Samstag, 10. Mai 2014

BSBP - "Show off!"



These earrings are probably my favorites. The colours and textures are so beautiful and the dangle perfectly. The "dangling" quality of earrings is an important feature earrings must have for me! The should not only be long... the should move and play!

My favorites from all the pieces I made for the  8th "Bead Soup Blog Party" (BSBP) I participated! Thank you so much Lori for hosting and organizing and especially for getting (at least me) us challenged and inspired! :) To have a look at all the participants (and of course go over to their blogs!) have a look at Loris Blog here. Make sure you visit at least.... a lot!

My partner was Nathalie (I wrote more about her and her blog here) and we both send each other soups that... had surprisingly a very fitting colour story! You could have joined both soups in one with no problems! Please go over to her and have a look what she made with the beads I send her! (oh yes, I am soooo curious, can't wait! :))

My first bracelet was something quite colourful. I looked through my wire and linen cord and loved the combination of the green beads with the bright orange. Simple macrame knots as well as my first handmade wire hook... the tiny glass beads are old, well over 25 years, from czech. I also send Nathalie some of them (even if you can't see it, there is something special for me if I work beads that have a story and were given to me) hence I liked the idea of incorporating some in my own design.


The closure hook I made for Heather Powers "Jewelery Mojo Challenge" realizing too late that if I used this for the BSBP I would not be able to show it in time. Still, I really love all my hooks I made. Used them also in the two necklaces I made.


If you already know my blog, a little bit of me and my work... you will probably not be surprised that I had to alter some of the bits of my soup. This was the fate the clasp had to endure for the bracelet...


Verdigris.... embossing poweder. Yes. Embossing powder... under a layer of resin. Looks like water to me and fitting for all the blue and green, for the shells and the mood of my soup!


Regardless how beautiful the focal is, I have to admit I struggled a lot... The pendant is already so bright and colourful and big, it is too easy to go over the top with it. I tried a lot until I just went to a very simple solution that speaks perfectly to me. I used purple silk, copper wire (that I also treat with liver of sulphur for a nice patina) and two bronze rings. 


I am surprised how perfect it is for me. But maybe because of the texture of the fibre, the added wire, the strong colours, it is still really complex with all the details ;)


I also made this clasp and I believe this won't be the last time I secured and wrapped silk this way. It has a tribal feeling to me and could work in so many different ways!


It is really a simple wrapping but it gives the pendant a beautiful move while still being really, really sturdy! Also it allows to switch the sides of the pendant. Both sides are beautiful and totally different from the pattern.



 Oh, and I also played with the other cute little charms too! The shell has also embossing powder and a resin coat while the dolphin and sand dollar were treated with vintaj patina (Yes, finally... I got myself some ^^). Also I sanded them, used a little bit liver of sulphur and sanded them again. I love all the different looks, the watery like resin, the shades of blue and green... but I especially love the dolphin. He just really looks like some old vintage charm, worn from time and use because someone always had him close :)


This necklace also is surprisingly bold in colour for me... But somehow it still feels "me". Cotton embroidery thread in purple over hard and thick wire, bright blue glass beads, dangling faccette beads (with bead cap over bead cap) and colourful bronze wire...


I should have tried for picture how it looks "dangling" (yes, my word of the day!)... maybe later. Already in the middle of the night here while I write this blog entry. 


I have even more... earrings (always my favorite to create) but the sun didn't stay long enough to make more pictures. So... I will show you more over the next days :)

Now I will be gone looking at all the other blogs and creations. Thank you Lori for letting me being part :)


Kommentare:

  1. The dolphin is wonderful, and I also love the clasp with embossing powder! Gorgeous, rich effect. You have such original treatments for metal (as well as clay), everything you make has depth.

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  2. Yay Claire - I love your creations! I( think I might want the little dolphin back now hahaha. The last necklace is my fav - I love it - so so pretty.

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  3. I see you added vintaj patina to your collection. What a great idea to patina the charms. I do love all of the pieces you created. They do have your wonderful style in them. Well done!

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  4. I love the mix of purple with the blues!

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  5. Those are really beautiful - I love the combination of the shell pendant and the purple silk ribbon :)

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  6. Yes you made a perfect color combo indeed, love the silk addition and ansolutely adore the last necklace!

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  7. You bring surface treatments to a whole new level! I should really try some of that.....really love the flower clasp bracelet!

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  8. My favorite colors, you did a great job with everything!

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  9. I will definitely remember that about the embossing powder and the resin to change metal. I would never have thought of that! So creative!

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  10. great bracelet with macrama knots, I love it!

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  11. I love everything you did!! The embossing powder under the resin is BRILLIANT!!!

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  12. Wow, I love all of your designs! And I too am impressed by the embossing powder under the resin... something to remember... thanks for sharing that tidbit!

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  13. you really played with your soup!! i think your style is really unique and simply pretty. great job.

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  14. Very nice! I love the dolphin and MOP necklace.

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  15. Wonderful! I love your creations, especially the silk necklace. Really great wire work.

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  16. Excellent work! I love the turquoise and purple necklace....my two favorite colors! And the wire wrapping is great! Loved everything!

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  17. Your jewelry pieces are dreamy! Love the colors and textures and how you put them all together. Wonderful!

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  18. Such wonderful pieces! I love all the fiber and color. Very cool, using embossing powder and resin. I really like how the clasp turned out!

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  19. I love the macreme piece and all the others! I love how you put together the colors. Great job!

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  20. Your jewelry is beautiful. I love how creative you were trying things like embossing powder! I am inspired by your clasps. That is something I want to make and have been stalling. I really like everything, but I think the purple fiber necklace that you made with the focal is my favorite.

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  21. These colours are so awesome, Claire... and dare I say? All so dangling :)

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  22. I am with you on the long and dangling earrings - my favorite things to make and to wear. Those are lovely earrings you made with your soup. Your designs are wonderful.

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  23. Those earrings are probably my favorite too along with the gorgeous necklace in the blue and purple. Wait all your pieces are awesome, great job with your soup.

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  24. The first pair of earrings are my favorite too. I love the combination of colors in the beads. I really enjoy the clean lines of your designs, and seeing how you altered your metal pieces. Lots of fun!

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  25. Those first earrings... wow! I like the way you worked with the fabric and the wire, and the materials you used to color your pieces, lovely!

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  26. Hello, you made beautiful jewelry with your Bead Soup. I like all the pieces, and am inspired to try using embroidery floss and wire together to bring fiber into a necklace, but preserve the strength of using wire. I have become a follower, because you seem to have lots of creativity and tutorials to inspire. Have a happy week!

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  27. I love all the pieces you made with the soup. Just gorgeous! I can't pick a favorite as they are all so individual but equally lovely.

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  28. Gorgeous soup and you did amazing things with it! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping...don't want to miss a thing!

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  29. Gorgeous designs - the colors, mixed media, bead combos, bead cap stacking - very inspiration! And modifying the findings by embossing or patina is even more inspirational - I am so inclined to try it out! Good job with the handmade clasps - the Jewelry Mojo Challenge wasworth it!

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  30. All of your pieces are beautiful and organic-feeling. They are well thought out and perfectly executed, but still so simple and lovely. Like you, your earrings are my favorite. Fabulous job.

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  31. I think the earrings were my favorite too. Your Mother's Day post was very moving, bless you for sharing.

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