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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead soup reveal day and giveaway

Ta-da! The big reveal day is here. The top photo features all the items I've created with the bead soup my wonderful soup partner Eleanor Snare sent me. If you wish to see what she sent me back in August click here.
For a list of all the participants go to Lori's blog Pretty Things.


Eleanor was extremely generous and sent me lots of beads. I was so excited I started designing jewellery the day I received my beads. I made these earrings that same evening and I've worn them a couple of times already. I rarely keep the pieces I make, but I instantly fell in love with these!


Next on the list were the antique gold clasp and the bronze chain. My first attempts of utilizing them were a big fail. I meant to use the chain and one of the charm pendants but I couldn't make it work. As is often the case, it was by pure accident that the necklace came together.


I've set aside the green pearls, because I had no idea how to use them. All I knew is that I wanted a simple design that would best showcase these beautiful pearls. In the end I made a simple necklace where the clasp can be worn at the back of the neck or in the front in which case it assumes the role of a pendant.


The bracelet is another curious mix of planning and chance. The beads were deliberately set aside and I knew I wanted to make a bracelet using the adorable blue ceramic piece as the focal.


In the end I added a helix faceted crystal from my own stash to make the bracelet long enough. I really like the idea of deliberate asymmetry with one rogue bead ;-)




I've left the focals Eleanor sent till last. Mostly because I'm not used to working with such large pendants. So I really wanted to give it time to come up with a design that will best show the focals in all their splendor.


 The tubular beaded bead Eleanor made herself was so stunning I knew immediately I was going to use as a stand alone pendant on a long chain in the style of Joan Holloway from Mad Men. If you haven't already, click here to see what I mean. It's a link to the August post where I show my bead soup.


The biggest challenge was how to anchor the focal. The hole was to big for a head pin and I deliberately didn't want to use any findings to secure the head pin.
 In the end I used silver wire, rolled it up to create a flat swirl, passed it through the focal and secured it with an ordinary wire wrap. Simple and unobtrusive. I really wanted the focal to float from the chain. Minimal hardware visible.


The large iridescent ceramic bead screamed opulence and exuberance to me. I had an idea of making a sumptuous over the top necklace. I went through my stash and dug out all the beads that corresponded to the given colour scheme.


Hours and hours...and hours later this chunky necklace was born.


I love how all the beads of different shapes and sizes collided into this one mass of sparkly beauty.



This necklace is a celebration of beads and jewellery designing :-)



With some green crystals left from my own stash I quickly made another pair of earrings. Though technically not a bead soup item because the components all come from my own supply, they were inspired by the colour scheme of the soup and are part of the bead soup creative process.


This was my first bead soup party and it was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. When I enlisted as a participant I had no idea what to expect and hadn't really spent any time pondering what if I don't like the beads or what if I get stuck creatively.


What I have learned is the following:
  1. colour coordination: I have worked with all the colours Eleanor sent me before but never paired together. In the future I'll try to experiment more with mixing different colours together.
  2. large focals: Definitely something new and I was a bit apprehensive at first. The necklaces featuring the focals turned out so incredibly well it was an instant boost to my confidence.
  3. unusual clasps: I always preferred ordinary toggles or hook and eye closures. I didn't want the clasp to distract from the jewellery design. Using the clasp Eleanor sent was great fun but proved to be the most difficult thing. Definitely something I will have to work on in the future.
 And now the giveaway. I'm giving away the necklace featuring the green freshwater pearls and the clasp from the bead soup and the creole earrings with green crystals to two readers. All you have to do is leave a comment  and leave a valid e-mail address or link it to your profile. I will choose two random readers on Monday 26th September.


162 comments:

  1. Wow, you have made some lovely stuff with your bead soup. I am really loving the necklace in particular, but can totally see why you wear the earrings for sure.

    Fabulous job with some lovely bead soup.

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  2. fantastic jewelry!!! i especially love your earrings and the way you wrap them. Great work!

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  3. I seriously love it all! I can't decide which I like best - everything is great. I feel like such an underachiever now; I only made one necklace. Wonderful & inspirational!

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  4. You've done a great job and so much jewellery. Fantastic. ;-)

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  5. I love that you made so many great pieces.The tubular focal was very clever thinking..I like the simple way you strung it. You really thought about each piece and they all came together beautifully.I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    jenni

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  6. Wow, you made loads with your soup! The chunky necklace you made is fabulous, I love all the colours!
    Deb x

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  7. Gorgeous pieces.
    I love the idea of a 'rogue bead' !

