My Bead Soup partner is Nancy Boylan of Snazzy Doodle Designs. She not only designs and creates beautiful jewelry but also makes gorgeous lampwork and torch fired enamel beads. Working with the Bead Soup that Nancy sent was a real joy.
Beautiful Bead Soup Containing
Beads Made by Nancy Boylan
I absolutely love the colors that Nancy sent. The soft aqua, ivory, tan, and taupe set of beads made me think of our beaches. The pale, minty green and light periwinkle beads seemed a bit more playful while the enameled filigree beads seemed open to lots of possibilities. I'm really glad that Nancy sent antiqued brass components because I had gotten into a rut of using mostly copper and sterling silver and I really enjoyed the chance to use something I enjoyed in the past but had recently neglected.
The first item that I used was the soft aqua enameled filigree bead. I made the chain by rosary wrapping faceted Picasso finish Czech glass beads and small copper beads. I bookended Nancy's bead with a pair of my etched copper bead caps and added copper plated brass chain to make a tassel charm. The connector was made from a hammered and patinated copper washer.
I then moved on to Nancy's etched beads in beachy colors and the wonderful fish hook style clasp. I made plain brass bead caps for the cube beads and the beach scene focal and assembled it into a necklace with red brass wire. The necklace also includes the antiqued brass chain, fish hook clasp, and the darling fish charm, as well. By attaching the fish charm to the loop end of the clasp, I managed to make it look like the fish is dangling from the hook. I guess that angler only caught a minnow!
I'm keeping this necklace!
I continued on with the beach theme by combining the remaining enameled filigree bead with a pair of my etched copper bead caps and an enameled sand dollar made by Gardanne Beads. I had originally purchased it for another necklace but it worked well for this necklace. I knotted 6/0 seed beads and pinkish shell beads on waxed linen to make the long, beaded portion of this necklace and added a bronze connector rather than a clasp because it is long enough to slip on and off.
This necklace was made for my mother
Next up was the pair of Czech pressed glass flower beads and their coordinating beads. I kept these earrings simple so that the cute flowers would take center stage.
Czech glass & sterling silver earrings
I then moved on to the adorable beads with polka dots and flowers. I decided to etch some red brass with a polka dot pattern so that I could make matching bead caps. I left two pairs antiqued while the other pairs were patinated to coordinate with the beads. The bracelet was made using red brass wire and the toggle clasp that Nancy sent.
The final pair of earrings was made using beads that my friend Gale gave me and a bit of the recycled sari silk that Nancy sent. The earring design was inspired by a pair of earrings made by Kristi Bowman. I left the red brass raw so that it can age naturally.
Thanks for visiting my blog during the hop! Please visit Nancy to see what she made with the Bead Soup that I sent her: http://snazzydoodle.blogspot.com/
Copper components sent to Nancy
I'm on vacation this weekend so, I won't be visiting many blogs until I'm back in FL. Rest assured that I will get around to visiting all the blogs from the second reveal.
Links to the blogs of those participating in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Hop Second Reveal: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/2013/04/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-2nd-reveal.html