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.
 
 
 
 
 

59 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I love what you did with the glass focal!! The bracelet is wonderful! I love the sea glass!!! Check out my post!

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    1. Thanks, Dyanne! I had such a wonderful start with that beautiful focal...you were a generous and thoughtful BSBP partner!

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  2. I love both pieces - that tube focal is amazing, and the color and texture of the sea glass bracelet is so calm and soothing. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you so much, Joan! I really loved working with that gorgeous tube bead...Dyanne was so nice to share that with me.

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  3. Just beautiful! I really enjoyed how you played on the Asian influence of the long glass tube bead and added a vintage image accent! Thank you for visiting my party post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shannon! I loved this challenge, although I didn't come close to the many fabulous items you made!

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  4. Beautiful work. The tile works so well with the focal bead.

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  5. I love the wire wrapping of the focal tube. What a great idea!

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    1. Thank you! I played with the idea for some time, but it came together very well in the end.

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  6. I love your pieces. Adding the oriental pic on the tube focal was brilliant. The sea glass bracelet is so soothing!

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  7. The focal you made from the long tube bead and the japanese scrabble bead is soo lovely!! Your pieces are gorgeous!!

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    1. Thank you very much! I had a wonderful time playing with the selection from my partner, and didn't do as much as I wanted to...many beads left for future projects!

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  8. Both pieces are just delicious especially the necklace. I just love the longer necklaces!

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  9. Very lovely. I need that aqua bracelet!

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    1. Yes indeed...many beads such as those in my stash! Soon you too shall have boxes and boxes (and more boxes!) of gorgeous cultured sea glass!

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  10. Donetta both of your pieces are gorgeous. I adore that lampworked cylinder and you paired it perfectly. I am a sucker for anything aqua so the bracelet is right up my alley too. Great job.

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    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you so much for stopping by...you made my day!

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  11. Very pretty. Iike that chunky bracelet

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  12. Both of your creations are stunning! I like the uncluttered simplicity of them so that your work and the beauty of the beads can stand out. My favorite is that aqua bracelet, it's just got a watery feel to it that makes me smile.

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  13. Both pieces are gorgeous! I love that bracelet --both the beads and that beautiful clasp :-)

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  14. All wonderfully designed pieces and I'm in love with the sea glass bracelet!

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  15. Gorgeous pieces - love them both. I like how you showcased the ceramic tube w/o overpowering it. And the sea glass bracelet is perfect.

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  16. Beautiful! Love the bracelet. The necklace is amazing! I love all the links and your scrabble tile is perfect with the tube bead.

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  17. I love how you added the wire and scrabble tile to the focal...it added a lil somethin somethin that makes it divine! Also love the sea glass....so so pretty!

    Linda
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  18. Love how you highlighted the tube with your asian inspired scrabble tile. The sea glass bracelet is gorgous!

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  19. Oh my, such beauty! Wonderful use of your soup from D... Dyanne is a buddy of mine.How did we not run into each other in the beading world? I know you from Swap-Bot

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  20. Oh, my, what soft feminine colors. Beautiful. And, the way you used them is gorgeous. Great job on this reveal.

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  21. Both pieces are divine. I love the subtle touch of wire around that gorgeous focal tube.

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  22. These are awesome designs, Donetta! I agree, the weather could be warmer... thank goodness it is warm in the studio :)

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  23. Then ecklace was lovely, the bracelet superb ,that aqua color is just beautiful

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  24. I'm echoing some of the other comments about your work. Really nice use of color and design. The sea glass is stunning.

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  25. The shell beads really add to the design of the necklace. I like that. The leaf clasp is soooo pretty. I really like the bracelet.

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  26. I really, really love the colorway of your necklace, romantic design!

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  27. Gorgeous pieces! Both are so unique and stunning! i love aqua so I think the bracelet is my favourite.

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  28. Your geisha charm is the perfect complement to the blossoms in your focal bead. I love your bracelet too. That's one of the colors I picked for next months ZnetShows challenge. Inspired to go play wit my cultured sea glass now. ;)

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  29. You made some lovely pieces. My favorite is the aqua with the silver leaf toggle. Great job!

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  30. What a beautiful and fresh summer bracelet! I love the cultured glass! And what you did with the great focal is gorgeous, long necklaces are so elegant!

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  31. I like the spring/summer vibe of the bracelet -- makes me dream of sipping a glass of wine on the beach (wouldn't that be nice?!). And I really appreciated the way you got the wire wrap to mimic the black swirly going up the focal bead in your necklace -- that was a really nice way to pull your creativity into the soup ingredients.

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  32. The tube bead is so nice! Seems like thats a wonderful necklace. Sadly you are not showing the whole piece.

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  33. Beautiful pieces! Love how you used the large tube bead from your soup and really made it the star of the necklace.

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  34. Excellent soup. Enjoyed every drop. Hope to see more with the pink beads....................refill please......Great job!

    veradesigns.blogspot.com

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  35. Gorgeous capture of the focal,absolutely perfect. Great use of your soup.

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  36. You enriched a focal that was already gorgeous in the perfect way, and also love the overall result! Sea glass is also a favorite of mine, so great work!

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  37. I have such a hard time using those really long tube beads... I love what you did with it. And your bracelet makes my heart happy. =) Such pretty aquas.

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  38. I have such a hard time using those long tube beads, and you did such a good job! And your bracelet makes my heart happy. Such pretty aquas.
    AND YOUR BUTTERFLY pendant!!!! The one you sent in your soup... Where did you find that beautiful piece? I love it.

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  39. That ♥ seaglass ♥ bracelet, just love it! And the tube too, and the Asian style pendant! Well, in every piece is something beautiful to be seen...

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  40. Both of your pieces are so pretty and wearable. I love the way the cream discs look linked with the gray pearls. They're the perfect compliment for your clever focal. And that bracelet! It's such a pretty clasp and the sea foam color of the cultured sea glass keeps it looking light and delicate.

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  41. These are gorgeous. I love the aqua rondelles and the rosary chain.

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  42. I like the aqua bracelet too :) I'm actually organising a mass bead soup where all the crafters get the same set of beads :) i think it ll be really cool too see what 10s or even 100s of people make with the same beads! planning to send out the beads 2 aug with designs revealed end aug. Would be cool if u d like to take part (details on https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/bead-soup/) :)

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  43. You added so much more interest to the gorgeous focal with the decoupaged tile! The mother of pearl chain is very beautiful but discreet and the focal stands out! Beach glass aqua - timeless favorite for summer!

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  44. The bracelet with the cultured sea glass is gorgeous, and the geisha necklace is really pretty too. Great soup!

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