Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party

Today's the day for the 8th Annual BSBP reveal!  There are many (many, many!) bloggers participating in the Soup...over 500!  Because I know you've been traveling quite a bit before you got here, and will be traveling more after you leave, I'll cut right to the chase.

My BSBP partner is Dyanne Cantrell of  Dee-liteful Jewelry Creations.  Dyanne was a wonderful partner from the very beginning, and was quick to contact me to chat about our interests, styles, and so forth.  Here's what we sent to each other (starting with what I sent to Dyanne).  I can't wait to see what she made from the different things I sent!

Now for what Dyanne sent to me:

Pretty!  I started with the focal bead, a beautiful ceramic tube bead.  I used one of my own little decoupage wooden tiles (a recycled Scrabble tile, actually), and wire-wrapped it to the tube bead, adding some bead caps and a little crystal.  I made a long (39 1/2 inches) rosary-style chain, using some of the iridescent shell beads from Dyanne and some gray glass pearls left over from the Znetshows winter challenge; it's attached to the focal via a large jump ring made of twisted wire.
I used the pretty antiqued silver grape leaf clasp to make a bracelet...borrowing generously from my stash of Znetshows cultured sea glass beads, and adding some tiny matte glass teardrop beads and little creamy white glass pearls.  Since we're moving into summer (although here in Washington we seem to have reverted to November weather...*sob*), I used one of my summertime favorites, a beautiful pale aqua.  
I hope you've enjoyed my cup of Bead Soup, and take the time to visit all the other cooks to comment on their creations.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  See the list of participants at Lori's blog, Pretty Things.