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Welcome to my reveal for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party. To continue the bead sharing, I’m giving away a set of handmade beads (keep reading to the bottom of this post for details). Here is the lovely bead soup sent to me sent to me by my partner Wendy Chamberlain.
My first thoughts when I saw the delicious mix of purple beads and silver caps was “Earrings!” (I LOVE making earrings.)
But I cried, “The point of the blog party is to use the focal and the clasp…”
“But look, the beads are all in pairs. Earrings!”
It was obvious to me that the pretty clasp and the pendant belonged together in the same necklace, so I decided to make some polymer clay beads inspired by the embroidery on the pendant. That way I could make the necklace and still have the mixed beads to play with for earrings. 🙂
I also used some green dyed lava cube beads that matched the colour of the leaves on the pendant and some silver seed beads.
I love the texture that the crochet beads give.
And then I made some earrings… 16 pairs in fact!
Thank you Wendy for the wonderful beads, and thank you Lori for all your hard work organising the party. Now have a look at what all the other participants have made, I know I will.
* EDIT – Giveaway is now closed. *
Luckily I was able to stop making earring before I used all the polymer clay beads I had made, so I am giving away a set of 8 ‘Embroidered Pearl’ beads. Just let me know in the comments that you would like to be included in the draw (join in even if you are international). I’ll announce the winner by 1st June 2014.
Shaiha (@Shaiha_) said:
I envy your ease with making earrings. I sit down to make them and my mind goes blank. I love how you made a great necklace and still appeased your muse by letting her play with earrings. I would love to be entered into the drawing.
Cate I love what you have made, the colours all look so wonderful together. I made the crochet beads many years ago and found them in my stash when I was putting the ingredients together. Thought they would be a perfect match for the pendant. Yes please I would love to be included in the draw for the ’embroidered’ beads, wonderful how you have replicated the flowers in the pendant.
Hi Cate! Your polymer clay beads are awesome/ like always:)/ and you coordinate them with focal perfectly. And this collection of earrings! I’m delighted!
Claire Malton said:
Wow – I’m impressed that you’ve made some much jewlery out of your soup mix! And they are all fab pieces!
Kym Hunter said:
Love your soup and all of the wonderful earrings!
Helen Rogan said:
Great job! You are so talented and generous in sharing the journeys you take while creating. I love the colors intge final piece.
What a beautiful, romantic necklace! I love that somebody else makes something big and then feels compelled to turn everything else into earrings, too 🙂
I’d love to be included in the draw, please!
Wow! That necklace is awesome! It feels like spring, I can almost smell the lilacs! I really like all those earrings too. And yes, I sure would love to be included in the draw for those beads. they are beautiful.
I love that you added even more texture with the lava. Everything looks like it goes together so well even though the individual components are so individual. I’d love to enter the drawing too. Thanks.
You made such a beautiful necklace! The variety of earrings styles is great. I especially love the ones with fibers. Yes, I would love a chance to win your beautiful embroidered pearl beads. Thank you!
Wow… I thought I made a lot of Earrings…. Amazing!! That pendant is lovely!!
Becky Pancake said:
Cate you were a busy girl. 16 pair of earrings is a lot. Your necklace is gorgeous. The polymer clay beads that you made are fabulous. Please include me in your drawing. Thanx for the chance to win them.
Such lovely work well done!
I would love to have those beads they are beautiful! You made so much out of your soup!
Klaudete Koon said:
Wow, what a great way to tie in the focal, great piece! Whoever wins those beads will be lucky, they’re gorgeous.
Karen Mitchell said:
I love making earrings too! I think your necklace is gorgeous (my favourite colour) and I’m putting my hand up for the polymer clay beads too. My BSBP sent me some polymer clay beads and I loved using them. I just wish I had the knack to make my own.
I had to laugh Cate. At the start of your post I was thinking, me too, start with earrings, that’s what I did. After enjoying the beautiful softness of your necklace I had to giggle at your idea of some earrings being 16 pairs!! My goodness. Their all delightful too. I would love to be included in your giveaway too, thank you!
Sherri Hartman Stokey said:
Beautiful! I love the necklace! And I’d love to be included in the drawing!
Patricia Kendall said:
I marvel at the embroidered pendant and the crochet beads-so unusual. I really like the matching green lava cubes and your handmade embroidered pearls (which are so perfect in many ways). Each pair of earrings-so different. Everything…so lovely!
Of course, I would love to win a set of your handmade embroidered beads. Thank you for the chance.
I love your polymer beads and how they compliment the focal! And using lava beads with those other more delicate ones, clever! Such a bunch of lovely earrings too!
Wow! You made so many beautiful things with your soup. I’d love to win those beads.
Rozantia Petkova said:
I love the different textures, shapes and colors of the necklace. Sixteen pairs of earrings and all different – this is some achievement. Your embroidered clay beads are stunning. I got lucky quite recently and won one of your giveaways, so I really hope someone else drew the lucky ticket this time but I can’t help entering for these gorgeous embroidered clay beads!
Souper soup! Cool that you made so many things from it!
Tammy Adams said:
Great work. I too am a sucker for earrings. The necklace is beautiful. I love that you used polymer clay to make just the right beads for the pendant.
That’s a gorgeous necklace I love all the different textures. The earrings, WOW!
Please include me in the giveaway. Those beads look yummy.
Oh, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rose Rushbrooke said:
Ha! All those earrings – you had fun, it’s obvious. And personally, I love the soft and wearable colours of the necklace.
You were a busy lady!!! I love the first set, it really sings! and all those earrings…I love making them too, but never know what to do with them…..would love to win the beads…can see some earrings or maybe a bracelet!!! Thanks for joining and posting!
