Saturday, 17 September 2011

Bead Soup Party Time!

Welcome to the Southampton stop on the Bead Soup Party blog hop! I hope you're having a great time visiting lots of lovely new blogs and feasting your eyes on beautiful jewellery. This has definitely been the best party yet - and I'm writing this before I've even seen what everyone else has made as I'm writing this on Friday evening and scheduling it to post early Saturday morning ready for any early birds. Lori has been an amazing hostess keeping us all organised and on track and motivated, and Janna, my bead soup party, has become a lovely new friend - thank you both of you!

Anyway......the jewellery! For those of you who may not have seen it yet, these are the ingredients that Janna sent me


glass beads, shells, sea urchin spines, silver, silk and an amazing epoxy clay sea urchin pendant that she made just for me - just beautiful, and definitely not what I usually work with - but then a challenge is a challenge is a challenge as Janna says!

As much as I loved the sea urchin pendant as soon as I saw it, it did cause me trouble at first as it is so much bigger than anything I usually work with. I just couldn't get it to work for me as a pendant with one bail at the top. I knew that I wanted to keep whatever I made, and large pendants hanging from necklace to form a Y shaped necklace just don't suit me unless the chain is really long and the pendant forms part of a cluster, and that didn't work for this piece. So........after a lot of thought and "can I really do this?" "will Janna mind?" questionning....... I cut the bail off so that I could set the pendant as a cabochon in a silver bezel and have two bails on it. I thought long and hard about emailing Janna to check whether she minded me doing this but I decided in the end not to as a) cutting the wire bail off didn't touch the sea urchin itself and b) I didn't want her to guess what I was doing! Janna, I really hope that you like what I've done!

I knew that I wanted to use the silk, some of the glass beads as they matched the bead Janna had used on the clasp, and also some faceted smoky quartz to add some sparkle as a contrast to the rest of the ingredients. I also knew that I needed something else larger but not too heavy as the pendant/cabochon was so large. My eyes fell on a pair of these earrings sitting on my workdesk and inspiration struck!

So, these are the ingredients I used......


And this is what I made! I really hope you like it, Janna especially, because I LOVE IT! Everything balances out, and there's a bit of sparkle and colour without distracting from the sea urchin, and it is so comfortable to wear.


But that's not all! As soon as I saw the button that Janna had used to decorate the parcel she sent me I knew I wanted to make something with it, and I actually made this a couple of weeks ago. I've set a silver tube rivet through the middle, threaded silver wire through it to form a bail, and hung it with the two silver charms that Janna sent me from a string of dusky yellow seed beads.


Thank you for reading all of this - assuming that you made it to the bottom of the post! Please do go and see what my partner Janna and our hostess Lori have made, and visit as many other blogs in the party as you can - you are guaranteed to find beautiful jewellery on your virtual trip around the world! I think this party will be going on for a few weeks!


These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

 
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

 



 



 


 


 


 
131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

95 comments:

  1. Jo! I loved your ocean-inspired bead soup mix as soon as you revealed it. What a clever idea - you created an amazing focal that you can wear comfortably, not to mention the absolute beauty of it! Your designs have a serene quality about them - and remind me of the special days of summer that go by all to fast.

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  2. I absolutely love what you have done here. The focal has been transformed beautifully by how you have set it - it looks so high-end and elegant! This is the perfect example of why I love this BSBP - the end result is the perfect fusion between you and Janna. Perfect!

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  3. Jo, this is amazing!!!!! I am soooooo in love with the necklace you have created!!! It's just perfect!
    Big hugs to you!

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  4. I love what you've done with both of the 'pendants' Jo! Especially the Sea Urchin... It looks very much like the ones I pick up off the road here.. The Sea Gulls drop them!

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  5. Very elegant, I can smell the sea!
    Greetings, Michi

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  6. You made such lovely pieces from your bead soup! Bravo!

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  7. Jo, what an amazing necklace you have created! Beautiful silver work, and I love that sea urchin bead! I altered my focal, too - I'm sure you're partner will love it! Nice job!

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  8. Beautiful pieces. I love what you made.
    Shannon C

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  9. Oh it's lovely. How could Janna mind what you did with the urchin after she saw this?

    :)

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  10. I am SO sorry for being late -- today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They're still working on it, but it's like dial-up.


    WOW but I love that and want to sneak in your house and steal it but that's one heck of a plane ticket (and it wouldn't be very nice).

