Saturday, September 17, 2011

Soup's On!

First off, I lift my glass to all of you intrepid blog hoppers out there! There are a lot of blogs to visit and if you took the time to come by mine - welcome! I'm sincerely honored that you're here and I hope you'll enjoy the soup I made and maybe even leave a comment or come back by in the future!

Just as a refresher, here are the soup ingredients provided by my partner, Judy Riley of Three Red Beads:

The focal is one of Judy's hand-made paper beads. This presented an immediate challenge as I have never worked with a paper bead before and I wasn't sure what style would best set it off or how much handling it would stand up to.

The other ingredients are Czech glass flowers and drops, freshwater pearls, faceted white jade and a Bali silver toggle clasp. Even though this color combination is not one that I would have ever put together myself, I absolutely loved it! Didn't exactly know what I was going to DO with it, but I loved it.

My process normally begins with the focal bead. I usually try to pull colors from it to select my accent beads and/or inform the idea of the design. In this case, the accent beads are already there for me, but the color scheme really screamed copper instead of silver to my brain. So, my first decision was that the clasp would form part of a separate design.

Next thing I noticed was that the paper used on the focal bead seems to have flowers imprinted on it. Put that together with the glass flowers and the fact that the green drops look like tiny leaves...I think I'm looking at a floral garland type of design. I also decided that the focal was a little small to anchor a necklace so...a bracelet it is!

I used 20 gauge copper wire and made large wrapped loops. Before closing each loop, I strung a few of the green drops directly on the wire and then also strung on some dangles I'd made out of the flowers and then closed the loops.

Here's a closeup of the focal bead. I added some Greek ceramic spacers in copper and some copper daisy spacers from my stash.

I quickly discovered that the lavender freshwater pearls did not have holes large enough to accommodate the wire I was using, but I really wanted to keep the lavender color in so I added lavender Czech glass flowers from my stash.

One of the best things in this soup mix are these faceted white jade beads. I never would have thought to use them, but they absolutely glow next to these other colors.

This copper toggle came from my stash.

And here's another overall veiw of the bracelet.

I had enough beads left to make some matching earrings.

Since I still had the silver toggle clasp, most of the green drops and all of the freshwater pearls left, I knew I needed to make more soup. I really wanted it to concentrate on those pearls and when I received my latest order from Lisa Boucher's Etsy shop and this lavender and yellow sunflower pendant was in it...

...well, they were meant to go together.

Except this design called for brass so the silver toggle still had to sit out.

I started with the pendant and some large-link brass chain and I kept picturing a chain-link fence in an overgrown field of flowers and berries with the plants twining through and around the fence links.

Other than the lavender pearls, everything else in this design came from my stash.

Here's a closeup of the amazing focal and you can see how I started weaving the pearls through the chain links using the illusion cord.

I decided to use up the lavender flowers that I still had on my table from the bracelet and then I added in dyed yellow wood round beads, vintage glass leaves, some lapis lazuli rondelles and olive green Swarovski crystals. Yes, up close with the camera eye view, you can see the illusion cord, but I've used this technique before and when the design is worn, that cord just disappears like...well, like an illusion ;-)

I was so excited with the way this design came out that I knew it needed a very special closure. A simple brass hook wasn't going to cut it and none of my brass toggles were the right size or style (note to self: you need better brass toggles!) and then I happened to look over and see some ribbon spilling out of the top of my "to be put away pile" and voila!

Y'know, people always ask me when I buy a certain bead or supply "what are you going to do with that?" And I never have the answer because I don't really have a specific design in mind for the most part. I put it into my stash where it waits for the right moment to come out and make magic. I mean, really, who would have ever thought that I would use olive green ribbon trimmed in lavender edging, right? But look, the right design came along and I think it works wonderfully. My little matchy-matchy heart is singing for joy LOL!

Matching earrings, of course! Olive green glass pearls, lapis rondelles, vintage glass leaves and some more of the lavender Czech flowers. I used brass leverback earring wires for the tops.

At this point, I still had some leftover lavender pearls AND that clasp. Obviously, whatever the design is, it's going to have to be purple and silver to start with...hmmm...didn't I just buy some pretty purple ceramic beads at the Costa Mesa Gem Faire a few weeks ago...???

