10 May 2014

8th Bead Soup Bead Party - Here We Go!

A week's delay gave me the time to take pictures of my bead soup creations. And trust me, this year's bead soup had me working right up till the end. This is my third time participating in this annual event hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things and it seems like I'm the sole participant from Malaysia!

My partner is Ginger Bishop of lilmummy likes.... And she's this wonderful lady from USA who is currently based in Okinawa, Japan.

Ginger sent me this pretty dish of bead soup. While I loved everything, I found it a challenge to make them work all together. I procrastinated a couple of weeks before I started working on the beads, and when I did, I decided to make separate pieces for the focal clasp and pendant.


Bead Soup from Ginger



The focal clasp was a copper beauty but I do not work with copper at all! So you must understand that it was a very lucky thing that I had some copper wire scraps stashed at the bottom of my wire box. How it got there I can't even remember! I was pretty determined to pair the copper focal with the greenish stone bead chips and this is bracelet that came off the initial idea. This is my favourite creation piece.


Copper focal clasp
Swarovski 4-clover peridot bead ties the whole bracelet together

The copper-green bracelet laid out flat

I really didn't know what to do with a donut pendant so I turned to google for inspiration. It was a couple of days before I chose to make a lariat necklace of it. It would be something new for me. Coming up with the design of this necklace was quite easy with its gorgeous bright colours amidst a darker background. I searched my stash for some nature-inspired beads and came up with a result that I think did justice to the autumn-y pendant.


Lariat necklace without clasp
Tried to find dangle beads that matched the colours of the pendant
A colourful autumn piece, don't you think?

I had initially wanted to make earrings with the turquoise flower beads, so I'm also not entirely sure how it ended up becoming a necklace. But here it is, a simple necklace that allowed me to also use up the ruby red and ceramic blue beads.

A last-minute creation to use up the other beads
Me thinks it would help add a little happiness to a drab outift

I don't think my creations were particularly ambitious, given I hadn't been beading for almost half a year now, but it definitely gave me a chance to explore new designs that I probably wouldn't have thought of myself. So thank you Ginger for the wonderful challenge and thank you Lori for the great opportunity to make new creative friends and for everything else you do to make BSBP possible!

Please visit Ginger's blog to see what she created with the bead soup I sent her. 


The list of the other blogs involved in the BSBP#8 can be found here.
I'll be hopping around and I hope to see you along the way..!

60 comments:

  1. You did a great job on all your pieces Carmen. I love the bracelet and it was a clever idea to use the donut focal in a lariat necklace. So pretty!

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  2. Such pretty jewellery form a lovely Soup!

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  3. Lariat necklace is my fav! Great work!

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  4. Soooooo charming, Carmen! I love the autumn necklace, love the colors in it - you did a wonderful job!

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  5. Carmen, you did a fabulous job with your bead soup ingredients! I love both of the necklace!

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  6. Great job! I love what you did with your soup!

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  7. So lvely, I love your designs and the color combinations. You last minute creation is my favorite, certain tol make one merry.

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  8. Beautiful. Really like the bracelets.

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  9. So pretty. I especially love the last one you made to use up the beads. I wear a lot of black and think it would add a great pop to an outfit.

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  10. Very nice reveal. A lariat is my favorite style of necklace and you did a great job with yours. But, that copper bracelet....well, you need to be working more with copper. Great job.

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  11. Wow, I'm loving that donut focal lariat- that's gorgeous!

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  12. You know every time I send beads away I know they will become something I never could have dreamed of. Carmen you made an amazing trio. I love the turquoise necklace the most. Thanks for being such a dear partner.

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  13. I'm a bracelet gal, so naturally I LOVE your creation, Carmen :) But I think your necklaces are also gorgeous :)

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  14. Gorgeous pieces! I adore the bracelet!

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  15. Beautiful work - love the bracelet!

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  16. Great designs! And I am glad to know that I am not the only person who will sit down to make earrings and end up with a necklace.

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  17. Beautiful work and I especially love the last necklace!

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  18. Love them all!! Beautiful pieces.

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  19. Love the lariat necklace. Awesome job!

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  20. Beautiful pieces, love the green bracelet

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  21. Very nice! I like the lariat idea.

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  22. OH your pieces are gorgeous! The Lariat is beautiful! Love the colors, and the focal is so cool!

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  23. Well, I would say you really stepped out of your comfort zones for this soup! Your pieces are gorgeous! Thanks for joining and posting!

