Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party- My Big Reveal!

The fabulous Lori Anderson has arranged yet another Bead Soup Blog Party.

I am delighted to be part of this exciting event!

A Bead Soup Blog Party goes like this:
First, Lori carefully pairs up everyone who signs up (There were 362 of us!). Then we select a focal bead, a toggle and some coordinating beads and send them to our partner. After we receive the goodies our partner has sent us, each participating beader must use the toggle and the focal to create a completely new piece of jewelry.

My partner was the lovely Pamela Petry of Seeing is Believing. Look at the pendants she sent me! I liked them all, but in particular fell in love with the little birdie.


I love my bead soup, too! Look at all the different turquoise beads and the wood shapes. I was all excited to get started and nervous that I might not make something 'good'. I didn't want to disappoint Pamela or Lori. And I didn't want 300 people coming to my blog and hating what I did! Too much negative pressure!!
I'm glad Lori sent us a letter to remind us that we won't please everybody. There's no way you can please that many people. So, I decided to please myself. Since I LOVED the pieces I had to work with, I thought I might like the end result, too...


I was right! I do like my finished 'Birdie Necklace'.

I like the shapes and textures. I like the sparkly turquoise crystals and the pink glass rounds. I like the unique wood shapes. My favorite metal is copper, so I was able to throw myself wholeheartedly in to finding copper bits to match the clasp. I tried to add a couple other beads, but nothing matched the simple woodsy elegance of the pendant, beads and clasp. The only pieces I added from my stash were the two copper chains- the heavy chain around the back of the necklace and the lighter chain I used to make a bail.



There were several new pieces/ideas I hadn't worked with before:

1) The color pink= I admit it. I avoid pink. I rarely like it, and it has very negative connotations for me. Girlieness and popularity and school stuff. Blech. But I really liked the shape of those pink glass rounds.

2) The glass rounds= I've never worked with glass rings. I've used some large metal rings, but never glass ones. And I was excited to see what I could do with them. I've seen that beading-wire braid before, and thought it was perfect to try with this necklace.

3) The ceramic focal= I love ceramic pieces, but I've never found anything quite like Pamela's pendants. They are light yet earthy. Rich in color and texture, but decorated with light & airy colors. I loved the whimsy of this birdie.


My birdie necklace doesn't look as beautiful in this next picture, but the whole thing is laid out and visible from top to bottom.

Thank you for visiting My Place! I hope you enjoyed the beads and the big reveal. =)
Return HERE, for Lori's partner list to continue on your blog hop journey.

61 comments:

la mar de bonita said...

A great necklace. So wonderfully pastel-coloured, the birdy focal fits so good with-it.
Greetings, Michi

KayzKreationz said...

That turned out so cute. The focal is outstanding and I love the way you put everything together, with the chain and wirework. Nice job.

m.e. said...

A wonderful necklace !!!
I love this design !!!
Very interesting blog entry !!!
Great Soup!!!
m.e. :)

Nicki said...

Hi Becca, I love your necklace. The pendant is gorgeous, but I love the entire piece. I have also checked some of your older posts, and I am now following you. I will be back after the blog hop to read more. You make really nice jewelry.

WondrousStrange said...

Your Bead Soup piece is just beautiful.

CraftyHope said...

That is a beautiful necklace, simply lovely. I agree with you about the pink WHOLE-heartedly!! I'm not a pink fan either.

Those ceramic pieces you received are just great. I like the birdie one a lot too, but I think I would have also been drawn to the sun/planet looking one as well. Too cool!

You really did a great job working with materials outside your comfort zone!

indigo heart said...

Love how it turned out, sweetie! Yay, party!

Cynthia said...

I really like how you pulled it all together, great necklace!

Shiraz said...

Very nice job. I too have an aversion to using pink for similar reasons. It's nice to see how you pushed outside your comfort zone to incorporate it into this piece.

Jo said...

A beautiful necklace! The touch of pink is just right, and I love the birdie!

Mylene said...

Your necklace is gorgeous Becca. I love how you strung things together in groups... it really works!

Michelle Mach said...

Very nice! Love the mixture of textures with the chain and glass.

TorqueStory said...

You did a great job blending diverse components

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

I love that bird too! You did a wonderful job with it - I hope you wear it often!

maneki said...

Lovely necklace! I really like that pendant and think you complimented it well with this design. E.g. I like how the glass rings sort of echo the circles on the pendant. Great job!

Shaiha said...

I am so glad that you did decided to participate. I really like your necklace especially how the shape of the wood beads mimic the shape of the bird.

Sweet Freedom said...

That bird pendant is absolutely stunning, and I love the necklace you built around it!

Silver Parrot said...

Awesome job! I'm so glad you embraced the use of pink here...I think it elevates the design to a whole new level because it's unexpected.

