Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Reveal And Giveaways......

Bead Soup 2014

It's reveal time for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Hop. Most of you know our lovely hostess Lori Anderson without her this fun and challenging event could NEVER happen.


This year I was paired with the talented, sweet,kind and I call her marvelous Marge Beebe, if you click her name it will take you to her blog. Marge sent me 3 focals, a couple of toggles, a tree charm,some coordinating beads,some micro macrame fiber and soutache.


To Marge I sent the following....

3 Of the soldered pendants I make 2 are butterfly wings and another is a feather. A filigree pendant I made using a vintage typewriter key and vintage rhinestone chain along with a vintage clock hand and some coordinating beads. Then the natural stone lot with some matching goodies and a clasp.

 So when I first opened her package I looked at what she sent me and I loved the variety, it was like sensory overload, loads of color,neutrals,fibers,tiny beads,stone beads, three focals. I laid everything out and pondered where to begin. I was stumped for a few days and every day I would look at what she sent me and yeah nothing, no good ideas,zilch. Then it was like a bam ideas just started flowing I had so many ideas I wasn't sure which ones to use, but I finally decided and here they are...


 


The stone focal was very pretty, I thought about adding matching jasper beads but that would make it overly neutral so I decided to jazz it up with some different colors of briolette beads, some are stone, others glass, just to give it a punch of color. Because I adore color.

Next up was the soapstone flower focal which let me tell you is huge, I don't ever recall working with a focal that big so this one was challenging. I actually kept it in my purse to look at and try to find some beads to match. Well  I found a ton of matching beads and bought like 7 strands that I thought would look nice with it and do you know what? I didn't even use a single bead off of those 7 strands. Instead I decided to copper foil and solder around the edges of the focal to give it a little pop, added a big link chain which I ran some brown ribbon through the links,added a few metal beads to the bail and this is what it looks like....

and lastly my favorite....

The purple round focal got drilled, some czech beads, a little wire wrapping and it became this.


I am doing a giveaway for all three necklaces, it's open to U.S. residents only, all you have to do is leave a comment and become a follower of my blog. I will draw on June 1st just in case there are some late hopper's.

I want to thank Lori for putting together this event and especially to Marge it was a pleasure getting to know you and thanks for helping me to stretch my creativity with the lovely soup you sent me!



41 comments:

  1. I love the purple too! Great Job!

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  2. I love the purple too! Great Job!

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  3. I really love what you have done with all of the pieces! I would have never thought about soldering the soap stone and it turned out lovely!! And drilling the purple circle!! I might have to do that with some others I have! Thank you for being such a marvelous partner!!

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  4. Lovely work. That purple one is my favorite too.

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  5. Love the purple necklace, and how you added solder onto the other focal.

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  6. love the necklace with the stone focal! great job!

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  7. They are all gorgeous necklaces! I really couldn't pick out a favorite because they are all so appealing.

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  8. The necklace with flower focal is simply beautiful and my favourite!

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  9. Very nice soup. I think I like your final piece best.

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  10. The last one is my favorite too. They are all pretty. Please enter me in the giveaway. dancekam1@yahoo.com

    Hugs, kathy

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  11. Sweet! The final necklace has a fabulous color combination!

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  12. The final necklace is nice, but I likes the middle one best. How thoughtful and fun to have a giveaway.It would be so very cool to get one of these beauties

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  13. I love what you did to the star pendant. It really "pops". But the last necklace I like best. It has lovely subtle colours

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  14. Very nice! The first necklace with the briolettes is my favorite!

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  15. All three beautiful designs and your favorite is my favorite as well! The color combination is fabulous and love the asymmetrical design!

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  16. necklace with fabric rope is my fav! so elegant!!!!

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  17. You did three beautiful pieces. My favourite is the second one.

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  18. Very appealing and original designs, Maria :) I would be hard pressed to say which I love the most!

    (I am outside the U.S. so unfortunately not eligible for your giveaway.)

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  19. my favourite are the first and third necklace. so pretty!!! i'm outside of US so no need to enter me in the giveaway.. I still love what you made though.

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  20. Hi Rosa, You made great use of your soup ingredients. I like the soldered frame that you put on the soapstone focal. The brown ribbon compliments it well. You made great color choices to accent the pretty purple circle. It has good texture too. It is very generous of you to giveaway your beautiful necklaces. Thanx for the chance to win one.

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  21. Good work. I love the middle one but most of all I love your butterfly pendants!

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  22. I love that you soldered the focal on the second necklace. Very clever. All of the necklaces are lovely.

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  23. SUCH cute pieces! Purple is my *fav* so cute and girly!

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

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  24. Your pieces Pretty and Dainty. I really luv #3. Love the matching colors using different elements gives texture to the piece.

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  25. I love the colors in the necklace and the focal is beautiful jazzed up.

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  26. I really like the necklaces. They work really well! i like the PoP of color on the soap stone pendant. that is wonderful!

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  27. Everything is perfect. Simple and feminine but funky, too! Love all three.

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  28. They're all great designs! They are all wonderfully balanced pieces. My favorites are the first and third necklace.

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  29. All 3 are so pretty but I love love love what you did with that big ole focal. I am a big piece freak, they are my favs! This one is so pretty all by itself and you were wise enough to keep the focus mainly on the center piece. Beautiful. I will follow your blog for sure. Thanks for the chance at a giveaway.

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  30. Your favourite is mine too - love the colours of the necklace! Great job on all 3 pieces!

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  31. I love all of these! soldering around that focal was brilliant! the colors in that last one are sooooo pretty!

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  32. You did a Soup-er job with your soup. Each design is so pretty. I especially like the first necklace.

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  33. All three of your necklaces are really pretty, but your favorite is also mine. Those are some of my favorite colors! Excellent job.

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  34. All three are great pieces, but I really like the purple. I love purple and like the beads you added which accentuated the purple focal. It really lets the purple focal shine. Very pretty. (Just started following your blog.)

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  35. Great use of colours, the 2nd one is my favourite... What a beautiful soap stone focal, it makes an elegant necklace this combination! I started following you (-:

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  36. Love all your necklace, but the first one speaks to me. Beautiful!

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  37. I love how you used copper foil and solder to enhance that big stone focal piece. So cool! All three pieces are great!

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  38. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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  39. I like all your design ideas but was especially impressed by the work on the soap stone focal - the framing you gave it and the cluster of shiny beads on top have brightened it so much!

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  40. Absolutely right, lovely soup! and....Simmered to perfection too! :)

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