June 23, 2010

Bead Soup Party

I know this is my first post since Bead & Button. I promise photos and more beady goodness this week.  It's summer vacation, I have a billion orders and deadlines - so this will be short and sweet.

I totally lucked out with the Bead Soup partner of awesomeness, Kristie from Artisan Clay.  Seriously check out the stash she sent me:
I will be creating with these lovely pieces for quite some time.  Here are 4 necklaces that I managed to whip up for the Party. 
For this piece I created a bail using chain to let the ceramic wheel shine.  The large loop silver wire bail on my owl pendant adds a little drama to this cache of beady goodness.  The necklace is a mix of stones and lucite in yummy summer greens and blues.

Next is a simple pendant created with another big wire loop bail and one of my disk beads.  I added a few 'peanut' seed beads with tiny jump rings for some visual interest and to unify the shine of the silver with the black gunmetal chain.  The clasp works as part of the pendant, front and center. 

This was a fun one.  Again, a chain bail for the pendant.  I strung the raku ceramic disks (from Jubilee)directly onto the chain.  A few stones and my disk beads are added in for texture and color.

My last necklace mixes silver and brass with rings and leaves as recurring motifs.  It reminds me of a little pool in the middle of the field of wildflowers.  Lucite, amethyst and my disk beads are the supporting cast.  I looped the beads in the center of the brass rings - always trying to mix things up here in the studio.

And here is another photo of the magical looking pendant.  I'm quite smitten with this one. 

Okay, so I'm sure you know all about the Bead Soup Party, but in case you don't please check out the entire list of participants on Lori's blog.  I want to thank Lori for putting together this fun event and Kristie for sending me so many wonderful pieces!

The rest of today's participants:

48. Nan, Spirit Rattles

49. Amy, Copper Diem

50. Malin, Beading by Malin de Koning

51. Anne, Gardanne Glass Lampwork

52. Alice, Alice's Beads and Baubles

53. Barbara, Second Surf

54. Amanda, Articulations

55. Heather, Humble Beads - you're here!

56. Melissa, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love

57. Kate, Organic Odysseys

58. Patti, PJ Clark Designs

59. Stefanie, Stefanie's Sammelsurium

57 comments:

Pearl and Pebble said...

WOW Heather! What a gorgeous stash and what awsome necklaces you made. I think the third one is my favorite. I really like how you worked those discs in. I love the earthiness of ALL of them. Enjoy these:)

Michelle said...

What a great stash! All of your pieces are lovely--but my favorite is the 3rd one!
Bead Happy!
Michelle

PS: it was really nice to meet you at Bead & Button!

Diana P. said...

Yowza! Heather, they are all great designs. You hit the motherload of bead soupness!

Kella said...

OMGosh what fabulousness, I can barely catch my breath, one lovely morsel after another, I'm off to check them out some more.

PS I finally made a piece with one of the beads I won through your last giveaway. I'll send you pictures soon :)

Kella said...

OMGosh what fabulousness, I can barely catch my breath, one lovely morsel after another, I'm off to check them out some more.

PS I finally made a piece with one of the beads I won through your last giveaway. I'll send you pictures soon :)

Lorelei said...

OUTSTANDING! As usual! You got the mack daddy of soups! I love everything you created, especially that first necklace. My favorite, with the owl- so cute!

Lanyardlady said...

Elegant work. Your creativity is amazing.

Janet said...

Wow what youve made they are simply devine! I am captivated by door # 2 what a gorgeous green focal and what you turned it into is very beautiful. They are all quite outstanding Heather!!

Cathryn said...

That's a serious stash! How creative you are in making all those wonderful pieces of wearable art! I fell in love with each piece and couldn't tell you which one was my favorite!

Pink Velvet Bird said...

Soooo pretty! Love the subtle color changes!

Elisabeth said...

Incredible - love the last one - what great ingredients and what a great "cook"!

Courtney said...

What an amazing ingredient list! You hit the jack pot. I love all of your creations. They are all beautiful.

Jennifer Cameron said...

You lucky lucky woman getting that awesome soup! I love everything you created, but the last one really draws me in. Gorgeous work (as always).

Boot ~C said...

wow, I feel like such a slacker w/ my 1 piece! I love the greens in the first necklace, but also really like the chains in the next three designs, nice work

Megilon said...

All your creations are beautiful! I love the last one...that focal pendant is stunning and your creation fits it perfectly!

steufel said...

Oh my god, what a soup! And your pieces are all gorgeous.

EmandaJ said...

These are just gorgeous! Great soup and left-overs too!

Emanda

Fire Phoenix said...

That owl is adorably cute :)

moonlitfantaseas said...

wow! you had some wonderful ingredients to make soup with! and the results are amazing! I really loved the last necklace its yummy!

diane hawkey said...

Wonderful work Heather, & that last necklace makes my heart go pitter patter too.

Spirited Earth said...

wow what a fabulous mix..it would be difficult to pick a favorite..
great work

Christine said...

Beautiful, beautiful!