Why, yes, I believe I did. Good for me!

Then I searched through my stash for some lampwork to mix with them and despite having a MASSIVE collection of it, I couldn't find a set that worked with what I wanted to do (obviously, I need more lampwork...which is really hard to believe) but I did come across some large grey ceramic beads that went perfectly and then I mixed in a few crystals and it was starting to come together, but I felt like it was still missing that magic something...

So, I let it simmer on my bead design board for a few days and then I went through my carefully hoarded (because the prices have gone C-R-A-Z-Y) sterling silver stash and found the perfect pendant.

This design takes me back to my designing roots when I was all about the Bali silver mixed with crystals and, usually, lampwork.

However, I think this gorgeous shell pendant and the shimmering ceramic beads give it a different feeling. Plus, I love how the ceramic can look so earthy in my earlier sunflower piece and so upscale and glamorous in this necklace. What a versatile material to work with!

And yes, those marbled purple/lavender/grey beads ARE ceramic. Oh, and I did find a way to finish up using the rest of those lavender pearls from the original soup mix!

Here's a better closeup view of the side of the necklace. That lovely purple crystal color is "Cyclamen."

And finally...I did get that clasp worked in! The only thing I'm really missing is that I was out of sterling silver crimp covers so I'll have to add those later, but I didn't want to be late with my soup just because I'm waiting for that order to come in ;-)

Here's a final look at the whole piece. Yes, it's simple and straightforward in design, but I like to think this approach allows the beauty of each individual bead and component to really stand out.

That's it - hope you enjoyed my three different flavors of soup. As you can see, my style is a bit all over the place but that's because I let the beads take charge and tell me how they want to be used.

Thanks for stopping by and if you're continuing on in the hop, here's the list:

