Saturday, July 28, 2012

Time to Reveal...



The 1st reveal date for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Hop has finally arrived!!  Before I show you what I created, let me remind you of the soup I received from my awesome partner, Cynthia Wainscott. She made that center focal herself with polymer clay, isn't it amazing?



On the first day of playing with beads, I broke one of the connectors off of the awesome copper piece seen on the left.  It was completely my fault for testing the limits of bending the link too far, and now it will have to become a pendant instead of a bracelet connector as I had initially hoped, and I haven't gotten around to using it quite yet. 


The first piece that I ended up making features the polymer clay focal, brass branch, and 1 of the pretty turquoise like disc beads. I didn't want to overcomplicate it because the focal alone was so detailed and beautiful, but I loved all of the colors in it and really wanted to draw those out, so I chose a few beads from my own stash to do a sort of boho, mixed up beaded chain. 



The next piece used only the clasp and a look alike bird I had in my stash. I used it because it was already beat up and also didn't have the third hole connector, and I wanted to use the brass bird from the soup as a centerpiece of a different necklace...another thing I didn't get finished in time. I might just have to post an additional reveal on another day in a few more weeks, but I digress.  I made a crazy fun necklace using a lot of brass blanks I had embossed and patina'd, mostly birds, owls, dragonflies, nature etc. so the fly away clasp was the perfect combo. I changed the toggle bar because the other one kept wanting to slide out, so this one was a little longer and more secure since the necklace isn't the lightest. Now this might seem like an easy design, but I actually had a hard time with this one. The color combination, choosing the pieces and colors ended up being quite the challenge for me. I ended up riveting the largest bird to a ring and having all of that together in order to get that center section to fall just right, and luckily the rest seems to fall into place. 



Here is an another look at the full necklace:



Lastly, I used one of the Genova beads in one of my dragonfly focal bracelets. I just loved the greens and had to pair it with more of the stone flower carved beads I had, and also used one of the adorable flower bead caps from my soup in this one as well just as a little charm. 


Ultimately I still have quite a few beads and pieces left from the soup I got, and if it weren't for unexpected events (tree falling on house and taking out power line to name one) causing additional time restraints, I probably would have more to show...oh well, that's life for you. ; )  Now, please go check out Cynthia's Blog if you haven't already, and you can find the list of the rest of the participants by clicking here: 6th BSBH Participants.  Thanks for reading and if you feel like commenting, go right ahead, no captcha required.  I will be very busy this next week visiting others and can't wait to see what you have made!  : ) 


60 comments:

  1. Very pretty.Delightful way you used the beads.love them both.Love and hugs Tanya

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  2. An eclectic mix! Love the bracelet with the dragonfly, something about it speaks to me

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  3. Oh, the first one is my fav too. That focal is just to die for, and I love how you worked in the branch.

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  4. Jessica, what a wonderful designs!!!! I'm so in love of what you did with my bird focal the neck line treatment so natural jet so romantic it fits perfect , really beautiful! An that necklace with the blanks sooooo fab!! The colors the textures I can see myself wearing it all the time , and the bracelet!!! The bracelet is really gorgeous , love the beads! You are such a talented artist and I'm so happy we got to know each other , I'm sure this is the begening of a wonderful friendship ! Keep creating my friend , you do a beautiful job!. Hugs :)

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  5. I've done the same thing -- snapped a link! It's usually followed by indiscreet cursing. You did a lovely job with everything. I love the variety!

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  6. I've been lusting after your birdies since I first saw them. What a fun mix and what a fun piece.

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  7. Everything is beautiful but the dragonfly bracelet is my favorite! Great job on everything

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  8. the second necklace is so great, like a charm bracelet. I am in love w/ the green bracelet!

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  9. Very nice pieces, love the charm necklace idea!

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  10. Love everything you made. Don't you just get sick in the tummy when something breaks like that? But, using it as a pendant will help soften it, at least its still usable. You did a great job with your soup!

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  11. Awesome bead soup-love the bird theme! All three pieces are fantastic, I especially love the charm necklace-so fun! Great work.

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  12. Love the handmade bied pendant! Your second necklace looksmlike it would be so fun to wear! I especially love the bracelet!

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  13. I love how much color you incorporated into each piece. As well, each of your pieces has so many neat elements to it. Nicely done!

