Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party blog hop! Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is our uber-awesome hostess. She paired the 200 participants and we exchanged beads with our partners. I was delighted to be paired with Karen Hess of Monday Musings. Here are the wonderful beads, pendant and clasp which she sent me.
The striped heart and polka-dot beads had such a playful nature that I decided to just have fun and make a completely whimsical necklace. I added a few more black and white beads of my own and here’s what I came up with!
At first, when I laid out the beads on my bead mat, I mixed all the black and white beads together, but it seemed too jumbled and busy that way. So in the spirit of whimsy, I put all the predominately white beads on one side and all the predominately black beads on the other side. I used white beading wire and some white coated chain that I had left over from another project.
I like the way the white disc bead echos the shape of the black ring on the other side, however that was not my original intent. I started out with two white glass discs and I intended to make a pair of earrings with them. I put a large black jump ring through one of the discs and hung it from gunmetal ear wires. It was very cool looking! However when I tried to thread the jump ring through the other disc, I found out that it had a somewhat smaller hole. I pushed just a bit too hard and….. Well you can see the results. :(
After I was done with the necklace, I still had some pretty silvery gray faux pearls left. A friend of mine had given me four 2-hole ovals of rose quartz. I thought they would combine prettily with the silver-gray pearls, for a nice spring and summer bracelet. The colors reminded me of the gray and pink pussy-willows that are in our yard. I added some silver spacers and bead caps that Karen had sent me too.
I still had the very cool carved wooden beads. These are definitely “my style” – woodsy and rustic. I had just recently received an order of orange handmade glass beads from Indonesia, which I was anxious to try out. They paired perfectly with the carved wood.
To celebrate the Bead Soup Blog Party, I will be giving these earrings away one week from today! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, to be entered in the drawing. I will determine the winner using an online random number generator. Maybe you’ll have the lucky number!
List of Participants
Here is a list of all the participants. Be sure to check both sides of the list, as people are listed in pairs. Have fun!
Hostess, Lori Anderson