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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party 7 - Second Reveal


It is April 13 and the postponed second reveal day for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.

Here is what I received from my partner, Cheryl Brown.

Bead Soup from Cheryl
The combination of the copper, cream, blues and purples are beautiful.

I wanted to do more that just string the components into a necklace. I had just purchased  Mastering Peyote Stitch by Melinda Barta

I really liked the leaves on the cover piece. I played with some different copper and bronze coloured beads before decided on the final combination. It is edged with some purple charlottes and centres of ivory.

Once the leaves were made it was a challenge to figure out how to work them into the necklace. Using knottable beadwire I secured the lowest leaf in the centre of the length of wire. I strung a few copper daisy spacers over both ends of the wire. I secured the next leaf on one of the wires, brought them together again and added a few more daisy spacers. The third leaf was secured to the other wire and the ends were brought together again. A few more daisy spacers completed the branch that would hang below the owl.
In progress, forming the branch below the owl
I then finished the necklace with small round pearls, large copper daisy spacers and lampwork beads from Cheryl, to which I add fire polished beads, paper beads and more small copper daisy spacers.

Once I had everything strung I had the challenge of what to use for a closure. The one that Cheryl sent was not going to work for me, it was much to big for the necklace. I did not have any smaller copper clasps in my stash. Wanting to have it finish so I could wear it, I took apart an older piece that needed to be reworked anyways.
Completed necklace
Detail of focal

With the necklace finished I had to now make something that used the amazing toggle that Cheryl sent. It is perfect to be the centre piece of a bracelet. I used some of the flat disc shaped lampwork beads, to which I added more paper beads, Swarovski crystals, copper wavy discs (similar to the silver ones I sent Cheryl), fire polished beads and some of the purple charlottes used on the leaves.

Completed bracelet
The last thing that I wanted to do was to figure out what to do with the lampwork headpins. I have never used headpins like this before.
Lampwork headpins

As I browsed thru my various drawers of stash I came across these very large white lucite trillums. I placed one of the headpins thru the centre of the trillum and relized that it would make an amazing ring. I then had to find my ring mandel in the chaos of my work area. Once I found it, it was just a matter of wrapping around the mandel to form the correct size ring and the securing the end of the headpin at the base of the flower.

Lampwork studded trillum rings

Ring on my hand

I have enjoyed wearing the necklace and bracelet since I finished them last month. The rings may have to wait for a special event to make their debut.

Collage of soup and finished pieces
Thanks go out to our amazing host Lori Anderson and my partner Cheryl Brown.

Now take sometime to hop around to the other amazing beaders and see what they have made. Here is the link to the complete list. I know that will be hopping around over the course of the weekend.

Happy Beading!!

43 comments:

  1. I love your creations. The leaves under the owl are amazing. The way you used the clasp as a focal was great too. Finally you trillium rings-a great very novel use!! And they turned out so elegant. Thanks again Jo-Ann. I still can't believe how many treasure you sent.

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  2. Great work with peyote stich :-D Lovely pieces!

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  3. They're all gorgeous pieces. I love the leaves you've made with the seed beads and how you've included them in the necklace.

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  4. I love your mix and match of components to creat these lovely pieces. The flower ring is such a special piece!

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  5. wowza fabulous job. That ring is so simple and elegant, love it.

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  6. So many beautiful things! I love the owl necklace particularly.

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  7. What a lot of wonderful pieces - love what you did with those headpins - the rings are fantastic!

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  8. You have created many beautiful pieces! I don't know if I can pick a favorite! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

    Cheryl

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  9. Well done, both on the peyote leaves and the jewelry creations~ they are all beautiful!

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  10. Nice photographs and great use of the Soup!

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  11. So many lovely pieces ! You totally rocked that soup :)

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  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the owl pendant with the beaded leaves. Super!
    kathy

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  13. Welcome to peyote stitch! Your leaves made a perfect nest for the lampworked owl. Just delightful.

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  14. Those peyote leaves are fabulous underneath the owl. Is that a good book? Is it easy to learn from? I really like the pieces you made, especially the bracelet. Great job!

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    1. I am enjoying the book, but it is not for someone who has never done peyote before. Thanks!

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  15. Hey Jo-Ann, wow lovely art, I love the ring, that is so cool...as always inspiring...

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  16. No matter how hard I try I can not get the peyote stitch down. Great job on your pieces.

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  17. What an absolutely adorable necklace that is! Thanks for the detail of how you accomplished it...love it!! Very creative idea for the ring...cool!

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  18. Love your seed bead work! The ring is too cute!

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  19. Wow, excellent work. The owl necklace is lovely. I think the bracelet is my favorite. I love that big flower. I'm so glad you made it a focal.

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  20. you received super but also challenging soup and you done it perfectly.Pins were really difficult!

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  21. As a seedbeader, I loved reading how you constructed your focal (and made mental notes for the future!) Love how your focal turned out. I, too, have some fancy enameled headpins and couldn't think how to use them. Your ring is just a delight (more mental notes to self.) So glad I discovered your blog - that's one of the nicest things about the BSBP - discovering new artists.

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  22. Great use of your focal, love how it turned out!

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  23. Those leaves are incredible! How cool that your soup challenged and inspired you to try something new.

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  24. Your necklace made my favs list for the second reveal. Check it out: http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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    1. Thanks for including me in your post about favs!!

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  25. oh, I love flower rings! and the necklace is stunning :)
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, what fun BSBP!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  26. What a gorgeous stash of goodies you had to work with! I love what you did with the owl lampie - the leaves you made are beautiful and tie everything together. Love it! Your bracelet is gorgeous - love the toggle clasp and the ring is stunning!

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  27. You mastered this mix for sure. Beautiful!

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  28. Such clever pieces. You were very brave to learn a new stitch and use it in the reveal. AND IT WORKED!!!! thanks for visiting my blog as well.

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    1. Peyote stitch was not new to me, but Melinda's book was. I hope to make more from it soon!

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  29. ~as i scrolled through i just kept saying "oh" so beautiful is your work...i love the delicateness of the flower ring and the owl necklace is stunning...much love light and blessings~

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  30. Just beautiful! I love how when worn together you would have an owl perched up high upon the leaves and flowers below on your wrist and hand. Perfect

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  31. Lovely job with your soup. I really like what you did with the headpins!

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  32. I love the way you turn the focal =) so fresh with the petals.

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  33. I think you have mastered peyote stitch, gorgeous necklace.

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  34. i LOVE owls, so i am completely over the moon for your work. absolutely gorgeous. the flowers turned out fabulous as well

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  35. Jo-Ann you made beautiful use of your soup. I really like your trillum ring. Kudos for trying something new.

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  36. You made some wonderful leaves for the owl to perch on, and good for you for so creatively figuring out how to connect them into the necklace. And I LOVE the rings - so different and cute!

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  37. Your peyote leavers below the owl were simply inspired! That bracelet is gorgeous. And, what a really neat way to use the glass headpins. So cool! Wonderful soup results. :)

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  38. The leaves under the owl really elevated your necklace. Masterful! The one that really caught my eye however was the bracelet. That is so something that I would wear.

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  39. I Love♥ the Flowers everywhere... great work!

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