March 30, 2013

7th Bead Soup Party

Welcome to the 7th Bead Soup Party hosted by the ultra fab Lori Anderson.  I'm sure you aren't new to the party scene, but in case you are - Lori matches us up with a partner, we swap a nice helping of bead soup that includes a focal, a clasp and some extras.  We then put on our thinking caps and come up with something brilliant and share them on reveal day.  Since the soup has 400+ participants it's spread out over several weeks.  Visit the Bead Soup Party blog for the deets.

Let me introduce you to my soup partner, Julie Anne Leggett of the Peaceful Bead. She sent me this rosy little collection of stones, pearls, a Czech button, tin bead caps from Donna Miller and a sterling silver clasp.  Be sure to stop over to Julie's blog to see what she created with the soup I sent her when you finish here.
And from there to here - I went a little crazy and over the top!  But that's crazy like a fox because I'm seriously in love with this necklace.

Along with my soup, I pulled some ingredients from my bead boxes: a ceramic leaf from Earthenwood Studio, a pewter rose from Green Girl Studios, polymer clay disks and a willow headpin from my own Humblebeads line and them some deliciously painted pewter pieces.  

I just couldn't hide away those bead caps, I wanted them to shine and show off the sweet patterns that inspired my color palette.  I wrapped them on the pewter pieces with a ball headpin, super easy.



Here are the before and afters of the pewter pieces.  I used Vintaj's painta paints in a shades of pink, yellow and green, adding on layers and mixing colors.  After they dried I used a matte sealer from Swellegant. 

Some of the paints are more opaque and some offer more of a wash of color, letting the metal shine through.  I loved playing the paints again and will be pulling them out for future projects. 


 
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Here are my handy links:
Bead Website - beads inspired by nature
Etsy Shop - beads in stock and ready to ship
Art Bead Scene - my awesome art beady blog that inspired the Bead Soup party!
Earrings Everyday - my earring blog featuring a whole bunch of talented designers
Bead Cruise - my annual event - yep, beads and cruising.  I am an evil genius. 

Head on over to the Bead Soup Party blog for the links of everyone playing along today.  Thanks again for stopping by and visiting for a spell!

But first, head over to my soup partner's blog and see what she created with the soup I sent her!  Party on people, party on...

105 comments:

inaurem said...

I totally love every tlittle piece of the necklace. Really good job :)

PiPa said...

Wow, this is really beautiful. Congratulations!Great work!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Gorgeous piece! The colors and components are beautiful. Your blog is looking pretty too.

m.e. said...

As I expected ,you created a design I love! But, you used the components in lovely unexpected ways.
I have been coveting those bead caps. But ,I rarely use bead caps. Ah ha......I am soooo going to "borrow" your idea ! Bead Soup always gets my "buy now" finger in trouble .
This is a Fabulous necklace !!!
m.e. :)

ACBeads said...

Absolutely gorgeous necklace!

Regina said...

Lovely! Love the way you have used your beadcaps.

Carol Dee said...

Wonderful!

Sandi Volpe said...

Perfect title and beautiful design...you always use components in such a creative way, so inspiring.

koko said...

Wow just beautiful!!

Kristen said...

Yes Crazy like a fox! This is gorgeous!!!!

Karin said...

Love, love, love the metal pieces! Gorgeous work!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Beautiful and perfect for spring!

Pepita said...

Wow, stunning piece!!! Love your necklace - it's just perfect for the spring (so reluctant to arrive this year)!!

Cheryl said...

I love, love,love what you did with this piece. I've never had much luck with the Vintaj patinas but your pieces are gorgeous. I think I need some lessons LOL

Dee Clark said...

My favorite so far!!! This is beautiful and the blog post is great!

Freestyle Elements said...

I love how used the bead caps and colored the pewter pieces--a darling necklace, I can see why you are in love with it!
Gina H

Cece Cormier said...

Gorgeous. Love what you did with the links.

Lyn Foley said...

Just beautiful Heather. Really, really inspiring.

Beti Horvath said...

You have succeeded magnificently! Love the colors of the soup, and your enhancements!

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Heather this is absolutely gorgeous. What a beautiful inspiration of the lovely beads she sent you, the colors are amazing and then you added the patina-ed components, and your own beads. This is a cover for a book.

Bonita Bead said...

You are truly an artist. Your necklace is a work of art and it is beautiful.

wiredhammerednworn said...

Oh what a wonderful necklace... I just love it.

Penny said...

