Welcome friends. I am super excited about this bead soup reveal! A huge THANK YOU to beautiful Lori Anderson, Author, blogger, Facebook facilitator, inspiration and Dynamo. Lori’s Bead Soup Blog hop has grown to quite an incredible party. Despite obstacles and challenges in her life, she is incredibly dedicated and diligent about hosting an amazing party with three reveal dates.
Here is Lori’s book about bead soup. I encourage you to buy it directly from Lori via the link further down in the post. (It is a fantastic book and I am so happy for her!)
This is my second time participating and I was paired with an incredibly talented partner, Sandi Volpe. Here is my Meet Sandi Blog post.
The soup she sent me was Delish!!
To begin with, I fell in LOVE with Sandi’s work. I love the beautiful head pins she made and her gorgeous glasswork! You will be happy to know that she listed some headpins in her etsy shop, so feel free to shop!!
Sandi sent me an abundance of ingredients. I used quite a bit of it, there are a few items I am looking forward to playing with in the future.
We are fellow fly sisters, both Sandi and I took Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons Class and so the gorgeous fly focal was very meaningful to me.
There are more photos of the soup I received on the link above. Please visit Sandi and see what soup she whipped up here.
When I signed up for the soup, I was not aware that my son would be having surgery just before the reveal date. We had plenty of time to create and photograph prior, but I must say, had I allowed myself a little more extra time, I would have tweaked my design just a tad. (We arrived home from the hospital this afternoon and my son is doing so well after 5 incisions, 6 screws and a plate being removed.) I will be hopping and visiting each of the participants, but it may take me a few days!
Okay, a little about me. I call myself a jewelry junkie… I have loved jewelry my entire life. I have redesigned and created jewelry for many years. After encouragement from my friends, I started selling my jewelry in 2007.
I am a wire addict and I love using vintage and unique elements in my jewelry. I also am fortunate to sell my jewelry wholesale to boutiques and to have secured a couple of art licensing agreements with major gift manufacturers. My most recent work is manufactured by Creative Co-op and sold nationwide. It is such a thrill!
Okay… On to the reveal:
I love versatile jewelry,,, jewelry that can be worn in more than one way. I hope you will be able to see the versatility in the photos.
The first necklace is the most complex:
This photo shows a trio of delicate chain I added with a matte black lobster clasp. There are actually three pendants hanging down and I wanted to be able to switch them out with ease. I can wear all three or a single pendant.
Here are the individual pendants:
The first one Sandi shared the gorgeous lamp work bead from Heather of HMB studios and she hand wired and beaded an intricate weaving of seed beads. It is so beautifully made. I wired the top section and created an open bail. I also tied some of the beautiful sari silk from Sandi’s packaging onto the wire.
The second pendant I created with gorgeous Fly pendant Sandi gave me that was created by Barbara Bechtel of Second Surf Studio.
The third in the trio of pendants I created with one of Sandi’s super cool head pins. I love the circular swirls, Total Love! I also used the swirl as inspiration for the chain I made on the left side of the necklace.
Each of the pendants in the trio can be worn individually on a chain. Love the flexibility!
So I mentioned the swirl chain…
I incorporated Sandi’s beautiful lamp work beads with the swirl link chain I created. On the right side you see the nest I hand wired with a trio of crystals and a bird made from a vintage serving tray (I had to add a little vintage love). Above the nest is the cool faceted labrodite.
The next photo shows the beautifully beaded clasp Sandi wired with delicate seed beads, it is so intricate and well made. I opted to create a wired hook to connect to the clasp for a little more flexibility in the finished design.
Here are a few other ways to wear this necklace…
It can clasp like a choker…
and clasp it shorter than the original style.
I also created a more delicate necklace with the second of Sandi’s headpins. It is shown layered with the necklace attached above the nest rather than below the nest.
I also created a pair of earrings with some of the beads I had remaining. I added more of the sari silk.
And a final photo of both necklaces layered on my fav dress form.
Finally, please visit Sandi and the other fabulous participants listed on Lori’s blog here.
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Thanks for putting up with my incredibly long post!
Have a FUNtastic time hopping and may you have a hoppy Easter!
Here is the full list of participants: