Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Party Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!

Happy Bead Soup Hopping Day!!  I wasn't sure that I was going to be ready today.  My pieces were ready, the photos taken but my computer was MIA and still is.  My husband was kind enough to lend me his laptop so that I could get my post ready before I headed away for a couple of days (Fri-Sat).  This is the first time that I have edited my photos on a laptop.  The screen is so different than my monitor. I hope that they are ok, forgive me if they aren't.

Anyway, to get to the point of this post!!  I love the beads that Nan Emmett sent me.  She made such a beautiful selection of her clay beads.  I loved just letting them run around in my hand.  They are very tactile.  As usual I had one idea for what I was going to do but the beads had a mind of their own.  My original thought was for a strung piece that combined beaded beads, some chain and my bead soup mix.  I planned to bezel the pendant and tie it into the strung necklace.  I had ordered a nice selection of seed beads to coordinate with the bead soup so I set to work.  I started to make some herringbone beaded beads that had spirals of teardrop beads.  Another day I will go back to them but they just weren't right for this project.  So I started another strand of herringbone incorporating the teardrop beads into the herringbone on one side.  This turned into the beginning of the bezel for the pendant.  I have never done a bezel with herringbone before.  I really liked how it turned out.  The bezel ended up being the catalyst for the necklace.  I haven't done a truly beadwoven piece for the Bead Soup Party before but I can't say that anymore.  I created a lovely chain using seed beads and the teardrop beads.  I love how it all came together.  I will be creating something new with this chain in the near future.  It is sparking lots of ideas in my head.



I loved all the rounds that Nan made and wanted to make a bracelet to go with the necklace.  I added some copper bead caps and some bone saucers mixed in with Nan's lovely beads.  I had a really good photo session with this bracelet.  It made up for having a hard time photographing the necklace, which was tricky because the necklace has a definate curve in it which I had to work with.

  



I hope that you enjoyed seeing my Bead Soup.  I will be do my blog hopping starting Sunday if I get my computer back.  Rest assured though, I will be hopping around because I can't wait to see all the wonderful soup!!  To make it easier, Lori has set up this great web page on her blog with all the links, so click on over and hop around!  You can also click on the Tab above that says Bead Soup Blog Party Hop for a clickable list of participants.

Thanks for stopping by.

~Nancy

PS I love & appreciate comments and want to let you know that I have comment moderation turned on.  I will not be on the computer as I will be away this weekend so comments will not appear till I am back.  Thank you for your understanding.

72 comments:

Mandy said...

Gorgeous Nancy!!! I just love that drop bezel! That is so clever. This is really stunning!

moonlitfantaseas said...

very pretty Nancy!I love haw you bezeled your focal!

SavonFeutré said...

Very beautiful. I love this.

lynsey said...

You are the second participant this morning i've seen use copper in their pieces, and this makes me so happy.

Your pieces are beautiful, love them

Marcie Abney said...

Love the beaded bezel! (I deferred a bit from the seeds in mine!) This looks great Nancy, congrats on a beautiful piece.

Jet said...

ohh the chain for the necklace is so so pretty! i want to make one for myself now :) i'm very curious about these herringbone beaded beads you speak of- i don't think i've ever seen a beaded bead in herringbone! i'd love to see what they look like :)

BluMoon said...

Lovely necklace and bracelet.

Monica said...

You made a very interesting necklace with the clay focal.

m.e. said...

Both creations are fabulous !
I LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE your seed bead work!!!
Great soup!
m.e. :)

Shirley said...

Nancy, I love that necklace! Hope you do another post to talk more about the process of making it, as well as the bezel. Those colors are gorgeous and really set off the focal. The bracelet is just shimmering with light, I really enjoy looking at all the texture in it. Great job!

EmandaJ said...

Great Job jumping outsideyour comfort zone -- that's what the challenge is all about!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda

http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

TorqueStory said...

I love what you did with the teardrop beads. I work with seed beads myself and I will definitely borrow from your inspired technique.

Kristen said...

Oh Nancy!!!!!!!!!!

Now you know I love your creations but what you did with that bead focal has just blown me away! I am so in love with this necklace! Thank you so much for sharing this!

WondrousStrange said...

Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.

Menno Jeweler said...

I love the colors in these pieces. The bracelet is adorable!

KayzKreationz said...

I love that bracelet. And your seed bead work in the necklace is just awesome. I think you did a wonderful job setting off her focal and clasp.

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

Beautiful stunning work!

JLYNNJEWELS said...

What a beautiful mix of beads you had from Nan! I love the colors and metal combo...but especially loved your needleart and the herrigbone pattern to create a beautiful bezel focal piece - amazing :)

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created two terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture on the beaded bezel. I also love the copper bracelet. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!
Lori

Shiraz said...

Very beautiful, I love the color combination you added with the seed beads to the focal.

Jenni said...

What a beautiful necklace...so much work! I love the focal and it's surround. the bracelet is gorgeous ..love the colours and the little copper caps.
jenni

Regina said...

Love the bead work on the necklace, really focuses on the bead. The pumpkin bracelet... beautiful.

Grubbi said...

Aw very pretty, a real romantic quality to the pieces!

Mylene said...

