Before I reveal my Bead Soup creations, I’d like to take just a moment to give mad props to Lori Anderson... AGAIN!! Even extremely under the weather, she’s put together another remarkable BSBP. While I’ve always enjoyed “hopping”, this time around, I realized our group is more than beads and baubles. I have witnessed random acts of kindness on a large scale, everyone being patient and working with Lori, and pitching in to help out when they could. It doesn’t get much better than that!!
My swap partner is the sweet Cherrie Fick. Cherrie sent me a gorgeous soup…filled with mesmerizing lampwork, artisan ceramics, and Czech glass in earthy shades. A Vintaj leaf, buttery sari silk, brass spacers and copper rope toggle rounded it out nicely. Let me say...the neutrals threw me for a loop at first! They were gorgeous standing all alone...WTH could I do to improve? Hmmm...So many color choices, so little time!
I usually keep all of my BSBP creations for myself…I’m greedy like that, but this time I thought I’d try a different approach, and create many pieces, and only a keep a few for myself. Here’s what became of my madness…
This necklace has made its debut in my Etsy shop...he's looking for a new home!
The centerpiece is a fabric and trim collage bird I made, and stitched to a felt backing. I added lots of wonky stitching, sari silk, punched some holes, added the pretty Picasso Czech beads from my soup, Swarovski crystals, a Vintaj leaf charm, brass toggle, and a few of my own Czech glass dangles. I love the shabby and tattered look.
Fire and Ice lariat necklace, using the beautiful disc lampwork from my soup. Mookaite chips, my freeform copper ovals, and luxurious sari silk. (I had to wrap the lariat chain around the centerpiece oval several times in order to photograph it in its entirety.)
More of Cherrie’s gifted Czech glass spattered throughout the dangles, and the copper toggle she sent. “Rusted” polymer clay medallion I created, and then drilled, and added the copper wire framework. Leather, Kuchi buttons, feathers, shells, and bone complete the talisman.
Ahhh…the beyond gorgeous lampwork focal Cherrie sent me!!! An upcycled creation using (believe it or not) recycled ice maker water line tubing that was wrapped in hemp, and the sari silk Cherrie sent me. I added copper end caps, drilled through both tubes and set the Vintaj leaf and focal off center. The toggle was created using reclaimed copper wire and a miscellaneous silver circle I wrapped with hemp. Bone, Cherrie’s brass spacers, recycled cobalt blue glass beads, and an assorted of silver/brass tribal beads were strung using waxed linen.
This piece is available now in my Etsy shop
Earrings are now available for purchase in my Etsy store.
Black Picasso Czech glass (a soup component), my own sari silk, polymer clay spears, and magenta howlite.
Then I decided to break away from jewelry, and make something for my newly funky painted (orange, dove gray and mint green...how's that for an odd combo?) foyer.
Freehand embroidery, with seed beads and Cherries brass spacers and Czech glass, that was given a 3D effect, then stitched on to an upcycled fabric, wonky stitching, and displayed in an embroidery hoop.
My husband said Ms. Envy must go, as "one creepy art doll hanging in this house is enough!" :) So, Envy is looking for a new place to call home, you can click HERE if you'd like to adopt her!
Meet "Envy -The Bohemian Bead Fairy" Gypsy style art doll with the remaining Czech glass from my bead soup, polymer clay face and crown, soft body and wings. Accented with earrings, Kuchi coin, vial of seed beads, yarn hair, hand dyed vintage lace dress, wooden sticks, and copper spirals. I thinks she's fun...my husband thinks I've lost my mind!!
Anyway, that sums up my creations for BSBP 7. I've had a ball!! I still haven't decided what I'm keeping...decisions, decisions!! Thank you Cherrie for a gorgeous soup! Now, I'm off to hop...you can join in too by clicking HERE!!