Monday, May 12, 2014

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Hop Revel!!!!!!

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Hop Revel began on Saturday, May 10th.  I have been out of town this week and left my adapter for my camera at home.  Darn, this year I didn't even have to struggle about finishing my pieces the night before or my blog, I just couldn't upload my pictures.  So done with the excuses and on to the Revel!

My partner is the amazing Andrea Beth Trank.  Andrea is one of these extremely busy ladies.  A Professor of Education who has just finished the dreaded finals and college graduation ceremonies (I don't know if the ceremonies are harder on the graduates or the professors), has two wonderful sons (one who is a new driver here comes the grey hair), a designer for ZNet Shows and artist extraordinaire.  Andrea living in Florida and is now in  her busy season with shows and she is working at a friend's gift shop on Sanibel Island.  I still haven't figured out when she does normal stuff like eat and sleep.

Pleased visit her blog spot-- there was a mix-up in Lori's posting about Andrea's address.  It is www.heavenlanecreations.com  This is just a sample of what I sent her:

What she created is fantastic!!! Be sure to check it out.

Now to show off what Andrea sent me.  YUMMY!!

I was so excited I started with the bronzite bead then remembered that I needed to take a picture so the leather strip is something I added.  I was going to make a cuff using the focal but it didn't want to go in that direction.  Instead I have created (I think)  the most elegant bead embroidery necklace in my collection.

 I paired the focal with bronze 11 and 15 seed beads, 3mm bronze pearls, 4mm bronzite  rounds, and bronzite ovals.
The second necklace I made was a complete switch for me.  I don't make metal components but the beads, clasp, and chips she sent just screamed at me to add some copper wire.  So I started bending and twisting, cutting and hammering, and this is what I made.



I added the copper wire, some bumble bees and three lampwork beads I found in a shop about three years ago (yes, I am trying to use some of my hoarder stash! )

I still have lots of beads left so who knows what will show up on my blog page next.

Please take the time to visit all the extraordinary artists in this years Bead Soup Blog Hop.  With 500 artists in the hop the talent is fantastic.  Bead Soup Blog click on the link and it will take you to a posting with everyone listed.

52 comments:

  1. Oh wow I love hat you did with this soup . I would wear either one with pride for sure....My fav however is the second necklace I love your design...Looks like all the bending, twisting and hammering paid off in a huge way...all is just gorgeous... Great workmanship...Ty for sharing with us all....I am pretty sure I visited your partners blog but I will double check...bye for now and happy beading hun

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  2. Beautiful pieces, esp the copper components are a delight

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  3. OMG fabulous job. I am so envious of your ability to bead weave around a bezel. Tried it once. It didn't hold. I love how you grouped my soup with all your hammered copper and your own creations. I have three sons by the way. My third is successfully launched. The other two are works in progress. I had so much fun with your beads but frankly I'm frustrated with my website and photos. Did not do justice to what you sent me. I also apologize for not spending more time to get to know you.



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  4. Wow! Bead embroidery just looks so fabulous! I'm always jealous that I can't do it myself (old eyes) You certainly show off that soup! Beautiful work.

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  5. Great use of your soup! I specially love the first necklace!

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  6. Love both pieces! For someone who doesn't work with metal much, you did a great job ;) Those heart links are just fabulous!

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  7. Love your designs, especially the bead embroidered necklace. Very elegant indeed!

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  8. Both your necklaces are so beautiful. Excellent use of your soup.

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  9. You're right, the bead-weaved piece is very elegant! And the 'bee' necklace is just happy - I said it before: this year most of the designs are so cheerful, they make me smile :)

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  10. The bees and copper pieces are my favorite...very nice work!

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  11. Lovely beadwork! I love both necklaces, I a sucker for copper wire.

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  12. Your beadwork is beautiful - lovely designs =)

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  13. I love your colors and designs.

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  14. Your bead work is wonderful. I love your designs.

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  15. Beautiful work! Love the bead embroidery - you do such fine, lovely beading! My favorite. . .wait for it. . .is the last bee necklace with all the wire work, color and sweetness! Elegance vs whimsy. . .great combo! Congrats!

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  16. The bead work is beautiful and I really like your bending and twisting, cutting and hammering :)

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  17. The first piece is very elegant, and beadweaving always impresses me ! The second piece is so light hearted and fun, the best spring / summer necklace !

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  18. You created two beautiful and totally different designs. Both are very elegant!

