Turmi Challange

Turmi Challange

Turmi Challange

Photo: by Dini Bruinsma, Turmi Challenge photo

Please take a minute and visit her wonderful website

www.angaza.nl

http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/

This was enjoyable! This challenge was to make a piece of jewelry inspired by a picture. I had seen where other artist had done this, but I myself, in 25 years of making jewelry had never tried it. When I saw the picture, I thought immediately of some bone beads I had. Guess what? I didn’t use them! They were the right color but when I started pulling out what I had in my stash they weren’t going to fit into the balance of things.

What I did settle on was the bone and silver tone brooch that I used for the pendant. I had bought that brooch in the early 1990’s the clasp had shirred off, ;-( I really liked the bone in it. I always thought I would redo it in sterling. I’d get  it out periodically and put it on the bench to do something with it, then it would get put away. So when I saw the picture I knew the time had come to use it. I decide to bezel it with seed beads . The matte metallic khaki iris Miyuki seed beads had  the shades of browns, golds and purples I saw in the picture. I found the tricky part was using the red. I wanted to incorporate it but I found it easily became a jarring element in the design, so realizing when there was just the right amount was a challenge. But finally I was satisfied, just enough red for a little excitement.

The second element I was excited to use was the copper tubing. It is a vintage piece age unknown. I know it is no longer used in construction. They use aluminum pipe now. When dear husband was cleaning up the outside of the place we live in now, he had buckets of metal that he separated out to sell for scrap.’ I spied with my little eye’, (LOL!) this piece of tubing sticking out of one of the buckets,. (MINE!)  so it has sat on the shelf waiting patiently for it’s time to come🙂. So out came the torch and the saw. Cut mangled part off, then cut to length, oops! too long for the design I had in mind, cut again… Ahhhhh that’s it! sand rough edges got to feel good to delicate skin. then torch until crisp several times. cool sand some, rub with car wax buff to a glow… Viola! ready for use🙂

Pulling everything together in the strand part of the necklace that too had it’s challenges . I really love the way that they stack the silver bracelets on their arms and legs. Wire wrapping the copper tubing was one way that I could emulate that , but I thought the silver beads used intermittently with the Miyuki beads supported the look.  I also wanted to incorporate the red in the neck part so the eye would be drawn upwards, but it took doing one side and then discarding it and restarting another to be satisfied. It just needed touches of the red to keep things interesting and cohesive. Finish off with a handmade clasp.

All In all I really enjoyed the experience. As I explore other challenges I’m hoping to grow as an artist. That feeling of expressing whats deep inside, isn’t always about what is the most marketable, but making something that please the unseen part of you and is also visually inviting to others. Thank you Dini Bruinsma for such an inspiring picture and to  BSC for opening the door.

Bead Soup Blog party List

Updated 2/9/2013

I added this list from the blog spot to make viewing other talented people’s blog easier. Come on in and visit for a while. Thanks for coming, Deanna

Complete List for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party®

 

