Saturday, April 27, 2013

TADA!! 7th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party, 3rd Reveal

Well, here they are.  

I received an amazing Bead Soup from Kimberly Idalski.  Check out what she sent me here.
I don't know what she did to them, but those beads knew exactly what they wanted to be! They told me what to do with them and even when I had other ideas, they pulled me right back in line.  So here I am, on time (hooray!) for my big day, my very first Bead Soup Blog Party, and the 3rd Reveal.
I knew immediately that the polymer clay focal bead was going to have to be in a separate piece from the clasp because the clasp is a focal bead itself.  I didn't want it hiding behind my neck.  This necklace is my first piece:
The focal bead needed to hang from something strong, so chain it was.  This focal was made by Kimberly herself as faux, Grass Green Pyrite from polymer clay with three-dimensional "embroidered" flowers, a dragonfly, and Tanzanite crystals.  It is even more beautiful in person.  
The rest of the beads fell into place around the focal and this necklace is what they became.  Notice the lovely, genuine, Grass Green Pyrite tear drops and the genuine, round, Amethyst beads.  There are multiple clusters of three Tanzanite bicone crystals as well as some pink- crackle pearl drops.  I love all the textures. 
Next, I thought I would make an asymmetrical necklace with the clasp on one side as the focal point.  But the beads didn't want to be made into another necklace.  They decided to be a bracelet so that the necklace would have a companion.  You can see why I didn't want to hide this lovely clasp.
Isn't that rose clasp special?  And look at the two polymer clay beads (again faux Grass Green Pyrite) with the three-dimensional "embroidered" flowers.  A genuine Amethyst bead, clusters of Tanzanite crystals, and pink-crackle pearl drops repeat the design from the necklace.  This bracelet was a little tricky to make because the clasp is magnetic and it kept grabbing the chain.  I thought it might not hang properly on my wrist, but it does and I love it!  I think this is about to become my favorite bracelet.  
Next I needed earrings to go with the necklace and bracelet.  This time, the beads wanted to make something simple, but elegant, with just a tiny bit of sparkle.  And I wanted to show off the beautiful amethyst beads.
Kimberly sent me a ton of those dainty bead caps and I love them.  I have a whole bunch more for future projects, too!
I have lots of beads left from the soup that Kimberly sent to me, so I'll be using them to make more earrings.  If it's up to me, the next pair will be flashy . . . but the beads might have a different idea!
Kimberly let me know today that she is having a serious health issue and that her Reveal will be a couple of days late.  Please keep Kimberly in your prayers so that she gets her health back quickly.
Don't forget to visit Kimberly's blog at  She has some incredible and unique clay creations there.
Also, please keep Lori Anderson in your prayers.  As most of you know, Lori is having some pretty serious health challenges.  Thank you for all the work you did on this 7th Annual Bead Soup Blog Hop, Lori.  You are one special person!

And of course, you should visit the other 3rd Reveal Blogs:
Agi Kiss
Amanda Tibbetts
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christine Hansen
Cindy Cima
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Danielle Kelley
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis
Heather Otto
Jackie Locantore
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
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Judith Johnston
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin von
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Kristina Hahn
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Lena Adams
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Lisa Boucher
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Wigginton
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Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Rosanagh Watson

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Rossana De Gaspari
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
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Theresa Frank
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bead Soup 3rd Reveal Postponed

My place in the Bead Soup Blog Party is the 3rd Reveal, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 13.  Lori has been having some health issues, so the 3rd Reveal will now happen on Saturday, April 27 instead.

I don't mind the delayafter all, there's no reason that the deadline needs to be etched in stoneand I hope that Lori is feeling better very soon.  Anyway, it gives me more time to finish my creations and to view more of the 1st and 2nd Reveal blogs.

In school, I was the kid who waited until two days before my term paper was due to write it.  I'd do the research in plenty of time, but when it came to putting it all together I had a hard time getting organized.  I was a kid; I didn't know why.  Once I got rolling, I usually did a pretty good job.

These days, when my favorite customer says, "Please design a necklace and earrings for my niece's graduation present.  She likes purple," I ask for the deadline.  

I'm always done well in advance of the deadline, but my husband says I wait too long to start.  He's Felix Unger to my Oscar Madison.  I try to explain to him that jewelry designs itself in my head and it's hard to speed up the process, but he doesn't get it.

It recently hit me that if I start putting the components together too soon, I won't have an opportunity to come up with a better idea. Now maybe there isn't a better idea, but I need to give things time to ferment in my head, just in case.  

Last week I decided that I would make two different pieces of jewelry from my soup, one for the focal bead and one for the clasp.  You'll see why when post the photos.  I've completed a necklace with the focal bead.  I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with the clasp.  Yes, I've narrowed it down to a couple of possibilities and I'll decide on the final design in the next day or two.

After all, I have 9 more days before I have to post the photos!