April 13, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Handmade fringe bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame with Juli Cannon lampwork focal
Yay!  Today is the day I can show you what I made from the fantastic bead soup my partner Juli Cannon sent me!  Do you remember what everything looked like?  You can go here and read more about everything she sent if you'd like, but I'll give you a hint:

Bead soup from Juli Cannon with black and tan lampwork

I have been wanting to try a different fringe technique for a while and Juli's lampwork focal was the perfect piece.  I used several colors of seed beads and made billions of loops (okay, you got me... I didn't count and there might not be quite a billion, but there are lots).

Close up of bead weaving fringe seed beads

And after all that work, the clasp didn't look right.  Well, shoot.  So I stewed around on it for a week or so and decided the only solution was to make my own using some of the matching lampwork beads.

Close up of handmade clasp with clapwork beads

It's simple, but it works and it doesn't distract from the rest of the piece.  That's a win in my book.  

Handmade fringe bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame with Juli Cannon lampwork focal

Of course, that meant I had to make another piece to use the clasp, since the rules say you must use at least the focal and the clasp.  I sketched out a sort of funky necklace and it actually came together just like I'd hoped.  That never happens. 

Black and tan necklace by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

And what's even better?  This piece can double as a wrap bracelet.  In fact, I think I like it better as a bracelet!

Necklace doubles as a wrap bracelet

Many thanks to my partner, Juli, for the great beads I used in these pieces AND the second set she sent just for me:

Lampwork glass beads by Juli Cannon of Studio Juls

And heaps more thanks to our gracious hostess, Lori Anderson, the mastermind behind the whole Bead Soup phenomenon.  She does an amazing job at bringing together a talented group of jewelry designers - 541 designers from 28 countries!  With so many folks eager to participate, she had to split us up into three reveal dates to keep things manageable. Hop on over to Lori's blog where she has a list of ALL of the other participants:  here.  Oh, and don't forget to check out Juli's page to see what she did with the soup I sent to her.  Happy hopping!!

62 comments:

  1. You, my new friend, are a rockstar. Both pieces are gorgeous, but I really love that second one. I would totally wrap that baby around my wrist and throw my fist in the air. Well done! <3

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    1. Thank you, Juli - it was GREAT to get to play with some of your amazing beads!

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  2. Yep, you are a rock star. I, too, love both pieces. I love the loopy one and I tried counting, but kept losing track at about three million, so there could very well be a billion loops. It's beautiful and the clasp you made for it is perfect. Sometimes things don't work out because if they did we would never find the right thing for it. Great job.

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    1. hahahaha - it's hard to count that high!

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  3. Wow very creative ideas love the necklace/bracelet, very cool!

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  4. I love your pieces, they're beautiful as usual!

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  5. Lovely pieces, I really like the Necklace/bracelet :)

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  7. Your loops suit Juli's in that first piece, and I like how you used her beads for the "simple" clasp--great thinking! But it is that second bracelet I really like, too. Both are really inventive!

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  8. Every piece you made is Souper !
    I am in awe of the first bracelet ..STUNNING design !!!

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  9. Wonderful...you did her beads proud. I love your unique take on jewelry design. A fan. Kristin Oppold

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  10. Awesome use of the lampwork beads from Juli! Love that fringe bracelet something fun and awesome to wear. I love the versatility of the second piece - a necklace and a bracelet - SWEET!

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  11. ~unbelievable...your pieces are wonderfully created and filled with such imagination...beautiful job...much love light and blessings~

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  12. Super cute pieces! I love the two completely unique designs.

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  13. stunning !! both designs are fabulous and the bead fringe is amazing !!

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  14. Gorgeous, Gorgeous, GORGEOUS.

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  15. Both pieces are stunning Sherri! I love the colors in the first bracelet, such depth! But I also love the second piece as a bracelet, very cool result :)

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  16. Amazing beadwork on the first and well, that bracelet....I can hear Pat Benetar belting it out in the background, rockin' it out. Wonderful!

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  17. The fring~y, fluffy bracelet is awesome and I am totally loving the second one as a wrap bracelet☺

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  18. what a great bracelet!im impressed!

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  19. So different from your usual pieces, but like them both! Very well made!

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  20. I dunno.... I totally counted a billion in there :) Amazing !

