I'm so late to the Bead Soup Blog Hop party it's embarrassing. But due to the fuzz of pain medication and the avalanche of stress preparing for the Bead Cruise, I was laboring under the delusion that the reveal date was March 23rd. Don't ask me why I thought it was then!
My bead partner Genea was sweet enough to email me a sneak peek and then I discovered my big mistake. I promised her I would do my reveal as soon as I got back, but let's just say my brain finally arrived on shore today. (Yep, it was on the slow boat home!)
I LOVE Genea's wing dings! They are such a fun shape and she always does them in the yummiest colors. Genea really challenged me with the bright color palette. It's was great to stretch myself to use this tropical inspired set of beads!
When designing this piece I had the two sides laid out and went through several options for my focal beads. I finally settled on a key as a connector and added a ceramic house. (I'm sorry, it was a gift and I don't know the artist's name.) Along with Genea's lampwork beads I paired them up with some of my polymer clay beads in matching shades. The little house reminds me of the colorfully painted houses on the islands we've visited on past Bead Cruises.
The clasp was a fun button created by Genea. The heart chats nicely with the house and key. There is a story there.
The focal bead and headpins seemed like they went nicely together with the confetti of Czech glass that arrived with my soup. Ideally, we are suppose to create a piece of jewelry with the focal, clasp and some of the extra soups - but Genea sent me such a heaping help of delicious bead soup, there were enough beads for an appetizer, main course and little dessert!
I really love this piece and with the silk sari ribbon and adjustable length it will be one of my go-to pieces for the summer. The focal bead is a bead-within-a-bead = AMAZING!!! And something I treasure!
And for dessert - I wanted to use some of "My Elements" pieces that Genea sent in the soup mix. I found the rubber O's in the bright colors and the plastic sputnik beads the most appealing and paired them up with some of my lime disk beads and more of the headpins from SueBeads.
Genea's Bead Soup Reveal. And if you'd like to get a hold of some of Genea's beads for yourself stop on over to her Etsy shop!
And the whole party can be found on Lori Anderson's Blog.
Hopefully the soup simmering and stewing was worth the wait! Thanks Genea and Lori!