Alicia Marinache
Adlinah Kamsir
Agata Grygiel
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amber Dawn Goldish
Amy Severino
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Ana Krepel
Andra Marasteanu
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anitra Gordy Boyers
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annette Rivers
Annita Wilson
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Audrey Bélanger
B.R.Kuhlman
Barb Fernald
Barb Solem
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Bev Breisinger
Billi RS Rothove
Birgit Klughardt
Birgitta Lejonklou
Bobbie Rafferty
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandi Burdick
Brandy Thomason McNair
Breana Fry
Brenda Sigafoos
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Candida Castleberry
Carmen Lau
Carol Dee Myers
Carol Dillman
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Carolyn Chenault
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Cassi Paslick
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine King
Catherine Turrell
Cathy Jakicic
Cece Cormier
Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle
Cheryl McCloud
Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Miles
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Murrow
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Cindy Ritchie
Cindy Wilson
Claire Lockwood
Clare Etheridge
Colleen Vinthagen
Cory Tompkins
Cris Peacock
Crystal Thain
Cynthia Abner
Cynthia Riggs
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Danielle Kelley
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Deb Fortin
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dee Elgie
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Frey
Diana Gonzalez
Diana Welte
Diane Valasek
Dini Bruinsma
Dita Basu
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donetta Farrington
Donna Millard
Doris Stumpf
Dorota Żerańska
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell
Elaine Robitaille
Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Ema Kilroy
Emily Greer
Emma Todd
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Erin Guest
Erin Kenny
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman
Evelyn Duberry
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Francy Inman
Gen Smith
Gina Hockett
Ginger Bishop
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Gloria Allen
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hajer Waheed
Hannah Annear
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Otto
Heather Powers
Heidi Kingman
Hope Smitherman
Ildiko Jarai
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Inge von Roos
Ingrid McCue
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jackie Ryan
Jacqueline Keller
Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Jane Pranata Lim
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Janine Lucas
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jean Yates
Jeanne Steck
Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer LaVite
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer Tough
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Brower
Jessica Klaaren
Jill MacKay
JJ Jacobs
Joan Williams
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joanne Tinley
Jodie Marshall
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs
Judy Riley
Judy Robinson
JuLee Wolfe
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Anne Leggett
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis
June Butt
K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Mitchell
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin Slaton
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Barron Miller
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan
Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Lindemer
Kathy Stemke
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Bolton
Kay Thomerson
Kayla Potega
Kelley Fogle
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack
Keren Panthaki
Kiersten Kern
Kim Hora
Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Krista Quantrill
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kristin Oppold
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Kumi Fisher
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laura Guenther
Lauren Fenty
Lauren Potts
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Laurie Vyselaar
Lea Avroch
Leah Curtis
Leah Tees
Leanne Loftus
Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Lena Adams
Lennis Carrier
Lesley Watt
Leslie Schenkel
Leslie Wayment
LiliKrist
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Kropp
Linda Murphy
Linda Newnham
Linda Sadler
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lisa Johnson
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver
Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lizzie Clarke
Lola Surwillo
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Finney
Lori Lochner
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider
Lucie Bouvier
Lupe Meter
Lyn Foley
Lynn Jobber
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Malin de Koning
Mallory Hoffman
Mandi Effron
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcia Dunne
Marcy Lamberson
Margareta Saari
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Ellen Parker
Mary Govaars
Mary Harding
Mary K McGraw
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Tucker
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Mimi Gardner
Miranda Ackerely
Mischelle Fanucchi
Molly Alexander
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Emmett
Nan Smith
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Niky Sayers
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam Chesbro
Pam DeBoer
Pam Farren
Pam Hurst
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Pat Haight
Patina Queen
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patti Pruhs
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Perri Jackson
Pia Kaven
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Rebecca Anderson
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rosanagh Watson
Rose Johnson
Rose Rushbrooke
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Roxanne Blanc
Ruth Szapa
Sabine Dittrich
Sally Russick
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Pendragon
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Small
Sarah Strover
Shai Williams
Shalini Austin
Shannon Hicks
Shari Replogle
Sharon Palac
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Silvia Sernicola
Siobhán Keogh
Skylar Bre’z
Solange Collin
Sonya Stille
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stacy Pomerleau
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Haussler
Stephanie LaRosa
Stephanie Stamper
Stephanie Weiss
Sue Burleigh
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Sumi Rani
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly
Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tara Plote
Tari Kahrs
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Buchle
Theresa Frank
Tiffany Smith
Tina Bosh
Tina Holden
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels
Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Choy
Tracy Kruse
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom
Vicki Holliday
Facebook Party (2nd Reveal) — a new aspect of the BSBP!
 
 
Beccy Peterson
Chris Schlicht
Claire Brannigan Hasemeier
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D’Arsie Mazella
Kelli Nelson
Melanie Lemen Swope
Robin Showstack
 
 
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Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O’Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman
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A little About Me

Hello Everyone! .
Welcome to my Blog ‘ Beaded Dreams,

To start out with. This Blogging is a first for me, oh I know we always write small blogs about ourselves, when we open a shop, when we apply for jobs, when we meet new people, but this kind of blogging where you put your thinking and creating process in black and white, the baring of your soul,  what makes you tick. THAT, process is a new one for me.

