Saturday, May 10, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

Today is the big reveal of the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party.
First I have to give a big thank you to Lori Anderson, the host and creator of this fantastic event.
Second, thank you to my awesome partner Kristin Oppold of Yay Jewelry. This is her 2nd hop.  Her designs are amazing! I can not wait to see what she created!
Learn more about Kristen here.

The soup I sent Kristen. I threw in some sheet aluminum I ran through an embossing machine and some recycled discs and gears for fun.

Lampwork beads and focal I made for the hop.
Fused glass bowl made with recycled float glass and enamel powders that I drew the design in with a stylus.

My soup from Kristen.
The cool focals she sent.

This piece is made with a basalt clasp 9 I did change the toggle from the copper one to a blackened steel to match) and heart that was very special to Kristen and she asked that I please use it. This first piece pretty much came together as I was photographing my soup. I used blackened steel in varying gauges, the sponge coral, carnelian, and craved onyx beads she sent.I also used my jeweler’s saw to cut one of the pieces of coral in half for earrings. 

A close up of the clasp and earrings.

This piece was made around a fabulous focal made by Lisa Peters. I made some round lampwork beads of varying size and one for the toggle in a orange black red mix to match the focal. I also made a couple black spacers and etched them all for a soft and silky matte finish.
Bracelet made with crackle agate from Kristin and copper that I cut, punched holes in, hammered, sanded with very coarse grit, and antiqued. I love the texture and it has sort of an ocean feel to it. 
Copper, sari silk, and quarts necklace and matching earrings. The neck piece is made with heavy gauge copper wire that I hammered flat and wired on these gorgeous quarts Kristin sent. I made matching triangles to attach the sari silk; one the is the clasp.

The fourth was a pair of earrings that used some of the faux beach glass (by TF Bead Store on Etsy) and recycled roofing copper I ran through my embossing machine and heat patina. I think they go along great with the bracelet!

I had a few ideas for some of the other beads Kristen sent…but none panned out. I also tried a little micro macramé…need practice, lot's and lot's of practice! This was great fun and a bit of a challenge. My soup had very natural items and orange, not a color I ran to but I have a whole new love for it! 

Thank you so much Kristen for taking me outside my box!

This is my 3rd hop. They have all been great fun and I have met some fantastic people with every one!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

A link to the list of Bead Soupers!!
Happy Hopping!