Wahooooooo! Today is finally when Reveal #1 of the fabulous Bead Soup Blog Party begins! I've been working for a while on my designs and confess it was harder than I thought it would be to narrow them down since there were so many possibilities with all the goodies my partner, Carol Dee Myers sent me. To recap, here is what I received as my "bead soup" to work with…
I decided I really wanted to work with some of the largest beads in the mix as a
personal challenge since I normally don't work with that size in my
designs, but I loved the idea of a bolder, more contemporary look. And this is what I ended up creating with her beautiful enameled metal beads, pewter bead caps, mini glass spacer beads, and the silver Bali clasp…
First, I glued on some of the pewter bead caps onto the front and back of two of Carol's chunky lentil beads to give them a touch of bling. Then I decided to add some of my handmade lampwork beads in a dusty coral rose to give a nice contrasting punch of color to all the blue shades, and added loosely twisted variegated coral and blue silk cording I found in my stash of ribbons I've been hoarding. Large twisted rings in between give the larger beads some breathing room and a chance to show off!
Here is a closer look at Carol's stunning focal piece, which she made by enameling and layering several dimensional flower shapes together…
And I couldn't stop there! LOL I also made a pair of coordinating earrings featuring a combination of my lampwork beads, her enameled flowers, and faceted rose gold crystals:
I think these designs are perfect for this Spring season and I'm also proud of the fact that I challenged myself to add in the coral color since I normally don't wear this shade at all. I really love how everything came together and still have plans to create some other fun designs with the rest of my soup leftovers—thanks to Carol, for gifting me with all these fresh ingredients to work with!
This is the first out of three different Reveals that you can drool over (see the next dates in the sidebar to the right) and the list of everyone who is participating can be found by clicking on the highlighted link in my first paragraph. But first you should go over to Carol's blog to see what she created with the soup mix I sent her by clicking HERE!
You can also see more of Carol's lovely enameled beads and mixed media designs on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/carol.myers.
I think she did an amazing job and I had so much fun getting to know her better and making a great new friend through this wonderful annual event! A big thanks and hearty clapping of hands too for all the ways that Lori Anderson makes this Blog Party such a pleasure, and for everyone else who is participating and sharing their cool design ideas! Now feel free to join me in commencing with the Droolfest!! *Ü*