Saturday, September 17, 2011

My reveal for the biggest bead soup blog party ever!

Welcome all blog hoppers making their way through cyberspace, attempting to visit all 362 blogs participating in Lori Anderson's 4th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party! Lori, What an amazing output of creativity and good vibes you have nurtured into existence with your ingenious idea.

I was paired with Jane Haag of MJane Designs, who sent me these gorgeous beads last month. Please pause a moment to admire her lovely handmade clasp and silver-wrapped focal:



This is her own photo of the goodies she sent, and she has helpfully labeled the stones. These soft, pale shades of green are one of my favorite color palettes, so I knew I would love whatever I wound up making.

You'll see that she has wrapped a few of the stones into links, and that inspired me to do the whole necklace that way.

I sandwiched the little jade-like cubes between two silver chip spacers before making links out of them.

From my own stash, I used two-hole spacer beads to create the two tiers of links. It's hard to tell from the photo, but they have a shiny olive finish. I also threw some diamond-shaped silver beads with a kind of Celtic engraved pattern into the mix.

I have to once again apologize for the quality of my photos. My sister mailed me my digital camera--which I had stupidly left behind in a Cajun theme park in Louisiana last month while visiting her. It got rained on (it was in a canvas case) and I thought it a miracle that it was still working.

I took several photos of my necklace with it this evening and it seemed fine. But my luck ran out when I tried to download the files to my computer. No go. So once again I have to rely on my cellphone camera for photos.


Here's a view that shows the clasp.

And below is a closeup of the ice quartz focal. It has this mesmerizing depth to it, doesn't it?

I can't wait to see what Jane has done with the mix of stones I sent her.

(Oh, and if you're not part of the blog hop and have no idea what I'm talking about, your first stop should be the Bead Soup Blog Party site. You can read all about it and find the links of all 362 participating blogs.)

56 comments:

  1. Thank heavens for cellphones, huh? Your cellphone really does good photos! I adore that focal, and I really love your design. Everything flows wonderfully together. I can see this will be a joy to wear!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful!! I love your necklace!

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  3. What a beautiful job you did! Love the necklace!!

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  4. Wow, that's super pretty! I love the shades of green, and that pendant is beautiful!

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  5. Love the greens and the way you assembled them. I am tie dying a green outfit right now. That is hard to believe it is a cell phone pic.

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  6. Beautiful necklace! I love all the wirework and that's a multistrand piece. (I wanted to do that with my own bead soup, but ran out of steam!)

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  7. Gorgeous design and excellent wire wrapping!
    You did a great job!
    Deb x

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  8. Beautiful necklace. I love how you put the two tiers together with your spacers - it has a lovely drape. And a wonderful colour combination too!

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  9. What a beautiful piece- I just love the focal and the way you have hung it from the necklace!

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  10. Gorgeous! Do I see more wire wrapping in your future?

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  11. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  12. So very pretty I like the soft color pallet mixed with the shine of the mettle.

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  13. I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

    I LOVE how you used those double-hole silver beads -- that just made such an elegant necklace!

    I hope you’ll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  14. Such pretty greens. Lovely necklace!

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  15. Oh, Geneva, this is so lovely, so beautiful and elegant and timeless. It's really so classic and classy. I totally love it!

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  16. The necklace turned out really pretty. I love the double strands.

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  17. This is stunning! Fabulous bead soup! Love the design - delicate while at the same time very bold - beautiful!

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  18. Really beautiful, the colors soothe me.

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  19. Ooh that green is so soothing and reminds me of the beach. Very beautiful creation.

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  20. Such a timelessly elegant piece, and I wish I could take photos that good on my mobile. It has the ability, tis I who lacks the capacity ;D

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  21. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture and I love the green focal bead. Thank you for sharing with us. Cheers!
    Lori

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  22. What a beautiful necklace! Love the focal and how you built the piece to showcase it.

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  23. This is so lovely. I adore the color palette!

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  24. I love your necklace! It is so pretty and feminine! Great job! :)

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  25. Wow that is gorgeous! And what an incredible soup to start with! Congratulations!

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  26. Beautiful necklace, so pretty.

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  27. Super soup, wonderful outcome!
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  28. Using the olive spacers was a great bridging element! It added an unexpected depth to your palette and I love it when a design surprises me. Kudos!! (I also enjoyed clicking around the rest of your blog - very inspiring.)

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  29. This necklace is right up my alley. I love the mixture of soft greens.

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  30. You received a beautiful soup mix and you did a fantastic job creating with it! I love all the shades of green with the silver, it just sparkles! I know you will enjoy wearing it. Thanks for your sweet comment on my soup mix. Have a great week! :)

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  31. That bead soup you received is absolutely dreamy. Your layered necklace really helps display the beauty of the beads as well as your own skill. For cellphone photos, those aren't too shabby. It's a shame your camera is shot though. I'm so sorry.

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  32. I just love the "serenity" of the colours in your pieces - just beautiful!

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  33. very pretty...love what you've created with your soup! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  34. Lovely necklace! I like how you used the 2-hole slider beads to make the transition from two to one strands.

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  35. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  36. I love that green focal - it is dreamy! Your necklace is beautiful. I love multistrand necklaces and bracelets! More beads!!

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  37. That focal does have amazing depth. I really like what you did to surround it. Great ideas, beautiful necklace.

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  38. What a beautiful soup you've created from your mix - great job! :)

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  39. I love the necklace you created - it looks wonderful!

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  40. beautiful greens & a fabulous soup!

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  41. very pretty, great job wire wrapping :)

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  42. I just love that necklace. The colors and the drape is so perfect!

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  43. Cellphone photos or not, it's obvious that you made a lovely necklace from your soup!

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  44. Ooooh, pretty! Sorry, sounded like my five year old, didn't I? lol. This is gorgeous! I love the two tiers in front, very unique and very beautiful! And that focal is just divine!

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  45. I love your multistrand necklace, I think it is very elegant.
    Ambra

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  46. How regal looking is this! Gorgeous! A delight for the eyes. You did an amazingly Soup-er job!!!

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  47. Your pictures are great, cell phone or not. And the necklace is beautiful!

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  48. beautiful! I love your wirework.

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