Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Sept. 2011 Reveal

My blog partner for this party was CeCe Cormier, aka The Beading Yogini. She makes wonderful lampwork beads, cool Apoxie Sculpt Clay pieces, awesome macrame jewelry, and more. She sent me this treasure chest of beads and findings for my soup.

There is so much goodness here that I love. I could easily have strung or wire-wrapped jewelry using only these goodies. I wanted to go a little further, though. :)


Look at all that! The rule is we must use at least the focal and the clasp. I have three choices of focals. :) I always liked owls (even way back in high school) so that's an easy choice. From my own supplies, I added a few beads, a lot of wire, some heat and hammering, an inked stamp pad and a little paint. The rest was CeCe's lampwork beads.

I'll let the owl tell you the rest of the story.

That tree-branch looking thing will be a perfect perch. Cut off that loop. Upsie-daisy! Let's get some talons glued in place and dried.


A nice full harvest moon would look so good behind me, don't you think? Too much white? Oh, well. I live in a forest anyway. Trees are good. Can you do trees? Speaking of white, can I be a barn owl. What? The white paint "isn't working?" What are you doing to me now? Gray? Oooooh ... yes, pewter sounds much better.

Ah, I'm all fixed up with my branch, twigs, leaves and... WHAT? You nailed me to the tree? You say that's my "third eye," huh? Yeah, riiiight, lady. No more yogi tea for you today.


I'm a happy little pewter, ahem, great gray owl now. My skull barely hurts. What? You want to hang me on something now? What's this about chains? Where's the number for the ASPCA?

You say the forest needs twilight colors, twiggy looking things, with hints of plants and bugs flying around. Sounds good to me. Are you done yet? It's almost midnight and an owl has to eat dinner, you know! (flappity-flap)







Check out all the Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal posts here.

83 comments:

  1. Fab piece (and I love the story too :) )

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  2. Carol, I love your piece ... and the beads CeCe sent are gorgeous! Even in a pile, the colors are strikingly beautiful. You're masterful with chain and links ... it makes the piece look so lyrical ... and the owl and branch ... genius!

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  3. I was smiling through the whole process of the owl making ;) Love the necklace and all the different components you incorporated! Stunning work!

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  4. Omg oMg, I absolutely love this necklace! You did a wonderful job and the soup turned out yummy!

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  5. CeCe's beads are amazing and the finished piece is astonishing!!

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  6. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  7. Great piece! What a hoot!

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  8. It's beautiful. Thanks for letting the owl tell his story :)

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  9. Beautiful selection of colours. Love your ideas for putting everything together, it looks amazing.

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  10. What a beautiful soup, and gorgeous own. I just love the design you pulled together. Beautiful!

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  11. fabulous soup and a gorgeous creation...you are genius! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  12. Beautiful, such a great soup to work w/, love the wire & bead work

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  13. Love you write-up! Funny owl. Loved reading your process. And what a beautiful necklace! As always, your wirework is a stunning addition! Nice work!

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  14. Very creative, both the post and the necklace. Looks great.

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  15. What a fabulous piece. Nice job! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda

    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  16. Your piece is just lovely!

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  17. Wow, what an awesome soup! Love your creation!

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  18. LOL.. what a gorgeous piece you've made with a wonderful soup!

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  19. Loved seeing your progress and read your brainstorming. Your owl turned out precious and that necklace is amazing.

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  20. Wonderful necklace and I do love the Owl story too :) Nice to see how You made the focal Yours - love that pile of soup parts You got from Your partner ..woow

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  21. The greater the choice, the more the effort! I love your choice and the finished piece. An awsome necklace! But I'm sure, there will be a lot of nice jewellery with the rest of the soup package!
    Greetings, Michi

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  22. A wonderful Owl-necklace! :D

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  23. Funny girl..I was smiling and seeking the next part of the story the whole way through. Just love the result. Love the colours and the soup was brilliant.
    jenni

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  24. WOW- what a great necklace. Love the story you tell of the whole process. GORGEOUS :)

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  25. Absolutely breath taking. I love the earthy feel and yet it is still loaded with whimsy. The soup sent to you was amazing,and you did it proud.

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  26. Oh wow, your necklace is stunning!

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  27. stunning love your design

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  28. Is it ok to be jealous of your soup? I love my soup but I am hungry and would like to steal a lot of soup. I am becoming a bad bad robber these past couple of days!

    You did so well -- you should wear that with pride!

    I hope you'll join me again -- the new badge and dates will be posted on my blog on the 19th!

    Love, Lori

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  29. Lovely, lovely, lovely - and the story was pretty wonderful, too! Mr. Owl looks pretty darned cool...

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  30. What Lori said :^)
    Be Blessed to be a blessing

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  31. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I love the story too. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  32. Carol, Beautiful Pewter, ahem, Gray Owl necklace, cute story also!
    Therese

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  33. Lovely necklace - wonderful details make it a great piece of art!

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  34. Lovely piece and that story was priceless.

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  35. beautiful piece, I love what you did with the focal.

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  36. You had such beautiful soup to work with...oh my you made a fabulous necklace.....one of my favorites!

