Friday, April 26, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party #7!!

I'm participating in the Bead Soup Blog party this year.  Over 500 of us are participating this year, and this  is the third of three reveals of beautiful work.  I started with a collection of beads, a clasp and a focal bead from my lovely partner Merja Syrjamaki.  The reveals officially start tomorrow, but I'm heading out for a weekend away, and wanted to put the post up before I left.



I was a bit challenged with this, as I haven't worked with gemstones in the past, and typically don't work with pink, but I love what Merja sent me.  I know she was a little worried about the quantity, but I got three sizeable pieces out of the soup, so it was definitely a generous helping!  First I created a "wine inspired" bracelet, with the leaf shaped clasp, the jasper, green stone and some lovely dark burgundy pearls.


Next up was more reminiscent of my style - a  three tier necklace, with big copper loops for interest.  I used the lovely crystal, rose quartz and pearls that Merja sent me, adding a couple of clear beads, the chain and copper loops


And finally for the focal - I'd had the idea to use the brass spacers as chain after seeing a similar piece in a local jewellery store.  I strung them together with a couple strands of Fireline and a right angle weave technique.  I added the chain accents, along with some lampwork spacers and the pearl drops before adding the brass and crystal clay focal.  All in all, I'm very happy with the way that this turned out.



If you'd like to see what other people are creating, the fabulous hostess of the party, Lori Anderson, has all of the participants up here.







29 comments:

Penny said...

You created lovely pieces of the beads! I especially love the first bracelet. What a clever way to use the daisy beads, never would have thought of that! Have a lovely weekend! Merja

Mags said...

I love the necklace you made with the pendant from Merja; I know it looks gorgeous on you :-D

JuLee said...

Love the color combo in your bracelet!

bailaora said...

so inventive projects,great necklaces!congrats!

vintagesusie said...

Wonderful soup my friend, each piece is so LOVELY!!! Great Job!

kathy stemke said...

Love the vintage look of the last necklace.
kathy

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Such elegant pieces - Nice work!

Ann said...

I really like all of your pieces. My favorite is the necklace with the focal though. The accent beads really bring out the colors of the focal and are set off perfectly by the chain.

Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design said...

Beautiful designs! I really love that bracelet :)

balanced. said...

what a lovely soup! and love what you did with it!

LoriF said...

Wow, I love the colour combination she gave you to work with, AND what you've done with it. That first piece is just spectacular! Very elegant!

AllesPerle said...

You did a great job, every single piece is lovely. Congrats!

said...

I love the bracelet.
ciao dall'Italia

ACBeads said...

All are gorgeous pieces. I love the idea of weaving the daisy spacers and making a chain. Congratulations. Excellent work.

VasDea said...

What pretty pieces you have created - love them.

pinkchapeau said...

You did great, even if you normally don't use a lot of pink , you would never know. And I am in love with the bracelet, it has such a nice earthy feel to it.

PiPa said...

Beautiful, elegant pieces

Barb Fernald said...

LOVE that bracelet!! Nice work on the necklaces too.

Sandra Young said...

Everything is so pretty. Very beautiful designs. I especially love the pink/green combo. Very nice!

vovsblog said...

Beautiful work well done!

Peikkonen said...

Love your pieces, they are right up my alley! I think the bracelet is my fave, but I think I'll have to try the spacer chain :)

Kepi said...

Beautiful pieces, delicious soup, lots of color.

Patricia Johnson said...

You did a wonderful job...your pieces are lovely. That would have been a hard coor for me!

Christine said...

Lovely pieces! I love your wine-inspired bracelet!!

Becky Pancake said...

Karin you did a great job using your soup. My favorite is the pink with copper.

Nelly May said...

Beautiful pieces. Although I'm not a pink girl either I just love that multi-strand pink necklace.

roomforchange said...

Love the colours of your soup and you made lovely things with it!!

CraftyHope said...

I love that bracelet. Though you may not often work with gemstones, you really did an excellent job with these! Way to go!

Sara said...

Beautiful work! I love seeing what you create and would be happy to own any of those pieces. You did a great job with your soup.