Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party! Time For The Big Reveal!

Today is the day! You get to see what I made with the fantastic stash Tina Bosh  sent me. First, instant replay. Here is the luscious focal from a souvenir swoon, I mean spoon. There was also a fabulous sterling toggle clasp. Those pearls are to die for and there were oodles of vintage goodies (note the hematite facsimile glass in the lower right -- one of my favorite vintage beads.)

Drum roll please! Oh, wait.




Here is a close up of the beads. I used the vintage pink crackle glass rounds she sent with some Chinese gemstone cuts in a hematite finish. I also found some of my own hematite facsimile glass in an oblong shape, and there are some titanium plated hematite stars sprinkled here and there. There are seed beads in a gray AB finish. I used the larger vintage beads from the soup and the pearls. Two strands are knotted but the one with the bird is strung.



This is the clasp. I added a couple of links from an acid etched brass chain in a silver color. It made it easier to combine all three strands. I am loving this clasp!






© 2014 Theresa Buchle "Fly Me Home"

Now for the drum roll! Open the photo so you can see the details, like the stars and the tiny faceted beads that add a bit of sparkle. I included a silver finish brass bird and I called the piece Fly Me Home.

The inner strand is 19 inches long, the outer strand with the pendant is 23 inches. The pendant strand and the center strand are hand knotted on gray silk. I used silver-plated copper core wire to make the loop to hang the pendant. The bead tips for the two knotted strands are plated silver. The crimp beads have nickle colored crimp covers over them. All in all I wanted a slightly vintage look for everything so I tried to stay away from bright, shiny silver. The only beads sent to me by Tina that I did not use were the bronze seed beads. I am in love with what I did. There, I said it, fully admitted it.




Now, a little about my partner, Tina Bosh. She has traveled all over the country (47 states!)  but has spent most of her time in Northern California. She's very much like I am regarding Texas -- she wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

She has two children, a boy and a girl, both in their 20s. They have done their mama proud with their degrees. He went into Industrial Technology and she went into Event Planning. And Tina was a school librarian for a while, which explains her love of books. She has been married for 27 years and has four dogs: three dachshund mixes and a chihuahua who help fill her now empty nest.

Now for the other thing she and I have in common (the thing other than beads, of course):  finding other people's junk and making something else out of it! You know, junktiques, upcycling, repurposing. Only she has actually made a teensy bit of money doing so. Also, for the past four years she has made it a point to take an art class each semester (and a P.E. class which puts me to shame!). I love all of this about her.

This part is in Tina's words: "I love making jewelry. I have taken college classes in casting, making wax models and then casting in metal. One semester I took glass fusing and enameling. I have made many focals in the classes. For beads, I pick up thrift store necklaces, deconstruct them and make something new.  I work in stone, gem or glass beads.  My style is a bit Bohemian/Hippie.  While I think seed beading is lovely it is not my thing . . . . As far as art, I work mostly in mixed media.  Collage is another favorite.  The watercolor bird on my blog is a very beginner effort.  I am taking watercolor this semester and am only a few weeks into the learning." By the way, I love the watercolor bird! What I took out was that she doesn't like seed beads. *sigh*  I just couldn't bear to see the words again, sniff!



And here is what sent Tina. I cannot wait to see what she did and to find out which soup she used. My original post about the goodies is here.

The first soup was built around an ammonite. I included some mother of pearl drops, carnelian daggers, some white jasper pillow beads and faceted crazy lace agates (I love those - saved some for me!). There is a lovely sterling clasp along with some ear wires. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The second soup was built around that sexy rose quartz pendant. I included more rose quartz beads (I love those acid etched faceted drops & have some of my own), fancy fire polish in green/gray/pink, some green glass gemstone cuts, and some tiny faceted labradorite. There is also some brass chain, a Vintaj dragonfly and a Vintaj filigree ring and toggle. Last, but not least by any means, I added a length of hand died silk ribbon in pink/green, gray. This is actually my favorite of the two. No wait, the other one is. No, wait . . . .

And I sent her a pair of earrings with niobium ear wires in copper, copper chain and bead caps, mookaite, and tiny orange glass beads on copper head pins -- just because.








Bead Soup Blog Party links are found here on Lori Anderson's blog. Warning! There are several hundred links, so be prepared.

Happy hopping! And have a Happy Mother's Day if you happen to be a mom. I have a great weekend planned and might just have pics for you next week.

43 comments:

The Cabby Crafter said...

Hey T! I love your necklace! I've always wanted to make multi-strand necklaces but I have a hard time figuring how to combine different elements. You make it look so easy!

Elizabeth said...

First of all I love what you sent Tina!! Just came form her blog!! The piece that you made from her soup is stunning!! The spoon focal is brilliant and the way you used it all is magnificent!! Now I must keep my eyes out for vintage spoons!! Yet another thing to hunt for!! lovely LOVELY WORK AND USE OF SOUP!!

Shaiha said...

I would be in love with what you made. Heck, I am in love with what you made. It's gorgeous!

Mimi {SignatureSterling} said...

What a lovely design - I love the black and silver together. Very classy and stunning!

