Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Bead Soup is Done

Here is what Jess from Vintaj Natural Brass sent me - several focals and a stash of brass! Yummy! I love wire, metal beads and chain.


Where, oh where to start? Bracelets usually come first for me, and it happened again. I added amethyst beads, vintage aqua and purple swirly beads, brass and Czech glass. I just love that Vintaj clasp.


The earrings were next.


Then I made the necklace (more about that in a minute).



This was a bit of a challenge for me because I've been in a rut of making things that have only one or two colors for at least a year. (Change is good. I needed the challenge.) The first version of the necklace had the same amethyst, brass, vintage aqua/purple and Czech beads as the bracelet wire-wrapped together and finished with the medium-sized Vintaj chain.

It just didn't seem right. It needed a little pop or push. I started going through my yellow beads. Nope, they all were way more yellow-yellow than the focal bead's yellow. Aha! I had coin-shaped pale lemon quartz beads in just the right shade.

There was one problem, though. I'd used up all the good Vintaj wire and couldn't add the yellow beads with wire-wrapping. The nearest Hobby Lobby doesn't have Vintaj wire and the brass I had on hand was not the right shade. Could I still knot the way I learned ages ago? Yes! I knotted the necklace on 3-ply dark blue waxed linen. And I'm done. And it has more than two colors. :)

I know the pieces aren't real matchy-matchy. I like them to just look related.

Thank you Lori for putting all this together! Let's go see the rest of today's bead soup results. The list is here at Lori's blog.

51 comments:

  1. They are all so romantic and feminine, and I really like your knotted linen it was a nice soft touch to the necklace.

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  2. Your bracelet is one of my favorite pieces in the party. I love it. In fact everything you have done. I am now following you - and need to run to Vintaj to buy some wonderful brass components. Very tasty soup.

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  3. Beautiful, Carol! The pale pastels contrasted with the dark Vintaj bronze is very romantic.

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  4. THAT is some serious soup you got from Jess! lucky lucky girl! You worked it beautifully!

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  5. This is beautiful. How excited were you to get the Vintaj stash as your swap? Awesome!

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  6. love vintaj, love the bracelet and all.
    i don't understand why HL doesn't carry the vintaj wire..it's what we need the most.
    you met the challenge coming up with an alternative way to add the lemon beads.

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  7. All that Vintaj wow what a wonderful stash you got! These pcs youve made are so summery~oceany!
    Love what youve made!!

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  8. WOW- great stash of Vintaj!!! The beads are lovely, such wonderful blues. Your bracelet is amazing, I love the contrast of the glass and metal. Everything looks like pirate's booty!!! Enjoy:D

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  9. You got really wonderful bead soup and in turn made really gorgeous pieces with it!

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  10. What a great set of ingredients but the finished soup is even more beautiful!

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  11. What an amazing list of ingredients! I love the way your soup turned out!

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  12. That is an awesome soup you got there and everything is gorgeous. I adore the bracelet especially. Great job!

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  13. What awesome soup! I love all the pieces they are perfect for summer. I think the necklace is my favorite.

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  14. Thank you all for your kind words! After working with that Vintaj wire, I will definitely order some.

    By the way, I managed to do torch-fired enameling on the Vintaj filigree beads. I'll post those later this week.

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  15. Great job and I think they are a perfect match - and I can't wait to see your enameled beads. I'd love to try that myself.

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  16. That is indeed STUNNING! I love them all, particularly the bracelet, but then, I'm a bracelet gal! You did justice to the things you received and I'm so proud of you!

    Can't wait to see even more of your work! Hope you're HOOKED on Vintaj now!

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  17. Carol, these are wonderful!
    The blues you put together are driving me crazy!

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  18. Jess gave you a whole cupboard full of ingredients! I love what you have done. Those colors are so calming. I feel like drifting away. Thanks for the tasty treat! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  19. Lucky you to get such a nice haul of Vintaj stuff! Blues and purples - my favorite color scheme and I love how you punched it up with the pale yellow. That added the perfect touch. Great job!

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  20. You did a great job! Yummi Soup ;-) Have a nice day, see ya Doris

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  21. wow! you really got some great stuff from your swap partner, and you did a great job of putting it all together! I really love the colors just beautiful

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  22. Carol,
    I can see why you had trouble knowing where to start - what an awesome stash. I think you did a beautiful job with all three pieces and challenged your natural two-color tendencies very nicely. Funny, how we all have tendencies towards something that we have to resist. Mine is single strand bracelets and shorter necklaces.

