Apr 12, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party–Reveal

I’m part of the BSBP 2nd Reveal. There are 500 participants and Lori Anderson split us into 3 Groups. My Partner is Jen Van Benschoten which I blogged about in a previous post. Here is a recap of what she sent me, my progress and my finished pieces.
Initially I wanted to make a fancy collar, but I’m pretty limited with time now that Spring is here. Also, I really only was required to do one piece, but Jen sent me 2 soups, so I went to work.

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First I created pendants for the dichroic cabochons. I used black polymer clay with Pearlex mica. For the purple dichroic cabochon I created an almond shape, inlaid some magenta swarovski crystals, cured and varnished. For the blue dichroic cabochon I used a little turquoise chip inlaid in a polymer clay flower to hide the slight imperfection of missing dichroic background that is visible on the left side of the cabochon in the picture above. Maybe I’m too picky, but it bothered me a little. I also created some matching beads which I textured with some of my handmade textures.

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Then I used the size 8 magenta beads to surround the shape, along with black size 6’s from my stash and embroidered onto some Ultrasuede. I have to admit, the Japanese Stick pearls gave me trouble and I could not work them into this piece.

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Isn’t the clasp beautiful? Even more in person because the Swarovski just sparkles. Jen was kind enough to give me the link for 'A Grain of Sand' so I could purchase some more of these. While they aren’t sterling silver, they are silver filled. I know there is such a thing as Gold-filled, but didn’t know that there was such a thing for Silver. I guess because of the increasing value of Silver, this had to happen.

At first I only had the diamond shapes beaded and attached chain between them and the clasp, but it looked too sparse and empty. I couldn’t get my almond shape polymer clay beads to fit in either, so it hit me…and maybe, just maybe I came up with a new stitch…braiding cord through the chain and then beading the edges.

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I ended up making a whole bunch of bracelets as I have a large roll of this chain and got hooked on stitching it…
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Getting back on topic…with the Blue necklace. Pendant is beaded like the Purple necklace, but made a beaded fringe with the Reconstituted moonstone beads and czech glass drops. Hey, I didn’t know they could reconstitute moonstone…mmm. I have a bunch of the real stuff and the reconstituted reminds me a lot of sea-opal which is a man-made moonstone type of glass. Anyway, I managed to fit in a couple of the polymer clay textured pillow beads and of course wove more chain.

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What do you think? Did I succeed with these?
I’ll be posting these to a special Pinterest board where all the entries will be judged by a panel including Nina Designs, Lima Beads, Fusion Beads, PJ Tool and Jewelry, Beaducation, and Kalmbach Publishing. Not sure if I stand a chance to win one of the Prizes as there are some pretty amazing works on there already! I’ll be posting my entry after I hit ‘publish’ on this post here. The following link is the board…(wish me luck)
http://pinterest.com/limamike/contest-entries-for-bead-soup-blog-party-7/

These are so many  participants for the 2nd reveal. I tried copying and pasting the list, but my formatting won’t play along. You can see all the list on Lori’s blog.
http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/2013/04/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-2nd-reveal.html

and of course, please visit my Partner Jen Van Benschoten’s blog to see what she made with the beads I sent her!!

48 comments:

The Jewelry Larder by Maybeline Tay said...

Wow! You have totally transformed the focals! These pieces look amazying. I would have assumed you used metal clay. You polymer clay additions are so beautiful.

PiPa said...

Wow it's so amazing how you bezeled the cabochons, beautiful necklaces!

Perlendschungel said...

Wow, Tina! These are stunning, amazing, wonderful!!
You took away my breath!
I looooove your two pieces, the colors and design.
You are a true artist!
Sabine

Doris Stumpf said...

wow!!!!! Really great work! Hugs, Doris

m.e. said...

you made some Souper pieces
Especially love the necklace

brandi said...

~unique and beautiful pieces you have created...fascinating to see what one can do with beads...much love light and blessings~

Designed by Vera said...

Those are gorgeous! I so love purple and the aquamarine is beautiful too. Great Job!

YaY! Jewelry said...

Wow seriously amazing work. Way to rock your soup. Kristin Oppold

Whimsy said...

WOW!!! How dramatic. Very beautiful work. The pieces you created are a great compliment to the ingredients you were given.

