Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bead Soup Party #6 Reveal Day #1

Are you ready to party?

It's here...Bead Soup Party reveal day #1.

Lori Anderson is the creator and master mind of this wonderful blog hop, the Bead Soup Party, I have been fortunate to participate in all 6 events. Thank you Lori, for all your hard work that has made this event possible..This latest hop has 400 participants, there will be 3 separate reveal days which should make it easier for us to make our way around all the blogs and have time to leave comments and check out the wonderful creations.

I was soooooo fortunate to be partnered with the amazing Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio,she is a multi-talented person and I Love her copper wire work..I have to admit having this in mind when I selected ( made) the ingredients for her soup.
Cindy sent  a wonderful grouping of silver soup..that in itself was out of my normal range..
something that continually comes to my mind with each Bead Soup Party is that I am not an accomplished Beader, I don't have the tools or stunning stash that I've come to see many of  you do( bead hoarders).
 I can't always lay my hand on the right jump rings, the right gauge wires in the proper metals( as in,that bead hole is too small for 20g, where is the silver 22g, shoot it won't take a patina)..akkk. It's really amazing that I get anything put together that doesn't look like the dogs dinner.
This time I decided to do a little funny thing..I held back a few of the beads from the soup sent to Cindy just to see what it would look like for partners to use some of the same components in their Bead Soup pieces.
Ok...let's get to it..Ta Da!!

Cindy sent a lovely vintage brooch as the focal, I encircled it with turquoise rounds to showcase the focal.
The silver tones in the soup ranged from a soft pewter to shiny silver , adding a darkening patina helped to blend them together. I split the Green Girl clasp between the 2 pieces, the hooky part in this necklace, the link went into the bracelet.

 In the necklace- brooch focal, silver discs, chain, and 1/2 the clasp,from the soup... the textured turquoise ceramic ovals and orange jade nuggets are similar to part of the soup sent to Cindy. I added a braided brown leather piece to the back with the chain to visually bulk it up and balance the look of the large focal.

close up on the focal..it was a little trickier than I imagined to wire that floating, circle of turquoise beads to the brooch.
The rest of the discs and the link part of the clasp when into the bracelet, half wire wrapped , half knotted smooth leather.
Here is the soup I received from Cindy( Cindy's photo)..Please visit Cindy's blog to see THE most amazing things she created from the soup she received..Here


As a Thank You for visiting my blog I will be giving away a copy of Beading for the Soul.


Just  leave a comment to be entered..since the Bead Soup Party is continuing on for 2 more reveal days I will wait until everyone has had time to visit before doing a random drawing.
Please visit these other participants to see their amazing Bead Soup pieces.




To find links to the reveal #1 participants please visit our host's blog

Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com


92 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Beautiful pieces - stunning!

Marie Cramp said...

Not an accomplished beader? Nan! You do not give yourself enough credit! I ALWAYS love what you make and these are no exception!! You are an amazing artisan and I will always admire your work!! Terrific designs!! :)

13 said...

Lovely the colours are very serene and I think the leather lifts the design, gorgeous

Tanya Ozanne said...

Such Lovelies Nan, I love the turquoise shades with the greys.Love and hugs Tanya

Cindy said...

Nan, I have been eagerly awaiting your blog post and was up late checking back and forth to see it! :-) I had to gather my husband over to see your post today, and we both enjoyed it so much. I have poured over every word and looked at all of your pictures half a dozen times!
I am so blown away by what you created with your bead soup!! I never would have imagined how you could take an ornate brooch and give it such an incredibly amazing southwestern feel and a rustic charm that is completely the Spirited Earth/Spirit Rattles signature style!
The way you wrapped the beads AROUND the brooch is just brilliant! I have looked at each and every link , admiring your design choices - it is just so beautiful. I love your idea of holding back some of the components that you sent to me - using some of the same jade nuggets and your ceramic beads. I don't think I've seen anyone else try that out - and what a great visual to see - two different necklaces made from some of the same bead soups! I also like how you split the clasp between the necklace and the bracelet - they are the perfect fit for both and tie them together. Your bracelet, half-wire and half-leather is so pretty!
Nan, as I have said, this particular blog hop was really special to me, being partnered with you after "meeting" you and winning your give away in the very first blog hop - such an honor and boy do I know I was lucky! I'll be visiting this post time and again to admire your work.

kristibasket said...

