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Bead Soup Blog Party Big Reveal!

If you recall, I was part of the Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori Anderson organized (thanks Lori!). Click on the link to go to her blog to see all the participants!

She assigned us partners and the partners swapped some beads, that were to include at least a focal and a clasp. Then, you were supposed to make some jewelry from the beads you were sent, and reveal what you made today! I cut it close, I had this rotten cold all week, kids home all week, and I didn't have internet this morning, but I did get my pieces done last night and am posting now, better late than never! My photos aren't the best, but here goes!

My partner was Nancy Schindler from The Rabbit Muse and Round Rabbit. She makes amazing ceramic pieces (I know, I own several!). Check her blog to see what she made with what I sent her!

This first picture is of the earrings I created with two connectors she sent me. I loved them, and toyed around with several ideas, but came up with these in the end. The connectors are a lovely teal matte color, and the czech beads I had went great with them. I wanted to use bronze, and had the bronze daggers from AD Adornments. I had to create a little bail of sorts to connect the connector to the earring wire - came out pretty good for a 10pm session!
This is a shot of one of the earrings, so you can see how they drape, plus this is a better shot of the beautiful connectors Nancy made!
Finally, a close up of the czech beads, with have such a great color!
Nancy also sent me this beautiful bird focal she made - I knew it had to be the star of a necklace, so I went with a simple look, and simple chain, highlighted with some of the other beads she sent me.
She sent these clear beads that are in a little cup shape, so I used them to highlight the white beads she also sent me. They make a great little pop for the birds focal!
She sent me two sizes of white beads, and these little yellow beads as well. I was making a springy type piece, so in went the yellow! I added a little blue czech rondelle at the clasp to tie in the bird focal. I also apparently didn't get a good photo of the hand made clasp she sent me - I will add that in later! It's time to figure out my day. Please have a look at Lori's blog and all the other wonderful creations floating around out there - I know it's going to take me days, but hopefully I'll get to all of them!!!

1. Lori, Pretty Things and the link to the party is in my sidebar
2. Mallory, For the Love of Beads
3. Terri, Blooming Ideas...You Are Here
4. Cindy, Sweet Bead Studio
5. Lorelei, Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
6. Kerry, Kabs Creative Concepts
7. Erin, Treasures Found
8. Jeannette, Jeannette Blix Wire and Metal Jewelry
9. Adrienne, Adrienne Designs
10. Nan, Spirit Rattles
11. Laurel, Rue's Daftique
12. Nancy, Beading From the Heart
13. Mary, MK's Creative Musings
14. Cassie, The Glass Beadle
15. Dot, Winchell Clayworks
16. Sharon, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
17. Lisa, Lo and Behold
18. Norma, Bead Dreams and Moonlit Fantaseas
19. Judith, Judith B.
20. Debbie, Prairie Emporium
21. Maria, Garden Path Beads
22. Susan, Kaplan Creations Jewelry and Glass Design
23. Melissa, Melissa Meman: Art, Love, Life
24. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
25. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa
26. Cristi, 2 If By Sea
27. Sandra, Marbella Jewelry Design
28. Maria, Greene Earth Originals
29. Barbara, Jewelry of Distinction
30. Leslie, Bei Mondi
31. Loretta, Designs by Loretta
32. Linda, Bella Bead Jewelry
33. Kathie, The Bead Cult
34. Patty, Plays With Fire
35. Nicki, Nicki's Reef
36. Anne Marie, Heart's Desire
37. Mary, Mary Harding Jewelry
38. Jayne, Mama's Got to Doodle
39. Emanda, Artemesia's Studio
40. Whitney, Whitney Lassini
41. Marcie, La Bella Joya
42. Suzann, Beadphoria
43. Jen, Jen Judd Rocks
44. Julie, Credit River Art Glass
45. Janiece, J Birds Garden
46. Kate, Organic Odysseys
47. Laurie, The Mermaid Tale
48. Michelle, My Crazy Crafty Adventure
49. Sue, Sue Beads
50. Janeen, Janeen 365
51. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse
52. Kristie, Artisan Clay
53. Regina, Regina's Writings
54. Tari, Pearl and Pebble
55. Lyn, Lyn Foley
56. Beth, Sunshine Daydreamz
57. Cathryn, Chile Cats
58. Emma, Fred Bean's Nook
59. Connie, Cetta Cheese Chatter
60. Juli, Jul's Beads
61. Julie, RockerJewlz
62. Libby, LibbyLeu and Glass Too
63. Melanie, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
64. Katie, My Life and My Beads
65. Zuleykha, Zuleykha's Polymer Clay
66. Rekella, Me But a Little More in Depth
67. Ricki, What's New at Ricki Voges Design
68. Lisa, Lucid Moon Studio
69. Jo, Daisychain Jewellery
70. Lynette, Rock Hill Designs
71. Lynne, Island Girl's Insights
72. Chas, One Woman's Haven
73. Chas, One Woman's Haven
74. Ruthie, Rose Works Jewelry
75. Elizabeth, Turquoise Sky
76. Maire, Maire Dodd
77. Janet, Singing Woods
78. Eileen, Dorset Hill Beads
79. Julie, Miss Kitten's Jewels
80. Joann, Jo's Jewels
81. Patti, PJ Clark Designs
82. Mel, Kookie Designs
83. Erin, Every Heart Crafts
84. Dale, Flights of Fancy
85. Dee, Runako Designs


