Saturday 25 August 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party VI Reveal

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party VI, 3rd Reveal....yup, it's all got a wee bit complicated by now! The wonderful, awesome and impeccable Lori Anderson has gathered us all together, fearlessly rounding up an horrendous number of beaders into three reveals over the past few weeks. I thrilled to be a part of it, yet again.

My partner is Jacqueline - a Swiss lampwork artist. Her business is CreARTelier. When I found out I was partnered up with someone of such talent I felt a little over-awed (not for the first time - remember Sabrina and Patsy?) but I (hopefully!) rose to the challenge and relished the opportunity to work with some absolutely amazing beads....

Jacqueline sent me 2 focals, some beautiful gemstone and lampwork spacers and filler 'soup' beads and a bag of silver toned components, including a lovely toggle.  I hope you can see the simply astonishing work that has gone into both of these focals. The mind simply boggles at the imagination, dedication and sheer bloody talent that goes into composing such pieces. I've shown your the organic focal from both sides - even the back is incredible!

And so, without further ado, here's my creations....

I kept it simple with these bold focals. I know that you could probably make very cool, very decorative pieces with them but for me, it was all about chain and simplicity. Bold shapes and strong colours, in the heart piece at least. Over sized pearls and lemon faceted Czech glass in the bracelet, echoing those sweet flowers on the front of the focal. And a lot of Fallen Angel Brass in both. I love working with their findings!

I'm now off to check out what Jacqueline created....

Here's the whole hopping list:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier (my partner)
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads (you are here)
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


Lois Moon said...

Both pieces are gorgeous. On the bracelet I love the repetition of the white and yellow flowers from the focal in the two sets of charms. The mix of metals in the necklace is bold and holds its own with the blood red and black colorway.

Jenni said...

Amazing focals...there is so much preparation that goes in to putting the first one together..those little flowers are a lot of work. I love how you added the pearls..they lift the piece and stop it from being too dark..the dark chain a great juxtaposition. Love everything about the necklace, such a strong statement piece, the simplicity perfect for the strong focal.

Michael and Cherrie Fick said...

Love the different twists and turns on the red necklace. The use of color and textures. The bracelet is sweet with that gorgeous bead.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Rebecca,
I love both your bracelet and necklace and I have to agree simple is best to show of the beauty of the focal pieces. I love the dark chain it really brings out the colors of the focals and the accenting beads.

Unknown said...

Rebecca, I think you made the right choice completely, I don't think they are simple I just think you pulled the right elements to make the focal's shine. As always I love what you do!

Grubbi said...

Great pieces, they're both fab and I love how they're both so different, girly v's gothic! x

YeeLen Spirit Designs said...

Simple, elegant and beautiful. I love,love!!!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Simplicity is absolutely the way to go to highlight these brilliant focals, Rebecca. Some beads need more support than others, but each of these has a bold distinctive voice, and your choices to accompany them are just right.

Shiraz said...

The simplicity of the bracelet makes it such a stunning piece. Wonderful!

Cilla said...

Beautiful as always Rebecca! I love the black chain. It made the beads just pop!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Very spectacular pieces!Congrats!

Shai Williams said...

Those focals are to die & you more then did them justice. I swear that sometimes simple is the hardest to do as you balance everything.

Kathy Combs said...

I'd say you rose to the challenge quite well. Everything you made compliments the beautiful beads. Very nicely done.

Lori Anderson said...

I absolutely love what you did with these - just the right amount of accent and you choose your beads in everything you do impeccably!

Thank you so much not just for participating, but for your soup in the Bead Soup book!

Sweet Freedom said...

I'm drooling over the asymmetrical necklace with the heart focal - love it! both pieces are wonderful, but that necklace really calls my name! Nice work!

Rdegas said...

I really love these pieces! Both of them are stunning!

Sheila Davis Designs said...

Very creative and beautiful work!

aneri_masi said...

Those are gorgeous focals and you have used them well. It needs a lot of restraint for me to not "over-design" something so that the focal shines through. I LOVE the red heart necklace!

