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Saturday, August 25, 2012

BSBP 6 - Third Reveal

Here's the lovely soup I received from Kashmira Patel:

And here is what I did with it:

Here are a few closeups.

I don't normally work with large round beads so the focal was a bit of a challenge.  I played around with stringing it, but it just seemed to need a different look.  When I discovered some cream colored sari silk with a gold thread in my stash, I decided to go chunky bracelet.  I added some of the beautiful glass large hole beads and the disks Kashmira sent, tied a few knots, added some olive leather also from my personal stash and made a brass closure.

I wanted a totally different look with the remaining green and blue beads and disks so I scoured my stash and discovered a leftover shell from a stained glass lamp I made a few years ago.  With my focal in place, the rest came together rather quickly.  I created torch-fired enamel headpins in colors complimentary to the beads and wrapped them around blue leather cording to hold the beads in place.  I had a lot of fun creating this piece and it is my favorite of the three.

 I still had the clasp and some silver pieces Kashmira sent to play with.  I added some enameled headpins (since I'm a torch-fired enamel addict) and created a fun little bracelet.

Thank you, Kashmira, for all these fun materials.  You stretched me as an artist by sending elements I don't normally work with.  It has opened my eyes to another world of possibilities.

Check out the other participants in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.

Here are the other participants of the third reveal:
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry 

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. I love all your pieces Kathy, the bracelet looks awesome with the silk, but the necklace is my absolute favorite, I really love how you attached the beads with the wire. Great jewelry!

  2. Nice job on your soup!! Creative and lovely designs!!

  3. I just loved how you attached the focal to the necklace. Very unique. What a great piece.

  4. What you did with the necklace focal is just amazing! SO clever and very pretty!

  5. Oh my!!! This is something i would NEVER have imagined doing! Love all three of them! I love how you added the olive cord to the bracelet. It adds so much to it. And the necklace....the focal arrangement is so unique! I am going to have to stare at it a long time to even figure out how you might have done it. Headpins can do that????
    And how cute is that bead cap bracelet! I am going to make me one of those if you don't mind :)

  6. Thanks everyone. It was truly a fun soup to work with. Kashmira, I planned on making earrings out of the bead caps with lots of the little dangling silver beads you sent. I took the caps out of the package and serendipidously (new word) spread them out in a row on my work bench when the idea struck me. As for the necklace, I soldered a jump ring to the top of the shell and then used one of the spiral headpins I make to attach to one of the rings. Liked that so much I decided to add a couple more rings using the same technique. The same technique worked well to hold the beads in place at the top of the leather. I hardly ever use leather because I don't usually have large holed beads laying around. About two weeks before your soup arrived I was picked up two colors of leather - olive and royal blue...go figure. Truly fun ingredients. And of course you can make a bead cap bracelet.

    1. Wow, telepathy at work there that I sent you the same colors! And I was thinking about why I liked the bead cap bracelet so much, where have I seen it before. It came to me this afternoon....the first jewelry set my dad bought for my mom has the same design! It has necklace, bracelet,earrings and a ring too. And she gave it to me at my wedding. Its in the safe deposit box right now, else I would have shown you a picture!

  7. I LOVE everything you made Kathy!!! The necklace is stunning and love your photography!

  8. Well done! They've come out amazingly!

  9. I love necklace and earrings. They are beautiful!

  10. All of your pieces are amazing. I love how you made head pins and used them to hold your beads in place.

  11. Very creative wirework on your necklace - nice!

  12. Kathy, I love your motto: "If it's metal, I will torch it"! Must be wonderful to have skills like that; any item can become a jewellery element, can't it? And I agree that serendipity can be a powerful force if we allow it, witness your use of bead caps as a sort of "bracelet blank". You've succeeded brilliantly with Kashmira's lovely Soup... beautiful pieces, Kathy!

    1. Thank you, Half-Baked Notion. I love your name!

  13. I love the pieces! The colours, the textures you added made them unique and gorgeaus|! the necklace is my favourite too, altough I really love the silver bracelet as well, it's really intriguing!

  14. Bead cap bracelet is now on the agenda LOL Lovely pieces.Love and Hugs Tanya

  15. Great job with your soup. They are so colorful & fun looking. My favorite is the silver bracelet.

  16. Love the mix of colors you had to work with for you soup! Your pieces are beautiful. Thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog!

  17. I love how everyone says their favorite...and there's a good mix of who likes which one best. I always think the one I like best is going to be everyone's favorite...obviously not true. Thank you all for your kind posts.

  18. All bright and beautiful. I especially like the fun little bracelet :)

  19. Kathy, how did you attach the headpins to the beadcap bracelet? Can I see the "inside"?

  20. Wonderful pieces. I really like chunky, so that first bracelet really calls me. But I like the last bracelet, too, with the enameled headins. I just started enameling and haven't tried headpins yet, but want to. I'm still trying to get good even coloring in my enameling. They're all great pieces though.

  21. Such beautiful fun colors. Love the blue leather cord with the necklace. My favorite is that bracelet with your head pins - what a clever way to use those materials. Great job!

  22. Love your design aesthetic and how you used the leather and fiber with your beads. I am just starting to use more leather and I love it. Loved all of it. Gotta start following your blog!

  23. Beautiful use of your soup, absolutely love the silver bracelet.

  24. Beautiful combination of materials and textures. All the pieces are very nice.

  25. The bright colors in all your pieces definitely caught my eye quickly. Blue and green are two of my favorite colors. However, that bracelet made from the bead caps and headpins is just SUPER COOL! I love the way you re-worked the bead caps to stand on their own. Fabulous work!

  26. Yay for conquering the big bead! I love all the pieces, but the silver bracelet is my favorite.

  27. wonderful pieces you did with your soup! the beadcap-bracelet is very unique, well done!

  28. Very innovative and pretty! I love how you used those beadcaps on their "sides" -- cool idea. The necklace and bracelet are lovely, too!

  29. Those are gorgeous jewelleries. I love the 1st bracelet =)

  30. I really like the blue and green combination. Using the torch fired headpins to hold the beads in place is a great idea!

  31. Such fun pieces - love the colors together! Your headpins are fantastic - makes me want to pull out my torch and give it a try!!

  32. Beautiful pieces, so creative!

  33. I really, really like that green and blue together! Great combination. The last bracelet is a lot of fun too. Great soup!

  34. These are just lovely, I especially like the last bracelet what fun to make the little beads for it great idea!
    I have a second giveaway of a pair of earrings from my blog soup do come on over and take a look and enter to win if you get a minute!