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!