Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blog Partay!

 Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

  Today is the day! 362 folks from all over the country are paticipating in this bead soup blog party, Just a few weeks ago each person listed below received a nice little package of beads in the mail. We were paired randomly with a partner to whom you had to send a focal, a clasp and some accent beads, one of the rules was you had to use the focal and clasp. This is what I received from my partner Karen Sinowski.

Karen created some beautiful lampwork beads in a variety of sizes. She also included some swarovski crystals, sterling Hill Tribe spacers, some sterling charms she made and a metal 4 hole clasp.


When I sat down to my work table I started on a simple wire wrapped necklace, I felt bored by it and could not figure how to incorporate the 4 holed clasp. I struggled and struggled...the sun went down and came back up. I finally just put some of the elements aside and decided to just focus on a few of the beads and made a multi layer long necklace.

I used several different styles of vintage chain and created a leather link to compliment the dark brown in the beads.

Here is the clasp that talked back and gave me all the trouble. Vintage lightweight steel chain solved my problem, perfect size without the heavy weighed down feeling.



 You can find the list of participants on our Hostess Lori Anderson's blog. Thanks Lori for another fantastic party!



73 comments:

  1. Oh WOW! I love this! the 3 strands with different focals is so unique and i love the longer style! Great use of chain too, one of my favorite jewelry elements! Nice job!

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  2. Love the design... the long chains make the focal bead stand out! Very nice.

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  3. I second what Lorelei says, WOW what an amazing creation. Well done you!!!!!

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  4. So dramatic and so you! Beautiful work, Judy!

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  5. Gorgeous! I'm always at a loss when it comes to using barrel shaped focals, but this is a great solution! Lovely!

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  6. Stunning Judith! Love the soup mix you got... and the recipe you concocted is fantastic! Happy Souping!
    {Hugs!}

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  7. terrific - i just love moving around through the blogs and seeing how people make things their own...

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  8. hey gorgeous, well! I CAN'T begin to tell you what my heart says about this necklace....it is awesome! I LOVE everything about it! I'm off to talk to Santa!!

    I like that our soups seem to have challenged us! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xx

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  9. Love all the layers! Very pretty!

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  10. the mix of chains is perfect,I really like this

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  11. This is a gorgeous piece. I so admire you for having put together such a great mix of textures that make the length of the necklace look so interesting.

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  12. I really LOVE what you made with your bead soup! I could see this with a simple silk blouse perfect for a holiday party. It's really great!

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  13. So beautiful and I love the layers of chain!!!Hugs,Cat

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  14. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  15. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  16. Beautiful Judy...you did your bead soup partner proud!

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  17. I was so excited when I saw your blog was next in line! I knew you would be fabulous! That is such an over-the-top gorgeous design! Love your solution to the clasp!

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  18. Wow! What a stunning necklace. The way you stacked the focals and used the multi-strand clasp was so clever! And all the chain makes it look so rich.

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  19. WOOOW! Love, love, love the dramatic feel it has!

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  20. Fantastic! I think it was a really good idea to focus on those beautiful lampwork beads. The chain pulls it all together. I am so impressed that this looks completely your style but with elements that I wouldn't normally think of you using. Well done!

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  21. I adore how you solved the problem of the 4 hole clasp. And honestly? I'm glad it gave you trouble because I LOVE this necklace! I would totally wear it. Love it!

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  22. Very nice necklace! I love the way you turned your challenge into your strength.

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  23. Lushious layering gave this a romantic and vintage feel. Very nice.

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  24. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, I also love the length and layering. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  25. I really like it, and that leather link adds an edge! Well done!!!

    I hope you'll join me again! The new badge and dates will be on my blog tomorrow, Sept 19!

    Love, Lori

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  26. I love multi layer necklaces and yours is a beauty!

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  27. Great necklace and the leather link is really incredible!

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  28. This has a modern chic feel to it! Very dramatic piece.

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  29. I love the multi-strand vintage look and those spotty (I'm calling them dalmatian) beads are gorgeous.

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  30. I love the modern yet Victorian look you gave your design, very beautiful necklace!

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  31. All those decadent chains would feel wonderful around your neck - and that leather link - I love it when a design includes an element of surprise. Yours is one of my favorite pieces I've seen over the last 3 days!

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  32. What an incredible necklace! Terrific way to feature that beautiful focal bead- I love your style! Great use of the slider clasp - I love those in bracelets, but have never tried them for a necklace - looks like they work well there, too!

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  33. What a neat necklace. A great use of the clasp. I like the length and all the different parts of the necklace. The leather link you made for it just fits right in.

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  34. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  35. I love it, the beads pop so nice on the chain.

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  36. Beautiful wow. I love how you put all of the different elements together. You totally made it your own!

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  37. I love this multi strand elegant look..it hangs so beautifully. Love the leather link and the tassel.
    jenni

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  38. stunning, love your necklace, the length the design the colour...just beautiful

    and congrations on your publication......

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  39. A fabulous piece! That chain is gorgeous!!!1

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  40. Love the textures, layers, asymmetry....I pretty much think the entire thing is flipping fantastic!

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  41. Oooooo!!! I absolutely love this design! The multiple layers add so much texture to the necklace and showcase the lampwork beads perfectly - beautiful! :)

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  42. The vintage chain is a perfect fit with the soup mix Karen sent you. Fantastic job!

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  43. What a stunning necklace! I love the multiple layers of chain and they showcase the focals beautifully!

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  44. You know, I loved these beads the moment I saw them, and you've really showcased them well! Great work

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  45. Judy, this necklace is just fabulous. I really love it! I am in awe of the way you so skillfully used all of that lovely draping chain. :)

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  46. The beads you bead soup partner sent are a wonderful and the way you have stacked the focal and other beads to feature them is so unique. The multiple strands of chain is so in fashion right now! Soup-job!

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  47. Love the many layers - beautiful!

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  48. Gorgeous. Love the length and the style.

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  49. What a great solution to the challenge, while staying true to your style. Love the leather connector! Great job.

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  50. You have created something that is both simple and spectacular. I'm not surprised. .. You always craft beautiful items. This is no exception. It's fantastic!

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  51. Great piece! I love the length and composition :)

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  52. beautiful! I love all the layers!

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  53. Love your long necklace with all the chain. And by the way, welcome to Round Top, my home town! Antique Week is a blast, enjoy!

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  54. I love the length of this, the gorgeous beads and all the chain so artfully used. I can't do chain, admire those who use it with aplomb....

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  55. Very cool design! I love all of the metal chain with the beads highlighted in the middle of the piece- wonderful!

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  56. Great Job!!! That clasp would have given me big time trouble. I really like this necklace; it makes me think of the 1928? jewelry from years ago.

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  57. Lovely necklace! I like how much chain you used and mixing different styles add texture and interest. Great job!

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  58. Very pretty. I love all the chain.

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  59. Judy, I cannot believe I have not seen your BSBP post yet! I do apologize as I've been so focused on ArtBLISS. Your necklace is stunning and just the style of necklace that I would LOVE to wear!! You created something simply amazing with your Bead Soup!

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  60. Very pretty layered look. The use of the vintage chain is perfect!

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  61. I love how you put all toghther and the different chains you used. I like this necklace!
    Ambra

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  62. Wonderfully unique soup!! Love all the chain and the leather connector.

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