Friday, March 2, 2012

Welcome to the Fifth Bead Soup Blog Hop! hosted by Lori Anderson

I'm so excited I got to participate in the 5tth Bead Soup Blog Party! My wonderful Bead Soup Sister, Cynthia Abner, sent me the prettiest soup! We seem to be sisters in loving green. I sent her a similar color palette. I think we're both dreaming of Spring. 

3/4/12 Edit: 
1) I saw my partner Cynthia's reveal and I am so excited with the gorgeous creation she put together. It's smashing!
2) Did anyone else find themselves giddy about the Reveal day? I stayed up last night to see Lori's post and didn't sleep out of excitement. Kind of like a kid before they go to Disney... I'm so silly...


And !Oila! Warm, mellow copper...peaceful, springy green...I played with a few layouts. Her soup was so generous I was planning to a multi-strand necklace and then ended up making four separate necklaces that could be stacked up on top of each other if you felt particularly blingy. 


Below, from left to right are the four necklaces. The beads were so pretty, I used copper chain I had in my stash to maximize being able to view the pretty beads.



And below, three sets of earrings. Cynthia sent four little ladybug charms. I irresistibly couldn't help putting them in earrings. They are so sweet and adorable!



Spring Green Ladybug Earrings

Mellow Peace Earrings

Mellow Ladybug Earrings

And now on to the juicy stuff! Glass, mixed with pretty crystal and copper daisy spacers. It has a vintage pattern (my mom gave me a vintage glass and crystal necklace she wanted me to remake into earrings). I modernized the design by adding a weathered copper chain for around the neck to highlight the pretty beads in front. All of these designs are my favorite, each for a different reason. I'm feeling rather attached to these pieces. 


Vintage style, modern feel necklace

This opera length necklace features green shell, crystals, with some wooden beads from my own stash hanging from a medium size copper chain. 

Opera Length Calm and Peace Necklace

Love this piece with new jade stones. Mixed in with cube crystals and copper rounds. The back of the necklace is a light chain. The centerpiece of this necklace is a little length of byzantine chain maille in weathered copper. I love how the chain maille weights the necklace and adds interest, while highlighting the pretty color beads on the side.

Byzantine Jade Necklace

And the Piece de Resistance! The main course...Cynthia sent a dreamy glass barrel in pale green with some goldstone floating beneath the surface. I had several ideas of how to make this the focal, but I ended up keeping it simple to keep the focus on the light, summery focal. It's complemented with copper chain, some of the first lamp work beads I ever bought from Grace Lampwork Beads, copper beads, and Cynthia's clasp. 

Spring Green Choker


Thanks for stopping by my blog! Please check out the rest of the BSBH at the links below. 



Hostess, Lori Anderson


Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer
1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)


21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs


32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)


41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)


76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

56 comments:

  1. I don't blame you for feeling attached to the pieces. I would be too. The colour palette really speaks to me and I can see myself wearing ALL your necklaces. I'm amazed at how productive so many pp have been - making a variety of pieces that are beautiful and so different from each other. I hope you play in the next BSBP - I want to see what you come up with next :-)

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  2. Wow! You really made some gorgeous pieces. I have always loved green. Just amazing!

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  3. wonderful assortment of jewelry... i always admire people who makes so many pieces with their packages!

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  4. I LOVE that you can choose what necklace or set of necklaces you choose to wear! Beautiful work!

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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  5. I love the combination of Byzantine chain with those gorgeous green beads. Super job! And those ladybugs are adorable. :)

    -- Sarah

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  6. The necklaces look beautiful on their own, but wow, they look gorgeous all together! And your earrings are darling too!

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  7. Such beautiful calming shades of green! I love the stacking idea, they look beautiful together. The chain maille is a lovely addition and the earrings are so cute :) x

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  8. I love your designs with the copper and the greens, and the idea of layering the designs so you can mix and match to fit your mood. So very pretty! :)

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  9. I love your style. You can really stretch beads. You make it look like you got about 6 cups worth there! Amazing. Love the layering. Love the green. What can I say - I just love it all, especially the shell beads.

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  10. Hey stranger! I tagged you on my blog:)

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  11. Oh wow, these are so pretty! They look fabulous all layered together! The earrings are cute too! :)

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  12. Loving those necklaces all layered together! The green and copper look great together!

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  13. Love the layered pieces and the soft green color is awesome

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  14. Those necklaces look like they'd hang beautifully. Nice job!

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  15. I love long necklaces and all stacked together is even better! These are fantastic!

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  16. You created a really nice group of pieces from your soup. I love the concept of the single strand necklaces that can all be worn together. Such a great idea.

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  17. Your collection is beautiful, very calming and almost meditative colours, and I love what you've done with them. The concept of using short lengths of chain maille to add interest is a fascinating one, I love it!

