Friday, May 9, 2014

The Reveal! Bead Soup Blog Party

The Reveal is happening now!
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Remember what my partner Marti Conrad sent to me in this really cute packaging:  I immediately thought of my friend Jeannie who made my husband Gary a yo-yo quilt when we got married. Jeannie is such an excellent quilter. We all spent many hours making over 500 yo yo's.  I vowed I would never make another one until I saw the packaging! 
Marti loves buttons so as soon as I took these little packages out of the box I remembered I had these cute buttons made out of polymer clay ( I am sorry I don't remember the artist) that look like quilting squares:



So from the packaging and my buttons I made this necklace after I made yo-yo's out of the blue jean wrappers for my friend Jeannie!

 I just love how it turned out.  I even used the yarn Marti tied it in.  I also used the adorable heart clasp in the necklace because it went so well with it. The clasp was made by Jean Wells especially for Marti to send to me. The clasp is handmade in copper.

Now the actual Bead Soup!

Marti sent me a huge array of beads and a beautiful focal

 Here is the focal and clasp by themselves.  The focal is so unusual you have to visit Marti's blog to see her inspiration.  I think she totally nailed it!


I never work with gemstones but this soup was so colorful and had so many different textures it was really fun to step outside the box and come up with a necklace. I added some gold links and a gold clasp.  Here is my finished piece. Reminds me of summer which is just around the corner.



I also made 4 different earring sets so you could wear different pairs depending on your mood:)  I added some chain from my stash and a couple of beads. I have enough beads to later make a bracelet!





I promised earlier that I would be giving away the second bead soup I made for my partner.  If you make a comment to this post I will randomly select the person who will receive this special Soup that features one of my new copper focals. I am not going to reveal it just yet but I think you will enjoy it.  (I may even include one of my fused glass pendants:)  Drawing will be held on June 15th so everyone has a chance to enter.

Also please visit our wonderful leader Lori Anderson who started this event and does all the work to keep track of everybody, match partners and keeps us up to date which is no small feat because there are almost 500 of us.
Here is where you can find the list of participants.  Bead Soup 8 participants  Please visit as many as you can.
Enjoy,
Marianne


46 comments:

  1. Awesome yo-yo use of fabric! Love the earrings too!

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  2. What an awesome idea to use the package for yo-yos :-D Both necklaces are very unique!

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  3. So inventive to use the packaging in that way! The necklace is gorgeous!

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  4. Marianne, those pieces are fantastic! I love both necklaces and the earrings are fabulous. Everything is just wonderful, thanks!

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  5. Cool pieces. Like the idea with the fabric.

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  6. Great job. It always amazes me to see what everyone comes up with, especially when they find a way to use the packaging! Be well ~~T

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  7. Funky, fun and sweet - love them all!

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  8. I love the yo-yo necklace, and I'm sure your quilting friend with adore it and treasure it! The beaded necklace and earrings are beautiful and fun!

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  9. Love all of the color....and the yo yo necklace was adorable! I bet she will treasure it :)

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  10. Love the yo-yos and the colors! Great work, well done!

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  11. Love this cheerful collection of colorful, creative, whimsical pieces. Bravo!

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  12. What a beautiful necklace you made with Marti's pendant. It is gorgeous! And, I believe this is the first time I have ever seen a piece of jewelry made from the packaging. How innovative and creative. And, it is gorgeous. I'm sure your friend will love it. Great job!

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  13. Your necklace reminds me of summer too! Beautiful use of color!

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  14. Lovely! Your use of the packaging is delightful! I saw Marti's process for the focal when reveals were happening and I was very excited to see how you would use it...great job and you have a beautiful summery necklace.

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  15. I just know that your friend will love the quilt necklace. For the main course, I think that you did an absolutely fabulous job with that focal. It is so bright and summery.

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  16. Beautiful necklace and earrings! I love how you even created a necklace with the packaging!

