Bead Soup Reveal Day!


Here are the components Suzette sent and the finished necklace.


What a blast this has been! Really, the whole process of being a participant, getting a partner (Suzette of Ellie's Bijoux) , meeting my partner, picking out bead soup for her, receiving my soup, thinking about what to make and getting excited to see what she makes, looking at some of the participants blogs ahead of time, watching Lori pull the whole thing together, using all the components to make a necklace, blogging about my partner and her work, photographing my new challenge piece and coming here to pull it all together and blog for the reveal day. Whew!

This type of challenge is so much fun in that it takes me out of my usual creative process. I feel like I created something that I never would have thought of had I been completely on my own. It was lots of fun starting off with the pieces Suzette sent me, then scrounging in my own stock to decide what I wanted to mix in. I found a pyrite moon to place behind the cute bird charm, jasper beads that mimic the rectangular focal, 3 colors of silk that I braided into the neck piece, as well as horn, jade, and serpentine, copper and brass, and wood. What a great color palate she sent me to work with and we surprisingly sent each other quite similar colors. Check it out:


Thanks Suzette for sending me such a fun bunch of pretties!

For this bead soup party, we were to send our partner a focal piece, clasp, and coordinating beads. The rule is that you must use the focal and clasp, but not necessarily the others. When I got my package, I thought that I'd end up using every piece that she sent me, but the necklace turned out to be "done" before I got to use quite everything. I used most of it though! Some participants will make multiple pieces with their lot, but I chose to make just one piece. I also decided to make it a lariat style necklace with no clasp so I took the clasp and turned it into a link to hold the wire spiral. Here's how I altered it with a bit of oxidized copper wire:


Now that I've shared my piece with you, please join in the blog hop and enjoy posts from the other 361 participants. You are bound to find lots of new artists and blogs to follow. I already have! Here's another fun thing to check out, thanks to Lori Anderson putting it together. It's a map of all the participants locations. Now that is 362 people from 21 countries in 5 continents! Click here to see the map.

I want to give a big heartfelt thank you to Lori for all the work you've done to pull this together. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Okay, here they are:

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke


































Thanks so much for joining in the hop! I'm off to bed and can't wait to get up tomorrow and check out what everyone made :) Happy sleeping, creating, waking, working, playing or whatever else you are doing!

~ Shay

100 comments:

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

What a wonderful necklace You made there !! and fantastic fall colors too / love it :)

Jo said...

That is lovely! I love all the autumnal colours.

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late -- today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They're still working on it, but it's like dial-up.

I LOVE all the dangles at the bottom of the lariat! Donut-style beads always trip me up (and that's what I had for my first Bead Soup but I ended up loving what I made!) The bird is a sweet touch and I would never have though of the braided silk.

WONDERFUL job!

Love, Lori

horimarika said...

It is a necklace I would proudly wear! So cool with great colours. Good job!

Christals Creations said...

I am really loving this hop. I have seen so many great designs. I have decided to work up from the bottom so I still have a long way to hop but it's looking good so far. I've found a couple that were missing a post about the soup but i'm not sure whether I will go back or not yet as I still have a long way to go. :o)

Tracey N. said...

Wow this is gorgeous! I love that rectangle shaped stone and all the dangles. This is one of my favorite color combinations!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Love this! Absolutely stunning piece! Way to go :)

SilverNikNats said...

A beautiful piece really organic looking

WondrousStrange said...

Your Bead Soup pieces are just wonderful.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Lovely I love the way you used the rectangle! A really beautiful piece!

maneki said...

Beautiful autumn necklace! I like seeing so many work with asymmetric designs as I'm not good at all at making that work myself so it's very inspiring.

Michelle Mach said...

Clever use of the clasp! This is a gorgeous necklace--so perfect for fall!

EmandaJ said...

Very lovely! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!
Enjoy the hop,
Emanda
http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

ladyhawthorne said...

Another gorgeous piece for this blog party. I am just stunned by all the creativity.

Regina said...

What a gorgeous necklace, stunning. Love all the components of the necklace, you have brought it all together so well. Just marvelous!

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Your designs turned out magnificent! Really love the fall colors. Great work. ♥

Christine Altmiller said...

so very beautiful and earthy!

Silver Parrot said...

Very nice work! The colors are so rich and earthy.

Carol B said...

I love what you made. Great wire working!

Shay Stone said...

Thanks so much everyone for the wonderful comments. At the end of the day I've made it to 80 of your blogs. I think this is going to take more than a couple of days to enjoy all this eye candy!!