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner Manuela Wutschke

1. Aimee Wheaton and Barbara York

2. Alice Craddick and Sandra Richardson

3. Alison Sachs and Amy Severino

4. Allison Scott and Cynthia Abner

5. Amanda Cargill Austin and Charlene Sevier

6. Amanda Davie and Patsy Evins

7.Amber Dawn and Kim Ballor

8. Ambra Gostoli and Christine Hansen

9.Amy Freeland and Christine Altmiller

10. Ana Krepel-Novak and Eleanor Snare

11. Andrea Morici and Hope Smitherman

12. Andrea Trank and Jayne Capps

13. Andrea Turini and Charlene Jacka

14. Angela May and Emanda Johnson

15. Anitra Gordy and Elizabeth Owens Dwy

16. Ann Rishell and Debbie Price

17. Ann Sherwood and Lynne Bowland

18. Anna Lear and Barbe Saint John

19. Anna Sabina and Erin Siegel

20. Nan Emmett and Erin Siegel

21. Astrid Boyce and Birgitta Lejonklou

22. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase

23. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb

24. Barbara Blaszczyk and Davinia Design

25. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall

26. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll

27. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley

28. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala

29. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman

30. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz

31. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle

32. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen

33. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards

34. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson

35. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier

36. Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander

37. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye

38. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock

39. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone

40. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf

41. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi

42. Cherrie Fick and Cathie Carroll

43. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick

44. Cheryl Roe> and Jenny Vidberg

45. Chris White and Norma Turvey

46. Christa Murphy and Kathy Alderfer

47. Christie Murrow and Dana James

48. Christina Miles and Collette Collins

49. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford

50. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis

51. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering

52. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith

53. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes

54. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher

55. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya

56. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk

57. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young

58. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent

59. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj

60. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman

61. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald

62. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick

63. Diana Ptaszynski andKristy Abner

64. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert

65. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez

66. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris

67. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith

68. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday

69. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman

70. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore

71. Erin Grant and Julie Jones

72. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz

73. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim

74. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable

75. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag

76. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post

77. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton

78. Heather Marley and Terry Carter

79. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride

80. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller

81. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley

82. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson

83. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor

84. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen

85. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman

86. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy

87. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora

88. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg

89. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann

90. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay

91. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh

92. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski

93. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan

94. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean

95. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis

96. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt

97. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski

98. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio

99. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts

100. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker

101. Kari Carrigan and Laura Twiford

102. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck

103. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto

104. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark

105. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika

106. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen

107. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec

108. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson

109. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long

110. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson

111. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney

112. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson

113. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger

114. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy

115. Laurel Steven and Mary McGraw

116. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher

117. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca

118. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser

119. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse

120. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington

121. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton

122. Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter

123. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson

124. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir

125. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank

126. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks

127. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron

128. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe

129. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon

130. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore

131. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller

132. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke

133. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson

134. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum

135. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr

136. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp

137. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara

138. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James

139. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz

140. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi

141. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman

142. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper

143. Mary Hicks and Laurel Steven

144. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner

145. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners

146. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy

147. Missy Rappaport and Mags Sarri

148. Molly Alexander and Poranna

149. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell

150. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry

151. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson

152. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna

153. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers

154. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari

155. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan

156. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag

157. Pat Haight and Shannon Hicks

158. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka

159. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe

160. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain

161. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins

162. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub

163. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya

164. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs

165. Rochelle Brisson and Teri Baskett

166. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell

167. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams

168. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin

169. Sarah Elder and Salla Small

170. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner

171. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk

172. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley

173. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley

174. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman

175. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin

176. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor

177. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa

178. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton

179. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin

180. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones

181. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser

182. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk

183. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager

184. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad


steufel said...

Lovely pieces. My fav is the bracelet. So delicate!

Barbara Lewis said...

These are amazing! You've really captured the nature vibe! Beautiful!

moonlitfantaseas said...

all I can say is WOW Wow Wow!!! your bead soup is amazing! I love everything you made! And you had a very productive soup!!!

lynsey said...

Love what you've done with your soup, the first bracelet is defiantly my favorite

Lorelei Eurto said...

Hi girl! First of all I lOVE the color palette in the bracelet. Excellent choice to go with Copper instead of the silver. The clasp ended up in a lovely coordinating design. I love that necklace with the flower pendant! Great way to use the leaves and the pearls. Interesting and eye-catching. AWESOME WORK! happy hopping!

Kristi Bowman said...

Wow you were busy, love everything but I gotta say that necklace with the Lisa Boucher pendant is my favorite!!!!!!!!

Diana P said...

My goodness you made a LOT Of soup! Everything looks beautiful! I'm jealous of all those pieces ou made!

la mar de bonita said...

Wow, you did a lot of your soup package - busy like a bee ;0)I like all of them!
Greetings, Michi

Stacey said...

All such beautiful pieces. I am amazed you were able to get so many pieces done - all inspired by your bead soup!

Starseed Jewelry said...

Goregeously designed and displayed. bravo!!!!


Copper Diem said...

Fantastic designs! You have such a great eye!

Tracey N. said...

Oh my you did a fabulous job creating all these lovelies with your soup mix! I think the first bracelet is my favorite, but I love them all! Well done.

EmandaJ said...

Absolutely Stunning!! each and every piece is different and equally gorgeous. You are AMAZING!

Enjoy the hop,

Therese's Treasures said...

Kelly, Love how you used the bead mix Judy sent to you. All of your pieces are so very beautiful!

hello gorgeous said...

wow! all that MUST be full by now! haha!

gorgeous creations ;o)


hello gorgeous xxx

Sharyl said...

These couldn't be more impressive! They are so lovely and well-thought out. Loved each piece!

Boot ~C said...

I love the dangles on the bracelet,& then there is the pearl work on the necklace, fabulous! All your pieces are really nice, nothing wrong w/ a 'simple' design, and now I feel like a slacker

ThreeRedBeads said...

Kelly, I love everything you created! The copper was an excellent choice! It's beautiful!

I had a great time creating with the soup you sent too. Thanks! :)

Kristen said...

Sorry I haven't been around much but you have totally once again rocked my eyes with your creations! Gorgeous Fabulous and truly breathtaking!

Shirley said...

