Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!
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If you've read this post, you know that I signed up to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party. My partner was the talented Sandi Volpe, and we sent each other a mix of beads, focals, and a clasp from our bead stash.

Here's what she sent me:


Lovely sparkly beads, leaf beads, and seed beads...

Along with some fantastic handmade components and some silk sari ribbon.

I immediately fell in love with the beaded clasp. It spoke to me so much, I decided to use it as a focal piece in my first necklace. I added some sari ribbon for embellishment, and I strung it on Beadalon.

I ended up with a piece I love! And which will be my go-to necklace for dressier occasions. It was fun to use the ribbon, which I'd never worked with before, and which I would definitely try again. It was also fun to do some stringing on beading wire because I haven't done a whole lot of that since I was in my teens. Boy, I love Mr. Sequin's crimping tool. And now I'm comfortable using it.

I didn't stop at once piece, though! I loved the copper flower component that Sandi made, and I just had to incorporate it into a necklace -- further helping me to hone my crimping skills. I also used some earring wires and hammered rings from my own stash to make a pair of earrings that will go with either necklace.


I had a lot of fun with this challenge! It helped me with another challenge, the Challenge of Music, since I learned that Beadalon strands plus bead embroidered pendants equals beautiful, fun, and very sturdy. I'll be getting more when my spool runs out.

Thanks, Sandi, for being a great partner, and thanks to Lori of Pretty Things for organizing and hosting such a fun blog hop! I can't wait to see what everyone else has created -- which I will do over the course of the next week, since there were 200 participants!

Thanks for stopping by, both regular readers and new bead friends! I encourage you to come visit again, and to check out the reveal post for my very first beaded collar. Have a sequintastic day, and enjoy the blog party!!!

115 comments:

  1. The copper flower is lovely. Love what you did with it!! Very wearable too.

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    1. Thank you!

      Isn't that flower adorable? :)

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  2. they are so pretty!
    I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit all of you.
    this was really a great experience!
    ciao ciao

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  3. nice and simple! It's refreshing to see designs that aren't too busy and chaotic! You did a fine job with your soup! Rock on!

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    1. Thank you, Lorelei! I'm happy with the simplicity of these pieces. :)

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  4. Simple and elegant. I love them both :) x

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  5. Lovely pieces. Like the way you showcased the copper flower and made it stand out in the piece.

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    1. Thank you! I really wanted the copper flower to take the spotlight. :)

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  6. Fantastic work Sarah, thanks so much for being my partner!!!

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    1. Thanks, Sandi! I can't wait to see what you've created!

      Thanks for being my partner, too. *Hugs.*

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    2. Back for a better look, beautiful job, love the way you used the clasp too. Trying to get through a chunk of the hop today:-)

      Will let you know when I have my second helping of soup ready:-)

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    1. Thank you, Roberta!

      You must be back from Arizona. Welcome home! I hope you had a fabulous time.

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  8. Absolutely wonderful, lovely and so unique! The ribbon piece is my favorite! I had a lot of fun too this time.

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    1. Thanks, Vonna! The ribbon piece is my favorite, too.

      I'm so glad this challenge was fun for you! Can't wait to see what you made. :)

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  9. They are both lovely designs! I think I love the silk sari ribbon design most. I've really been enjoying wearing scarves this winter. This would be a great way to carry that feeling forward into warmer weather! :)

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! That one's my favorite, too.

      Necklace scarves! What a great idea. I can picture a lot of variations on that idea.

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  10. Both necklaces are beautiful but the one with ribbon is my favorite.

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    1. Thank you, Janet! I really love the ribbon necklace. I'm happy to have something sparkly, but not too elaborate, to wear out to dinner. :)

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  11. Beautiful necklaces! I like the delicate designs and how you added the ribbon to the first necklace. Fab job!

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    1. Thank you, Maneki! I would definitely use ribbon like that again on a pendant. I'll have to see if it comes in dark red. :)

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  12. Ooooh so pretty!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  13. Beautiful "go-to" pieces! I'm thinking the same about the soup I received. I love how you turned a clasp into a focal. I tend to do that with these beautiful clasps, too. So fun to have participated in the 5th BSBP with you!

