Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Today is the second reveal date for the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by the wonderful Lori Anderson.

My partner, Mary Ellen Parker, sent me a beautiful bead soup. There were fiber beads, sparkly agate beads, and some very pretty silver oval beads. There was also a handmade clasp and some ribbon.


My favorite part, though, was this little guy -- a polymer clay owl pendant she made:

(Norbert the owl, official Saturday Sequins mascot!)

I wanted to make him the perfect necklace to nest in. What better home for an owl than a tree?



I combined matte gold sequins and silver seed beads with glass leaves to make a series of branches. I suspended him from a seed bead loop I made, and I used some repurposed chain to attach the beadwork to the clasp.


After I made Norbert's necklace, I had plenty of gorgeous beads left over. I started another piece, a colorful, crazy freeform necklace that incorporated the agate and fiber beads, but I didn't finish it. With class proposals, preparations for Sequintastic September, a visit from Mama Sequin, and submissions for Lark's 500 Necklaces book, I let things get out of control, and my priorities got mixed up.

(I mean, who in her right mind would choose cleaning the house over beading???)

Still, I love Norbert's nest! It was fun working with polymer clay components, which was something new for me, and I like the more subtle colors -- they give the necklace a mysterious, magical kind of feel. Norbert seems to like it, too.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for commenting! And extra special thanks with glitter on top to my wonderful partner and to Lori, for hosting another awesome blog hop.

And of course... have a sequintastic day! <3

PS: And here's where you can find all of the other BSBP participants!

83 comments:

  1. I love the home you have created for Norbert. He looked very happily mysterious with his nest! I love the color combination you have chosen, it really does go very well with Norbert. Lovely!

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  2. A very beautiful home, very suitable, and surprisingly with sequins. So it is a unique necklace. ;)

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  3. You made a perr-fect environment for Norbert, wow :-D

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  4. GORGEOUS !!!
    What a Magical tree !!!
    Sophisticated sequin shimmer,with just the right amount of secret shadowy shading.
    This is any owl's dream tree !
    I am absolutely over the moon to see that
    Norbert has such an Amazing home !
    m.e. :)

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  5. That is wonderful...love the tree idea!

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  6. I was hopping along the blog party entries, until your post made me stop in my tracks! What a stunner. Love how the restrained tones of the branches accentuate that owl focal. Just a brilliant design in every way!

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  7. WOW! I love what you did with this. Must have taken you forever

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  8. First, I have to say I adore your charming blog header! I've never seen anything like that.

    Now on to the bead soup. I love the 'nest' you made for the fabulous Norbert! That would certainly be a fun piece to wear with all the beads and sequins. It's fabulous!

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  9. Oh my gosh, I love your work! The owl is amazing! Super beautiful job creating a gorgeous necklace for it! So much fun to view your work! :) Kris

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  10. Wonderful necklace, he looks right at home. I'll definitely be thinking more about using sequins after reading your blog!

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  11. Absolutely stunning necklace! I'm crazy about owls! I am out of words, because it's too beautiful. Well, well done.

    hugs,
    Agata Grygiel

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  12. wonderful!!! Looks like the perfect place for an owl...;-))

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  13. Wow love these peices. The fiber beads are awesome too. I have many of them in all different colors. They make great accent beads for me.
    How are you feeling? I hope you are on the mend.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  14. Norbert has a perfect home. And I love how you attached the strands and the chain.

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  15. Norbert has a wonderful home! Love how you created a tree - great idea!

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  16. Oh heavens! I love Norbert!! And his tree!! What a great design, and beautiful necklace!!!!

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  17. One of the kittens just turned off the laptop for me when I tried to write a comment. Guess he thinks I should spend less time online and more time feeding him. *lol*

    But he'll have to wait a bit longer because I want to look at Norbert and the necklace some more. It's a beautiful necklace. Love the colours and the fringe is such a perfect "framing" for that cute owl!

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  18. I love it! What a perfect home for Norbert who is oh so charming. Beautiful work

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  19. I love the owl & the necklace you made for him!! So gorgeous :)

    Linda

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  20. Wow that's such a special necklace, the owl is a joy, the leaves and twigs are amazing

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  21. The owl is terrific! He looks like he's made of metal. Great setting for him :-)

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  22. Wow Sarah, I love Norbit's tree necklace it is gorgeous!
    Fantasitc job on creating a beautiful home for Norbit.
    Therese

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  23. Norbert looks so happy in his new home.

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  24. Love, love, love this!! Very unexpected and wonderful!

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  25. Norbert the owl is so cute! The necklace is a perfect home!

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  26. What a lovely piece...that owl is fabulous! Great webbing :)

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  27. I love your owl necklace! Perfect composition!

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  28. OK, I loved the owl, and then scrolled down and FREAKED over how awesome your necklace is! You really have such a talent. You should email me about getting you in touch with my book editor.