Not only did you make over the top gorgeous designs, but I just loved walking with you thru the process! Felt like we were hanging out, havin' some coffee, talkin' beads! Each piece was different, and each one stunning. Thanks for the awesome eye candy!

Starseed Jewelry said...

A stunning collection. Am still salivating!!!


Shiraz said...

All of these pieces are simply stunning. You have a great eye!

Bead Lola Bead said...

I love the green and lavender! Beautiful pieces, every single last one!

Janeen said...

Beautiful beautiful work! I love that you kept working until you used all the components. I love the silk on the second piece. It matched perfectly. Everything turned out great!

one-eared pig said...

So many wonderful pieces. You use of the color is great!

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

Hang on a sec, let me pick my chin up from the floor... ok, wow, stunning is all I can say!

Thoughtfulhands said...

Beautiful pieces love all the purple and green. You did a wonderful job with the focal that bracelet turned out GREAT!

Jenni said...

I think you used your soup so well and so artistically, every piece is so well thought out...Love the illusion necklace and the way you threaded the pearls through the chain..just great. The bracelet looks stunning with the copper..and the mauve and silver palette is just so elegant. beautifully done.

Karyn B said...

Wow, what wonderful pieces! All lovely, but my favorite is the sunflower pendant necklace. Such a show stopper piece, and I love how you included those purple pearls with the illusion strands. I learned something new today!

CraftyHope said...

Wowie! You had me swooning over those faceted jade pieces and they played really nicely into the bracelet you made with the cool paper focal.
As well, your other pieces are simply amazing. You did SO MUCH with your soup. It's all breathtaking! Simply fabulous!!

coffeeaddict said...

it's like the four seasons, each of the designs with a distinc time of yera colour scheme. Lovely

JenniferJangles said...

I love how you used the ribbon in the back of the necklace. That is so clever because it can be adjusted to any length. Great designs!

Dana said...

So many great pieces the bracelet, both necklaces are wonderful.

RedGreenQueen said...

WOW, love what you have done, especially the sunflower necklace! Every detail is perfect!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I love everything you made. I would have had no clue what to do with that paper bead and you made it sing!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

You did a great job. I wasn't sure how the color palette would come together but it did and you got many really interesting looks.

Penny said...

Love all that you created with your soup. The color pallets you used was beautiful and I like how you incorporated the three different metals.

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

That's all simply stunning. The paper bead is amazing and I'm glad you chose to use it in a bracelet -- it's gorgeous with all those dangles. ALL of your pieces are great!

I hope you'll join me again next time -- the blog button and dates are on my blog now!

Love, Lori

Maggie said...

LOVE the bracelet and your necklaces are great.

Mylene said...

I love how you've used the paper bead focal. It works really well with copper instead of the silver. But my fave piece is the daisy with the clusters of purple "berries". This is almost whimsical and perfect for those of us coming into spring in the southern hemisphere. All your pieces are wonderful though!

Regina said...

Wow, what a collection of absolutely glorious jewelry. Love everyone of them. Amazing how you got all the colors to work with that paper focal. Love the overgrown chain link fence, a very beautiful one, I might add. A very clever way to create that effect. And the finale, another gorgeous piece. You did an excellent job with your soup beads!

Carol Tannahill said...

Gorgeous work! You did a great job listening to what the beads told you to make.

T... said...

your creations are stunning and the focal paper bead is just how you showcased it

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Those are all amazing! You're a very talented designer - I can see you have been incredibly busy! So fun to see the sunflower pendant in the mix! Glad I stopped by - hope you're enjoying the blog party. :)

Elisabeth said...

incredible work! That sunflower and purple pearl necklace is A-MAZ-ING!!

JuLee said...

You had a great time with the soup. I esp like the way you used the paper focal.

horimarika said...

Wonderful pieces! Really great job!

earthlyjewels said...

Oh your pieces definitely left me with my mouth hanging open...AMAZING!!! I love all of them! I love that pretty flower pendant!

Jennifer Cameron said...

That paper bead is really cool and you did a fab job with using it in the bracelet. My favorite is the necklace with the sunflower pendant. Love the use of illusion cord. I don't have a clue how to do that but it looks amazing. Plus that ribbon is PERFECT. Gorgeous. The lavender and silver necklace is so elegant and pretty. I love everything you made.

