Reveal day is here and I had a ton of beads to use thanks to my partner My partner is Miranda Ackerley who runs MirandackArts. Miranda’s beads were mostly gemstones. There were a few shell beads, a couple glass and metal. and the yellow focal was ceramic. I used the clasp and the yellow focal in two different necklaces. Oh, and I really got into wire wrapping this time making many many wrapped loops for necklace number one ( below) and making a pearl chain using gold filled wire and the lovely freshwater pearls that Miranda sent (Necklace Two). I had never made a pearl chain before.
Necklace Number One
I used Miranda’s clasp in this necklace and the bit of gunmetal chain she sent. I added brass and copper figaro chains and mixed my metals willy nilly. Miranda included a strand of chicklet-like brown beads with her soup and most of them ended up in this necklace, I had an especially good time assembling the focal and combined the beads in an unconventional way. I like how they look! Besides the chains, I added some seed beads and wire, and the brass, turquoise and red beads which I thought would go well with the brown. This necklace ended up being a lot of work and I had to solve some engineering problems but I had fun and that’s what counts.
Necklace Number Two
Here you see the big yellow focal with one of Miranda’s turquoise beads. The focal frame is an earring I found on the street! Miranda sent a strand of chips which I strung with 0/8 turquoise seed beads. The pearl chain is the second strand and the third strand with the gemstone beads is connected by base metal eye pins that I wrapped with real French bullion gold wire that I’ve had for years. I think it really makes the piece look opulent although I never heard of French bullion being used this way. It’s a bit extravagant but I wanted to try it. I made the toggle clasp from brass (process explained in prior post) and textured it to go with the brass disk Miranda included with the beads. That’s a bullion-wrapped eye pin hanging on the bottom.
Necklace Number Three
The only Miranda beads I used here are a gorgeous Biwa pearl (she sent two; the other one is in the focal of necklace number one) and a brown freshwater pearl. The rest of the necklace is street finds: rusty washers, stripped electrical wire and materials discussed in a prior post.
I have a confession to make. When I first saw these wire beads I didn’t like them. They don’t have any holes and Miranda sent three of them. I was stumped until I turned them on their sides, added some of her chips and her purple crystals, and ended up with earrings I will wear!
And I made a pendant with the third wire bead and an enameled bead Miranda sent.
Thank you Lori Anderson for another great Bead Soup Blog Party!!!
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Here’s a gallery of close ups and detail shots.
Love, love, love the bohemian vibe!! The first necklace is my favourite!!
Thanks. I’m glad you like them.
WOW, you made so many wonderful pieces with your soup & it all turned out PERFECT!!!
Love the jewelry you designed!! The first necklace is going to be on my favs list which I will post tomorrow.
I think the wire beads are great! Awesome pieces of art-to-wear that you created with your soup!
Wow Awesome work. Thanks for such fun. I was concerned I had sent you too much of a soup…But you came up with some very cool stuff.
I hope I made you proud of what I did with your beads.
Too much soup?!?!? Nah. Glad you like what I did with it.
Fantastic pieces especially two first necklaces!
Good idea to turn the wire beads on their sides.
Oh, I love the third necklace. It’s so nice and clean. And the wire bead earrings are great.
Amazing! the first necklace is a blast!
Lots of work, but definitely worth it! Lovely, opulent pieces. It was great that you figured how to use the wire beads. I love it when we stretch!
Thanks. Stretching-That’s the reason I love the Bead Soup Blog parties. You never know what you’re going to get and you have to figure out how to use it.
You made so much soup and all of it delicious! I really like what you did with the wire beads and your necklace made with found pieces. Unique and cool!
Oh my gosh! Absolutely undeniably amazing!
Oh oh oh oh oh, incredible
WoW! The first 2 necklaces are so rich and lush! Looks like lots of work! I love the pairing of the wire beads with other beads to make earrings and focal. Very cool!
Lots of work yes, but lots of fun
You’ve been a busy bee, Martha :0) Love the first necklace – it sure was a lot of work to wire all those components to a great design. Lovely cooking, my dear!
Very pretty pieces, great eclectic look.
I love the contrast between necklace #1 and necklace #3! All of your work is stunning, but those two pieces are my favorite!
Thanks. By the way, I think your work is awesome! I love the way you combine materials.
Ooh such lush pieces! Wonderful work.
FUN, Fun pieces. Love the necklace with all of the dangles!!!
You did a great job using your soup. You sure got a lot of pieces from your soup and they are quite varied in design. I too often use found pieces and stuff not considered jewelry supplies.
Great job using your soup! Your pieces are lovely! I especially like your second piece!
Thanks. It was yummy soup too!
I really like that first necklace of yours. It has such a bohemian/gypsy feel too it that appeals to me. As well, I had to laugh that you used an item that you found in the street in your second necklace. I’m always finding items on the ground and saving/using them in my designs. Great recycling! 😉
Wonderful designs!! I love your recycled bits mixed in with your soup!