Saturday, 17 September 2011

The Big Reveal!!!!!! and a giveaway.

So here it is, the day we've all been waiting for - the day when we all reveal our creations following the biggest ever Bead Soup Blog Party. Take a bow Lori Anderson, this is YOUR party! Thanks so much for organising this mahoooosive event and I do hope you can sit back at some point and take in this wonderful achievement of yours. We are all so grateful to you. 

My bead soup partner is Swiss glass artist Sabrina Staub. You can read about her here. You can see all the posts about our own bead party here. She has been an awesome partner! Absolutely the best.  Here: 







are the wonderful beads she sent me. They remind me of sea urchins at the bottom of the ocean; you could get lost in the deep, deep watery depths of the sea....And here....


...is what I made. I am such a last-minute Lucy (thanks for that phrase, Erin!) that I sat down at 7pm on Thursday night with Sabrina's loose beads....yes, I really cut it down to the wire, as I had only a short photo window on Friday available, I knew that Thursday evening was the very last possible moment for creating....You may not know this if you are just hopping over to my blog for the bead soup reveal, but I love (and I mean *love*) turquoise....and I adore the stunning beads that Sabrina made for me. But they were a challenge - oh yes, they were a challenge! That's what this is all about, right? Pushing yourself in new creative directions. The lampwork beads are stunning and of course, my colour - the challenge was their size. I don't often work with beads this large and when I do, I tend to think they don't need much else doing to them. They are the star of their own show and don't need many co-stars. Especially the mother of all focals that Sabrina made so beautifully for me. So I kept it fairly simple, but not too simple. I added a Gardanne lampwork bead in a co-ordinating shade of pink, some Sowzere silk ribbon, and Vintaj brass components. A little bit of asymmetry thrown in to make it a little more interesting but not detracting from Sabrina's artwork.


I made two pairs of earrings, one using silk cord paired with the cool lava cubes Sabrina sent me. I adore freshwater pearls so they were no challenge to include :-)









A bag charm - again, sweet and simple, show-casing another amazing lampwork bead from Sabrina. Really, they could all be the focals. I still have three left which will be closely hoarded until I can bear to touch them! 



Lastly, a pretty (I think!) bracelet using a whole bunch of spacers which Sabrina made me. I love the colour combination of deep teal and hot pink that Sabrina chose for me and I wanted to continue it here which some more of the ribbon I had used for the necklace. The spacers have a lovely, jangling movement when worn and I think they go perfectly with Sowzere's soft, rich ribbon. 




And now here's the confession. I haven't used Sabrina's clasp. Not yet. I just haven't quite figured out what it wants to be yet...something beautiful, I know. 




It's a fabulous clasp - very strong, a lovely iridescent finish to it and is such a clever design. I tried so many things and none of them worked. None of them did it justice. Rather that churn out something for the sake of it, I have admitted (temporary) defeat and will leave the clasp til another date. I didn't want to waste the clasp, because I love it! 

I do hope you're all enjoying hopping around and seeing all the wonderful creations. Please do check out all the other Bead Soup Party pairs 

***here***

I hope you've been as lucky with your partners as I have and have been stretched and challenged and inspired along the way. I have been. One of my favourite things is to move in new directions but I find it oh-so hard without a little push. That's what Sabrina's beads gave me :-)Although I haven't really deviated from my usual style, I have used different beads from ones I would usually have gone for, and am pleased with the results. Thanks Sabrina!

And now for the giveaway....I'm giving away my lava, pearl and silk earrings to one lucky commenter. 





Just leave a comment and make sure I can get back to you by leaving your email address or even better, having it switched on in blogger, so I can reply to your comment :-) I will leave this giveaway open for 2 weeks as I know it takes a while to hop around. 

Now go hop. 



BSBP Partner list

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke


19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

















115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca


121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir











x x x

71 comments:

Jenni said...

Rebecca..love the colours you used..the shot of pink with the turquoise..yum! I totally love your dangly bracelet..can almost hear it now. Love the bag charm..must remember that idea! Yes..I will be in the scramble for the earrings..they are too cute for words.
jenni

Jo said...

Simply gorgeous Rebecca! The bright pink ribbon really pulls everything together. The bracelet is my favourite - such a full, rich and colourful piece!

steufel said...

Rebecca, one word: Preeeeeeeetty! LOVE what you did. And I'm so with you. I had trouble with my clasp too, and finished my piece VERY last minute:-)

Sabrina said...

Dear Rebecca,
I am so amazed of what you did with the beads I send to you, I can not say wich piece I adore more;o)
I amso happy to had you as my partner, it was a great time:o)
Greetings sabrina

Sandi Volpe said...