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  8. Such pretty pieces! The earrings are especially lovely.

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  9. Wow - what a wide aray of gorgeous soup pieces! I love what you did with the focal tube bead and the focal ceramic bead - what great ideas!

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  10. How very festive! I love the necklace with the dangles. And also the tubular focal. So pretty!

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  11. wow! you were very productive with your bead soup! and every creation was lovely!

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  12. So many pieces, and they all look fabulous. :)

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  13. The chunky necklace is gorgeous- talk about a labor of love!

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  14. The jewelry is beautiful! And I must say, you have the most organized work area, it amazes me. Everything was very creative and I would love to join in on the giveaway.

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  15. Beautiful pieces! I love the playfullness of the chunky necklace, which is very different from the other more delicate pieces. Very clever idea to hang the beaded focal on a spiral headpin!!!!!

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  16. What pretty things, how creative!

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  17. I just love what you did with the floating stand alone pendant. Very clever. Everything is very classy.

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  18. You did a wonderful work on all these pieces.
    I just adore the soft green earrings. They are simple, but oh so stunning.

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  19. Great job! The way you anchored that lovely focal and the whole design is very clever and beautiful :)
    Geanina.

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  20. 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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  21. WOW! Everything is Beautiful! Great use of all the beads. I love the earrings!!

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  22. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Great work!

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  23. So many wonderful pieces! Well done!

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  24. You made awesome things! Congratulations on all that hard work. They're all beautiful!

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  25. Very very creative. whate a treasure trove you have created
    Be Blessed to be a blessing

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  26. They're all wonderful, but I love how you showcased the "mad men" focal. (ps, please don't consider me for the drawing, since I can't wear earrings, even though I wish I could!) Such a wonderful use of your bead soup. Great job.

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  27. Lovely and fun pieces! I especially love those earrings :)

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  28. Lovely work, cha-cha-cha!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda

    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  29. wow, so many pieces - i love the necklace !!!!
    Grüßle
    Doris

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  30. You do excellent wirework! It is so fun to read about how the kits break us all out of our comfort cocoons! Loved reading about your process!

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  31. Great use of your ingredients. You made so many things, you really grasped the spirit of the exchange.

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  32. You made some great pieces and I like that some are minimal while the one is over the top chock full of beads. I have never tried wrapping beads like you did with the earrings but maybe I will give it a try one day soon, they are certainly gorgeous.

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  33. You've really created a lot to ohhhh and ahhhh over!! Both of the sets of earrings are so great. I would be wearing them too!! ;)
    That clustery, fringy necklace is such a fun fiesta of color! Beautiful work!

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  34. I am SO sorry for being late -- today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They're still working on it, but it's like dial-up.


    Total squee-factor here! SO clever how you made that head pin, and love the spiral focals. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the dangly necklace -- but then you probably know how much I love dangles!

    You mentioned you took apart something that took a long time to make in order to make something else -- if you happened to take a picture before you took it apart, I'd love to see it!

    I hope you participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  35. Boy you got lots of new pieces out of your soup. I especially love the bracelet and the way you added the 1 different bead. It makes the whole thing look so special.

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  36. Ana, this is wonderful! I'm so pleased with what you made and I'm glad you had fun :) I've posted the items I made with your soup here:

    http://ebsnarejewellery.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/bead-soup-the-big-reveal/

    Well done on all the pieces, they are beautiful.

    Elly

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  37. You're so talented! I LOVE both pairs of earring but especially the creole earrings with green crystals. Wow!

    The necklace with the fresh water pearls and the clasp is also gorgeous.

    What will you be making next?

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  38. Wow.. you made lots of great things with your soup! Very nice! It sure is fun isn't it ? :)

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  39. Oh wow! You made so many beautiful things! I really love it all. You also have an awesome range of designs from the simplicity of that pearl necklace to the bold statement piece of that chunky necklace. Great work! ♥

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  40. I love all of your pieces! It was fun to read your blog, too; I heard a lot of myself in the process you described. It's always good to find a kindred spirit! And that bold chunky necklace is gorgeous, one big sparkly strand of fabulous. Congrats on beautiful and unique pieces. You're talented!

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  41. I really love all that you created! Your work is beautiful! Congrats.

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  42. very nice, I love the simplicity of your pieces

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  43. very pretty! great pieces and so many! I can't pick a favorite they're all gorgeous!

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  44. Lots om lovely pieces! I really like the simple necklace with the beaded bead pendant.