Those teardrop beads are really outstanding. Love how you created the bezel around the focal with them. Beautiful!

Lois Moon said...

I love that bracelet...the beads combined with copper are gorgeous. And of course the necklace is just stunning.

Jo said...

I just can't decide which is my favourite! I love the beadwork of the necklace, espcially around the pendant, and the colours in the bracelet are gorgeous. Beautiful work!

Cece said...

Like the necklace. Especially your color combo.

Spirited Earth said...

i love what you did with the bezel for the focal..both these pieces are stunning

Shaiha said...

I adore that necklace. I have never been one for bead weaving but I just might have to change my mind.

Silver Parrot said...

The seed beadwork is great and so is the bracelet. You've done a wonderful job with your soup!

Sweet Freedom said...

Beautiful beadwork, and I love the greens, browns, and copper in the bracelet!

Bobbie said...

Lovely pieces -- it's always good to see beadweaving done so well!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

I love how you have used the focal Nancy - beautiful. I love the bracelet too. Nice work!

Karyn

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

What beautiful seed bead work -- and the bracelet is so pretty! I've been a huge fan of Nan's work since she started, so I'm glad you had fun with it!

I hope you'll join me next time -- the blog badge and dates are up on my blog now.

Love, Lori

4His Glory Creations by CJ said...

Very beautiful!

Stacey said...

OOooo...I loved the colors you were able to work with - really beautiful design work!!

Pat Haight said...

Love the beadwork in the necklace and the bracelet is beautiful!

Karyn B said...

The bead weaving is so pretty, and the bracelet is lovely too!

Michelle Mach said...

Love both your pieces! Great job!

Ann said...

Very nice, love how you used your seed beads to make the focal really stand out.

Christals Creations said...

Ohh. I have ideas for my left overs now. Thank you. :o) Xx

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Nancy, I LOVE what you did with the necklace! Gorgeous! Such a pretty and elegant piece! And the bracelet is so sweet, something I would totally wear myself! Love!

Terri said...

Such talent. Wow! These turned out beautifully. I had a similar focal last bead soup sent to me I would of never thought... nor do I currently posses the skill to do what you have done so well here. So I'm delighted to admire yours.

Elisabeth said...

Your necklace is breath taking! Wonderful!

Heidi said...

Oh, how pretty! Wonderful color scheme :)

Serena Trent said...

I like how you put the two beads together and on either side you put the bead caps. That is a good design element.

WOW wonderful job!

Maggie said...

Those bees are wonderful. I'm in awe of the beadwork you did to showcase the focal. Sweet bracelet.

coffeeaddict said...

lovely. I so like how you incorporated the pendant

Wendy said...

Oh, both pieces are beautiful! Your seed bead work is fantastic! I am in love with the bracelet! Great job!

Beadaholique said...

Beautiful! What a great pair you and your partner were, Nan's lovely beads go so well with your bead work and vice versa - both highlight each other without distracting from one another. I love both the necklace and the bracelet! All your work is really stunning.

Julie & Andrea

Sally Anderson said...

I love both of these a LOT! Your herringbone is perfect for that drop bezel. Great! Love those beads in the bracelet too. All in all, a great bowl of soup!

Riki Schumacher said...

Oooh, great job, love the detail. No patience for that! Beautiful. Thanks for swinging by. Riki

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry I am so late hopping your way. My computer dug it's heels in and said Not gon'a go thaat fast.:^)
Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
Be blessed to be a blessing

Jennifer Cameron said...

Gorgeous! I love the beading of the bee and that bracelet is so great! Both pieces look so wearable...meaning you can send them my way and I'll wear them for you ;o)

Cindy Cima said...

Beautiful job with the focal - love the bracelet too!

Holly said...

Nancy! What a lovely way to accent Nan's awesome beads! Your beading is just lovely...

one-eared pig said...

That necklace is amazing! I love Nan's work (she was my first BSBP partner). The bracelet and colors you used are so pretty!

vonna said...

Wonderful soup to work with you have done an awesome job.

Noemi said...

Wow! I am always amazed at people who can work with seed beads. And do it really well.

LeeLu Creations said...

Beautiful!

Christine Altmiller said...

your beadweaving is beautiful! i love your colors and style. very soothing.

Tracy said...

Gorgeous soup pieces Nancy, I love both of them.

ladyhawthorne said...

How very pretty with the bead weaving. I've never done any but would like to try one day.

salla said...

love the beadwoven necklace! the teardrops add so much to it!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Beautiful beading you did on the bee focal and on its necklace and the bracelet is fabulous.

maneki said...

Beautiful jewellery! I really like the colours in the bracelet and the necklace is just fab. I really like the way you suspended the bezelled pendant. Great work!

Marian Hertzog said...

Love your bead work! The bracelet is great too. Very pretty.

CraftyHope said...

That seed beaded chain is just amazing. I wish I had the patience for small beadwork. You really blew me away with it. In addition, the bracelet is simply beautiful. Overall, you made some seriously yummy soup!

Shyme said...

Simply beautiful pieces!

Bead Lola Bead said...

Both the necklace and bracelet are beautiful!

chicandfrog said...

Love the beaded bezel, great work!
Ambra

oooLiekeooo said...

I love the bracelet!