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  21. You are so talented at so many styles. I love that you always switch it up and really try new things to grow as an artist. It's just not fair that each thing you try looks so good.

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    1. hahaha - well thank you, but you're just not looking close enough. Have you considered that you've never seen a piece I've done with clay? Have you asked yourself why?

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  22. love love the bracelet, so much work, so yum

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  23. and you got a second soup from your partner, that is so nice

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  24. Love your double duty piece. Well done.

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  25. Those beads are to die for...lucky girl! I love the fringe and the necklace/bracelet, great use of your beads!!

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  26. Wonderful work!! I do like the necklace/bracelet a lot, and to top it off you have even more fun stuff to play with!!

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  27. I love the black, white and gray color scheme. It's soooo classy.
    kathy

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  28. fringy fabulousness! I love the versatility of that second piece too, very impressive

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  29. I have learned during the course of all this hopping that I have a thing for bracelets. Yours is super fun. I bet it's great to wear. I really love the set with the roses though. I had a friend loose someone recently and despite her oddly high spirits there was a moment of truth around Valentine's day where she was obsessed with black hearts and roses. So those pieces remind me of my strong, resilient friend. All of your pieces are beautiful.

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  30. Beautiful work, Sherri! The second necklace is my favourite - like that assymetrical look and the possibility to wear it as bracelet too. And I like it's dainty style!

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  31. FABULOUS I just love that fringe bracelet. After soutache on my reveal, I am game to try macramé.....well done,

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  32. Beautiful! I love the wrap bracelet/necklace! I think I would wear it as a bracelet too! Excellent job with all your pieces! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. These are gorgeous. Fine craftsmanship and exquisite colors. Right on trend.

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  34. Very pretty! I'm going to agree and say that I like the second piece best as a bracelet too. Creative as well!

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  35. Incredible pieces and so different from your usual. I just love that necklace especially since it can be worn as a bracelet also.

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  36. Great job with your soup Sherri. The convertible necklace/bracelet is way cool.

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  37. The bracelet is gorgeous. I also like the fact you can use the necklace as a bracelet. Cool designs.

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  38. Sherri- your bead work is nothing short of amazing, I don't know how you do that, but it's awesome. Beautiful bead soup!

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  39. I love your work! That necklace is stunning!

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  40. Wow - Just look at all that fringe! It really shows off the focal bead. I love the necklace you created as well and I think it's super cool as a wrap bracelet, too - just perfect! Great soups!!

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  41. wow, the first piece is stunning, you are very talented, it is beautiful!
    I love all your pieces.
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I love this funny party!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  42. That is a TON of loops that make for a stunning bracelet! I bet it definitey felt like a billion when you were stringing them all, lol

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  43. Beautiful work & I agree that your flower necklace looks great as a bracelet, too!

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  44. The fringe on the bracelet is so luscious - what a great compliment to Juli's fantastic lampwork! And the necklace is great, also, with the fun loop of wire. Makes me want to go see if I have any necklaces that really want to be wrapped bracelets...

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  45. Gorgeous fringe. I am drooling!!! You did a great job with all of your soup! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Gorgeous, I love your designs, super cool.

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  48. I love that you can wear the piece as a necklace or bracelet! Such a clever idea and the design is gorgeous! You are such a great artist!

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  49. That loopy bracelet is SO MUCH FUN! I think the clasp you made for it is just perfect. The simplicity of it really lets the loops and focal shine. And your necklace/bracelet is definitely something I would wear. These are both winners in my book!

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  50. Wow! I love the first bracelet the most! The necklace is just as wonderful. I really like your work.

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  51. Great pieces. Love the first!

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  52. I love to visit your blog, also when it isnt partytime. And as usual i adore your beadwork. I will come back and take a look to the result(s) for these incredible lampwork. Since the last year I am in love too with these colors.
    Greets Gite

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  53. Oh wow! stunning pieces, and I so love how you showcased Juli's bead in the first one. I love your loopy bracelets, and that one is gorgeous! I can't decide which way I like the second one better, as a bracelet or necklace. Both are equally awesome. Great job girl!

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  54. Beautiful pieces! I just love your beadwork and knotting. All your pieces..but that beaded shaggy bracelet...wow!

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