I am skidding in here with my post in the nick of time!
Let me tell you it has been a craaaaazy month and I have wanted to sit down with my soup of beads for sometime, only to be way laid by....... ummmm, the fresh hot mess that is my life?!?
Anyway, let me introduce to you my wonderfully generous and talented partner; Shelby Foxwell of
I was so happy to meet a new metal friend and I felt like Shelby cooked up a soup that was tailored to my taste!
Shelby included Hollow Lampwork Beads by Alisha White,
a Polymer Clay Pendant by Beads by Earth Tones ,
a Handmade Stamped Brass Toggle Clasp by Sundown Findings (that's Shelby!!!)
and a mix of stone beads including turquoise spike beads, picture jasper, honey jade and new jade.
She also included some gold leather strap that I will admit I was stumped and ran out of time on.
At first I was thinking, "Oh no, I haven't got any brass!"
But then I remembered I did, unpacked it and sat down to get to work.
I have a terrible habit of pulling every 'like' color of bead and component out before starting a project and due to a lack of tables, I am working on the floor, hippie style.
Also in the dark, due to a lack of lighting.
Sometimes this works out okay, sometimes, the next day, I'm like
"SHANNON! You've got to get some good lighting!!!"
This was a worked-out-okay-beading-session and here is what I put together;
Summer Fields Verdigris Neck Cuff
The gorgeous green and gold pendant by Beads by Earth Tones was complimented perfectly by a patina-ted neck cuff I just happened to have out already.
Paired with a scrap of gold sari silk and a spike bead of turquoise and I'm done!
Now onto the new jade, which is such a pretty shade of pale green.
I added a mismatched lot of brass bead caps, hammered brass links and some chain for a lovely lavalier;
What? Too simple?
But it looks soooooooooo pretty on!
Now here is the piece I created with Shelby's toggle;
It is too special to put at the back of the neck....
Yes, simplicity is the name of the game here.
I am not interested in impressing you with technique, but rather creating jewelry I would want to wear with its focus on the handmade focals.
Following along with the green and yellow theme, I added a couple of honey jade to these very green verdigris links and POOF!
The hollow glass by Alisha were a bit different in size so I added bead caps to even out their appearance and hammered brass spears to follow the curve of a woman's jaw.
I really wish I had more time, I would like to play with the other beads but I'm off to visit other soup makers now.
(Does it ever get old, all the soup references? lol)
Visit other bead soup blog posts here;
And say hi to our lovely host Lori here;
Last but certainly not least, please visit Shelby here to see what she has simmering on the stove with the bead soup I sent her (heehee!!);
Much Love & respect,