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  45. Love all the pieces you made from you mix. I too had larger beads than what I am used to working with. Very nice!

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  46. I'm really pleased you've push yourself creatively, and discovering some new possibilities for your jewellery making. Great stuff!

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  47. WOW! your wire work is really impressive, and I love the colorful bracelet, and the blue bead focal one as well. The green bead and fancy clasp necklace is very simple and pretty. Nice!

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  48. I love the diversity of your pieces. The statement necklace is fantastic!

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  49. I really like your techniques. I am going to have to give them a try.

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  50. Wonderful! You have created several terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture in the necklace. Your wire work technique on the earrings is fabulous! Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!
    Lori

    P.S. I love Slovenia, it's such a beautiful country with all it's lakes and rivers. I would love to visit sometime.

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  51. Your pieces are lovely, especailly the bracelet.

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  52. I love that first pair of earrings! the focal/clasp is amazing and I love how you made that the focus. Great job!

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  53. Really beautiful pieces. My favorite is the chunky, colorful necklace! That would be a fab piece to wear during the holiday season

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  54. So many lovely pieces! I know how much work you put into the lush bead necklace - great job!!

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  55. Some very clever solutions to your design challenges and the beaded necklace is a tour-de-force of bling!

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  56. I love when there is piece after piece like you have. They are all so wonderful!

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  57. So many beautiful jewelry pieces you made! They are all really lovely.

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  58. Girl, you rocked that soup! They are all lovely, but that solution for the tube focal just blew me away. Then the piece with all the dangles! Awesome job!

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  59. Love the Mad Men tie-in and the way you solved the focal dilemna. Excellent thinking! Adding the helix crystal to the bracelet design was inspired! You show so much skill with your eclectic mix of projects.

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  60. Wow, great pieces. But that necklace is over the top. Wonderful pieces.

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  61. Ana, I love all of your creations they are very pretty.
    Therese

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  62. All of your designs are beautiful but I really love the wire wrapped earrings! Great job! :)

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  63. I love how you showcased everything and explained your thought process behind your creations. Such lovely work! Thank you for sharing!

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  64. Wow, you created so many pieces, and in such different styles. And I like them all! Especially the one with the peyote tube bead, reminds me of those vessel pendants I used to obsess about for a while, containing perfume or a secret message. I love you decided to go simplistic with that one, it's so pretty it needs to be in the spotlight!

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  65. Your creativity is amazing and endlessly! Beautiful creations! Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  66. You created many beautiful piece of jewelry. All the pieces are wonderful. I really liked all the pictures of in-process creating as well as the pieces.

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  67. classic pieces! I really like that tube pendant necklace!

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  68. Very cool items. I really like the leaf earrings. Very delicate and beautiful. Thanks for checking out my entry too.

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  69. wow, i can't imagine all the time the one necklace must have taken...my hands hurt thinking about it! really beautiful work, your designs are lovely.

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  70. Beautiful work! I think I would have gone crazy wrapping all those beads for the necklace! The tube pendant necklace is stunning with its simplicity.

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  71. So colorful and fun! Thanks for showing us the details and the process. All very different and beautiful pieces!

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  72. Beautiful! You've used each piece to great effect! Lovely!

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  73. The "Joan pendant" is so beautiful! Simply genious! But I honestly love everything you have made.

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  74. Beautiful jewelry! I like it all but my favorite has to be the necklace with the clasp focal and green pearls. Simple and elegant!

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  75. when I saw the photo of the whole batch you did, I thought wow, all your pieces are great, but I really love the earrings(I've wanted to try that earring technique forever) & the 'cha-cha' necklace,(dangles make everything better)the colours are so fabulous together. grat job!

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  76. Wow, what a lot of work. You pieces are so delicate and really nice.

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  77. You have been a busy lady! You created lots of magic with the beads that were sent to you and that 'cha-cha' necklace is to die for!

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  78. Nicely done! You've got a huge new jewelry wardrobe! Enjoy!

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  79. Each creation is wonderful in it's own way!!!
    The beaded bead focal is gorgeous !!!
    That chunky necklace is like a party you can wear !!!
    Great Soup !
    m.e. :)

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  80. I like all your jewelry! So much creativity!

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  81. Funtastic Mix of pieces!! I love that you added the inspired by earrings :)

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  82. so many different pieces and they are all so lovely, great job!

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  83. Clever use of both focals and those earrings! Love those earrings, i would wear them all he time!

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  84. What an incredible soup. They are all lovely and I love the way they all seem to fit together as a collection. I really like the pearl necklace. So simple but what a beautiful way to really show off every component.

