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28 July 2012

Bead Soup 6


Welcome to my reveal of the Bead Soup 6!

I have been able to participate in just about every Bead Soup since the beginning. I have always been delighted to make a new friend on the other side of the world and to see all the lovely designs that people make with a few simple beads. And I am excited that I am one of the contributors to the upcoming Bead Soup book that will be out in just a few short weeks. Can't wait to see it!

Lori Anderson deserves a round of applause for always making the experience a delightful one. I always let her know that I would be more than happy to share my stash with someone from another country. I enjoy making new friends in faraway places!

This year I was paired with Eniko Fabian from Austria. Her blog is Perl-Eni. Eni is a whiz with seed beads and I have just been in awe of her creations like this one.


{The colors on this and the way it is hugging the exposed donut underneath are so lovely! If I understand the translation from Hungarian... I think that is a curtain ring. Brilliant!}
I have to apologize because I was so focused on getting this done on time (actually I was early!) that I neglected to take a picture of the beads and findings that Miss Eni sent me. Doh!



Included in the package was a set of large chalky white barrel beads (sorry no picture!), a set of silver bead caps, a swirly leaf clasp and a beautiful polymer clay pendant that I think she may have made herself. The pendant has a slight glittery sparkle to it and these beautiful stylized leaves in teal, turquoise, black and white. I set aside the white beads for another day and decided to go with black as my color base and allow the silver to be bring out the white and the sparkle.

 


I found these matte black faceted glass beads in my stash from Bead Trust. I added Swarovski bicone crystals in a rich teal color. I decided that they would wear the caps so that there was just a hint of that color coming through. I also found some variegated dyed charoite beads from Michaels in a shimmery teal (I also have them in a rich shade of purple, I love them!). It looks like a tiny planet to me.




That swirly leaf clasp is so pretty that I wanted it front and center. I also wanted it to look like the pendant was floating. So I used some teal seed beads to attach the clasp through the hole. When you hold it up it flips a bit sideways, but it lays perfectly when you wear it. I know. I wore it today and got loads of compliments! ;-)

{'Bohemian Forest' named for the vast forest in the German, Austrian and Czech areas.}

I enjoyed working with these pieces. The colors are rich and the pendant is oh so light. But most I love that I have made a new friend on the other side of the world. So to Miss Eni I say "élvezik a nap" which in Hungarian means enjoy the day! (I hope ;-)



Please go to Lori's blog for a complete list of the participants in this first round of the Bead Soup 6!

103 comments:

Kashmira said...

Gorgeous!

Boot ~C said...

beautiful piece, nice work!

Beadbug said...

Love it.

adlinah said...

Beautiful! I appreciate how you incorporate black without making the final piece boring or gloomy. Love the teals and greens that echo the colours of the pendant, and yay! for asymmetric designs!

13 said...

Beautiful jewel colours and such an elegant design

Mags said...

Oh, I think you made such a lovely necklace with the polymer clay pendant!

Regina said...

Gorgeous! love the deep green. The clasp by the focal... perfect!

cw whitedogjewelry said...

Beautifully done! Great designs!

Ilenia said...

Beautiful necklace!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

You have done it yet again Miss Erin! Simply gorgeous! Brilliant move making the leaf clasp part of the leaf focal!

Stories They Tell said...

Miss Erin, you really elevated that there bead soup to a high level of elegance! Very dark and mysterious. And you hit on the most important part of the process, meeting and sharing with other beaders. Enjoy your day!

Patti Van said...

Wow, that focal bead is beautiful! I love the way you married the colors of the focal into the necklace..it is subtle, but still shines through! And your use of the leaf toggle clasp, well, genius! A beautiful piece, Miss Erin!

jumbledhutch said...

WOWZERS, what a stunning piece! I love that beautiful focal piece! The colors are amazing!

Audrey Bélanger said...

I love the metal-y green tones in some of the beads... And that focal is breath-taking !

Suzette said...

Love it! Enjoy the hop!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Erin - I really like this necklace. It does remind me of a mysterious forest. I like how the focal takes center stage. Very pretty!

Malin de Koning said...

Erin!!! So elegant!!! Simply perfect!!!

Marlene Cupo said...

Black is not an easy color to coordinate with others, but with that outstanding focal to work with, you hit it on the head. Teal, black and silver, what an elegant combination.

stregajewellry said...

