I am a bead maker, not a jewelery designer per se. One reason I did the Soup was to challenge myself to try something I had not done before. I have a tendency to over do and the first week I went nuts and worked on the main chain part for hours. Then life intruded and I only finished it up this week. I couldn't believe the trouble that I had figuring out how to attach the bead caps to the silk cord. I had it in theory, but practice left a lot to be desired.
I had seen a lovely piece on line that was composed of charms and dangles and wanted to do something like that. I went through a lot of head pins and dug into my stash to add to the variety that Julie had already sent me. I had a piece of black silk cord in my stash that I used to extend the chain to necklace length.
The rules of Bead Soup Blog Party are simple. After signing up with Lori Anderson at Pretty Things (one of my faves), she assigns partners. I can't believe that she has the energy to undertake this but I am sure glad that she does. Then you exchange a focal, beads and a cool clasp (not lobster). And you need to have a blog to let everyone know about what you are doing. On the day of the BIG REVEAL, you get to show off what you made and visit all the blogs of the other designers. There are a ton of people who signed up for this current Bead Soup and would take up a huge piece of this post to list them all. The link to the complete list is:
Go ahead and check them all out. Get a jolly case of Blogitis...you know you want to.
Are you ready.... Here it is, full monty and the little bits that make it up. (I snuck a pair of polymer clay beads into the dangles: Can you spot them?)
|I dub thee "Little Kitty 2 two"|
form to photograph it on
After all this I have beads left over (Julie was sooooo generous), so I had plenty of choices for earring design.
Thanks again to Julie Bean http://www.beadaholique.com/ for all the great beads and to Lori Anderson for all her hard work at putting this all together.