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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.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Hop 6 Reveal!

 Welcome to the sixth Bead Soup Blog Hop. My partner is Vonna, she sent a gorgeous glass bead she made.I think that is one of the best perks of BSBH, I get to use beautiful handmade components I wouldn't have otherwise owned.

  I knew immediately what I wanted to do with the focal.I used some of the chain Vonna sent, added some leftover snippets of chain I had & made a tassel with a wire wrapped loop. Originally I wanted to put this charm on a plain soldered 8 g brass bangle.Sadly, that idea didn't work, my micro torch would ball the solder up, but wouldn't melt it any further~ No Solder For You! Plan B was wrapping the unsoldered bangle with sari silk then wire wrapping the charm over that. While I miss the free floating aspect of a charm on a bangle, I really like wearing this. 


Vonna sent three different clasps, a little brass toggle w/ beautiful detailing & coordinating beads, a BIG brass toggle & a really intriguing little copper clasp. I was drawn to the biggest clasp, but I didn't want to use it in the expected way.I subbed out the circular half for the wooden disc Vonna sent. Now all I needed was something strung that needed to be fastened. I used the ovals I received & added some citrine, pink impression jasper & some wood from India.I drilled the wooden disc & knotted everything w/ waxed linen.

  This is where I was stuck.I was still trying to make the first bracelet work & had a lot of soup left to use.I liked the other focal, but I didn't know what to do with it.Then I thought about the pearls I had sent Vonna. I put some of those next to the stone & really liked them together.I got out my silk & went old school. Hand knotted w/ a vintage clasp.

It felt strange not to make a pair of earrings so I turned to the beads used in the multi strand bracelet. I added a different sari silk,some copper washers & large kidney wires. 
I still have some beads I didn't use(yet) but I'm happy w/ the four pieces I made.
Thanks again to Lori, our fabulous hostess. Here's a link to the page w/ all the July 28th reveals.
Thanks to you for stopping by & enjoy the hop!

71 comments:

  1. Brilliant problem solving on that bangle! I really love the look of it.

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  2. Love the bangle, but my favorite is that pearl necklace. It is gorgeous. Great job!

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  3. Love the earrings.They jumped off the page at me.Delightful.Love and hugs Tanya

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  4. Stunning!
    There's no other words...I love all of them but my fav is the bracelet with the big wooden T-bar clasp ^_^

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  5. Those are all beautiful! I love the sari wrap on the bangle - what a great solution! The large wood toggle is stunning, yet another great piece! The colors in the earrings are wonderfully boho summer - love them. But then there is that wonderful pearl necklace at the end ... saving the best for last! Beautiful soup!

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  6. All of the pieces are lovely, I especially like the earrings and the bracelet. Great job!

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  7. Lovely, lovely, lovely ! I love how both necklaces have something in common with the tassels.

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  8. Jayne! You have really pushed the envelope taking all these elements and creating so many different designs! I really think your use of hand knotting gives the necklace elegance! You brought a lovely texture and organic feel to the bracelet with the wooden toggle; and the earrings are a wonderful compliment. Lastly, you did my bead proud and do love the tassel! It's my favorite!!!! Glad we were partners Jayne! Thank you!!

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  9. Big wow on what you did reworking the toggle. And the tassel was pure genius. Great pieces!

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  10. Wonderfully inventive designs - love them!

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  11. I think my favorite is the knotted pearl necklace, but I am facinated by the big wooden clasp! Great soup, great job!

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  12. I hate that your initial design of the bangle didn't work out, but I do love what you did with it instead. That chain tassel is beautiful. As well, your use of the wood piece as the toggle was totally inspired!

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  13. All are creative and beautiful...loveing those chain tassels!

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  14. GREAT use of the wood! Totally unexpected! And I love the bangle, and the earrings -- everything! You really outdid yourself this time (Vonna rocks, doesn't she?)

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  15. Very creative, I love your sari earrings, sweet design!

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  16. Your hand-knotted pearls necklace is SPECTACULAR! Nice job on all of your pieces!

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  17. I love the bangle! The sari silk and wire wrapping is a great solution to the irritating solder problem.

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  18. One order of those sari earrings to go, please.

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  19. Fantastic designs - I LOVE that bangle at the top! The focal in the necklace is also lovely - the colours you used really complement it perfectly =)

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  20. WOnderful designs. Love the bangle.

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  21. Awesome! The earrings are my personal favorite.

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  22. So many pieces from a good soup! That bracelet has attitude, and I really like the earrings. Nice work!

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  23. love ALL your designs!
    jean yates

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  24. I think i'm in love with the necklace. It speaks to me!

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  25. Your designs are very unique! I have big love for the pearl and stone necklace, it's very classic but has a vintage twist that I just adore.

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  26. What great pieces, my faves are the earrings and the wood toggle bracelet, but all four are really terrific.

