Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Bead Soup is finally done! (darn crock pot...)

Back in January I joined an event hosted by Lori Anderson over at Pretty Things..She paired up over 80 jewelry artists and we swapped beads...each packet had to include a focal, a nice clasp, and a few coordinating beads of our choice.  The rules were simple...create a piece of jewelry that used these components.


I was paired with Cassie Donlen of Glassbeadle.com.  Here are the lovely items she sent me...


At first glance, I thought this would be a piece of cake...but several ideas I had went straight down the drain!  I finally came up with a necklace that incorporated all the Cassie-made lampwork beads, and at least one each of the pretty glass beads she included.

Here's my "Flower Garden" necklace...



I created a woven flower out of the dagger beads, wrapped a few beads with a herringbone weave,  incorporated a fused, hammered and stamped fine silver ring, and added a double strand of sterling chain in 2 sizes.  The gorgeous hammered silver toggle she sent is placed on the side in full view because it is just too pretty for the back.



I would like to thank Lori for hosting this fun party...go click on the Bead Soup logo at the top of this post and check out the gorgeous pieces the other participants created...what a talented group!

Oh, and to see the gorgeous bracelet Cassie created out of the components I sent her, go click here!


32 comments:

  1. I love it Melissa!!! It would be so much fun to wear.

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  2. I love your necklace it is full of whimsy

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  3. What funky fun! Sometimes you just have listen to the beads!

    Hasn't this been fun?!?

    Emanda
    www.ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh girl, I think you are all set for spring with this beauty. She is stunning! Wonderful wire work!

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  5. Oh wow, just gorgeous! I've long been a fan of Cassie's work, and you did great!

    Thanks for coming to the party -- we'll do it again SOON!

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  6. Melissa, your necklace is absolutely beautiful.. I love how you incorporated your style with wire for stunning, colorful necklace...perfect for Spring!

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  7. What a beautiful & fun piece, Melissa! Very creative. Love Cassie's work... you did a great job w/ all of it!

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  8. So glad to see your soups complete! The first thing that sprang to mind was 'fresh' and 'Spring'. I think you did a fantastic job with the componants and this is so fun and eye catching, you should always have fun when you wear it!

    Hope you are enjoying the Party!
    Kate ~
    Organic Odysseys #46 Bead Souper

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  9. First off I love the name of the piece, definately apt.

    Secondly I love the design, it all works so perfectly.

    And thirdly, you're a genius to create a woven flower out of the dagger beads, I would never have thought of that and plan to try it out.

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  10. I love the blue flower you made. I have tried it a couple of times, but it never looks as clean as in your picture. Very pretty colors.

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  11. Oh, this is a gorgeous design! The beads are Very beautiful and I love the texture of the clasp. It's so fun, colorful and happy! Very happy! :) What a great spring piece. Love the dagger flower you made!

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  12. Hi Melissa, what a delightful necklace..I love the colors of the lampwork beads and the darling necklace you made with them!

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  13. Love it Melissa! LOVE IT! So colorful and fun. And the flower you made from the dagger beads is brilliant. Your soup is delicious!

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  14. Lucky you, with beads from the talented Cassie! Very whimsical--I like the clever way you wired some of the beads together to form flowers.

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  15. What fun you must have had working with all those pretty colors. You have done a great job with it all.

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  16. Positively LOVE it~ so playful and fun!!

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  17. I love how you made the flowers all yours...it's a great combination!!!

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  18. Yippee! That is fun soup!
    I would have never thought to make a flower from those daggers, that is too cool.
    Thanks for the heaping serving of bead soup. If you haven't already, do come by and taste some of mine!
    Enjoy the day! Erin

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  19. beautiful necklace, i especially love the flower you made from the daggers!

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  20. Spring whimsy...so pretty! Love the dagger flower!

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  21. Like how you used the focal on the side instead of as a drop - and created the dagger beads flower. Very nice and whimsical.

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  22. What a fun whimsical necklace. Feels like a flower garden. You did a beautiful job.

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  23. Your necklace is fantastic....I just love the beaded "flowers"!

    http://leslie-mylifeandtimes.blogspot.com/

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  24. Beautiful! I love the dagger flower.

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  25. Oh now, that's really, really clever! It's a fun necklace and really shows off your amazing talent!

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  26. I love Cassie's beads and you did a great job with them. Love that flower you put together with the daggars, and there's that herringbone weave again - I've got to try that. Enjoy your necklace!

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  27. So very feminine! Michelle-

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  28. I love those colors!! Great work creating that flower with the 5 turquoise beads - very clever.

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  29. Anonymous9:26 PM

    Just got back in town. Can't express how much I love the necklace. It looks incredible and a is a very creative design with lots of unique designs that really makes it shine. I agree with the rest of the group. Love the blue dagger flower. It all rocks!!

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  30. Not sure why the post I just made went as anonymous. It was just me Cassie who posted the note above me.

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  31. I like the way you used wire in this piece! The dagger flower is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. I love how you wove the dagger beads together - and it's just a fun necklace over all!

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