Saturday, May 17, 2014

Earrings Everyday ~ May Challenge

Erin , just loved the graphic quality to these shells. 
I was drawn in by the color immediately 
and knew what items I had to play with.
Had the earring components laying on my table all week....
thought I had to the 23rd to get it done.
For some reason I got it mixed up.
I put these together tonight while I multitasked....
... Skyped with my friend Debbie, 
then Skyped with my Mom catching up on life's events.
Put a collective bead order together for Fire Mts.
Was in desperate need of Headpins.
And helped a friend do some research.
Thanks For stopping by and looking.
To see what the other participants came up with click on the link below.

Sorry Fishy Moon Designs I was unable to leave a comment.
But I love what you made.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

8th Annual Bead Soup Reveal

Thank You Lori and Rick and all the ladies that helped pull
off another Amazing Bead soup Blog Party!
So let's get to it....
This is the Amazing soup I received form Tari Kahrs.
I got to cooking with it right away.
 Here I used the focal and Gaea Beads Tari sent me.
I added 
Glass Pearls, a few Brass and Jade beads, as well as
Swarovski Pearls
and some Unicorn lampwork beads.
Bronze/olive metallic leather cord.
Here I use the toggle, links, and ceramic owl.
Added silk ribbon, ceramic flower beads, antique brass chain,  
and some yellow turquoise beads.

So the commitment portion is done. 
Focal used...check....Clasp used check check.

But I think that our partners are curious to see what you will do 
with the other components of the soup they send...
so I made more...
 For this one I used one of the PC Flowers. 
Added a Tagua nut, Round Agate beads
and Pearl nuggets. 
Wove some faux suede in the 
antique brass chain made a dangle and 
added a Vintaj round hammered link,
bead bar for the toggle.
and a word charm that says "Believe".
I almost lost it when I wore it.
I'm thinking of doing some wire wrapping on
 the round link to make the hole a little smaller.
But I don't want to junk it up.
Any suggestions to help prevent the bar from slipping out?
[ Update June 2014. THe wire wrapping I did still didn't work.
So I changed out the round portion of the
toggle and kept the bar. Problem solved. ]
I used mixed metals on this one, antique copper and antique brass.
Experimented with some basic wire wrapping techniques.
Used one of the cool rectangle links and the the gorgeous
 lampwork beads,Tari sent me.
 Added some Unicorn tear drops and 
a Tierra cast Hammered heart toggle.

This is a Bonus item I made from the Wool Roving
 that Tari used as packing material 
for the bead soup she sent me. 
Normally used  for felting,
which I have not gotten into. (yet)
I made my first handmade felted ball beads.
Which did not require me to get any of the felting tools.
Embellished them and assembled this bracelet.
I hope Tari likes this Bonus bracelet
because I sent it to her as a surprise!

I really liked that I tried
some "new to me" techniques  in this Bead Soup.
I just have a few bits left and will be sure to
 make something with those as well.
Thank You again Tari
 for this Awesome bead soup!
I hope I did it justice.

8th Bead Soup Party Link to all participants
My plan to visit everyone
My bead soup progress so far...
3 sections starting at the bottom
2 sections starting at the top
2 more sections  complete
Squeezing in  another section...
dealing with terrible thunderstorms so I'm getting off the computer.
Snuck in one mere section between storms
Another round of storms but did I managed one more section.
Wednesday - 1 more section
One more section..I'm getting there!
Friday -1 more section completed
Saturday - one more section
Sunday & Monday - Zero visits
Working on other projects.
Tuesday -1 section
Wednesday - 1 more section
Thursday - 2 sections
Sorry, I couldn't figure out this blog -
Friday -1 section
MIA for about a week.
I had a trip and fall on the stairs..wrecked my knee, hip and arm.
Doing better so I'm back at it..
1 more section done.
Did a lot of hopping today!
Looks like I have a little over 100 more to go.