Saturday, August 25, 2012


Words I try to live by:
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Last helping of bead soup

Remember the unfinished piece from last week's Bead soup reveal? I asked all you lovely readers to come up with suggestions on how to finish this piece. Out of all the ideas, I'd pick one, finish the piece and give to the beader who's idea I incorporated.

Quite frankly this piece proved to be very difficult to finish and I would not be exaggerating one bit if I told you I took it apart five or six times. In the end the idea I came closest to using was one recommended by Love, Yesterdays
I would turn the unfinished piece into a bracelet. Half the bracelet is the beadweaving piece, the other half the bracelet is the wire only with wired beads to jangle like a charm bracelet. or If the bead weaving section is too long, make a double ring bracelet that clasps together as ring around being the beadweaving part, the other ring around being the charm like section.
Instead of wire I stayed with the original chain, doubled it up and used some bronze mother of pearl charms.

I finished the piece with some metal spacers

and tiny turquoise discs

I will be posting this in the mail next week to Love, Yesterdays hoping she loves my interpretation of her idea.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bead soup time: how will it end?

Can I just post some pictures of the stuff I made with my soup and skip the part where I explain what, why and where?

A quick reminder, this is the bead soup I received from my partner Agata:

and this is what I made:

the entire soup

earrings: goldstone, green agate and copper discs

mix & match necklace

handmade glazed ceramic heart

focal, lava stones, quartz chips, crystal and hematite

How will it end? I had a bit of soup left and started on this project that was meant to be a bracelet. I used a technique I saw in the first reveal  but somehow I gut stuck mid project.  I played around with various options that didn't quite work. So I thought I'd ask you, dear bead soup fans and readers:

unfinished bead soup
How would you finish this project?
I've gathered some coordinating beads and I'm most eager to hear your thoughts and ideas. Throw your suggestion in the hat and out of all the ideas gathered I'll select one at random and the winner will receive the finished project.

And now that you've seen my soup, ho over to Lori's blog for a complete list of all the participants:
Beads soup summer 2012: 2nd reveal.