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! It's cool that I'm not the only one who has an eye for unusual and pretty clasps. I tend to feel guilty putting the really special ones in the back of a piece.

      It was fun participating with you, too! <3

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  14. Darling pieces! I love the flower focal on that second necklace!!!

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    1. Thank you, Alice!

      I love the flower, too. I'm glad I let it take the spotlight on the second piece. :)

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  15. Sarah, I love your simple designs, the colors are so yummy and I like that you used the clasp as a focal in the first one. The second one is my favorite.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you, Therese! I love the colors that Sandi sent to me -- she really has a great eye for things that go together, doesn't she?

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  16. What gorgeous beads you got! I just love those Czech beads--the combination of copper and dark blue is just lovely, one of my favorite combinations. Love how you used the ribbon! The color is perfect. (Definitely use it again!) Good call on the clasp ring! I love repurposing clasps. Your second piece is lovely too, love how you interspersed the larger beads between the seed beads.

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    1. I was very happy with my bead soup. :)

      Thanks for all your wonderful compliments! I'm so happy with how the first necklace turned out, especially.

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  17. Nice original use of the components she sent :)

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    1. Thank you, Marie! I loved using the clasp as a focal. :)

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  18. Very pretty and delicate! I'm glad you went for the ribbon -- I'm trying to learn more about that myself!

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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    1. Thank you, Lori! The ribbon intimidated me a little at first, but once I started to think outside the box, as they say, I was very happy with it.

      I'd love to participate again! It's been so much fun to see what everyone had made -- just as much fun as making things.

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  19. I love both pieces you created from Sandi's soup! I love the ribbon hanging from the one and I also love the one where the focal is the center piece of the second necklace. Very nice!

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    1. Thank, Jeanette! Both of these pieces make me happy, but especially the one with the ribbon. :)

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  20. Great designs with such clean lines - deceptively simple and simply beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Morwyn! Deceptively simple and simply beautiful -- what a wonderful way to put it. :)

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  21. Oh wow, I love your designs! So pretty and elegant! :)

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  22. Looks like you had fun with your ingredients!

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  23. Gorgeous. Those claps are stunning. You have made them into some gorgeous pieces :)

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    1. Thank you! I love the copper pieces Sandi sent -- they were easy to work with because they were so pretty. :)

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  24. What a lovely way to use the ribbons! I would never have thought to use them in a tassel-y dangle.

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    1. Thank you! I was really excited when I had the idea.

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  25. I think you made a great decision using that beautiful clasp as a focal. You have 2 great necklaces.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! It was such a special piece, I just HAD to make it a focal. :)

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  26. Both necklaces are lovely - like Adlinah said, using ribbons like that it's not an idea that would have easily crossed my mind. I love everything you made - beautiful pieces for various occasions.

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    1. Thank you, Alicia! At first I thought of stringing beads or focal pieces on the ribbon, but I wanted to go for something a little more unconventional. I'm glad the idea came to me! :)

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  27. I love what you made with your beads! Simple, elegant and wearable (love the ribbon solution!)

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  28. Very nice pieces. Creative use of the clasp as the focal in your first necklace.

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  29. very creative use of your soup mix, lovely

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  30. That beaded clasp looks totally amazing as a focal point. Very simple, but very elegant designs. Sometimes those are the very best sort of creations, because then you can wear them all the time. Great job! ♥

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    1. Thank you! I agree about simple but elegant pieces. Most of the things I make are too bold and big to wear to anything except the fashion show that is Bead and Button, but these pieces are just right. :)

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  31. I love the shine and shimmer on your pieces. Just gorgeous! Congrats on a job well done!

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    1. Thank you, Marcie! You're a sweetheart. <3

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  32. Sandi's handmade components look just beautiful with your designs! You did a beautiful job!

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    1. Than you, Patti! They were easy components to work with because they were so pretty and unique. :)

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  33. Oh, Sarah! I love these! Sweet and simple and very elegant! I absolutely love how you used the ribbon for part of the focal, beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I really do love how these pieces turned out, especially the one with the ribbon. :)

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  34. Sarah, such beautiful and elegant designs! Love what you did with your soup!

