I was paired with Cindy Cima Edwards, and she sent me a great mix of green gemstones, glass, crystal and brass. You can see why I did a happy dance on my front porch when these arrived, no?
Moss agate, Russian serpentine, green aventurine, sesame jasper, Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, cat's eye, Vintaj brass
And from that wonderful mix, I cooked up not one, not two, but THREE portions of beady yumminess!
(1) The filigree and chain were where I knew my challenge would be, as those aren't compents I use a lot in my work. But I had some sesame jasper beads in my stash to match the focal, and when I noticed little flecks of mauve in the jasper, freshwater pearls I'd been hoarding seemed perfect. I went asymmetrical with the triple strands (which could still use a little post-hop tweaking, but hey, time was ticking!), and voila:
From the soup: sesame jasper focal, green aventurine, Vintaj bead caps, chain, flower filigree, clasp
From my stash: sesame jasper beads, Czech firepolished glass, freshwater pearls, oval brass filigree
(2) Then, since my real passion is beadweaving, I wanted to do something in that vein. The dark green moss agate beads were a perfect match for a bead embroidered pendant I'd made a few months ago that I'd just been hanging on a neckwire. And since flat spiral was on my to-do list, this was a perfect opportunity! The pendant slides on the necklace (a little to the left in the bottom picture, but I'm a little askew myself, so...)
From the soup: Moss agate rounds
From my stash: bead embroidered pendant, glass seed beads, my own fabricated clasp(3) And then, to use as much of the soup as I could before time ran out, I made a fun pair of mismatched earrings (even though in the photo, they look like they're sized for an elephant!). You can really see the mauve flecks in the sesame jasper in these pictures.
From the soup: Vintage brass bead caps, bead , jumprings, charm; green aventurine
From my stash: sesame jasper, brass earwires and headpins
This was my first time in the BSBH, and it's been a blast! Thanks for visiting -- I hope you'll follow my blog (the "follow" button is on the left of this page under the post archive if the link here doesn't work), leave a comment, and/or like me on Facebook and we can get to know each other better!
Now go grab a mug or glass of your favorite beverage, curl up in a comfy seat, and enjoy the rest of the hop! Here's the link to the full list: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/. And thanks to Lori Anderson for coordinating this whole shebang -- this woman could conquer the world if she wanted to, she's just that organized.