Saturday, July 28, 2012

Blog Hop: Bead Soup

This is the first reveal date of several that Lori is hosting for the next Bead Soup Blog Hop. There are over 350 participants, so Lori has been one busy lady setting this up and coordinating the hosting of 3 separate reveals.


My partner is Cindy over at Mommy's Dream who sent me a beautiful stash of beads to work with back in the beginning of July. I didn't quite get through all of the beads she sent, but I did make it through most! I made four separate pieces starting with the pretty shell focal she sent me. I created a simple helix chain for the base of a choker and added a peyote stitch loop to hang the shell from. I used peyote again in the back to create the triple button closure where I used some antique mother-of-pearl buttons. The necklace is very light weight as I used wood beads and small seed beads, so it is very comfortable to wear. 


Next I got to work using the silver toggle. I recently found some pretty black & brown agates, which I had never used before. Their color is somewhere between carnelian and amber. Very pretty. I decided to use a simple macrame knot bracelet so the focus remains on the stones and the toggle. I used black waxed linen which brought out the veining in the stone. 


Cindy also sent me some really pretty Venetian foil beads that I love. I wanted to use these as a focal and decided that I'd use them in a hoop drop earring design. I used several of the seed beads she included in my package to create a fun pair to wear with you hair pulled up.


The last piece I made used some pretty amber and blue beads that were included. I love this color of blue and wanted to pull the color out by using come cord to braid a bracelet and weave in the beads. I also stitched on another row of beads and finished it with a robin's egg blue wood button. Very comfortable and light weight to wear, and quite Boho.


I pushed myself with this blog hop to try all different types of beading. I used beadweaving, wire wrapping, stringing, sewing and macrame. Perhaps I can come up with a few more ways to challenge myself since I still have beads left. Thanks Cindy for a lovely bead soup! 


Check out all the other beaders (here) participating in this first reveal.

84 comments:

Kashmira said...

WoW! That necklace is stunning! I LOVE the closure! (yeah, here I go again about closure, I think I am obsessed with them right now!)

Tanya Ozanne said...

Lovely and then more.Love and Hugs Tanya

Marla said...

Fantastic pieces! Each and every one of them! <3

lilrubyjewelry said...

Beautiful work! Love what you did with those agates.

Boot ~C said...

the blue knotted bracelet really says summer to me. I love love love the stone bracelets, I'd wear that everyday!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful works!

13 said...

Love how you've weaved together the beads and that palm tree pendant is such a delight.

The Creative Klutz said...

Fantastic pieces - you're beadwork is great ... I really love the earrings and that first bracelet is so up my alley =)

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

Wonderful pieces...Mommy's dream is my favorite.

mommysdream said...

What amazing pieces you've created! I especially LOVE the necklace with the shell as the focal piece!! So glad we were partners for this Bead Soup

Ilenia said...

Beautiful works! Love the earrings!!!!

Lisa Chapman said...

Great designs! I am impressed by the fact you used so many styles of beading. Love the dangly earrings!

Audrey Bélanger said...

Stunning ! Silver and red is not a combo that would come to me first thing, I admit, so I was pulled to the bracelet almost immediately. Love the earrings !

Beti Horvath said...

Great variety. I too love the earrings. such an inventive design!

Therese's Treasures said...

Cynthia,
Fantastic job on all of your pieces. I really like the choker it is beautiful! Awe heck they are all beautiful! Kudos to you on trying different techniques.
Therese

The Jewelry Larder by Maybeline Tay said...

It is wonderful what this party has helped participants achieve - to try new techniques and stretched our repertoire of skills. I love how you used so many different methods of strings. Similar beads gave off such different feel because of that. I enjoyed looking at your creations. Lovely.

m.e. said...

I LOVE that focal!!!
Your necklace shows it off perfectly . GORGEOUS design !
Very nice bracelets too !
Great Soup !!!
m.e. :)

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Love all the pieces that were served from your soup. They all have their place and were well put together. Awesome beadwork and knotting!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I really LOVE that blue knotted bracelet. The necklace shows off your focal so nicely, too!

Mary Hicks said...

I really love the macrame bracelet and the hoopy soupy earrings. Nicely done!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful work on everything! I love the beading you did with with the tropical pendant. Your daughter looks adorable modeling. :) Those agate beads are right up my alley! I love earthy tones! This blog hop sounds like a perfect way to challenge yourself and improve your skills.

Marti C. said...

The focal in the necklace is just gorgeous and you beaded it all together beautifully. I absolutely love the earrings and the bracelet is bright and pretty! Great job!

Perl - Eni said...

Very nice jewelries!
You did a great job with all your soup!

Linda Y said...

Lovely job. All very different.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful designs. Love the bracelet!

Silver Rains said...

Love the work you did! Lovely pieces, the earrings are my favorite but...I am an earring freak!

AWJewelry said...

Great job! I think my fav is the braided blue bracelet

Patti Van said...

Everything is beautiful! I love the diverse techniques you used! But those earrings are awesome!!!!!

Lori Anderson said...

You did a LOVELY job! I'm so glad you came to my party and I hope you come again!

Cilla said...

What a great group of ingredients you received! I love the second bracelet. I might have to try that design. So simple but very effective!

Spun Sugar Beadworks said...

Incredibly beautiful creations!! :)

Shirley said...

You did a fantastic job! I think you totally embraced the challenge, and I love the diversity of your pieces. The African Helix is very cool, that's a stitch I haven't tried yet. I love the blue braid, that was a great idea. Well done indeed!!!

ChristinaMarieH said...

I am in love with the carved shell necklace..the back is as beautiful as the front!

pinkchapeau said...

