March 25, 2017

Come on In - it's Bead Soup Blog Party!



Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog hop!

If you are new and aren't familiar with the blog hop, here's how it works.  We (the participants) were paired up with a partner and the object of the game was to swap our most coveted hoarded beads, along with coordinating pieces if we chose to.   Once we got the beads in the mail, our only task was to create something using the beads we were sent and to blog about it on Hop day. Which is TODAY! yay!

My partner this go-around was the lovely Ann Schroeder.  You can find her blog and what I sent to her, HERE> ANN'S BLOG ....BUT WAIT! Don't go yet!!  You haven't seen MY piece yet!

So as you can see above, Ann sent me a wonderful assortment of coordinating beads.  The top Left was the Piece de Resistance.   A lovely Ceramic lentil from Joan Miller Porcelain.  She also seen some Wooly Wire, some faceted stones, a lovely handmade hook clasp, Linen cording, Sari Silk, and a couple of strands of glass.

I have to be honest. I procrastinated. I only just created my finished piece, yesterday. YEP. Yesterday!  Nothing like working under pressure eh??

So I sat down this morning, and pulled out my beads.... and let them do the talking. It didn't take long! They had a lot to say!


I created a long Lariat style necklace using the Sari silk, the Joan Miller focal bead, and some of the stones and glass beads. I added in my own wire, and pewter Bird button from Green Girl Studios.


I am on a total bird kick lately so it was not a surprise that I pulled in a bird element for my finished piece. 


Flipping around online today, revealed that there is one overwhelming trend these days that cannot be ignored. The tassel. So I knew I wanted to incorporated some sort of tassel element in this piece.


I used the linen cording, to string the glass bead dangles. And frayed the bottoms of the cording for a bit of a more rustic look- to go along with the Sari silk.  On the ends of the silk, I added wire wrapped beads.

The Focal bead- is strung on the linen cording, and anchored onto the silk with knots.  The bird is anchored above the focal bead, And the silk is doubled and knotted, creating a natural button loop at the end, that attaches to the button at the front.

I wrapped wire around the silk necklace, and thread on a few of the faceted stones, for a little extra interest, and it provides a bit of structure to the necklace itself.




 I really dig it! It's just what I had envisioned and I think I showcased Ann's favorite beads in a unique and funky way! I can't wait to see what she thinks of it ... and I can't wait to see what she created!

Here is the blog hop list!

Happy Hopping!

Julia Lund-Trott
Jean Wells
Joelyn Bissing


46 comments:

  1. You created an awesome necklace. Those beads were really talking to you! The necklace is beautiful.
    Therese

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  2. What a creative way to use your soup - it's a stunning necklace and colour scheme.

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  3. That's a beautiful necklace Lorelei, great use of the bird. I love what you didi with the silk ribbon too.

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  4. This is so gorgeous! I would never have envisioned this for the materials, and it's absolutely fabulous! So fun to see what you made. I'm always wowed by your creativity, and this is no different. Great job, partner!

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  5. I love it. Adding the bird to that dynamic focal makes the whole piece tell a story. Striking color! Stunning necklace.

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  6. As usual your work is impeccably beautiful....love love love it

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  7. Love it! Classy and funky at once.

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  8. That is amazing! Seriously, is there anything you can't work with? I don't know if I've seen you do much with sari ribbon, but you should do more. :) I love how you added the bird charm to the focal. It's just the right touch.

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  9. Thats beautiful! Love the tassel and of course the bird! Put a bird on all the things!! I LOVE birds :)

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  10. Anonymous3/25/2017

    So beautiful, Very peaceful, and a perfect way to showcase that bead!
    Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry

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  11. Great piece, always nice to stumble upon another procrastinator. You do fantastic work under pressure.

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  12. The piece looks powerful, just like a firebird that is soaring high in the sky wit hits flaming orange feathers

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  13. Absolutely beautiful, Lorelei! The rustic sari ribbon and frayed strand ends totally remind me of pieces gathered up to make a nest - so fitting with the bird element! Awesome!

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  14. Lovely. Miss the Bead Soup Party, did the very first one....have stopped beading for a while now since arthritis has become part of my life, but still love looking at all the creative people here.

