July 27, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

So, today is the big reveal for the first group of participants in the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party and I’m one of ‘em:)  Do you remember the “bead soup” my partner Nicole Rennell sent me?  Just in case you need a little refresher, here is the photo again:
It’s a very cool soup – very vibrant.  I wanted to do something less obvious that stringing.  Something that would transform the components just a bit more.   I actually tried to sketch a few ideas (stop laughing at me – sketching is not my strong suit).  I considered making a neck wire covered in beads hanging from wire wrapped loops or a bead weaving piece covered in beaded fringe on one side or a bead embroidery collar piece shaped like a rounded “V”  with the focal at the center front.  You're laughing again, I can tell.
 
I ended up going for an idea using bead embroidered circles strung together and I started on the circles:
Tedious work, that.  But I managed to stitch a few circles, back them in micro-suede and edge them with black cubes: 
 Then I started laying them out in the arrangement I had in my head and ended up with something that looked like a  muppet with googley eyes and a big nose:
Thank goodness a friend suggested switching the arrangement and putting the smaller circles next to the focal piece (thanks, Rose!).  A few of the crystal and blue beads in between the circles and ta da.... 
I tried using the clasp in the same piece (by this point, I was all about trying to get finished one way or another) but it just didn't look right.  No matter how hard I tried:)  Since the necklace was so busy, I decided a coordinating bracelet would have to be simple and I went with some beads simply strung and used the clasp as a focal.  I added a few crystal beads dangling at one side for a bit of movement.
And thus ends the saga of my first participation in the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Many, many thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting the party.  I hope you will take time to visit the rest of the folks doing this reveal - and don't forget to stop back on August 11th and August 25th for the rest of the reveals.  What a party!!!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

103 comments:

  1. Oh, you cracked me up with the muppet comment! I think you definitely saved your design, and came up with a beautiful necklace, and a bonus bracelet! Great job!

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    1. Are you telling me you DIDN'T see the muppet nose?

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  2. I love what you did with the soup! The necklace really works, it came out gorgeous!! I wish I had the patience for that kind of beading, really excellent job!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole - your components rocked:)

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  3. I LOVE what you made Sherri! Stunning and drool worthy! I would totally wear that in a heartbeat! Much <3 from your number one fan! Ha!

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  4. You made really nice circles. You are right, colours are really brilliant!

    Ambra

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  5. Cool Design Sherri! Love the bead circles and your bracelet is cool!

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  6. *snort* googley-eyed muppet indeed! You're so silly! I love what you ended up with and I appreciate the work that went into the beaded circles, they are lovely. I love the simplicity of the stranded bracelet!

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  7. Very nautical but nice LOL Love and hugs Tanya

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tanya - and for putting together all the photos. You're amazing!

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  8. I'm so happy that I found your blog...Great designs and I love the colors. The bracelet is my favorite! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, ma'am. I hope you'll come back often!

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  9. He he, muppet with googley eyes and a big nose indeed, that made me giggle.! Your pieces are lovely Sherri, totally original and very creative and as always technically perfect. Great job well done.

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    1. It's there, I'm telling you. A little muppet face staring back at me.

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  10. Beautiful! The circles are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you. A circle is the only shape I can draw:)

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  11. The colors are wonderful. Great designs!

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  12. love the idea of a set that's coordinating rather than matchy matchy :-)

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    1. Thank you. I didn't want too matchy match AND I didn't want to have to make more of those darned circles;)

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  13. Really stunning and spectacular!
    jean yates

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  14. I love that you repeated the circle element from the focal, it's such a cohesive piece. The bracelet is just the perfect companion too. Great job!

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  15. Love how you worked with the circles. Really different !

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    1. hahaha - I'm the Queen of Differentville:)

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    1. Thanks, One Ear:) Love your blog page, by the way:)

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  17. Wow, I am totally impressed. I have admired your micro-macrame work for some time and now I find you are a seed beader too. And you sketch! I love what you did and you were right about that clasp. It is perfect on that bracelet and now you have a set. Great job!

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    1. Well thank you, Jean. I assume you're using a little irony in that "sketch" comment:)

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  18. Oh my. What great beadwork. Love the circles with the focal.

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  19. You did a terrific job with this - I'm blown away by that much work! You probably don't want to see another circle for awhile. Beautiful workmanship too!
    Katherine

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    1. hahaha - no more circle - I'm only making square jewelry for a while:)

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  20. WOWZERS this is stunning! Blown away with you creative and talent! LOVE IT!

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  21. Love those bright blues. Very creative using the clasp as the bracelet focal. And the necklace is very cool!!

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  22. WOW!
    Okay. . .I never laughed. My sketches usually look worse and are something only I can decipher. So, no worries there!
    This turned out so cool!! I particularly love the bracelet. I know. . .you just made it because you HAD to, but really it's so pretty as well.

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  23. I sketch my stuff out just like that. You can laugh at mine if you want. You did a great job at having your design match and compliment the style of the beads. The soup you got was really striking and so is your design.

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    1. As far as I can remember, this is the first time I ever sketched out some ideas. Usually I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants type of girl. And after seeing my sketches, it's fairly obvious why. LOL Thank you for the compliment:)

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  24. You've done this beautiful justice- lovely pieces!