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  37. Thank you everyone for your kind and encouraging comments! I will visiting all of your blogs in the next few days. :) This is quite an adventure in ideas and techniques, isn't it?

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  38. That soup you received had me swooning!! So much lusciousness! I would have started with the owl as well. They're impossible to resist aren't they?
    I really love your necklace. So much! I wish it were a little easier to see the owl in front of the moon (that may just be the angle in the photo.) Otherwise, your piece is perfection!! Outstanding work!!

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  39. Gorgeous beads, and a really cute story too - I love that owl :)

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  40. Your commentary was totally cracking me up. Love the final piece!

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  41. Stunning! absolutely LOVE this necklace!!!

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  42. Do love all the twistiness! Beautiful colours, yum!

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  43. Very funny commentary and very clever use of the soup! I love the finished piece and that lampwork, Oh My!

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  44. This is a beautiful necklace. It would be a design I would be proud to have come up. I love it. Thanks for sharing. Cherrie

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  45. Oh wow! I think I would've fainted had I received this soup! Love the owl pendant. A very unique necklace.

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  46. Your piece turned out great (although I kind of liked the little owl being green) but he does blend in better this way. You made great wire bead connectors. And the colors just seemed to flow together with your wire. I loved the way you had the little owl tell the story. So cute.

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  47. Oh heavens, I was crackin' up reading that! Especially when the owl went upside down! Love your creativity and fearlessness in altering pieces. I'm so glad I found you so I can follow your blog now! Stunning design, great process.

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  48. What creative pieces and post!! I especially love your wire wrapping work and use of jump rings. Will definetely be following this "creative" blog!!

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  49. You are too funny. Your design is so special... you have a true understanding of nature.

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  50. Hahaha! Love the story from the perspective of the owl! Too cute. And the design is just lovely!

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  51. That is some seriously fabulous soup you got!! And that is a seriously amazing design you created...just stunning.

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  52. wow you had some really awsome soup to work with! I really love the owl necklace, there is a lot going on and it all works so well together!

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  53. Wow, really great beads and fantastic job using them - I love your necklace!

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  54. I love this piece and the story of it, too. Beautiful use of asymmetry. I can never carry that off! Kudos! This is great.

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  55. So jealous!! I loved my soup, but yours has to be the best one I have seen so far!! Incredible!! Love what you made with it too! :)

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  56. what wonderful soup you have. I love the owl- but green is my color so I gotta say I liked him green. What a fun piece. You make me want my own owl! I gotta see where he came from!
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

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  57. wonderful job! I love the necklace! And that poor owl.. hope his head feel better ;)

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  58. The owl is feeling much better after the little inversion event. He has bright yellow contact lenses now as a reward for putting up with me.

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  59. Beautiful necklace (and I loved Mr. Owl's story, made me smile)!

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  60. I hope the owl's headache is cured! Love what you did. Man oh man the tube bead is gorgeous! The colors!

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  61. I absolutely love your necklace - and your post had me in stitches! I loved all the colours in your soup so I wasn't sure at first when I saw you'd painted the owl, but it is all beautiful. One of my favourites and I'm now following your blog.

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  62. Your soup was just lovely! And you did it justice by making such a gorgeous necklave! Great job!

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  63. I want to lick the computer screen!

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  64. Your necklace is absolutely gorgeous!
    I love the colors and I love what you did with the owl! Awesome!

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  65. That owl really made me giggle, the way he told the story of his own creation. Love your twiggy beady messy style with the chain and all, the forest is full of beautiful chaos and you captured it!!

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  66. Beautiful! So many wonderful details and textures to look at. Btw, your focal has a great little autobiography!

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  67. I like the owl's point of view. Very funny. Very pretty necklace,nice colors.

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  68. Beautiful design and nicely harmonized colors.

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  69. You got an amazing collection of items from your partner. The necklace you made is gorgeous, and I love the little owl telling the story!

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  70. Ok... you, dear lady, made me laugh for the first time today, thank you!! What a fun piece of writing to go with the spectacular pictures :) I love your piece, it is... poetical perfection. Wonderful, truly wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  71. Love the entire look! You did your soup proud! Beautiful! I could see that one around my neck too...hehehe

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  72. Haha! I love it. What a sweet story. And a beautiful necklace.

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  73. The beads were simply gorgeous, but your choice of wirework just set them off perfectly. ;-)

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  74. oh my goodness! what a beautiful piece! it has such a beautiful look and feel to it.

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  75. those beads are amazing. Owls are so popular and you featured this pendant with your lovely designed necklace. Soup-er job!

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  76. What a great organic looking piece!
    Lovely.

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  77. Gorgeous necklace from a lovely soup! I really like how you altered the focal, adding spots of colour that tie it together with the beads in the necklace chain. Fab job!

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  78. Amazing bead soup-wow! The necklace you designed is fantastic. I love the wire beads that you created. You have a lot of really great details in your design!

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  79. The chain is a piece of art, I love all those little details.

    Ambra

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  80. Gorgeous fall colors you got to work with! Love your creation!!!

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