Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Party: The reveal!

Welcome!
My name is Rochelle. I live in southeastern Connecticut with my hubby and our two boys (of the feline variety). I have been making jewelry for almost 10 years, but have only started blogging in the last few months. I'm truly honored to be a part of something so unique and grand as this Bead Soup Blog Party. I hope you enjoy my reveal!

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 Here are a few photos I took of my Bead Soup mix before getting to work. You can read more about what I received from my partner, Teri, here.



Bead Soup Project One
Aquamarine(?) gemstones

 These earrings are simple. But sometimes I really like that.
They have a nice romantic feel to them. The gemstones were from Teri, I had the metal components.



 Bead Soup Project Two
Amazonite, Bronzite and Carnelian gemstones

This necklace uses the toggle clasp and large Amazonite beads (as the focal) sent to me by Teri, and was probably the hardest project for me. See, I never use gold. That means I have no gold toned crimps, jump rings or wire. So construction on this one was a bit tough. I actually had to pull apart some old costume jewelry to get enough jump rings, and then I bought some spacers specifically for this project. I really wanted to show the clasp off, but with some of these beads being so large, I couldn't see how to put it in the exact front. I played around a bit, moving the beads around on my work surface, when it came to me. I slid them over to the side :)  I really, really like the colors in this piece. It's something totally different than I would normally make.



Bead Soup Project Three
Amazonite, Quartz and Freshwater pearls. Sterling silver

Now this necklace is much more me. Back to silver and my comfort zone! The large gemstone pendant and quartz beads came in my Bead Soup mix. I think this is just beautiful and have already found myself planning an outfit around it!



Bead Soup Project Four
Amazonite gemstones, Glass beads, and Sterling silver dolphin charm

I had one of those large rectangle beads left over. I was moving it around in my hand when I realized that if I turn it vertically, it looks like the ocean and sky! Oh, so cool! I kept the design simple, to show off the gemstone.

My Partner:
My wonderful partner is Teri from Born To Be Worn. The bead soup mix she sent to me was truly perfect and I have had so much fun creating these pieces. Be sure to stop by her blog and see what she made using the bead mix I sent her!

Thank you for such an amazing experience Teri!

See more participates of this party:
Lori had a lot of work on her hands with this party and I think she has done an amazing job! So, please visit her blog, as well as the other participates, to see what amazing creations they came up with!
An easy to follow list of all participants can be found here.

Part II:
Believe it or not, I still have some beads left over from my mix and two more projects that I haven't completed. I hope you come back and see Part II of this post!


Milo, helping me take photos

53 comments:

  1. You made some really beautiful pieces! My favourite (so far!) is the necklace with the three gorgeous large beads - the necklace that you found the hardest to make!

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  2. I love amazonite, beautiful combination, all the pieces are great.

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  3. I like them all but I found number 3 magical.

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  4. Scrummy. Love em. Wow. Eek. They are gorgeous. I have been hopping for a few hours now and seen some great things but I must say yours are amongst my favourites. :o)

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  5. Very clever last piece! Gemstones can be so amazing with their colors and patterns. Great job!

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  6. Wow great designs and all so very diffrent all beautiful but I do love necklace three!

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  7. Amazonite is a favorite of mine...so I love all of your designs...but the one you found the most challenging is my favorite!

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  8. Wow!! So beautiful! I really love the piece you found the most difficult, you did an amazing job going out of your comfort zone and making something wonderful!

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  9. really love the first necklace you posted - yum! Cute kitty too ;) Happy BSBP!

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  10. We should put our oceany tidepool goodness together lol . Lovely work anyone who did more then one totally impressed me!

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  11. Beautiful jewellery! Chunky is normally not my thing, but I must say that first necklace is my fave. Really like the colours. And so is the dolphin necklace, that focal bead really looks like a serene seascape. Lovely work!

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  12. Beautiful designs! nice job with your soup!

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  13. Yummy soupy goodness...that keeps on giving. Wow! Love what you have created..leaning toward #3..but they are all terrific!

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  14. Simple, elegant, timeless..who wouldn't want jewelry pieces that make that statement? I love what you've done...especially the necklace with the big ammonite pendant and the clear quartz stones!