Beautiful, love the pink ribbon

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh Rebecca...I am so a last minute Lucy myself gaaaaa I know that pressure !!! These are STUNNING!!! The bracelet with the hot pink ribbon is just scrumptious!!! I love everything your style is so bright, happy and appealing I love looking at all the details.

Happy Hopping my friend!!! XOXO

Lesley said...

Great use of your components Rebecca - love the bracelet especially.

Cillaw said...

Beautiful Work!
I love the give-a-way earrings. The little ribbon just makes them!
I love the little clip too, What a great idea.
Cilla
www.tellyourgirlfriends.com

la mar de bonita said...

Wonderful pieces - I like these combination of vintage style with handmade lampwork beads. Also Sabrina did a great job. And you've done a lot of things - very busy bee!
Greetings, Michi

Heidi said...

Love it ALL. Of course you had such marvelous beads to begin with. And don't feel bad about the clasp, you have not been defeated! You made like 5 things?!?!

Nicki said...

Hi Rebecca, this is really sweet. And all those pieces you made. I love how they make every single bead stand out. Beautiful...

KayzKreationz said...

Such lovely pieces. I love the pink ribbon with those beads and that focal. Very nice indeed. Would love a chance to win your earrings.

CraftyHope said...

Rebecca,
You were able to create so much fabulousness with your soup! I'm with you, though. I REALLY like that bracelet with all the fringe. The color scheme is simple yet a stand-out. Yay for soup!

B. R. Kuhlman said...

I so adore your designs! I especially love your use of ribbon. The designs as a whole are certainly reminiscent of the ocean, and I positively adore those lava earrings! Lava stone is one of my favs to work with. Great job!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Very Nice Rebecca! Great use of silk ribbon! Love the lampwork, very pretty!

WondrousStrange said...

Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.

Christals Creations said...

Gorgeous. And those beads are amazing. What a great soup and a fab result too. :o)

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

I love everything you did -- those cube earrings are adorable, and I'm glad to see you making things that aren't traditional jewelry, too! I know you know how I feel about lampwork that is so pretty it makes its own challenge! From the comments I've been getting, I'm getting that subtle agreement that yeah, I need to keep trying on my necklace (and I'm glad for the honesty).

WELL DONE!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Oh wow! I love everything that you made! Everything is so lovely, so wearable! The colors are just beautiful and that bracelet is to die for! I love the silk you used! So beautiful :)

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

I love your designs, as always! You made some really beautiful pieces with your soup, those lampwork beads are stunning!
Deb x

Regina said...

Lovely, like the silk ribbon with the asymmetrical design. All the pieces are beautiful. Specially love the 'lump of coal' earrings, they are cool. They would make a nice Christmas gift!

jumbledhutch said...

WOW, everything is so pretty! Love the colors with the different textures! The silk ribbon is so yummy with the necklace! Gorgeous work!

Mylene said...

I really love both pairs of earrings. I think the lava cubes are the coolest beads and you did such a great job of making them look fantastic. And I also love that you managed to create a matching pair of earrings from the "sea urchins"... they are really cool!

Michelle Mach said...

Very nice work! I especially love the ribbons. I'm sure you'll come up with something wonderful for that clasp--it really is unique!

Softflexgirl said...

Ooh, ooh, ooh...I really like the ear wires that turn in on the bottom instead of out. Neat!

The Clay Chick said...

your pieces are beautiful...i absolutely love the necklace with all of the spacers!

Malin de Koning said...

Lovely lovely Rebecca! My favourites have to be the earrings with the lampworked beads.

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

well, for a last minute lucy, you really pulled that rabbit out of the hat! Nice work!! I too was making mine on Thursday, photographing on Friday... I guess I'm a Lucy too ;) Happy BSBP!

Shiraz said...

Beautiful work with the soup ingredients you were sent!

Genea said...

Love the designs you created! You got some very lovely lampwork beads with which to create! I love your use of fibers and dangles in your designs :)

xo Genea

Shirley said...

Wow, wow, wow! Each piece was so lovely, and the design is just tremendous! Truly love the bracelet, and the charm idea was wonderful! Awesome designs.

Courtney said...

Rebecca,
Beautiful pieces. You say that it was a push, but your work doesn't show that at all. You cooked up some wonderful soup.

Silver Parrot said...

Love, love, love the color scheme. That shot of pink just makes the beads come alive. The bracelet and both sets of earrings are my favorites. Those chunky square lava beads are just fantastic.

Sweet Freedom said...

I love everything, and as much as I love lampwork, my favorites are your little lava earrings - they are so different!!
Fantastic job with your soup!

http://sweetfreedom-designs.blogspot.com/

Ann said...

