Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup: The Big Reveal

The day has finally arrived to reveal what I have made with the beautiful beads I was sent by Ana of Acbeads. I found myself struggling a little bit at first as there was such a variety of beads that I honestly didn't know where I was going to start but finally I decided to break up the beads into different sections and ended up making four different pieces. 

As a reminder of what Ana sent to me click here to see all of the photos. And click here to see the soup that I sent to Ana.

So my first piece is a pair of earrings. I made these using the Irish Linen Cord and Labradorite Chips. I love the simplicity of them. I didn't want to loose the beauty of the Linen Cord or the Labradorite. 


My Second piece is a bracelet made using the large glass bead, blue mother of pearl discs and blue wooden beads along with the clasp from Ana's packet. I used my own seed beads and freshwater pearls along with some rose quartz that I still had from last years packet form the Bead Soup Swap. (I knew I would find something special to use the last few in eventually.) I love that this bracelet is so neutral coloured with just a pop of strong blue.


My third piece is another bracelet. I made this piece using the Labradorite Chips, Shell and clasp from Ana's packet. (If you haven't noticed I'm a little bit in love with the Labradorite now). I finished off this bracelet by just adding some seed beads that I already had in my stash. The colour is perfect with the Labradorite I think. This is my favourite of the 2 bracelets. 


My fourth and final piece is a necklace. I started by using the beautiful Focal pieces that Ana sent along with (again) the Labradorite Chips on the beautiful blue Linen Cord. I added a small copper bead on either end to tie in the copper chain and clasp from my own stash. I knew as soon as I seen these focal pieces that I would be using them with copper somehow. It is my favourite metal and I knew the colours would all suit each other. I would never normally use cord and chain like this but I'm so happy I tried it out. I think the Linen Cord is soft next to the beautiful clay beads before the harsh metal. 


I think the necklace is by far my favourite of all four pieces I have made and I cant wait to wear it over the summer. Its a nice new piece to add to my collection. 



So that's all the pieces that I have made. Please click here to see what Ana has made using the beads I sent to her. Also click here to see the list of all the participants of the Bead Soup Blog Party. I can't wait to get around all the blogs and see what everyone has made. 

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment below.

If you want to win the earrings above then click here to enter. 

96 comments:

  1. I like your use of the linen cord and labradorite as earrings. I can see these pieces being worn with a white linen shirt. Lovely stuff :-)

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  2. Siobhán, I know you have struggled a bit to work with the bead soup I sent, but you have made great use of it. Four pieces that's a lot. I love the bracelet with the labradorite and shell chips and I love the necklace too - it's a good thing that you found that the labradorite was a good connector for the handmade beads, I wouldn't have thought about it.
    Have a great day and good hoping!
    Ana

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    1. As soon as I started I just didnt stop and then there where 4 pieces and im really hapy with them all. The soup was great I had so many ideas I just didnt know where I was going to start. Thank you for sending such amazing beads Ana.

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  3. Nice work! Beautiful combination of different materials in your chain-and-ribbon necklace.

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  4. That is a gorgeous focal! and I love Labradorite! Beautiful work from a gorgeous soup!!

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  5. Beautiful reveal. I like the simplicity of the first earrings as well and I love the "chip" bracelet. The earrings would look great with the bracelet and the last necklace. Great job! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Jean

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  6. Those are all so beautiful :) I'm really taken with the simplicity of the cord and labradorite earrings, though.

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  7. Labradorite is one of my favorite gemstones and I paritcularly love the earrings! Love the subtle color palate, you did a very nice job.

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  8. I like what you did with all of the Labradorite chips! The necklace was put together nicely too!

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  9. gorgeous designs that focus on the beauty of the the components of your soup. Love the linen labradorite earrings

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  10. You used your soup perfectly! LOVE all your creations :)

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  11. I loved the colors of the bead soup and your desings are so lovely. The bracelets are my favourites but all pieces are gorgeous.

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  12. Love the colors of this soup and your designs are so lovely. The two bracelets are my favourites but all pieces are gorgeous.

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  13. The bracelet with the pop of blue is my fav! Of course blue is one of my fav colours!

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  14. Love the bracelet with labradorite! Very pretty pieces!

