Saturday, April 13, 2013

PRETTY IN PINK .... SOUP!

It's here, it's here, it's here !!!!  If you are visiting here today, chances are you are part of the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Welcome, welcome, welcome.  This is the second time that I have particapated in the party and this time was just as challenging as the last time.  I love a good challenge.  Before I introduce my partner and show you what I made with the ingredients that she sent me, I want to give a HUGE shout out to Lori Anderson.  Not only is she the creator and hostess of this mind-boggling large blog hop, she has been doing this while not feeling in tip-top condition.  Kudos to you lovely lady!

Now, on to the reason for your visit...Lori paried me with Jessica.  This was Jessica's first Soup Party, but I know she did a wonderful job, so don't forget to go visit and see what she created with what I sent her.  When you visit her, you will see what a big challenge I sent her way.  To recap, here is what Jess sent me to work with.


 
 
Drum roll......and this is what I did with my ingredients.
 
 
 
 
These earrings were a bit of a no-brainer.  The beads just just arranged themselves, all I did was wire them together.  They are a lovely addition to any spring wardwrobe.
 
 
 
 
These brass earring are made with pendants that I bought from Fallen Angel Brass.  I used a sanding block to take the blackening off the high spots, then I painted them with a light pink frosted nail polish.  As it dried, it turned this great shade of purple.  The purple perfectly matched the lampwork beads in my soup and some seed beads that I already had.
 
 
 
 
When it came to the clasp, I knew I wanted to use it in a bracelet.  All the beads in this bracelet are from the soup, except the pearls and the silver rose shaped beads.  The first time I made the bracelet I used beading wire, but it was way too stiff.  I checked out my supply of Irish linen, and found some pink that worked great with my soup beads. 
 
 
 
 
Next up was the focal.  Actually, Jess sent me two focals and told me to choose which ever one I wanted to use.  One was a supper big stone and the other was the one you see above.  I really tried working with the big one.....I really, really tried.  I even built a cage for it, the first time I ever did any wire work like that.  I was just never happy with the results.  I'll add it to my stash and hopefully, at some later date I will figure out how to work with it. This necklace is a little plain, but with the vibrant color of the stone, I didn't want it to be too much.  The beads are a mix of soup beads and Czech glass beads from my hoard. The two silver buttons add just enough decoration to highlight the focal.
 
 
And last, but not least....
 
 
 
 
This is my favorite piece.  I was able to use up more of my soup ingredients, especially the green cubes.  By using the green beads, I used at least one of everything from the soup, minus the larger of the two focals.  This necklace is special to me for another reason.  I made the pendant and it was my first sucessful use of resin.  I have been trying and trying, but something always goes wrong.  Bubbles and cat hair have been two big thorns in my side when it comes to resin usage.  With this pendant I finally figured out how to not have bubbles, but the cat hair....that was probably dumb luck.
 
 
There you have it.  I still have a few beads left, but they are just odds and ends.  I used most everything that I was given, so I am really happy about that.  Don't forget to visit Jes, she will be my first stop this morning.  To visit all the other participants in this, the 2nd reveal, go here.  Check out the supper cool map of all 500+ participants in this party.  What a huge under taking this was.
 
Party on, people, party on.
 
 
P.S.  Hopefully, I removed all hurdles to commenting.


33 comments:

  1. I really like the necklace with the smaller stone focal. Have fun using the other one in the future.

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  2. I love the bracelet and the last necklace too!

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  3. Your pieces are beautiful. Great job on the resin. I have done some of that and I have found that ambient temp of about 72 f is best and try covering your work with a plastic bowl supported so that sir can circulate underneath. I don't have cat hair but with three Rottweilers hair is a challenge for me too. Great job!

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  4. I wish I could do resin!Great work!

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  5. I love what you came up with! Your designs are just awesome!
    You made so many beautiful things it is hard to pick a favorite...lol

    Happy Creating
    Tracie

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  6. I think, pink is the top favourited colour in this reveal ;0) You did a nice job, Lisa. The last necklace is my favourite too, I like the pastel composition of it!

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  7. ~such calming and sweet colors you had to work with...beautiful job in creating...much love light and blessings~

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  8. Everything came out so beautiful. Such a lovely job with the soup, so creative.

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  9. sweet!!!!!! You did your soup proud! Kristin Oppold

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  10. elegant, stunning pieces! all!

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  11. The last piece is my favorite - as is the little statue it lays on :)

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  12. Great jewelry. Love the last necklace the most. Bravo!
    kathy

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  13. Gorgeous earrings and your resin pendant is beautiful! Great work

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  14. I love your pieces. but that necklace with the pendant you made is gorgeous.

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  15. Really like the bracelet and the earrings with the brass! My fav has to be the last necklace. Great job on the pendant!

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  16. I love the necklace with the resin pendant you've made. Good luck to your next resin creations.

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  17. Excellent work! I love them all! I guess practice does make perfect!

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  18. What great pieces! I am so not a pink girl but I would break that rule for any of your gorgeous designs.

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  19. I really love what you did to the pendants on the earrings. How creative! The effect turned out great!

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  20. The third piece is so very Springy! Nice work & congratulations on your resin success.

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  21. Good job using your soup. All of your pieces are beautiful. My favorite is pair of brass earrings. Kudos on successful resin. Maybe put a clear plastic container over the resin piece as it cures to avoid cat hair.

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  22. Beautiful, love love love the pink. Great job!

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  23. Gorgeous designs - especially love the earrings with the FAB connectors and would never have thought of using nail polish - what a great idea!

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  24. Great job perservering with the resin, it is beautiful! I have two cats and keeping their hair out of polymer and resin is a total battle. I keep a little magnifier and set of tweezers near by as my weapons (uh against the hair not the cats!lol). You made excellent use of your soup, indeed pretty in pink.

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  25. You did a fabulous job with your pink bead soup......definitely met the challenge. I love your resin pendant and how you used nailpolish on the brass pieces....Ingenuous!

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  26. You did a really great job with your soup. I especially like that last piece with the pendant you made. Super cute! Nicely done :)

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  27. Lovely pieces...great job using pink. Great focal...nice job on your first resin piece.

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  28. Nice use of all that pretty pink soup! And there's nothing plain about the necklace with the big agate -- you did exactly enough to frame that wonderful stone, without going over the top and making something that would have looked like a weightlifting challenge! Pretty pieces, all of them!

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  29. I'm impressed by the beautiful resin focal you made, it matches very well with the other colours in the necklace. Very pretty :-)

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  30. Very nice soup. My favourits are the brass earrings. Great idea to use nail polish for the purple color. I will remember...

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