Today is the day ~ it’s time to reveal our bead soup creations. My partner is Tania Hagen from New Zealand, and here’s the soup mix she sent me:
The focal lampwork bead is handmade by New Zealand artist Bobbie Pene, gorgeous isn’t it? What I found challenging was deciding how best to incorporate it within my necklace design without detracting from its beauty. I tried working with the seed beads, but they threatened to steal the limelight from the focal…so after much experimentation I opted to keep it simple and infinitely wearable. I’ve highlighted the focal with sterling silver beads and hung the pendant from a black and silver strung necklace…. black agate beads in sizes 4mm to 10mm strung in a wave pattern and with a sterling silver round in between each ‘wave’.
You’ll notice that the first photo of my Bead Soup Necklace doesn’t show the clasp…that’s because there is a Heart Shaped Toggle Clasp THIEF in my house and I’ve had to temporarily substitute it with a plain lobster clasp. That’s what happens when you get distracted and leave your bead soup unattended on the table for a few moments…with four kittens in the house.
These are the SUSPECTS: otherwise known as my beading helpers...
Top row: Charlie (left) likes to play ‘Words with Friends’. Quite possibly the brains behind the operation. Max (right) enjoys a beer or two, and was most likely ‘under the influence’ at the time. Bottom row: Ava (left) has been looking for a clasp to finish her necklace for some time… Amber (right) the baby of the family at six months old; firmly believes that possession is 9/10ths of the law.
So, who do you think did it? Was it Charlie, Max, Ava or Amber who stole my clasp?
Back to the beads and my soup… I also made a pair of brass embossed earrings, with a blue patina and using a selection of the freshwater pearls, seedies and crystal beads. These are so light and have a lovely summery feel to them, I really like how they’ve turned out.
To check out all the participants in the third reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party head on over to Lori’s blog for the complete list.