So why Blog? Well to start out what motivated me to start, was joining Lori Anderson’s 7th annual Bead Soup Blog . Reading the instructions I saw  OMG! I need to have a blog! Now if your like me I love to talk about making jewelry, the process etc… but after a while people get that glazed look in there eyes and ‘POW! head smacking realization, TMI, Too much information, so after awhile you stop sharing and keep your joy of creating to yourself, and make do with the lovely compliments .🙂 So bear with me please in my attempts to share my joys and sorrows of the never boring process of jewelry making.

      A little about myself. My name is Deanna Collette Cox. My business is ‘Collette’s Designs’

        I have as of this month been married to the same man for 37 years and 8 months, I’m a mother of seven grown children. I have 4 beautiful grandchildren. I live in the country in beautiful Kentucky, about 45 min south of downtown Louisville, Ky. My cute little house is neselted up next to a state forest. I garden , preserve what we grow and we have animals, Little Rabbits , Pot Belly pigs and some chickens.
I love art and crafts of all kinds. I started out sewing at a young age, that led to crocheting, embroidery, a failed attempt at knitting😦 , some lessons in drawing and a dabble in painting.
In my 30’s I was a stay at home Mom and wanted to find some other craft / art to teach myself. I went to our local public Library and browsed around in the craft isle. Lo and behold our tiny Library had several books on string beads.
I Love JEWELRY!
Did I say I love Jewelry ? I love draping colors and textures and sparkle on my body. As read and looked at the instructions, I Thought ‘I can do this’ and sent off for some supplies. After that’ VOILA’! I had a way to make money in my spare time, as well as jewelry for my girls and myself (6 total) and presents for friends.
After becoming proficient at string, knotting and wire looping, and making earrings, i wondered what else was there in the line of Jewelry making I could conquer. Back to the local Library, this time I headed for the inner Library loan and ordered several books in different areas of jewelry making.
When I got to the silversmithing, I was in love!  I  ordered many books on the subject,  since I was no stranger to tools and ,again I spread my creative wings and learned bench work, stone setting and so on through much trial and error.
10 years later I opened a brick and mortar studio/ bead store and offered silver work and repair along with a selection of beads and custom designs.  I did craft / art shows and had a blast. Now I have taken up off loom bead weaving
My health no longer allows me the stimulation of meeting all my customers in person. But I have had an Etsy bead shop since 2007 and before that sold bead on Ebay for about 5 years.
I have been selling and making Jewelry for the last 25 odd years and have a good following that buy my designs. I hope that those of you that come visit will leave links to your blogs so I can have the pleasure of viewing your work. I hope as I learn all that this blog site offers that I can share fully in this unique endeavor.  Cheers to all and keep those creative juices flowing! Deanna

Collette’s Designs

Turquoise and Carnelian collar

Turquoise and Carnelian collar                                                                               This is one outstanding necklace! The carnelian agate tubes are about 30 mm long there are turquoise ovals and blue goldstone accent ovals. and touches of 4 mm red carnelian. All are hung from a large heavy weight brass chain.  This necklace is not for the faint of heart. Love it!

Autumn Joy

Autumn Joy

This is a lovely necklace. it is all Swarovski prong set stones Dark Topaz and Summer Blush and Olivine and Crystal Copper Swarovski bicones in and sterling silver strung and wove together to make a stunning focal point. It is finished off with a sterling chain. This is a very luxurious piece

Autumn Joy bracelet

Autumn Joy bracelet

Autumn Joy earrings

Autumn Joy earrings

Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Wine

This double strand necklace is done with Swarovski marquis Stones in Burgundy side set with Swarovski stones in Black Diamond/ Chili Pepper. finished with Swarovski beads in Burgundy and Crystal AB2x

Sparkling Wine earrings

Sparkling Wine earrings

Starry Nights earrings

Starry Nights earrings

These are clip on earrings done in seed beads, rivioli and Swarovi prong set stones and beads. The rivioli are 18mm Crystal encased in dove gray and gun metal hematite. surrounded by White Opal AB 2x and Gray Opal AB 2x. the bottom drop is a Swarovski tear drop prong set stone that was bezeled in Miyuki dove gray and gun metal seed beads. The y were commissioned for a lady that wore a dove grey chiffon for her wedding dress.

