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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Down to the last bead - Bead soup 2013 2nd reveal

Tribal vibe: tooth shark shaped mother of pearls paired with pyrite
This is my third time participating in the Bead soup blog hop and it's been another prolific one! This time I used up every single bead my lovely partner Sarah sent me. I even ended using beads from the previous soup from my then partner Agata. The pyrite beads from the first set of earrings and the clasp in the asymmetrical necklace.

Last helping: the last two purple glass rounds paired with some last minute shopping ceramic beads and silver metal discs
To be quite honest, I finished my bead soup in the first three days after I got my beads. I just love that magical moment when I open the parcel from my partner filled with gorgeous beads and lovely thoughts in the accompanying notes that my imagination turns to super mode.

Lush: the majority of bead soup paired with beads from my stash in a rainbow of purple, lavender, silver, dove and charcoal greys
This year was no different, I made the charm bracelet and the chain necklace the first evening and decided upon the design for the asymmetrical necklace which had to wait a week because I needed to go to town to get the exact satin ribbons I wanted to use.

tribal vibe: another angle
Then came these earrings. I knew I wanted to accentuate the shark tooth shape but no matter how I paired the beads it just didn't work. I must have pulled them apart at least seven times. But it was worth it because I'm very happy with the final design.

Asymmetrical
The asymmetrical necklace is very difficult to photograph and even looks a bit blah on the photo but quite nice when worn. I used pale pink faceted quartz and faceted yellow Chech beads from my stash and the cute pink lampwork beads Sarah sent as focals.

Playful mix
This necklace deliberately has no clasp and can be worn as a single or a double strand. I used the remaining lampwork beads from Sarah and paired them with Pandora beads from my stash. I wanted to "immobilize" the Pandora beads so that they lay perpendicular to the chain at all times. Instead of wire wrapping  which would make them wobble all over the place I used a smaller chain, two links of it roughly equalled the length of the hole and attached them to my main chain with the Pandora bead trapped in. It required a bit of fiddling around to attach the main chain to the smaller links without loosing the Pandora bead but once I was done, the bead was snugly caught between the links of the large chain preventing the bead from moving. Ta-dah! Success.

As always this party would have been a dull one without our hostess extraordinaire Lori Anderson from Pretty Things. Thanks Lori! And another warm thanks to my lovely partner Sarah whom I've been in constant contact during the dreary snowy month of March as we exchanged thoughts, ideas and progress report. Go see what she made with her soup!

Click HERE for the entire list of participants for the 2nd reveal.

87 comments:

  1. Really loving the mix of metallics and bright colours, especially on the earrings with the ceramic hoops. So inventive!

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  2. Hi, I've been looking forward to see what you made and can't believe the second reveal is upon us - time flies doesn't it!
    I love your range of pieces from the textures and colours in the charm bracelet (love those purple shades) to the sharks tooth shaped earrings which I can see being worn with a tribal style maxi dress. I'm another one who likes the use of the ceramic hoops with wavy silver discs. I bet they are even more stunning when worn :-)

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  3. Nice work! Just like the others, I love the ceramic hoops with silver discs best

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  4. You did a great job, my dear! Love the earrings with the tribal vibe!

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  5. Goodness gracious! These are some beautiful pieces and great use of your soup! Very impressive!

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  6. Great jewelry! Love ypour style!
    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

    http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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  7. Love that you not only used everything that you were sent but also beads from a previous soup!! Everything is beautiful!

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  8. I specially like the earrings, every pair :-)

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  9. Fabulous use of your soup, I just love your charm bracelet.....

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  10. I love the Earrings!!! Both are gorgeous and I think you did a fantastic job with shark tooth shaped ones.

    Happy Crafting
    Tracie
    http://homeofthepurskey.blogspot.com

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  11. Very nice. I love what you did with the earrings and that bracelett, very nice indeed.

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  12. Now I feel guilty I didn't use all my beads! A group of us have been making purple jewelry to raise money for Alzheimer's so I really want to steal all of your pieces and auction them off, but I'm trying to contain myself--I think that about everything purple now. Love the bracelet.

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  13. Earring Guru, that's what you are! Funky FUN Unique!

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  14. Gorgeous pieces! Especially like the earrings. Great bead soup!

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  15. Great job! Everything turned out great!

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  16. my favourite is multi-pendant bracelet! super!

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  17. You sure have been creative : )!
    What are you going to do with your beads - are they going to be sold at your shop perhaps? Enjoy the weekend!

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  18. Love that necklace. Threading ribbon through chain is one technique that I absolutely have not been able to master. You did it beautifully. Great job with the pink. So feminine and spring looking. Love it!

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  19. LOVE these ! Especially the charm bracelet, I would wear that in an heartbeat !

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  20. I think the shark teeth earrings turned out great - very unique! They have a weird industrial warrior vibe but weird in a good way.

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  21. I LOVE both pairs of earrings! All your pieces are great, but those 2 are fascinating to me.

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  22. Awesome pieces! I love the earrings especially.

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  23. Wow...Funky pieces! ...love them..

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  24. Your designs are all so cool. I like the way that you made the Pandora beads work with your design by trapping them with the chain. It reminds me to try a little harder to make my designs work the way I want them to. My favorite of your designs are both your pairs of earrings. They're so unique and interesting. Super job!!