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  15. I love the four pieces you designed with the beautiful soup you got, they're all so elegant!

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  16. I love all your pieces, especially the labrodite bracelet. I love how you tied the cord to the chain too.

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  17. I really like your necklace too. The color combination is nice, and I like that heart clasp. I am sure you will get many compliments when you wear it this summer.

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  18. I'm in love with labradorite, too, and I love the organic feel of that first pair of earrings. Re: the bracelet, there's something about all those gemstones together that feels magical.

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  19. Great designs! I especially love the 2nd bracelet.

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  20. Beautiful designs. I love the use of labradorite in your designs. I love your last necklace as well! xo Genea

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  21. I love labradorite too, that occasional flash of colour it has is amazing. I really love the last necklace too.

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  22. All your pieces are great, but I adore the Labradorite earrings and bracelet. I may have to get some Labradorite chips for my stash now. Great work!

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  23. You put together a great group of pieces from your soup. I laughed a bit when you said you were starting to get hooked on labradorite since I have been addicted for years. Welcome to the club.

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  24. That necklace will indeed be fabulous to wear this summer. Enjoy!

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  25. I really like the clay beads and how you used them with the linen and chain, I can see that being a very popular piece to wear. All lovely items.

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  26. My favorite is your third piece, but everything is lovely!

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  27. awesome creations!!!! Really especially like the necklace!

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  28. Very pretty designs! Love the colors and textures you combined. :)

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  29. Such wonderful pieces. I really love how you've mixed the cord and the chain in your necklace. Very different and gorgeous.

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  30. I really like the bracelets. Great job!

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  31. I love the shell with the labradorite in the second bracelet - it looks so creamy and delicious :)

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  32. All you pieces are lovely, especially like the labradorite bracelet. It is very wearable looking.

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  33. Grey and labradorite are my favorites ever, so I am really liking what I see here! Especially the last piece, it is so well balanced and beautiful

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  34. While I can't choose a favorite, I certainly like the use of the linen thread as a bridge from the clay beads to the chain. Beautiful pieces!

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  35. How funny I just bought my first piece of labradorite this past weekend :) Love the necklace, gorgeous work on all!

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  36. A wonderful soup and the creations you made from them are just lovely!
    Thank you for visiting my party post!

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  37. wow! Your creations are spectacular and very distinctive. You have great style and verve! I think your designs show fearlessness and at the same time are extremely successful and wearable--how wonderful! jean

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  38. The first bracelet made with the large glass bead, blue mother of pearl discs and blue wooden beads is something I would love to wear. Very simple and elegant.
    Rose

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  39. Great designs. You may a delicious meal with your soup ingredients. I especially love those linen and labradorite earrings. Beautiful.

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  40. Great work! I am especially loving the Labradorite and silver mix design:)

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  41. I love the organic feel of your jewelry. Great job.

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  42. The necklace is absolutely beautiful! Great work!!!

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  43. Those bracelets are lovely. I like the use of the waxed linen in the earrings and your necklace- something different and fresh :) Christie

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  44. Labradorite is one of my favorites too, you did a wonderful job with your soup!

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  45. Stunning pieces!!!!! I love what you did with the labradorite chips for the earrings. The necklace is fabooooooooo!!!!!!! Well done

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  46. Multistrand bracelet is stuning, and the labradorite always rocks!

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  47. Very beautiful design! I love the labradorite earrings and bracelet.

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  48. Wow... you keep the best for last! I already amazed with your first earrings.. its simplicity is awesome. Then more and more awed when I scroll down reading... until the final piece which I consider as the best! Oh wow! with eyes open wide.. that was the only I could do... I was speechless.

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  49. Your necklace is very lovely, but my favorite is the first bracelet. It is delicate and charming. I love the blue.

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  50. It's all simple but so elegant!
    I love all your pieces!

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  51. Beautiful pieces, they all work together as an ensemble! Isn't labradorite a beautiful stone, and the pendant set is beautifully accented by the cord.

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  52. All are beautiful...and you made them different and unique by putting together the irregular format of the beads

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  53. Great designs. I especially like the ceramic beads necklace!

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  54. Very pretty pieces, I like how you combine different materials. The last necklace is my favorite, too!
    Alenka

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  55. All your pieces are so unique! The labordite bracelet is my favorite! Kudos on a well served bead soup!