LissC said...

was fun to read your post because it was like you were taking the words right out of my mouth in regards to how much fun you had with the swap :) I'm so thrilled with the whole process.

Your piece is super pretty!! I really like how you bunched all the pieces together as dangles at the bottom. Great idea!

Carrie said...

Shay, I love the asymmetrical way you put this together. The focal looks great with all those dangles. It is so hard for me to work on an piece that is not symmetrical, my mind needs the sides to match, that I totally appreciate when I see one as well done as this. It looks like it is very comfortable to wear with the ribbon on the back side. You should be very proud!

Cynthia said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Terri said...

Soup-er cool. Rich in earthly loveliness! You did an amazing job with the soup mix!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Beautiful pieces - I'm not usually a fan of the color palette but your pieces are put together so perfectly, you've made me a convert! Bravo!

Carol Tannahill said...

Great necklace! You put a lot of work into this and it shows. It's a show stopper.

Cindy Cima said...

Beautiful! Love the earthy look and wire work!

Sweet Freedom said...

Love LOVE what you have done - using that donut as the focal for the lariat, all those dangles, the braided ribbon. the color palette - such creativity and talent!

Ann said...

Neat necklace, I like the lariat style. It's hard to believe all of that great fringe can get through the donut.

Sally Anderson said...

You did an awesome job. I love how you used that frame to set everything off. Way cool!

Holly said...

Shay! Oh. Wow. I'm speechless! (Well, not really, never am, apparently ;)) This is a gorgeous piece! I absolutely love what you did with this. It's amazing! That rectangle/donut would've totally done me in, and man, did you work it up proudly!

chris said...

What a great piece. I love the design, great colors for autumn.

LeeLu Creations said...

I love this! Perfect for fall. You had such a great soup to work with.

Polly Barker said...

Such a beautiful fall piece!!!

FryeStyle said...

I like the braided cord very much. It enhances the focal perfectly. This is a very wearable piece and will go with many outfits. Great work!

Mylene said...

Wow, what detail and thought has gone into this necklace. I love its earthy, organic feel.

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Love the design!!! It will be fun to wear.

ccrider2006 said...

the colors in this piece are just gorgeous and I am so jealous of the use of the braiding and blending it all together with your fabulous wirework. I just love it

Cory said...

You made an amazing piece, Guess I was not the only one to turn the clasp into something else.

Thanks for your visit and the kudos.
And, your wire work is lovely.

Sandra said...

What a wonderful soup you cooked up~! I love lariat necklaces, but your creation tops everything I've seen before. I'm especially fond of the many dangles and the braided silk.

Elizabeth said...

I love the way that you put this all together!! i love the wonderful tassel look of the drop coming thru the square of jasper!! Just lovely and Inspired!!!!! The synchronicity that you shared with your partner is quite stunning!! Beautiful work and great to meet you!!!

la mar de bonita said...

I love your design. It's so naturally and also extravagant. Great work!
Greetings, Michi

Lupe Meter said...

Love this lariat! Gorgeous creation! Awesome wire work!

Shay Stone said...

Wow.. I am so blown away by all the lovely comments you have all left! What a fun experience this has all been :) I don't know about the rest of you, but it's day 3 and I've only got through 160 blogs!!
Loving it and your creations!
Shay

T... said...

stunning creation, love the texture and all the elements

Stephanie LaRosa said...

Lovely necklace, perfect for the upcoming season!

Sandi Volpe said...

Fantastic fall Necklace

pinkchapeau said...

Wonderful necklace-fun and colorful!!!

KayzKreationz said...

That is a gorgeous piece. The silk you braided together really adds to it. I like all the dangles. And the way you used the rectangle focal is wonderful.

StR said...

that is a nice and very witty piece. I love it! and also your other design!

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and I love the way you used the focal bead. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
Lori

Maggie said...

What a beautiful autumn creation!

Christine said...

Your necklace is gorgeous with all the wonderful details!!

Melissa said...

I've never seen a lariat like this before. It's wonderful! I love the variety of fall colors, very rich looking.

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

I am loving this necklace, absolute perfection!

Molly Alexander said...

You did such a beautiful job on this necklace! I love the asymmetrical design, and the focal is stunning. Fantastic!

Wendy said...

Beautiful! Love the rich colors and textures!

Shirley said...

I just love how braiding the silk makes it mimic the striations in the square bead. And then, altering the clasp! What a great idea! Beautiful design!

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love your necklace, all the texture and detail!its just beautiful

CraftyHope said...