Lovely!! You have definitely entered the designer world as well as a bead maker!! Beautiful!

Jenny said...

Not an accomplished Beader - YOu rocked it! The turquoise around the brooch focal is brilliant. And you added challenge to yourself with that same bead trick! Fantastic! I love the rustic style, and the overall design. Not overdone, earthy... Love!

Jean A. Wells said...

Wow, you never cease to amaze me in your talent for making jewelry. Oh we all know you can make great beads and other components, but your jewelry has a spirit to it all its own. You are one talented lady, Miss Nan. Great job!

Klassy Joolz said...

I think your designs are just wonderful! Love all the pieces you created. You are a great designer of jewelry as well as your fabulous beads!

Smiles, Pam

Cindy Cima said...

Love what you did with the vintage brooch focal! The necklace is beautiful as well as the bracelet!

rockcreekcreations said...

It's interesting how each of us views or skills less than everyone else views them. You are a wonderful accomplished jewelry maker!!

coffeeaddict said...

well this is definitely not dog's dinner :-)
it's beautiful and I love the clever use of beads to circle the focal

Suzette said...

Beautiful pieces Nan! I love both of them! Enjoy the hop!

Lesley said...

Just gorgeous - I love both pieces to death.

A Polymer Penchant said...

I think the design is really quite lovely - balanced and interesting - I'm not buying this bit about not being an accomplished beader either. I love how you used the clasp in both pieces too

Cornerstoregoddess said...

I really like how you set off the focal, and the bracelet has so many cool diverse elements. Great!

Patti Van said...

How can you possibly say that you are not an accomplished beader?!?!?! I am trying to figure out how you wrapped those beads aroind that focal! Brilliant! Everything is gorgeous!

AWJewelry said...

I love how you surrounded the focal with beads, it really set it off. Love your designs

Lori Anderson said...

I LOVE what you did with the focal (which is FABULOUS). I would never have been able to get those beads to do that. And the beads you sent to Cindy turned out just amazing, too (I want some!) I'd love the book, too! (Can never have too many books)!

I am so honored that you've participated in all the parties AND the book! Thank you!

Judy Turner said...

I really like the necklace, all the components compliment each other so well and the manner you assembled it all was perfect! I love vintage re dos

Liz said...

Beautiful work! I have been anxiously waiting to see what you would create after seeing the bead soup...gorgeous but a blank slate awaiting your magic.

one-eared pig said...

Those are so pretty! You did a wonderful job of adding color!

Boot ~C said...

both of these pieces are so pretty!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Both pieces are really beautiful and creative but the bracelet, I am just in love with that piece! I love the variety of shapes and textures and how you used wire and cord to link them together into a beautiful design. fantastic work. Very generous of you to do a book giveaway as well!

Cassie Donlen said...

Wow is all I have to say. what amazing pieces of work. I've got to hand it to you, that focal with adding the beads around the outside turned out incredible and it was very clever. I also love the bracelet. Fantastic work!!!

pinkchapeau said...

love them both....very clever way to bring the brooch in as the focal.

Sherri Stokey said...

I just love what you did with the brooch - it really adds to the piece!

Regina said...

I love what you have done with the focal and clasp. The pieces are just beautiful. Great job.

maryharding said...

Nan, your pieces are beautiful. Your beadwork is fab. Design over the top. All tell me you are a very accomplished beader and wonderful artist. Loved reading your post and seeing what you made with Cindy's lovely soup.

Charis Designs said...

I've never seen a bead soup that was all metal- what a great assortment! I love the way you've used so many different components- the results are beautiful. Christie

Mary K. McGraw said...

Putting the turquoise beads around the focal really brought it to life and the other elements of the necklace are fabulous. Love the bracelet also.

Sally Anderson said...

Oh, such beautiful pieces, Nan. I love what you did a lot. And I'd love to win the drawing! That would be awesome! Thank you!

windbent said...

I really like the beading around the focal; I think it draws the eye right to it. Good job.

Hilary Frye said...

