Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Hop

Toggle Clasp by Diana Frey

                                   Today is the Reveal of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.  This is the 4th year that I have participated in this long awaited event.  Our host and the originator of the Bead Soup Blog Party is Lori Anderson. Each person who participates is partnered with another beader and they exchange a set of quality  beads which must include a focal  and a clasp. I have always had wonderful Bead Soup partners and this year I have the good fortune to be paired with Diana Frey who is a very accomplished mixed media artist.  She sent me a dream package of  Bead Soup as you can see in the pictures below.

When I began planning what I would make with her lovely beads, I decided to focus in on the purples of the amethyst.  I was looking for a combination of rustic with Diana's sophisticated ornateness.  To achieve that effect I used patinaed copper wire which looks almost black and wire wrapped my handmade ceramic beads in various shades of green and Diana's lovely faceted amethyst and antique brass beads.

For the transition between the wire wrapped beads and Diana's gorgeous focal,  I used a  piece of copper tube that I altered and a piece of antique iron that I  purchased last Fall at a Flea Market in nearby Canada.

I used wire, double balled end extra long head pins that I made and some Wooly  Wire to attach the bars to the wire wrapping and the pendant.  I made a bail for the pendant out of a double extra extra long ball end 16 gauge head pin--a technique I learned from Deryn Mentock's Alchemy of Objects class.
And then to tie all the parts together visually I added a spiral green round bead I made from porcelain to the fabulously delicate dangles on Diana's pendant.

And all the parts together look like this:

Since Diana was SO generous in supplying me with ample Bead Soup,   I decided to make another piece with some of the gold, bronze and purple pearl beads and the handmade silver chain she gave me.  This  piece is done in a free form peyote stitch style.

 I love how those clear crystal beads refracted the light into blue and pink !! Now I hope that you will visit Diana and see what she made HERE..  Below is a picture of  the beads I sent to her.

                                   Diana took this picture and is happy to have me share it here today.

Visiting the other participants is one of the best parts of this event.  I hope you will go and see what they made.   The list is below.
First and Last Name
Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
  Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday

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