Saturday, March 03, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party---The Reveal

Bead Soup From Shannon LeVart aka Miss Ficklemedia

Welcome to the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party--The Reveal-- and blog hop-- organized by our Hostess Lori Anderson  the day we have all anxiously awaited to show what we created with the Bead Soup sent to us by our Party Partner.  I am  lucky to  participate  since this time the cutoff of 200 participants out of about 400 who signed up to share beads and create and blog about  was determined by the famous Random Number Generator.  My very talented and generous blog partner is Shannon LeVart aka Miss Ficklemedia.  Some of the beads she sent me are in the photo above.  You will meet more of them as we go along. Just in case you have never met Miss Ficklemedia,  you can  visit her Etsy shop and see the rustic components she forges with her torch and hammer.  Her talent is one you will not want to miss.

I have had a great experience working with her components and I have written a Bead Soup Blog Party Diary to give you a real time experience with my creative process.  I have even included a video.  You can see all of this here on my blog.  Click the page tab above titled  Bead Soup Blog Hop Diary --The Making.  Since you have lots of artists to visit I want to keep this part of the blog for the pictures of what I made.

I made a wrist wrap bracelet with the lovely deep red Sari Silk that Shannon sent.  I embellished it with the pearls, copper beads and verigris charms from my Bead Soup.  They are attached to wire wrapped bands and loops that I attached along the bracelet.  It wraps around my wrist twice. The clasp is one of my handmade ceramic toggle clasps designed especially for fibers.


Patinaed shells and sandollars from Miss Ficklemedia surround this fiber wrist wrap bracelet

I then went on to work on components for the neccklace and earrings.  I wire wrapped the pearls and copper beads Shannon sent with the sweet ball head endpins she included in her package.

this closeup shot lets you see how cool  Miss Ficklemedia's  ball end ear wires, soldered rings and earwires are.  The turquoise beads are some of my handmade matte glazed porcelain beads.  They fit right in with the color palette.

More of the sweet components from Shannon

The necklace was my challenge and my joy.  I wanted from the get go to integrate the veridgris chain into a freeform peyote stitch necklace.  I had no idea before I began working with the beads how I would do this.  If you have ever done free form peyote you know it can be quite nervewracking if you have a deadline looming. You either come up with a  piece of jewelry that works out or you have to start all over.  No taking it apart and redoing once you have done it. 
  About the beads I used.  I only used the bright turquoise porcelain ceramic beads and the seed beads from my own stash.  The rest came from Shannon.
Starting with some closeups, here is my necklace:

Gorgeous chain wire wrapped to the toggle clasp Shannon sent. You can see the tiny seed bead loops I made to attach the chain and wire wrapped beads to the peyote stitch core.


The copper beads are stitched into the free form peyote stitch part of the necklace.  Shannon's components hang from different beaded loops in the peyote base.



Lots of  nice drape from the graceful components.  They are small and delicate and rustic all at the same time.  They helped me give the necklace a nice flow.  I could feel Shannon's presence guiding me as I worked. Thank you Shannon for all the beautiful pieces you sent me.  

Now I hope you will hop along and visit as many other beaders as possible on this list below which has live links.  Thank you Lori for making this wonderful event possible.  I have loved participating.

                                                                   Hostess, Lori Anderson


Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer
1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)


21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs


32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)


41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)


76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

77 comments:

  1. Goodness, Mary, I just love all of your bead soup pieces. Thank you for sharing all of the details that went on behind the scenes in designng your show-stopper necklace. I have gone back to admire your necklace several times, taking in how you included the beads in to the peyote stitched portion, and all of the dangles that add movement. Your bead soup pieces from the past have stuck with me, and this one will as well. Will you hold on to this special piece or will you let it go (and I know what my answer would be!!)? :-)

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  2. Oh Maty, your pieces are to die for. I love the bracelet. And the way you paired that chain with freeform peyote - pire genius!

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  3. That last necklace is my favorite! I love everything about it. The seed beads just work perfectly with that teal green color. Pleasing to the eye!! I always love seeing your work!

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  4. I love them all, great work!
    I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit all of you.
    this was really a great experience!
    ciao ciao

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  5. Wow!!! That necklace is gorgeous!!!

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  6. Beautiful pieces, all! And the necklace is stunning! I love that necklace!

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  7. Beautiful pieces Mary - the necklace is outstanding. Perfect job blending shapes, textures, colors. You are so talented.

    Magnifique!
    sandi

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  8. wow! you and shannon were a terrific pairing - your pieces are gorgeous - and the necklace is really exquisite... the delicacy of the seed beads plays so well off the rustic nature of shannon's work...

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  9. oh wow! I'm so loving the peyote necklace. I have yet to have a go at many bead stitches. Very inspiring pieces :) x

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  10. Beautiful pieces. I'm loving sari ribbon and I think you did a great job. The freeform peyote necklace is awesome.

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  11. Love seeing what you did with your soup. I just want to dive into that necklace. It's rich.

