Hello, everyone! It is finally reveal day and I am so excited to show you all what I made.
Thanks again to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for hosting and organizing this blog hop. I can’t imagine what a chore that must be.
Previously, I posted about what I sent my partner, Pam, and you can also read about the tons of goodies she sent me. You’ll notice that she sent me SO MANY focal beads – so I had to get busy!
I didn’t quite make something for every focal bead, but I’m proud of what I accomplished.
May I present, my three complete necklaces for the 2017 Bead Soup Blog Party!
So, I ended up with three long necklaces, all with some ribbon somewhere.
So, the first one I finished was the ceramic button. I wanted to make it a pendant, so I used leather to make loops and glued a fabric flower (meant for scrapbooking) on the back.
The necklace portion features some asymmetrical stringing of “beaded beads” made from filled netting stitch and Czech druks in fall colors. I them used brass rings and sari silk ribbon to finish off the necklace.
The next one I made was for the delicate glass drop. I made a beaded bezel for the Rivoli using an adapted Gail Damm technique in colors that I saw in the drop.
I thought the long delicate nature of the glass drop would be best served in a long necklace meant to hang mid-bust, so I strung it on a loooooong length of Sari ribbon. I used copper chain to attach drop to bezel and bezel to ribbon.
My last finished necklace used this gorgeous gold-leafed bead. I fell in love with the colors under the gold leaf and the finish reminded me of some Czech drops I had in my stash. The color treatment was a perfect match, so I had to use them.
I always struggle a bit when using handmade focal beads because they tend to be very large and I have trouble making my signature stitched pieces match the scale. With this one, I threw stitching out the window and focused on building volume with the drop beads.
I finished it with yet another silk ribbon (I couldn’t help it – the color was PERFECT) and then decided to add a second strand of gold with a single drop to hover above the focal.
Overall, I am really happy with these three necklaces. I think they utilize the beads so generously gifted to me by Pam and challenged me to step outside my comfort zone. I did have some beads that I didn’t get the chance to use, but since my wonderful partner sent me FOUR hoarded beads and change, I think I can consider this a victory, haha.
I did have one necklace that I’m still brainstorming on. I think I’m going to make these coordinating beads Pam sent me into a bib necklace.
Since that one isn’t completed, though, I am happy to celebrate the three that I did finish. It’s way more than I expected to accomplish.
Be sure to check out what my partner made at her blog and then continue with the blog hop! There are so many amazing artists to explore. All the other participants are below the Read More. Happy Hopping!
Marianna DeLuca Wehner
Donna Marie Hanna
Terry Jeanette Carter
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Inge von Roos
Samantha Wescott – You are Here!
Lori Bowring Michaud
Kathleen A Breeding
Michelle Escano Caballero
Robin Lynne Showstack
Maria Rosa Sharrow
I really love your beaded beads – do you have a tutorial for sale anywhere?
In the Ceramic Button / Flower necklace? Those are just short segments of filled tubular netting. There are lots of free tutorials out there. I used 11/0’s, 15/0’s, and 4mm Druks for these ones. :)
Well done, I am always happy when I can come up with 1 piece. Love your use of ribbon in all of your designs, you certainly did justice to what your partner sent.
Thank you, Ann! I did my best! Pam gave me so many lovely pieces, it was tough to come up with enough ideas. Luckily, Sari Silk to the rescue, haha!
Very nice work!
Thanks, Elisabeth! <3
Great job! I love all three of your necklaces. So pretty.
Thanks so much! Everyone knocked it out of the park this year. <3
Really beautiful. I love all of those long necklaces, and they are so romantic with the soft colors and the fabric.
Sari silk is THE BEST for adding gentle romance to things. I am kind of obsessed right now. Thanks! :D
very inventive projects!congrats!
Thank you! <3
Beautiful necklaces! I glanced through more of your work while here – just lovely!
Aww… Thank you, Dorothy! I do my best to keep this blog active, so please pop back in whenever. :D
Beautiful rustic designs, I also like those beadwoven beads that accompany the ceramic button – awesome idea!
Thanks, Tracy! Filled netting is, like, my go-to beaded bead when I’m feeling stumped. :)
I REALLY love the blue long necklace. The gold highlights and leather lacing sure adds to the overall beauty of it.
Thank you, Teresa! Adding that gold was a last minute thought and I am SO glad I did it.
Love all three!!!
Thanks, Cj! <3
Hi Samantha, all three of your necklaces are beautiful.
Hi, Becky! Thank you so much! <3
Wow, I love all three but especially the first one with the beaded bead sections – gorgeous!
Thank you! That one was the first to pop into my head. My muse must have been in a good place that day, haha!
These are truly special necklaces!!
Thanks, Terri! <3
Fantastic job! I really like all the different colors, techniques and materials you used to make these three beautiful pieces!
Thank you, Maria! <3
Wow!! You are amazing! All three pieces are beautifully made. You may have felt pushed out of your comfort zone, but the results are proof that you’ve got the chops : ) Your bead work is outstanding. It was my pleasure to be your partner.
Aww… Thanks so much, Pam! Your generosity was definitely the jump start to this whole process and I felt really inspired and challenged the whole way through. It was MY pleasure to be your partner. ;)
Wait..you MADE those beaded beads? So cool! They work so well with that necklace. You had so much going on with the soup you received, it looked quite challenging deciding what to use. Your three necklaces are each so different and equally stunning. Bravo!
Haha, I did indeed! Beadweaving is actually my bread and butter, so those beaded beads were the easy part, haha. But yes! Picking what to use out of Pam’s extremely generous soup WAS the hardest part. :D
Great textures and layering.
Thank you! Those are struggles for me, generally, so that means a lot! :D
Wow! They’re all so stunning! Beautiful job!
Thanks, Rachel! :D
I really dig the way you were able to alter the button to make it meet your needs. It turned out so cool!
Thanks, Hope! I’m also really pleased with how that button came out. I knew I wanted it as a focal and not a clasp and I think I actually pulled it off. :D
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Every single thing you did is gorgeous. The beads you made with the beads you were given, how you embellished the strands of your necklaces and the focals themselves – I love it all! You have a real eye for coordinating colors – the beads under the purple focal and the beaded bezel above the glass drop are perfectl I’ve no doubt you’ll enjoy wearing these long into the future.
Oh, gosh. Thank you, Kelly! Colors are one of my strong suits, I think, but there were so many options here, I felt a little overwhelmed. So glad to see that people like what I ended up doing. :D
THAT BUTTON with the beaded beads! I LOVE THAT! And the blues are terrific. Just excellent work.
Thank you so much, Lori! And thank you a billion times for running this incredible party! It was an absolute blast to participate. <3
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Oh my goodness, that’s some stunning beadwork! I think you did justice to each of those hoarded beauties!