Tammy Adams said...

Fabulous soup mixes from you and your partner. The necklace you created is lovely. Great use of that focal.

tappingflamingo said...

I love how you have the triple strands and two focal points on the same necklace. It works very well together.

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

Nicely done, combining all the beads!

Becky Pancake said...

Great job Theresa.

stregajewellry said...

Great necklace and earrings also! Love the way you used the focal. All the beads go so well together.

roomforchange said...

That focal is amazing!! I love how your Soup came together in that gorgeous necklace!!

Lori Anderson said...

(Zack and I collect ammonites, that's a good one you sent!)

I LOVE what you did. The details just sing. The spoon is gorgeous, and I love the bird bit you added to one of your strands. I'm in real awe of people who so effortlessly work in multi-strands -- they take me forever because I always have to take them apart because somehow I goofed it all up.

Beautiful work, and beautiful soups all around! Thanks for participating!

vovsblog said...

Such lovely work well done!

Mary K. McGraw said...

What a fabulous necklace you made with your soup. I think the bird added the wow factor.

Bobbie said...

The necklace is a nice mixture of dark and light, and the addition of the bird from your stash ties it all together beautifully. Very nice!

Bead-Mused said...

Thank you all so very much. It was easy to make something pretty with what I received. And it's not easy, trust me - I rethought it twice before I came up something that worked, and that was after HOURS of trying one thing after another before I settled on knotting. I would love to say "ah, it was nothing" but I would be lying - agonizing hours!

T

Andrea Glick-Zenith said...

I LOVE your necklace! It is DIVINE. And those cute little hematite stars, Oh My Gosh. :)

<3,
Andrea Glick

Rebekah said...

Beautiful! All the elements and the way that you put them together are a beautiful complement to that stunning focal—I love the hint of warm tones combined with the cool silver—like sunlight hitting the ocean waves. Very nicely done!

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Lovely! I'd be in love with "Fly Me Home" too! It's beautiful! The multistrands & cool clasp are great! So glad I decided to hop partners' blogs at a time! Your necklace is a treasure! Beautiful soup swap also.

Happy hopping,
Rita

Kepi said...

Beautiful necklace, stunning design

Crystal said...

Wow! I love the way the two birds face inward, as though they were flying toward each other! The color story, and the way you tied it all together, are just gorgeous!

Jo-Ann said...

I love the closure too. It hasa simple elegance to it.

bailaora said...

beautiful elements and very inventive project!congrats!

Bookbug said...

Theresa,
WOW, you done good!! I love what you did with your soup. Adding the flying bird was just right, the multiple strands are stunning. I have had those grey flat pearl like beads for years and years. I never made anything with them, I have a few left. Me thinks I need to make something with them now......

Bead-Mused said...

Aw Tina, thanks! The necklace made itself & that soup was just gorgeous. Thank you so much for placing those beads in my hands. And I love what you did with the dragonfly! You're a mixed media queen!

T

PiPa said...

Beautiful necklace, it is hard to make them multistrand so I lvoe your composition!

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

What a gorgeous and complex necklace you made, Theresa :) Anyone would be proud to wear that piece!

Bead-Mused said...

Thank you so much, everyone. Your kinds words - music to my heart.

<3

T

Just Beads said...

Oh, I love the necklace. It's so elegant and beautiful.

Marsela said...

very nice use of colors - love multi strand necklaces!

Nan Smith said...

Gorgeous necklace! I love how you combined all the elements.......sexy and elegant! You are perfectly justified to say you love it. Great use of soup!

Jean Wells said...

Your multi-strand necklace is beautiful. I really like how you used the bird connector off-center in one of the strands and it goes so well with the focal. Great job.

Linda A. said...

What a SPLENDID piece! I love the bird on the first strand and the focal repeating it - how delightful! Love your piece! Well done!

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

Bead-Mused said...

Thank you! I'm so glad it's been well received - stringing is NOT my forte, neither is knotting but I went 'out on a limb' with this one.

T

sheilaposter said...

I like the necklace with the clever way you slipped the bird link in and the soups yousent to your partner are just fabulous, I would have felt lucky to get either

bairozan said...

What a beautiful necklace and what a harmony between the different strands! The bird link gives it a sense of freedom and the combination of the focal with the pearls is just perfect!

Barb Fernald said...

You definitely should be in love with what you made! It's a stunning necklace. I love the multi strands and the addition of the silver bird which compliments the focal so well. Everything comes together in the very best way. Bravo!

Bead-Mused said...

Y'all are so very kind! I'm glad that you like it as much as I do. Thank you so very much!

~.~

T

Dini Bruinsma said...

Black and silver-ish... I love it! It goes with so many different styles of clothes... and you added some beautiful beads! There are a lot of pretty♥ details in your design...

Bead-Mused said...

Thank you so much!

T

Terri said...

Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

CraftyHope said...

Your layered piece is really pretty. It's elegant without being too formal. I like that a lot.

WindDancerStudios said...

Absolutely adore Fly me Home! Wonderful soup!

Bead-Mused said...

Thank you all so very much! I'm glad you like it.

~.~

T