May 10, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal!

I planned on publishing this right at midnight or earlier this morning, but for some reason my Windows Live Writer wouldn't publish. It just kept on saying "publishing your post" with the little animation of files going to my blog, but nothing ever happened. I decided to copy this post over to Blogger, but it wouldn't copy the photos, my font etc, long story short...Time flies and I'm late!
This is my reveal. I admit that Participants of this Party are given plenty of time to construct something with the bead soup each partner challenges one with, but I constantly struggle with prioritizing my time. Juggling family, a special needs adult at home, work and then trying to fit in some fun ‘me’ time is difficult. Somehow I get it done though. I’m glad Lori Anderson, our amazing hostess extraordinaire, of this Party and blogger of http://www.prettythingsblog.com/, gave us an extra week as she struggled through some issues of her own. So...I managed to make all these yesterday!!! Just in the nick of time!
My Partner Fay Wolfenden  http://torchfairy.blogspot.ca/ is a fellow BC Artisan who lives in sunny Kelowna which is located in the Interior of BC. Fay creates yummy lampwork beads. Here is the bead soup Fay sent me…(I lost my photo of the stash, so snagged hers. Hope you don’t mind Fay)





Fay included a couple of sets of handmade copper clasps along with her beautiful lampwork. Owls!! How did she guess?? Maybe she read my mind because I very much like owls! Blue and purple are some of my favourite colors to work with. There are also a pretty lampwork flower bead, more of her fun dotted lamp works, some purple copper swirl beads, metal copper tone beads, glass pearls, crystal and vintage glass. Fay sent me natural  and dark copper wire (not pictured) linen and ribbon. Oh, what a challenge! lol
Here is what I sent Fay…




I included one of my handmade button clasps and a large polymer clay focal. The soup includes mother of pearl, coral, jade, Chrysoprase, cultured sea glass and some copper findings. Can't wait to see what she does with these!
OKAY…here is my big reveal! I used every item, that Fay sent me!…but for one.



  I really wanted to challenge myself to use it ALL! The thing that got me was the natural linen. Maybe it reminded me too much of hemp. My husband is the hemp champion knotter, but my fingers just don’t fly like his, lol. So after a few attempt I gave up. I did use the black linen and ribbon though! I crocheted the black linen, then braided 4 strands of it together.  All that I ended up left with are 6 teeny golden pearls. Pretty good, eh? From my collection I incorporated the chains, rings, crimps, silver toggle, headpins, ear hooks, the green faux sea glass and some copper flower heishi beads.



Here are some of the items from the collage…I used the hammered wire clasp as part of the focal, and used the S part as the clasp only. I think it works.

Which is the nicest...to give to my mom for Mothers Day?? She likes both necklaces and bracelets...

Also at your leisure, check out the many Participants and links here…http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.ca/2014/05/8th-bead-soup-blog-party-participant.html

48 comments:

Mags said...

I love your creations, the necklace and earrings would suit me so well ;-)

Tina Holden said...

Thanks Mags :) My mother doesn't know it yet, but it's a Mothers Day gift for her. I hope she thinks it will suit her also.

bailaora said...

elegant, sparkling creations!I'm sure your Mum will be delihgted!

fay ................................................... said...

Hi Tina: LOVE all the pieces that you made .. gives me some ideas of my own for future projects. The owl looks quite at home on his perch. The orange flower bracelet is fab and the Purple focal & the blue beads look awesome.. Well Done!!!

Tina Holden said...

thanks so much Fay! Yes, I think looking at our use of each others' beads does make us see things a bit differently. Certainly is fun!

Debra Gibson said...

TINA!!
Why you didn't use any of your wonderful polymer beads is beyond me! I mean ok! You did a great job but in my mind all I could see was your beads mixed up in all your bead soup I'm just saying girl ! Peace & Hugs

A Polymer Penchant said...

Hmm, I say, Mother's choice! It's a tough one, so many great creations. I hear you, I went way into overtime on the challenge myself. I suppose by the time I learn to juggle it all I will be dead. Great souping!

Dian Hierschel said...

Wow... they turn out great!!!! Your mom is a lucky lady. My favorite are both bracelet. Love Love. Thank you for showing us your genie talent.xxx

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

Beautiful pieces. I love the combination of the blue/purple with the copper.

Shyme said...

Beautiful pieces, the owl necklace is lovely!

Peru-Medesigns said...

love your necklaces...are very beutiful

Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

I hear you about trying to juggle it all. It's so hard prioritizing things that can easily be put off for another day. I always try to use all the beads, too, but this year I fell miserably short. And you know what, that's okay. You created some very wearable and beautiful pieces here. I'm sure you mom will be very pleased to have her gift come from this selection.

Sharon Driscoll said...

Beautiful work and I must have really liked your blog - I'm now a follower. You did a great job with your soup.

Mischelle said...

