Beads, beads, beads...

Beads, beads, beads...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Today!

Melissa Mesera sent me some beautiful lampwork beads... so pretty.  She called them "Starry Night" beads which is a perfect name for them.  They are mostly dark blue and silver but there is a streak of green through the beads too.  I was able to make three pieces from the beads that she sent to me.  The first piece that I made was in a style that I have been doing alot of... I know we are supposed to be stretching ourselves and doing something different but I started with a process that speaks to me and then I branched out a bit and made a bracelet that was a totally different from any I have made so far.
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The neckpiece I made using fiber wrapped cord with a wire of beads entwined through it.  The green color of the beads is brought out by the lighter fiber that I used.  I just love this "Starry Night" piece!
Aren't these beads beautiful!

I then made some earrings from the beads as well.  They are simple but will compliment the neckpiece beautifully.

Then I got brave and started working with the rest of the beads to make a bracelet that does not have any fiber in it!!!  I used the beautiful clasp that Melissa sent me on the bracelet.  I am getting better at wire wrapping so I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  My 26 year old daughter liked it too.... for her to say that she would wear this bracelet made my day!




Thank you so much Melissa!  I really enjoyed looking at the beads while I worked with them.  They are mesmerizing and so interesting!  You can visit Melissa's blog here.  Her Etsy shop is  one-eared pig beads.  She has some beautiful jewelry in her shop.

To see what everyone else has done check out the list  at Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party .  Thank you for stopping by and joining the party!

41 comments:

  1. I agree, simple earrings will go best with such an elaborate necklace.

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  2. Love your fibre wrapped style with the starry night beads...they work so well together. It's always a good sign when a daughter likes a jewelry piece...your bracelet is lovely..I like all the dangly bits you added.
    Jenni

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  3. All three pieces are just lovely! I especially love your fiber/bead piece.

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  4. Oh what a lovely creation.
    Be blessed to blessing

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  5. Marian, you did a great job on these! Of course I love the fiber necklace, you know I've been a fan of those. I love how the fiber colors brought out the beauty in the focal.
    I tried dangles as well, but mine didn't turn out nearly as well as yours, so you won't see any in my pieces! :)
    Great job!

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  6. I love them all! You did a spectacular job. I love the fiber, it really gives the necklace another dimension. The bracelet is so sparkly and shiny! Beautiful!

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  7. Hi Marian, I love your designs very beautiful, I really like the bracelet.
    Therese

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  8. I like your fiber art necklace. So much that putting it in words is difficult. I have never seen anything like that before.

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  9. I love this blog hop because I'm getting to see such interesting style. I love your fiber work mixed with the beads you were sent. So very beautiful together!

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  10. Love the fiber necklace, so beautiful. All the pieces are lovely, the simple earrings for the necklace, perfect. The bracelet, i love the charms dangling here and there.

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  11. Hi Marian! It is so nice to see you on this party!
    What a great bracelet, I would also wear it, and those earrings are the perfect match for you amazing necklace.
    Nice job!

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  12. That fiber wrapping is very cool. And I love the bracelet with the drops! great pieces!

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  13. Go van Gogh! Love the fiber-wrapped piece. We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda
    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  14. OMGoodness...your soup is DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I adore your design, it's truly stunning! Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP from a very talented designer!!! ;)

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  15. I'm so impressed with how you used the cording and fiber! Well done!

    I hope you'll join me next time -- the blog badge and dates are up on my blog now.

    Love, Lori

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  16. I adore what you did with that necklace! Love it!

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  17. Very unique and creative. Great job!

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  18. Congrats on the compliment from your teenage daughter. :)
    Your Starry Night necklace is so great. I love the fiber in it. The earrings really go well with it. And the bracelet is so pretty. I really like them all.

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  19. The necklace is great. I love the bracelet too though. Something I can imagine buying. The necklace would be too chunky for me. :o( Xx

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  20. What beautiful soup! And you did it justice! Absolutely lovely pieces... the bracelet that stretched you is my favorite :)

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  21. Hey Marian, really beautiful work! I especially love the bracelet ... you made some wonderful art here!

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  22. Great Pieces!!! Love the use of fiber in your necklace - and those starry night beads - Yum!

    I bet that bracelet makes some great jingle noises. I don't know about you, but when a bracelet makes special sounds, I feel extra special and pretty wearing it…

    Great Job with your soup!
    ~Marsha

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  23. I love your fiber wrapped style, even if it is your usual style, I'm glad I got to see it. Beautiful! The bracelet is fun and I'm guessing it looks wonderful when worn.

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  24. I am loving the fibers! I am going to have to try to bring some into my work!

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  25. Marian, the necklace is really something special. So unique and so interesting. You really did the bead justice. The earrings are definitely perfect for it and the bracelet is so sweet! Fantabulous job!

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  26. I have got to try and incorporate fiber..this will be a personal challenge. Thanks for the inspiration! You've made some Soup-er Cool jewelry pieces.

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  27. Wonderful design! The necklace is so creative and original - beautiful!

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  28. Very pretty! I love your use of fiber and weaving the strands. The beads you had to work with are so pretty!

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  29. I love love that piece. You did an excellent job!

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  30. Nice fibre wrapping, and love the deep blues.

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  31. I love your pieces! The first neck piece with the fibers is fabulous, and the earrings compliment it perfectly. The bracelet is lovely, with the wire wrapping and the beautiful clasp. Great job! :)

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  32. I love all the jewelry you made, but that necklace is really something special! Beautiful!

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  33. Marian - all these pieces are so pretty! haha - I know how you feel about having your daughter say she'd wear your piece - I have two stepdaughters 19 & 22 and always feel a bit more validated when they 'approve' of something i've created! Great job on your soup!!!

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  34. Lovely work! Good for you for stretching beyond your comfort zone!

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  35. I would wear it too-love the bracelet! I love your technique with the necklace. The earrings are the perfect compliment.

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  36. Very nice jewellery! I really like the interesting design and technique of the necklace. Great job!

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  37. Beautiful work! I love the bracelet too. The dangles are so fun! ~Val

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  38. Love the contrast between the fiber elaborate style and the simple earrings. Great choice!
    Ambra

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  39. Very nice, you rose to the challenge you created for yourself extremely well when you created that beautiful bracelet. All great pieces.

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