Deci said...

Lovely use of a wide assortment of elements.

Shel said...

Your designs are so incredibly beautiful - wow!! I love that bracelet, but the purple pearls one and the way you made it look (to me) like a grape-vine and then with the silk tied in the back - lovely!! You did your partner proud w/your soup - delicious!

Menno Jeweler said...

Really amazing work!! The color combination would have stumped me from the beginning, but you were absolutely up for the challenge. Love each and every piece!

Cynthia said...

You did a fabulous job, just beautiful!

Wendy said...

Wow, just beautiful!

Steph L. said...

lovely pieces! I really like the first necklace with the ribbon. I always buy stuff without having any idea what I will do with it too. The ideas will come eventually so it is always good to have it on hand.

cottagelook said...

Wow! You must have been working on your soup ever since you got your beads! So many pieces! All so beautiful...
Great work...

Lupe Meter said...

Oh my...what beautiful creations! Your bead soup is so delicious! Awesome job!

Linda Landig said...

WOW! All of these are just gorgeous!!! So creative! Your use of the illusion wire is so amazing. I've got to say that the sunflower necklace is among my favorites in this whole blog hop!

Tracy said...

Such beautiful designs, I love the bracelet colours especially.

Sarah said...

Everything looks gorgeous! I think the choice of copper on the first bracelet really brings out the colors in the focal! Love it!!

Sweet Freedom said...

What a busy beader you have been! That bracelet (and its matching earrings) are wonderful, but that first necklace is killer!! love it!

Raida said...

What beautiful pieces, wow! I love that daisy necklace, wonderful.

stacilouise said...

super stuff! love them all, and enjoyed going through your creative process with you:)

Beadbug said...

I just love the piece with the purple purls and the use of the ribbon on the back for adjusting the length is fantastic.

rockcreekcreations said...

I'm reading your words and looking at your creations and thinking Ohh I really like the copper on, Yeap the next one, that's nice......THEN I saw the Sunflower one....OMG!! It totally is soo good! I had a garden that sat next to our woods and the sunflowers become entangled with the grape vines. That is totally your necklace!

Soooo Wonderful and Talented!!

vonna said...

Everything is my favorite! I can't eat just one! :) Job well done!

Michelle Mach said...

Beautiful work! That flower necklace is amazing--lots of texture and color. I think it's one of those designs that you see something new every time you look at it.

Wendy Chamberlain said...

The paper bead is awesome, love how you have placed it in the bracelet. Your other creations all look stunning. Great work you have used your bead soup so beautifully.

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wow! You have created three terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and I am in love with the sunflower pendant necklace. The paper bead is an interesting texture, I like how you styled it in your bracelet. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!

BackstoryBeads said...

I was really in love with your bracelet and then I saw that heavenly necklace! And then another! Amazing, amazing design work. I can't stop looking!

KayzKreationz said...

What a great use of all your soup. The bracelet is probably my fav since I love all the texture and bling in it. But the look of the vines and flower/berries weaving through that chain with your pendant is gorgeous too. And the earrings an necklace you finished out with to use your toggle just shine. Wonderful

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
And it pleases me so that you are using copper. I love copper it is so warm and unasuming
Be blessed to be a blessing

Molly Alexander said...

Wow - what a beautiful soup you have created from your mix. The bracelet is my favorite, but I love the other pieces as well. Fabulous! :)

KvH said...

So many wonderful pieces, wow.....

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

What an amazing collection you created! I really like the wire work you incorporated into the necklace with the sunflower pendant. The handmade paper bead Judy sent you is really amazing too. Nice work! Thank you for hopping over to my blog. :)

LeeLu Creations said...

The copper bracelet is a stunner! And then I scrolled down further to the sunflower necklace. I love it. :)

Elizabeth said...

these pieces are wonderful !! I love the scallop and then the sunflowerr piece is over the moon gorgeous!!!!

Mary K. McGraw said...

All such lovely pieces, you were definitely inspired. Really like the one with the pearls and how you wove it into the chain and that focal is amazing.

maneki said...

Gorgeous jewellery! I really liked the colours and design in the first bracelet, but the lovely playful sunflower necklace was probably my favourite. Summer-y and eyecatching. Fab job!

salla said...

the vine effect in the second necklace is awesome!

