Saturday, May 10, 2014

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party REVEAL Is Here!!!

First off, I would love to thank Lori Anderson for all of her hard work on the party, and for everything she's done for ALL of us.  She is simply amazing!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lori!!!

And now, on with the show!!

I was paired with the nicest beader!  Her name is Carol Wilson, and her blog is www.jetadorn.blogspot.com!   She is a very talented jewelry artist from the Sunshine State (Florida!).  I was so excited to see what she sent me, so when the package arrived, I tore into it before I even got back to the house from the mailbox!

Just a little reminder, here is what she sent me!


Just look at all the pretty purples, blues, pinks and black!   And in GOLD!!  I almost never use gold in my jewelry designs, so Carol really challenged me!  I was thrilled to see a metal in there that seemed to say "let's see what you can do with this!"  The pendant focal just stole my breath, and the hand-made clasp is so fun!  I have to admit that I had a serious case of envy for that clasp, because I couldn't make a clasp myself if my life depended on it!  HA HA HA!  

So, I've been mulling about with a couple of ideas of what to create with this bead soup.  Each one was studied on, and eventually discarded.  I mulled and thought, thought and mulled, studied and studied, I FINALLY came up with a design.  I wanted to do something that showcased each individual element of the soup that Carol sent me, and I think maybe, just maybe, I succeeded in that.




I created a hand-made chain for the focal using some gold wire.  The best part of all of this?  My mom was here visiting with me, so while I was creating, I got to spend some quality time with her.  She is a fellow jewelry artist, so there is some of her influence in this piece as well.  I wire wrapped the chain using the plethora of gorgeous beads from Carol's soup and added just a couple of others that I thought would bring out some of the stunning color in the focal.  The clasp just looked perfect with the chain as well.   Once I was done with all those wire wrapped components, I created a small coordinating bracelet and pair of earrings with hand-made earwires.  ( I CAN make earwires, just not clasps!)




I utilized the gorgeous glass, pearl and stone beads for each link in the chain. 


I think that the design sets off the gorgeous focal and the beautiful clasp well.


This photo simply does NOT do this pendant focal justice.  The colors are so vibrant and imaginative.  I could stare at it for hours!


Here is the fun earrings and bracelet that I created as well.  They are very simple, but I find sometimes that beauty can be found in the most simple of creations.


Here is another look at the entire ensemble.

Again, I want to thank my amazing partner, Carol Wilson, for such an amazing bead soup.  I hope that she has had as much fun with this as I have!!   I can't wait to see what she created with what I sent her!   

Here is the link to the participants list for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party!  Please go visit everyone's pages and see what gorgeous things we created this year!!  There were over 500 participants this year, so the list is here on the link below.  VISIT VISIT VISIT!  You won't regret it!! :)

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2014/05/welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party.html

Thank you so much for your visit, and I hope that you enjoy the Party!!

God bless!! 

Candi





79 comments:

  1. Oh, Candi, it is absolutely beautiful! I love-love-love the way you put it together with the beaded chain! Thank you for such a nice post (you are much more eloquent than I am) and the compliments. If anyone would like to see what I made from Candi's stash, see http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/ . Note that all of the beautiful components Candi sent me came from her local bead store, Bead Bayou (beadbayou.net) and the focal was handmade by Glenn Levent. Nearly all of what I sent her came from MY local beadstore, AA Beads (aabeadsonline.com).

    I have ideas for the rest of what she sent, too. For the fiber, of course it screams "kumihimo"! I may try to incorporate the lovely stone donuts. I think it will be lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol!!! I just love what you sent to me. I didn't use all the beads. I hoarded the strand of amethyst all for myself! HA HA It's my husband's birthstone, so I think I'm going to make something out of it in honor of him. :) I hope that you have a blessed day!! I'm going to go see what you made now!!

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  2. Candi I agree that simple can be stunning and you did it really well. Great job girl.

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  3. The design you created and colors paired are perfect with that focal bead! What a dynamic set! :)

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  4. The design you created and colors paired are perfect with that focal bead! What a dynamic set! :)

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  5. so colorfull and sparkling creations!

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  6. What a stunningly beautiful set of jewellery, the beaded chain links are fab.

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  7. striking designs with great colours

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  8. Wow, that is beautiful! Great pieces!

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  9. The colors are AMAZING! That is a showstopper!

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  10. Very bohemian with sparks of color ,you also did a great job with the wire wrapping.

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  11. Gorgeous soup, right? Beautiful pieces and they compliment each other so well. The wire wrapping for the links gives the necklace an even greater value.

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  12. Love all of the color and of course the hand made chain ! great job :)

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  13. That many different colors would have been intimidating to me, I think. But you rocked it like a champ !

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  14. Beautiful pieces - they would be so fun to wear!

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  15. All of those wire loops!!Wow!! Love what you have done with your soup!!

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  16. Simplicity is always in! Your necklace definitely does justice to that beautiful focal. And goodness the time you must have spent wire wrapping the links - major props to you!

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  17. Colorful, fun, creations that will cheer you every time you wear them!

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  18. Lovely, colorful, vibrant and fun pieces, which just will go with everything!

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  19. Wow love what you have done with your soup! I have always wanted to try the loop earrings. Yours turned out beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog with such a great comment. KUDOS to you

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  20. Love that handmade chain! Sounds like a nice time spent with your Mom too.

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  21. What a beautiful set, so brilliantly colourful. Really great!

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  22. That design really does set off that focal --it does such a great job of showing it off without overwhelming or underwhelming it :-) Gorgeous!

