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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  1. Gorgeous! I love that you created an ornament (what a fun idea for the bead soup!) I taught myself the right angle weave stitch for this BSBP and I am in love with your bracelet! Stunning work!

  2. Fantastic beaded pieces, you did a great job!

  3. Beautiful!
    The bracelet is my favorite.
    Wonderful designs.

  4. Both pieces are lovely. The burnt orange and teal combination is dynamite.

  5. ~i am blown away by the have much patience at hand and it shows beautifully through your pieces made...much love light and blessings~

  6. WOW, these are amazing!! I really love the bracelet, it just POPS!! ~KM

  7. Beautiful work, I love your bracelet & all the time it must have taken to do that intricate bead work...really lovely my friend!!

  8. I love that you did a tree ornament ! it will be the star of your tree this winter. :)

  9. Love both of the pieces especially the bracelet.

  10. I love the color combo in the bracelet and the ornament is very special indeed! Beautiful!

  11. Both you and your partner are excellent bead weavers. The ornament is beautiful, but the bracelet is truly stunning.

  12. I can see that your star ornament is gorgeous even with the slightly blurry pics.
    Maybe it would work as an Easter or springtime ornament?? I'm sure you have something you can hang it on other than your tree! I see you write that you worked with emerald, though, it looks like teal on my computer so that might be why I think it is more spring-y than Christmas.

  13. Wow, your beadwork is awesome! That bracelet totally rocks!

  14. Love the intricacy of the designs and how those colours pop

  15. Oh my goodness! You really took it over the top and rocked it! You should be SO PROUD!!!!

    Thank you for participating in the parties!

  16. I love the kumihimo piece, the color combo is stunning!

  17. Just beautiful!!! I LOVE how much you were able to create, and your work is stunning, as always!!

  18. oooh the colors are so pretty, love what you did!

  19. Lovely work, the colours are perfect together.

  20. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
    stunning work, you are so talented! that star is beautiful :)
    ciao dall' Italia

  21. WOWZA! Your skills and craftmanship are just beautiful. Love the star and bracelet, just lovely!!

  22. Lauren took the word right out of my mouth... Wowza! The ornament is amazing. Very impressive!

  23. I agree...Amazing...Stunning...Beautiful!

  24. You really created a unique piece. Very nice.

  25. Great ornament! Love the bracelet too.

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

  26. What a great idea of an iron Christmas tree and special ornaments!!! Your ornament is very beautiful and the bracelet as well!!

  27. Very beautiful beadwork! I admire neatness in beadwork and your ornament is gorgeous! Pretty bracelet too!

  28. Especially I love the bracelet, very nice.

  29. Shirley,
    I have so much admiration for your craft of bead weaving... I am no where near patient enough to attempt to weave beads, but your work is stunning. I love that you created an ornament to place on your tree of honor! Love it! :) Kris

  30. Lovely...and yes! Why just make jewelry when you can make something that will be a heirloom

  31. Amazing work !
    Very nice jewelries!

  32. Love your colors, paired with the pearls, fantastic!

  33. I love what did with your soup. To bad about Christmas. I like the bracelet too

  34. I always admire the accurate work from a bead weaver, your star dangle is beautiful - wonderful colors for your christmas tree!

  35. Lovely pieces! So creative incorporating fiber into it. And the bracelet is my favorite!

  36. Christmas in March! I love your idea :) and you were right - when a piece is so strong-minded there is no use to fight it. I love both your pieces - maybe this coming Christmas you'll take a picture of your special tree - I am sure it holds some beauties!

  37. Love the idea of a special tree for the special ornaments! This one definitely deserves a spot!
    Love the bracelet too!

  38. I love your beadwork. Lovely pieces :)

  39. Merry Christmas! It is never too early to make an ornament, and yours is one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.

  40. Shirley, this is such an awesome soup! And I love to see you metal Christmas tree with the beautiful ornaments on your blog one day

  41. Christmas is my fav.. love the ornament.. Lovely beadwork :)

  42. Lovely work!! I especially like the colors in the bracelet and the beaded toggle clasp

  43. What creative work, Shirley! Both are so bold and pretty - and thanks for showing the "behind the scenes" of the bracelet construction.

  44. What a great Idea!!! The star is just that a STAR!!! It is really beautiful!! I love the bracelet too!!! The pattern is cool and I love the colors! Have a Blessed Day!

  45. Amazing seed bead work! Love the fuschia with the green, too!

  46. That bracelet is stunning and the star will look fantastic on your tree!!

  47. Love the Christmas ornament, would like to see it on your tree next year!

  48. Shirley you did a great job with your soup. Your star is beautiful. So is your bracelet. Good color choices.

  49. Amazing beadwork, as always, Shirley!

  50. Great beading! Real nice pieces!

  51. Your star is stunning. Lovely workmanship on all your pieces.

  52. Shirley - thank you so much for including the star on your ornament tree. What a lovely idea. And I am so glad you did get a bit of a design stretch. You picked up the colours nicely - yes, the orange does pop. And the pearls look well on the RAW bracelet base.
    I have only just been able to get around the blogs now as I have been in England for a couple of weeks so forgive me for the delay in commenting.
    And thank you for sending me such lovely soup - it really did make me think!

  53. Amazing beadwork...I just love love the bracelet..great colors.

  54. Beautiful! It looks like a whole lot of work went into these pieces, great job!

  55. Shirley, I am a bit slow getting through the first reveal, and since you were at the end of the list, and I can only approach things in a systematic way, I am just now letting you know that once again you have created amazing work. You know, it is your fault that I have taken such an interest in beadweaving this last year and am determined to venture more into your realm. But, do not worry, I am too old to ever live long enough to be able to create the kind of things you do.

    This work is gorgeous. I love the bracelet. Great job!

  56. Oh Shirley, that ornament is AWESOME! The focal was indeed perfect for that use, and you really utilized your amazing talents to make it so. The bracelet is also really cool, but the ornament is definitely the "star" (sorry.) of the show. :)


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