Nice, you obviously work well under pressure. I especially like the bracelet and your use of the ribbon.

T... said...

stunning creations, well done with the beautiful beads you received....love the colours

Terri said...

Did that focal bead remind you of an abstract owl? It Kinda does me. Any way....All your pieces turned out Beautifully! Last minute Lucy..too funny. And that pearl magnetic clasp... Soup-er cool!

Steph L. said...

Great job with your soup, I really like that bracelet, I bet it is fun to wear!

Starseed Jewelry said...

Very pretty girlie outcome! THat ribbon really complements the lampwork.

Terri

Beadaholique said...

I think everything turned out just great! I really like how you carried the pink ribbon throughout the designs - makes a nice cohesive collection.

Julie & Andrea

vonna said...

I love the earrings, so different, and your pieces turned out fantastic! So fun and the pink ribbon really pops the color out of the lampwork beads. Great job!

CK said...

I love both pairs of earrings! great job!

Sandra said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I'm glad you ignored the silver chain that was part of the soup and went for antique brass instead, imho it suits the beads much better than silver ever would have. The hot pink (or is it fuchsia? I can never tell) ribbon was a stroke of genius, it pulls everything together and livens up what otherwise might have been too dark.

coffeeaddict said...

so unique and very versatile pieces. I'm seeing a lot of ribbon in this soup being used by a lot of people. It's a very difficult element to work with but I love it in your necklace piece. Adds dimention.

Maggie said...

What lovely beads you received! Your necklace, bracelet, charm, and earrings are wonderful!

GlassBeadArt said...

Just wonderful! One piece is more beautiful than the other! Love them all!

Wendy said...

Just stunning! I love all of the dangles on the bracelet and the colors are wonderful!

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry I am so late , but my computer dug in it's heels and said I'm nota-gonna go that fast:^)
Your designs are nothing short of amazing. I follow you all the time
Be blessed to be a blessong

chicandfrog said...

And you did all this in half a day? Wow! The earrings are very raffinate with those particular ear hooks... they are wonderful! And I also love the cluster bracelet! Well done!

Ambra

Pearl and Pebble said...

WOW! Such beautiful pieces! I love that clasp-you'll make something amazing with it for sure!!

LeeLu Creations said...

All the pieces are awesome!!

Tracy said...

Lovely soup and lovely designs.

Bobbie said...

The raspberry ribbon is such a lovely complement for the turquoise lampwork, and really makes it yours. So vibrant, and so very pretty!

pinkchapeau said...

Everything is beautiful. The bag charm is a great idea, and so cute!

EmandaJ said...

Rebecca, these are truly lovely pieces. We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda
http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

Kathy said...

Wow, such nice pieces you made! I was just over at Sabrina's blog and came to yours...I can sense the great connection you all made with each other. You both had great soup mixes to work with. Those giveaway earrings are adorable! I love all of the varying textures within such a small little package! Enjoyed my visit here!

rockcreekcreations said...

You did a wonderful job with your soup!!

maneki said...

Lovely jewellery! I really like the colours and mix of materials. Great job!

Fire Phoenix said...

I finally got here! I wanted to do everyone in order, and its taken a while. Love your jewellery (as always!), and I think the addition of the pink ribbon looks great against the blue beads

Christine said...

Lovely designs!! The pink ribbon works perfectly with your beads!!

Carol B said...

Wonderful work! Your large focal bead looks like an owl from a distance. :)

Tammy Jones, JewelryMakingDaily.com said...

The simple addition of pink ribbon to your pretty black and white earrings is my favorite! I'm including your earrings in my Bead Soup faves blog tomorrow. I love those earrings!

Barbara said...

I like, I like! The earrings are my favorite too! But I also like the bag charm and the necklace with all the wire wrapped bits.
:)

Jennifer Cameron said...

You received some gorgeous beads and definitely did them justice. I adore every single piece you created. Lovely work.

Shyme said...

Really beautiful pieces!

Melissa said...

I absolutely adore the fact that you have incorporated the ribbon to really pop the pieces. Congrats on being featured in the Beading Daily posts as well. It is certainly deserved. what a creative use and design of all the elements. I love them all!

Melissa
http://design.kcjewelbox.com

Christine Altmiller said...

wow! what beautiful beads you had to create with! and what gorgeous jewelry you made with them! those lava and pearls caught my eye right away!!! so perfect and pretty!

Michelle said...

love the feminine pieces. but with some depth--those dark beads just pop. Nice job.
Michelle

Bead Lola Bead said...

Beautiful pieces!

dianne said...

Simply stunning earrings. I love the contrasts of colour and texture. :-)

Serena Trent said...

Great pieces but the earrings are prefect!

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