    You really nailed it. And I hope you participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  11. Wow, it is beautiful. Love what you did to the sea urchin! Gorgeous!

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  12. I was looking forward to seeing yours Jo. I love what you have done with the soup, the colours are lovely with the silver, I love the big shell with the ribbon and your silver designs really set it off :-)

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  13. Love the colors here and what wonderful ingredients! I really like the sea urchin set in the bezel like that. Really pretty pieces!

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  14. nice creations sweetie...what I have found on the blog-hop so far is that a lot of us have been challenged.....and come up with some amazing pieces with a story to add....so cool! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  15. *sigh* your creation makes me wish I was at the beach...I adore it!!

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  16. Beautiful pieces! The Sea Urchin necklace is so elegant, Love it.

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  17. Love, Love, Love this! The sea urchin bead was beautiful to start, and then you made it more wonderful! I just love your design and those gorgeous links! Great job!

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  18. the bezel setting is the perfect solution, beautiful pieces you made

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  19. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  20. Oh, elegant and earthy and wonderful! Love your soup!

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  21. Jo - I think your Bead Soup necklace is exquisite - and your decision to modify the focal was a great idea! Thanks very much for your kind words re: my work.

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  22. using the decoration as a beading component? that's so awesome :-)
    grat work!

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  23. wow! wait, i do not know if i said that loud enough. WOW!!!!!!! these are Gorgeous! and organic and jaw dropping!

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  24. They both turned out very pretty. I love what you did with the Sea Urchin pendant. I think it balances out really well. And the second little piece with the button and charms is just adorable. I like the silver links in the sea urchin necklace also. Very nice.

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  25. Jo, I love the elegant simplicity of your necklace. The silver bezel was perfect to highlight the urchin! Beautiful! Thank you for visiting my blog and your wonderful comments!

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  26. Remarkable. I'm a coastal creature, and I love it!

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  27. Beautiful necklace! I like both the colours and the designs. That focal is so cool and it looks great bezelled like that. And as you said: an interesting and still harmonius necklace design that enhances the focal without taking focus from it.

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  28. Gorgeous...we need to put our tide pools together...lol Beautiful work I love that urchin focal and all the soft colors and the bubbles of silver. Happy Hopping!

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  29. What attractive ingridients you got from your partner Joanne. I love what you did with them. Both pieces are very classy. Beautiful!

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  30. nice pieces! I just love ocean type stuff, and you did a great job with your soup.

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  31. Wonderful! You have created two terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and the sea urchin pendant is fabulous. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  32. Stunning, just stunning. I mostly mean the sea urchin necklace but your other piece is just as gorgeous.

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  33. What a beautiful stash you received. I would have been baffled by the sea urchin as much as I love it, you did it wonders. Very pretty second piece as well. That button is so unusual.

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  34. Your soup was soo natural and organic, drooooooolllll! but what you did with it takes the cake.....beautiful!

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  35. I love that you were brave enough (and talented enough!) to change the focal to work for you - well done! Lovely piece!

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  36. I love the sea theme and the way you executed it -- light and playful! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda
    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  37. Wonderful necklace. I love how you used the urchin. So pretty!

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  38. I came here from Janna's blog - loved what she did and love what you have done. Inspired resetting of the urchin, gives it the frame that it needs. A very successful bead soup partnership....

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  39. Love what you've created with your ocean inspired soup - the focals are gorgeous.

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  40. This piece is absolutely breathtaking! For all the angst it gave you, you've come up with a brilliant solution to the challenge. I can see why you're so happy with the result... stunning!

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  41. Beautiful! Love that you used the package embellishment as well - your pieces are fabulous!

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  42. Oh wow, I love both of your necklaces! Just gorgeous!

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  43. I love them both, but especially the sea urchin necklace. Love the bubbles!

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  44. The sea urchin, although beautiful in its bigness, is Big and would have challenged me too...but what you have done with it is spectacular!!

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  45. Jo, I'm in awe of your creations! I love what you did with the urchin--how clever!

    Both pieces are just wonderful!

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  46. Wow! I am SO impressed with your adaptations and your creative thought processes. Beautiful pieces. Kudos!

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  47. I think it's great that you worked with that urchin until you found a way to make it work. Your solution is really great and the necklace has so much lovely texture to it. Nicely done!

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  48. Very pretty pieces. The soft colors really go well with those silver components.

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  49. Very nice! I like both designs, especially the first one. It looks perfect balanced, but not at all boring.