Pat Haight said...

So many beautiful pieces! I love what you came up with for the paper focal.

SoulsFireDesigns said...

What beautiful pieces! I love love that bracelet! And the necklace with the ribbon clasp is just sheer brilliance :)

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I have been blog hopping for the BSBP, and each blog I go to I say to myself :"Wow - that necklace/bracelet/earrings is so awesome, how could anyone top that"? Guess what - you just did!

Pearl and Pebble said...

OMG! That's about all I can muster up at the moment I am so speechless! What really really REALLY pretty pieces! I especially love your necklace-the flower pendant is gorgeous and what a fabulous showcase you've created for it:) Very cool paper focal-love the earthiness!

Kelly J. R. said...

The beads you picked out to go with the paper bead are just perfect! I also love how you used the ribbon on your second necklace.

Beadaholique said...

I can't believe all you made! Everything is just gorgeous, wonderful job with your soup!
Julie and Andrea

Terri said...

Oh my goodness this soup mix just kept on giving and have created so many amazing designs. A feast for the eyes and if we could eat it it all would be delicious! Soup-er job!

Fire Phoenix said...

The silk addition in the necklace is an ingenious idea!

Suzanne said...

OMG, I can't believe you made so many gorgeous pieces! really beautiful work, and you are a lucky lady to have all those new pieces in your jewellery box. If you really feel the need for more lampwork beads, stop by my etsy store! :D

Bobbie said...

Good for you for letting the beads talk to you -- and what a lovely bunch of pretties you cooked up! I particularly like the way you wove the pearls into the chain. Nice work!

Rochelle M. Brisson said...

I love them all, but am in awe of your second piece. The way you wove the pearls through the chain is just incredible! Awesome pictures too, it was really cool to see the detail of your construction. I really enjoyed your post :)

Marian Hertzog said...

Wow! Your soup just kept going and going! They are all great but I fell in love with the bracelet. The white jade beads do glow.. and I love dangles so it is my favorite!

kathy welsh said...

Wow, what an amazing number of pieces you completed! A very productive soup! Just beautiful, I especially love the one with the ceramic flower.

Christine said...

Stunning pieces! So many lovely details - love them all!!

Rebecca said...

Lovely! I think that paper bead is gorgeous - such a beautiful texture.

DaviniaDesign said...

What a great bracelet, not to speak for the wine rank necklace.
I love the idea. great work!

quiltingjewel39 said...

All 3 are absolutely beautiful. It's really hard to chose a favorite - I would wear any of them in a heartbeat.

Sally Anderson said...

Hi Kelly, You really amazed me with all this beady goodness! Such awesome pieces, all of them. I couldn't begin to pick a favorite! I really appreciate you talking us through your design process. So interesting and helpful to somebody new, like me! Thanks!

Marie Cramp said...

WOW!! You really Rocked the soup! I can't believe how much you got done!! Incredible pieces!!

btw, you know what I think, and I think you will agree ;) You can NEVER have too much lampwork!! LOL!

Christine Altmiller said...

WOW! you made so many beautiful pieces! great colors and wearable. that bracelet has such a gorgeous blend of colors.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

You mad a lot with that soup! I agree a paper bead seems intimidating to work with, but that was a beautiful bead and you made a gorgeous bracelet! i just love the color palette you chose! Wonderful work!

Karen Williams said...

That's quite the collection! Very nice. The entire collection makes me dream of spring and garden parties

Shay Stone said...

Wow! Those are some stunning creations. I love how far you stretched your beads :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful mix of colors, and your creations were so well thought out in terms of how you could feature your partners beads. Everything is lovely, but I really like the bracelet and earring set. It has such an ethereal vibe.

Ann said...

That is a fantastic group of pieces. They're all very beautiful.

Anonymous said...

You did so much with your soup. The necklace with the lavander pearls is really delicate. I like it.

Wings N Scales said...

Great pieces, every single one of them!

Aquariart said...

Wonderful ingredients and I am totally in love with the first two necklaces. Unusual color combinations and the sunflower one is so balanced and gorgeous. Very nice job!