For this round of the Bead Soup Party (hosted by the lovely and talented Lori Anderson) my partner was Kate of Tropical Blonde. She sent me all sorts of lovely pieces to work with including three focals. I was so sure I’d have at least two pieces to reveal today, but I kept working and working the first piece that I didn’t have time for a second.
I tend to mull over projects for a long time before I start putting them together. One of the three focals surprised me by sticking in my mind. About the same time I received my first package from Kate, Susan Lenart Kazmer of Objects and Elements introduced her Industrial Chic line. The wheels really started turning for a more “industrial” piece.
Here is what I’ve created…
I took Kate’s piece and decided to oxidize it, which was a scary but perfect decision because then it matched the chain. I created my own headpins in three different designs. Aside from the two Industrial Chic pieces and the metal component I put behind the smaller one, I used only the beads that Kate sent.
A lot of the details are really subtle. I took seed beads and 28 gauge wire and wrapped them around some of the links.
I also wire wrapped some beads over the chain.
I did create my own clasp.
I had a lot of fun creating this piece. I feel like I stretched myself to do something that was different for me and I enjoyed it.
Thank you so much Kate for all that you sent! I’m hoping to have some time this week before the party is over to create a second piece. The polymer clay components have been talking to me, and I still need to use your clasp.
Don’t forget to visit the others revealing their pieces today…
- 27. Lisa, Alterity
- 28. Dale, Dales’ Flights of Fancy
- 29. Melanie, Kookie Designs
- 30. Christine, A Hot Piece of Glass
- 31. Nancy, Beading From the Heart
- 32. Laurel, Rue’s Daftique
- 33. Sandi, Do Be Do Bead Do
- 34. Nicki, Nicki’s Reef
- 35. Virginie, ViviBijoux
- 36. Janeen, Wild Vanilla – me :)
Don’t forget to comment. Each comment (one per person please) on this post will enter you into my little contest for this piece…
I’ve talked enough for one day, so I’ll tell you all about this piece tomorrow.
Update 6/27: The contest is now closed, but please continue to comment. I love and treasure all of your feedback.