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  27. Wow! You made some great soup! Even though it's not a color I normally use, I'm very drawn to those earrings. Great job!!

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  28. aWesomE!!! My fave is the bracelet with the wood toggle clasp , but all are beautiful!!

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  29. That bracelet with the wooden clasp is just way too cool!

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  30. I am in love with those earrings!

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  31. I agree with everyone, those earrings are rocking! and I must say that I like the chunky bracelet too. Everything turned out wonderful.

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  32. Everything is gorgeous! Even if the bracelet didn't turn out exactly as expected, it's fab! And the earrings are so fun, the pearl necklace so luxurious. Great job!

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  33. Your combinations of texture and color are great. My favorite is the earrings as I'm drawn to sari ribbon with those colors.
    Great job. :)

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  34. Great designs, love the red and yellow bracelet!

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  35. That lampwork bead on the first bracelet is gorgeous - and I think it looks better with the sari then it would have looked on the brass. It adds such a wonderful textural element. Congrats on making so many beautiful pieces - the earrings are particularly cute :)

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  36. That huge clasp bracelet is my favorite! Very neat! Also the gray necklace is delicate and beautiful! Nice!

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  37. Love the big wooden clasp!!!

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  38. Absolutely beautiful!! I love that big toggle and the bracelet!

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  39. I love how all the pieces are so different yet so pretty. I really like how you went old school with that last necklace.

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  40. Great use of all your bead soup ingredients! Quite creative!

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  41. Great pieces ,my fav is the gray necklace

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  42. Very creative and beautiful work. Love the hand knotted pearl necklace-it's perfect with that focal...and the bracelet with the big wooden toggle is amazing!!

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  43. Boot-C! Your tassel bangle is amazing, I want to wear it while traveling in exotic places!

    And what a fantastic idea to re-purpose the wood pendant with extra drill holes, the knotting is perfect and your colors are wonderful.
    Happy Blog Hopping!
    (p.s. thank you for the Baked Potato Soup recipe, I'm excited to try it out!)

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  44. Hello former soup partner! I love the green sari wrap! It's so visually appealing and draws you in to the design.

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  45. Wonderful pieces! Love the bracelets!

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  46. I love all that you made with your soup. The wooden toggle bracelet is stunning and the sari silk earrings so pretty, lovely job.

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  47. Fantastic creations! I love the sari silk earrings, they look very festive, and the bangle is wonderful.

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  48. You did a great job! I love the color of the earings, your secound bracelet-clasp is a great idea! Hugs, Doris

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  49. Love the red and brown bracelet. What a an awesome toggle you made!

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  50. Nice, Jayne. Love the earrings especially.

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  51. Nice... Some great variety and much use of your soup... you really did well on all of your pieces.

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  52. How fun too experiment! I think I like the earring with the ribbon best- love the little shape of them.
    Very nice also how you fashioned the one wooden piece into a clasp. That piece turned out great too.

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  53. Love the way you used the sari silk in the earrings - they looked like little feathers :) But my fav would be the bracelet with the wooden circle as toggle, I can see it as a necklace too, so pretty!

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  54. The earrings are really awesome! And they would look great with a lot of different outfits too which is a plus.

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  55. I'm still making my way around..... your work is all very unique and different but I love the texture, color and style of each one. Good work!

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  56. I like the pearl necklace the best. Good job on all your pieces.

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  57. Your designs are all so beautiful Jayne! Love those awesome earrings!

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  58. Love your designs!! Awesome work!! My favorite are the earrings and bracelet...love how you drilled the holes on the one focal disk.

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  59. Nice and very creative work! I like the earrings most.

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  60. The mark of a good designer is coming up with a backup plan that works even better than the original. That bead is beautiful - the tassel sets it off wonderfully. You done good!!! I like the bracelet very much - yummy colors and drape - gawjus!!!

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  61. Nom nom, what great soup! And you did such a great job, AND it looks like you had FUN! I love how you made that different clasp with the big wood ring. I would NOT known what to do with that baby. LOL And that necklace with the pearls! It's such a classy necklace! I love it! Great job! Those earrings rock!

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  62. I love all your pieces, mainly the arrings, my fave!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  63. Wow, you have some very creative pieces! Love the earrings and that last necklace I think is my favorite! Gorgeous!!! =)

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  64. I love the earrings the best! All wonderful creations!

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  65. 4 pieces! Wow, good for you! I absolutely adore those earrings as well as the bead bracelet. Well done!

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  66. Love a 4 pieces! Especially the 2 bracelets.
    So creative!

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  67. I love the way you have used the the wooden focal! great idea :)

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  68. This is some creative way of using beads - on the first 2 braceletes, especially :) All of them are lovely - the pearls are, indeed, a perfect match to that beautiful focal!

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