It is finally time for the reveal from all the participants in the Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by the lovely and talented Lori. My partner was Susan, and make sure you check out the fantastic design she made with the beads I sent her. Grab a large cup of coffee and visit the more than 80 other designers who participated in the party.
Susan sent me a lovely assortment of beads including a beautiful lampwork pendant and coordinating beads she created. I struggled a bit with some design ideas. I tend to end up making bracelets since necklaces take more time, and I rarely wear them because I have a difficult time with getting the right length for what I’m wearing.
I originally thought I’d try to creatively string the beads, but I never followed through with that idea because it just didn’t seem to be what the beads, or the party, called for. I wanted to do something a bit more creative. I got the idea of making several different components and linking them together with chain. I found this fantastic textured chain that was made up of unfused links. I also added some perfectly colored Apatite 12mm coin beads to the design.
I wanted to incorporate some of my metal work, so I decided to make a small brass textured heart and rivet on a sterling daisy “Pringle”. Then I remembered I had some fused components left over from a fusing class I took several years ago. The organic circle seemed like a perfect fit for the design. It’s kind of an eclectic mix of craft wire, base metal chain, sterling silver, fine silver, and brass, but I’m really happy with the finished piece.
Many thanks to Lori for hosting and organizing the event!!
Make sure you visit my soup partner Susan.