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  85. How lovely!!! Talent!! Your beadings so beautiful. I love everything!!

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  86. Gorgeous stuff! The necklace with the many, many beads is just luscious, and the other pieces all have a delicate elegance. If this was a creative stretch for you, I think you met the challenge with great success.

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  87. What a gorgeous collection. I love the earrings and pendant necklace. Just beautiful!

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  88. Earrings are so cool. Both pairs. I love the way you connected her beaded bead. That was extremely clever. My email is andreatrank@yahoo.com

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  89. Love the dangle necklace. I am totally hooked on dangles now from doing the BSBP.

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  90. I love all the things you created.

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  91. I love your solution of making a wire spiral to fit through the large-hole beaded bead focal--I will definitely use that idea myself. Love how you documented the creative process.

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  92. Fabulous solution to a difficult problem with the beaded bead tube. I would also have had a difficult time using that piece.
    I love your earrings! I love the wirework you did and the creative process journal.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Becca from www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

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  93. Can't choose, I love them all. the different colors and textures are all yummy.

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  94. Great colors and a bunch of wire wrap. I bet it took hours. Festive. Thanks for sharing. Cherrie

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  95. Great post-I loved reading about how your ideas came together. And your creations are beautiful!

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  96. Wow! Your creations are all lovely, I can't pick a favorite! I really admire your earring designs, and that colorful chunky necklace is just fabulous!

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  97. Oh goodness, you were so busy with all of this! What amazing soup you received, and you really rocked this! Big time! I love both of those earrings, but I think that big blingy dangly necklace is my favorite!

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  98. Beautiful work all around! I was wondering what you'd do with that long focal :) I'm glad to see you kept it simple to show off the focal itself! I adore the earrings and that bronze chain necklace with the green pearls I think might be my favorite...although the massive colorful sparkle of that necklace really catches me!

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  99. Great pieces! I especially love the earring designs.

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  100. You have taken a lot of time and energy with this hop. I love the way you anchored the focal and told us how this was done (am always looking for tips like this) and all the pieces you've made are full of life and enthusiasm. Like the two necklaces the best...thanks for showing us your thought processes !(I find that the most interesting)

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  101. The green crystal earrings are gorgeous. Absolutely perfect. I would buy them if I spotted them in a store!

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  102. I like all your jewelry! So much creativity!

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  103. You made so many nice pieces with your soup! Love your bracelet

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  104. Love every piece you made! Especially love the bracelet with that "rogue" bead, and that necklace --- well, I love dangles and color! It is gorgeous! Thanks for your sweet comments on my soup mix. Have a great week! :)

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  105. That is a perfect replica of the Mad Men necklace - well done. And your necklace IS a celebration of bead work and beads. I don't have the patience for wire work in that way (I'm a seed bead kind of gal), I love all your pieces.

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  106. You love to make things like these. It shows.
    Wow what a collection of beautiful, yet playful " homemade " jewelry. Congratulations!

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  107. Lovely pieces! I think I like the necklace with the green pearls that show cases the clasp the best.

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  108. Really lovely designs! I am especially liking the wire wrapped earrings~ beauteous!

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  109. I love the way you finished that tubular bead and the necklace is superb.

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  110. I love dangle bracelets and yours is very, very pretty. All of your creations are very nice...great work! :)

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  111. Great work on all the jewelry. Really great designs.

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  112. You really made your bead soup expand into some really beautiful pieces of wearable art. Great work.

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  113. Nice! I particularly like the earrings with their open, almost lacy feel.

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  114. Everything you made are bright and cheerful!! Wonderful job.

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  115. What fun pieces! My favorites are the seed beaded tube and the super dangly necklace. Everything you made is wonderful :)

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  116. Oh, how absolutely ingenious to fill that hole with a wire swirl.... love your style!
    My favourite piece is the teardrop leaf earrings. I love the wire wrapped beading around the hoops... it frames the leaves perfectly.

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  117. Each and every piece is just lovely! I could see myself wearing the drop/leaf earrings and bracelet on a regular basis . . . beautiful!

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  118. Your items are simply gorgeous! Right in line w/my style so I really love them and think I need to borrow that green pearl and chain necklace and possibly those leaf earrings - wow. Your wire wrapping is great - love it all!

    Oh - and the name of your blog,...fabulous!! :)

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  119. What a beautiful job. I love the pearl and silver necklace.

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  120. Wonderful soup, your simple pieces are like a really tasty broth and then the bracelet, which I absolutely love is the desert soup on my menu!! Great Job.

