Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Hop 8

It's here!  The big reveal.  First a huge thank you to Lori Anderson, who despite ongoing pain and illness has managed to pull the whole thing together beautifully as always :).

Now on with the show.  My partner this year was polymer clay artist Allison of BeadsByEarthTones.  Polymer proved a bit of a challenge to me as I had not worked with it before and perhaps did not do as much homework as I should have.  Not doing my homework resulted in a broken focal, I'm soooo sorry Allison.  Note to self, polymer clay does not like you to try and make the hole bigger.  Here is the lovely soup Allison sent me.  Funny that we both talked about liking earth tones and both ended up sending spring mixes :).
 I love lots of small packages!  Opening all the tiny packages in my stocking was always my favorite part of Christmas morning.
 

 Nice cool spring soup from Allison.  Isn't it yummy?
 
The first piece uses the luscious green fabric pictured above to sting a focal that I made.  It also uses the awesome copper clasp Allison made.  I have not cut the ends yet as it is a git for my oldest daughter's first Mother's Day tomorrow and I want to make it the length of her choosing. 

 
Here is a close up of the fantastic clasp...
 
 
 
The second piece has given me fits.  This is the second attempt at it and I'm still not pleased.  It is coming apart again today and being remade into something a bit simpler.  I like a challenge and will continue to work at it.  This one does not do the soup that Allison sent me justice at all.  I haven't even added her polymer pieces to it because it just wasn't working.  (And blogger dislikes the image so much that it won't even let me attach the one that is right side up, lol.)
 
 
 Here is the soup I sent to Allison, she did awesome things with it, be sure to go see her at the link above.  Oh and if you love her polymer pieces be sure to stop by her Etsy shop too!  I must apologize to Allison again for breaking the focal she sent, I was to be the centerpiece of a copper bracelet in 18g and I apparently got a little to rough with it while trying to make the hole larger :(.
 

Acccck, blogger will also not let me put up the participant list.  Here is the link to Lori's awesome blog Pretty Things, you can find the list there, HOP ON !
 
Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out here hopping about.
 




49 comments:

  1. Beautiful collection for your soup and you've done some very nice pieces with it. Congratulations on your beautiful pieces.

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  2. Great pieces. Don't you just hate it when beads don cooperate!!!! I have had that happen so many times....I have a little bin I put them so they have time out and then I come back and see if they will play right....lol...seriously I do! Love the lime green ribbon. I know your daughter will be pleased! Thanks for joining and posting!

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  3. Very nice wirework, really! And I think your daughter will be delighted:))

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  4. That necklace is perfect for Summer! It is simple yet a statement. Just love it!

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  5. I do love that color pallette! That necklace says spring......refreshing.l

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  6. Ugh - I feel for you! I am always so worried I will break something -- and often shocked when somehow I manage not to! Despite Blogger's refusal to put it upright, I can see what you were trying to go for with that last piece. The twisted ribbon-like frame is really nice. Just let it percolate a bit and it will come along. Lovely spring palette, too. :)

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  7. Sorry to hear that you broke your clay bead. You made a beautiful necklace anyway. I bet your daughter will love it.

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  8. What a lovely necklace for your daughter! And we all understand the challenge of working with the soup -- sometimes it takes a few tries to make it exactly like the idea you have in mind. But you've got some great soup to work with, so I'm sure you'll end up with a pendant that you're really satisfied with.

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  9. I think your daughter is going to love her necklace.
    It's a wonderful gift.
    Great soup :)

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  10. You made some delicious soup. Great work.

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  11. How wonderfully bright and cheerful your pieces are. Great Job!

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  12. Loved the color combos of both souls. Great job

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  13. How sweet of you to make a gift for your daughter :) Keep at your second piece, I am sure it will come together soon!

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  14. WOW! The second pendent is just fantastic!

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  15. Funny that you both sent spring soups!! And I really like what you did with the wirework on the last one, great job!! ~KM

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  16. wirework can be such a pain at times, keep at it the second piece will finally happen

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  17. That wirework is mindblowing ! I am in awe. I think I would have pulled my hair out.! And those are very nice springy soups, indeed !

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  18. I bet your daughter loved her necklace. Love what you are trying to do with the wire work.