Rosanne said…
I am just in awe of all the great pieces I've seen this morning. Nancy makes great components and you set them off perfectly. I am so jealous of the birds on the branch! Beautiful.
Lovely!!!! I love how you incorporated everything. The focal is fabulous:)
Kella said…
These are a couple of cute pieces that I would love to wear.
Katie said…
You had SUCH great stuff to start with - Nancy's work is always incredible! And, I think you did a great job with it! The earrings came out really cute - what a great way to use those pieces! And, just like Rosanne, I LOVE those birds on the branch!
Round Rabbit said…
I LOVE(!) what you did!! I never thought of doing earrings with those connectors - they are amazing, so creative!! And you are officially the first person to ever use my new birds on a branch piece and you did such a lovely job! I feel like a proud parent seeing my kids all grown up (so corny, I know, but true). :)
Lisa said…
love the ceramic pieces and how you used them!
Silver Parrot said…
I am totally in LOVE with that bird focal from Nancy. I hope she lists more of them in her shop. The earrings and necklace are both great - they're making me long for spring!
Laurel said…
Lovely pieces! Isn't this a wonderful event? I have loved being a part of it!
Pretty Things said…
I love her beads, and you did a great job!!!!!!

Thanks for being a part of the party -- we'll do it again soon!
Jenny J-V said…
Fun pieces! I love a good 10pm earring session...and with great ceramics to work with, even better!!!
Rickie said…
Darling earrings and necklace--well done!
Maria said…
I LOVE the way they turned out Sue! The earrings are wonderful and the necklace is to die for! Great job!
Marie Cramp said…
Everything turned out great!! I love those ceramic pieces, so ornate and delicate. Great job Sue!
Terri said…
The delicatness of the love bird necklace and the hip earrings are great! Well done!
Anonymous said…
just lovely!
Melissa Meman said…
I love everything..especially the earrings!
Cathryn said…
What a lighthearted piece of creativity! I'm in awe of this fabulous necklace and I'm lusting after the earrings! I love the whole ensemble!
Boot ~C said…
the bird branch is awesome, great colour, but I love love love the earrings. you have inspired me to use some corner filagree pieces that are the same shape for earrings of my own, thanks!
SharonP said…
Love those earrings! The necklace is so feminine and beautiful, it looks so spring-like!
JBird's Garden said…
What a great partnership. I love what you did with the pieces you received. Creative and lovely!
Michelle Mach said…
Love the earrings! I bet they're really fun to wear!
EmandaJ said…
Great pieces! Love that now you have this great set that can be worn together or separately.

Hasn't this been fun?!?

Cindy said…
Sue, you were a lucky lady to be paired with Nancy...her focal and the connectors are so pretty! AND just look at those earrings and the necklace - perfect for Spring! What beautiful pieces!Cindy
Spirited Earth said…
loved the ceramic focal and earrings.
I really like how you used the pieces in very different ways! Thanks for sharing!
Mary K. McGraw said…
You did a great job in using some fabulous piece. Love the earrings.
Sue I love the earrings!! So much fun to wear.
Beautiful creations, Sue!! The necklace is really wonderful...lovely.
Julianna Cannon said…
That necklace is completely adorable! What a wonderful way to showcase that awesome birdy focal.
Janet said…
Ohhh this is the Loveliest of Necklaces!!! Its so very Pretty! I really love what you made I want it too!!! lol Really xo fine wine!!!
TesoriTrovati said…
That is the best bird focal yet! I love how delicate and vintage it feels. And it looks great with the pops of sunshiney yellow! Thanks for sharing this heaping serving of great soup! Be sure to stop by and taste some of mine. Enjoy the day! Erin
I love the pieces she sent you, and what you did with them!

You mentioned on my blog that your interested in learning how to do the peyote tube beads - if you want help let me know. Or if your interested in buying some I'll soon have them available in my shop :) Drop me a line and we can discuss colors your interested in!
Erin said…
Those earrings are AWESOME!!! I love them! Oh, I would so totally wear those. :) Great job with Nancy's pieces!
Islandgirl said…
Those earrings look like a lot of fun to wear... Love the ceramic center piece too!
Patti said…
very pretty...the bird focal is neat!
Judy said…
Wow, what great pieces! The earrings are so unique and beautiful. I can tell you had fun working with Nancy's components.
Dee said…
wonderful job on both pieces...enjoyed reading your post about the creation. Job well done!!
Anonymous said…
Great job! I love the earrings, and your focal is a lot of fun. It's a nice pairing with the curved bar chain. Fantastic!
I can almost hear the birds singing and they are singing about Spring! This is just perfect for the upcoming season and I love the colors and simplicity of the design! Lovely!
Nicki said…
Hey Sue, this looks really nice. I love the teal together with the crystals and the white. I would love to see a picture of the whole piece. I am sure it looks great when you wear it.
Jo said…
What beautiful beads! You definitely did them justice. The earrings are my favourite.
Loretta said…
Great design using beautiful pieces.
very delicate and pretty!
Lynette said…
I am still making my rounds to everyone's creations! Very pretty and unique pieces :)
Regina said…
You have done a great job showcasing the beautiful beads you received. Love the earrings!

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