Definitely, my fave is the blue-green one. Nice work!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful pieces! I love that you have made so many. Great colours!

Barbara Bechtel said...

MAN! You lucked out girl! What a great stash! I love what you did with them but my favorite are the first and third. I'm a sucker for earthtones.

Alice said...

Holy Cow you hit the jackpot with this treasure! I hope someday to be able to participate in a bead soup party.

I just love your creations. They're all so unique and beautiful.

Nicki said...

I am sure you know that those are all wonderful. I would have a really hard time picking my favorite one if I had to. Really nice Heather.

Jeannie said...

Boy, you hit the mother lode. You're like a necklace alchemist, added all the right ingredients.
They are all Moxie Fab

Marie Cramp said...

WOW!! Heather, I am pulling my jaw off the floor!! Your necklaces are amazing!! Great job!

Laurel said...

What a fabulous stash, indeed! I'm so glad you made many pieces from it so that all of the focals get their own spot in the sunshine! Just beautiful!

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

I started to try and pick my favorit but I can't. I love them all. You do awesome work Heather, as always.

Pretty Things said...

SQUEEE~! I am so. in. love. with that purple one. If it wandered over here I wouldn't kick it out and send it back home! You did a fantastically magical job!

Jo said...

What fantastic soup ingredients you had! I kept changing my mind about my favourite piece as I scrolled down as they are all so beautiful, but I just love the leaf motives and that gorgeous pendant in the last piece.

Kate said...

Great pieces! Love the color choices in each one :)

Denise Yezbak Moore said...

Hi Heather - Wow these design are creative and beautiful. I love the owl (I have a "thing" for owls).

Silver Parrot said...

They all look great, but I'm especially partial to that last, purple necklace. Oh, and the owl pendant - I totally heart that!

Melissa Rappaport said...

WOW you got a really yummy bead soup! I love love love all the necklaces-they turned out gorgeous!

TesoriTrovati said...

Outstanding! All of them are drool worthy. Well, done. But with pieces as cool as these it would hard not to make something beautiful. And I noticed that Humblebeads look good with all of these. Yum.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Regina said...

You have made an awesome collection of necklaces with your beads. Love the owl necklace the best with the oak leaf and acorn.

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Gosh what an awesome assortment of pieces you have made... you definitely did luck out on the soup you received. I love them all but I can't go past the piece with that adorable owl. Well done!

Karyn

Kate said...

Not sure which course I like best, love them all, you has a gourmet selection to work with too!

Heather said...

You run the "Soup Kitchen"!! 4 entries wow!! I think my most favorite is the last purple one with the mixed brass and silver. Love the colors in that one. I really admire your ability to keep the design simple but very intriguing. PS missed your posts while you were gone- glad you are back!!

Loretta said...

Wow, you were really busy making soup. Great use of the components and I love the extra spices you added. Good soup!

Cindy said...

Heather, you sure started with some amazing components...the Artisan Clay focals are incredible. You added your magic touch and truly created some wearable works of art here. My favorite is the amethyst-colored one...so sublime.

ViviBijoux said...

You are one busy bee! and what gorgeous creations you've been making! Hard to choose which one I like best..um...maybe the one with the leaves...and the one with the owl...OH! they're all fab!

ViviBijoux said...

You are one busy bee! and what gorgeous creations you've been making! Hard to choose which one I like best..um...maybe the one with the leaves...and the one with the owl...OH! they're all fab!

drachenei said...

Stunning. Beautiful desings. I cannot say which piece I love most, they are all gorgeous.

Gardanne said...

You were best suited for the job of using that beautiful stash of goodies. You have a the ability to combine several elements and still have the design look clean and not busy. You should teach a jewelry design class, what about an e-course, I would be first in line.

Chrlene said...

You did totally luck out and I can see that you put each focal to full advantage. Love the variety as I kept scrolling and scrolling to see what design would come next.

one-eared pig said...

Yummy!

Patti said...

With an awesome assortment to work from... you created an awesome collection!!!

Maria said...

Wow! Love everything!

wildvanilla said...

Totally jealous of your Bead and Button trip! Great pieces. I think I like the first the best followed by the last one. Amazing that you can just whip out 4 pieces like that.

Valerie said...

You are very talented! You did a great job with all 4 pieces. They are all unique and beautiful.

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Amazing work for someone who just "managed to whip up" 4 necklaces!! Please share tips on time management :{ My favorite MiGHt be the owl, the blue and green combination takes the eye around and back! But I also love anything purple, I would wear any one of them with pride and joy!! You divided and conquered that abundant soup gift, amazing talent! It was fun meeting you at B and B.

Lyn Foley said...

You did a great job, Heather, with all the beads your partner sent. I love what you added and how you strung them. Imaginative, as always.

Anna Lear said...

I am so impressed with your designs -- these look like a unified collection yet each piece has a distinct "personality." I love the idea of a chain bail for donuts... thanks for the inspiration!

LissC said...

wow.really beautiful pieces! You did an amazing job with your bead soup :)