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  12. Wowzers Mary! I love all your pieces. The bracelet is exquisite and your toggle looks beautiful with that gorgeous ribbon. The necklace is stunning. I love all the different colours and the seed beads paired with Shannon's chain really compliment each other :)

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  13. Mary, that peyote work is stunning and really brought all the colors together! A very thoughtful and inspired piece! You really brought out the best in the components from Shannon.

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  14. Wow Wow Wow!! Each piece you have created is full of life and energy. The bracelet is very cool the way you incorporated the clasp with the sari silk. It looks very elegant. The earrings are awesome. The necklace is the real show stopper. The peyote stich is beautifully done and you have done an excellent job combining the components. beautiful!!

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  15. Beautiful components and gorgeous work. Love the necklace. Well done!

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  16. Amazing work, Mary! That wrap bracelet is sexy sweet and should be mine! I had no idea about the new toggles you made specifically for fibers and I think I am going to need to invest in a few as that made for such a unique and surprising way to finish the bracelet.

    The earrings are lovely and I am so happy to see the same tumbled ceramic paired with the shells as I have had in my "Mary Harding Collection"!

    But the necklace...... oh my Lord, the necklace! I am very frustrated not to be able to touch it and put it on, it is absolutely gorgeous! So textural with soft sand and surf colors and I was so hoping you would do some of your bead weaving! An absolutely amazing design, Mary.

    It truly was an honor to work with you, your special energy and the beautiful beads your talent brings forth. Thank you for this experience.
    Shan

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  17. Oh Mary! I agree with Shannon about the necklace. I have some gorgeous pieces of Shannon;s that I have been waiting for inspiration to strike and make it work with seeds. You have given me that! Thank you!

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  18. LOVE!!!!!! Mary you are so good!!!

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  19. wow - these are really fabulous pieces!!! Love them! :)

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  20. Oh Mary I love these! That last necklace is my favorite! WOW!!

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  21. Love the necklace, gorgeous colors and what a stunning piece. The wrist wrap though, WOW! I really like it, if you ever do a how to or tutorial on that let me know it's very cool!

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  22. Lovely jewellery! My fave's the last necklace. Really like the mix of chain and the freeform beadweaving. Very neat!

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  23. Super pieces, well done! :)

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  24. I love, love, love your necklace. Your beading is wonderful and works so well with Shannon's metal work. Just beautiful!

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  25. I love how you did the seed bead work and added it. It looks great mixed with the necklace. Nice work.

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  26. Gorgeous bracelet! Love those earrings and wow - what a necklace - love the way you incorporated Shannon's chain into it!

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  27. Wow, wow, wow! Great pieces, but that necklace is incredible! I believe Shannon teased you and called you a meadow girl in her blog - you certainly rose to that challenge!

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  28. All of your pieces are unique and so different, but the sari silk bracelet is by far my favorite!

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  29. Mary, your designs are gorgeous! Love them all, especially the necklace! Suzette

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  30. I love the freeform necklace! And the sari silk bracelet -- I wish I had that kind of creativity!

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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  31. You make a terrific pot of soup! Love everything, your style and how you use metal.

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  32. Total eye candy!!! loving the purple velvety softness of the wrap bracelet. And then you knock my socks off with that freeform peyote necklace. Shannon's components which are gorgeous are definetly done justice in these pieces.

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  33. EAch piece is a lovely tribute to the components that you and Shannon put together! I just want to reach out and put on that bracelet, it looks so soft! The earrings are fun, fun, fun, and the necklace is incredible the way you used the peyote stitching, all very outstanding!

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  34. Oh, that last necklace is a KNOCK-OUT. They're all wonderful, but I'm gaga over that necklace.

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  35. I can see why that beautiful necklace is your pride and joy. It's stunning and interesting. It's hard for me to tear myself away from your blog, I'm enjoying your designs so much!

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  36. You have such amazing talent....I believe Shannon's comments are spot on - everything you made is just beautiful!

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  37. Oh wow! Stunning colors and textures! I don't do seed beads but that last necklace is fantastic!

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  38. Oh man, the colours of that necklace are to die-for. Stunning! And your bracelet looks like it would uber-comfortable to wear, and SO pretty too.

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  39. I'm not typically drawn to seed beads, but this necklace is stunning. I love all the elements. Wonderful textures and colors. I just signed up to follow you!

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  40. Oh my goodness this is my favorite piece so far. Love love love the necklace. The patina on the metal, the great color of the seed beads and your expert hand creating such great movement between the two. Well Done!

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  41. One piece is prettier than the next. I love the colors that you picked to go with the gorgeous chain.

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  42. That sari ribbon bracelet is divine, and was my fave until I saw the freeform peyote necklace! Love it! Great colors and textures! Nice job!

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  43. What a gorgeous bead soup you received--with which you did wonders! I love everything you made, but I have to say that stunning necklace is my favorite. It makes me think of something a mermaid would wear. I certainly congers up all things ocean, undulating surf, and toes in the sand. I'm amazed (and jealous) at the freeform peyote!!!!!

