Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bead Soup Reveal!

It is time for the 3rd reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party. Unfortunately we are slightly behind but its finally here and has made the reveal more exciting having had to wait a little longer! I can't wait to reveal what I have made so keep reading!

My partner is Natascha from Switzerland. Please visit her website here where you can she what she has made using the beads I sent to her and also visit her shop and see the wonderful gemstone jewellery she makes.

Natascha sent me a beautiful Sardonyx Pendant, Rhodochrosite,  Moonstone, Larimar, Fresh Water Pearls, a Sterling Silver clasp, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite and Sodalith.


And I sent Natascha a mixed bag of glass beads including pearls, squares, large seed beads, copper beads, a large copper focal bead and a spiral three strand copper clasp.


So now to my first piece using the Sterling Silver clasp, Sodalith beads, Rhodonite beads and the Sardonyx pendant. I also used copper wire I recycled from old electrical wires to make the large copper chain. I have used silver plated wire, silver plated chain, copper and silver plated bead caps and of course some glass pearls. I use these is so many of my pieces that I couldn't leave them out of this one!


I added two beads to the end of the extension chain at the back to keep the colour scheme when seen from the back. This was the first time I had tried to use a pendant like this and it was so beautiful I didnt want to cover it up with wire wrapping so I made a very simple wire bail.

The second piece I made was a bracelet. For this I decided I would use the same copper beads, copper focal bead and copper spiral clasp as the ones that I sent to Natascha because I loved them so much and I thought this would add another little challenge for me to try and work with the same findings.

I made a five stranded bracelet and tried to use some of every bead that Natascha had sent. I worked on the theme of a stacked bracelet that is so popular and trendy right now. I wanted each strand to be like a different bracelet but complimentary of each other. And I'm so happy with how it turned out I have only taken it off a few times since making it! I have come to call it my Morrocan Bracelet because of the colour scheme and I cant wait to were it through the summer!



Here is what I used to make up each strand:
Strand 1: Rhodonite and Champagne Coloured Glass Pearls.
Strand 2: Rose Quartz and Rhodochrosite.
Strand 3: Sodalith, A Large Copper Focal Bead, Silver Glass Pearls and Copper Findings.
Strand 4: Moonstone and Fresh Water Pearls.
Strand 5: Larimar and Copper Beads.


So I hope you have enjoyed looking through what I have made and I hope you will visit Natascha now and see what she has made. And thank you to Lori for all the work that has gone into organising this entire swap. I have really enjoyed working with new materials and challenging myself to make something different using someone else's choice in materials.

Click here to see all the people taking part in the swap and see what they have made! Or if you would rather just have a look at the finished pieces from all 541 participants over the three reveals you can find them on Pinterest.

59 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Siobhan! Love both your bracelet and that gorgeous pendant necklace...nice work!

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  2. Let me be the first one who says that your Maroccan Bracelet is fantastic!And your necklace is lovely too. Great stuff!

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  3. Love how you tried to use every bead in the bracelet. It looks like a keeper to me. Great necklace also.

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  4. Just checking the Captcha for you! :-)

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  5. Great group of pieces, you really made the most of your ingredients. I think I like the bracelet the most. Love the clasp that you made and the look of multiples with a single.
    BTW, my maiden name is McKeough so I think we might be related about a 1000 years back or so;-)

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    1. Haha is a possibility! Thank you for the comment!

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  6. Very chic style! Great work using those lovely beads!

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  7. You have a chic style! Well done! -julie

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  8. Lovely designs ,my favorite the 5 strand bracelet.

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  9. You had fun and it shows! I Love the bracelet and the stacked look of it! Wonderful job!

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  10. Both your pieces are lovely - the clasp really sets off the 5-strand bracelet.

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  11. Beautiful, great colors, great designs.

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  12. Lovin' both pieces but I think my favorite is the necklace with all its detail. Love that double look.

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  13. Very lovely, the long necklace is my favorite. The Sodalith really helps the Sardonyx Pendant pop.

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  14. Such lovely designs :-) My fave is the multi strand bracelet :-)

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  15. Such a lovely bracelet, but my favorite is absolutely the necklace! I love how you echoed the colors of the pendant in the upper part of the necklace and those jump rings add a very interesting touch to the whole design. Well done!

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  16. Love your necklace and bracelet! Very pretty colors!

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  17. I love both of your pieces and can't decide which one I like better. The stacked bracelet is so trendy and the necklace is just stunning.

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  18. Two gorgeous designs and I can't chose one favourite, I love them both. Have a great weekend. Ana

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  19. Really LOVELY pieces, that copper clasp is beautiful!! Such a creative & FABULOUS soup my friend!!! :)))

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  20. Very pretty, all of them. You did a fabulous job with the beads.

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  21. You did a fabulous job with the beads. I love them all.

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  22. Oh, that necklace is absolutely stunning - a real keeper, and I know you're going to enjoy wearing your Moroccan bracelet for a long time to come! With all those great colors pulled together with such flair, your bracelet will enhance any outfit! Great work!

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  23. My favourite is the necklace, love the layering and mixed metals in it.

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  24. Both great pieces. I specially like the bracelet, it is beautiful and unusual.

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  25. Love,love,love the large pendant necklace! the two strands compliment each other sooooo well. It will be on my faves list that will be published later today.
    kathy

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    1. Oh thank you I will keep an eye out for it!

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  26. I love how you mixed the pendant with the large chain. It really works well. The bracelet is very pretty too!

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  27. Thank you all for the lovely comments!

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  28. I love how you mixd different stones together, you made some lovely pieces

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  29. Wow! Lucky girl to get all that larimar. I would be in heaven.

    I just love both designs especially the bracelet. I also wouldn't be taking it off this summer.

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  30. I love the bracelet set!
    ciao dall' Italia

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  31. great multi-strand bracelet!SUPER!

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  32. The five strand bracelet is the coolest! Love the necklace design as well. Great job!

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  33. Great work! I prefer the multi-strand bracelet! Hugs, Doris

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  34. Very nice jewellery! The bracelet is pretty, but my favourite is the necklace. It's very elegant and with a lovely colour combo. Great job!

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  35. The necklace is stunning! I love everything about it....colour, composition and style!

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  36. very useful post and great fully used beads and very impressive jewellery
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post

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  37. Great job on your soup. The necklace is beautifully proportioned and balanced. I always find it difficult to get the proportions right. Especially appreciate how your document your design process - from the concept to materials used.

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  38. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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  39. I love your necklace, the 2 strands together look beautiful!

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  40. Beautiful work! You had a really nice bead soup to work from & you did a great job blending it together!

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  41. Really Soup-er! Such beautiful pieces!

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  42. Gorgeous...I'm really loving that stacked bracelet!

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  43. Your stone pendant necklace is just gorgeous. All your pieces are really nice. Great job with your soup!

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  44. Great job using your soup all of your jewelry is beautiful.

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  45. very beautiful necklace/Jewellery please mention the prices and keep on working!!

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  46. Both of your designs are so very elegant and beautiful. I like the layer look of your necklace very much. Likewise, your stacked bracelet is great. I like that each strand looks like it's own bracelet design. In reality, it's like you designed five bracelets and not just one! Awesome. :)

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  47. Lovely pieces! I love your 5 strand bracelet!!

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  48. Very nice jewellery! The bracelet is pretty, but my Favourite is the necklace. It's very elegant and with a lovely color combo. Great job.


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  49. Beautiful, Siobhan! Love both your bracelet and that gorgeous pendant necklace...nice work!


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