Lupe Meter said...

Nice job with both focal pieces...great designs!! Love, love that bracelet!!

Mags said...

Wow that black and red heart necklace! You complimented the pendant exceedingly well!

Karen Williams said...

Very nice! You really managed to capture the spirit of each focal in your jewelry designs!

Giorgia Rossini said...

I love your work, can't choose my fave!
now I follow you!
ciao dall'Italia

Terri said...

I really like what you did on both pieces and much like you I really do like chain!!! The focal's remained the focal of each piece and all the other components took their proper place as the supporting cast. Nicely done!

Andra Marasteanu said...

Beautiful pieces!! i love especially the heart necklace: perfect color combinations and design!!

LeeLu Creations said...

Beautiful pieces!

SmittenBeads said...


bailaora said...

great, great focals!!!! You win your challenge! congratulations!

KayzKreationz said...

What great focals. I like the simplicity with the heart focal, but my favorite is that bracelet with that great focal and the colors. Nice job.

Isolina Perez said...

Oh my gosh love the heart necklace!!!!! It looks beautiful with the dark chain - amazing piece you created.

bwheather said...

These two pieces are totally tasty. The simplicity is what makes them so great. ;-)

Kumi Fisher said...

Wow! Both pieces are so unique and gorgeous! I love your creations!

CreARTelier - Jacqueline Keller said...

Hi Rebecca
you did really a great job with my soup! You find a way to string them, i would never do... very exciting and surprising. you give me new impetus to work on my own ☺
thank you that you have put my pieces so beautiful in scene. it was great to be your partner and I am very happy with my soup!

roomforchange said...

Wonderful work, fantastic!! Glad you kept it simple as the lampwork takes centre stage now. You made two very special pieces!

Unknown said...

What a unique idea for the focal. It's really great. The bracelet are cute too and a great way to use the clasp.
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Sandi Volpe said...

Beautiful and the focals are just gorgeous!!

Cris Peacock said...

Simply gorgeous pieces!!!

Linda Younkman said...

Wonderful. The black and red necklace is awesome.

Rachel said...

Wow, I like both pieces, but that necklace is perfect! I love how you mirrored the colors in the necklace that were in the focal...with the darker side all black! I would snap that baby up in a heartbeat if I could!

Jean A. Wells said...

Love your necklaces. I almost screamed out loud when I saw that heart, but I love what you did with it. Great job!

Bonnie said...

Those focal beads are fabulous and I love the pieces you created with them.

Unknown said...

WOW!!! VERY VERY beautiful.Both the beads and the way you honoured them.Love and hugs Tanya

Unknown said...

Absolutely stunning! Every time I look at your work my jaw drops. You never let us down do you? Gorgeous beads you had to work with too I must admit.

GlassBeadArt said...

All your creations look stunningly beautiful!

CraftyHope said...

You did go simple with these, but they are still so very your style. I like that about them. Those are definitely some gorgeous glass pieces she sent you and you really allowed them to shine! As always, you've created some amazingly beautiful pieces. :)

Janeen said...

I love what you've done with both of these pieces. I really don't know if I'd call either one of them simple. They might be "simple" on the surface, but there is such attention to the smallest details on both pieces. I can see you put a lot of thought into each one. Love them both. Might need to look more into FA Brass. Great stuff!

Leah Curtis said...

Wow, that heart focal is amazing. Spooky and beautiful. Love how you mirrored the colours along the chain!

Unknown said...

This hop is soooo long, out of breath trying to get through it! That floral focal is incredible, and you certainly did it justice in the symplicity of your design.

Kepi said...

Ok I am seriously loving your designs, beautiful work!

Elizabeth Beads said...

You really showed off the pretty ingredients!

Anonymous said...

You've showcased those two amazing focals beautifully! Love them both!

Noemi said...

Those two pieces are beautiful, but I love the way you have used reds and black with the bleeding heart.

Christine said...

Love what you made with the gorgeous focals - beautiful pieces!!


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