Sherri Stokey said...

OMG - amazing!!! I adore what you did with the focal pieces!

Cheri said...

Love the necklaces. I admire your seedbead work, beautiful!

Pat Haight said...

LOVE what you did with the cabs!
Genius!
Both necklaces are gorgeous♥

Sea of Dreams said...

I don't usually wear bold pieces of jewelry, but I have to say that I am in love with both of your necklaces! Great job!

bailaora said...

im impressed! both focals are superb!

Dolores Raml said...

Gorgeous pieces, just love how you did both necklaces. Clever way of adding beading to the chain.

windbent said...

Both of those necklaces are real show stoppers. You can be as picky as you want if that's the result.

Chris said...

Inspiring work! Thanks Tina!

Audrey Bélanger said...

The last piece just blew my mind. WOW

Kristen said...

You and Jen took my breath away with both of your creations!!!

Barbara Mason said...

Wow, polymer clay turned this soup into a fiesta!

Wings N Scales said...

Very awesome designs. Love both pieces. I wish I knew more about polymer clay and all that you can do. I can never get the smooth mixtures like yours... LOVE THEM!!

Sea of Dreams said...

I'm not usually drawn to jewelry that is this bold, but I am in love with both of your designs!

Nan Smith said...

Gorgeous necklaces!!!!

Tammie Everly said...

Lovely work Tina, I have admired your polymer clay techniques for quite sometime, and the way you transformed these with the addition of PC, et al is nothing short of amazing!

Kepi said...

Love what you did with the focals, beautiful pieces.

Lupe Meter said...

Such stunning designs, Tina! Lovely beadwork! Beautiful necklaces!! You did an awesome job with soup!

Becky Pancake said...

Wow! Tina I am impressed with what you did. The pendants and the embellished braided chain are way cool.

kathy stemke said...

Beautiful beadwork!
kathy

Shaiha said...

I just love the transformation of the focals! It is incredible. Both necklaces are flat out gorgeous but the blue one really sings to me.

la mar de bonita said...

Stunning pieces, Tina! You did a wonderful job with your soup!

Ginger Bishop said...

I really like the bezels you made for the focals. Best of luck with the pinterest contest.

Karin said...

Beautiful work! I love how you created the cabochons into pendants.

Rachel said...

Wow, your clay work is beautiful, as is your seed beading! Love the first necklace!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Beautiful! I love how you kept things rolling and just created a new stitch to get your vision out. Perfect

Michelle Tucker said...

Amazing work! I'm always fascinated by bead weaving! I love the bracelets and your unique use of chain.

Ann said...

I love the way you enhanced the dichroic cabochons with your polymer clay creations. Beautiful in both cases.

Micheladas said...

Amazing designs..

said...

lovely work, these necklace are stunning, you are so talented!
I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP... so much fun!
ciao dall'Italia

Shalini said...

Lovely designs. Real statement pieces.

Libellula Jewelry said...

I'm always in awe of anyone who can bead weave/embroider but your polymer clay work really took it up another notch. I love both necklaces.

Jean A. Wells said...

Wow, just Wow! I love the bezels - they really make beautiful frames for the focals. And what you did with the chain is amazing. It's beautiful! Everything is beautiful! Your partner must be very proud of her soup! Great job.

ACBeads said...

Beautiful pieces but I love your first necklace. Excellent work.

Cris Peacock said...

Yes, you definitely succeeded!!! I have to say I think I love your creations the most of all the soups!! Just beautiful and excellent craftsmanship!

CraftyHope said...

WOW! You've got so many amazing techniques going on in both of these that I'm simply blown away. First was your awesome polymer clay work followed by the beadwork and then the neat trick with the chain. You've got some serious skills and it SHOWS!

Christa Murphy said...

Wow, both pieces are absolutely stunning. The pendants are amazing and the second pieces is just so delicious. I want them BOTH!!!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I do love those necklaces. Well done!

Bobbie said...

Ooh, ooh, aah!! I love what you did to enhance the focals Jen sent you - what vibrant pieces you created. Delicious work!

Patricia Johnson said...

Wow! Your pieces are fantastic! Love what you did with the focals! Well done!

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