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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Beadsoup Blog Party: Shalini's Soup is Served! Finally!

The chef is a lazy sod but I do hope the servings have been worth waiting for?

For a while it was Will she, Won't she, Can She? Yes she can! :-)

I didn't get to use any fancy tools like the torch, saw, drill or add ingredients like solder but I did what I could with the lovely ingredients and I think they did not need any extra embellishments to be honest! The fantastic Bead soup from my partner Susan McClelland had enough ingredients in it to just add a bit of wire, a few findings to create this!

The main piece!

Sari Silk Ribbon, Ceramic Pendant Focal, Hand etched Copper Clasp, handmade glazed ceramic beads and plenty of copper wire. All joined together with my trademark spiral links.
YES Fabric! Not really my friend! But it was too beautiful not to use! Thanks for the challenge Susan, I quite enjoyed playing with the sari silk to make it part of the pendant.
Tools: My hands, Flat and round nose pliers and dodgy eyes. 

And because Susan sent me such a generous helping with 4 Focal Pieces!

Another Main Piece!

Wooden Dragonfly Pendant,  handmade glass bead, Stone heishi beads and Waxed Linen Cord.
So Linen Cord... another one of my (non) friends. A long time ago I had a necklace made from apple seed which was just lots of seed knotted together randomly on a thread. I used that idea and knotted the little stone beads on to the cord and I am quite pleased with the result. Will I be ordering more linen cord? Maybe...
Tools: Hands and dodgy eyes!
This was going to be it! I put the rest of the soup ingredients away for a time when my eyes would be in full working condition again. But I got the all clear from iritis and with medication cut down the vision started improving. And the reveal date was postponed by a week.

So...

Some sparkle

Bollywood earrings? These glass beads are a fantastic colour!  I matched them first with copper, then silver and they looked beautiful with both. Then I remembered a Benaras silk sari someone I knew had which was in this beautiful turquoise/teal shade with gold thread work. I am not in touch with that lady any more and I don't even know if that sari still exists, but it inspired me to make some bling! I added some gold plated chain and little gold plated spacer beads on jump rings to connect the beads together. At the moment I am not sure if this will be staying in my personal collection or going into my on-line shop...
Tools: Pliers, a magnifying glass occasionally and improving eyes :-)

And some wire-work earrings 

These glass beads are really pretty and perfect for spring. Originally I was going to make a simple wire bracelet but now that spring is here and coats and scarves are finally off the wardrobe for a few months I thought I would make another pair of earrings instead. There are more of these beads so maybe I will make a second pair too later. Or make a matching bracelet...

And Finally!

More ribbon!  Its beautiful hand-dyed ribbon but something else out of my comfort zone. It matched really well with these yellow stone beads and the sparkly Chinese crystal cubes with flashes of blue. Wire spirals came to my rescue again and I made this necklace last night. Its just simple knots in the ribbon with the beads hanging from it. The necklace has a simple handmade hook and eye clasp. All wire is silver plated copper. Something else to add to your spring wardrobe yes?
And while I was busy doing this my partner was doing some amazing stuff with the soup I sent her. Check out her blog M is the Word and the fabulous pieces she has made from what I sent her. Really lovely creations Susan. Love each one of them but specially the red necklace. Red is my favourite colour :-)

And once you have finished drooling over Susan's pieces check out what the other participants of this wonderful blog party have been up to! There are nearly 500 participants from  30 Countries


I have had so much fun being part of the 8th Bead Soup party. Thank you Lori for being such a fabulous hostess and thank you Susan for being such a lovely partner. I hope I have been able to do some justice to the lovely ingredients you sent me. 

I really look forward to hearing from everyone about my work so please, please do leave a comment. Thank you.  

Friday, 9 May 2014

Beadsoup Reveal Post will be up in the morning

Sorry :-(


If you have clicked the link from Lori's blog to see what I have cooked up with my beads, please bear with me a little bit longer. I only finished some of my pieces today and took photos but they have come out awful so I have to take them again :-(

My eyes are tired and not playing at the moment. The vision is still not 100% and sometimes the blurriness is worse than at other times and that's why the photos are crap! So I will take the pics again in the morning when my eyes are seeing better and then publish my post.

It will be within the 10 May deadline but unfortunately not at midnight BST as I had hoped to, instead around 12 PM BST (ish)

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Beadsoup Blog Party: Reveal Date Postponed to 10 May

Beadsoup Blog Party Reveal Date has been postponed by one week to 10 May. Our hostess Lori has been very unwell and its more important that she gets herself better first!

Not the kind of photos you normally
expect to see shared on this blog but this
is what I have been  working with since
November instead of pliers, beads,
wire and gemstones...
Personally this postponement suits me.

As you know I have not been able to work for almost 3 months due to the stupid Iritis! There have been several ups and downs on that saga since I last blogged about it including a visit to A&E due to acute eye pain and very high eye pressure! The good news is that the Iritis inflammation has finally gone and eye pressure is back to normal. The bad news is that the medication has to continue until 13 May so vision will stay slightly blurred until then. But I was able to get back to doing some work. Nothing fancy, just basic wire work and some fights with cords and ribbons.

Susan also sent me a very pretty handmade card which says
 "Enjoy Today"
Well I have taken that advise on board and I have certainly been
enjoying every day since I got the all clear and I am having fun
with beads :-)
My beadsoup partner Susan sent such lovely beads. I managed to make 2 pieces in time for the original reveal date (today) but this extra week means I should be able to use some more of my soup ingredients and make more bling!

It has been nice to get back to some making after such a long lay-off and hopefully it won't be long before I can get back to all those soldering tutorials and other new skills I was teaching myself.

There is so much I want to learn and try!