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The spectacular Lori Anderson is throwing another world-wide celebration of creativity, the Bead Soup Blog Hop. My partner this time is the astonishingly talented Nancy Dale. If you don't know her work, go check it out here, and check out the beautiful things she created with the soup I sent her here.
After seeing Nancy's work, you can perhaps understand why I was a little nervous about doing justice to the soup she sent me. ("A little nervous" = "shaking in my shoes, staring at the wall and murmuring mantras to myself")
And in Nancy's case, "soup" = "soups". She sent two distinct colorways, both featuring lampwork by JulsBeads.
|gorgeous turquoises, creams, sterling, gemstones, and seed bead mix|
|warm greens and golds, vermeil, seed bead mix|
The first piece, a necklace, uses many of the lampwork beads, turquoise and jade beads, crystals from the seed bead mix, sterling spacers, and the silk ribbon that Nancy had tied the bead soup package closed with (too pretty to waste!) All I added here was my own handforged clasp, and the textured silver rings.
|Lampwork, turquoise, sterling spacers|
|Peyote woven bead mix, turquoise, jade, sterling spacers|
|Sterling triple strand clasp used as earring components, shells, bead mix|
There is very little of the blue soup left over!
Then I tackled the green mix, and landed in the middle of a vision that I could only partially complete before time to share. But if your stomach is strong enough to handle it in its immodestly incomplete state, here it is:
Nancy does some amazing bead embroidery, so I really wanted to do at least one embroidered piece. I used the green focal as the center of the medallion, and did a play on the bead's tendrils (which have a beautiful blue luster) as an inspiration of the blue tendrils that spread out. The rest of the medallion was to be filled in with a mosaic of the seed bead mix from Nancy, but I was worried that it would be a little bulky - so I cut out small amorphous shapes from the backing to echo the shapes between tendrils on the focal. Eventually, when the backing is added to the medallion, I'll do a bead edging around each of the cutouts with gold 15s, and edge the outer edge as well. It's honking big (about 5" across!!), so the necklace that it finally becomes part of will be a real statement!
Thank you Nancy, for being a great partner and a good new friend. Thank you Lori, for being the hostess with the mostest once again. And thank you, for staying with me through this extremely long post. I'd love for you to leave a comment before you go enjoy the eye candy at these other blogs!
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