What a lovely rich design! I´ll be sure to come back to see what else you have created

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Stunning necklace !!
and a lovely way to show off those bead caps :-)
<3<3<3
B

Cindy said...

Beautiful!

NEDbeads said...

Insanely beautiful!!!!!! Holy wow!!!! You did justice and wayyyyyy more to your lovely soup!!!

bead addict said...

Gorgeous!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Oh, my gosh. How absolutely gorgeous! What an incredibly creative use of materials Heather.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Work of art! Love this and am imagining a garden party or summer wedding...

Pretty Things said...

Flipping LOVE this! SO my style. I agree with keeping those bead caps up front, and I was eying your use of patinas on Facebook and am definitely intrigued.

I would wear this!!!!!!

Thank you so much for being part of my book, part of the party, and a friend.

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

So pretty! Happy BSBP7. I have to wait for the second reveal.
Having a ball today.

stacilouise said...

thats a show stopper! love the color pallette and your colored metals. lovely

balanced. said...

that is gorgeous! what a great soup to play with!

WindDancerStudios said...

Love! A wonderfully perfect blend of soup and stash!

coolmoon said...

Yum. This is one of my faves so far...LOVE!

said...

I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
I love your works, I love your blog, I love your style, I already follow you, this piece confirms my love for you :)

ciao dall'Italia

Perl - Eni said...

Great job on the soup!
Absolutely gorgeous pieces!

Malin de Koning said...

What a beautiful necklace! Romantic and rustic at the same time. I love your clever ways of using the different components in unexpected ways. And I adore your painted pewter pieces. I think I must go and purchase some of those patinas for myself now. Awesome!

Jewels By Ine said...

Wauw Heather, your piece is sooo beautiful! Were do you get your inspiration :) The colors match perfectly and this necklace make me longing for summer, great job!

NataschaM said...

Wow, this is fabulous. Congratulations! I love your work!

Denise McCabe said...

Such pretty colors. I really like what you did with the leaves. I never would have thought of using the patina paints on other metal products. They turned out lovely.

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Ooh! Love love how you combined so many elements, and using the color on the metal was sheer brilliance. You inspired me to give it a try.

Lupe Meter said...

Beautiful!! Love your design and those patina leaves are awesome!

Heather Davis said...

How beautiful! I always love your work. The patinas are beautiful!

Skylar Bre'z said...

Gorgeous necklace, Heather! I've got to try those patina paints.

Love the mix of materials and colors.

artistic rejuvenations said...

how lovely!

April Grinaway said...

Oh I love what you did to the metal pieces! I've never worked with patina paints. Looks fun! Beautiful work!

B'sue said...

Simply lovely! Who would not love to wear this?

maryharding said...

just delightful. Love the colors, the way you used the bead caps, colored those leaves and the feeling of Spring in your piece.

Jeweled Inspirations said...

I love the way you use colors. What a lovely necklace!

Audrey Bélanger said...

Careful, Heather ! Vintaj and Swellegant are addicting !! :) But if you keep making such amazing pieces, then this won't be a problem at all !

vovsblog said...

Beautiful work well done!

Leah Curtis said...

Oh, this is just perfect! I love the design and the extra details you added. Pretty and sophisticated.

kathy stemke said...

Gorgeous necklace! The colors and shape combo is perfect.

I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
kathy

Agnes BeaderBubbe said...

What a beautiful necklace! 7th already? I was part of Lori's first Bead Soup and loved doing it..did my reveal in 2011
Lori is amazing..

http://beaderbubbe.blogspot.com/2011/02/bead-soup-party-reveal-coming-soon.html

Dry Gulch said...

Beautiful work, I love your color palette.

Mary Hicks said...

I love what you did with your beads, and the pinkiness of it made me so happy! Nice treatment of the metal pieces, and beautiful design!

flyingbeader said...

Great design...and enjoy those colors as it reminds me that Spring is coming. Hummm...those Vintaj Patinas are wonderful. Thanks for the hint on using those

Maria Rosa Sharrow said...

Every last bit of this necklace is beautiful. The design was well thought and played. Amazing!

Loretta said...

A true artist! That is a beautiful necklace using beautiful soup.

Micheladas said...

what a beautiful piece. Very spring like.

Marianna said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Totally in love!

sandi m said...

Heather, this is beautiful!! Coloring the metal pieces was brilliant. They add a softness to the design allowing each component to melt into the next.
You made a mighty fine soup!

Dana said...

Love the necklace and so great that you colored the metal so that it all really goes together. Wonderful job!