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  15. Love the side clasp in the first necklace! nice work!

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  16. That top photo -- I LOVE how you capped the beads next to the clasp -- SUCH a nice touch. It gives it such a polished look!

    I hope you'll join me for the next party! The badge and dates are up on my blog!

    Love, Lori

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  17. Great mix of pieces out of that soup. It was very clever of you to pull apart other jewelry to use the jump rings.

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  18. What a beautiful array of jewellery pieces you've designed. The dolphin charm is the perfect addition in the last piece.

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  19. They're all very pretty. But I really like the necklace with the 3 focal beads and the clasp. That clasp is so pretty. And the bead caps with those large stones on either side of it just make it really stand out. It looks wonderful to the side like that so you can see it along with the focals. The last piece with the 'ocean' focal is wonderful too. Very simple, but shows it off to a T.

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  20. My fave is the first necklace. Lovin' it! Also like the simplicity and fun of the dolphin necklace. Fun for summer!

    Anitra

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  21. How beautiful. I'm a warm colors person, so I'm all over the first necklace - seeing it I'd never have guessed you usually don't work with gold. I like how the clasp is accented by the big bead caps, and how you managed to incorporate the light blue stones into the design - making them work with all the warm colors.

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  22. Very elegant - especially the blue/crystal one!
    Greetings, Michi

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  23. beautiful creations, love the colours

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  24. You did a great job with your soup! I really like that first necklace with the clasp on the side.

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  25. You pulled your soup together beautifully!. The chunkier necklace with the 3 Amazonites is such a great statement piece! Great clasp placement as well.

    Julie & Andrea

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  26. Beautiful beads, and I love what you did with them. YOu did great with the gold!! The side positioning of the toggle also worked out great.

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  27. Wonderful! You have created terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture and I love project #3, it's just my style. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  28. So beautiful!
    I can't believe you actually pulled apart some pieces to harvest the hardware :-) Quick thinking!

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  29. What beautiful components and jewelry. Love the colors of the sea. The dolphins are a nice touch!

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  30. All of your designs are beautiful! Great job!

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  31. The beads you received were really drool worthy! I really like all four of your designs (really), but I feel the need to mention that the first and third are my favorites. Those two are so just romantic and feminine. They call out to me. Well done!

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  32. I really love your design, symmetry, and use of color. I would have had a very hard time, one because the stones were so large, and two, because I don't work in gold either! I think you hit it perfectly with all your pieces!

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  33. All of your pieces are lovely, but like you, I love those colors in your gold necklace. And I love that you scavenged beads to "make it work". Great job!

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  34. Wow, Rochelle... you took this task seriously! Nice creations!

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  35. beautiful pieces created ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  36. 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.
    Be blessed to be a blessong

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  37. Wonderful creations! Great job on the soup!

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  38. You did a great job stretching yourself with the gold, and the other pieces are quite lovely, too. Very pretty stuff!

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  39. Gorgeous pieces! I had a large rectangle as focal too and I tried it vertically first, but it just didn't work -- YOURS DOES! 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

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  40. Beautiful work!! I love the ammonite, quartz, and silver necklace...just gorgeous! I was given copper to work with in my bead soup, and like you, had to specially buy some findings and things to work with it since I had never used copper before. But I found that I really like it, and I have ordered more copper findings to add to my stash! The earrings you made are precious!

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  41. I love the blue, red, brown, and gold in project two! Great work, all of them!

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  42. I love all of the projects, but the chunky necklace with the gold is my favorite. It's just so stunning!
    Michelle

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  43. Those are such pretty pieces. They are so serene and calming almost. You did a great job putting everything together. Beautiful soup.

    Melissa
    http://design.kcjewelbox.com

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  44. Those huge blue rectangle beads would have been incredibly difficult for me to use, but you rocked it out! The 2nd necklace is so elegant and pretty. The earrings so dainty and sweet. Great job!

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  45. Wonderful work and there is a part II? WOW

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  46. The filigran elements in the earrings are very nice... but the necklace with the amazonite beads is gorgeous! Great colours!
    Ambra

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