the emerald green pearls. I also accented it with a deep green size 11 seed bead, and a flashy little hot pink alongside the fiber. Alas, this was not meant to be. The more I worked on it, the more I just felt that it was overwhelming the focal. But I still wanted to use those colors and that fiber. So I started another rope, without the pearls.  As I was working on it, my daughter remarked that it reminded her of Christmas. I agreed, and continued braiding.......
That idea just wouldn't go away. But wait!!! I always make jewelry for Bead Soup! I can't make an ornament!!! Well, yes, I could, because that's what it wanted to be. You see, I have a very special Christmas tree. It is made of iron, and I bought it for myself a couple of years ago to hang only my special ornaments on it. I have participated in a couple of ornament swaps now, and I have some stunning, precious pieces for my tree, and this wonderful star wanted to be a part of that party!

I created the collar for the kumi rope from the extra delicas that Rose sent with the focal. I love the burnt orange in the star, and wanted it to step up a bit in the design, since that fuschia fiber had such a strong presence.

 Now I'm wishing it was closer to Christmas, so I could see this beauty on my tree!
And what did I do with the clasp? Well, check it out!
 I was determined to get a piece of jewelry!!! I created this lovely RAW embellished bracelet, taking my color cues from the clasp, and again, picking up that gorgeous burnt orange for the backdrop.

I used the teal pearls that I didn't get to use in the necklace, and some very sparkly amber fire polished beads. The pearls go in a zigzag across the bracelet, and the fire polish trail after them. I embellished the 'empty' windows with  a strand of seed beads in the amber and green in a matte finish.

Here's a pic showing the back of the bracelet, cause I always want to see all of the construction when I'm reading a post!
I know you have a lot of blogs to visit, and I thank you for visiting mine. Have a wonderful hop! Blessings, Shirley

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