Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!
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!!!