Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bead Soup Reveal - It's Here!

This is my second year participating in the BSBP and I really love this experience.  My partner this time was Gloria Allen and she sent me this awesome mix of beads:

First up I used the silver swirls and clasp that Gloria handmade together with the pretty blue glass rondelles to make a bracelet.


Next I used the pink beads together with a cute robin's egg blue vintage style bead I had in my stash.  Gloria has inspired me to make my own clasps too, this is one of them.


There were so many great beads in my soup, here are the earrings I made 

these gorgeous handmade glass beads were made by Two Sisters Designs.  






I swirled and wrapped more wire, this time in enameled silver.








Last up is the focal bead also designed by Two Sisters.  I wanted to make something really special to showcase this beauty.  

I used copper wire to create a swirl component to hang it from.  I hammered the swirl to harden and strengthen it (this is one heavy bead!).

I wire wrapped tiny peanut glass beads to the wire swirl.  Swarovski crystals sparkle and dangle from under the focal bead.  


I used Liver of Sulfer to darken the wire.

Some of the pretty pink glass beads Gloria sent are knotted in waxed linen to create the rest of the necklace.


Yep, I made another clasp...this time copper wire was formed and antiqued.  I love how this one came out.

I still have so much soup left and lots of great ideas.  Thank you Lori for such a great party and thank you Gloria for so many wonderful beads and components!

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below and then go see what Gloria made with the soup I sent her:  Gloria Allen Designs

Thanks!




86 comments:

  1. How clever and original the way you used your focal! Love it!

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  2. Gorgeous soup! I'm smitten with the lampwork earrings :-)

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    1. I know, aren't those beads just gorgeous!

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  3. Very pretty soup, my dear. I like the way your swirl component focuses on the focal bead. And the second bracelet is so charming, too!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments and compliments!

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  4. Those are all beautiful - I love the use of space on the main piece!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I didn't mention this but I started with a much denser look to the top part of the necklace. Luckily I have good friends who helped me see that it needed a much lighter feel to it!

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  5. Very fun soup! I love how each piece has a feeling of water with the twists and curls of wire.Great jobM

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    1. Thanks Emma, the lampwork beads actually look like there is water "trapped" inside of them so I guess that's fitting!

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  6. You're right, that focal is a beauty! Well showcased ;)

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  7. Awesome, Love ALL of the Jewelry. Huggs to you P.

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    1. Thanks Gloria, it has been so much fun and I have lots more to make with your soup. I really wanted to do something great with those vintage chocolate pearls...and I will!

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  8. very pretty- love how delicate the focal necklace is despite it being a heavy bead!

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    1. Thank you Charis, it was a balance I really wanted to create.

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  9. Great jewelry! Love how you set up that beautiful focal bead.
    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.
    http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I'll be on the lookout for your reveal!

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  10. You have such a delicate touch~ you have showcased those lampwork beads perfectly and I adore the feminine feel of each piece.

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  11. beautiful designs !! the earrings with your wire work are my favorite. Isn't it fun to make your own clasps !!

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    1. OMG Carolyn I loved it...many more to come!!

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  12. I admire your work with wire! congratulations!

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  13. The pink and blue is very striking together, I do not think this would have occured to me. Amazing soup !

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    1. Thanks Audrey, it just looked so right!

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  14. Stunning! The earrings and focal are my favorites.

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    1. Thanks Mandi, I had great beads to work with!

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  15. Gorgeous!! I love your wire work around the focal bead - very creative! The earrings are stunning. Beautiful bead soup.

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    1. Thanks, I really enjoyed working with the wire.

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  16. Every single piece is amazing. I love the earrings and the focal on the very long necklace rocks. cograts on a beautiful soup.

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    1. Thanks, I am not normally a necklace wearer but I do like the longer ones best!

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  17. I'm so impressed that you challenged yourself to make those clasps - they add so much to your designs. And I totally love your long necklace - beautiful wireworking.

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    1. I love how the BSBP inspires me to try new techniques, thanks!

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  18. All your pieces are gorgeous but that necklace is truly stunning! I love how you took that lovely bead and made it into a statement piece! I really wish I could work with wire like that...One day ^.^

    Actually you've inspired me to try my hand at making my own clasps!