Diana said...

Such a very, very fun piece...perfect for spring. Great colors and texture.
Diana

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Fantastic idea. Great job!Congrats!

chicandfrog said...

I think you did a great use of those beadcups. They really stand out.

Ambra

Sea of Dreams said...

Gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Ah! I saw the process pix on Instagram! THe finished piece is fab, Heather! Glad to se those bead caps - good call!

Liz E said...

One of my favorite pieces of the blog hop. I'm not usually a huge fan of pink but the way you put it together it is just gorgeous!

bailaora said...

super-flower-summer necklace! very inventive!

Ann said...

Great necklace, love the name too. You really worked both your stash and your soup to come up with something special. Congratulations on a fantastic piece.

JuLee said...

Don't ya just love Vintaj Patina's? You did a great job of color blending. Your Rose Garden is beautiful.

Kumi at Malie Kai Designs said...

Beautiful necklace perfect for spring! Love your work!!

Tara P. said...

There is nothing about this piece I don't love! Romantic and springy - love it!

paula hisel said...

what a gorgeous piece!! i love the way you tied all of the different elements together. absolutely stunning!

Kepi said...

Absolutely beautiful necklace, I love it, love it.

Kiersten Kern said...

Love this.

Karin G said...

I love what you did with those spring colored beads!

Leanne said...

Terrific for Spring - Beautiful!

Shirley Moore said...

Really a beautiful necklace! What a great way to let those bead caps shine. And totally love the patinated leaves!

Kimberly said...

Whoa! That is so inspired and GORGEOUS. Never would have thought to use the button that way. BEAUTIFUL!

Rachel said...

Love how you used the bead caps! Very clever!

Dini Bruinsma said...

Great necklace with such lovely colours, very sweet, springtime!

coffeeaddict said...

love the blend of colours in your pewter leaf pieces. The necklace is stunning!

la mar de bonita said...

Beautiful soup, my dear. Wish, mother nature will spoil us soon as much as you did with your wonderful, romantical necklace!

Just Beads said...

Absolutely gorgeous necklace! It looks like summer, thanks for this!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Absolutely beautiful design Heather! I love the patina'd pieces and the color scheme. Really nice soup too!

Becky Pancake said...

Wow! Heather. I am always impressed with your work. This time I am seriously in love with your piece. The colors are perfect. I also painted the same silver links you did for another challenge I was in.

Marti C. said...

Lovely! I just love it! Beautiful soup, beautiful necklace!

Othel said...

Very nice! Your necklace is joyful and colorful, but a piece that a grown-up woman (me!) could happily wear. I must check the paints you used.

gelfling50 said...

This is by far one of the most beautiful pieces I have seen so far ...I absotively, posilutely love it. It is FABTABULOUS...Thank you for sharing it with us all, bye for now and Happy Beading

Dyanne Cantrell said...

I love love love your soup! And what you did with it is fantastic!! Great job!!!

Cheryl McCloud said...

Love the design. Those bead caps are fabulous!

TesoriTrovati said...

What an incredible springy design! I love painting all my metal with the patinas and swellegant of late. So many more possibilities! I would wear this in a heartbeat. And it makes me wish that I had had time to do this soup. But I am having fun spying all the wonderful things that have been created! Enjoy the day. Erin

Laren Dee Barton said...

Breath-taking color palette and materials, stunning design! Words cannot say enough, truly.

LiliKrist said...

I love the colors...so soft and fresh =)

Patricia Johnson said...

I really love what you did with your soup...very creative! I really like your use of the vintage patinas. I recently got some myself and am having a blast with it!

Linda said...

This is so gorgeous, Heather. I love how you layered the components and added the Vintaj color to some of the metal. Fantastic.

Krafty Max said...

What a wonderful creations, and the name....perfect!! Amazing job!! ~KM http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33113.html

Breana said...

Adorable!!! I would totally wear this

Cheryl Gangle said...

You are a very talented jewelry artist! What you did with the coloring of the metals is so cool. I love the total design of the whole necklace! Definitely something I would wear with pride. Thank you for sharing!

Lea Avroch said...


WOW! This just blows me away! Great the soup & I LOVE the necklace!! Beautiful!

Danielle said...

I love what you made, so soft and pretty. I must say I am a little star struck. This is "THE" Humble beads?!? Can I say I have met you now? lol
And another plus, I didnt know you had a book out. This was a great visit :~)

Susanm said...

I really like how your design highlights the various components, particularly the bead caps. Adding patina to the links was totally inspired.