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.