Part 1: This is my first entry into the world of Bead Soups. Be gentle lovely people...
It all started when I signed up for the Pretty Things 7th Bead Soup Blog party on 26 January. I have since blogged a bit about it.
Sarah Goode from Pookledo sent me a lovely stash of shiny things!
A handful of Swarovski disc crystals / Some metal glitterballs in various sizes / A length of silver plated chain / Some Swarovski glass pearls / a magnetic glitterball clasp
Yummy I hear you say! It is! But apart from the silver chain these are things I have NEVER worked with before!
My pieces tend to have a lot of colour in them! And here I am looking at lots of grey (OK shiny silvery grey but it is shades of grey, maybe not quite 50 but near enough!) HELP! This is totally out of my comfort zone!
You set me a challenge Sarah. A BIG one! I spent a few days staring at the soup on my work board. Then I put it all away. Then I went on the internet and looked at pictures of jewellery made of crystals. Then I stared at the soup some more...
And then I made this!
|I added a handful of Haematite beads, a Haematite twinned heart and some silver plated jump-rings to Sarah's soup|
This crystal necklace set is listed in my on-line showroom: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/sparkly-crystal-necklace-with-haematite/
So that's the crystal discs, Focal Bead, clasp and all the chain taken care of.
But what about those clear glass disc beads that Sarah cleverly omitted from that soup picture above and from the list of beads she wrote on her blog. They are not grey but they are CLEAR Glass! They have NO COLOUR! Quite different from similarly shaped Turquoise beads I have played with a lot in the past. But then I don't have to use ALL the beads in the soup do I? Maybe I won't use them....
Get your glasses/cups refilled before you start on Part II:
If mother nature cannot bring some colour into my life I will find some for myself! OK?
|Continuing with the chain theme I used gold plated chain and added generous helpings of dyed yellow and orange shell beads and green Aventurine beads to this one|
The Spring has sprung jewellery set is now listed in my online showroom: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/spring-necklace/
And some Freshwater pearls to match the gorgeous chunky Silver Glass Pearls
|This one off pearl bracelet is now listed in my online shop: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/pretty-in-pink-pearl-bracelet/|
And I couldn't possibly leave the two remaining crystal discs as orphans could I?
|This one off piece is now listed in my online shop: www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/pearl-crystal-earrings/|
I have had SO MUCH fun trying out new ideas and making these pieces. I am very grateful to Sarah for setting me this challenge. It has given me so much confidence! And taught me that anything is possible if only I believe in myself enough! Because if I don't why should anyone else believe in Me?
I have not yet decided if I am keeping all of these pieces or if they will be available to buy. I'll get back to you on that one!
Hope you enjoyed my party. Don't forget 521 other jewellery designers are co hosting a similar party and you really should check them all out!
And these are the other parties starting today:
This party started on 31st March and is still going on!
And there will be another one starting on 20th April which I will give you an address for on the day.