Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bead Soup spring 2013 REVEAL #3

Good morning Blog hoppers !  
 Welcome to my reveal for the spring 2013 Bead Soup.
First a thank you to my partner Christa Murphy for my wonderful, abundant soup. (I have posted many pictures of that soup if you care to scroll down and see them.) and to Lori, our organizer for all her hard work. I enjoyed working with my soup, it was challenging doing it mostly one handed. My wire work is not what it normally would be but Lord willing I will get there. 
Being a Christian I was immediately drawn to the faux turqoise crosses she sent, and they went beautifully with the fire agate. I added stampings, chain and and some fiber, simmered and spiced. Fiddled and worked and  Viola, my Soup!   Here is the entire set first.

I will show you the close ups before I show you the other piece. I am doing well but I can use my hand for only a few minutes at a time and limitedly so all the pieces I wanted to make are not done yet but they are planned out. Stop back next month and you can see the rest of the soup served. Lord willing :~)
The bracelet is what I started with, I wanted to use the stamping curved to my wrist and the beads in the back. here is what I ended up with.

I added the fibers to soften up the harshness of the metal and the chunkiness of the beads. I prefer simple pieces that rely on the beauty of good workmanship and beautiful materials. You can see that better in my second "set" of mixed up soup so these pieces are a bit of a stretch for me. I do like them and will enjoy wearing them but probable not as often as my simpler pieces. Now all I need is something to wear with these pieces. he he

The necklace was born quickly, taking its cues from the bracelet. Of course its actual assembly took awhile and I believe working on these pieces was good hand therapy. Minus the week I couldnt do much with the hand due to overuse. woops! 

The clasp, highlighted in green, I made with a vintage clip on earring part and one of the crosses. I did not add the red crystal to this cross because I didnt want it to catch easy and get popped out/off. The clasp for this necklace was confounding me for awhile and I went through some of my "odd stuff" containers ( come on, you all have them, dont you?) and came across the earing piece. I am very happy with how it ended up. What do you think?

And last, but not least, the MOP necklace I made from the pendant Christa stitched for me.

I LOVED the pendant and did not want to overwhelm it or take from the simple beauty
she had created. The snowflake spacers, bead caps, clasp and the blue dyed fire agate rounds are all from Christa. I added the farfalle beads, I love the texture of them. They look like a stitched chain but were very easy to string together as my hand was not up to much else.
It is my favorite for a few reasons. It reminds me of Christa and makes me think of her stitching it up just for me and that makes me smile, It is just so pretty :~) and it sings of warm breezes and hammock swings. Peaceful. 

Well, Thank you for sticking with me through the whole post. I hope you have enjoyed this as much as I have. And again I apologise for the hickup of lateness :~)