This matching piece is also done in Swarovski Stones and beads

Regal Lady

Regal Lady

Regal Lady Back

Regal Lady Back

Regal Lady earringsRegal Lady earrings

This is one of my favorite seed bead pieces. The focal piece has a topaz rivoli the bottom of the focal is done in Swarovski and up the side of the necklace are bezeled glass fire opal cabachons. it is finished off with vintage Czech glass bronze beads.

Kathy's OwlKathy’s OwlKathy's Owl sideKathy’s Owl Side 

This a collaborative piece .  The Owl is drawn by a good friend of mine Kathleen Piercefield,  in pen and ink on a small stone about 1.75 wide by 3 in tall and then sealed.  When I got the owl from my friend I loved the way the matte finished Myuki Delicas complimented the ink. The accent bead are 15/0 toho in African sunset luster.   I love that color. The bail is a crinoid fossil section. It was found by another friend in a local creek. The original ink drawing is by  Kathleen Piercefield . You can see more of her art work at  www.kpeircefield.com

Time's past

Time’s past

This piece is a lovely mix of found objects. The watch face was repurposed from a pocket watch and encased in vintage brass filigree, held in place with a looped Swarovski margarita and some vintage watch hands and a crystal hanging on solid brass chain. there is also an etched brass keyhole plate. an antique cabinet key.  The toggle is a brass filigree piece married with a handmade etched toggle ring. Strung on a solid brass chain

FossilThis my first attempt at bead embroidery. The fossil is an orthoceras. I have always had a fascination with fossils and have incorporated them in my jewelry. I used matte finish gun metal delicas and african sunset luster toho 15/0 for the edging, and small fresh water pearls. Strung on a solid brass chain.

Waters from Africa

Waters from Africa

This necklace is made from ceramic African Kazuri beads. These are handmade by Women to help care for their families. Each bead is unique no 2 are alike. These were put together with sterling chain and wire. Accented with premium fresh water pearls, turquoise glass picasso coins and a sterling accent piece re-purposed from a bracelet.

winter skyThis lovely lady was created on an overcast winter’s day. The bare branches juxtaposed on the sky  matched to a ‘T’! The materials to make this are 10 mm aquamarine stone beads and Myuki seed beads in Matte Metallic Iris with a vintage open work filigree circle in antiqued solid brass. The hooks were made by wiring aquamarine beads into a brass filigree flower  The original seed bead pattern, is by Carole Ohl as seen in the August / September Beadwork magazine

winter sky ear

These earrings were made the same way as the hooks for the necklace, 10mm stone aquamarine beads, with handmade headpins set through  the the vintage antiqued filigree flower the finished off with antiqued bead caps.

waters edgeWaters edge

The focal beads are hand made By ’emmylou beads’ on Etsy They are graced on the sides with vintage solid brass bead caps and 6mm Swarovski Pacific Opal AB. The peyote tube beads are done in Matte Metallic Khaki Iris Myuki delica with antiqued solid brass chain and vintage re-purposed screw clasp.