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  17. They are both gorgeous, Marianne... I'm partial to the first because of my love of polymer clay and fabric :)

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  18. Your jewelry designs are fabulous and you are very creative, especially in using the packaging from your soup.

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  19. Love that focal and how you used. I'm so impressed with your innovative yoyo necklace! Great work!

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  20. Such a great idea to make yo-yos out of the packaging! What a fun collection of 'mood' earrings to have for the necklace, too. Great inspiration!

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  21. What a great idea with the yoyo necklace...making it out of the packaging! Brilliant! And the other necklace...love the bead sequencing.

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  22. What fun! I love your summery necklace—the bright colors are so sweet togther!

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  23. The yoyo necklace is very sweet! I too have made yoyos with a "never again" view. lol But they are so neat. As for your bead soup necklace! Wowza! That does say Summer! It is so pretty! Great job!

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  24. Amazing colours and I love how you created a great beaded chain to work with that amazing focal

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  25. Your summer necklace is awesome. A very fun and happy piece. And the quilt necklace turned out adorable. I'm sure your friend will love it.

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  26. How wonderful! Everything you made is simply delightful--from the main necklace to the earrings to the clever use of packaging! You are certainly very talented...What fun! :D

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  27. Awesome jewelry, your yoyo necklace is such a fun piece. I really love the other necklace you made, that focal is so pretty and you used it well. So nice that you could wear any of your earrings with that necklace.

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  28. We'll honey that must have been so much fun creating with all that color and u did it all justice. I know your partner is pleased as pie . Your designs are brilliant...It was a pleasant surprise to see u even used the packaging to make a very sweet necklace. Ty for sharing with us all....we'll guess I better hop along the next blog is expecting me....

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  29. packing necklace absolutely inventive and superb!

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  30. Brilliant! The blue jean jewelry from your pretty Marti bags is amazing. Gorgeous focal, I agree and you created a joyful, magnificent necklace with it! Exquisite and fun and wonderful reveal! Show stopping and lovely! Lucky the wearer of all your amazing designs. Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

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  31. Oh my GOODNESS! HOW ADORABLE! =) Your necklace is just.... sweet as sugar. I LOVE IT! =) It's great to see that your challenge was using gemstones - my challenge would be using things other than gemstones =) SO cute!

    And I'd like to be entered into the giveaway.

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  32. I can't believe you were able to use your packaging in your design. How creative! Great pieces!

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  33. Wow, so very creative. Love the necklace using the demin.

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  34. Wow! I love the focal and the way you used it in the necklace. Very very beautiful. Great idea to use the packaging in a necklace :-)
    Wonderful soup you cooked.

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  35. How totally cool to use the denim for the yo yo piece! I like the way you think. I also like that necklace a lot. Such an interesting focal with so many different colors. The necklace could easily have overpowered the piece with too much color but your design was perfect, everything flowed so smoothly. Nice work.

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  36. I love the colours you got! Such pretty pieces.

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  37. So wonderful to see you up cycle your packaging materials in your design. Wow.

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  38. Hi Marianne, Kudos to you for even using the packaging. Your yo yos are really cute and I am sure your friend will like the necklace. Those clay button accents are perfect for your design. Your necklace is very unique and four different earring pair is a great idea. Even though orange is not my color I like the orange and green earrings the best.I enjoyed reading Marti's story about designing the focal.

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  39. Love all of the different elements to this necklace. It has color and texture and asymmetry and movement!!! Great Job!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  40. Very uniques super creative and very artistic. Beautiful works of art!

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  41. Your necklace and earrings for the bead soup are great. Those bright gemstones really go well with the focal and you pulled it together so well. Fab job!

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  42. Your package upcycling is smashing! Truly mixed media! And you certainly did justice to the absolutely gorgeous focal, it is amazing how you used most of the beads from the soup for this complex and joyful design! What a great idea to make a pair of earrings for each of the colors in the necklace!

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Thank you for your comments. I would love to hear what you think of my desgns