The winner of the “embroidered pearl” polymer clay beads from my Bead Soup Blog Party post is Becky Pancake. Congratulations!
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!
* 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.
Unfortunately the reveal date for the Bead Soup Blog Party has been postponed by a week, so you will need to check back on the 10th May 2014. As well as showing you what I have made with the beautiful bead soup I received there will be a set of beads up for grabs. So for now, here is a hint of what I made…
See you then 😉
The bead soup I sent has been received by my partner Wendy Chamberlain, so here are some clearer photographs 🙂
I had intended to put together a soup starting with a chunky toggle similar to the one I made for the Art Bead Scene challenge back in August 2013, but after seeing Wendy’s work I kept thinking about this polymer clay pendant I made a while back. It has a funky back too…
I already had the co-ordinating purple pearls, teal crystals and green lucite flowers. All I had to do was find a dainty clasp.
Remember the blog hop is 3rd May 2014, so come back then to see what everyone makes with their delicous bead soups.
But what’s inside?
Yummy! I have noticed that my camera does peculiar things with the colour purple so the various shades of the beady allsorts don’t show up well in the photo. I’m really excited to have a selection of bead caps and charms to play with. 🙂
Here’s a close up of the elegant embroidered focal pendant. I love the flower toggle, it’s so pretty. The crochet beads are amazing, I wonder how they are made!
I was lucky enough to catch the one day sign up for this year’s Bead Soup Blog Party. (I decided to skip last year since it was too close to baby’s due date.)
I got my partner a few days ago, but I’ve been having trouble with the internet so I haven’t attempted a blog entry before now. My partner is Wendy Chamberlain who amazingly is also an ex South African now living in England. She is a textile artist making the most engaging miniature teddy bears with wonderful details of beading and embroidery.
So remember at the start of the year I said I wanted to “think bigger”? Well, in addition to making my sister’s wedding dress, I have become a little bit obsessed with making dolls clothes. Purely for my daughter of course… I don’t find myself thinking “I can’t give her that to PLAY with, she’ll ruin it!”… or “Perhaps I need ANOTHER doll for me so I can make clothes while she’s playing/sleeping”… certainly not! But the question is, now that I have seen Wendy’s delicate, detailed work should I continue with my initial chunky bead soup plan, or rethink something along the lines of miniature flower garden? I know one purpose of the blog party is to have a nudge out of our comfort zone… but I don’t want to cross the line into DIScomfort.
Because the babies don’t leave me much time to clay, I have been working on “quick win” projects like earrings, and completing some of my UFOs (unfinished objects). A while back, I experimented with diy expanding foam as a core for polymer clay. At the time I decided to wait and see if there would be a reaction between the polymer clay and the polyurethane foam – that was now nearly two years ago (:o) and so far all is well.
I call the focal bead “Space Rock Creature”. I used a mix of glass beads, crystals and pearls (faux) to string it, and I found a home for some of the beautiful stone oval beads sent to me in the Bead Soup blog party back in 2012.
Welcome to my reveal for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. This is the second of three helpings of beady loveliness. My partner Dorota Żerańska sent me a super generous selection of wonderful beads. Here is an overview photo, for more details see my earlier post.
The first beads I unwrapped were the large white ones (I think they are coral) and they reminded me of a shell focal that has been waiting in my todo box for years. I knew I wanted an all white necklace and it was to be called “Mermaid’s Purse”. I was intending to make faux shells and coral from polymer clay, but then I unwrapped actual shell beads, and white stone disks. If that wasn’t enough confirmation the final bead I unwrapped was the mermaid herself!
Now that the mermaid had her bling (and a matching pair of earrings) it was time for me to consider where she herself would be at home. I noticed that the stone chips had beautiful flashes of blue which matched some blue ribbon yarn I had. I used some tiny red seed beads that matched the mermaid’s colour to make some branched dangles and created “Mermaid’s Rock-pool”.
I then noticed a tiny bunch of grapes on the toggle Dorota had sent and realised that the colour of the pearls reminded me of the velvety shimmer you get on black grapes. I used one of my polymer clay focal beads which had a vine-like filigree pattern and made a multi-stranded choker and a pair of earrings.
I also made two bracelets.
And a third pair of earrings. Dorota even sent me ear-wires!
I still have many wonderful beads I haven’t managed to use yet (including two focals) so I’ll be busy until the next Bead Soup Party! Have a look at all the other participants (scroll down to Reveal #2) especially my partner, Dorota who does amazing things with seed beads. Thank you Lori for sharing this event with so many of us. 🙂
To celebrate this party I’m offering a 20% discount in my Zibbet shop until the next reveal date (25th August 2012). Enter coupon code BSBP6.
Also there may be a free surprise gift available if you are willing to pay it forward.