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
Lori

SoulsFireDesigns said...

That is just way too fun! Love the use of colors and textures, just wonderful!

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

oh OH but I love that! Birds, pink -- yes!

I hope you'll join me for the next party! The badge and dates are up on my blog!

Love, Lori

Ann said...

Nice, the bird is darling and you show it off well.

Elisabeth said...

I love your necklace - the combos of shapes and colors are incredible.

Christals Creations said...

Great soup. :o)

Terri said...

Love the asymmetrical balance of this necklace and the colors are so beachy an fav of mine. You did a beautiful job with your soup mix!A testimony to what an excellent designer you are.

Here Bead Dragons said...

Nice - very nice
~cryssT

Steph L. said...

That pendant is very cute, and you have done a great job showcasing it!

Bobbie said...

Such a cute focal, and such a great way to spotlight it - good job!

Sandra said...

I really like how this necklace turned out, the earthyness of it, yet at the same there are so many pastel colors in it! I didn't think that could go together. The light blue was a perfect pick to go with the birdy pendant.

coffeeaddict said...

As I grow older I'm embracing my inner pink persona, the one that start to jump up and down in a store at the mere sighting of Hello Kitty merchandise and all things kitchy pouffy ;-)
I think your necklace has a lot of playfulness and joy.

Maggie said...

The bird was the first piece my eyes gravitated towards. What a fun, interesting bead soup you received. I think you did a great job and more than yourself are pleased with the end result.

Beadaholique said...

I love how you clustered the like types of beads, has a really interesting effect. The chain was a great addition too - good job!

Julie & Andrea

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful!

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry I am so late hopping your way. My computer dug it's heels in and said Not gon'a go thaat fast.:^)
Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
Be blessed to be a blessing

Rebecca said...

Very pretty! And I know what you mean about pink, but you have really made it work - it's lovely. Great job!

Sally Anderson said...

This is so good that I think it just proves you should be doing pinks, ceramics and rounds! What's not to love about this? It's just great.

Shirley said...

I think you did exactly right-make something that will make you happy! This necklace has a great feel to it, It feels like a sunlit glade in the forest, with little clusters of flowers sprinkled throughout. You did a great job with your soup!

Pat Haight said...

I love it! The colors are wonderful and it has such an organic feel. AWESOME!

LeeLu Creations said...

The little birdie is my fave too. :) Great job!

Tracy said...

What a cute design, the birdie focal is gorgeous. Nice work.

Holly said...

Becca, I love your necklace! It's just lovely. And I understand completely your pink aversion ;) I do now use pink in my designs, but for the longest time, not so much!

Kathy said...

I hear you about pink! You did a great job, and I rose to the challenge. Well done.

If you take a look at my blog post today, you'll see that I created a pink necklace for myself too. But for sentimental reasons, and that's really the only way I will wear pink! :-)
http://artfulaccents.blogspot.com/2011/09/she-would-have-been-100.html

EmandaJ said...

Super necklace! 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

Lyn Foley said...

Hi Becca, I think you did a good job, and went out of your comfort zone with the pink and other ingredients new to you. Good work!

Serena Trent said...

WOW great job! I love those pendants!

Fire Phoenix said...

This is really cute, well done for using a colour you're not fond of!

Tammy Jones, JewelryMakingDaily.com said...

I love the pink accents and the way you stacked three or five of the same beads together. I'm including you in my blog post about my faves from the Bead Soup tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

becca said...

You all are so kind to me!
I admit, I was nervous about the pinks, but your comments have made my trepidition calm down.
Thank you.

Jennifer Cameron said...

That birdie pendant is so cute! I would have loved to use it too. You made a wonderful necklace and I hope you are enjoying wearing it too. Because I would!

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

Love what you did with your soup! That necklace is darling <3

Shyme said...

Lovely necklace!

Christine Altmiller said...

beautiful and soothing!

Melissa said...

Ooooh, that is luscious and feminine. I love everything about it and I am not normally drawn to this style. You did a great job pulling all the elements together!

Melissa
http://design.kcjewelbox.com

Bead Lola Bead said...

Beautiful necklace!

Jenni said...

You created a very lovely piece..love the focal, the odd shaped dark brown beads...and the pink rings...all contribute to make a very wearable necklace,
Jenni

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful necklace. I love the variety of shapes and the pastel color palette. The addition of chain that you added was a perfect touch!

Michelle said...

I love everything about your necklace. I love the colors. Great job.
Michelle

Serena Trent said...

You got flowers and stuff. That is a lovely necklace you made.

Shyme said...

Lovely necklace!!

Marianne Baxter said...

Beautiful necklace!

Diane said...

I love the whimsy of this necklace. I am not a jewelry maker but am thinking of dabbling. Your piece is so unique it has inspired me to think "outside" the box and give it a try.
Thank you.