Kumi Fisher said:
So many beautiful earrings that would go well with the beautiful necklace you made! You were one busy lady!
Isn’t it astonishing that such a mix of materials can work so good together? In the hands of the right maker, of course! 😀
The focal on your necklace is really beautiful, I love what you did with it. All the earrings are awesome too 🙂
Beautiful necklace, Cate! I really like how you combined the materials and made polymer clay beads to go perfectly with the focal. 16 pair of earrings!!! You were really busy!!! Well done!
Kelly Hosford Patterson said:
That embroidered focal you got is just gorgeous! and the polymer clay beads you made go perfectly with it. I’d love to get my hands on the set of those. Lots of fun earrings too. I especially like the pair with fibery tails. Very bohemian.
jessica chan said:
cool beads! thanks for giving some away =)
Jeanne Steck - Gems By Jeanne Marie said:
Wow! You’re necklace is stunning! Such a great mix of color and textures. I’d wear that on a summer day with my white jeans and tank top – See I have the outfit all picked out. The earrings are great too!
Of course I’d love to win your polymer beads. They are beautiful!
Ana Cravidao (aka ACBeads) said:
I love the necklace you’ve designed. The embroidered pendant is marvellous and you’ve made and chosen the perfect beads to complement it. I would love to win some of your beautiful beads.
Jean A. Wells said:
That pendant is so beautiful. What a lovely handmade item. And, I love your use of it and the clasp. As for earrings, you really do like to make earrings don’t you? They are lovely. As for the beads, silly you! Of course, I would love to win them.
Monique U said:
Luscious beads and perfectly executed design, Cate 🙂 Please throw my name in for your giveaway… those beads are beautiful!
HaHa you made 16 pairs of earrings. I made… zero. I think I’m “earring’d out”,,, for a while 😉
Carol Briody said:
This color combo is my favorite! It makes me think of fragrant Lilac trees and happy Pansy faces…all good signs of harsh winter finally being gone! You made a great team with this pairing of goodies and artisanship!
I was waiting eagerly to see this piece with that wonderful focal of yours, and I am more than satisfied ^_^ I love the three materials and colors together, they are so cool!!! And how many lovely earrings!!!!!!!!!!!
Dana Hickey said:
Yay!! and look at all those gorgeous earrings!!
Seriously though, the necklace is gorgeous too, I love the beads you added to it. It’s all so very sweet and feminine.
The beads you made are wonderful and I would be honored to be included in a draw for them, if you would include me please 🙂
Very beautiful necklace, love how the colours and materials get together. It looks like spring. And so many earrings, great.
Holy earrings Batman, you definitely went all out with the earring creating!! Every single pair you created is just stunning 🙂 And that necklace! The colors are something I tend to not wear but the colors combined with the placement of the beads and the different textures is stunning. Fantastic work 🙂
And I would love to be included in the giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity 🙂
Linda A said:
WOW! What an incredible challenge! I like the beads you made and love how all the colors blend so cohesively. I also like how you added the lava beads – I’ve seen them off and on and have never seen them used. =) Gorgeous! AND I’d love to be in the drawing =)
That is one stunning necklace so delicate and romantic and then 16 pairs of earrings, wow you did a great job with your soup. I would love to be in the giveaway if I’m not to late.
Terry Jeanette Carter said:
wow, I have a lot to say about this reveal. first off LOVE the color…purple! I sent purple to my partner, and she sent purple to me…funny. I LOVE the beads you made. Not sure the giveaway is over, but I would love to win those!!!! ok, now those beads that look like sponges! I LOVE them! The crochet beads and and stitched pendant are cool. I might have to try to figure out how to make those crochet beads. You did a great job putting that necklace together, I love the color combination. And all those earrings…WOW…ok, I be quiet now…you did a great job!!!
Ginger Davis Allman said:
Don’t you love how polymer artists are able to make any beads we want? You would never have found the right mix otherwise. What a perfect pairing. And you crack me up about the earrings. That’s all I ever see, too.
You received an awesome soup. I love, love, love the colors and how you put them together. That necklace is so beautiful and dainty yet bold. Wonderful job!
Nan Smith said:
Love the necklace! Those pc beads are perfect and those cubes of green lava rock add a nice “edge” to the necklace. Your earrings are great. I can’t believe you made 16 pairs! Please enter me for the giveaway. I’d love to have some of those floral beads.
Pam Traub/Klassy Joolz said:
Such beauties…please include me in your wonderful giveaway!
Pam Traub/Klassy Joolz said:
Such beauties…please include me in your wonderful giveaway!
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The necklace is beautiful! And 16 pairs of earrings…that is awesome!
You really do have a thing for earrings don’t you? And, they’re all so great! You did an exceptional job with your soup.
Beth Petricoin said:
Wow! I love everything you made! And you’ve inspired me with your earrings, (which I almost never make, I’m usually a necklace gal…) Lovely, everything, just lovely! 🙂
Holy cow! You sure made good use of your soup with all of the lovely earrings! I love the colour combination in the necklace, too!
Hapiness, Everywhere said:
16 pairs of earrings is impressive!! 🙂 I’m actually organising a mass bead soup where all the crafters get the same set of beads 🙂 i think it ll be really cool too see what 10s or even 100s of people make with the same beads! planning to send out the beads 2 aug with designs revealed end aug. Would be cool if u d like to take part (details on https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/bead-soup/) 🙂
Bev B said:
WOW, what a nice bunch of beads you received! Love the purples and how you put them in your pieces. You used the most of your soup by creating all those pieces – Great job!