I worked on Nancy's bead soup during Carnival season and I think that the bright colors and crazy patterns must have seeped into my brain. They inspired me to decorate her box in a way that is definitely outside my usual comfort zone--just to do something different. I started with a kraft paper box and added tissue paper and microbeads. Usually, I would have simply wrapped a coil of decorative paper around it and added a ribbon! I'm not sure if I should have kept it simple or done this:
Crazy box containing my Bead Soup
The beads that I sent were chosen with Spring in mind. Our second reveal date made that an easy decision.
Beads in pastel colors
Copper items (including enameled headpins by Sue Beads)
I'm usually a very decisive person but not with Bead Soup. I made two clasps. The etched button clasp can also serve as a focal. The second is a simple soldered, hammered fish hook style clasp. I also chose to send two items that could serve as the focal. The rectangular carved aventurine bead is probably not quite special enough to be a Bead Soup focal. With that in mind, I also made a bezel set etched copper dome pendant. The dome pendant has been patinated with the Vintaj/Ranger turquoise patina and sealed with Permalac. Hidden within the dome is a slip of paper that reads, "Seek Peace". I patinated some of my etched bead caps in green and purple.
I managed to use both turquoise and green--colors that Nancy likes!
I hope that Nancy has as much fun working with these items as I had assembling and making them!