Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Reveal!!! Bead Soup Blog Party #8

Wow!!! Time has certainly gone by so fast since I received my first ever Bead Soup in the mail from my partner Nancy Dale of NEDbeads.  When my soup first arrived, I was very excited and had a thousand thoughts running through my head as to what kind of soup I would make.

I let the beads sit on my Beading table for quite some time as I prepared to teach 2 classes at Bead Blast 2014 in Kansas City.  I still had patterns to write, print, samples to make, kits to prepare. Therefore, my soup was left to simmer for a good long time as I had ideas coming to me.

I started with a simple bracelet using super duos from my own stash and the Frosted Cobalt 11/o's and the Sterling silver clasp from Nancy's soup.  I really love the clasp and I wanted to use it as a focal piece so I chose a simple design for the bracelet as not to detract from the beautiful clasp.

Next I made earrings using the Sapphire rivoli's and the frosted sapphire seed beads.  Of course, I had to add a few super duo's in there as well.  I really like the simplicity of the super duo's to bezel the rivoli's with.  I learned this technique a few months back at the local Bead Browsery in Liberty, MO. (Owned by Brenda MacLellan). I added a pinch of frosted Raspberry 8/o's for contrast, then added a simple tassel seed beads and Chinese crystals. I am happy with how they turned out.  I normally do not make earrings quite this large but when I tried them on, I knew they were keepers.

Last but not least, I hope that I have done the Polymer Clay cabochon by Mandarin Moon justice.  I started with a simple bezel of bronze delica's followed by a mix of blue and green delica's. (my favorite connection for delica's is The Bead Boutique on Englewood in KC) I turned the cabochon sideways and added the flowers of seed beads and Czech pressed glass along with some seed beads and small magatamas.  I wanted it to appear that the butterfly was flying towards the flowers.  I finished it off with tassels of denim blue Picasso daggers and seed beads and made my own bale with delica's to match the outline.  I would love to have help naming the Butterfly piece so please leave a message for me.

I really enjoyed this challenge and blog party and I am so excited to be part of it.  I still have many more beads left to work with.  I will post more photos as I get the rest of the projects completed. I hope you have enjoyed viewing my work as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

Until we Bead Again!!!  Hugs!!!

River Walk Bracelet designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel

River Walk Bracelet designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Stitched by Me. Love the colors of this one.l