Welcome to the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party!!!!
I'm so excited to reveal my bead soup! I traded beads with the lovely and very talented Diana Shiraishi over at Jasmine Tea Designs. She sent me some absolutely stunning and Spicy ingredients! All beautiful pieces. Plus after viewing her work- makes me want to try my hand at Kumihimo!
Here's a recap of what Diana sent to me...
Let me start by saying- the gorgeous ingredients I received are the kind of stuff I always lingered over at the bead shops but never had the guts to actually buy and design with. I still qualify myself as a newbie. Read that as waaaay outside my comfort zone. However, the color palette in this soup was so enticing and beautiful and everything was so wonderfully coordinated, I couldn't help but want to create with it. There were so many lovely ingredients- I can't wait to use up the leftovers!
So without further ado...
What did I learn from this challenge? Um- well-first off, it's probably not the best thing to sign up for right during/after you close on a house and move. Even with the best of intentions I still have so much stuff in boxes in the garage, in a closet, in my den... it was a struggle to keep track of my supplies,and yes for the umpteenth time- it's now been 3 months post move. My den is still in disarray. But at least I have a dining room table now. WhooHOoo!
My other takeaways from this challenge:
1.)Balancing visual and physical weight of the various components is both art and science...ha ha ha now I understand it a leetle bit more. I definitely need to go back and tweak how it hangs, whether it's adding more, taking away, or just reworking it. I really learned A LOT about balance while working on this piece. I had never made a multi-strand piece before, not with wire, not with crimps and not with heavier weighted beads.
2.) Using a multi-hole connector is not Rocket Science, but being the first time I used one was um... interesting, especially if you've never used wire or crimps... (please don't look too close) I think using a different connector would help a lot of issues.
3.).Crimps are not a guaranteed thing- It's one thing to squish them and make it secure, there are pliers to help and they do- but finessing the stringing material, keeping it taught and not feeling like you are all thumbs is a WHOLE 'nother ball of wax!
4.) If something is twisted- it WILL drive you bonkers if it doesn't want to lay right.
5.) 18 gauge wire really hurts when you gouge your cuticle with it.
6.) I really want to learn to make a paddle head pin.
7.) I now want to learn Kumihimo
8.) I also want to learn more about Tagua nuts (those little turquoise triangles are just the tip of the ice er nutberg... ) ha ha and Shibori jewelry- Google Shibori ribbon flower... talk about eye candy!
What can I say? It was definitely a love/hate process but in the end... Practice makes progress.
I want to thank my lovely partner Diana for a stunning and inspiring soup. If you haven't visited her blog Jasmine Tea Designs-please do. Her work is absolutely stunning!
I also want to thank the dear person who first exposed me to the concept of Bead Soup- Bev at Country Frog Creations. I was intrigued and awed by what you showed me you had created for last years Bead Soup Blog party and that inspired me to take on this love/hate challenge.
Last but certainly not least the talented Lori Anderson. All I can say is WOW! Lady! You are a true inspiration on more than a creative level. Thank you for all your hard work!
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