What a gorgeous focal! And you were absolutely right to put that clasp front and center. Love the beads you chose to complement the focal. Outstanding!

Niky Sayers said...

A really lovely piece such beautiful colors

Tealwater said...

Just beautiful Erin! I love teal (shocker, I know) and the way you used the bead caps and the clasp are very unique and make the necklace even more special!

Perl - Eni said...

Dear Erin!
I really like this necklace!!!
Beautiful piece, nice work!
Thank you so much for being my partner for this Bead Soup.!
Enjoy the day!
Eni

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Great colors! Love how you used that clasp!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Erin,
Wow an other awesome design by you, I love it! The matte black beads were a perfect choice to use they let the pendant stand out in all it's glory!
The teal colored crystals and stone beads are fantastic accents to the focal, and the clasp is right at home with the pendant.
Therese

Alice said...

Beautiful and elegant Miss Erin! I love all the rich colors--and the name you chose too!

jenny said...

Erin - good morning!
You really created a design that showcased the focal! It glows, and I like the casual asymmetry of the necklace itself.

LiliKrist said...

Beautiful in simple way =) love the combination between black and green.

AWJewelry said...

beautiful! love the focal bead, great colors

lilrubyjewelry said...

Wonderful combination of color and texture - lovely!

Marti C. said...

Beautiful!

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

It is so elegant and I love how the clasp is draped around the lovely focal beautifully. <3

Cheryl said...

Beautiful design!

Lesley said...

Cool, subtle and very elegant `erin - lovely works.

Sherri Stokey said...

What a beautifully designed piece - I really love the colors you chose as well as the use of the clasp.

The Creative Klutz said...

Lovely piece, the colours are beautiful and really complement the focal =)

Lisa Chapman said...

That is a beautiful necklace! I love the teal and black. it's so cool and calming.

Spirited Earth said...

beautiful necklace

Lois Moon said...

I love the juxtaposition of the leaves on the focal and the leaf clasp. It creates great movement around the piece.

AntiquityTravelers said...

beautiful design - LOVE those colors together!

Karyn B said...

Beautiful work, as always, you talented woman, you! So rich and elegant. Love it!

Penny Neville said...

Beautiful! I love the teal paired with the matte black beads. The leaf toggle is very pretty!

ChristinaMarieH said...

I really like how you adapted the clap for the pendant, and the black/teal/silver combo is really sleek, it compliments the pendant perfectly.

Saturday Sequins said...

Erin, I love the focal, and I love the black beads with it! So pretty. <3

Linda Y said...

Beautiful. What a great color combination and the focal bead is gorgeous.

Jean A. Wells said...

What a beautiful necklace. Great job!

Shirley said...

I do hope I don't end up posting twice, my first comments disappeared!
I so love your work, Ms. Erin. You always have a unique take on jewelry, and I learn so much from your designs. That is a wonderful solution to the clasp, and your color choices are superb!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Gorgeous! The polymer clay focal clasp is awesome! The charoite beads that you added in are a perfect compliment. You really did the soup Eniko sent you beautiful justice Erin!

Beti Horvath said...

Really special! I love strung jewelry!

Cynthia Wainscott said...

Totally awesome! i love the solution for the clasp ;)

Skye said...

Gorgeous! I love that focal :) Black was definitely the way to go :D

Sharon Driscoll said...

Incredible work Erin and what a cleaver idea to put the clasp at the front....nice!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

You have perfectly met the requirements of the "Goldilocks Theory" - not too much and not too little! So professionally done, with a broad appeal. Almost anyone could wear this beautiful necklace! Nice stash with the matte black beads all ready to go!

Cheri said...

Love it!!

rosebud101 said...

Erin, beautiful!!!

Pixybug Designs said...

Beautiful and elegant! That focal is awesome!

maryharding said...

Loved reading your post and meeting your bead partner. Beautiful pendant made more so by your elegant choice of beads to string it with.

Dyanne said...

Very pretty!!!

Dyanne said...

So beautiful!!!

Karen Mitchell said...

Great Designs! Love the teal and black colour combo.

Shaiha said...

I don't think Ms Erin that you have ever made a piece that I didn't love and this one is no exception. I just love how the focal shines and the rest of the necklace just leads back to that gorgeous focal.

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

WOW, you got some really gorgeous, rich colored pieces to work with!! Love what you did with it all!
xoxo
barbe

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Elegant, feminine and serene as all of Your work. The necklace give me a vision of a dressed up beautiful woman at night :)

JeannieK said...