That FABULOUS silver pendant with the turquoise beaded edge. Absolutely love it!! So expensive looking! Great work!

Sandra Young said...

First of all, you ARE an accomplished beader my dear! Your designs are brilliant. I especially love how you encircled that spectacular focal! Really, really wonderful work here! And, the bonus book give-away - so generous! I hope to win it!!

Yee said...

Dog's dinner? Pshaw! Love the pieces...especially the bracelet :)

Karyn B said...

Oh, Nan, you are too modest. The way you embellished the necklace focal is inspired, and both pieces are to die for gorgeous. Lovely soup!

Bookbug said...

Girl, you are talented!! I love your creations.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Psh, not a real beader...Just LOOK at those gorgeous pieces you created! I'd say that's a true beader and MORE ;)

I'm a follower of Cindy's and I love her vintage finds. I think you did her brooch focal beautiful justice with your turquoise beads!

I, too, am not as big of a beader as a lot of other people in the hop. Personally, I think it's what you make of what you got that separates a true jewelry designer :)

Happy hopping!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Hi Nan,those pieces are amazing as every time You design jewelry!! Love the colors You added to the soup and they are very much You :)Beautiful,creative and artistic !!

ChristinaMarieH said...

You did an amazing job using the vintage brooch as a pendant! Both pieces are beautiful!

Mags said...

You had a lovely metal soup and you made a perfect necklace :-)

Heidi Post said...

Such wonderful pieces!!!

JeannieK said...

These are so stunning Nan they're making me drool. I'm in love with them

gretchen said...

Oh, how pretty! love the beading around the focal, it makes it more 'important' , if that makes any sense at all? I like your use of the leather with it, too - nice way to bring in more texture and color. great job!

matkat said...

Fabulous, Amazing, I Love coming and visiting all these blogs to see all the creations everyone has come up with.
Kathy

New Moon Scents said...

Lovely work! You SO underestimate your beading talents!

Judith Johnston said...

The turquoise around the focal looks stunning and I love the necklace. The bracelet I would wear and I don't actually wear jewellery. Fabulous work!

Ginger Bishop said...

Hi, I hopped over form Cindy's blog and just wanted to say well done. I saw the focal on her page and was a bit stumped, but I love what you created. You two gals with giveaways on reveal day have inspired me. I may have to try that on my reveal day.

m.e. said...

I LOVE the unexpected quality of your designs. Your soup was so delicious as is ,you could have just thrown it in the pot and had a lovely design. But,instead you spiced it up and made it yours !!!
Wonderful !!!
m.e. :)

Therese's Treasures said...

Your necklace is gorgeous! I really like that you saved a few of the beads that you sent to Cindy to use in your design, it connects the two of you even more. I am curious as to how you got those beads to stay around the rim of the silver focal.
Therese

Grubbi said...

Realllllly love that last bracelet, colours and design are beautiful!

Sandra said...

Wo-ow, love what you did. After seeing this soup, all silver, and especially that focal, I really didn't know what to expect.

Shaiha said...

I refuse to believe that you aren't an accomplished beader. Both pieces are to die for and what you did with the focal is purely inspired.

vonna said...

Nan, this is a great "set" of soup to wear! - The orange bead in the bracelet really popped out and your color use blends so well with the necklace- It's bold and delicate at the same time! Great Job!

Shirley said...

I do love how you took components that were outside your 'norm' and made them your own. I am so in love with the bead wrapping on the focal. My favorite is definitely the bracelet, it is just beautiful!!

Tealwater said...

You did an awesome job for someone who doesn't think of themself as an accomplished beader. I love the way you made the bracelet half leather and half wire and your necklace is just gorgeous! I will have to check out your shop since I am so in love with ceramic beads lately...I need to buy some and yours are really special!

Beadbug said...

What a beautiful rustic look. I would wear this.

lilrubyjewelry said...

Fabulous designs - I love, love, love how you placed the turquoise beads around that gorgeous focal!

The Creative Klutz said...

Beautiful designs - I love the colours and the bracelet is just gorgeous =)

LeeLu Creations said...

Beautiful bracelet.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful pieces. I love how you used that wonderful focal!