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  121. What a great job and so many pieces you created. I loved how you shared what you learned, because it seems every design teaches us something.

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  122. That necklace is fabulous! Love it. :)

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  123. Oh I can see why you feel in love with those earrings - they are gorgeous! Beautiful work. Fun stuff that you received and created!!!

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  124. Beautiful pieces. The necklace is so alive with all the beautiful colors.

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  125. Thanks for sharing 'what you learned'. We all have such different backgrounds, experiences... it is nice to reflect on how the BSBP informed us - as well as entertained us!

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  126. SO many goodies I love that tube bead she made you like a tiny little vase! You've gotten an entire wardrobe out of your soup Bravo!!!

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  127. Love all the wirework! I would be wearing those earrings all the time, too! How clever to figure out a solution to the tube bead!

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  128. Wow, you made so many pieces, great job! Love the tube bead idea, perfect as a stand-alone focal!

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  129. You reall went all out with your soup! Everything is so beautiful, I especially love the beaded tube necklace, the green pearl necklace, and the green czech glass leaf earrings!

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  130. What gorgeous pieces you made from your soup mix! I love the tubular bead, and agree that the simple setting is perfect with it. Your wire work looks great, and must have taken you a long time! Beautiful work! :)

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  131. Wow! I love everything you made! Just gorgeous!

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  132. Very pretty and you made really good use of your soup.

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  133. Really lovely pieces. I like them all, delicate yet strong. I was particularly drawn to the first pair of earring you made with the leaf beads in the center. The wire wrapped beads on the sides are perfection. Nice work!! Jane http://mjanedesigns.blogspot.com/

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  134. Love the variety you have created, great pieces. My favorites the single long bead necklace and the fun, colorful necklace. Great work with all of them.

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  135. Ana, First of all thank your for the nice comment on my BSpost.

    Love all the stuff that you made, especially the colorful dangly necklace. I would wear that:-)

    - Pepita

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  136. The tube bead necklace is just stunning and I so love dangles. Great Job..Great Work!

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  137. hmmm, so which do I like the best, hard decision, but I think I like the first earrings and of course that gorgeous beaded necklace that took A LOT of time!

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  138. "This necklace is a celebration of beads and jewellery designing"
    Could not have said it better myself.

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  139. A beautiful selection of unique pieces. Your wire work is amazing.

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  140. you wire wrapping is amazing and i love what you did with the peyote tube! enjoy them, and happy birthday!

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  141. All your pieces are lovely, but my favorite is your colorful chunky necklace! It speaks to me!

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  142. They are all wonderful! I especially love the chunky necklace, very colorful and fun!

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  143. Very pretty - great use of your soup. Love the chunky necklace!

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  144. You really went to town creating!! beautiful pieces and BTW- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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  145. So cool that you were able to make so much! What a lovely reveal!
    Ingrid~Wrapped In Silver

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  146. Love the clasp! And I think my favourite is the mad men style necklace - what a gorgeous focal!

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  147. Waaaaooooooow!!! You are so talent!! absolutly stunning!!

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  148. Still blog hopping:>)

    Wow!! LOve your chunky necklace!

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  149. You did so many nice and different pieces and your wirework is stunning.

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  150. Wow! They are all awesome but the bracelet is my favorite! Great job with your soup!

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  151. These are all gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the necklace with the tube, how you made the swirl at the bottom... gorgeous! And the lushness of the fringe necklace is just wonderful! All of the pieces turned out fantastic! Gorgeous soup!!

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  152. Wow, I can't believe that I am the 156th commenter here!!! You sure made a lot of wonderful jewelry from your soup. I love the earrings and the necklace with the tube shaped pendant.

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  153. §You created so many things in so many style! My favourite piece is the bracelet.

    Ambra

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  154. Gorgeous designs. I can only aspire to be half as good.

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  155. Beautiful creations. I think one of my fav is the seed bead pendant...Such talent. You really did a soup-er job!

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  156. Very pretty jewellery! I especially like the earrings: elegant simplicity. Great job!

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  157. Love that you were able to make so many wonderful pieces, love all the earrings, so pretty!

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  158. Ana - I think the way you fixtured that beaded bead focal was very clever - and all of your Bead Soup creations are exquisite. Combining those green pearls with the chain and the coolio brass clasp was an inspired bit of designing, if you ask me! Great work!

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  159. I really enjoyed seeing how you used everything here.

    That last necklace with all the colors is really splendid and screams happiness to me!

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