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  56. I love rusticness (is that a word lol?) of your pieces. Nice job!

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  57. Your style is so different from mine, yet really really beautiful! I always think things have to by 'complicated' but I think your approach really lets the beauty of the beads shine through!

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  58. I love your bracelet design as well. Thanks for visiting me. No pierced ears. Wow. I became a jewelry designer because I could never have enough earrings. Lol

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  59. Really love these bracelets! Beautifully done.

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  60. Great pieces! Love the 2nd bracelet the most

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  61. Love your pretty designs... very ♥elegant and beautiful to combine. They have a bit of a "cool Nordic touch" I love that!

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  62. Beautiful I'm honestly having a hard time picking a favorite... Wonderful work!

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  63. Hi Siobhan, such wonderful, peaceful pieces...they feel like soft rain on pavement. I think my fave is the second bracelet with the labradorite and shell, but I love them all.

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  64. Ethereal and lovely collection you created! My favorite is the multistrand bracelet with lampwork -- stunning! Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

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  65. Beautiful pieces. I am a big fan of labradorite. I really like the single strand bracelet!

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  66. I love the second bracelet: so simple but so nice. Great soup :-)

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  67. Love the first pair of earrings and the last necklace, but all the pieces are very lovely and wearable.

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  68. Love it all.... Labradorite - ahhhhh.... he earrings are.perfect for.the second bracelet and.the necklace. You have a great start to a new summer jewelry wardrobe. Enjoy!

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  69. I like your work, but my favorite is the large white glass bead with the blue mother of pearl beads... that is something that I would wear all the time! nice to visit your blog, think it's wonderful that you are giving away the earrings!

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  70. Beautiful work - I think the necklace is my favorite, too! :)

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  71. You created such lovely pieces - the labradorite bracelet is especially nice, and I really love that necklace of yours - well done!

    p.s. thanks for the very kind comments on my blog, Intuitive Sparks!

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  72. Very pretty labradorite! I love the simplicity of the first pair of earrings & your necklace is gorgeous :)

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  73. Very pretty piece and my fav is the necklace. I like that you added the gems to the ceramic - I've struggled with ceramic beads and now have a way to look at them differently. =)

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  74. Your work is stunning. I love the last necklace. It's a powerful piece.

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  75. i love your designs. I especially like the last one. Very powerful pieces.

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  76. nice neutral colored pieces that with go with a lot of outfits

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  77. Laboradite is one of my favorite gemstones too. Isn't it beautiful. With that in mind, I have to say that those simple earrings are probably my favorite. They really let the stone have center stage. Of course, all of your pieces are quite nice also.

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  78. You did a great job with your soup.

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  79. Nice job on all the pieces from your soup, but I've recently fallen in love with laboradite too, so that bracelet is my favorite!

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  80. Labradorite is a wonderful and versatile gemstone as you have proven by the gorgeous designs that you made with the soup that was sent to you. Very creative and beautiful! Love, love the earrings, and thank you for offering a tutorial for them! Awesome! Gina H

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  81. Siobhán, as always, your designs are elegant with a little edge :) You have really brought out the beauty of your components!

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  82. Beautiful work, Siobhan. Labradorite is one of my faves and you did wonderful things with it and all the rest of your bead soup.

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  83. Such pretty things! Really nice necklace and focal!

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  84. I think all your pieces are lovely, but I agree the necklace is my favourite too! Beautiful work :-)

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  85. like the quiet elegance of your color choices. Just beautiful pieces.

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  86. LOVE your bracelets! Nice work. And the simplicity of your earrings is so appealing.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. =)

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  87. Lots of fun. All of your pieces. I love that the linen cord was part of your soup. The necklace is especially nice.

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  88. That linen cord really adds such an artistic touch, beautiful work, love all your pieces!

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  89. You did a great job with your soup

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  90. Nice creations. I really like the bracelet with the Labradorite and shell. Very pretty.

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  91. I love the muted colours of your designs, it's such a hard look to pull off well. Labradorite is one of my favourite stones though so maybe I'm a little biased. Great work!

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  92. Gorgeous soup and you did amazing things with it! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping...don't want to miss a thing!

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