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  23. Carol - I absolutely love your designs. Vintaj Natural Brass is my favorite medium to design with - You are so lucky you received Jess as a parter. I love the the blues with a dash of purple - perfect compliment to Vintaj! Great job.

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  24. Lovely soup, lovely pieces. Gorgeous swirly blues!

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  25. I especially love the bracelet! I have been so into wearing bracelets this spring into summer! Love it!

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  26. What a wonderful pot of soup! My favorite are the earrings, but then all of it looks just great. Beautiful colors, great designs, nice job!

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  27. Beautiful brew of soup. I love that your pieces aren't matchy-matchy, as you call them. Much more stylish this way. Great job!

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  28. Wow what lovely soup you got - I love what you have created, very soft and romantic. I especially love the seahorse and starfish earings. Well done!

    Karyn

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  29. You got a heck of an awesome stash to play with! The pieces you made are really beautiful, and I love the cool, calming colors. Very nice work!

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  30. Thank you all for the wonderful comments!

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  31. That's some bead soup! I like the way you put the Vintaj with those cool blue colors...It's bold and sassy! And some days, we need to be a bit more bold and a bit more sassy! Great job!

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  32. It doesn't always have to be matchy matchy, related sounds just fine to me! Can I just say, I love the earrings!! smiles, Virginie

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  33. What a great stash you received! I usually start with a bracelet too. The colors are so cool and calming. Great job!

    Cheers,
    Stacy

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  34. What an awesome soup!!!! It must have been lobster bisque! hee hee Thanks for stopping by my blog too! I uploaded my red piece if you would like to see it, stop back again.

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  35. I love that set. so chunky and substantial, like a real mermaid would be wearing.

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  36. Wonderful creations! Well done!

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  37. Carol your pieces are GORGEOUS! I love the combination of beads you paired with our findings! FYI - the Vintaj colored wire will be in Hobby Lobby soon. I'm addicted to it ;) Hope you had as much fun as I did. I'm glad everyone liked the bead soup ingredients that I sent, my designs with Carol's beads will be revealed on the Vintaj blog tomorrow!

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  38. Jess - I'm glad you like them. I was excited and a bit intimated to have you as a partner. I'm seeing visions of Vintaj components in my sleep now. Hobby Lobby will be able to sell lots of that wire. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with it and look forward to using a lot more. I should have mentioned that my focal bead is wrapped with Vintaj wire. :)

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  39. When I read right at the beginning that you added amethyst and purple to your abundant stash, I was already salivating! Brilliant way you met each challenge, trying to use more than 2 colors, then deciding to knot the necklace, and finding the lemon quartz! You say you have more beads than you'll ever use, but you don't have more than you'll need :) We neeeed choices, I hope you feel good now! Impressive pieces!

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  40. Sharon - You're right! We neeed to have more than we'll use. I was lucky to have those aqua and purple swirly funky beads. I bought them at least 10 years ago at a bead show. They were just waiting for the focal beads Jess sent me.

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  41. The blues and purples look great with the Vintaj brass! I think you did a great job with these! Thanks for sharing your Bead Soup...it was delicious!!

    Lisa

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  42. I love those colors and I LOVE the bracelet!! Fantastic job! The necklace is so pretty too. You had some fun stuff to work with. Good job getting out of the rut!

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  43. stunning soup and you did an amazing job. I simply adore the bracelet you made with it. Ofcourse the earring and necklace are beautiful as well. But the bracelet simply is my favorite!

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  44. What beautiful ingredients! I love what you've made with them, the mix of dark metal and the blues is gorgeous. I think the earrings are my favourite as that seahorse is just so cute!

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  45. Carol, So nice to see what you did with that great stash of beads. Especially like the bracelet and the not quite matching earrings. You rose to the challenge so well.
    I'm still only a little more than half-way through looking at all the sites. Glad to have made it to yours.

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  46. I know what you mean by a color rut; I've been in one, too... You broke out of yours for sure; I love this combo of colors! I also love the dark brass; it pulls the piece together perfectly. Beautiful work!

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  47. What summer-y goodness! All of your pieces are fabulous!
    Bead Happy!
    Michelle

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  48. Great pieces. I like that they're not so matchy. Lots more visual interest when you wear them. Great job!

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  49. I'm a late partygoer, but I'm so glad I'm finally here! I love that selection of Vintaj...you made great work if it! Plus, I love that you took that second look at your necklace to try something a little different. Very nice!

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