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  15. I love the color combinations and the design. The sari ribbon looks great the way your gave it shape with wire and beads. Your tassels are creative! Well done!

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  16. You made a very special necklace, really great!

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  17. I'm a procrastinator too so I always end up working under pressure but somehow it works for me. Obviously it also works for you because this is a great necklace! I love tassels and you did a cool one here.

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  18. absolutely amazing, as always, dear one. i'm totally drooling over that GGS bird+porcelain bead combo. brilliant! and the tassel--i'm on the fence with this trend. i have yet to incorporate it in my own jewelry making. but yours? makes me want to jump the fence and dive right in to that tassel-iciousness. so thank you for helping me re-think my stance. much love.

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  19. great use of fabric! congratulations!

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  20. Hi Lorelei, Your blog was the first one that I followed. I want to say thank you for all of the inspiration that you have given me. Your designs are totally amazing. This one is no exception. I have only one word for it Perfection!

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  21. I have always admired your work. This soup did not dissapoint. I'm thrilled with your use of that focal and especially love the Green Girl bird button (I've been looking for almost that very same bird for another project) Thanks for posting, great pictures and a detailed description. An amazing piece. I could have never worked under that last minute pressure - we are all so different in our approaches. peace

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  22. I agree it's neat and funky, but the bird is a surprise even if you are on a bird kick. I would have looked at that focal and thought tiger, so to see something unexpected work so well is inspiring.

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  23. Adding that bird was brilliant! I really love it! And of course you're the queen of fiber -- you have such a knack with it! It always stumps me.

    I love tassels, too and that's a WHOLE different hoard, LOL!

    Thank you for being in the party!

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  24. Really - just wow!! You made an awesome necklace, but I would not expect anything less!! That fiCal bead is amazing!!

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  25. Really - just wow!! You made an awesome necklace, but I would not expect anything less!! That fiCal bead is amazing!!

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  26. Beautiful, love all the mix and texture, amazing creation!

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  27. Lorelei, it's really wonderful! The bird is an adorable touch, but I really like the way you combined the linen and silk in the tassel, and the idea of wiring beds around the silk to give the necklace a little structure is genius. I know your partner will be thrilled with how you used her treasured beads.

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  28. What a beautiful necklace. Love the tassel (yep, tassels cannot be ignored) and that pewter bird button is the perfect addition to give this necklace that extra kick. This necklace swings.

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  29. Gorgeous! I'm always a little bit stumped when working with sari silk, and you rocked it! I love the balance, the colors, the bird... just awesome. (And, yeah, tassels have been my go-to design element for quite some time now, and it's fun to see them showing up all over the place. Yay tassels! *silly grin*)

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  30. WOW. I adore this for so many reasons!!! Beautiful colors & textures!!

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  31. You certainly work well at the last minute - I love everything about your necklace :)

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  32. Outstanding design! I love the combo of the bird with the focal bead! The silk wired with the beads gives a beautiful structure to the piece.

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  33. This is a great piece, fun.. flirty I say! :) Thank you for sharing Lorelei.

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  34. Beautiful piece - love how you used that focal!

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  35. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Love what you did!

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  36. You slayed it, as I new you would because your designs continue to amaze me year after year, post after post. You were given an eclectic soup which seems right up your alley, and what you made out of it is simply stunning. The pewter bird cinches its perfection.

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  37. Your beads spoke well! Gorgeous piece!

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  38. So elegant and funky, I love it! The wire wrapping around the silk is just genius!

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  39. What a lovely soup you received! The focal is beautiful, orange tones can be challenging. I love the use of the sari silk, I have some and haven't found a way to use it yet.

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  40. Your necklace is fantastic. I like how you used the sari silk and the button. You are very creative.

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  41. I just love this necklace! It's earthy, funky and so my style.

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  42. You did a great job! The tassel makes me think of a long, beautiful tail on that bird.

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  43. Sweet piece! Love your work!

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  44. Very pretty, rustic and organic. And yes!! Tassles are IN!

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  45. Lovely nice and organic with the ribbon!

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  46. Gorgeous!!!! Many you really hit it on the head with those pieces...I just love the colors! Great job!

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