Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party FINAL REVEAL!!!!

It is here, the long awaited day to reveal our creations with the Bead Soup we received!!
I know, a week later than what was announced in the Banner over there in the margin! --->
This was due to the fact that the absolute gorgeous and wonderful host of this blog hop, Lori Anderson, had fallen ill, please send her some healing thoughts while you read this....

Just to refresh your mind, this is the Soup that was sent to me by Evelyn from Raindrop Creations (You will find the link to her blog a little further in this post)

I absolutely love a good challenge but I must admit I had quite the brain rumblings going on trying to come up with something that I thought was splendid and not just...well.....boring, I did not just want to bead a necklace, I wanted that focal to shine!!!
In the end it was actually with the help of Heather of The Crafthopper that I came up with something, she handed me this gorgeous bundle of sari silk in the exact color that also appeared in the focal and there it was, that click, and all of a sudden I really saw it!!!
I really think it does bring out the focal the way it deserved, center stage!
The clasp to me was not nearly as hard to work with, it was just pretty in itself and so I really knew from the beginning what I wanted to do with it, it needed to be a very simple bracelet, so it really would be all about the clasp, since the claps had a heart I picked red pearl beads to go with it, to emphasize the color of a heart.....
So without any more ado:


For the necklace with the focal I used the sari silk that Heather gave me and added some swirls on each side with copper that could hold the pink and orange beads also given to me in the Bead Soup.
I had to add some of my trademark: I swirled a crocheted chain around the silk.
I also sewed some more of the pink pearly beads and some tiny dark red/purple freshwater pearls in the silk, I gathered the ends with copper to be able to attach jumprings which could hold the clasp hook closure.
I really like how it came out!



For the heart clasp I made a simple single Viking knit brass bracelet which I filled with deep red faux pearl beads and finished with two brass handmade end caps, I also added an extender of 'home grown' jumprings :)
I really think that also in this piece the given clasp is taking center stage!



I really LOVED this, it was hard but also a lot of fun, it is so different when someone else picks you your beads and focal and clasp to work with, but I seriously loved the challenge, it made me think outside of my comfort zone and I think that is exactly the reason to do a blog hop like this, it taught me again something new, working with the sari silk (with which I have now fallen in love I must say) so I am absolutely looking forward to the next Bead Soup party!
Leaves me to once more thank Lori for all the work she has done, you are most precious and will always have a spot in my heart!
Please make sure to hop on over to Evelyn's blog Raindrop Creations to see what she has done with the Bead Soup I sent her.
And if you are ready to see some other blog-hoppers, you find the list with all blogs that are participating here.

113 comments:

  1. I love what you made, lovely bracelet!
    I'd want to try the viking knit, thanks for inspiration!

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  2. Love the addition of the purple silk! It is fantastic.

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  3. great use of fabric in first necklace, I love it! And fantastic knitted bracelet /not so simple as you wrote:)))/ Superb!

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    1. maybe I said it wrong, I meant 'simple' as in not many bells and whistles to lead away from the clasp :) but yah get what you mean for sure! Not 'done in five minutes' simple ;)

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  4. Ghislaine...I LOVE what you did with the beads I sent to you! :) Lovely, innovative and original...are only a few of the adjectives I can think of to express these beautiful pieces...Ev

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    1. thank you Ev and thanks again for the Soup!!!! It sure made me think outside of my box!!!

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  5. Love the viking knit! Wonderful soup :)

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  6. Two great pieces. I really love the sari silk necklace. Great color palette

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    1. Yes I absolutely love it too, I was so worried about it first though, the sari silk absolutely saved my day!

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  7. That is one beautiful necklace. The purple really makes the focal pop.

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  8. Oh, yes, I can see how that sari silk brought the moment of revelation! And the red pearls in the Viking knit bracelet are a very nice touch!

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    1. thank you, yeah I really thought the red pearl beads made that little pop it needed :)

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  9. Yes, that silk was absolutely the perfect choice for the focal. And I love the crocheted chain winding around it! Gosh, that bracelet is gorgeous!!

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  10. I really love the purple.. Beautiful necklace.

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  11. I know NEED to learn how to viking knit..!!! it's so breathtakingly stunning.

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    1. it's also very relaxing to do...that is if you do not use stiff brass, hahahahaaa
      thanks for the compliment!