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  23. Perfect design for the focal really sets it off, the whole set is gorgeous!

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  24. Wow, that focal is just mind blowing! You did a great job matching it and with your wire wrapping. Stunning work! Thanks for joining and posting!

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  25. I love the array of color in your piece...Beautiful and Vibrant.
    www.liraysadesigns.blogspot.com

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  26. You have created a beautiful set. Perfectly color balanced. Just Soup-er!

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  27. I have to say that using gold with the beads and making your own chain really set this set apart! I think it is beautifully elegant, and would go with anything, from dressy to casual. Great job!! Gina H

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  28. What a lovely set you created! It so versatile & the colors you used go so well with that beautiful focal! By the way, if you can make ear wires, you CAN make a clasp. It's not as hard as it looks! :)))

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  29. Beautiful! So colorful...reminds me of carnival...I love it!

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  30. earrings are so pretty! my favourite of the set. the colours and bead pieces remind me of fruity jewelled pastilles. whee...!

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  31. It's all so beautiful!
    Well done ^_^

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  32. Love what you made with your soup! That must have been a lot of work to make that chain. Kudos on a well served soup! - Suzann Sladcik Wilson

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  33. That is a really pretty piece of dichroic, you've matched the colors in it well. I love handmade chain and yours in no exception, nicely done!

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  34. Beautiful job, I really love the beaded chain and the way you balanced the color palate!

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  35. The focal is gorgeous and the beaded chain you made really does it justice. Lovely work.

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  36. You created beautiful designs with your soup. Love how you used gold wire wraps to pull the metal from the bail on the focal up to the handmade clasp from your soup.

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  37. Your Dichroic glass focal and those hot pink Keishi pearls are to die for. What a beautiful soup to work with. I love how your set turned out. And if you can make chain and ear wires, you can make a clasp too. Keep trying. You'll get it.

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  38. Wow, your creation is so colorful, spectacular and brilliant. great

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  39. Such beautiful designs - love the bright use of colour =)

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  40. First I would like to say what an amazing soup. The abundance of colors included in it just flowed perfectly together. That focal bead was simply gorgeous, and the design you chose complemented it completely. What an amazing fantabulous job u did .....Ty for sharing. By now I am off to do more hopping boy r my legs getting tired

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  41. That's a gorgeous soup - and your design is happy, fun, cheerful and oh, so bright! Love it.

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  42. That dichroic glass is dreamy, love how you created a full set, great work!

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  43. What a lovely bright set you have made the necklace is colourful and pretty I love it!
    Jackie

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  44. lovely set! so bright and cheerful, would be a joy to wear

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  45. Such beautiful colours showcased amazingly b

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  46. Colorful, happy and beautiful ... that's how I'd describe your set. You showcased all the single beads just as you wanted to. Well done!
    Alenka

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  47. Nice necklace! The focal is very colourful and goes so well with the chain ypu made. It is so nice!

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  48. the focal is so beautiful! I like that rainbow of colors (:

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  49. Very cheerful and with so many interesting details!
    Very well done!

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  50. Candi - you got such a gorgeous soup - filled with all kinds of color! And that dichroic focal is just THE BOMB!!!! I love that you kept the composition "simple" - I think it sets that focal off perfectly - it coordinates nicely, but places the spotlight firmly where it belongs. Kudos to you for making your own chain - I've made chains like that and they take hours and patience and some serious manual dexterity. My hands were SO sore when I finished the last one of those chains that I've studiously avoided making a full chain like that since, LOL. Great work!

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  51. Great sop, such a glow! Lovely creations.

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  52. All of your pieces are wonderful. I love the colors and designs.

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  53. Great design. The handmade chain really compliments that gorgeous focals.

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  54. Yes, that is a gorgeous focal! Your necklace sets it off very very well! Beautiful colors :)

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  55. It is all so colorful and shiny - what a perfect trio of pieces. Very pretty soup ingredients and a nice use of those ingredients with your designs. You may find people staring at you while wearing any or all of these pieces - I know I wouldn't be able to stop looking at all of the bead colors!

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  56. My eyes just loved all the color Candi, and followed it all the way around the necklace. Great flow and lovely work!! True eye candy!!

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  57. You did a wonderful job with all of the beautiful color and shapes. The wire wrapped necklace is spectacular and the set is great!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  58. Wow all the colours really hit of that focal and bring it to life. Great work!

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  59. You are right...that focal is fantastic! What a beautiful complement your beaded chain is to the swirling worlds in that focal. Thank you for sharing your talents with the Bed Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

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  60. What an explosion of color! Your designs turned out great.

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  61. So fun! You showcased that focal beautifully

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  62. What beautiful soup you made! That chain is great! And how fun that your Mom got to see you create it :)

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  63. Gorgeous use of color, love your pieces

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  64. A lovely festive set of jewelry that you made from your swap. This set will go with anything that you could possibly wear!

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  65. You did a fabulous job of highlighting your bead soup! I love that focal! :)

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  66. The focal certainly got the attention it deserved - I like the choice of wired chain and bead arrangement. Making the earrings and bracelet simpler was the right thing to do but without them the necklace wouldn't be so gorgeous!

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  67. Most excellent job with your soup. The array of colors you used is perfect for summer, but I can also see that scheme working its way right into fall also. Lovely work!!

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  68. Wow, you received some colorful soup! I love how you made all your pieces go together with the focal piece. Great job!

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  69. Wonderful work, you really made some beautiful pieces and set of that gorgeous focal to a tee.

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  70. Love what you made! I'd have to say, I think my favorite is the necklace! Beautiful!

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