I went to the far edge of the beading zone with this incredible raku pendant and some accompanying raku beads and bead caps. These came from different artists, but they have a lot of the same colors in the finish and could be used together in one project OR parceled out separately between several projects. I bought the pendant from a vendor called Allene who reps for several clay, ceramic and lampwork artists, but I stupidly forgot to make a note of the actual artist's name. The large raku rounds and bead caps came from Wondrous Strange on Etsy.
Then I started to put together some secondary items that I thought would work well with the colors in the raku:
Dyed lava stones in sage green and powder blue. The green is a dead match for the green in the pendant. The blue? Well, not so much, but they could be great in a separate design. I just liked the colors and texture on these.
I think I mentioned that my local arts and crafts store, Tall Mouse, is going out of business? They started their liquidation sale this weekend. It's so sad - they were a great competitor/complement to the local Michael's because they carried different stock. But, the upside is that everything was hugely marked down so my Soup Buddy benefits as a result because I helped clean out the bead section! I just grabbed multiple strands of everything I liked - one for me and one for her. Plus, I thought these colors would look great with the raku beads.
Okay, I know this looks weird after the softer colors in the earlier pictures, but go with me here. When you hold the raku beads up to the light and turn them different ways you get flashes of some of these deeper colors - like cobalt, gold and rose copper. So, I'm throwing in a few strands in those colors from my stash in case my partner is not up for the pastel thing and wants to pick out some of the bolder stuff. Or, again, these can be used in a different project.
There's more stuff, too. A couple of toggle clasps in different metals, some of my Be Resinable creations and other goodies. I didn't photo everything because I didn't want to ruin the surprise completely.
I know this soup is a little Gemini-ish (split personality and all), but hey, that's me. Plus, I like the idea of being able to get more than one design out of it (sort of like freezing the leftover soup and saving it for another day).
Fingers crossed that my Soup Buddy does not totally hate it (please, please, please don't hate it LOL)!