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    1. Thanks, Pips! :)

      I would definitely participate in this blog hop again -- this has been so much fun!

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  35. You really did a nice job with your soup. I love the silk and I can certainly see how this would be a very wearable necklace. It is really nice. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Jean! I'll have to put some renaissance wax on the clasp for the silk necklace, since I'm allergic to copper, but once I do, I can see myself wearing it everywhere. :)

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  36. Love what you did with that ribbon. Very pretty pieces!

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    1. Thank you! I may have to get some more ribbon at the Milwaukee bead show this summer because it was fun to work with. :)

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  37. I like how light and elegent your pieces turned out. ( and I love your blog header pic.. it's so dead on perfect! )

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    1. Thanks, Kat!

      I was so thrilled when I came up with the idea for the blog header. My lovely photographer, Mr. Sequin, did a great job of translating the idea in my head into a photo!

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  38. Love your designs, really like how you took the clasp and went outside of the box with it.

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    1. Thank you, Jean! It was a lot of fun to use the clasp in a different way, and I'd do it again if I found another one I loved that much. :)

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  39. Very pretty! I love the colors!!

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    1. Thank you! I was very happy with my partner's color selection. :)

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  40. Wow-I love the pieces that you created! The placement of the silk ribbon on the first necklace is very clever. I also like the pendant with a chain dangle in the second design.

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen!

      Want to know a secret about the copper chain? It was too fine to fit any of my jump rings through, so until I find some the right size, I *tied* the chain to the jump ring. Seems to be holding up! ;)

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  41. Love the unusual shape of your necklaces. And sari silk as a focal? GENIUS!!

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! <3

      Genius? That's a compliment I'll happily take. :)

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  42. Wow...I knew I would like your designs once I saw the beautiful bead soup sent by Sandi. The colors are so beautiful and lush. I really like both of your necklace - each so different but both have such an elegant look to them (and both unique in their own way with the different focals you used). I know you'll get lots of compliments when you wear these! :-)

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  43. Aw, this is so cool!!! And what an amazing idea with the swap!!!

    love K

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  44. I really, really love your necklaces! Great ingredients lead to great soup! You had wonderful focals to use and truly show cased each one. Congrats.

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  45. You did a wonderful job. Very pretty. Love the beads
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  46. What a nice concept, i've never heard about it before! you did a great necklace, lovely!


    Virginie/
    http://www.virginiepeny.com/

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  47. This challenge has really made me love sari silk :) Love the simplicity of your design! Took a peak at your bead embroidery pieces and I love them, too!

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  48. Very fun!!! Love the long centerpieces!!!

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  49. Simply beautiful & a unique version of classy.

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  50. While I really like both of your pieces, that first one is a whole lotta awesome. I'm glad you used that clasp at the front as it really did deserve to be front and center. Congrats on two successful necklaces!

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    1. That beaded clasp really did deserve the spotlight, didn't it? It honestly was my favorite part of the soup Sandi sent, and it caught my eye as soon as I opened the package.

      Thanks, Hope!

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  51. Beautiful work! I love the beaded circle piece and how you incorporated it into your project!

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  52. Very pretty pieces! Beautiful color combinations..lovely!

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  54. the use of the sari silk on the beaded ring is brilliant. I might borrow that idea (change it up of course!) because I have tons of sari silk and no clue how to use it. This is the first thing I've seen that "speaks" to me. The 2nd piece is also gorgeous. Love it. ALso, this is the 1st time I;ve been to your blog and I adore the banner with the name ;-) Cute idea

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer!

      Yes, feel free to borrow this idea. It's a pretty simple one, and one I'd love to see elsewhere -- and I'm all about using those supplies we accumulate but aren't sure how to use. :)

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  55. Really pretty necklaces, great job! I would wear these pieces.
    Sonya

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  56. Very pretty pieces! You done good! :-)

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  57. I really love your first necklace. It is gorgeous. Great job with your soup!

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  58. Love the copper flower focal. Very pretty necklace.

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