Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party - Grande Finale!

Not long ago I had signed up to join Lori Andersons Bead Soup Blog Party. I was lucky and had been randomly chosen, along with 198 other jewelry designers.


First, you are paired up with someone. I had been matched up for the exchange with Cathie Carroll.

Next, the two of us exchange beads that would be challenging for the other to create a piece of art jewelry with. Here's a look at the bead soup ingredients that she had sent.

Then everybody makes something!! And blogs about it!




Now the main reason why I had wanted to join this exchange was to get my creative juices flowing again. It's been quite some time since I have made any jewelry. I always seem to simply string something up, and that's it. So blah, so boring.


That's why I was SO HAPPY when I saw what Cathie had sent. She had included 2 Sari Silk ribbons. Which I have never used. And have always wanted to!


I was determined to have the ribbon be the "glue that holds it all together."
I also wanted to included some of the mesh ribbon that she had used for the packaging. By using simple knots, I was able to use the ribbons, and get the look I had been wanting!




I included some of my handmade lampwork beads, added a knot between each one. Clipped a couple of the base metal hoops and slipped those through the two holes in the hand carved Jade focal. Then linked that to the clasp and hung it from the ribbon knotted beads.

With just the ribbon being behind the neck, it is rejoined at the side by using more knots, the Victorian era molded glass oval, one of my lampwork beads and one of the metal hoops. Which is then completed by knotting the mesh and pink ribbon from the metal hoop to the toggle bar.




WHEW! It's finished! It's complete! It was quite the challenge, believe you me. The rule was you had to use the focal and the clasp in your design. It was tougher than I have let on but I got through it! Now let's go check out and see what Cathie and everyone else has designed!

Follow this link to Lori Anderson's "Pretty Things" to see the list of participants!

47 comments:

Emakaye said...

Awesome Janel!!! You created a beautiful piece of wearable art. I love it so much.

Lori Anderson said...

Oh COOL! That looks like an icy cloud to me, and I like that you put the clasp on the side -- it's so pretty!

Well done!

I hope you join me again in the summer!

Penny said...

Lovely necklace it reminds me of laying on the grass looking up into the sky and imagining shapes.

la mar de bonita said...

That's a very interesting necklace. And your lampwork beads are adorable! Never used sari silk before, it's such a wonderful component - I would learn to use it, too!

Ann said...

Really nice, love the use of the ribbon and the front closure to show off the toggle.

jojosbeads said...

Fabulous! I love the mixed mediums :) x

Alice said...

What an unusual bead soup! Your necklace is spectacular, and I love every component in it.

Jo said...

So lovely!

Barbara Lewis said...

I love your piece, Janel. I'm partial to ribbons and fibers, too. I had Cathie as a partner at the last Bead Soup. Her packaging was a work of art ... I was in a quandary. I wanted to desperately to tear into the packages to get to the contents but then again, I hated to ruin her beautiful pouches!

Shaiha said...

I love how you put the focal and clasp close and those beads... very nicely done

Cathie Carroll said...

Your beads are so beautiful it was a great pleasure working with them. Thank you for sharing them with me.

I love your creation!

Skylar said...

Wow! This is a powerful piece. I love how all of the elements come together. Most excellent!

crafty1 said...

what a fantastic piece of art....

Cynthia said...

What a fun, eclectic design! You did it well.

said...

good job, I like it :)
ciao dall'Italia

Sandra Young said...

Very pretty.

Loris Glassworks said...

I've never used ribbon before and I must say it seems a little intimidating, but you did a fantastic job incorporating it into your design. Good Job!
Cheers,
Lori D.

Mariposa said...

Very unusual, but lovely!

Lisa Michele Creations said...

Neat necklace! I really like the cloud, the placement of the clasp and how you incorporated the fabrics/mix media..very nice!

Cindy Cima said...

You did a wonderful job with the sari silk - I love the balance your necklace has! Great job!

Milla Hope said...

interesting!!!!

roomforchange said...

I love how you used the clasps on the side. It has a real bohemian vibe!! Fantastic!!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

The sari ribbon works beautifully, and your knots are supercool. Nice job!

AmandaMade said...

I love the asymmetrical look of your necklace. And I also love that you put the clasp in the front. It turned out very pretty!

Wendy said...

Very pretty and creative design! :)

Stacey said...

Well you conquered the challenge - hard or not - and your piece is gorgeous! Job well done!!

Charlie said...

That focal is amazing! You did a great job on the necklace. Great design!

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

Love that you used the sari silk and that you added some of your lampwork beads. Very pretty

ShadeTree Studio ( http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html ) said...

neat asymmetrical design, love it!

Patti Van said...

I love how you constructed this piece! You did an aweseome job on this!!!

Kymberly Dillon said...

You are amazing nelly

vonna said...

Very unique and totally wearable! I like how you used the clasp on the neckline in front!

Terra Reid said...

This is amazing Janel! You are amazing!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I love sari ribbon and you used it wonderfuly! Love your lampwork beads.
Sonya

CraftyHope said...

Great job pushing yourself to work with something you haven't before! the piece turned out quite nicely. I like how you used the clasp up toward the front so it adds more interest at the front of the piece.

Jean said...

Love what you have done. I really like the touch of ribbon, its like it says hey look at me!!

Jean A. Wells said...

You made a beautiful necklace. Love that clasp and I also love the silk ribbon. Everything about it is just right. Great job!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Great job using the silk ribbon. I love silk ribbon but I am always nervous using it. Well done!

adlinah said...

So great that you challenged yourself while making this necklace. I don't know why but with the colours, that white cloud-like focal and the etched toggle, your necklace makes me think of a Tibetan Buddhist temple somewhere in the mountains of Nepal. Very calming.

Kat BM said...

I love the "cloud" necklace.. very good use of color and shapes

Alicia said...

Lovely - I like your 'cloud': such a beautiful colour! The clasp used in front is gorgeous too - you can't hide such a beauty at the back!

Ginger Bishop said...

I love it. I love it. i love it. One of a kind which is all my favorite things are.

Michelle said...

Really gorgeous!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Sorry I am so late to the party - still working my way through the Bead Soup! Love your necklace - reminds me of clouds!Great job with the silk. I am still trying to figure out how to use it in designs.

Cynthia said...

I'm slow and still making my way through the bead soup party, very pretty necklace, you did a beautiful job with the mixed materials, love it!

Lyn Foley said...

Very nice work, interesting and creative. (I'm a late party goer)

Eva Maria Keiser said...

Unique and interesting neck piece.
Greetings,
-Eva Maria