    How cool that you even used the button you were sent!

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  50. That was genius! what you did with the bezel and the two bails! It really helps to tie it in with the other silver connectors. You done good!

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  51. I love, love, love what you did with Jannas awesome soup. You were a great pair!

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  52. So gorgeous - I love the sea urchin one the best as it just flows together and looks simply amazing! The second one is very cool as well and the colors are beautiful in both!!

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  53. Ooooooo!!! I LOVE the sea urchin necklace (ok...BOTH necklaces!)! The way you set the focal perfectly balances out the 'bubbles' in the chain, and the colors are to die for! The button necklace is beautiful as well - great job! :)

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  54. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  55. How clever!! really, that is fabulous! And is not just saying. Fantastic!

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  56. I Loooooove what you've created with your goodies!

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  57. When I saw your lovely soup I wondered how you would manage this..and my, what an amazing job you have done. It is a stunner. It is such a beautiful color. Love the silver tube throughout the button, too.
    jenni

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  58. The soup looks really yummi! The pieces you did with it are so gorgeous ♥

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  59. I love both of your necklaces, your bezel is perfect for the urchin, and the colors are soft and dreamy.

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  60. Jo, oh wow, both of these pieces are just lovely! I can't tell you how much I admire your silver-work...

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  61. Oh my, your pieces are just stunning! I am in love with the sea anemone in your necklace, and what you did with it is so beautifully simple and elegant. Just lovely...

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  62. Unbelievable! Those necklaces are beautiful Jo!

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  63. I absolutely love the necklace with the sea urchin! It's brilliant! The soldered circles (bubbles) are so perfect!

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  64. Wow, is the first word that comes to mind. You made simple but gorgeous jewelry! Less is more in this case.

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  65. Beautiful jewellery you've created with your soup!

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  66. Joanne, I just LOVE the sea urchin theme. That first necklace pairing the urchin with the bubble links is really gorgeous. Great job :)

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  67. Absolutely gorgeous! I love both! So beautiful! I think cutting the bail off the urchin was very creative and turned out absolutely gorgeous!

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  68. Absolutely gorgeous! I love both! So beautiful! I think cutting the bail off the urchin was very creative and turned out absolutely gorgeous!

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  69. Gorgeous love them both. Great soup mix.

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  70. I love what you did with your soup, and think your decision to set the sea urchin was bold - and perfect. Just beautiful elegant pieces.

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  71. Charming necklace and I love your design. I like the balance you achieved with the sea urchin focal and airy rings. Well done!

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  72. The silver ring components on the first necklace add a wonderful airy vibe to accent the urchin, and I love that you used the button from the packaging to make a second necklace!

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  73. Simple, clean, modern, resourceful. Great design!

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  74. Gorgeous designs! That sea urchin is so cool and the components you partner sent are perfect! Love the beach color pallet it is among my favorites. And a bonus necklace. Delicious!! Wow! Soup-er Job!!!

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  75. As I saw that sea urchin I thought that this was a great challange, but you did a great work with it and the necklace looks just beautiful.
    Ambra

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  76. I love both of your pieces, Jo. Amazing way to use that larger piece, too. Very cool, very creative, and very beautiful! And using that button that way is, too! Nice work!

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  77. You have made some really beautiful pieces!

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  78. Wow, your partner gave you some beautiful, challenging pieces. But what a talented designer you are... Loved your pieces and look forward to following your blog..

    deb

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  79. I did a shout out to you and your designs on my blog post. I was so impressed !!

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  80. I love the sea urchin! you made some wonderful jewelery with your soup1

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  81. Your necklaces are beautiful! I love sea themes and yours are just perfect!

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  82. Beautiful necklaces. The sea urchin immediately caught my eye, and I love what you did with it!

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  83. Sorry to be so late - I was on vacation and missed the party but now I can enjoy it and your soup is so beautiful.

    The sea urchin is speaking to me - I love it. Great to see that you used the decoration button - such a lovely piece.
    I love the muted colors of both necklaces and the well balanced design.

    Looking forward for a next soup,

    xxox Manuela

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  84. Thanks for visiting my blog Jo.Wow I really love what you have done with your soup and how unusual it is! Living by the sea also I think the sea urchin is quite beautiful.
    Jackie

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  85. I am a huge fan of anything oceanic and your pieces are wonderful!! I love your designs which stand back just enough to let the focal pieces sing!! Beautiful soup- I would love to wear either one of your necklaces!!

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