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  44. I really love what you both did with your bead soups. I hope the two of you will collaborate in the future.

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  45. I love the look of that wrap bracelet. A really cool way to use that silk.

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  46. My oh my! These pieces are simply incredible!

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  47. I absolutely love all three pieces but your necklace is a show stopper. I love how you combined all of the elements.

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  48. Lovely pieces of Art, I like the different layers of the necklace;)
    Greetings sabrina

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  49. Mary, your pieces are beautiful. I don't mean just beautiful, but better than beautiful. The way the necklace flows and its complex construction - all elements work so well together. I am amazed at the free form peyote - I've not tried anything even remotely like that yet. They are all just beautiful.

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  50. That necklace is so stunning! The bracelet is fabulous too. Great job, I really enjoyed raiding over your process.

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  51. I just love what you created, Mary! I love that sari silk bracelet and the free form peyote necklace! So pretty! I think the necklace has this wonderful sea treasures feel to it! Beautiful!

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  52. Gorgeous Mary...your bead work just perfection!

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  53. Wow, they're all so different it's hard to choose a favorite......so I won't! I like them all for different reasons. Job well and soup well cooked!

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  54. wonderful work each piece has its own personality The necklace...breathless!

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  55. Oh wow, what a stunning collection! The necklace is amazing. Wonderful beadwork; adds a really fun element to the design. Love the wrap bracelet too.

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  56. Absolutely beautiful Mary. You and MFM were an inspired pairing, but then, I remember thinking the same thing when you and Genea were put together. You've created some really magical, tactile, beautiful jewellery and I MUST invest in some more of your gorgeous work!

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  57. I so love that necklace! The entire design reminds me of something a mermaid might wear what with that little dangling seashell. The vibrant AB finish beadwork makes me think of scales. Totally beautiful. ♥

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  58. I absolutely love your pieces! They remind me of Rhode Island by the sea.. I can smell the salt in the air......Just beautiful!!

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  59. Oh, wow, Mary - stunning pieces! The whole set flows beautifully from one item to another, they are all gorgeous! I love how you made great use of mixed media - and the patina on the metal is fabulous. Someone before said 'mermaids' and that's what I thought about your pieces.

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  60. Oooh, what a wonderful soup you received!...and what a gorgeous job you did with it! Because I had to work this past weekend, I am so far behind...but I want to come back and watch your video. What a great idea to do that! I especially like your idea of doing some freeform peyote to marry the pieces...how unique! Good for you!

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  61. Gorgeous...love that style of bracelet. And the necklace looks just like a net cast out to sea - with all the little treasures it has collected! Beautiful!

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  62. Oh, Mary! WOW! I'm so impressed with what you made! I love your necklace! The bead work is just like waves at sunset... gorgeous!! Beautiful, beautiful job!

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  63. Those are all beautiful! The wrap bracelet and the earrings are my favorites! Though I am totally in awe of your necklace!

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  64. Great pieces. I love the bracelet, that clasp is really clever it looks beautiful against the silk. I've always wanted to try free form peyote. It looks like you've got it down pat.

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  65. Oh what a wonderful and extraordinary necklace! I like how you mix and match all those various materials and techniques. Thanks for sharing!

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  66. I am a sucker for turquoise and copper. Needless to say, I absolutely love these pieces.

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  67. Mary - I love all of these. As I was scrolling down the page, I would say "Wow" everytime a new piece appeared. Love turquoise and copper!

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  68. Mary, your necklace is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job using your soup ingredients. I love multi-strand designs and yours is amazing. Cheers!
    Lori D.

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  69. Beautiful work all the pieces are fantastic.

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  70. oh how exciting, getting to play with Miss Fickle's stuff! love it!

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  71. Beautiful pieces, Mary! That necklace is simply amazing!

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  72. That necklace is unbelievable! I think that is my favorite piece I have seen so far. The peyote section is phenomenal--it feels so organic! It makes me think of undulating seaweed (that's a GOOD thing, ha), how when it dries it resembles wire edged ribbon (like something from a renaissance painting). The seed beads add such a nice texture to the rest of the piece. I love how their iridescent finish looks next to Shannon's verdigris chain, beads and charms. Absolutely stunning. I love your bracelet as well, love the idea of a toggle with a wrap bracelet. Your clasp is gorgeous with the ribbon.

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  73. Gorgeous work. They are beautiful.

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  74. What gorgeous creations! I love love love that bracelet. Great job.

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  75. Oh my goodness! Your pieces are all so wonderful!! I saw the bracelet and thought maybe that was all you had made, but then there were the earrings and THAT NECKLACE!! I can absolutely tell that piece was a labor of love for you. It reminds me somehow of the foaming of waves as they near the shore. You really outdid yourself. Congratulations on conquering this challenge!!

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  76. Fun and beautiful pieces..I love the mixed media!

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  77. Your bracelet is beautiful but I love love love your stunning necklace!
    Sonya

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