Great designs.. I really love the first bracelet. Beautiful job.

Pepita said...

Beautiful pieces, Tina, I really like how you combine different materials and textures. That lampwork owl is soooo cute!!!
It's so interesting to notice that more of us polymer clay people did not use any of our polymer clay beads in the BSBP creations ... (me included)
Alenka

Tina Holden said...

Debra and Alenka! :) Big grin here.
I didn't use any of my polymer clay beads because my polymer clay beads are Focals, lol. I would have had to use Fays Owls as beads in the design and it wouldn't have made them the 'star'. I guess I could have made some smaller beads or clasps, but again wanted to use her lampwork beads to design around. Sometimes I just bead, lol

createmyworld said...

Beautiful creations! I have to admit though, that I was surprised that you didn't incorporate any of your polymer work into these pieces! ;) I am sure your mum will love her beautiful gift!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

You have done some amazing things with wire there. Big wow!

Kepi said...

Beautiful pieces, the necklace is stunning and your mom will love it. Owls are just so cool!

Kokopelli said...

Those lampwork beads are so much fun! I especially love the owls. So cute!

Krafty Max said...

I think we all struggle with time issues!! I really like the first one, I like what you did with the dangles and how it lays!! GREAT JOB!! ~KM

Audrey BĂ©langer said...

That little owl bead is the cutest thing ! The purple shape also looks like it has a face, to me... or it might be my overactive imagination !

Linda A. said...

My fav by far is the silver bracelet. I love the rings that you used and the blue beads were divine!

Linda A.
http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

Doris Stumpf said...

You did a great job with a lovely mixed bead soup! Love the necklace with the owl! Hugs, Doris

Barb Fernald said...

It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, and yet you found the time to create beautiful pieces. Both of the owl necklaces are really fun. However did your mom figure out which one to have?!

Tammy Adams said...

Your designs are fun and whimsical. I am especially partial to the blue/purple owl.

Jo-Ann said...

I am an owl fan too! Love what created.

Dini Bruinsma said...

That bird focal is so sweet :-)You have had a lot of challenges to 'overwin' as you write, but the result is ♥great!

stregajewellry said...

Love the necklace with the owl bead. You showcased him perfectly.

Susanm said...

Great job using all those lovely components and beads. Really like how you highlighted the clasps in your designs.

KayzKreationz said...

Love the owls. I like the way you hung the beads down through the first owl. And that's a great unique way to hang the second owl. The linen looks great on that necklace. And your green bracelet is so pretty and fun.

Janine said...

Lovely creations you made with your soup. Great job. And I'm curious....which design did you gifted your Mom?

Sarah said...

Those are all lovely, but the green bracelet is absolutely adorable!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Tina, love how you incorporated so many wonderful techniques into your jewelry -- as always, your wonderful approach to jewelry arts makes each piece unique and lovely. Impressive wirework in both necklaces -- the purple shades and copper is splendid, and owl is adorable! And earrings too! Gorgeous. Also, your bracelet and earring sets are exquisite -- I love the blue and silver myself. Wonder which Mom got? I'm sure she would love everything! I do :) Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

Christine said...

Love your owl creations - they're so fun and unique! Your bracelet sets are lovely!

Janice said...

What a great soup! I love what you did with it. I'd be hard pressed to pick just one. But I don't think I could part with that blue bracelet.

Ann said...

Great soup ingredients and you did wonderful pieces with them. I really like that last bracelet and earrings, they look so easy to wear with anything.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Both the necklaces are awesome, Tina, but I am such a bracelet gal... I just adore those bracelet/earring sets :) Everything is gorgeous!

BluMoon said...

You made such pretty things I love both bracelets especially the green one very good use of your soup!
Jackie

Bev said...

I love the fun beads you received and how you made them work in your pieces! I love your use of all the soup ingredients. Great job!

Shaiha said...

Great designs! I am in love with both of your owl necklaces. They are so different but both speak loudly.

Jeanne @ Gems By Jeanne Marie said...

Your pieces are all so creative. I love the dangles you added to your focals!

bairozan said...

Do I have to pick a favorite? We always do, for some reason :) The owl necklace with the clasp bail, wire wrapped but they all are so beautiful and imaginative!

Terri said...

Awesome soup and you rocked it out! You came up with some really terrific designs! Soup-er!!!

PiPa said...

So creative and love that you used all your soup! The necklace is stunning, so many mixed medias !

CraftyHope said...

Your pieces are so pretty! How awesome that you were able to use up so much of your soup. I didn't participate this year, but didn't use up my soups in any of the ones I have participated in. How admirable and persistent of you!!

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Tina, My favorite necklace is the purple and blue swirly owl. I am sure your Mom will wear any one that you choose proudly. I like the green bracelet too. Great job using so much of your soup.

WindDancerStudios said...

Love the owls! They are adorable. Wonderful use of soup!

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