Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's Time for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Reveal!


    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!

Thank you so very much for stopping by and be sure to head back over to the master list at:


64 comments:

  1. Your did a great job! I look forward to seeing how you do with kumihimo... it is great fun!

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  2. Excellent work! I too want to learn kumihimo it is so beautiful! I love how you harmonized your colors. You did an great job even with moving and such! Thanks for joining and posting!

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  3. even looking closely your work with wire is very nice!!!! stunning creations!!

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  4. ohhhh Karen your necklace is gorgeus...you are very talented!!!

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  5. Beautiful piece - I hear you on the crimps, I gave up on them long time ago, I feel more comfortable with just some wire and metal :) You accomplished the asymmetry very well, excellent work on balancing the 2 sides so well!
    P.S. Just do kumihimo, get yourself a 'wheel' and start :) It's fun!

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  6. Wow, someone deserves a smack! Your piece is beautiful! You did a great job with the crimp and multi-hole thingie. I've never used those yet. And as for using crimps myself, I tie knots with the Beadalon I use, dab with jewelry glue or Diamond glaze and cover with a bead! Voila!

    I'm glad I was an enabler to your love/hate relationship with soup! :) <3

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  7. Andrea your necklace is beautiful. Good job designing. Kumihimo is fun and not too difficult. You should try it.

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  8. Very lovely necklace! I love how the clasp is at the focal.

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  9. Dear Andrea, I couldn't have asked for a better partner! I have enjoyed the whole process and we were both newbies and we made it! I love what you made and I'm looking forward to sharing more beading adventures with you...let me know when you're ready for some kumihimo! Have fun with the left overs too! But, for now let's relax :-) Your 'she's making jewelry now' friend, Diana

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  10. BEAUTIFUL! So glad you joined us in this love/hate relationship ;) You did a fantastic design for a self proclaimed newbie.

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  11. Oh that is such a gorgeous necklace. I admire so much when someone makes an asymetrical necklace. Works beautifully.

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  12. Loved to read your list of learning :D isn't this an amazing learning experience after all?! Your necklace is glorious

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  13. What a pretty piece. You were working outside your comfort zone but it doesn't show - you made a lovely necklace :-)

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  14. Very pretty. You did your soup ingredients proud. I love that focal and the overall color scheme.

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  15. The colours are beautiful...great work!

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  16. Gorgeous color palette!! Great job!

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  17. I really love the colors. The focal is stunning. Beautiful job.

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  18. the focal is so beautiful. I'm very glad that you decided to put the clasp in front. i think the necklace worked out perfectly. and isn't it wonderful when a project allows you to learn so many lessons...??

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  19. It's beautiful. I love how you could identify your learnings. I really related to your list. I find colour challenges always teach me a lot about designing.

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  20. Great job Andrea! You met your challenge well -- Beautiful necklace! Loved reading your list of things you came away with ..... and while you were moving as well??? Yikes! Can't wait to see what you do with kumihimo!

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  21. Beautiful and elegant necklace ... well done

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  22. Yes, wire really hurts, but you did a great job with everything!! I love the you did the of-set on the sides of the necklace and that clasp just 'works' in the front!! GREAT JOB!! ~KM

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  23. Andrea, It's a beautiful necklace, it doesn't look like it was made by a newbie at all. I love crimping, I know you will enjoy it the more you do. Keep challenging yourself!

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  24. I loved your list of takeaways! I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels all thumbs! and yes, that wire is a booger... I learned something a long time ago, from a woman I worked for... if you use turpentine on any metal cut, it will heal faster and hurt less. I don't know why, but it works. I really like the necklace, and your use of the multi-strand connector is really great, it gives you piece so much more! I really like the asymmetric look, it is really, really a lovely piece

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    1. Thank you! ha- that's interesting you said turpentine to heal- I used melaleuca and it sorta smells like turpentine...

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  25. The necklace is beautiful, I like the assymethry and your use of colors!
    Alenka

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  26. Your necklace is beautiful, and your story so true! It is nice to find a blog not only with good pictures but a story behind them.

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  27. What a lovely design. I love how the sides have multiple strands, but focus down to a single focal point. xo Genea

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  28. Love, love, love your necklace, the design is fab. I love balanced asymmetrical pieces! I would wear it often if it were mine :)

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  29. Crimp beads are evil, disgusting little spawns for the 7th layer of hell. Or at least it's how I find about it. XD I avoid the little shits like the plague. Good for you to have bested them and created such lovely pieces from your soup !

