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I am an artist, I twist wire,string beads, glue stuff & am generally 'artsy'. I have recently started an artist's blog where I will show works as they progress.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Soup!







I'm not going to lie, when I opened my Soup, I felt a little like I was on 'Chopped'! I don't always use a focal, & this focal had a palm tree which was so different from anything I usually use.The colours are gorgeous, but the shapes were so...shaped.As I mixed beads & played w/ different combos nothing was really clicking. I was started to feel a little frustrated when Lori sent out a BSBH email w/ an idea. "If you get stuck, break up the beads into more than 1 project" ~major breakthrough! As I doodled w/ my mix I came up w/ a necklace right away. I laid part of it out, sketched the whole vision & moved on to the next groupings of beads. Last week I strung the necklace, tried it on & hated the way it actually looked,too large a  bead too high up on my neck,total design flaw.I then turned to the bracelet portion of my soup & tried several ideas, none really wowing me. Then I remembered the bracelet I bought my sister for Christmas, I had really liked the chain detail, how would that work?Not having any black leather cording I used some very old waxed cording & tried different chains. I found one that gave me the effect I was looking for  & I was ready to start stringing. I hadn't thought about the peach shaped ovals as much more than accent beads, & then I read a comment that they couldn't wait to see what I did w/ them,(no pressure or anything!) I thought about a wire wrap technique I have always admired but never tried. A little dark copper wire later & I had the wrap I wanted. Did it work as well on this shape of bead? I haven't decided yet.For the necklace I wanted to do an illusion type of stringing w/ the m.o.p. ring. I really like the way that turned out, but I also think the bead is almost too bright for the rest of the beads. I used a couple of the red beads & some wrapped dagger beads for earrings.The only thing I added to Andrea's mix were some pearls & copper beads to the necklace, & the chain in the bracelet. I really wanted to stay 'in the Soup' & use the beads I was sent w/o too many of my own. All in all I'm very happy w/ the way my Soup came together.Now get out there & hop some blogs. Lori~our fabulous hostess has the master list if you lose your way,( a trail of comment crumbs will help you w/ that!) stay hydrated, pace yourself & have fun!

103 comments:

  1. Love what you have done, the two bracelets and earrings wonderful. The necklace unique and versatile. You have certainly done well with your challenge. Love them all.

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  2. From your words, I can see where you had to go waaayyyy out of your comfort zone for these pieces. Didn't it feel wonderful? The very pretty results are worth it for sure. I like what you did between the focal and the ring. Nice counterbalance!

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  3. Very interesting, I really like the 2 pictures of the necklace to show the different looks. You got a lot out of your ingredients.

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and validating my thoughts about the extra large focal 8^)

    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

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  5. I think you did a great job and made lovely pieces, and I loved following your thought process as you struggled and then finally had the breakthrough creative moment. Great soup!

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  6. love them all! but esp the earrings---fabulous color and design, and the silver bracelet-it looks like it has great movement!

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  7. I'm a big fan of multiple pieces....yours all look great.

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  8. Ok, I am sorry I challenged you that much. It was my first soup and I was thinking too globally... an Oklahoma girl needs the ocean. But, man oh man, what creativity emerged from the mess I sent you. I love the bracelet and earrings and the necklace has that asymmetry that the pieces I made did. So, I hope you are over your frustration, because you really showed how creative you were with this challenge. Thanks again for the beautiful pieces you sent me.

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  9. I love what you made and your story along with it. Great job!

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  10. Wonderful! What a cool pendant and I love your necklace!!

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  11. Lovely pieces! I really love the bracelets!

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  12. You made great pieces and I love how you've shared what when on inside your head. I think this whole soup hop is fascinating in so many ways!

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  13. Such a clever design. I love the colors!
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  14. I know exactly what you mean about being on "Chopped", however you came through the challenge beautifully! Lovely pieces!

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  15. Everything is just beautiful, you did a great job!

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  16. Beautiful pieces, what a great job with your bead soup.

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  17. you've done a wonderful job, everything is so pretty

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  18. Beautiful job on all your creations! Lovely pieces!

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  19. I like all the wonderful wirewraps. I really like the earrings. If I tried that it would look like a hot mess instead of a cool messy look. I also like the red in the front of the necklace- it adds just the right "something" You did great, and I do agree sometimes it takes a bit of work to make it "click"!
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

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  20. You did a great job! Getting unstuck, you found a great solution! Congratulations!

