Saturday, May 10, 2014

Beady Bliss: The Soup is Cooked

So sorry that this post is late- have to cite computer and user error!! GRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!


This is my second Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal with Lori Anderson. Before I go any further and get carried away and forget, I must thank Lorie for her amazing efforts and her willingness to climb back into the depths of confusion and frustration that it always requires to pull off one of these events!! Lori , You are a WONDER!!! Thank you!!
Now without further ado, on to the show.  My assigned partner was the awesome lamp work Bead artist and seed bead addict Ms. Juli Cannon , of Juls Beads and StudioJuls.  I actually came to know of Juli and her glorious work during my first Bead Soup Blog Hop.  Since then I have purchased some of her beads and kept them all to myself.  Yes I keep them just as she sent them to me and take them out and stroke them and oogle them and put them away.  I LOVE her beads but their beauty intimidates me!!  So I did a major double take when I saw who my partner was and a let out a screech of joy!!  then I started to fret and to sweat and to ponder and to fret some more.  I am  a "pleaser" sort of person and the last thing I wanted to do was disappoint Juli. Here is the soup that I received from Juli!!  How beautiful is this??????



And then in the same package was this delectable mix of eye popping color.. This is obviously a mix that is a seed beader's dream, she even included the ultra suede for mounting the cabochon.!!!  Juli is making some incredible cabs and selling them in her shop here.  They must be seen to be believed.  The cab below is one of her tie Dyed series!! the colors are amazing and I cant wait for a small spot of time to work with this mix, hopefully sometime this summer.




So back to the Primary Challenge Soup.!  Those of you who know me, know that I am not afraid of color and that one of my favorite sources of inspiration is the ocean.  At first glance this might not appear to be a challenge.  But hold on, it SURE was a challenge!!  I have never worked with such a large focal bead .  It is so glorious and I was so afraid that I would fail to set it off in the manner that it needed to be presented.  It took me  awhile- the week before the reveal actually to get up the nerve  to jump in!!



 As you can see from the soup Juli had included all sorts of fun colored beads to pair with the focal with the highlight beads and clasp being silver.  I do love to use collage techniques in almost every media that I work with and so I went with the trend and dug through my own stash to see how I could complement the soup and add enough small bits to show off the larger ones.  Now I feel that when it comes to beads , more is more better!!  In fact many of my textile collage and felted works are not complete till beads are added!!



Here is my collage piece surrounding Juli Cannon's glorious beads!!  I do love it and I have gotten tons of complements on it, as I cannot resist wearing it.  I am a tall person so the big necklace works well for me and it makes a statement and draws people in to look at all of the different components.


The colors of the focal are really magical.  The overall color heads towards teal but I had to give you a close up so you could see all ot the different colors that dance in the glass sea that she has created!! I have never worked with such a glorious focal and I think I am well on my way to being comfortable with working with large focal beads.! 

As far as what I added to this soup, not too much.  I did add the silver matte finish seed beads, which I had just purchased.  They are a bit more expensive than regular glass seed beads but well worth it and they worked here perfectly to help spread out the larger components without taking anything away.


I also added the ecru sand dollar bead that I had purchased here, after the last bead soup I participated in.  Yet again I was coveting this bead and was now ready to show it off as part of this collage piece!  I also added the off white stone disk beads as a neutral component and the 8mm sea foam green rounds again as a complement to the wonderful turquoise and and silver and deep blue lamp work that Juli had provided.  

Juli Cannon you are the BOMB!!!!  I adore your work and want you to know that you are a major influence to me in my use of color and bead creation!!  Love you Girl!!


Again , this has been an amazing experience for me and I know that I am not alone.  I urge you to take some time and hop about to see what many of the other participants have been up to .  You can find the entire list of beaders            
                                                   HERE!

You will find Juli Cannon's blog HERE , so stop by Juli's blog to see what she has created with the soup that I sent along for her!

And one more thing, Lori Anderson, you are an amazing  and talented and caring woman!! Love you!!  and thank you for all that you ahve done to make this yet another amazing experience!!

