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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Results!

Wow! Has it been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks! The convention went great. I'll post more on that later though, as I have something different to share that's been in the works for a while. That's right! Results for the Bead Soup Blog Party. The beads I received from my awesome partner, Deanna Chase (you're going to want to check out her blog, too!), are in this post right here. The rest of what you see in the images below are all from my own personal collection.

This was definitely challenging. It was actually more challenging than I anticipated. I work with glass sometimes, but not glass like this. I definitely would not have ever picked out these beads on my own if I were given a choice in the matter ... which was the whole point of this event! I definitely consider this a success, and it is a very pretty necklace, but most certainly outside of my usual style. I do not wear chunky, heavy things, and this necklace is definitely that. I usually make intricate, delicate, small things.

It is very weighty, but there is also three strands of glass and crystal to blame, not to mention more metal spacers than I probably use in a year. It came together nicely though. Even though this isn't something I'd personally wear, I am fairly certain my mother would. She's just the sort of gal that can pull these kinds of things off with some serious class.

Oh, and I did leave out the wire beads. I was having the hardest time getting the wire to go all the way through them! I'm thinking of making a bracelet and some earrings to match this necklace later on when I have more time to play.

Ordinarily, I'd spend a bit more time with the photos and such, but I've done a good job of waiting to the last minute to get this done. Mind you it was mostly under duress. I thought I'd have plenty of time after AnimeFest to work on things, but then it turned out I'm having to work a whole mess of overtime at the Day Job.  

But nevermind that not-so-fun-stuff! On to the shiny things you're here to see:






 

To check out all the other participants, visit the official Pretty Things Bead Soup Blog Party page. ♥

 

107 comments:

  1. I love this necklace! Cool colours!

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  2. Mmmh, this is glorious. Makes me think under the sea/Atlantis of sorts, the spiral-y design of the clasp only adds to this. And I love how our way of designing jewelry is so completely different from mine, makes me want to get my hands on a duplicate of your soup so I can play with it ... My take would have been a completely different one. Similar, yet different. I have a few sterling items I've been hoarding since, like, forever, which I'd have used on this ...

    As for it being weighty, a counterweight might help, which is a trick the Ancient Egyptians used for their super wide and heavy necklaces. It would add more weight of course, but take some stress off the back of the neck.

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  3. Beautiful colours and combination..you certainly did a great job piecing it together. I hope your Mum likes it!
    jenni

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  4. Wow green is my favorit color I love your necklace,

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  5. Love what you did for the necklace - love the colors and I love that it is three strands. Fabulous work!

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  6. Oh my goodness! Everything about this necklace is gorgeous!!! Absolutely stunning!

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  7. What a beautiful multi-strand design....green is also my fave colour.

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  8. That clasp is to die for. And I LOVE all the color/bling you put into that. What a great necklace. I've never tried anything with more than one strand, but that turned out great.

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  9. Lovely work! Those are some of my favorite colors!

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  10. Very nice! Love the colours and mostly love the clasp!! Good job! :)

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  11. WOW....What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  12. Rich and luxurious, and the colors are marvelous.

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  13. What a lovely piece! The color combo is wonderful.

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  14. Very nice! I bet your mom will love it. Great job!

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  15. Amazing! I can see what you mean about heaviness, too. We're all being pushed outside our comfort zones -- with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda

    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  16. Mmhh, wonderful colours! I like it very much!
    Greetings, Michi

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  17. It is not that chunky, and with the right outfit I am sure that it must look amazing.

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  18. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, the focal bead is beautiful. I also love that you made a multi-strand piece. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!
    Lori

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  19. What a gorgeous mixture of color. Nice work on this design.

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  20. It is just gorgeous and in case it ever needs a home, my new blouse will work perfectly with it, lol.

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  21. Awesome work! This is a gorgeous piece...love the colors and lampwork beads!

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  22. Oh look at that green (my favorite color)! Beautiful!!!

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  23. I love multistrand necklaces with big beads and think this necklace is perfect! Love the colors.

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  24. Whew.. it's stunning! Very nice :)

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  25. Beautiful mutltistrand necklace. Just lovely!

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  26. Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog and for the exceptionally kind comments. It's certainly appreciated! :)

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  27. Love what you did with deanna's beads.

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  28. Love the colors, absolutely stunning!

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  29. Lovely colours... my necklace is a three strander too... I won't be taking it on holidays if we're flying!

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  30. very pretty, love the colours and design, and the focal is stunning

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  31. Beautiful necklace! I'm sure your mother will look lovely while showing it off!

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  32. Very pretty I love the colors and design.
    Therese

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  33. How very pretty- I love the colors and you did a great job especially for someone who usually does dainty. You can't tell by looking at this!
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

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  34. Your design is nothing shoet of awesome. I love the color combination.
    Be Blessed to be a blessing

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  35. Shiny things are good things! And this is def a Good Thing! Love this necklace - the colors are beautiful, and you pulled off the multi-strand look so nicely! :)

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  36. That's a gorgeous necklace! Great job!