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  14. Cynthia's little blue bird is so cute! You were right to keep it simple and make him stand out. I love the charm necklace too!

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  15. Love your designs, the colours are fantastic ... that bird focal is just stunning - I love how you teamed it perfectly with the brass branch =)

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  16. My favorite is the second necklace with the different colors of paint/patinas. It's pretty and very creative.

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  17. Beautiful work, and that dragonfly bracelet is so awesome! I love the originality of your pieces.

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  18. They are all beautiful. I love the birds and dragonfly!

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  19. Completely in love with the first necklace! The different patinas in the second charm necklace are stunning.

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  20. Great use of patina and color. Beautiful work.

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  21. I love your designs! Very pretty.

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  22. I adore charm bracelets so I couldn't but help falling in love with your charm necklace. In fact they are all beautiful.

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  23. Beautiful work! I really love the first one too!

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  24. Oh man, can't tell you how many times I've done that! usually I snap the top of a briolette bead right off (insert swear word) It is usually some semi precious stone that was supposed to be a pair of earrings ... that is no longer a 'pair!'

    I love all your pieces! each is so unique and such beautiful use of your soup!

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  25. Your work is so beautiful. I love the Fly Away necklace...colorful and fun to look at. The necklace made with Cynthia's focal is gorgeous, too!

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  26. What a beautiful focal, you really did it justice!

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  27. Loved the necklace. Did you do all of the patina yourself? I will reveal during second reveal date. Check me out at http://www.heavenlanecreations.com

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    1. I did all the patina myself, but it isn't like a chemical patina, its more of a paint on patina made just for metals by ranger inks. All of the color is sealed.

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  28. Jessica, I love all the pieces you've made and how they are a winged collection all together. That focal is so charming I think you gave it a perfect little roost to sing from. Great work!

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  29. The first one is absolutely my favorite! What a cute bird! I like that you used the colors from the focal for the rest of the necklace..

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  30. Love the charm necklace. Great summer designs, they are all beautiful.

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  31. Beautiful pieces! Love the first necklace with the bird pendant!

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  32. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the patinaed charm necklace!! It's inspiring!

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  33. Love all three pieces. Your style and tastes are right up my alley. Fun and Whimsical!

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  34. All your pieces are stunning. I like the bracelet most. Lovely job!

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  35. What a fabulous soup! Such wonderful happy jewelry you've created from it!

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  36. Gorgeous work Jessica - Love what you did with all of them. The second necklace and the bracelet are my favorites. Fantastic elements & colors!

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  37. Thank You everyone!! The idea for the charm necklace came from the vintaj designers, but I did my own version of it because I had so many patina'd pieces and loved the crazy feel to it.

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  38. You got a great soup to work with, wow, that bird focal is amazing! And you've done great things with it, hope to see more soon!

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  39. Wow! What an amazing soup and the pieces you created are even more amazing. Great job!

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  40. Fabulous ,I like the second necklace the most

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  41. There's no denying you had fun! Great work, love your use of color, texture, and design... I will be watching you...

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  42. I love all your pieces. Shows great thought of how you are inspired to design each one. You are becoming a patina queen and it looks wonderful!

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  43. No doubt about it, that bird pendant your partner made is one special piece, but I have to say your dragonfly bracelet is the bomb!!!!

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  44. I really love your dragonfly focal bracelet..! Great job..! :)

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  45. Hi Jessica, All of your pieces are Awesome! They are truly unique. My favorite is the dragonfly bracelet.

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  46. Nice work, I like the bird-necklace and the bracelet most.

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  47. Super cute pieces - I love the bracelet and I'm particularly amused by the look on the polymer bird's face!

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  48. Beautiful work - the patina-ed necklace would be brilliant for autumn with those rich, jewel colours!

    Elly

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  49. I love all your pieces, you received a beautiful soup and made a great job with it!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  50. Really great designs!!! Love the work you did! =)

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  51. Love all of your creations, but the dragonfly bracelet is my favorite. I am particularly fond of anything dragonfly. :-P

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  52. Beautiful. I love everything you made. That pendant is just awesome. You received a bountiful stash.

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  53. I love the pendant that you were sent and you did it justice. My favorite piece is the necklace that you made with your charms that you embossed and patina'd. They are wonderful.

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