Saturday, April 13, 2013

BSPB 2013 - The Big Reveal

Another great Bead Soup Blog Party and I'm so excited to finally reveal my pieces.  My partner, Hope Smitherman, sent me a wonderful soup full of a little bit of everything:  glass, ceramic, wood, stone, metal.  It was so much fun to open all of those goodies and I was anxious to get started right away.  The first thing that jumped out at me were the wavy brass spacers and the green Picasso rondelles.  Most of my designs are simple but I try to make them each unique - things you won't see elsewhere. In this first necklace, I used the beads and spacers along with brass chain and the beautiful brass clasp Hope sent me. This necklace has become one of my favorites and I get lots of compliments every time I wear it.

BSBP 2013 Brass Necklace


I started on a copper necklace next but due to a mishap, I had to set it aside for a bit and regroup.  In the meantime, I made a pair of earrings with the ceramic and nut beads along with brass wire beads, Thai silk cord, and brass ear wires.  I love how the nut beads are light on top and dark on the bottom.  It adds depth and character.

BSBP 2013 Earrings
It was time to get back to my copper necklace and finish it up.  The chain for this necklace has copper horseshoe links with gemstones.  Each link is hand forged.  The clasp for this necklace is also handmade - I love my metals!!  The focal for this necklace is a beautiful Tagua nut and needed something to set it off.  I decided to make a simple copper bail that would also serve to link the chain together.



And that's it - my pieces for this year's BSBP.  

2013 BSBP Pieces

I've had such a fun time working with the goodies Hope sent me and I can't wait to see what she did with the soup I sent her.  Please take a minute to visit the other participant blog sites and enjoy the beautiful pieces made by a wonderful group of talented artists around the world.



60 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS designs Cheryl - well done !!

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS!! I love what you did with the components I sent. The horeseshoe chain is so very awesome and the first necklace totally deserves every compliment. I love those wavy spacers and the way you worked them into the focal of that necklace is great. And, the earrings. . . so earthy and airy-looking, they're just sublime. Oh, I'm just pleased with how it all turned out. Yay!!!

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    1. Glad you like the pieces, Hope. I loved working with the beads you sent and I still have some left over for future designs. Thanks for being such a great BSBP partner!!

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  3. Curious why my comments received try again messages for you and Hope. Well, I love the simple elegance of your style. I especially love the components or chain you made to accent that huge focal.

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  4. Awesome soup! I love the ingenious use of eye pins to creat a chain, I'll definitely be trying this one out.

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  5. Very elegant - I especially love the first necklace and the earrings. Beautiful classical design!

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  6. Great jewelry! really love what you did with the wavy spacers1
    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.
    http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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  7. Fantastic work~ love the earthy organic feel of your pieces.

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  8. very elegant, inventive work! congratulations!

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  9. Love your work, so original and love your wirework!

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  10. Love what you created with your soup! Great pieces, first necklaces is my favorite!

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  11. Your work is lovely. The first necklace with the wavy spacers, rondelles and the brass chain is so sweet! I also like the name of your blog, cute, soooooo cute.

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  12. Beautiful! Love all the wire horseshoes.

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  13. Gorgeous designs! Love your copper bail - very creative.

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  14. wonderful soup.. I love your designs.

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  15. Wow - you totally rocked your bead soup goodies! I love that last necklace you created - so glad you went back to it and finished it off! Fantastic pieces!

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    1. Thanks for the comments. The last necklace sold on Saturday afternoon. I was showing it to a friend's cousin and she wanted to purchase it as a birthday gift for a friend. I made a pair of earrings to go with it and it is now on it's way to New York!!

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  16. You know I'm a fan! I love your metals too.

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  17. very unusual designs, I love all your pieces!
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, what a fun :)
    ciao dall'Italia

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  18. Your pieces are amazing Cheryl! I don't even think I can pick a favorite. :) Awesome work.

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  19. lovely colours and the your designs work so well with the beads, I love the earrings

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  20. Very cool, Hope really spoiled you with all those treats! Nice pieces, I would be happy to wear any of them :-D

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  21. Great design-love your handmade chain.
    Linda

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  22. The first necklace is adoh-ra-ble! Your creations are lovely.

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  23. Gorgeous pieces! You did a fantastic job with your soup!

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  24. Love what you did! I really love the bail you made. And I can see why you get so many compliments on your first necklace!

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  25. The earrings are my favorites♥ but I love all the designs!

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  26. I really love the second darker one with the wire looms... great job!! ~KM 1st reveal - http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33013.html

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    1. Thanks Max! That necklace didn't last long -- a friend's cousin saw it Sat afternoon and bought it. The horseshoe link chain is one of my favorites.

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  27. WOW ! Great style .
    I especially LOVE that last necklace !

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  28. Love the work you have done here. I have made chain like that with the teardrop links - I know that it is a challenge all in itself. Great job!

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  29. Love what you made especially the first necklace!!!

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  30. I love all your pieces you made!!

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  31. Gorgeous, simple and very elegant.

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  32. All of your pieces are gorgeous! I think my fav is the last necklace, Love the links and the bail on the focal♥

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    1. Thanks Pat -- that was the first piece to be sold.

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  33. Nice work - you sure managed to get a lot done

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  34. Great designs a really funky feel

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  35. Those earrings are super fun! Love them...my favorite. Wonderment in your soup! Kristin Oppold

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  36. Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I had a lot of fun working with the variety of beads Hope sent me. I'm happy to report that someone saw the last necklace and just had to have it. I made a pair of earrings to match and it is now in New York, wrapped up to be given as birthday gift.

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  37. Beautiful, you are very talented :-)

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  38. Wow, what an amazing chain with the horsehoe links, everything is lovely!
    Jackie

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  39. I'm very partial to handmade chains and your chain is no exception! *beautiful*

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  40. Really nice. I love that gemstone chain :-)

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  41. I'm going to sound like an echo, but I thought that chain was a standout too. I love the texture brought about by the simple combination of the first necklace, very pretty.

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  42. You did a great job. I love the colors and textures.

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  43. Your designs are something I would buy in a minute. I love what you did and the colors are great. Your combination of materials adds character.

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  44. i love that first necklace. the way you chose and arranged the beads was genius!! i would wear it in a heartbeat

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  45. Beautiful creations......great soup!

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  46. Lovely! Your simplicity really highlights the beads and your wirework.

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  47. Your pieces are very interesting. My favorite is the bracelet.

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  48. What a great collection. I can see why the first necklace is your favorite as it is one that I would wear a lot.

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  49. I love the soup you were sent, very inspiring. I like the color combination of the first necklace, as well as the chain. It really caught my eye. I really like the earrings you made using the tube beads and nuts.I love the handmade chain. Great pieces!

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