Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Third Reveal is Finally Here!!!!!

Welcome to the third reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party 7!  I am not one to shy away from a challenge, so when the call for participants went up, I considered it for a few days and then jumped right in.  My awesome partner is Lori Finney (also from Canada) and you can view her blog post here:

Lori sent me a wonderful package of two colourways to design with:  a mix of reds and browns and a mix of purples. My package also included a reddish brown focal (a gemstone I'm sure, but don't know what kind) and a really pretty bright copper dragon fly clasp.

Immediately, my brain went into overdrive.  I started separating the mixes, and then had my girls look them over.  My younger daughter looked at all the wonderful beads and suggested a couple changes to the mixes and I stayed with her colour ideas.  Sometimes it's great to get another opinion that you may not have thought of yourself!  Thanks Pnut!

I mulled them over for quite a few days and decided there were definitely two jewelry set ideas in the mist of my brain.  One for the reds and one for the purples of course!  The focal and clasp went with the red mix, that left the purple mix without a focal and clasp so I added those from my stash, along with some maribou, soutache and rounds.  Lori also included in my package two of her own beaded beads and I wanted to incorporate those into my pieces as well.

I started with the red mix (the main piece) and had an AWESOME idea.  This idea even became the basis for my idea for the second piece.  The colours in this mix were so red and fiery and hot, and the focal had some potential to be red-hot as well, so I started to design a Moroccan woman.  I bezelled around the focal with bright copper 15s and then added a Swarovski crystal drop in front.  I wanted to bead embroider and soutache around the cab to make it look like flowing material as in what a belly-dancer would wear.  I began with bead embroidery on one side of the cab, then I added the whole thing to a new piece of foundation so that it would be a little more three dimensional, and I started to soutache on the other side.  This is where I hit a real bump in the road.  It didn't look right.  No matter what I tried, it still didn't look right.  I was so disappointed in this piece that I put it aside and decided to work with the other colour mix:  the purples, one of my favourite colours to work with.  I do wish I had taken pictures of the red piece BEFORE I ripped it apart

The focal is dyed jasper I believe, and in an odd shape.  So, I started with the soutache, added some cup chain, the purple seed beads and larger round picture jasper beads I received in my package,  added some 4mm bone rounds and black rounds, and ended it with black marabou.  I used one of the beaded beads from Lori as a drop on the pendant and made earrings and a bracelet to match.  My original thought was to call it Nights of New Orleans because it reminded me of Mardi Gras, but my older daughter suggested that it reminds her more of the showgirls of Vegas, so it's final name is Pretty Vegas.  Thank you Haley!

Now back to the red piece.  I wanted so bad to call this piece Mysterious Marrakesh, but I'm not sure what it will become when I finally have it finished.  I apologize for not having it complete, but as far as challenges go, this was a duzy, although I am NOT giving up on it by any means.  I ripped it apart last night thinking I had another idea for it, but alas, the mist overclouded the idea in my brain once  Now it sits, bezelled still, but naked otherwise, waiting for my brilliant ideas to reemerge once again.

And apart from my inability to finish the main piece in time, I enjoyed this challenge very much.  Thank you Lori Anderson for spear-heading this wonderful venue and allowing us to meet other brilliantly talented people who enjoy doing what we do.

As for other challenges?  Well, I am just discovering my designer abilities and will continue to join as many challenges as I can in order to keep growing as an artist.  I am participating in the Hats Off blog hop challenge, Pine Ridge Treasure's Seasons and Summer Blog Hop Challenges, and any others I can find :)

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I have included the list of participating blogs:

Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees  *****You are here*****
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney  *****This is my awesome partner!*****
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman