Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bead Soup Party Time

LET THE BEAD SOUP PARTY BEGIN!!

Be sure that you check out the entire party list by going to Lori's Blog.  I am anxious to be able to see what everyone did with their soup!

This has been a lot of fun, visiting everyone's blogs and being challenged with materials that were chosen for me.  Thank you so much Lori for this PARTY!!

I didn't remember to take a picture of what I sent ahead of time to Beth or to take a picture of what she sent me before I started working.  Fortunately Beth did!!  You can see the original materials that she sent me and that I sent her in this post on her blog.

As I said in an earlier post, the materials that Beth chose for me really challenged me.  I like beadweaving and it is where I am most comfortable.  For the life of me though an idea didn't present itself to me to incorporate beadweaving with the great focal.  What it did do is make me drag out some of the beads that I have been hoarding for awhile and put them to good us.  It was a process of laying out the beads, stringing the beads, taking them all apart and looking for more beads or different beads.  It was a really good exercise in balance.  I love the little touches of labrodite that I added.  I found some at my local bead store that just had some great fire within.  Well enough of my rambling, here is my bead soup challenge piece!!  You can click on the photo to see it enlarged.

50 comments:

Kate said...

Nancy, I think it came out great! Very earthy, I love pieces like that. I know what you mean about the restringing, I think I re-did mine 4 times. It doesn't matter what it looks like on your bead board it always changes once you get to that last bead and hold it up, then try it out in the mirror to see how everything's hanging, then unstring, restring until it's perfectly balanced and your's looks perfect!

Have a great time at the party!

Kate #46

Kella said...

I was blown away when I saw this piece in the flickr group.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1290276@N25/pool/

Erin said...

I love this piece!

Lorelei said...

That is a beauty! Love the bead combinations and how you strung them. Nice work!

Patty said...

This is earthy and just my style. Great work!

Heather Powers said...

love the warm mix of colors and textures!

Fundametals.net said...

Hi Nancy, it come out just lovely. I always have a tough time when I am challenged to work outside of what I normally do, but it's good for all of us.
Jeanette Blix

Beth said...

How cool! I love labradorite, but would have never thought to use it with that focal. Shows how much I know, lol!

Cathryn said...

I like the balance of down to earth pieces like yours. It's simple but strong and powerful. This piece gave me the feeling of calming strength and I'm drawn to that. Great job!

Islandgirl said...

That's really pretty... it's really fun seeing what people are doing!

Maria said...

Very Pretty & Earthy!
Love It!
Maria

You are welcome to stop by for a cup of "Spring" soup on my blog.
www.mariagrimes.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I also had some restrings until I got what I wanted. This turned out great!

Patti said...

Wonderful mix of earthy-ness...neat!

JBird's Garden said...

Earthy and organic. You did the soup mix proud!

Kerry said...

Thanks for the cup of soup!

Terri said...

Wow this is sooo good...you make good soup...actually outstanding jewelry...I love this party!

Mel P said...

I love this, a real goddess feel to it, beautiful xxxx

Rickie said...

Nancy great colors in style in your bead soup necklace--lovely job!

Round Rabbit said...

Nice and chunky! love it!

Laurel said...

Very nice! Wasn't this a great idea? Loved it.

Pretty Things said...

Oh I love it! The markings on natural stone are so wonderful -- makes you wonder about what it took to get to that point.


Thanks for being a part of the party -- we'll do it again soon!

Artisan Clay said...

It looks like a walk in the woods. I love the mix of stones and wood!

Spirited Earth said...

love the earthy colors.
i laughed about the restringing..i redid my piece several times before i was satisfied.

moonlitfantaseas said...

Nancy, I really like your necklace, I love the earthy feel it has

Judy said...

A lovely statement piece with a great organic feel.

Nicki said...

What an earthy feel this necklace has. And I like that it is kind of thick. Cool design.

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love your colors and think you did a great job.

Jo Ann Gallagher said...

Oh, I love this! Stones are a favorite of mine. You did a beautiful job of pulling it together!

Boot ~C said...

I love the heft of this piece. as for the restringing, I'm thinking I have to tweek mine after wearing it all day, this after so many different layouts~ you just never know until it's over!

lisa said...

With all the asymetry out there these days, some good old fashion matching is welcome. I also enjoyed looking at your beadweaving. I also enjoy working with seed beads, but don't know a lot of different techniques. Enjoy your lovely necklace!

Cindy said...

Nancy, you did it! You made the most incredible necklace. I just love the earthy feel and the chunky components....it is so pretty, I'd wear it all the time!
Cindy
www.sweetbeadstudio.com

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

You did a wonderful job, Nancy! It's definitely good to be challenged from time to time! I love the labradorite, in this piece, too!

Janet said...

Such a sweet earthy pc I really like what you did !!!

Dee said...

Nancy,
I love the earthy design of this piece...definitely eye catching and you're right the labradorite does have fire. You did a wonderful job, going out side of your comfort zone...wonderful finished piece. BTW...love your Troika pearl necklace...stunning!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

beautiful earthy colors!

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

Great earthy style with some nice weight to it! Bravo!

EmandaJ said...

Gorgeous! For someone out of her element, you created a beauty! Sometimes you just have listen to the beads!

Hasn't this been fun?!?

Emanda
www.ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com

bellajoya said...

I love your color combo. The punches of orange look so good between the beads, congratulations! By the way, I really like your beadwoven pieces! The earrings in the next post are gorgeous. Congrats on a job well done!

Mermaid Glass said...

I really like this piece. So earthy and warm. It's substantial but doesn't seem clunky or heavy-looking. Very nice job!

Lynette said...

Looks great! Love the color and balance of the piece.

SueBeads said...

Very nice! I love the colors too!

Michelle Mach said...

Earthy and wonderful! This is the kind of necklace I'd pull out again and again to wear in the fall.

Jenny J-V said...

This is a great design! It's great and wearable!

Julianna Cannon said...

Gimme That~ I want to eat it!

GORGEOUS.

TesoriTrovati said...

Gorgeous! Earthy and rich. I love Labradorite. It has such a mysterious fire to it.
Thanks for the heaping serving of bead soup. If you haven't already, do come by and taste some of mine!
Enjoy the day! Erin

TesoriTrovati said...

Gorgeous! Earthy and rich. I love Labradorite. It has such a mysterious fire to it.
Thanks for the heaping serving of bead soup. If you haven't already, do come by and taste some of mine!
Enjoy the day! Erin

Loretta said...

Isn't it fun to step outside your comfort zone and create! You did a great job in designing this wonderful piece.

Regina said...

I love earthy colors and I love your necklace. It is beautiful.

Janeen said...

Great assortment of beads! Good for you for going outside of what you felt most comfortable with. Isn't it satisfying to work though some of your stash? ;)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I think it was well worth all the work you put in to it :)