Friday, April 12, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party 7 Reveal

It is finally that time again.  It is the 2nd Reveal for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.  My lovely partner Sue, sent me a delicious bowl of soup.  It took me a while, but eventually the ideas started flowing.


Soup from Sue - Love the colors!

The rules for this challenge are to send your partner a set of beads, a focal and a clasp.  You have to use the focal and the clasp but do not need to put them in the same piece.  I tired to use as much as I could of the beautiful soup.  Hope you enjoy what I've cooked up!

A bracelet with the clasp from Sue.

I fell in love with a wire Kumihimo necklace I saw on facebook by Pru McRae.  This was my first attempt at Kumi with wire.  It was a bit awkward.

The focal from Sue.


Close up
 A pair of earrings with my favorite color combo.  I absolutely love the green beads.  Can't wait to wear these.



Love green with copper.

I still had some beads left over, so I kept going.  Pink and green beads...shocker and cream colored silk cord.




Thank you once again to Lori Anderson for hosting this amazing event.  The participation is overwhelming (in a good way). Looking forward to hopping.  Please be sure to visit my partner Sue's blog http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/ to see what she made with the soup I sent her.

There are close to 500 total participants.  Reveal 1 was at the end of March and there is still 1 more reveal to go.  Please check out the lovely designs by visiting Lori's blog below:




51 comments:

  1. What great pieces Mandi. I especially love your wire Kumihimo. I've got a book detailing it, but haven't had time to try it yet. I love the look of it with wire, though. You did a great job with all your soup. I'm in the last reveal. Still working on some pieces.

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  2. Beautiful! I LOVE those circle earrings.
    Thanks to you I am going to attempt that kumihimo wire braid I have bene putting off trying to make. The necklace is gorgeous and the braiding is so neat!

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    1. The wire flat braid was pretty simple once I got the hang of it. The trick I figured out was to hold the braid and not the board. This gave a more even braid. Thank you!

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  3. So much fun to stop by and see what you mixed up, Mandi! Beautiful creations!! Love the Kumihomo :)

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  4. Great pieces, the wire kumihimo is so cool!

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  5. Wonderful....lovely use of the pantone color of the year!!!!! Kristin Oppold

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  6. ~wonderful pieces you have created...much love light and blessings~

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  7. That wire Kumihimo necklace you created is quite unique! You wouldn't have been able to tell that it's your first attempt in my opinion; it came out beautifully :)

    I really love that last necklace you made-it's so seemingly simple but super elegant!

    Great job :)

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  8. Love the green beads too. I am particularly interested in the wire kumihimo. That is gorgeous. It would never have occurred to me to try it with wire. How did you do it? Looks like you doubled stranded? What gauge did you use? Amazing. Great job!

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  9. For a first try your wire work kumi is wonderful. Every time I try it I end up with a Brillo pad.

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! Sounds dangerous. The ends were turning into a Brillo pad until my boyfriend suggested I ball them up. Made the braiding so much easier.

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  10. komihimo necklace is the best!!!!!!

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  11. Lovely ! The last necklace in particular is very elegant :)

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  12. I did not know you can make kumihimo with wire! That's an awesome piece, I love it!
    And I just might have to try kumihimo :-D

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  13. Beautiful pieces, I love the little glass boot as a prop!

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  14. Great jewelry!

    ’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.
    http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Looking forward to your reveal.

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  15. All your BSBP pieces have a great spring time feel. I especially love the earrings with the copper circles. They are very pretty.

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  16. I love the wire kumihimo necklace, looks very Roman. But the last necklace with cream ribbon is my favourite, simple, elegant and versatile.

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  17. Lovely pieces of jewelry, espceially the wire kumihimo. Great soup and lovely colours. I'm in the 3rd reveal and almost finished. Just struggling with photos now!

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    1. Thanks Nan! Can't wait to see your soup. Good luck with the photos.

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  18. I really like the pink and green necklace. I would have never thought to put those colors together but it works very well!

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  19. lovely designs - all beautiful and unique!! Pink and green have been my favorite colors together for a long time = victorian shabby chic feel - but I have never attempted to put them together in a jewelry design. you did a great job !!

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  20. I love all of your pieces. The color combination feels very spring~y in the last necklace. I have never seen flat Kumihimo in wire, LOVE the look! Gonna have to try it☺

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  21. love the wire necklace! beautiful designs on all.

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  22. Lovely works!
    My fav are the green earrings with copper.

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  23. Great group of pieces. The wire Kumihimo is very interesting, have you worn it yet?

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  24. Your wire kumihimo necklace looks amazing to me. It's gorgeous. Great work.

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  25. Love the wire kumi with that exquisite dangle. I'm definitely going to put that on my Need to Learn list! Especially love your last necklace - so light, festive and feminine.

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  26. Hi Mandi! I see you are in the second reveal..I'm slated for the 3rd. Your creations are simple lovely! Loving the Kumi necklace!

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  27. Great job with the kumi. That is something I want to learn also. Love the earrings!!!

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    1. Thank you Vera! Since so many have expressed interest in this technique, I'm going to do a tutorial on my blog in the coming weeks. Please check back.

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  28. Wow the wire kumihimo necklace is stunning! I'm going to have to give it a try! Beautiful work!

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  29. I refuse to believe that was your first time with wire and kumihimo. That necklace is fabulous.

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  30. Mandi you did a wonderful job with your soup. I love the color too. Kumihimo with wire sounds very interesting and it is beautiful.

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  31. The Kumihimo piece looks like it would be at home in ancient egypt, so stately and stunning. You did a great job with your soup

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  32. Beautiful designs - love the kumi necklace!!

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  33. Gorgeous, love the kumihimo necklace.

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  34. Your pieces are all so lovely. I think the kumihimo is neat-looking but thanks for the heads up about the awkwardness of it. My favorite of your pieces has got to be the copper rings and green beads earrings. Those are so FUN!

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  35. Lovely pieces. The weave necklace is very pretty...I love the thickness of it. Nice work!

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  36. Lovely work -- and good for you, trying out the kumihimo with wire! I think it turned out very nicely.

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  37. Wonderful work, especially I love the kumi necklace.

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