Bead Soup Blog Party: Bead Hoarders Edition!
Woohoo! It's reveal day! I'm a bit behind the times on updating my blog here lately, and as I put together my jewelry from my Bead Soup my lovely partner, Radel, sent me I realized that I am terribly out of practice. As in... Wow. This was harder than I remember it being the last time I made a complex piece of jewelry. Still fun though!
First off, here are the lovely goodies I received:
Radel sent me two little packages in little organza bags and a card. We were pretty well matched since I also sent her two organza bags of beads and a card. Talk about serendipitous! In the first bag was this beautiful piece of purple agate, some lilac cats eye glass, and some matching seed beads:
The second bag held some fantastic wooden beads. I didn't have time to venture into working with the wood beads, but I have something fun in mind for them. I'm going to turn them into a sun catcher for my kitchen window. I also plan on painting little flowers and designs on the beads (hence why I ran out of time on this particular project). I don't want to paint them solid colors, either. Just little designs on top to allow the nice wood tones to shine through.
Without further delay, here is my BSBP creation:
In the spirit of this being the Bead Hoarders addition, I used the last of my gunmetal wire that I can't seem to find a suitable replacement for. The necklace is kind of two-toned with a darker silver that was supposed to replace my spent spools of gunmetal wire but didn't quite pan out. Either way, I like the dark metal with the purple beads.
The purple agate, cats eye beads, and seed beads I used as spacers were from Radel. The rest was from my collection. I pulled out some Chinese crystal and some amethyst rounds to go along with the natural stone of the agate.
Here's a nice close up of the pendant so you can really see the detail of it. It's the most complex thing I've wire wrapped in quite some time. Something I didn't notice until I started working on this pendant was that the agate was drilled on either end. Because of that, this is probably the most sturdy wire wrapped pendant I have ever made. Makes me want to whip out my dremel and start drilling holes in things, lol.
... and here it is in my hand for a size reference. Sort of a size reference I guess. I have big hands for a lady? It's what happens when your dad is a football linebacker. It's nice and heavy, too!
Purple is kind of a spring-y color to me, so I used this cute leaf toggle clasp. I love toggle clasps in general. Much easier to manipulate.
Thanks for stopping by!
Don't forget to visit the Hostess, Lori Anderson, and check out all the other participants:
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