It's finally here - the big reveal for Lori Anderson's 8th Bead Soup Blog Party!! This is an event jewelry makers like myself anxiously await all year. It's like the Thanksgiving of handcrafted jewelry where you can gorge on images of beautiful pieces until you can't stand it anymore. It's like mardi gras and New Year's rolled into one. Can you tell I'm excited? If you're not familiar with the concept (Bead Soup Blog Party, not parties in general), it's pretty simple: our hostess-with-the-mostess, Lori Anderson, assigns partners from the massive list of participants; the pairs exchange "bead soup" consisting of a focal, clasp and a few coordinating beads; each designer makes something using at least the focal and clasp (they don't have to be used in the same piece); and then we have a party! This is where you get to see all the amazing things everyone has made.
This year I was paired with Marianna Boylan of Star Girl Jewelry & Lampwork Glass Designs. I did this blog post all about her, in case you missed it. She sent this gorgeous "soup" for me:
Marianna made the lampwork bead and that photo doesn't really do it justice. I'll give you a closer look:
Isn't it beautiful!?! I really wanted to use it in my piece this year and I think I just tried too hard. I had an idea in my head and I just couldn't get it to translate into reality. I spent hours on it and it just didn't do justice to that focal. Lori did a blog post about the time I was struggling with it called Don't Be Afraid of the Do-Over, do I decided to take her advice. I thought I would try my luck with the other focal Marianna sent, the ceramic mermaid pendant by Gaea, so I pulled out some cord and beads and came up with a palette.
And this happened.
My mermaid goddess. I'm really excited about this piece. I messed with a few different design elements and I think the piece has flow and movement.
All the flow and all the movement brings the eye back to the star of the show, the mermaid pendant.
Want to see more? You can check out my reveals for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party and the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party or you can hop over to Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party page where she has the entire list (almost 500 participants!) of blogs to visit. I don't know about you, but I plan on visiting every one of them. It might take me a few days, but I'll get there! Happy Hopping!