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

Hope I'm not too late to comment as I'm still hopping. You make amazing designs - I am in love with what you made. Would love a chance at that book.

Shyme said...

Really beautiful pieces!

Amy's said...

very nice pieces

Shelby Foxwell said...

Both of your pieces are gorgeous!! I love how you incorporated some of the same components from Cindy's mix into your own piece. Such wonderful colors! And, WOW! Really, really love the focal being wrapped in turquoise, it creates such a nice southwestern style. Of course, I love the bracelet as well! So nicely executed, again wonderful colors, love the daisy button, and I'm totally digging leather these days, although I can't really seem to do anything with it. That's where dog dinner comes in on my end. All beautiful!

Rising Designs said...

Sometimes having fewer options requires having more imagination. You definitely excel in the latter!!
You are so generous to offer a give-away. I would love to win!

beadrecipes said...

These are two absolutely beautiful pieces, both gorgeous! I think you can call yourself a beader!

Stories They Tell said...

It's always tricky to integrate a vintage piece into a contemporary design but you have pulled it off in an elegant and stunning fashion! What a beautiful necklace! And the colors are especially appealing. Great work!

Karen Mitchell said...

Lovely pieces!

CraftyHope said...

That necklace is so, so fabulous!! I don't care if you say you had issues, it turned out looking like it spoke to you. You created a piece that calls out to my soul. ohmygoodness. . .it's really great.

Marianna said...

That necklace is such a show stopper! Holy GOrgeous!!! I love what you did!

Rosalynn said...

Nan, your designs are not only lovely, they are a wonderfully unexpected surprise from just the bead soup as it originally started. Including some of your gifted bead soup in your own design was truly a unique idea. Your work inspired me to look at distinctive components and see how I might use them while still designing in my own style. Thank you.

WindDancerStudios said...

Love what you did with your soup! I'm thinking you may be a little more accomplished than you let on :)

Elly Snare said...

Beautiful - that touch of orange just makes the turquoise and silver sing.

Elly

Alice said...

What gorgeous pieces you made! I love all the beautiful colors you used. The brooch focal is just stunning and so unique! Not an accomplished beader---I disagree.

Thanks for the chance to win the book.

Sandi Volpe said...

Fantastic wire work and gorgeous pieces

JavaBead said...

Wow... beautiful job Nan!

KayzKreationz said...

The focal is wonderful with that pop of color surrounding it. And I really like how you split the clasp up to use. Plus the leather behind the chain for the visual bulk is very nice.

Lupe Meter said...

Love your bead soup! You added just right amount of color to your designs...beautiful!

Belinda said...

Not a beader huh? Could've fooled me! I loved them both. Great job!

LiliKrist said...

You have a very beautiful peaces =)

Susan Robson Tobin (stobin@rcn.com) said...

You are too modest about your talents!! Scream to the heavens "My craft is wonderful and what I create is the best!!"

Really beautiful pieces of jewelry you made! Keep on stretching.

Susan

Becky Pancake said...

Awesome!!! You shouldn't compare your work to others. You have a great style. We all design differently. Not having a huge stash shouldn't be a hindrance. Some of the best pieces are simple. I think all of your pieces are great.

TJewellicious by tanti said...

Beautiful pieces..! :)

said...

I love them, they are one of my favourite from this reveal day :)
ciao dall'Italia

The Joyful Gem said...

I'm amazed at how some (YOU) can really think outside the box. When I see something "new" I have to try it - I loved your beads sewn around the focal. So pretty and it really accentuates the piece. Great work - my style too!
joyce

CreatingCures said...

Love what you did with it all and thanks for the opportunity for a new beading book!! Beading for the Soul - love the title! Enjoy your evening ~~T

Sandra said...

Beautiful!

Dragonfly Close said...

Wow. I really love how you got those beads around that pendant. I still am not totally sure how you did it. LOL It's beautiful! I love how your pieces turned out, and you seem like you did it so effortlessly! I love your work!

Rustic Love said...

I am in love with your site! Thank you for the opportunity for a new beading book! Gorgeous pieces. Truly inspiring work and a gifted soul! (I mean it!)

hugs, april

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I love what you have done with that focal, you should never say that you are not an accomplished beader, your designs are beautiful!
Sonya