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  25. You're hilarious! And I think moving the clasp to a bracelet was a terrific idea! I love what you made -- very creative!

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    1. Thank you, Lori - and thank you for letting me participate in your hop! Great fun:) I can't wait for the rest of the reveals.

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  26. Your work is amazing. Well done! I love, love, love what you done.

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  27. Wow, this is amazing work. Love the blue/black/white graphic look of everything!

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    1. Thank you - although I can't take any credit for the color palette - that was all Nicole.

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  28. WOW -- your necklace and bracelet are stunning! I just love the clasp on the bracelet and the color combination really pops. Well done!!

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  29. Hahahaha! i am not laughing T you...I am laughing at your post! :). Seriously...that necklace is gorgeous, love that blue! The bracelet is show stopper that I would wear every chance I could! Beautiful job!

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  30. Awesome necklace and bracelet-very funky and bold! The circles you stitched are the bomb-love them! Stunning design work on both pieces.

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  31. such beautiful seed bead work

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  32. Knock my socks off :) Outstanding!

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  33. Wow - you did a heck of a job with that - it's just beautiful!

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  34. I was completely expecting macrame this is so cool! I love the bracelet!! Wonderful work!

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    1. hahaha - yeah, I like to keep people guessing....

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    2. Wow! The colors are so vibrant. I love how you repeated the focal beads patterns in your seed bead creations. You put a lot of effort into the necklace and it shows! The bracelet is great too!

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  35. Tedious but totally worth it! Way to go!

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  36. I love the bead embroidered circles! I think they go with the focal perfectly! Hard work but very well done!

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  37. You did an awesome job with an awesome soup! The colors are so unique!

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  38. Muppet! You are cracking me up! But once you said it - it was all i could see. The re-arrangement worked very well!

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    1. SEE!!?! Once I saw that, it's all I could see!

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  39. WoW! A lot to look at and take in...fabulous work! Those rounds are amazing, and the focal is stunning!

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  40. hahaha! Muppet googly eyes. Awesome. Glad Rose came to the rescue for you :-) I adore what you did and the rearrangement. The bracelet being simple was a good decision for sure. Too much can be...too much.

    Thanks for stopping by to see my bead soup reveal yesterday, much appreciated :-)

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  41. The comment from Ethan? That was me. haha!

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    1. hahaha - OK. I was trying to figure out who Ethan was...

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  42. Wow, very bold creation for a very bold focal. Seriously, that bead soup would have had me stumped.

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    1. It did have me stumped for a while. The colors, the focal, the clasp - everything is so "strong" that I spent quite a while trying to figure out how to soften it up. I finally decided to go the old "if you can't be 'em, join 'em" route & go over the top BOLD:)

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  43. I just love the bracelet. Very vibrant and really highlights the clasp.

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  44. Beautiful beading! Lovely bracelet!

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  45. Bravo! I love how you made components that were equally vibrant as the focal, but complemented it rather than competing with it. And I always love seeing someone using seeds in a swap. Hooray for you!!

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  46. Love this!! very bold and vibrant and matching!!

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  47. Hi Sherri,
    Wow I love your necklace and bracelet. You were write to use the clasp in a separate piece now both pieces shine. Wonderful job.
    Therese

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  48. Ooops I meant right not write!
    Therese

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  49. Such fun pieces but still quite sophisticated due to the color palette.

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  50. Wow! Lots of work with all those little beads! They turned out great!

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  51. Beautiful work - love that bracelet!

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  52. Fantastic! And even though the necklace and the bracelet have completely different styles, they work together really well!

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  53. Amazing piece! Your components look wonderful with the focal bead.

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  54. I was also expecting macrame but wow, look at what you created...awesome!! Beautiful designs!

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  55. Wow...Beautiful design..! What a lovely beadwork..! :)

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  56. Your necklace & bracelet are jaw droppers. How stunning. I love bead embroidery & you did it very,very well.

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  57. Wow such bold colors, but excellent design. Hey, I can't draw either but sometimes it just has to come out on paper. Love how you mixed up the colors for the circles to draw the eyes in...great job

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  58. Loved your blog, and I am similarly sketch-challenged. You know those people who say ANYone can draw? They lied.
    BUT I love, love your googley eyes!! That is, no, not YOUR googley eyes...the ones you stitched!!
    I totally think you did the right thing by reversing them though...you would never have been able to look at that necklace without seeing Grover.
    Now, it looks great!
    But my favorite of all is your focal bracelet; should you feel that you might pass in the night, please will me that one first!

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  59. stunning necklace, I love it!! many compliments for the elements you made, they are just perfect!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  60. I am really in awe of your designs! It is so neat to see your creative process through you sketch and as you worked through the necklace...the beaded circles are incredible! I wonder how long it must have taken just to create one? And your bracelet is really amazing as well - bold and beautiful & such a creative use of all of your components! :-)

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  61. you have done really great with the components of your bead soup!!! Wonderful work!

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  62. wonderful creation! you did a great job with your soup!
    greets
    jacqueline

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