    Fantastic job on your soup :)

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    1. YAY Kayla, you really need to do it...and I want to see the results too!

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  19. What a fabulous soup! And I love your designs -they are so beautiful!

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  20. I love the violet bracelet and the design of the earrings.
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, what a fun :)
    ciao dall'Italia

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    1. Thanks Jo, I look forward to seeing what you make!

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  21. Clean, elegant, and wearable. Great job making your clasps.

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  22. Very elegant and fun pieces! Nice job with the wire work as well. :)

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    1. Thanks Jen, I am really loving wire lately!

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  23. Lovely pieces :-) the first one is my favourite!

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    1. I have to give most of the credit to Gloria on the first one. I put it together but she did all the wire work...thanks!

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  24. Inventive use of your soup! Love that looooong necklace!

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    1. Thanks Beti, I can' decide if I want to sell it or wear it.

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  25. Love everything, but especially those earrings and the focal necklace. I'm short so it would be a knee-tickler...could be a whole new look! :-)

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    1. LOL Lori, a new look...knee tickler jewelry!

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  26. bracelets are my thing and these are so nice.

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  27. Some really tough colors in your soup. Fantastic job...I especially like the long necklace!

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  28. I love the necklace with the focal, such a fun length! You did a great job highlighting that sensational bead.

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  29. Not the easiest colours, you did charming pieces!

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  30. What a great use of colours, I love♥ the pendant/focal:-)

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  31. Cory, WOW!!! Amazing work! I love the clasps you got AND that you made!!! Those beads were all wonderful! You had a very nice soup! Love what you made from it! =)

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    1. Thank you so much, it was lots of fun!

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  32. I just love them all, but the pink with teal is my favorite!! Great job!! ~KM 1st reveal - http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33013.html

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  33. Wow - what a great way to showcase that bead! Your wire work on the earrings are fantastic! Fantastic pieces from the soup goodies you got!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, what a nice compliment!

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  34. Beautiful work. Love that long necklace. That soup looks scrumptuous. Can't wait to see what you do with those mother of pearl thingys toward the back of the picture. They're fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Jean, the ones in the upper left or the two MOP carved "earring" pieces? The upper left is actually a jasper stone and they are drilled at the top...I have started a necklace but not sure if I like it yet.

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  35. Beautiful soup, beautiful colors, and beautiful work, nice job!

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  36. Loved the long necklace very elegant

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  37. You are my last blog to visit this reveal Cory, and what a soothing collection you've created. I especially love the lampwork earrings.

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    1. Thanks Ginger, did you make it through all of them?

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  38. Wow lovely use of your focal bead.....beautiful! Kristin Oppold

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  39. Cory, you created such beautiful jewelry with your soup from Gloria Allen! Tranquil and lovely. I've never seen lampwork designed in earrings like you've done here: very special & gorgeous! Your inspired wirework -- from the cool "bail" you created for your necklace to your bracelet clasp and antiqued copper clasp -- all is exceptional! Beautiful!!!

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    1. TJ! thanks for noticing the wirework on the earrings, I wanted something pretty and functional and that's what I came up with. I am just a beginner with wire but I do love it and will keep working with it. Can't wait to see your reveal!

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  40. Sounds like a lot of fun! and I love what you came up with. Those lampwork are just gorgeous!

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    1. Colette, thanks so much...you really should join in the next BSBP. It is so much fun to work with beads someone else gives you!

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  41. Wow! Cory I love your jewellery especially the last necklace. Love your wire work :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, I have a long way to go but I am really enjoying the trip!!

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  42. What a volourful soup, you have certainly made some pretty things with it I especially like the first bracelet with the silver swirls, just my colour!
    Jackie

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  43. The soup you got was just dreamy, but you absolutely made it SHINE!

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    1. Thanks Hope, I loved working with these beads!!

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  44. Your wire work adds a lot to the beautiful pieces. Well done!

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  45. Your wire work is lovely, and it showcases the beads just beautifully!

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  46. Gorgeous work as always! You could totally submit those earrings and pendant to wirework ;)

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    1. Oh you're too sweet. I don't know if I will ever feel ready to submit but I did make a promise that this year I would try so hold me to it Lauren!!

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  47. I adore long necklaces and yours is gorgeous.

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