62 comments:

Tammy Adams said...

Truly gorgeous necklace design. That focal with your beaded accents reminds me of some beaded fishing lures I've seen. Lovely work.

Genea said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love the balance of blues and brown/ivories you used to match the focal! This reminds me of the ocean and beach :) xo Genea

laurie said...

I love her beads too! You did a wonderful job with your soup!

Rachel said...

You received an amazing soup! Love the necklace!

Lea Avroch said...

Beautiful necklace! Love all the fun danglies!

Kelly said...

I have to agree with Genea - your necklace reminds me of the ocean. That focal is gorgeous, and you found the perfect way to compliment it. Fantastic necklace!

Pat Haight said...

The necklace is gorgeous!
I am a Juls addict so I know exactly what you mean☺
Awesome job with your soup♥

Carol D. said...

Juli's beads are indeed special. Lucky you. Love the long necklace you created. You did great.

Nelly May said...

That is one glorious necklace. Every bead seems to dance. I would so steal this from you and run away cackling in glee!

Pepita said...

The necklace is beautiful!!! It makes justice to the beads and makes shine the lampwork focal! Well done!
Alenka

Regina said...

What a gorgeous necklace, I love it. I know Juls beads and they are beautiful. You did a great job with your soup. Great design.

Jean A. Wells said...

Love your collage piece. Its beautiful. Great job! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Beautiful necklace! I love the multi-strands and the tassel!

WindDancerStudios said...

Love the colors! You did a wonderful job with it!

roomforchange said...

Lovely necklace... You sure did that tall focal bead justice! Love the fish connector!!

esterina said...

Oooooh I see pretty necklace's dancing beautifully. Love it soooooo much!!!

Karin G said...

Oh wow! Amazing, stunning necklace with so many beauties, so full of the ocean. I love it!

vovsblog said...

Such lovely work well done!

Shyme said...

Beautiful necklace!

Bev said...

Love the beachy feel of your piece with those colors! Great job!

Suntsa said...

You have made good work with the beautiful soup. Your necklace is stunning and full of interesting details. Real mermaid´s necklace! :)

Ro Bruhn said...

What a fabulous necklace Elizabeth, I love the colours and how you've put it all together. Great piece.

Cecerely Yours said...

I love those colors and you made them flow nicely throughout the entire piece

Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

Ooh, ooh, all that blue!! I'm with you, it's hard to know where to start sometimes, but you pulled it off with style. Great work.

Jo-Ann said...

Love the mix of ivory and browns with the blue focal!

Chris said...

Very nice soup! I like what you have done.

Janice said...

I love all things oceanic, but this is a step above.
I can see how one could get a little intimidated by the beautiful soup you received but you really needn't have worried. Beautiful work.

Karen Mitchell said...

Beautiful necklace! There are so many lovely focal beads, my bead shopping list keeps getting longer.

Kumi Fisher said...

Beautiful necklace!

la mar de bonita said...

What a beautiful necklace, Elizabeth! Love the way you mixed serveral blue tones beads in such an amazing long necklace, without stealing the show of the beautiful focal bead. Great design!

Sherri Stokey said...

SUCH a beautiful necklace! Love it!!

Juli Cannon said...

Elizabeth, absolutely stunning necklace. I especially love the layers~ like ocean waves in which little bead treasures float. You absolutely rocked your soup.

Thank you for your understanding and empathy ~ As soon as I have both the time and the heartfelt positive energy to do so I will finish mine and share it with you. Poppop comes home today so we'll see how it goes. Much love to you, my friend. <3

peacockandlime said...

Fantastic necklace! Such gorgeous colours & beautiful beads! Definitely reminds me of sand and water :)

TesoriTrovati said...

Miss Julianna is a special person. Her beads are so delightful and I hear you on coveting them! I do the same thing. If she ever offers her services at the torch for a day, take it! She sent me more beads than I know what to do with and yet I keep coming back for more! I love the beachy flair you created with this necklace. I am smitten with all things tassel of late (you will see what I mean when you get to my Soup!). Thank you for sharing your talents with the 8th Bead Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

Alicia said...