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  30. Great job on the necklace! Love the colours.

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  31. Oh yeah.... a failed crimp can ruin a day! They do take some finessing, but you'll find your rhythm....or something that works better for you!
    That necklace is lovely... the centered clasp and asymmetrical drapes are beautifully done!

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  32. I love the composition and how beautifully balanced it feels. I have to be honest, if someone tells me not to do something, I'm more likely to do it. I looked closely. I even enlarged and imho you did beautifully. Great design, great workmanship.

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  33. Gorgeous necklace, designed perfectly!

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  34. Beautiful necklace- great use of the focal

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  35. You did a fantastic job! Your design is well balanced. I looked closely and saw beauty!! Keep creating, it will take you to new and exciting places.

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  36. Moving or not moving :-) the result is a lovely necklace, your takeaways made me smile :-)

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  37. Such beautiful use of multiple strands and what a gorgeous focal! Sweet!

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  38. Love your list of ings learned - made me laugh out loud! Your necklace is divine, beautifully thought out.

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  39. You did a wonderful job with your spicy soup! Especially considering you did all of this right after a move! I moved a year ago and still...well never mind. Loved your list. Great reveal all around.

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  40. Congratulations on a great piece - I love the combo of the carnelian with the turquoise - brilliant! =) Great job!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  41. Sounds like you had an amazing mix of stress and zen! we moved a couple years ago.......I still have boxes :) Love your enthusiasm, and all those wonderful details in your necklace!

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  42. Wow, it sounds like you tackled quite a few new jewelry making techniques to turn your soup into a beautiful necklace. I've been using wire and crimps for years and still sometimes stab myself, or squish a crimp in a really funky way.

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  43. I love the colors in your soup. It was great to read about how many new things you tried and learned from making your beautiful necklace. I've been doing crimps for years too, and they don't always work out just right. But they get easier to do with practice. Well done my dear!

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  44. You were given a lovely group of beads with great colors & you made it all sing. Your necklace is delicate and looks nature-inspired. Very pretty.

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  45. Andrea - what a gorgeous soup you got to play with - and holy mackerel - even *with* the craziness of moving houses, you still came up with a stunning piece. I think your treatment of the focal is perfect, and I love the assymetry of the necklace. Awesome sauce!

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  46. What a beautiful necklace! Don't sell yourself short ... you've done a beautiful job!

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  47. What a lovely soup you received and what a lovely necklace you made with it. And you have a lovely way of writing about the process as well! Put a smile on my face. So, in other words: Great Job!!!

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  48. I adore this necklace! Really Soup-perb. The colors the composition...Fantastic!

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  49. There is so much to love about this post! Of course your necklace is gorgeous! I love clasps in front and the assymetry is fabulous. The teacher (retired) in me appreciates your reflection. Hope to see you around the blogosphere!

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  50. In life journeys are as important as the destination and you are lucky to have learned a lot when you are still a 'newbie' added to that your necklace looks really nice

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  51. You have done a great job with the design, the beaads and the colors. Love the results.

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  52. Your necklace is beautiful! For a self-described "newbie" you have some great design sense! I love that you used this as a learning tool (love-hate or not). And FYI, I have learned to make paddle head pins fairly recently and it's super simple! Keep learning!

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  53. Beautiful job! Love what you have to created, and for a "newbie" you show great potential! Keep it up!

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  54. Lovely necklace - love the color combo!

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  55. The necklace turned out beautiful --I really love that focal!

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  56. What a beautiful necklace!
    Jackie

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  57. Your soup was gorgeous, Andrea, and I agree that alone can be intimidating (I also am participating for the first time this year). But you did a great job interpreting it despite the distractions. Your necklace is lovely :)

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  58. It's lovely and I know what you mean about crimps. I have been beading for years and I refuse to deal with them. You will find me playing with wire or knotting just to avoid them.

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  59. Love this!!! I love the multiple lengths and the asymmetry, the texture and the colors are great too!!! Great Job!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  60. Besides that really dazzling necklace, it sounds like you got a lot out of the BSBP! How awesome. I hope you also had a good time with it.

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  61. Beautiful colors, complex structure, different components - I love this piece and I liked reading your post - I learned both from your design and your post :)

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