Thursday, May 8, 2014

It's Reveal Day




Honored....I am honored to be among the participants many of which I have been inspired by to push my limits of comfort to create something uniquely mine. You are an immensely talented group!

Thrilled...I was thrilled to receive my bead soup.  Kate Dufour, https://mixfolios.wordpress.com/ is my bead soup partner.  She stirred the pot with a beautiful blue soup with green pearls and silver accents.  They are colors that aren't my go to colors. The beads were beautiful and dainty but I usually work with chunkier components. I was immediately inspired by the beautiful blue and green herringbone lampwork focal bead that Kate sent.

Challenged...I was challenged by those gorgeous tiny green pearls.  In the end, I used every single one and loved them!

Inspired....I was inspired by this experience to create for the fun of creating.  Too often, creating has become creating for sale with careful cost considerations and thereby limiting the creative process.  During this challenge, I dug deep into the stashes...the ones where I stashed the pieces that were a bit pricey and reserved.  I was inspired to create special pieces for me.  Sounds silly but I rarely create for myself.




     






Here is my bead soup.








Buttoned Up!  My first piece constructed with a  Lisa Peters Art Focal flower and button layered with vintage Antique brass filigree. The gorgeous lampwork focal bead sent by my bead soup partner, Kate and a trio of leaves dangling. The back is finished with green deerskin leather from Tracee 
Dock of The Classic Bead.  Tiny brass, steel cut and enameled antique Demi buttons from my personal stash complete this design.  



English Rose!  This piece features a vintage rose brooch  with a sapphire stone center.  It is a piece that I had in my stash.  It is accented by vintage German glass beads in pretty Montana blue from my stash which I had purchased from Heather DeSimone, lovely crystal accented flower connectors provided by Kate(loved these) and antique silver chain.  Those beloved tiny green pearls and some more green soup beads are woven in.  The back of the necklace feature faceted gems and the toggle from my soup mix.



Please go check out my bead soup partner Kate Dufour here: https://mixfolios.wordpress.com

Find out more info on the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, our gracious host Lori Anderson and a list of links to all participants here: http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

77 comments:

Cece Cormier said...

Loving every piece here. Beautiful designs and style.

Terri said...

Inspiring! Fabulous designs! Really Soup-er!

Heidi Kingman said...

Such pretty and feminine designs!

Dolores Raml said...

Gorgeous pieces, I especially love the blue necklace.

val tilghman said...

Love the airyness! Sort of vintage with a twist :)

WindDancerStudios said...

Love the flowers in each necklace, just really well thought out. <3

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

Liz, your designs are absolutely inspired. Love that vintage!

Jean A. Wells said...

Elizabeth, you rocked it. Especially love English Rose. It's got such a Victorian flair to it. Great job! Jean

Coloraddiction said...

Wow, I really love the colors and design of English Rose - just beautiful

vovsblog said...

Such lovely work well done!

Rachel said...

Both of those necklaces are incredible! I love how they are constructed!

Sheila said...

Wow! These came out great and I love you chain work.

Alicia said...

Gorgeous - I love the romantic feel of both pieces, and the elaborate (Victorian-like) style. Very feminine, indeed.

Leanne said...

Love both of your necklaces - I rarely make anything for myself either - enjoy your work!

Mitzie Crider said...

Lovely pieces, both! I love how you used the greens and blues together with great success!

Kumi Fisher said...

Beautiful work! Love the necklace with Lisa's focal!

Shaiha said...

Incredible! I can see why you would want to keep both necklaces. They are just beautiful.

Andrea said...

So very beautiful!

Andrea said...

So very beautiful!

Lori Anderson said...

Holy cow -- I love them both, would wear them PROUDLY. The first one, with the layered flower -- I need to do things like that more often. The second piece -- show-stopper. You really did justice to those beads and I admire what you made!!!

Thank you for joining my party!

Lori Anderson said...

PS == can you add a "Follow Me" to you your blog?

Jael said...

Beautiful! My fave is the first one!

June said...

Love all your items, specially the English Rose. Well done :)

ornamento said...

Your work is beautiful.

Tammy Adams said...

Lovely designs. It's nice to be inspired to create for yourself and use the "special" pieces in your stash.

Ghislaine said...

very strong designs! really great job!

Niky Sayers said...

Oh wow that second necklace is a show stopper! I love it. amazing soup love what you created.

Margareta said...

English Rose! Gorgeous <3

Marti Conrad said...

Lovely pieces, so feminine! You did a great job with your soup!

alainnjewelry said...

the vintage blue flower necklace is great. very inventive strap

Silver Parrot said...

Wow - beautiful pieces. I love the focals on both and my favorite color scheme of blues and greens! Great job!

Dancing Wire and Beads by Lori said...

Gorgeous creations, so pretty!

Elizabeth said...

I love how you have layered everything and I could wear these pieces everyday!! Beautifully done!!!

Lea Avroch said...

Lovely soup, but what you did with it all...oh my! really beautiful designs!

Nelly May said...