Oh, yes, the tassel is perfect for that bead. A gracious, elegant, very fluid design - excellent work! I can't wait to see what you'll make with the colourful palette, it looks like it'll be a very cheerful piece :)

Liz said...

Beautifully designed piece! This is one that I would wear all the time! Love the colors, the gorgeous beads and the airy quality of the design!

CreatingCures said...

Wow, this is great! I too am a fan of Juli's amazingness. I think you've given me the inspiration to pull her beads out and jump in :). Be well ~T

Armored mermaid said...

Beautiful combination and you really made the focal shine

beadrecipes said...

That's a fabulous necklace, and what a fantastic soup you received! I love the beachy feel you achieved!

Jean said...

Wow! What a brilliant design, and now I feel compelled to try your wonderful tassel technique, The beads are glorious and the necklace you made is BEAUTIFUL!
xox jean!

PiPa said...

Beautiful necklace, not so easy for me to use vertical focals but I love the way you did it.

Kepi said...

No more fretting, you did an amazing job. Beautiful necklace. I might get addicted to those beads as well.

Anvil Artifacts said...

Wow! Gorgeous necklace. Love it!

bailaora said...

multistrand necklace is really impressive!

AWJewelry said...

beautiful focal and lovely necklace!

Sarah said...

I really love the necklace; gorgeous combination of colours, and it just draws me in!

Robin Reed said...

I love the way you put different sea elements in with the wonderful focal. It did remind me of a sea creature!!! Really beautiful and very nicely executed! Have a Blessed Day

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Elizabeth, those soup beads are stunning and I must say I completely understand your feeling overwhelmed! Yet you had it in you all along, to take this beauty, enhance it and create an amazing work of art :) Perhaps those "other" beads will call to you now, with their Siren Song...

Just Beads said...

What a beautiful necklace you made! I love the colours and all the different shapes and sizes of the beads.

Deb Fortin said...

Just lovely. I really think you enhanced the focal bead with all that lovely fringe tassel at the bottom. the colours are so serene. well done.

Nan Smith said...

Such a beautiful necklace....you really did a great job with your soup. I agree with you about Juls beads . I have a few which I have used but like you I mostly fondle them!!!she is a truly amazing artist and you are very lucky to have been partnered with her!

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

Refreshing and takes me to the ocean. Beautiful capture of the mood with your beads.

stregajewellry said...

this is a gorgeous collage indeed! The focal bead is so pretty and you used different shapes and sizes of beads to bring attention to is beauty. Awesome.

Veralynne Malone said...

Wow is all I can think to say....I truly love your piece and it would so great on you while lying back in a chair on the beach.....sooo cool. Excellent job!

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CraftyHope said...

You absolutely did that soup from Juli justice. That necklace is so amazing! Splendid work (oh and thank for explaining what those seed beads you used are, I was wondering!)

Ann Schroeder said...

Oh I love your collage necklace. You are right - the colors in the focal are magical, you made them sing! This necklace is beautiful!

Marti Conrad said...

That is a fabulous necklace! Gorgeous colors and so many things to look at! I bet it wears very well! Great job!

alainnjewelry said...

Love the necklace - I can see why you have gotten so many compliments on it! Great job. And those other beads you got are AMAZING....so lucky!

Barb Fernald said...

That necklace is like a really great walk on the beach! I love all the colors you used to enhance the focal bead, and the way you have the dangles coming from it. Really pretty piece!

Dini Bruinsma said...

Beautiful ♥long ♥long necklace, ready right in time to wear during this Summer!Stunning 'beachy' colours!

Terri said...

Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

bairozan said...

You named your necklace a collage piece very aptly! One look is not enough to detect all the different segments, composed of a diversity of beads and bead strings. That's a great way to handle the big focal, not to mention the color combo!

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