Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bead table Wednesday

I've been seeing a lot of jewelry made from wine corks on Pinterest lately, and have been itching to try to make something.  I'm thinking something summery, so I gathered these beads to work with.

These colors scream "beach" to me.  I'm not sure which ones I'll wind up using--just depends on how the mood strikes me.

Now to find the time to work on it...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!

Today is the day!  We finally get to reveal our creations for the Bead Soup Blog Party and see what everyone else came up with.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was paired with Stephanie Weiss, who's blog can be found here.  She was kind enough to send me two soups--one in my comfort zone, and one outside it.  This is the comfort zone soup:

I had a blast working with these beads, and I adore the colors.  I wound up making a necklace, bracelet and earrings from the set.

Next, came the set that was outside my comfort zone.  I don't work with black much.  I tend to lean toward browns and warm earthy colors.  This is the soup:

The bracelet I made came  pretty easily.  I knew almost immediately I wanted to use the tiles in a bracelet, strung on stretchy cord.  I made little metallic beaded beads to use as  spacer beads.

The seed beads used in the beaded bead are a mix of copper, silver and gold.  

I have to admit I struggled with the necklace.  I had the hardest time deciding what to do with the plain black pendant.  Finally, I found these little metallic flowers, glued crystal flatbacks in the center, and strung the pendant on leather cord.

And, finally the earrings to go with this set.  I used the black/metallic square beads and made some more beaded beads to dangle from them.  The square beads were difficult to photograph because of the finish, but I think you can get the idea.

I really love the results of both soups!  This is my first year participating in this blog party, and I've had so much fun!  Click here to see what the other participants came up with.

Monday, May 5, 2014


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Friday, May 2, 2014

Key earrings

New earrings!  I made these last night with some sparkly red teardrops and key charms I found at Michaels.  

Thankfully Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party reveal date has been postponed until May 10.  I've procrastinated a little too much!  I plan to try to finish my pieces this weekend since we have 3 softball games this week, gymnastics, and the prom on May 10.  Wish me luck!