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  19. Those things happen :-(
    Good luck with your attempts to reach the result you would like to have. It's a very ♥good start, isn't it :-)

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  20. What a pretty gift for a daughters first mother day! Great job!

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  21. Well, I'm sorry to hear your focal was being stubborn... you were in good company with Lori having a similarly defiant piece. Polymer prefers to be cut with a drill bit or if you have a bead reamer, easy does it usually gets it done :) Alas, you still did well to created with your soup and I rather like the way your wirework is looking right now, but I know how it feels to need to fiddle a bit more

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  22. OMG, that clasp is amazing! And the colors are so springy in the soup. Great pieces you made.

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  23. A beautiful gift for your daughter's first Mother's Day! I'm sure your focal will find its way into a beautiful design ~ sometimes it takes more attempts than we wish it would.

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  24. I know you're not terribly thrilled with your pendant, but I think it's a stunner! I wouldn't even know where to begin with that wirework! Well done! (And don't feel bad about the focal - someone else did too... =) Not me, but someone you know, pretty well ;))

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  25. Bummer about the broken focal, but you didn't let that stop you from making beautiful pieces with your soup. Great job.I bet your daughter loved her necklace!

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  26. Sometime it takes a while to work things out.I liked allthe components you had in the necklace, I'm sure you'll find a harmonious design for it

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  27. I too have broken beads and focals. Sometimes when trying to force them onto a wire too large for them, or even sometimes when my crimping pliers get too close. It's a bummer for sure. But you still made a beautiful design with your clasp and you have more soup to play with. I love the swirly wire work you've done.

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  28. I love your necklace and your pendant is beautiful, but if you are no satisfaid come back a couple of days later and you will see you can have a different idea.
    I hope your daughter like the necklace..

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  29. Cool Soup! Bright fun designs! Sorry about the mishap. You did soup-er job!

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  30. I think your wirework is amazing. I wouldn't know where to start, even if my life would depend on it.

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  31. Lovely soup and your wirework is amazing! I'm sure it will come together for you soon!

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  32. I'm with others who've been here. Your wire work is wonderful. Oh to be that good. Mine look handmade and not pretty at all. Oh well, practice makes perfect I guess. Love love what you made.

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  33. I like the second design. But look forward to seeing how you rework it.

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  34. That's a lovely necklace for your daughter. I was really challenged with my soup and reworked the pieces more times to come out with something I liked ... and there are still some pieces that I'm still not happy with. Just take your time and you'll find the right idea.
    Alenka

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  35. What a pretty necklace you made for your daughter. I enjoy the challenges set by our bead soup but it sometimes takes me a bit of time to get the right inspiration!
    Jackie

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  36. Very pretty and bright piece you made your daughter! I love your second piece, the wirework is so beautiful!

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  37. Awesome...Your partner has to be totally stoked with the designs you made with the soup she sent you ..fantastic job ....bye now ...gotta hop along Ty for sharing

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  38. What a shame about the pendant. Lesson learned I'm sure! That necklace for your daughter is beautiful. I adore the brightness to it and I'm sure she did too! Nicely done.

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  39. You made some very nice pieces!

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  40. These colours are gorgeous, Ali, and I love everything, especially your wire designs :) Wire is very difficult for me, but obviously I am letting it intimidate me LOL. You go, girl!

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  41. Very pretty pieces...great colors! Nice job with your soup!

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  42. I like the wire design that is giving you fits...LOL [not because it is giving you fits LOL]. Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  43. The necklace made for your daughter's first mother's day is lovely! I love fabric, and the green is wonderful. It is fun to see your process. I know you will conquer the wire piece!

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  44. A very delicate necklace, very appropriate for the occasion! The design of the pendant looks very intricate to me, with a lot of specific wirework and soft colored beads. Another thing I like about it is the mixture of two different colors of the findings.

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  45. Wonderful colors...dont let the wire give you fits :) set it down for a bit and go on to something else then come back!

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  46. very nice wire work on your second piece. love the purples and greens you received.

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  47. Your work is outstanding! I absolutely love the soups (both of them) and what you did! Thank you so much for participating and I hope to see you again in 2016!

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