Oh so beautiful! You turned those gorgeous little components into wonderful chunky necklaces (and a pair of earrings) to suit your style. I love how you've layered components and I am really taken with the green leather straps. I don't like the feel of chain around the back of my neck so I'm really inspired by your deer skin.

la mar de bonita said...

Lovely soup, Elizabeth! I like the Victorian style of your pieces. Well done!

Kokopelli said...

I'm drooling over these pieces!

Becky Pancake said...

Liz both of your pieces are fabulous. English Rose is my favorite. That vintage rose brooch is beautiful and you accented it perfectly with the dangle. I am glad that you pulled out those special pieces from your stash.You did the green proud.

CherishD said...

Liz,

It is a joy to connect with you!! I love your work... your designs are beautiful... your work showcases the gorgeous soup your partner sent you. Love! Love! Love!! XOXOXO
Kris

Patricia Johnson said...

Fantastic pieces! The second is to die for!

PyxeeStyx said...

Love your "Button Up" necklace. The Lisa Peters ceramics, the layering, the dangles, the deerskin. All around great eclectic mix of materials. Beautifully done.

Kepi said...

Wow, both are beautiful works of art, I love love love English Rose

elisabeth said...

Very very pretty! Love all the flower motifs!

fay ................................................... said...


great soup.. my fav is the rose necklace

Jen Purple said...

Beautiful necklaces and earrings. I love how you blended the blues and the greens and the mixed media of leather and metals. Very detailed and beautiful to look at - pieces of art!

Donna Cruz-Comia said...

Very unique pieces! Feast for the eyes :)

Ilenia said...

It's all so beautiful!

Penny Neville said...

I love the addition of the deer skin green leather to the first necklace it adds a bit of ruggedness to the design something completely unexpected.

Rdegas said...

Love the necklaces! Such loveliness :)

Noemi said...

Fantastic work! Those necklaces are fun and unique. Love them!

gelfling50 said...

I am so excited to see this jewelry ...it makes me think of one of my fav shows downton abbey. I love all u made it is all magnificent....My fav however is the second necklace with the little earrings ...fantabulous job girl ....just beautiful

Pepita said...

Gorgeous pieces!!! Love each and every of them! Great work with your soup!
Alenka

bailaora said...

beautifull floral designs.Inspiring.

beadrecipes said...

Gorgeous pieces! I love the feel of vintage with a modern touch.

Dyanne Cantrell said...

Gorgeous soup and results! I am loving the tea rose brooch-turned focal!

Linda A. said...

WOWEE CAZOWEE! I can't pick a fav! After seeing 300+ blogs - your pieces are OUTSTANDING! Gorgeous design and I love the mixed textures. GREAT job!

Linda A.
http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

Barb Fernald said...

Wow! I love everything about your collection of pieces you made with your soup!

BluMoon said...

How gorgeous these are very lovely and inspiring necklaces!
Jackie

Maria Rosa Sharrow said...

Very pretty designs. I love the pop of green you added to your pieces.I really like the vintage feel to them!

Kari Asbury said...

Gorgeous designs! and so nice you created for yourself...it always shows in a design I think when you create something you really enjoy!

Ann Schroeder said...

Designing for yourself certainly turns out well. Two beautiful necklaces and a set of earrings. All are just lovely.

Just Beads said...

Beutiful designs, especially the first necklace. The leather strap is a great contrast to the sweet focal. I like it.

Veralynne Malone said...

Excellent soup! It came out just perfect! I really love the first necklace but I think it would be hard to choose between all of them....great job!

veradesigns.blogspot.com

Debra Gibson said...

I love your necklaces!! You did a beautiful job with both!

Bev said...

Very lovely pieces and my favorite colors! They are put together perfectly. Great job!

Krafty Max said...

THey are all great, but the one with the focal from your stash, just perfect!! I love that one...I'd love to wear it!! :) PERFECT! ~KM

stregajewellry said...

What a great soup! And I love your designs! So nice you made something for yourself for a change. The vintage rose...........awesome!

AnnodArte said...

Love the colors!

Louise said...

Beautiful statement necklaces, powerful look, I love the colors of blue and green together. I think I have some of those same pewter and blue flowers in my stash!

CraftyHope said...

Your designs are great! That first one is so inspirational for me for some reason. I see so much in it. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Dini Bruinsma said...

Stunning!I can look at your pieces for a loooong time♥. They are very special and have lovely names!

Dawn Williams said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning! What beautiful necklaces. Hope to one day be as talented as you are.

Robin Reed said...

Well those piece are really Beautiful!!! Lots of color, texture and movement, really, they are stunning! have a Blessed Day!

bairozan said...

Amazing creations! Such gorgeous colors and arrangement - I like how you did two different styles, yet both impress! I am not sure which I like best - the stacked focal or the vintage rose focal but I must admit you have achieved a unique blue and green color combo in both!

Kelly said...

Green & blue together is such a perfect union of color. You did a wonderful job with gorgeous components! Both are stunning, and the second necklace in particular is drool-worthy. Love all the detail & variation of beads / findings.

Janice said...

Wow, what a fabulous collection! So rich and full of life. You hit that one out of the park! Beautiful work

Kathleen Breeding said...

Blue-ti-ful and fab-you-lous designs.