Love those charoite beads and yes they do look like little planets. I just love how you bring things together in perfect harmony.

Shyme said...

Beautiful necklace, the colors work so well to highlight the focal

Judith Johnston said...

Beautiful necklace, the charoite beads complement the focal perfectly

Amy's said...

Perfect necklace,I love how you put them together.

Marcie Abney said...

this is really striking! The color combo is so modern and yet the piece looks totally wearable. Great job, Erin!

Cece Cormier said...

Beautiful design. Classic and contemporary.

pinkchapeau said...

Your necklace is simply gorgeous!!! Love the beadcaps surrounging the crystals...it really sparkles.

Andrea said...

Gorgeous necklace. My reveal is not until second presentation time. Check me out at www.heavenlanecreations.com

Grubbi said...

Lovely work from you Erin, as always!

Cynthia said...

Stunning Therese! You always design beautiful pieces!

Pretty Things said...

Nice work! I love her beaded beads! Thanks for participating!!!

Stacie said...

Gorgeous! I love the way the internet has connected all of us...love the way you positioned the clasp here!

CraftyHope said...

I love the simplicity of the necklace that allows the pendant to be int he spotlight. It works out so well. Those beads from Michael's are AWESOME!! I haven't noticed them before . . .I must now seek them out! ;)
It's always a pleasure to stop by your blog and see what you've made. I'm never disappointed.

Alice said...

I really like seeing you put together a piece like this as I am not sure I have ever seen you use polymer clay. I love how well the leaf clasp lays onto the focal the way it does, it does not look like it should be anywhere else. It is always a pleasure to view your work.

LeeLu Creations said...

Love! I especially like the toggle by the clasp. Very unique.

A Polymer Penchant said...

It's quite the dramatic necklace, or should I say otherworldly. love it!

KayzKreationz said...

I love your piece. The colors are wonderful. And I really like the way you used the clasp to accentuate the focal. Very pretty.

beadrecipes said...

Miss Erin, that's gorgeous! I love how you hid the crystals in the beadcaps so they just peeked out, very nice!

Denielle said...

Fabulous piece! I love the simple and tasteful design and her focal is awesome.

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Nicely done, colors, balance, and flow - just beautiful!

Charming Peggy said...

Beautiful!

TJewellicious by tanti said...

Beautifull necklace..! :)

Cindy said...

Erin, the minute I saw the focal I knew you would make something dramatic and beautiful. What a gorgeous color combination - so dark and mysterious. The finished necklace is amazing!

The Cabby Crafter said...

Three powerul words to describe this: Beautiful. Simple. Elegant.

Marianna said...

Beautiful!! I love the design and the color combo is fantastic!

WindDancerStudios said...

What gorgeous colors! Adding that little bit of sparkle to go with the little bit of glitz was perfect!

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

That is some beaded donut! Wow... nicely done Erin! I'm working the blog backwards so late in arriving :)

Creative Moon said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the focal and the whole design!!! Beautiful!!!

Becky Pancake said...

A wonderful piece. I love how you wrapped the donut.

Dragonfly Close said...

Very beautiful! It's such a lovely piece and you really did enhance it with your choice of companion beads.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

You just blow me away Erin - the piece is stunning! Love what you did!!!!

Tammie said...

Just Beautiful,l Erin~ love what you did with this, I can see why you got a lot of compliments!

pepita said...

Beautiful necklace! I like very much what you've made with the clasp!

Heidi Post said...

Never would I have thought of putting small beads between huge beadcaps - but look how adorable that is! I ♥ teal - it's my favorite color, so I am particularly fond of that focal. The matte black beads are perfect - the clasp up front is perfect - I just LOVE this necklace!

SueBeads said...

Gorgeous! Totally gorgeous as usual!

Sandra said...

Erin, what a beautiful piece. I love it!

Perri www.ShaktipajDesigns.etsy.com said...

I love, love, love that focal and the way you made a seamless show with it. beautifully conceived, perfectly executed. Ooooh, the bits o' bling!!!!! Amazing!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Well done!!

said...

I love it, great color combo
ciao dall'Italia

LoriF said...

Absolutely love the design and the way you have picked out the colors in that amazing focal. I'll have to add a black/white/teal colorway to my list. :-)

Alicia said...

Oh, my, Erin - this is beautiful!

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