In the last Bead Soup Blog Hop, I took one of those bites, and among the pieces I made was a medallion that was heavily encrusted with bead embroidery, using the delectable soup sent by my fabulous partner Nancy Dale.
So the other day I was in the fabric store, and decided to pick up some ultrasuede to back the medallion. A few hours later, here's what I had:
This is the back view (thank you, Dr. Obvious), so you could see the finishing of the interior openings. Yep, those are 15's lining each one, and I'll admit it, there was some cursing involved as I worked to slice the holes in the backing and fill those tight little spaces with beads. Trimmed up and edged on the front, here's the completed medallion:
Okay, so that was done. Now, how to make it into something wearable. I had some bead soup left over, so I made a couple of beaded beads. Because I used the random beads in the bead blend from Nancy, they were a little freeform, and a little funky. Then I raided my stash for some cool copper beads that also had interior openings that echo the openings in the medallion. Some cool pinky/coppery freshwater pearls, and a copper toggle I made to work with one of the copper beads as a clasp, and I was done:
Granted, this is not a necklace for a woman who's uncomfortable being noticed. But it is surprisingly light and completely comfortable to wear. I've called it Casablanca, because it reminds me of someplace exotic and warm, someplace that the desert breezes might mold the sand into serpentine dunes like the lines on the gorgeous JulsBead at the center of the medallion. Maybe it's something that would be worn by the genie that comes out of the lamp you'd discover on the caravan trail as you cross that desert.
In any event, this has been a grand adventure, and I'm very pleased with the results. Thanks, Nancy, for the fantastic inspiration of your soup!