My Bead Soup Party partner was Stacy of Iridal's Attic: check back here for a post about her gorgeous work, or click on this link to be taken to her blog to see more of her creations!
Stacy sent me a gorgeous soup consisting of a lampwork focal, sari silk, Botswana and turquoise agate, freshwater pearls, Czech glass beads, and polymer clay beads made by Stacy's own fair hand. Here's a photo to refresh your memory:
|My soup from Stacy|
I had a lot of fun with this soup. For starters, I love blue, it's my favourite colour, so I was chuffed to receive beads in such vibrant shades of blue! Plus, Stacy had sent such a large soup that I figured I could easily make two pieces with it.
Which is what I did: the sterling silver clasp was used in one piece, along with some waxed linen cord from Rebecca at The Curious Bead Shop, which was used to string on a combination of the pearls and Czech glass beads, interspersed by knots. All of this was used to connect three silver wire hearts I made to act as connectors. The clasp was combined with sterling silver connectors, from Piscean Dreams, to act as a extender chain.
***Disclaimer: I have misplaced my camera! I'm sorry if the photos are a bit naff, they're the best I could do with iPhone technology and photo editing :( ***
|Necklace number one - using Stacy's sterling silver clasp, freshwater pearls and Czech glass beads|
I really like this necklace - it's incredibly light. I haven't worn it yet, as I kind of felt like I would be 'revealing' it before the official reveal date! But now it's here, I'm going to be wearing it A LOT. This is gonna jazz up any plain white t-shirt and jeans.
My second necklace used the lamp work focal, the agate beads, and the blue sari silk. I didn't want to go too overboard with this design, as the lampwork focal is just gorgeous, and should have pride of place. But I was determined to use the agate (they are so vibrant - I want more!) and the sari silk. Seriously, the sari silk is so soft and sumptuous. I wish there was a way to make this blog more interactive, and then you could actually feel how nice this silk is over the internet!
|Necklace number two - using the lampwork focal, agate beads and sari silk Stacy sent me|
I made a copper chain from my own stash, and used copper headpins and a clasp, both from Nadin Sandler, to create this necklace.
I really really want to use the other sari silk Stacy sent me - the red one in the photo. I have an idea for what to use it with, but unfortunately I haven't had chance to complete my idea yet. I also need to think of an idea to utilise Stacy's gorgeous (and handmade!) polymer clay beads.
You may have noticed that I haven't named my pieces. In past Parties I have named my pieces, but this time my mind has drawn a blank (a combination of stress and head being full of cold, most likely). So suggestions are welcome!
Anyway, I should let you get back to the rest of the party!
Hostess: Lori Anderson
My partner: Stacy Alderson
Anitra Gordy Boyers
Billi RS Rothove
Evie and Beth McCord
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Johanna Rhodes Nash
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Kathleen Lange Klik
Mary Ellen Parker
Susan of Libellula Jewelry