Beautiful jewelry. I love how you tried to use so many different techniques. I really love both of the bracelets.

Skye said...

Beautiful work! Love the shell focal :)It would've been so easy to overpower it in a design, but you did great :)

You have a very lovely model as well ;)

Micheladas said...

great job.. love the earrings.

Cynthia Wainscott said...

Awesome designs, I like how you finished the necklace with the fabric closure, just fab!

Suzette said...

Great pieces! I really love the bracelets!

Sharon Driscoll said...

Great necklace and I love your mix of cord with the pieces.

alankarshilpa said...

It's hard to tell which one I liked best. They are stylish and unique in their own way. You were so thoughtful using different skills and techniques in your creation. This is hard especially when you have a deadline.

I also tried to be in your follower list but google did not let me. any way, now you know that I am following you no matter what. I'll try again. Take care my dear new friend. Dita.

kimmykats said...

Cynthia you bead weavers just amaze me. Lovely lovely work! I am really liking your choker!!

Cris Peacock said...

The shell focal piece is so pretty all on it's own but the necklace you made with it is gorgeous!! I just love all of your jewelry you made with your soup!

Karen Mitchell said...

Such a lovely necklace. You make me wish I could stitch with seed beads.

Dyanne said...

Beautiful work!

Shaiha said...

Wow! All of your pieces are just incredible and I can't really pick out a favorite one as I would wear them all.

WindDancerStudios said...

Such wonderful pieces! I think I have a favorite and along comes the next! Wonderfully done!

Metal Me This said...

Very nice work!

beadrecipes said...

Lovely! I really like the combinations of techniques you've used.

Duni said...

Oh! I've been waiting for pictures of your finished pieces - the necklace is SO beautiful! I love all the little details such as the peyote stitch at the back and mother-of-pearl buttons. Those dangly earrings are lovely too!
You're so talented!
Have a terrific Sunday,
Duni

Alice said...

I really like the creative way you used the shell focal, and your pics rock.The coy look in the hat is a great touch. Love the juicy look of the bracelet you made with the toggle too.

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful designs! The necklace is a real stunner; the helix chain that you created is amazing! Love the knotting that you did for the bracelet as well.

VanBeads said...

What a great set of pieces! Love the beadweaving and the knotting. Great jewelry!

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FryeStyle said...

The triple MOP closure is a great technique! Very pretty necklace!

Ashley said...

I love toggle bracelets! So cute!

xoxo

Ashley

Southern (California) Belle

Judith Johnston said...

I love everything you made with your soup. The shell necklace is my favourite, the beadweaving really complements the focal. Beautiful work.

BeadedTail said...

Your designs are beautiful! I love the necklace!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Everything is gorgeous, but I especially love the first necklace. The entire construction is so amazing. Great job!

Thanks for taking time to stop by and visit my BSBP reveal and leaving a comment. Have a wonderful weekend.

Cornerstoregoddess said...

I especially like the earrings, with so many cool things going on.

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A Polymer Penchant said...

Great job at pushing yourself to try new thing with the challenge - you ended up with some great pieces

Stacy said...

Love everything you've done here, the beadwoven necklace in particular. Great to see so many techniques used.

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

I love how you made the focal stand out with bead weaving. It is beautiful. Also a lovely bracelet. I am slow getting around to all the blogs and lost some comments to boot!

Perri www.ShaktipajDesigns.etsy.com said...

I also love that you combined beadweaving and fiber into your pieces. I'm kind of partial to textile braiding and weaving of all sorts. You definitely pushed yourself to create some wonderfully wearable designs.

CraftyHope said...

You really did run the gamut in techniques and they all turned out so well. Nicely done!!

Creative Moon said...

That focal is stunning! You did a fantastic job with everything!!! =)

Becky Pancake said...

I really like your necklace. I like the helix strap & the closure a lot.

Dragonfly Close said...

How beautiful! I love the wooden beads used in the spiral with that focal!. Nice that you used so many of your beads.

BeadsByEarthTones said...

i love it all, but i really like the last bracelet...the colors are so vivid!

pepita said...

oh, you're good at very different techniques and i like to see you created so very different style pieces. Nice work!

Sandra said...

awesome pieces!

Lupe Meter said...

Lovely beadwork!! Love what you did with your bead soup!

Tammie said...

Amazing beadwork, I am always blown away by the patience of seedbeaders. Love the macrame too!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Your macrame is wonderful. All your pieces are great.

Kala said...

Wow, amazing pieces. I love the earrings. Great job with your bead soup.

LoriF said...

Love your very simple but effective pieces! Any chance of a tutorial for that blue and brown knotted bracelet? :-)

said...

I love the earrings!
ciao dall'Italia

Melissa said...

I think the earrings are my favorite of the grouping. I like their shape and the colors. But all of them are really great. It makes me want to learn how to use fibers more in my work.

Melissa Muir
http://design.kcjewelbox.com

Melissa said...

I think the earrings are my favorite of the grouping. I like their shape and the colors. But all of them are really great. It makes me want to learn how to use fibers more in my work.

Melissa Muir
http://design.kcjewelbox.com

Marlene Cupo said...

Bracelets are my favorite, and yet do them the least. Your treasures are inspiring. Great recipes!

Alicia said...

Beautiful pieces - all of them! Love the colours on all, I love the design of the necklace, the 3-button closeure is so elegeant and pretty.

TesoriTrovati said...

These are fun and bohemian and right on trend. Enjoy the day. Erin

Lola said...

Beautiful pieces! I love the rope you created for the pendant and of course those two gorgeous bracelets! You know I love waxed linen, but now you have me thinking I might really love that blue cord too! =)

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