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  12. I love the Bohemian feel of your necklace and the handmade bead caps from the Vikings Knit is spectacular! I definitely want to try those. I see that you have a Pinterest pin to each of your photos. Could you send me an email with directions? deborahapodacadesigns@gmail.com Thanks.

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    1. Hi Deborah, thanks for the compliments! I learned to make my end caps from a free tutorial you can find here: http://www.katrinalum.com/#!viking-knit-part-3/c21vc :)

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  13. You did a great job!! I just love the Viking knitting... I can't do it, but your work is amazing!! I also love that silk! I'd wear everyone of them!! :) ~KM

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    1. thank you for the great compliments! :)

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  14. Ohhh, viking knit ! I would love to try that out someday. I always thought it looked so pretty. And it absoltely does here ! I adore your use of fiber in the first piece, too !

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    1. it really is fun to do too and once you get the hang of it it really is not that hard!! Thanks for the compliments!

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  15. Beautiful creations - I love how you let the heart clasp take the front place on the bracelet. Great work!

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  16. How nice to see the Viking Knit incorporated in your design. It did the clasp justice! Beautiful Sari silk necklace with you focal!

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    1. Thank you....Yes I would love to make more creations incorporating sari silk now, it feels awesome to wear too!

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  17. Love both pieces, but the viking knit bracelet is amazing!

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  18. Beautiful bracelet and necklace.

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  19. Anything with purple is a winner as far as I'm concerned, and I really like how you put beads in the center of the Viking knit!

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    1. thank you! yeah I am also quite partial towards purple, that and orange! :D

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  20. Beautiful work with the sari necklace! The viking knit bracelet is gorgeous! ...maybe someday I'll learn how to do that... ;)

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    1. thank you! It really is not too hard once you understand the technique! Give it a try!!!!

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  21. I too love the Viking knit. Great choice of material combinations

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  22. So so not boring, beautiful necklace and bracelet.

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  23. First Thanks so much for visiting me!
    I love the braided bezel on the focal you sent to Evelyn.
    Your creations are both beautiful! You know, I didn't notice the purple on the focal when I first looked at your soup. That sari ribbon really brings in out! Your wirework has inspired me - I just might have to tyr something new.

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    1. thank you for the wonderful compliments!!

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  24. Love the colours of your necklace and that Viking knit bracelet is awesome. Have been meaning to try Viking knit and you just inspired me!

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    1. thank you! yes viking knit is fun to do, kind of relaxing even once you got the rhythm!

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  25. *gorgeous* wirework! I'm just beginning to play with so seeing your pieces is REALLY inspiring! Job well done!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  26. Viking knit and simple do not look like they go together ;) I've never done it but it looks complicated! I love the colors in the necklace and the treatment of the sari silk.

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    1. hehehe, being foreign I sometimes seem to use the wrong words, in the way I meant simple here I meant like 'not distracting' so maybe the technique is not simple it is reasonably 'plain' looking so the interest mostly goes to the clasp, which was my intention :) But yeah, I totally get what you mean!
      The technique once you 'get it' is not actually too hard, but it does take some practicing ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. The Viking knit is perfect - goes with everything! Beautiful Job!

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  28. I love how it turned out!! You really took components out of your comfort level and made it all shine!! Gorgeous. And LOVE how you added your signature crochet touch!!
    The viking knit is awesome-love the look with the beads inside it!!

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    1. Thank you!!! And for sure thanks again for the sari silk, it saved my soup! hahahaaaa *hug*

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  29. I agree with you. The viking weave sets off the clasp beautifully.

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    1. Thanks! yes that was what I was going for totally!

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  30. Using the sari silk was perfect for that focal! I also love the viking knit bracelet. Nice work!

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  31. Lovely designs. I have to say I nearly snorted when I read "simple Viking knit" because it seems anything but simple to do. I've never seen one filled with beads. Fabulous ideas.

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    1. hehehe, yeah I meant it as in how it sets of the clasp, the technical part is indeed not 'simple' as such!! hahahaaaa

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  32. I've noticed a lot of purple in many bead soup reveals. It's not a color I find myself using often, but designs like yours make me want to. Your necklace is lovely. I like everything about it!

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    1. awww that is awesome that I inspired you!! thanks!!!

