Time flies..! It's already time for the 2nd Reveal of the 6th BSBP! This is my first time participating in the Lori Anderson's extraordinary Bead Soup Blog Party and I had a fabulous time with the jewellery-making challenges this project brought along.
My partner if you remember is Adlinah from DreamStruck Designs. She sent me a beautiful soup but, dear me, these weren't beads or colours I normally work with! I'm a little more used to creating designs using 10mm and bigger beads. Adlinah's soup for me contained more delicate beads.
I fell in love with the antique gold flower toggle clasp and immediately knew I wanted to pair it up with the handmade BLOOM tag. I decided later to create little blooms using the little milky pink and chartreuse rounds. And the rest just came along naturally as I continued making the bracelet. The little bead bundle is made of various beads I found in my own stash including some padparadscha swarovski bicones, tiny pale pink faux pearls and some Czech round and leaf beads.
The focal pendant was more tricky. I dangled some of the Czech glass flowers at the bottom of the lampwork pendant but set it aside for more than a week deciding how to incorporate other beads in the necklace design. The challenge for myself was to incorporate some of the yellow ab seed beads. I don't usually use seed beads because I find stringing them a pain. But in the end I strung two strands of the seed beads (without a beading needle!!) and wondered what to do with them. It was only last week I had a breakthrough and decided to do a braid of the seed beads, the faux pink suede cord and some really old AB cube beads (accented by pale pink faux pearls). This is my first time using this technique and I'm very happy with the braid turned out (it did take a couple of trials and errors). The other side of the necklace, was simple wirework with beads and a pink organza ribbon to bring everything together.
I still have a bunch of beads left over and I know I want to create a pair of earrings with the pink ceramic rounds by Keith O'Connor. I'm still stuck for ideas so until I can create something worthy of their beauty they will be left untouched...
A big shoutout goes to Lori Anderson for hosting and organizing this wonderful bead soup party and my partner Adlinah Kamsir for providing me such a pretty soup. I love creative challenges and making new friends!!
Now after reading my rather long post on this, it's time to do some blog hopping!!! Please go on over to DreamStruck Designs and see what Adlinah created with the beads I sent her.
If you are a pinterest buddy the pictures of all the bead soup reveals are here:
And here's the list of second reveal participants:
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
|Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs|
I'll be hopping around throughout the week and hope to see you along the way..!