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  19. Elegant seed bead piece! Your wire working added just the right touch to your soup recipe!

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  20. yes you could say elegant for your first piece, the first word that came t my mind was royal though!! that is a necklace fit for a queen! very very pretty!
    Your second necklace makes me happy and for someone who does not work with wire you did a very good job!!!

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  21. the multi-strand necklace is wonderful

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  22. I really love what you've created - both pieces are beautiful! The first one is very elegant and the added leather pieces make it unique! The second one is more cheerful and with so many interesting details!
    Very well done!
    Alenka

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  23. I love both of your works very much....they are so different and yet show that you are good at doing both....

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  24. I love both of your works very much....they are so different and yet show that you are good at doing both....

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  25. I love the necklace with focal, beautiful piece and I bet you put a lot of work, I still don't know how is that possible to create such a nice things!

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  26. Wow! That focal is incredible! Actually the whole necklace is but the focal definitely steals the show.

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  27. The embroidered bronzite is pretty sweet! Great soup and great jewelry!

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  28. WOW, amazing! I really love your bead embroidery, it really is a beautiful piece. I love the colors too!! ~KM

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  29. Pretty pieces! I love your second necklace :)

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  30. I love your designs, the color, and flow. The beaded pieces is really amazing! Fantastic job with your soup!

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  31. I don't know what you have in your collection but that first necklace is Amazing and very elegant!!! Love it!!! I think the second necklace is very fun and very well done!!! Great Job! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  32. Both necklaces are gorgeous. I love both of them. The first one is so calm and mature, while the second one is so bright and fun...

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  33. The bead work in your bronzite necklace is exquisite, and I LOVE the copper piece you made. The aqua blue and soft creamy yellow color combo is very cool and refreshing. It has a very bohemian feel to it and those lampwork glass beads pull it all together perfectly.

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  34. Love the bead combination in the second necklace!

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  35. Beautiful pieces. The first pendant necklace is very beautifully detailed and has a Byzantine look to it. I also love the double strand long necklace with the copper spirals - it has a lot of interest beads and great color. The copper spiral mirror the spirals in the beautiful beads and adds just the right balance.

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  36. Fantabulous sweetie your designs are so pretty you did you partner proud.....from yummy soup to yummy jewelry...we I am off to hop myself silly...lol

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  37. Those are beautiful! I especially love the wire-wrapped necklace --I love all the components and how they work so well together.

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  38. Beautiful! I especially like how you worked those chips in there. They add great textures!

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  39. The necklace is fantastic and all of those different beads add a lot of interest.

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  40. Very nicely done. Your copper wire work is fun and whimsical.

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  41. I am always in awe of those that work in seed beads. 15/0! Those are tiny! I love the elegant focal that you created with that special bronzite bead. Thank you for sharing your talents with the Bed Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

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  42. Oh, that necklace with the embroidered cab is indeed elegant and very impressive. As well, your out-of-your-comfort zone necklace is really pretty too.

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  43. I am always in awe of those who do beadwork. It seems so labor intensive. Very impressive designs>

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  44. Hi Andra, Your bead embroidered necklace is awesome. Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone with the second necklace.

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  45. GREAT BE piece, you used the focal wonderfully. I would never know you don't work with wire that often - that 2nd piece is awesome! wonderful use of your soup

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  46. Andra, your beadwork is exquisite! I just adore that eclectic second necklace, too :)

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  47. That first piece is exquisite! And I think you did a great job with the second one too! Very nice work!

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  48. You did very nice bead work on your first piece. Your second piece is kinda fun! Nice job with your bead soup!

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  49. Your bead embroidery is one of those pieces that make me want to try this technique! Beautiful work in warm brown hues! And the second necklace showcases diverse and imaginative wire work links - you will never say that you don't make metal components again :)

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  50. I happened to go back to the bsbp list to take another look at the projects that I thought were so nice... and I didn't remember seeing yours.... I clicked over to your blog, and you know what? I didn't see yours last May!
    I don't know how I missed your beautiful work.
    I love the bronzite necklace, your beading is really lovely, and I do love the wire hearts that you created for the second necklace. I think you did a great job!! I love also that you used beads from your stash, that is such a hard thing for me to do!
    On a side note, did you know hat you were the first person to leave a comment on my blog? Way back... I didn't know if I should reply or not, and I didn't... I wasn't used to people actually leaving a comment... lol! I have kept tabs on you since... and I have enjoyed the journey

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