“Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul’s yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.” -Margaret Jackson.
Happy, happy Irish dance. Beads from my Bead Soup Blog Party 8 partner, Marde Lowe of Columbus, OH arrived on March 17th.
The box tempted, but I managed to restrain myself long enough to snap a picture. Then, through the foam, into the plastic ware, and …shining pieces of joy, joy, joy. My bead soup.
Of all my treasures, the most special may be the cabochon. Marde’s note said she cut it herself. I intend to make a beadweaving of her special stone. (I know: Intentions without a planned date for action are merely dreams. )
Once I released each part of my soup from its plastic, I grouped the goodies on a bead mat by color and stone/bead type.
Prepared for inspiration, I’d walk by the display and move a piece. Sometimes I’d finger a special bead. I especially enjoyed the different textures: matte, shiny, thick, thin, natural, composite.
Near the end of April, I felt pulsed to action (I suspect a looming reveal date had something to do with that!) and so I drafted my necklace on the bead board. The word draft indicates an experiment. And so it was. It did not work.
Marde’s brass clasp and chain seemed perfectly paired for a necklace. Originally, I planned to use the red chips and black rounds to make charms. In a push from my comfort zone, I made my own headpins and wire wrapped six charms. Because the charms seemed stiff and too short on the necklace itself, I chose a re-do. About the same time, Lori Anderson published a blog post “Don’t be afraid of the do-over!”
Catalyzed, I chose to focus on other ideas. I turned my attention to the etched copper and blue focal included with my soup. As I considered the curved rectangular piece, (about 2.5” long x .75” wide) I dreamed of a macramé design using blue waxed linen, a copper toggle, faceted blue beads and shiny copper rounds.
Fun! Wearable! Blue-jean pretty-up.
And, the creativity didn’t end there. I was on a roll.
My second bracelet focused on three silver triangular, wedge-shaped pieces and a small strand of clear crystal quartz that had been part of my bead soup. I used an interesting silver magnetic clasp from my stash, perfect for a bracelet focal, and finished my work with accenting silver beads. A tiny silver spacer (size 11) sits between each of the clears and lets the bracelet flex easily.
Bracelet #3, a colorful treatment of orange and silver made itself up next. Orange, the color of adventure and social communication, can easily generate forward movement. My roll was now accelerating. The focal, a freeform wrapped silver wire bead, as well as the two large orange beads, came from Marde.
Whew! By now I was primed to complete my necklace. In my mind I had a clear picture of how it might look so not surprisingly, it flew together easily.
What do you think? Bling, Brass ‘n Black is wonderfully wearable and so spring! Thanks, Marde!
Here’s my BSBP 8 reveal summary, a collage:
So that’s it for me.
Head right on over to FanciMar Designs to see what Marde did with my bead soup! Tell her I sent you, too.
Bead Soup Blog Party is the brainchild of warm-hearted and talented Lori Anderson. She kindly posted a full participant list at this link: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com//2014/04/welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party.html
If you’d like to know more about my first Bead Soup participation and last year’s reveal, (BSBP 7) read this post or, search Bead Soup Blog Party 7 and all posts with that tag will show.
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NOTE: Reveal photos courtesy Shayla Edenfield, Affordable Wedding Photography.