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  24. You may not think your pieces were ambitious, but you made beautiful designs with beads that challenged you. Great use of your soup. And I think you were in good company on the initial procrastinating thing.

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  25. I have no clue what you are talking about with the procrastinating thing.......riiiiiight, LOL, indeed as mentioned before, you are in good company there!
    you have done an awesome job though, love the lariat necklace

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  26. The lariat necklace is really lovely!

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the lariat necklace perfect for that focal. Can't pick a favorite because they are all stunning.

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  28. Awesome designs. Way to work copper into your piece even though it's not your normal metal type. My favorite is the leaf necklace. xo Genea

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  29. I love the multi strand Bracelet. I was also given a donut bead and do t know what to do with it. Thanks for the idea.

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  30. I love the lariat necklace. What a fabulous center piece.

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  31. Hey old partner! I LOVE all your creations they are so fun - my fav is the Lariat necklace - I could see myself wearing it. Such great work as usual. mwah xxxx Nat

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  32. Love the soup & your creations! My favorite is the bracelet with that beautiful focal clasp. How clever to add the peridot bead too. This way you have 2 focals in case the bracelet slides around as they're wont to do.

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  33. LOVE the lariat necklace. The colours are gorgeous!

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  34. What a lovely soup! I especially love the turquoise and the pendant.

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  35. Beautiful work and I especially love the necklace with a pendant

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  36. I really like the lariat necklace and want to make some like that too! The second necklace is very nice too and I really like the way you laid out the bracelet. Great job!

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  37. Carmen I like all three of your designs.You spotlighted the focals well in the first two. The third necklace is bright and cheerful. Good job. Kudos to you fro making something with a new technique.

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  38. I really like all three designs are fun, the color mixes that you worked with would cheer up any drab out fit. I love the addition of the four leaf clover to the bracelet it tied everything together and the cylinder beads are awesome!

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  39. Beautiful pieces - I love the lariat necklace - so bright and pretty!

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  40. Oh yeah ...I like these .....A LOT!!!....so darn cute my grand daughters would go bezerk over these designs also...I love the simplicity, the textures, the earthy colors...Everything flows perfectly...ty so much for sharing with us all bye for now got tons and I mean tons of hopping to do....I am not a exercise kinda chick...so all this hopping is making the granny burn....lol...

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  41. Really nice pieces...the bracelet is so sweet! Nice job with your soup!

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  42. Love your bracelet and the necklaces, too!! I specially love the colors of the first necklace! Good use of your soup!
    Alenka

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  43. Love the necklace with the donut focal! Very cool!

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  44. You know I was never really big on the color green - it was ok but - until I started working with copper. Green is just gorgeous with copper and I love your bracelet!!

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  45. super framed focal in the autumn necklace!

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  46. I think you did a lovely job with your bead soup.The first bracelet and the first necklace are my favorites. Well done!

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  47. Fantastic bead soup creations. I love that they have such lovely array of color but still have that organic feel to them.

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  48. Very beautiful soup! I love the autumn necklace. It's so colourful and the design is really great. You did a great job with your soup.

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  49. All of your designs are beautiful! I love how you brought out both the colors and theme of the focal in your necklace. However, my favorite piece is that bracelet!

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  50. Lucky you found that copper wire because those beads and the clasp just belong together! It's a beautiful piece! I do like what you did with the donut also. Just enough color added to make it stand out proud!

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  51. Wow! You have created lovely things with your soup I especially like the turquoise flower necklace what a nice last thoght!
    Jackie

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  52. All of your pieces are so great! That bracelet and lariat in particular are really pretty. Well done.

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  53. Beautiful pieces, I love your creativity. My favorite is the lariat, and I'm inspired to try one myself.

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  54. You did a Wonderful job! Great beads and you really made them sing!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  55. Your favourite ♥creation piece is mine as well! Love the lariat too, did not see one for a long time, it has such a beautiful focal . And yes, the long necklace is full of happiness! Have fun when wearing it!

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  56. I absolutely love the bracelet - the colors, the wired beads, the way it has kind of two focals - two strands brilliantly connected by the Swarovski bead! The lariat is a very attractive piece - you designed and matched it perfectly! The last necklace can make you happy, indeed with the bright colors and different shapes of the bead!

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  57. You came up with some wonderful designs. I love the bracelet. You perfectly highlighted each bead and with that stunning clasp it would have been easy to set it off balance but you took care of that beautifully with the Swarovski bead. The focal on your lariat necklace is amazing and you highlighted it to perfection as well. Will you be selling that one? I'll have to keep an eye out for it if you decide to.

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