"Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!"
It's (almost) August 25 and the reveal date for my first Bead Soup Blog Party!
First a big thank you to Lori Anderson who writes the Pretty Things blog and organizes the Blog Hops. With some 400 participants that is a really big feat. Check out Lori's blog this weekend for some amazing deals, including discount codes for my beads and frit blends.
Second, a shout out to my Bead Soup Partner, Margot Potter, whose blog is Make it with Madge. Margot sent me an inspiring mix of beads that challenged me and I hope I pulled it off OK. On a side note, Margot was a recent contestant on Craft Wars and you can download the episode (A Christmas Craft-Tastrophe) from iTunes for $1.99. Fun to watch!
Next, another look at the Bead Soup Margot sent me.
The pendant is a collage Margot created from a fashion illustration in a 1930s magazine that she found at a flea market in Paris. The crystals are Swarovski Elements ("the sparkliest of the sparkly") and the little orange flowers are Lucite.
Margot also sent another pretty clasp that I used in this necklace made with my beads. The beads are all made with my frit blends and wasn't it the perfect accessory for a bead bazaar where I had my blends for sale.
So this is what I made with the pendant, the chain, the bird toggle closures, the crystals and the lucite flowers.
I'm personally tickled with the asymmetry of the beaded part of the necklace, the length and the way my lampwork floral blended in perfectly.
I had enough beads left for a pair of earrings to match my necklace.
I used the rest of the chain to make a little jingly jangly bracelet with the charms.
Those of you with eagle eyes may notice that I didn't use the wire mesh (yet) or the blue stars. The mesh is so pretty and I have a great idea about how I want to use it. I just have to make some big-holed beads, which I plan to string with knots in between. I'm still thinking about how to do the closure/clasp. I promise a picture when it is done. I'm still pondering the blue stars. I'm sure the perfect application will come along. It usually does.
I'm looking forward to blog hopping tomorrow (and probably the day after and the day after that). I looked at every post from the first and second reveal dates. I'm hoping to have time to make more comments on this reveal. I tried to paste the list at the end of this post but I kept hosing up the html, so you will have to go to Lori's blog, Pretty Things, and scroll down to Reveal #3,
And of course I am bursting with curiosity to see what beautiful concoction Madge whipped up with the Bead Soup I sent to her.
"Beautiful soup, who cares for fish, game or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup?"
From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by the inimitable Charles Lutwidge Dodgson perhaps better known as Lewis Carrol