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8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

Hello, darlings!

Today's the day we've all been waiting for: the big Bead Soup Blog Part reveal! Are you excited? I know I am! Just a quick recap, here's the soup that my lovely partner, Dhea Powers, sent me:

This was my challenge soup she sent.
And this was to be my comfort soup; things that I'm more familiar working with.
I've been really strapped for time thanks to moving and still being in between places (and between states for that matter, lol), but here's what I managed to cook up for this round of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

First, I wanted to make sure I worked with everything in the "challenge" soup my partner had put together for me. I immediately dove in and used the polymer clay focal and matching beads. They are so lovely, and have such a nice, soft, matte feel. I really wanted to bring out the pink, so I added some hot pink rubberized glass beads.

This necklace features the focal Dhea sent me along with the matching accent beads.
The photos were a little dark, but for some reason I couldn't get the camera to really pick up the neon pink color of the beads I added to the design. They came out pastel and barely there when I was outside, even when adjusting the white balance.
I chose a floral toggle clasp from my own collection to match with the flower-theme of the piece.
And of course I just had to make matching earrings.
Then I moved on to the black Tiara crystals that Dhea had sent. I work with Tiara crystal fairly often (thanks ZNETSHOWS! ♥), so this was a lot of fun. I just so happened to have some black Tiara crystal in my collection of beads already, so I paired them up to create a couple of necklaces along with some extra violet Tiara crystal and Czech glass.

I turned the little black moons into focal points with some dangly wire wrapped beads.
Kind of reminds me of Sailor Moon. Don't judge me. I'm getting ready for several anime conventions. ;)
And a heart clasp in a matching gunmetal tone. ♥
Then I used my last two black round crystals Dhea sent me in these earrings.
The earwires were also made by hand by me.  :)
 I decided I liked this necklace so much, that it ought to have a twin. I'm actually considering making some Sailor Moon-esque illustration to match both pieces for the upcoming anime conventions I'm going to. Should be super cute! Here's my first moon necklace's twin:

This one has far less bead work (and oops... forgot to take a picture of it with the clasp!), and I used shiny silver instead of gunmetal alongside some glass pearls and more black Tiara crystal.
It's a little different from my usual fare, and I do so like dangly beads and chains, lol.
Of course, since the other necklace had matching earrings, this one clearly needed a matching set, too.
I think I may have to shorten the chains a bit. These came out a bit longer than I anticipated.  X3
After this, I still had the lovely clasp Dhea sent and the vintage Swarovski crystals to work with. I was briefly stumped on what to make out of them. I really wanted to create something that did them justice. I managed to find some matte bone colored Delica beads in my collection, and I also realized the crystals had the same sheen and finish of some of my mother of pearl beads. The clasp was meant for something with multiple strands, so I decided a bracelet had to be made.

I may have already worn this bracelet to work. Like... the very next day after I had finished it.
It's so shimmery and classy. I love it!
Yup. I totally snuck in a pair of earrings.  ;)
At this point, I had used up every single bead in the challenge soup. Time to move on to the other stuff! I decided I definitely wanted to work with those large nut/seed beads. They are way cool looking, and the size was much larger than what I am accustomed to, so it was a fun to tinker with and figure out how to put it all together.

I turned the seeds into focals, added a bit of vintage lucite (that Lori had sent me in a Cup of Bead Soup from ages of ago, even), some textured rings, used two of the beautiful agate rounds Dhea sent, plus the red aventurine, and finally another pop of turquoise blue from seed beads and magnesite from my own stash.

They're so pretty and glossy and ... wow! Definitely a statement piece.
A little more detail. I really love how this piece came together. It is very "southwest," which I love. Because, guess where I'm from?  ;)

I love how the colors pop. So bold!
I picked out this rope clasp to match the textured rings. I think it really matches the southwestern look.
You know at this point I couldn't pass up the oppurtunity to make matching earrings. :)
The agate rounds were from Dhea, the rest was from my stash. ♥

I still have about two to three designs planned out for the remaining beads I didn't quite get to. So, expect a second helping of soup in the next couple of days.  :D

In the meantime, don't forget to visit my partner, Dhea Powers, and for a full list of the other participants, stop by the hostess' blog and visit the lovely Lori Anderson.

Much love,

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