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Bead soup Blog

Come visit me at my little bead shop for a selection of vintage beads:       https://www.etsy.com/shop/collettesworld           
 Today is reveal Day!
Be sure to check out the other people in this first reveal at the end of this blog😉
 I have been waiting with beating heart and sweaty palms. This my first Bead Soup Blog Party.!  As Of January I became a new Blogger.I have found I like blogging now the trick is, will you all enjoy reading it….. LOL!  we will see…
 So first of all let me introduce my talented bead partner Tracy Choy.  Below are the links to her shop and blog;
http://www.bumblebeadsdesigns.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/bumblebeadsdesigns
http://www.bumblebeadsdesigns.etsy.com
 Here is the soup she sent me    
Bead soup 1 Tracy Choy                                          This was the soup Tracy sent;  a beautiful crystal clasp with a strand of luscious Swarovski Crystal pearls. Gorgeous! I love the orange sherbet cubes as well well as the Swarovski  in the Sun color. Orange wooden butterfly circles. Some golden nugget glass and some dark blue wooden beads Plus the laser cut focal listed below
Bead soup 1 focal
This is the focal Tracy sent. It is a Laser cut with butterflies. So cute!  But the challenge was that it was a little thin to work with.  So what to do……. Well this is a CHALLENGE!…  Isn’t it????? So I decided to really step out of the box ! I decided to play with some Sculptey clay and make a frame for it.  I have had this package of clay for 6 months to use on an unknown project. So ready Set go!….:-) My first time using this medium!
Sculptey base
This is the base I  started with. I used the focal as a pattern for the back… the back is important too ;-) Sculptey frame
Next I made a frame for it and baked it with the metal focal sandwiched in between. When It was done baking I realized  the butterflies just faded into the background. So looking around …. hmmm what to use…… Ahhhh!  I know I will break out the permanent markers. one orange and one hot pink! I started with the wings but that wasn’t enough. So…. playing with markers
So I played with the markers and in between the butterflies I used some alcohol ink with pearl highlights, it came out matching the orange sherbet cubes perfect. ….So my  next challenge…… how do I use it as a focal. So after some tossing back and forth I decided  to……. drum roll Please….🙂 I introduce …
Butterfly Spring!
Bead Soup 1 necklace
I decided to bezel it with complimentary seed beads. I also ran the seed beads from the beautiful crystal clasp under the focal with the cube and seed beads with Swarovski  and flower dangles. The butterflies fly up on the metal chain as if they had been set free from the focal….. I know, I know,  I’m pushing the fantasy  a bit much . But I love the color and movement it gives the piece.  To balance the necklace I used large vintage acrylic pearls on the other side. I used a smaller chain for around the back of the neck.
Bead soup 7 earrings
For the earrings I took the wooden circles and pumped up the color with my trusty permanent marker, made a circke with the Swarovski pearls and added green Swarovski Butterflies on front and back. I thought the turned out quite lovely😉
Bead Soup 7 Bracelet
Sand and Sea
 Last  but not least. I broke out of the silver mode and headed for the brass. I love these seafoam green crystal with the golden glass nuggets I paired it with a beautiful brass colored leaf toggle and made dangles with the crystals and brass circles. I really love this combo I may just look for some more of these nuggets and make me a matching set
If you’ve gotten this far thank you for reading . I hope you take a look at some of the other things I have blogged about and also get to know me a little better by reading my’ About me’ page.  Now I ‘m free to settle down and visit all the other talented people in the party.  Party on!
          
                                          
Bead soup Preview

bead soup 1This is the actual bead I sent my Bead Blog Swap Party partner , Tracy C. Almost all of the beads are vintage. The Etched brass toggle was handcrafted by me. The lampwork bead I am sad to say that I have forgotten the artist name that made it …sigh… the chain is vintage Swarovski in brass and matte finish sapphire blue. Some brass chain and some bead caps. I’m anxious to see what she comes up with.

Come pay a visit to my little bead shop at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/collettesworld

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        Ok, Who knew picking out beads to give to some one else would be so hard.

I was thinking what if my style was so different that they wouldn’t have beads to go with what I send  As an example I started with what clasp I was going to give. But do I give base metal or brass. Sterling filled or sterling? Hmmm…. let me see what the focal bead will be, does it go with the clasp? Does the clasp size overwhelm  the focal or is it to sedate for it. Does the metal type go with the with the focal. Now the supporting cast of beads. Does the metal I’m going with support or go blah with the color of the beads? Next, am I sending enough beads or too much?

Get the picture, it wasn’t as easy as someone saying I like this and this and I don’t like that. That’s easy.   Lori’s instructions were ‘send what you would love to receive’  so I have looked at it and love it. I’m hoping my bead soup partner enjoys what I picked out. And yes I’m anticipating what she may send. Smile

First and Last Name
Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
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