Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup #6 Final Reveal

Are you ready for some more fabulous eye candy?! It's time for the final installment of three Reveals for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party—and this time, I get to play and share my own design too! If you're new to my blog or unfamiliar with the Bead Soup events, you can CLICK HERE to learn more about this fun annual event.

To recap, this is what my wonderful partner Barb Solem of Vivi Magoo Presents, sent me:

As you can see, I had quite a mix of sparkly bits and rich brass elements to choose from! I'm not used to working with vintage rhinestones, but I love the look and was excited to have the challenge to work with them for the first time. And this is what I ended up creating…

To balance the nearly 5" long focal piece, I decided to go with a dramatic 36" opera length design. I love how it turned out, but it's a really hard to photograph such a long piece! LOL I used some of the quartz and cream stones, faceted topaz beads, and the vintage rhinestone square spacers Barb sent me, as well as some of my lampwork beads and other brass findings to create two layered strands. I wire-wrapped each beaded section with a looser, more rustic look to mimic those on the focal piece. These transition into a smaller doubled up antique brass chain which is capped off with more of my beads and Barb's lovely beaded toggle clasp. Here's another view, showing most of the two-strand mixed section and the focal…

I'm really happy with how this turned out and can't wait to wear it to upcoming holiday parties. And an extra bonus is that I still have some of my "soup" components left over that I can use in other designs too!

Please click on the blue highlighted link (at the beginning of the second paragraph) to see what my awesome partner Barb created with the soup mix I sent her. This last reveal is the largest of the three, so please also read Hostess Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things to visit the links for all the other participants. But I warn you—be prepared for a massive case of Creative Inspiration Overload!! *Ü*

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bead Soup No. 6 - Reveal #2

It's time for the second of three Reveals for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! YAY!!! So if you're into beads and jewelry design, you're gonna LOVE checking out all these great blogs for some fantastic creative inspiration:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry
Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Davis, Natural Treasures by Deb
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eleanor Snare, The Magic Square Foundation
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations
Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Krafty Max, Krafty Max Originals
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Florian, Lilys of the Valley Jewelry Creations
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Callahan, Dancing Wire and Beads by Lori
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Marcia Dunne, The Alternative Foundry
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Melissa Muir, Kelsi's Closet Jewelbox

Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam DeBoer, Purple Notes from the Studio
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Tanya Wiles, Tenebrous Hollow Studio
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

And as if all this eye candy wasn't enough—there's one more Reveal coming up! LOL Please come back and join me for my own reveal with my partner Barb Solem, and many other great jewelry bloggers on August 25th! *Ü*

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pantone Fall 2012 Forecast

I can't believe I totally dropped the ball on finishing up my individual posts for the Spring/Summer 2012 color forecast, but I'm hoping I'll do much better for the upcoming Fall season! I know many of you are in the midst of a big heat wave, so I thought I'd start posting the new color trends to give you something cooler to look forward to (even if the thought of snuggly sweaters isn't so appealing at the moment?! LOL).

Here's what the official Pantone site says we can look forward to for this Fall:

From love potions and the magical hour of sunset to witches and warlocks, fantasy and illusion are inspiring designers this fall season. With an unexpected mix of darks, brights and neutrals, they cleverly manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life.

“By playing to consumers’ practical side with versatile neutrals, and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skillfully balanced palette has something for everyone,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Since Tangerine Tango is Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, you may have noticed that it has carried over into the Fall season—which is great for all those outfits or accessories you may have already on hand from Spring and Summer. You'll be able to mix them in with these deeper, more subdued colors (with the exception of the eye popping Bright Chartreuse, that is!).

I'm really digging the thought of the strong neutrals like French Roast or Titanium paired with the brighter colors like Pink Flambe and Olympian Blue. I'll be highlighting all these individual colors in upcoming posts, and would love to hear which ones are your favorites! *Ü*
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