Kalmbach Books is having a Bead Soup Party to celebrate the release of Lori Anderson's book Bead Soup and I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate. I received this great soup from Boston Bead Company. Check out that octopus! How cool is he! I will confess, though, that I received this package almost a month ago and it has taken me quite a while to decide exactly what to do with these components. I'm just not a "gold" girl and the raw brass of the octopus was throwing me. I love silver and copper and brass, but gold? Not so much. What's a girl to do? Well, if you're me and you've been painting lucite flowers with your Vintaj patinas (here, if you missed it), you paint him. Boy, did it take a lot of nerve to do that first blotch of color, because I knew there was no going back!
First I hit him with some sponged on blue patina, and then I added some of my new bronze. I decided he needed to look cruddier (go figure - spellcheck says that's a word!), so I went over him with some black and brown antiquing. Then just to bring out some highlights, I sanded him off a bit. I'm thrilled with the results. NOW he looks like a denizen of the deep. A monster from the deepest part of the ocean.
I decided to add a few freshwater pearls into the bead mix because I figure my Denizen deserves some sea-type treasure. I made some links from all the beads at random and then used several different sizes of jump rings to string them all together. I made a hook clasp with a freeform movement (inspired by tentacles!) and hit it with a little patina in keeping with the theme. (Well, that and I seem to be obsessed with patinas, but I digress...)
Anyway, without further ado:
Did I mention I added a Vintaj starfish?
Many thanks to Kalmbach Books and to Boston Bead Company for allowing me to play!