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  21. Beautiful pieces! Hard to believe you got stuck at all.

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  22. Girl, you have been busy. I really like your pieces, the necklace sent my mind to the seashore straight away. Very nice work.

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  23. 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.

    You did a great job working outside your box -- I know it's hard to push but you did and I'm proud of you!

    I hope you’ll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  24. very pretty, I love how the focal is off to one side!

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  25. You really worked hard! I guess you won't be "chopped".

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  26. for getting so stuck you sure came up with a lot! Great work - the one necklace looks like a vacation for your neck!

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  27. Love to read about your creative process. some awesome results

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  28. Wow, really fabulous. I love the asymetry of the necklace...... Yum!

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  29. Well done on going out of your comfort zone and making such striking and unique pieces!

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  30. Very pretty color palette. Great job working with your soup!

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  31. Love the two bracelets, especially the delicate beauty you brought to the peach ovals -a wonderful piece for fall.

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  32. Your pieces are so unique & pretty - enjoyed reading your creative process!

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  33. Jayne, Love your creations, I really love the wire wrapped bracelet.
    Therese

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  34. Your designs are wonderful. I love the wire wrapping on the bracelet. And the other bracelet looks very fun. The earrings are so cute. And I like the way you've got the focal off center with the mop bead, too. Very nice job.

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  35. Great use of all the beautiful soup you got it! They turned out beautiful! Very nice!

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  36. I am totally impressed by everyone who made more then one piece!!! You go girl - a lovely job on all of them.

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  37. Wow! You may have been stuck at first, but you made so much, and so beautifully too! The first bracelet and the earrings are definitely my favourites.

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  38. That bracelet is my fav. I would have been stretched too with a palm tree pendant! Great job.

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  39. You might have been challenged but you certainly lived up to it. I love love love that bracelet.

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  40. I love what you did! They all look uniquely fabulous!!

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  41. You did a fantastic job - no one would ever know these components were a challenge for you!

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  42. All your pieces are lovely but I think your ear wires are outta sight!

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  43. I love the necklace but I'd be wearing that bracelet every day, it's fantastic!

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  44. Lovely things you made. I'm in awe of your talent.

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  45. So, the cool thing about the way you set up your post, is that I got to see all the pieces first, then read your comments. The funny part was that when I got to the copper wrapped bracelet, I thought, "There's that technique again, and it looks awesome". So, yes, you did a great job on it. I wish I had a long enough neck to wear shorter necklaces like that, but it looks great on you. I adore the red earrings, I wish they were in my jewelry box!! My question on the black and silver bracelet is,"are those individual silver rings, or a chain strung?" Whichever it is, it is also something that needs to come live in my house!!! Great job!!!

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  46. The earrings... oh the earrings... I wish they were mine! And your bracelet is to die for. Good job working outside your comfort zone.

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  47. Nice texture on the bracelet and the earrings are really pretty. Thanks for sharing. Cherrie

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  48. Hey past partner!! Doing this hop reminded me of our bead soup exchange. Very fun!

    What clever advice Lori gave, to split up the soup when in design dilema. Nice job with your components!

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  49. Wow you did a great job working so far out of your comfort zone! These pieces look fantastic! Love the earrings

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  50. Love the earrings and the simple bracelet with the peachy ovals! All the designs are great, I'm just really drawn to those. Thanks for the explanation of your thought process - fascinating!

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  51. I love all of your pieces! The earrings are just to die for :) I think I'd have bailed on trying to use both the 'doughnut' and the palm tree focal in the piece >.< I might have tried turning the ring into a custom clasp( and probably failed >.< lol ), but I really like what you did with it with that bead 'hovering' in the center :)

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  52. Love the necklace and earrings but the bracelets really rock!. I loved how you used the beads to make different pieces and I would wear any one of them proudly.

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  53. You've done so well with the soup. I particularly like the second photo, the one with all the wire work. Brilliant. ;-)

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  54. Very nice work! I especially like the wirewrapped bracelet.

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  55. Don't know what you were worried about, all your pieces are amazing.

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  56. The bracelets are perfect! I especially like the wire work on the second bracelet. Nice work!