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  33. Oh, both of the pieces you created are just fantastic - really creative treatment of that lovely floral focal - and I love how you enhanced the sari silk with the beads - soooo nice! And the Viking knit bracelet - *really* cool stuff - anyone who knits or crochets with wire gets extra credit marks in my book! Well done!

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  34. The sari silk with the pearls just makes that focal stand out and get attention. So pretty

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  35. Both designs are lovely but the bracelet is a show-stopper. Amazing work.

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  36. I'm loving that Viking knit! So cool and the necklace it bright and fun! Really Soup-er!

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  37. Love what you have done with your soup. Both designs are very pretty.

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  38. Most excellent! I love the wire wraps and dangles on either side of the pendant. Awesome viking knit! xo Genea

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  39. OMG! This color is stunning! Love the way how the necklace came out!

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  40. I'm totally in ♥love♥ with the bracelet... so elegant, that Viking knit!

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    1. yes that came out even better than expected, pulling the beads in was a good decision! thanks!

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  41. My dear! I'm very impressed with what you did with the soup that I sent you...lovely! Especially like the beautiful color of the silk ribbon...it is a perfect match...wonderful, too, the bracelet...I have attempted Viking knit a couple of time and so far, have not had the best of luck with it...You've inspired me to try again with it! Sorry I didn't post sooner...we have had a death in the family, just before Mother's Day and that pulled my attention away from hopping...

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    1. aww my condolences! I am so sorry that happened.
      I am keeping a look out for the viking attempt, would love to see I would have been the inspiration that made you succeed! ♥ and thank you for the compliments!

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  42. Great use of your soup mix. The Viking knit bracelet is dazzling.

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  43. I love both your pieces! Your work with metal is absolutely amazing, it makes your pieces so unique and personal!

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  44. I think the way you connected all those those different elements is brilliant. Wonderful colors and textures and whimsical surprises. Love it!

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  45. Very pretty necklace ,I could see me wearing it with a white t shirt and jeans .

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    1. oh yes that would be a great combo!

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  46. Very innovative I like the necklace silk is so soft on the skin to wear its very pretty and I love viking knit too what a nice idea to put the pearls inside.
    Jackie

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  47. Both pieces were beautiful and very well made. Your designs are refreshing and uncluttered yet full of interest. And the colors are YummY!

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    1. thank you for the great compliment! exactly what I was going for

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  48. Very pretty designs, Ghislaine... I would love to try the viking knit, it makes such an elegant component :)

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    1. thank you!
      it sure does make an elegant component, it is kind of intimidating to learn at first, but once you get it..........it's addicting!

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  49. Great designs! I really love the bracelet. It is so classy with thecolor of the red beads coming thru like a spark of fire.

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    1. thank you! that was exactly what I was going for :D

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  50. Excellent job! I love the necklace! Purple is my fav, fav, fav...color! And I am in awe of those who can do the viking knit....it is something I might try....but not for a while....It really did make the clasp pop. Thanks.

    veradesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much for your great compliments! :)

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  51. The sari silk did make the focal just really POP!!! Great Choice! the VK bracelet with the caged pearls is inspired!!! Great Job!!! Have A Blessed Day!!!

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  52. Ghislaine your necklace is a real attention getter. It is beautiful. I like your viking knit bracelet too.

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  53. The designs for both of your pieces are so inspiring. You added so many little details. How wonderful. And, I'm so glad you had a good time with the challenge too.

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    1. Totally forgot to thank you!! so here goes: Thanks for your compliment, I am looking forward (and really hope there is going to be another one) to next year

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  54. The brass bracelet is amazing! I'm actually organising a mass bead soup where all the crafters get the same set of beads :) i think it ll be really cool too see what 10s or even 100s of people make with the same beads! planning to send out the beads 2 aug with designs revealed end aug. Would be cool if u d like to take part (details on https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/bead-soup/) :)

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    1. thanks for the compliment!! I will for sure check it out!

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  55. The brass bracelet is amazing!! I'm actually organising a mass bead soup where all the crafters get the same set of beads :) i think it ll be really cool too see what 10s or even 100s of people make with the same beads! planning to send out the beads 2 aug with designs revealed end aug. Would be cool if u d like to take part (details on https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/bead-soup/) :)

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