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  18. I love your idea!
    and I love copper and green, it is one of my favourite color combo.
    ciao dall'Italia

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  19. i love the length and layers, and was so pleasantly surprised that they weren't attached at the back. LOVE that they can be together and apart. nice work!

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  20. At first glance your work looks sweet and simple, but there is so much well thought out detail in there! I love everything you've made, especially the necklace with the chainmaille, and it's wonderful to be able to layer them all together.

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  21. Hi Jenn! Love the way your pretty necklaces layer and can be worn together. I'm not often a necklace wearer (because of my work) but I love these!

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  22. I love how you added the copper to your green soup! Necklaces worn all together? Fantastic!

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  23. Great necklaces. - and the look so cool layered!

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  24. U rocked it!! Luv "opera" length piece! Hippie fun I would sport! But really all ur pieces remind me of the beach where I live! I totally though luv the gypsy look of wearing them together! Fantastico!

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  25. Oh I love your designs - and that's not only because I love greens! All four necklaces together surely would draw envious looks!

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  26. Beautiful work! I love the Byzantine with the green, just a great affect!

    Read todays post and I know what you mean! 200 blogs is a lot of comments to make with out repeating :)

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  27. Wow! I love your necklaces and earrings. They remind me of honeydew melons for some reason. :)

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  28. Wow, Jenn - what a wonderful set of necklaces and earrings. I love the versatility of being able to wear them all together or just one or two at a time. The copper perfectly compliments the various shades of green of the beads, and you did a great job of creating balance and movement in the pieces. Beautiful!

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  29. really like the idea of having 4 different necklaces that match and you have the choice to wear, all or one or a few of them, I would call it the weekender, kind of like you can take all of them and the earrings for a nice Napa weekend in the wine country...my favorite of the necklaces is Byzantine Jade Necklace...yummy

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  30. Absolutely charming! Love the colors with the copper...perfect!!

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  31. Jenn, thank you for your wonderful kind comments!! I love your soup, I would wear all of necklaces together, with a boho top they would look fabulous. I love your designs, you did a smashing job!!

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  32. Fabulous! I love the stacking necklaces, I'm a big fan of multi-strand necklaces but individual necklaces give you a lot of options. Brilliant! Love your work and I'm now a follower.
    Cheers!
    Lori D.

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  33. Beautiful pieces and I love how you can wear all the necklaces together. The earrings are gorgeous too :)

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  34. Gorgeous all of them! Love the long length and your beautiful wire wrapping.

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  35. Well done!!!Wearable, lovely, charming!

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  36. So pretty! I love how you used the chain and they could all be worn together. Great job!

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  37. I would definetely wear the four necklaces together. They look awesome!

    Ambra

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  38. Great idea to do the individual single strand necklaces and then show them together. They look great!

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  39. Beautiful! Awesome that you were able to get so much done! Love the layers with all the pieces together!

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  40. Lovely jewellery! I like how great the necklaces look worn together, but they're also very pretty individually. Looks great!

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  41. Very pretty pieces..I really like the antique copper with the greens..stunning combo!

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  42. Man...you did a lot of work! These are all simply stunning! I particularly love the necklace with the byzantine chain...it is breath taking! And, multiple earring choices! What else could a woman ask for!! Beautiful job!

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  43. I love your idea of three separate necklaces that you can wear together or by themselves. They are all so beautiful!

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  44. Love that you can wear these separately or stacked - I would wear them stacked - great job!

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  45. lovely necklaces - love how they can call be worn together!

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  46. Beautiful necklaces, I really like the byzantine segment you added on the jade one!!

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  47. Everything is so beautiful. My fav is the Byzantine Jade necklace, then the earrings. I love how they are all so cohesive. Great job!

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  48. I like the byzantine necklace the best.. I bet you could wear that a couple different ways, or even do it as a wrap bracelet.. which would look great!

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  49. I love the Byzantine Jade Necklace the best also. It is gorgeous. Everything goes so well together.

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  50. Oh, wow - this is such a versatile beautiful set: I love the idea of 4 different necklaces, all different, yet all matching together. And the lengths, oh, the lengths - I was sitting with my son reading just half an hour ago and thinking of making myself a multiple strand necklace, one being an opera length :) Adding the byzantine chainmaille is such a gorgeous idea! And the earrings - cutest way to use the charms :)

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  51. I love what you made with your soup! And to have so many options depending on your mood is priceless...

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  52. Such beautiful necklaces and cute spring earrings. I love the length of your necklace....may have to make an opera length necklace for myself :)
    Sonya

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  53. I love your pieces. Ladybugs are one of my favorite things too. I really like that all your necklaces could be worn together.

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  54. I really love the layering effect you created with these four necklaces. Each of them has something special about it. You really did a fantastic job with this challenge and created wonderful wearable art!

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  55. Wonderful! I love the green and copper combo and this great focal has found a really nice place to be shown off!

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