Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday is My Fun Day- Bead Soup Party

I have had a marvelous week participating in Lori's Bead Soup Party! http://lorianderson.blogspot.com/

I hope you have had an opportunity to check in with her blog and see all the amazing completed projects. I am pleased to be part of something so cool.

Here's the wonderful collection of beads my partner Lyn, of Lyn Foley.


Look at the amazing green beads she made! Isn't it great? She made the nine beads across the center.
The small green beads are chalk turquoise and the white strand is made up of lovely freshwater pearls.
I fell in love with the little bird clasp.




I am very pleased with my completed project, but let me tell you- It took a LOT to get there.

I originally had an entirely different concept, and was working with a very specific idea of what I wanted. I rarely work toward a goal like this, but I also rarely work with large glass beads such as Lyn's so I wanted a goal.



My concept drawing reflects a delicate and graceful vine with the focus entirely on Lyn's bead.

But here is where my lack of experience with large glass focal beads torpedoes my design.... Her bead was MUCH too heavy for the delicate vine. It literally pulled the vine right off my neck.... So I fought with that for a bit, and tried a couple of other ideas... Tried to rig a chain across the front, tried a different bead, tried finding beads for the vine end that would balance with her bead...


And got frustrated.
Very frustrated.

I didn't like any of the other ideas as much as my original vision...












And then it happened. I had a new vision. A good one... Maybe not as unique as my original concept, but I'm pleased with the final project. I still have other beads from Lyn's goodie bag to use, and I am looking forward to the challenge. =)

2 comments:

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Lyn Foley said...

Hi Becca;

At LAST! I'm really impressed with what you did with my beads. Sorry you didn't use the other ones, maybe later, eh? I didn't realize my focal would seem large to you, however, I surely think you rose to the challenge.

Come on over and see what I did with your copper. Lots of people have commented.

Thanks for playing.