Saturday, 13 April 2013

Bead Soup Blog Part 7 Reveal!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party 7 Reveal! {If you're not sure what a Bead Soup Blog Party is; firstly - where have you been?! ;-) and secondly - click here.} My partner, lampworker extraordinaire Maryse Fritzsc-Thillens of Glass Bead Art, sent me the most gorgeous soups (yes, 2 soups!) which you can take a peek at here. Thank you Maryse, I feel extremely fortunate to have been paired with you this time around, and have no doubt that I will be visiting your shop SOON.

I created 2 bracelets with the lovely soup I was sent (and I've still more left to play with). First up, this bracelet,  which began with the stunning Kate McKinnon clasp which Maryse had sent me. She told me she'd had it for quite a while, but had never quite found the right 'special' project for it.....how lovely that Maryse sent it to me (and incredibly generous!) - I felt just a little bit of pressure though, as you can imagine! I have many beads that are in a similar position - those ones you love, but can never quite bring yourself to use, including some stunning 2-hole squares from Mary Harding. I've been hoarding these for quite some time, never quite able to find the right way to use them....but as my clasp was 2-hole also.....this happened:


I also used some blackened steel wire from Heather Powers, another component that I've been hoarding for a good while. It seemed to go well with the silver clasp, along with some czech glass from The Curious Bead Shop. Very pleased with how this turned out! Here's another Instagram of it, with a different filter....can't resist playing around with Instagram at the moment!



Next up, I used almost all the lampwork beads that Maryse had sent me, along with the cool glass button, to create this double-strand knotted bracelet. I included one of the beautiful focals she sent me too - I was keen not to use it simply to make a pretty pendant, so turned it into a bracelet tab here. I've knotted it using some leather lace, which The Bead Shop in Manchester where I teach, has recently began stocking. It's lovely to work with - very soft and supple. I snuck in a wee ceramic tab from Susie Q Beads {can't find her on etsy! But I'm sure she's there!} too.


Regular/frequent readers will know that I just love knotting....but my usual waxed linen cord wouldn't have held up to the weight of the lampwork glass. The leather lace is a great alternative! 

Now hopping over to see what Maryse has been up to. Please check out her blog here too!

And a huge thanks, as always, to the unstoppable and rather wonderful Lori Anderson. What a fantastic host/human being she is! THANK YOU Lori! Hop over to her blog for full details of other participants, and to see what she has created, of course.

Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer, currently living in Manchester, England. You can see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com, and is a contributing editor at Art Bead Scene.

44 comments:

la mar de bonita said...

Beatuiful soup, Rebecca! Like the earthy look of both pieces. The leather fits so well with the green-blue beads at the second bracelet. Think that's something I've to give a try too!

Claire Lockwood said...

Lovely, Rebecca! You definitely did that fabulous clasp justice. I'm starting to feel rather apprehensive about making up the soup I received!

PiPa said...

Lovely bracelet as all your design usually is!

YaY! Jewelry said...

Well done...loved them. Kristin Oppold

Mags said...

What an awesome bracelet that first one, love it!

m.e. said...

2 wonderful wearable designs !
Souper work !

brandi said...

~love...love...love...these unique and beautiful pieces you have created...swooning over your first one though...much love light and blessings~

Nan Smith said...

Gorgeous soup and fabulous bracelets.......especially the first one with the double strands!

Fire Phoenix said...

Woo hoo! I made it :) great pieces Rebecca! Two soups - you lucky thing ;)

Lisa said...

Beautiful pieces!!! Just as I expected from you! :) I know I could not pick a favorite! Have a great day!

Kathleen Douglas said...

WANT. THE. LEATHER.

Pat Haight said...

I love them both! I tried to pick a favorite but I just couldn't;~)
Gorgeous!

bailaora said...

great and fashionable bracelets!congrats!

said...

as usual, I love your design and color combos. great job!
ciao dall'Italia

Audrey Bélanger said...