Your necklace really brought a smile to my face. I love the braiding as well as the dangles. The texture and the colors are wonderful.
The bead soup is such a great challenge. It sounds like it accomplished it for you since it had you thinking outside of the usual. Yay! You really made a stunning piece.

Riki Schumacher said...

Love your piece, so pretty. Great composition and fun! Yummy colors. Thanks for coming by! Riki

Serena Trent said...

I love the colors and the necklace you made, great job!

Julie Nordine | Credit River Art Glass said...

Very creative, Shay. Nice job!

Palimpa Lim said...

I love these colors, so soft and warm, and they all go so well together. Your piece is so rich in texture, color and design, but it is absolutely not overdone. This is what I call a perfect soup!

Doris said...

very very beautiful - great job
Grüßle Doris

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

What a fun necklace! I love the complexity of the design and how you made the focal the clasp as well. Nice work.

hello gorgeous said...

oooo, nicely done....so apt for the coming fall season ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

tappingflamingo said...

what a fun piece. again fiber, I've got to try using fiber, as I really like the look.

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry I am so late , but my computer dug in it's heels and said I'm nota-gonna go that fast:^)
Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
Be blessed to be a blessing

BackstoryBeads said...

If this were mine, I would never want to take it off. Love how you used the clasp in your lariat design. I keep looking at all the glorious details. Lovely warm colors remind me of the blazing maples and oaks of Fall.

Kate said...

There were SO many things I love about this piece!! Color, fiber, design, components...there nothing I don't love about it! Way to go, Shay!

BluMoon said...

Thank you for visiting me Shay. What a wonderful necklace you have made.

Bobbie said...

What a cool mixture of finishes and textures you created - very cool!

gail vanderster-zwang aka angelmoose said...

beautiful necklace, love all the wire wrapping!

Tracy said...

Love the autumn colours and all that wire wrapping...beautiful

Cynthia said...

Lovely necklace, and just in time for fall!

Sandi said...

I love what you did with your "soup" Shay.

Line Labrecque said...

Wow, great work on the soup. I love the braided cord. Oh and all the colors.

Melinda Orr said...

Cool design....really a great combination!

coffeeaddict said...

I love the use of focal and the braided ribbon is cool!

jelveh Designs said...

I really like this piece, specially the way you used the square bead...love the colors too...very lovey over all...

Jenni said...

Shay, your necklace has such gorgeous colors. I love the lariat style you chose, all the dangles and th wire connector..it's a fab design that works so well together.yours is also the first braided ribbon I have seen in the hop and I just love it!
Jenni

Kim said...

What a beautiful piece of art you created. I love the use of fiber and the colors you had to work with. Oh so lovely. Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Genea said...

What a beautiful design! I love how you used the rectangle! I love that you took a lot of shots of the finished piece and of the beads separately.

Michelle said...

I love the organic feel and all of the textures. Divine!
Michelle

Shyme said...

Beautiful necklace!

Swati said...

Wow...love that necklace Shay! I love what you have done with it. And 86 comments!! I have never seen so many comments in blogs. So LOVELY to see this number!!

Cory said...

Beautiful combination of elements...great design.

Cory said...

Great design and a beautiful combination of elements.

Janina Grigore Jewellery said...

What a beautiful piece! I love the warm earthy tones and the different components you beautifully put together ! Great job!
Geanina.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Beautiful piece! Love all the danglies. Very fun.

kathy welsh said...

Stunning Piece! Love the layers and textures and how they all work together. Also love the colors, so earthy and warm. Great job!

Karyn B said...

Oh, how rich and wonderful! I love the colors, and the braided silk is fantastic!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Really wonderful design. You took an amazing bead soup and made it shine! I like your addition of braided silk as well as the style of the necklace. Nice work.

OhAllisonBeading said...

Love the earthy feel and design! Great piece! :)

Karen Williams said...

Beautiful! What a lovely fall palette you had to work with and I love what you did with it! Great pictures, too, though it took me a couple of look throughs and some careful reading to confirm that it was indeed one piece - at first I thought it was two separate necklaces.

Love your wire work and I look forward to reading more of your blog!

chicandfrog said...

What an ethnic necklace! You sure received great beads but you put all together in a wonderful way. I love the dangles falling from the focal and the altered clasp. So nice!

Ambra

Marie Cramp said...

Gorgeous!!!! I absolutely love it!! I gave your blog a follow, hope you return the favour!

oooLiekeooo said...

I like it!!

BooBeads said...

The textural elements in this necklace combined with the earthy palette made such a striking bold piece. I really adore this necklace!

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