Ta-DAH! It's Party Time!! Waahooooo!!!
Today, I can finally share what I created from the fun mix of goodies that my awesome partner, Jill MacKay, gave me to use for the Bead Soup Blog Party! As a refresher to what this is all about, last month I posted about a huge blog hop event called Bead Soup that I had signed up for. It's run by the "Hostess with the Mostest" Lori Anderson of the Pretty Things blog. The premise of this event is we are all assigned partners to swap beads and findings with, then we make something out of these supplies, with the minimum requirement being that we have to use at least the focal and toggle that we were given. Then we post our creations on our blogs on the same day and have tons of fun visiting each other's blogs over the next several days (or even weeks) and getting "eye candy" overload!
Here are the goodies Jill sent me to work with, featuring several beautiful pieces from her own line of silver findings:
And this is the necklace that I created…
I used different beads I already had in my bead box, which have a mother-of-pearl shimmer with shades of soft aqua, teal, and green. They pick up the soft green color of the little rhinestones in the leaf focal perfectly! I also challenged myself to try something new by using a more rustic wire wrapping technique, where excess wire is wrapped around several times for a more relaxed effect. I definitely had to work at this, since I'm a little anal about getting perfect 3-wrap ends on all my designs. And with the current cost of sterling silver these days ($40.50/ounce, EEK!), I admit it was tough to add on those extra few inches of wire! LOL But I prevailed and think it adds a nice touch to this piece. Plus, I was lazy and didn't feel like using my reading/magnifying glasses like I usually do—so this was a good excuse! ;-D
I planned to use more of the goodies that Jill sent me in at least one other piece, but I ran out of time to finish it before the Blog Party started. But I'll add it on to this post as soon as it's done, I promise! In the meantime, please visit Jill's blog to see what she created using the beads I sent her—I can't wait to see for myself! And make sure to check out Lori's blog HERE for the full list of the rest of the talented participants and get yourself even more eye candy! *Ü*