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  29. That is SO very creative of you putting Norbert (too cute BTW) in a "tree" like that! I'm in love with anything Owl, so I definitely am drawn to your piece :)

    Happy Hopping!

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  30. Oh my...love those goodies you got from Mary Ellen - we love her pendants! The necklace you created for Norbert to live in is fantastic! Love, love, love those branches you made! Such an awesome piece from those goodies you got!!!

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  31. Oh I just love your necklace, it is incredible. I love the colors, I love the owl and how you put it all together. Just gorgeous. Great job!

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  32. Norbert and his nest are quite fabulous! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the soup when you have the chance to finish it.

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  33. What an amazing owly home! I love the subtlety, and the glamor that Norbert has acquired...and I bet he does too. Incredible work! Dying to see the funky one when it is done.

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  34. This is really beautiful and your bead work is so complimentary to the colours of that gorgeous owl..great job.
    jenni

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  35. So cool! love the colors of the soup you received and love the owl's fab home! can't wait to see what else you create :)

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  36. That necklace is so over the top incredible! I am very sure that Norbert is very happy with his tree.

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  37. It's been a while of hopping and hopping since I've been truly amazed. Thank you for resparking my interest. This owl piece is amazing.

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  38. Ooh, love the necklace you created! Great choice of colours. It all reminds me of being in a forest at twilight.

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  39. It's a Harry Potter necklace :-) love it!

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  40. Norbert is fantastic! I love his new nest. You truly have a unique creative style to you work! Can't wait to see the free form necklace when you finish it.

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  41. I loved the way you balanced your piece. Using a focal like that and making it work is so difficult. You really did it. Love it.

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  42. Beautifully breath-taking! Gorgeous.

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  43. Gorgeous piece! I love your seed bead work!

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  44. Beautiful work Sarah, love the color combo!!!

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  45. The necklace is perfect for that adorable owl!

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  46. How beautiful ... what a gorgeous piece

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  47. Beautiful beading.Great use of the pieces.Love and hugs Tanya

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  48. Fabulous. A perfect pairing of beads to focal and very well executed.

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  49. love it.. I really love when you can use more than one technique on a piece.

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  50. Awesome necklace!! What a creative design and beautiful beadwork!

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  51. this is just amazing...love, love, love! the design is wonderful.

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  52. What a beautiful "tree!" Norbert looks VERY happy in it! Gorgeous!

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  53. Oh, earthy and glamorous at the same time! I LOVE this piece. I've never seen "branches" like this--I'll put that on my "to play" list.
    Kudos to Mary Ellen on that adorable owl!

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  54. Beautiful, I love how you've taken sequins from glitzy to earthy here.

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  55. Gorgeous! Norbert looks very happy in his tree necklace.

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  56. Norbert's nest works really really well for him! Really fun design.

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  57. Way magnifico necklace.I so luv luv luv luv luv it!!!!

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  58. What is there not to love about this necklace!? There's an owl, mixed metals (the silver and gold), lots of beads, and a touch of whimsy to it. You really did an awesome job on this necklace. Way to go!!

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  59. LOVE! I love Norbert's tree house! What an amazing job - totally rocks.

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  60. Wonderful! Norbert looks so happy in his tree! And he should be because it's simply gorgeous. I love the open, yet interconnected quality to your branches.

    Clever way to maximize your efforts, too - using the beaded tabs at the sides and then the chain at the back. Very, very nice!

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  61. Wow, I find this so creative. It is just like branches. Great job!

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  62. Oh wow! Yours is absolutely the most creative I've seen in both of the first two reveals. Congratulations on a BEAUTIFUL piece! Norbert looks sooooo happy!

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  63. I love how it seems as if the owl is sitting amongst branches of a tree!! Very pretty!

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  64. I just love what you came up with...fantastic idea! A noble home for any fine feathered friend!

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  65. I love Norbet's nest, it's a beautiful way to showcase an adorable owl :-)

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  66. Holy Moly! What an amazing necklace! I love it!

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  67. Great job putting Norbert in a tree. I like Mary Ellen's clay pieces. I did my first asymmetrical necklace with one of her beads & it belongs to my sister now.

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  68. I really love Norberts necklace the sequins make it really different and I love owls!
    Jackie

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  69. Sorry I am so late, I have been having computer issues! Oh My Goodness, that owl is just too cute and the way you did the beadweaving.... amazing!! I really can see him just sitting on a branch waiting to FLY!!

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  70. A fantastic nest for your cute little owl!

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  71. I love that owl and your necklace!
    I'm still hopping,sorry I'm late!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  72. U created a perfect setting for the owl!! :) I'm actually organising a mass bead soup where all the crafters get the same set of beads :) i think it ll be really cool too see what 10s or even 100s of people make with the same beads! planning to send out the beads 2 aug with designs revealed end aug. Would be cool if u d like to take part (details on https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/bead-soup/) :)

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