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  37. I love the layers and the colors! Beautiful piece!

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  38. I love this! So organic and chunky and beautiful colors!

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  39. This is a fabulous piece, multi strand is some thing that can come out looking dull if not balanced properly. You beat the dull and created a beauty. I love all the green but of course every other tone makes it what it is. Good work.

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  40. I absolutely love it! The colors are great -- and the wire beads wouldn't quite go, I don't think. Your mom is lucky!

    I hope you'll join me again -- the new badge and dates will be posted on my blog on the 19th!

    Love, Lori

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  41. this is breathtaking, so lush, you did a fabulous job

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  42. The focal, the clasp, and all points in between . . . BEAUTIFUL!

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  43. a very lovely necklace! I hope your mom has short hair so everyone can admire that clasp!

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  44. Amazing necklace! Might be heavy but such a work of art!

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  45. All I can say is WOW. If your Mom don't like it just send it to me. LOL

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  46. wow! that's really beautiful. very ornate, just gorgeous!

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  47. It may be weighty, but I'll bet it looks and feels gorgeous on! Fantastic soup! LOVE the colors and how you pulled it all together!

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  48. That is just lovely. I love the colour tone and the lampwork beads are divine! I like the chunky-ness of it too!

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  49. A gorgeous necklace, and beautiful colours!

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  50. I love it! The colours are so ethereal. Well done!

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  51. Fantastic colors and I love the layers!

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  52. Beautiful! Love the colors and layers!

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  53. Oh, so totally gorgeous! All my colors, and stunning design! Glad you enjoyed the process, and that it was so different from your normal mode. (which was true for most of us) You did an excellent job on your soup!

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  54. these colors are fantastic! beautiful necklace!

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  55. All the blues, purples and greens together have created such a beautiful piece. Some of my favorite colors.

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  56. Beautiful necklace, I love the colors so vivid and gorgeous!

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  57. Love the color combo! I bet the pics don't do this one justice!

    Anitra

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  58. Wow, I just love that necklace its such a gorgeous colour too.
    Jackie

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  59. Very Pretty and elegant. Love all the green.

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  60. Lovely job :) I adore the colors, and while I'm not one for wearing larger pieces either, I'd be tempted to go for this one :)

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  61. That focal is gorgeous, and your design compliments it perfectly - beautiful! :)

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  62. What a lovely mix of colors you have! You may not normally work in this style, but you did a really good job -- if it ends up living with your mom, she'll be a very lucky lady!

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  63. Oh wow this is seriously lovely! Alot of work..such beauty!!

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  64. The challenge is what this party is all about, and you certainly stepped up and met it. Very nice design, and I'm sure your Mother will enjoy wearing this.

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  65. This is really pretty and so summery. Love it. ;-)

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  66. Beautiful! Love the focal! Great job showing it off!

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  67. The multiple strand are wonderful. Great colors!!

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  68. Such a pretty color combination! I love the big sparkly purple crystals! Lovely piece!

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  69. I love this necklace. Like you, I couldn't carry off wearing it but I love it and know people who'd look really great in it! Cool work!

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  70. Ah...green & blue, my BFFs!! I love this necklace!

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  71. Great colors and great design. Stepping out of your comfort zone seems to suit you.

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  72. Your Mom is so lucky! You've done a great job of combining dainty with bold. Love the colours you had to work with.

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  73. Really lovely! Very classic; a gorgeous colour scheme.

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  74. Wow, that is a big chunky necklace, and I adore it!! Such lovely work!

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  75. What a great bead mix! You really made the mix blend beautifully!

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  76. It might be weighty but it's lovely! Great use of those swap beads...

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  77. wow, what a swap! Beautiful what you did with it. I love the colors.

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  78. You may have felt challenged, but WOW! You should challenge yourself more ;) It is beautiful!! I hope your mother enjoys it!

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  79. Well done. Your necklace is really super nice!

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  80. what a beautiful piece. I love the colors. I also love your writing with a hint of humor. It was fun to read your post. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

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  81. So very pretty! I love all the green!

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  82. Wonderful necklace. I love the three strand design and the colors! You challenged yourself beautifully!

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  83. I love the shades of green in the necklace. the layout is very soothing.

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  84. This necklace must feel great in your hands...all that yummy glass. You did a fan-tab-u-lous job on this. Really Soup-er!

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  85. Lovely necklace! Like an arbour in summertime. Really like that you used many different shades of green and some facetted beads for some sparkle. Great job!

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  86. I think you did the right choice not using the wire beads for this necklace. The design is really peaceful.
    Ambra

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  87. What a beautiful necklace, love the focal bead.

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