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  25. wow your pieces are so cool...I especially love the charm bracelet ....ty so very much for sharing and inspiring us all bye for now and Happy beading

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  26. what gorgeous pieces.. I really liked the second pair of earrings and the bracelet. Great job.

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  27. Beautiful pieces! Love the earrings and love the charm bracelet!
    Pridna! Jaz sem še sredi dela za naslednji "reveal".

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  28. Good for you for using up every last bit of your delicious soup! Plus I love how you incorporated things from your soup, your stash and even prior soups to complete your pieces; now THAT'S being resourceful ^.^

    All your pieces are beautiful! I especially like those first pair because they're completely unique :)

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  29. the Tribal vibes looks downright dangerous!!! what an original idea.
    I think I like the second pair of earrings the best. How wonderful you got so many pieces of
    jewelry from your soup!!

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  30. Wow! You used every bead - I've never quite managed that, though like you I did incorporate some beads from a previous Bead Soup. I've not worked with shark-tooth shaped pearls, didn't even know they existed. Your 'charm' bracelet is so fun and romantic.

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  31. Love all of the pieces, especially the "shark tooth" earrings!

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  32. I love the second pair of earrings.
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, what a fun :)
    ciao dall'Italia

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  33. Love the charm bracelet. One of my favorites.

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  34. Very cool earrings, beautiful bracelet. Great job!

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  35. Wow, I really love all the things you made with my soup! You have been so creative!

    I really love all your designs so it's hard to say one that I like best, but I do especially like the ingenious use of two sorts of chain in that last necklace in order to get the Pandora beads to behave!

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  36. Love the detailing on your earrings and the colours for the necklace are so fresh and serene

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  37. Everything looks wonderful, especially love your "charming" charm bracelet!

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  38. You did an awesome job with your bead soup!! Those are cool earrings!! Very pretty!

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  39. WOW, great job, but I really like the bracelet with the little 'gator'!! ~KM

    1st reveal - http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33013.html

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  40. Lovely! interesting earrings and I love your charm bracelet!
    Jackie

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  41. I am so impressed that you used everything in your soup! All of your designs are beautiful!
    I really love the 2nd pair of earrings!

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  42. Your earrings made my favs list for the second reveal. Check it out: http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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  43. Love what you did with your bead soup! The bracelet is so sweet and I love the necklaces, so pretty!!
    sue

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  44. Beautiful....I love all of your creations but especially the shark tooth earrings. Well done!

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  45. Love the charm bracelet. I studied every charm and bead. Beautiful collection!

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  46. Wow, these earrings are amazing!!!! Love them!
    Laura

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  47. Love every single one you made! Nicely done!

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  48. Your creations are spectacular! Love them!

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  49. Lovely creations, I think the spikey earrings are the coolest!

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  50. So lovely! The charm bracelet is my favourite.

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  51. Beautiful designs ,so unique and elegant. I love all of them.

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  52. Such beautiful designs and creative use of your soup! Wonderful!

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  53. I like what you did with your bead soup. My favorite is the charm bracelet

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  54. Beautiful and modern designs.

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  55. Love the funky earrings and your charm bracelet! Very cool!

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  56. Very nice I especially like your playful mix. They're all very nice.

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  57. Each piece is so unique. But I must admit I am in awe of the earrings. I find earring making challenging. You came up with a design that really used your pieces. Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

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  58. Wow! All I can say is you are one talented gal. Your jewelry pieces are stunning. I particularly like the charm bracelet. You are REALLY good at jewelry making!

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  59. I LOVE the earrings. Everything is just lovely!!!

    <3,
    Andrea
    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

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  60. Those tribal earrings ROCK! I have a small jar of those tooth-shaped shell beads and I've wondered what to do with them - thanks for the inspiration!

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  61. Cute bracelet and I love that first pair of earrings!

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  62. Great designs Ana! Love the edginess of those shark earrings, and the colors of the second one are awesome! Were those round ceramics in your soup? I love necklaces with no clasp, and such a cool way to showcase the Pandoras.

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  63. My favourite is the shark earrings,just right for a day by the sea.Judith

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  64. Lots of nice pieces! My favorites are the charm bracelet and the long necklace with chain.

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  65. Very interesting earrings and loved how you used the spikes.....Kristin Oppold

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  66. Love the shark earrings...and the red earrings too. I like that you paired pearl with pyrite :-)

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  67. Love what you did with your soup, especially the earrings

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  68. Glad you waited to get just the right ribbons - they look gorgeous!! Great job with all of your soup

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  69. I think your second pair of earrings are my favorite piece that you made. Nice work!

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  70. Love the bracelet and the second pair of earrings too.

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  71. Really lovely collection. I especially like the second pair of earrings-the components used and contemporary style is fantastic!

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  72. Everything's very pretty, but the shark tooth earrings are REALLY great!

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  73. Nice work Ana! The shark shaped pearl earrings are a bold, yet feminine design. Really well done. All of the pieces are lovely but those are my favorite.

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  74. Just love that last necklace and thanks for the idea of using large and small chain to make the beads behave.

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  75. I LOVE the charm bracelet (just my style!) and the earrings are so creative! Well done on using all your soup! I hope you have fun on your blogging sabbatical, and I'm so sorry I was delayed.

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  76. Your designs came out so great! Love the charm bracelet and all the earrings! Great job. ♥

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