Welcome to the Fall Edition of the Bead Soup Blog Party! A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Lori Anderson for hosting the event and for being the brilliant woman who began the Bead Soup Party!
This is my third round of Party participation. My first was the Spring 2011 when I created this:
My partner for that round was Shea Zukowski.
Then came the Fairytale Mini Swap this summer. My partner for that round was Sandra Richardson.
For this Fall round, my partner is Valerie Norton. These are the goodies she sent me to work with!
MyElements, and picked out some of her fun gizmos and flexible tubing to add to the piece. When I thought of funky, retro, and color-the only place I thought of was MyElements. I love her stuff! So anyway (got distracted, bead, oooh shiny!), on one side I made my own chain links using colored wire run through the hollow tubing to be able to shape it as I wanted to. On the other side I used round gunmetal chain and wire wrapped all the goodies to it. On the side with the rubber links, I took apart some of the chain links to use as jump rings for connecting the pieces of tubing. As much as I LOVE mixed metals and all the varied finishes on the chain, it can be a challenge to find the right findings to go with the finishes. Also by using the pieces of chain it tied the two sides of the necklace together without have them be identical. When I got to the finishing part, I used a mix of hand dyed silk strings and ribbon, and black satin rattail cord. I did loose braids with them so that you could see all the colors in play without the cords running around willy nilly on the ends of the necklace. I used bead cones to attach the lovely sterling silver clasp Valerie sent in my soup mix. I don't know that I am crazy about this aspect of the piece, and I may yet rip it apart and redo that issue. What do you think? I would love your input!
For the second piece, I went more Antique Autumn.
Now for the Antique Autumn Earring giveaway!
Please visit the other Bead Soup Partiers, there are 362 of us! Here is the list with links to all their blogs!
These are the partner pairs.