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  57. This is the beauty of a challenge like this - stepping outside your comfort zone - but I can see you did great with it! I am in love with the bracelet with the square stones and the earrings! It's all really well done!

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  58. Oh wow! I love that first bracelet! it's so full of movement and contrast. What a great piece. But actually, all of your pieces are lovely! The focal, I like how you worked with that, and have positioned it in two different places on your neck...super cool idea!

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  59. You did a lot of work! And all of it's very nice!! Very pretty pieces!

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  60. Every piece is just so very pretty! Great job :)

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  61. All of your pieces are wonderful, but I really like the bracelet with the squares! That one is so cool!

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  62. Lovely work! You may have stepped out of your comfort zone, but you danced pretty beautifully once you got there!

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  63. This is really uniquely lovely! Nice Soup!!

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  64. Beautiful work, love the second bracelet especially.

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  65. So. You had a challenge! And did it well! All are beautiful!!!

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  66. Nice Work! I love the dark and mysterious bracelet!!

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  67. What beautiful colors in your soup mix! I love the pieces you created, and your wirework is fantastic! Great job! :)

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  68. Great work for initially feeling out of your comfort zone! you made many great pieces! I especially like the earrings!

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  69. You made so many pieces, and I love how most of us have been working outside our comfort zones!

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  70. You did really good work with your soup. Lots of great pieces.

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  71. Well look at you out of your comfort zone! And what beautiful pieces as a result! Thanks for swinging by! Riki

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  72. Ooooohhhh. . .all of your pieces are so earthy and neutral with just enough texture that I want to touch them. Great job breaking out of your comfort zone. These are super cool!

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  73. I love the versatility you designed into the piece, and that little pop of red! Beautiful earrings, too!

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  74. The wire wrapping is a great way to use the beads

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  75. Thanks for sharing your experience outside the box. You did a great job and made some lovely pieces. Really like the bracelet.

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  76. They are all very pretty, love the first pair of earrings...

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  77. Your choker design is very clever and versatile... love the idea of wearing the focal as a dangle!

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  78. Wonderful pieces! I love the pine tree pendant (looks like home!) - great job with your soup!

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  79. You overcame, and produced beautiful pieces! Well done.

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  80. love the palm tree pendent, of course I am a palm tree kinda of girl. love the earrings, love that type of wrapping. the whole ensemble is really nice.

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  81. Wow!! you really went to town!! Love the necklace and the off set focal!

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  82. Love the second! You did a great job even when you felt overwhelmed!
    Ingrid~Wrapped In Silver

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  83. those are very nice! I never would have guessed that you had trouble! the ear wires are really cool.

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  84. I love the necklace with the palm tree! Coming up with a piece using that as the focal would have been a big challenge for me as well, but you just nailed it. Fantastic!!

    All the pieces are really beautiful..nice work!

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  85. Fantastic designs! I Love the asymmetric aspect of the necklace. I also really love the first dangle bracelet-very fun. Nice work.

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  86. Well you may have been stuck for a bit, but WOW!! These are all stunning! That first bracelet really caught my eye, wonderful!

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  87. great work!! all your pieces are beautiful!

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  88. love your soup, wow you got lots of beads and goodies, my favorite is the earring and of course the palm focal...very nice designs...and so many of them...
    Jelveh
    Peace

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  89. I think you did amazing with your soup! I love the square bracelet and how you did the different types of wire wraps on your other pieces. You did a great job with your palm tree necklace as well :)

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  90. Gorgeous jewelry.
    You did justice to your Soup...

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  91. Soup-er designs! I'm esp. drawn to the bracelet! You rocked out your soup mix!!!

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  92. Lovely jewellery! I especially fell for the first bracelet. Really like the colours with the dark metal and the shapes in the beads and metal. Great job!

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  93. I just gasped as I saw your first bracelet. It's really something.
    I love it.
    Ambra

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  94. I love everything you made, but that first bracelet is gorgeous! I bet it sounds as good as it looks too! =D

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  95. ~Great job with all your ingredients-love the bracelet and earrings especially!

    Love your blog!! :D

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  96. Great work! I really like the earrings the best.

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  97. Lovely! The necklace lOoks beautiful 'on' and the earrings are stunning.

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Thanks for reading & thank you even more for your comments!