Very lovely pieces my dear :) You rocked that soup !

Barbara Mason said...

Both bracelets are just beautiful...love how your soup turned out.

Patina Queen said...

Great designs Rebecca!! I can't wait for your visit, I have a great idea for lunch if you guys have time and want to see La Jolla :D xo

kathy stemke said...

Beautiful bracelets. Bravo!
kathy

Shyme said...

Beautiful as usual, I just love your jewelry!

Jewels By Ine said...

Very beauiful pieces, and very well photographed! As usual ;)

Leigh Thow said...

Amazing creations Rebecca, I love the colours, especially in the second bracelet, which helps me solve a dilemma I had, as I have a connector which is more green aqua and the beads are more blue, so I will just mix them all together woo hoo :D

Shel said...

Gorgeous bracelet designs - I'm especially smitten w/the last one. I love beads knotted on leather!

Just Beads said...

Beautiful bracelets. Especially I love the first one. It's a wonderful combination of colors and materials.

Designed by Vera said...

Beautiful work! Love the leather lace piece!

coffeeaddict said...

striking bracelets! I love how the feel of a design changes when using the same beads but switching the colour of the findings, wire or even flipping to string or cord. Gorgeous soup!

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Rebecca, I am a fan of yours. I love both designs. The Mary Harding beads are lovely as always. I also love the brilliance of blues in the second bracelet. Every piece in it is lovely. ps I love the 7 mm waxed linen i recieved from you. I used it in my soup.

Micheladas said...

Definitely very unique designs. I love your bracelets.

Cassi Renee said...

I was looking forward to seeing what you would create, and I wasn't disappointed (of course). Both bracelets are beautiful designs!

Becky Pancake said...

Rebecca your bracelets are beautiful. The first one is my favorite.

Ginger Bishop said...

I really love the leather cord bracelet.n It's so perfect for the lovely summery weather we're having today in Okinawa.

Karen M said...

You did it again, very nice!

Shaiha said...

What great bracelets! They are both so different yet I can't decide which one I like the best.

Penny said...

Love the second bracelet. It brings to mind hot summer days in Greece...wish I was there!

steufel said...

Gorgeous pieces. And I especially love the knotted one!

Rachel said...

Beautiful work, as usual! :)

Bobbie said...

I think this was a perfect excuse to use those things you'd been hoarding -- the first bracelet is just lovely! The other bracelet is equally lovely, but the fact that you met the challenge of the double-strand clasp with the beads you had been treasuring just captured my heart. Brava!

Jean A. Wells said...

Both bracelets are gorgous, but yep, I've got to say it, the first one is my favorite. Beautiful work. Great job!

maryharding said...

Beautiful bracelets Rebecca. I am so honored that you used the beads I made in your first bracelet and saved them for a special occassion. The bracelet is just wonderful. Love the second one very much with the leather and button clasp. The blues are so beautiful and the beads so nice and chunky.

Libellula Jewelry said...

I especially *LOVE* the first bracelet! You made such pretty bracelets. :)

Kepi said...

Beautiful bracelets, gorgeous colors, gorgeous designs, great job!

CraftyHope said...

I wish I had the skill with bracelets that you have. Until I develop it, I can always count on you to have some gorgeous eye candy for me to gobble up. Your bead soup pieces are no exception. Maybe I'll even break out some of those long-hoarded beads before too long. Ha. . .maybe.
Your pieces and Instagram shots are quite lovely. Thank you for sharing them with us.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Well they are both fabulous! you never dissapoint with so many beautiful bracelets - I wish I had that knack! Hope you enjoyed an equally fabulous birthday

Kumi at Malie Kai Designs said...

I've been a big fan of your work and once again you made gorgeous pieces with the beautiful soup you made! You are one talented artist!

Patricia Johnson said...

Gorgeous pieces! I absolutly love the blackened steel bracelet! Fantastic job!

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