Monday, June 21, 2010

Bead soup blog party numero deux!!!

It's time for the second bead soup blog party! I had a lovely time swapping beads with my lovely partener, Karyn, of Releases by Rufydoof.


Karyn sent me a completely lovely set of glass beads she made herself, including a lovely pendant. This one was a stretch for me, as there were no holes in the bead! Time to figure out what to do with a hole-less bead... why not glue it like a cabochon to a nice piece of copper?

Here are the results of what I came up with.








Ingredients from Karyn: Beautiful raku black and swirled pendant, Black angular beads, Brown and tan bead, Silver closure

Ingredients from myself: Hand cut, filed, forged, and polished copper rectangle, Copper chain, Copper wire (one piece with bead drawn on both ends), green fabric, amber colored beads.

To do this, I first prepared the copper pendant from a sheet of copper. I then crazy-glued the raku and small amber-color beads. The attachment of the pendant to the mail necklace is a hammered copper circle, wrapped around a wire-formed and fabric wrapped ending. The wire shaping is an idea of Lorelei's I gave a try for myself I created my own 'beads' by using Deryn Mentock's wrapped fabric link technique (thanks again Deryn!)

So, again, i'd like to thank my inspirationLorelei's and Deryn Mentock, my swap partener Karyn, and Lori for hosting this. Why not click on the link to Lori's blog and check out some other bead soup chefs?


50 comments:

Kella said...

This is just too fabulous for words and how lovely of you to explain your design process, most inspiring indeed.

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

I love what you did with the raku bead (which is awesome) - I love copper and I like how you incorporated the bead and the copper together. I also love the use of the copper chain with the beads! Awesome!

bellajoya said...

VERY creative use of the cabochon. Good problem solving skills! I hope you enjoy your new necklace, it looks lovely.

Janet said...

Oh what a really lovely pc youve created!! So many hats off to you with what you did with the hole~less focal! This pc is a bit timeless and one can wear it with anything! I am totally impressed!

Pretty Things said...

You did a GREAT job! I love it!

Boot ~C said...

great copper/wire work. I really like how you made & used the head pins

Nicki said...

I need to follow you - your creations are extraordinary. Love it absolutely! This is one of my favorites.

Courtney said...

I love the focal, very creative. Your work is beautiful!

Cathryn said...

Now that's something that's a true mix of art mediums that came out gorgeous! That was a fantastic idea of how to use a "hole-less" bead and it really compliments the piece well!

Marieke said...

You truly did a great job and I also love reading the explanation about your process.

Barbara Bechtel said...

very nice! so innovative and I'm going to check out the wrapped link idea!

cindydolezaldesigns said...

Very nice Soup!! I love anything with copper.

Elisabeth said...

Really cool - I lvoe copper!

steufel said...

Lovely! Love, what you did with your soup!

And thxs for visting my blog. The ringbase is a huge button - I just put wire through the holes in an U-shape and then wrapped the beads around in the button-"cup".

My problem with riveting is to find the right dremel-size according to the wire. Due to the metric-system in Germany I always have problems to get the conversions from ga and inches right. So I would take a 1,2mm drill-bit for 16ga wire? See, no plan...

moonlitfantaseas said...

Beautiful! love all the copper work! this is something I would love to have in my jewelery collection, I think it would be a go to piece!

Pearl and Pebble said...

WOW! This is amazing! I love how you worked the focal. Truely a work of art. Enjoy wearing this piece:)

Denise Yezbak Moore said...

I love the center piece. The design is beautiful! Love the copper with the beads!

diane hawkey said...

I love what you did with the copper and the focal!

Loretta said...

What unique idea to glue the cabazon to a piece of copper. I love the design.

Heather said...

Very unique and the color palette is unusual and intriguing. Nice job with your design.

Megilon said...

This is stunning! I love what you did with the focal...the copper works perfectly.

ViviBijoux said...

Not easy when there's no hole :) but you did it! and you did it well...lovely! smiles, Virginie

TesoriTrovati said...

What a clever idea...to glue that bead. I know I never would have thought of that!
Thanks for sharing a heaping helping of yummy soup!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Anna Lear said...

What a beautiful necklace!! I absolutely love how you mounted the pendant on the copper and then embellished it -- stunning. Thanks for sharing both your design and the process you used to create it!

Rebecca said...

Lovely! Beautiful components, beautiful design. Good job!

Kate said...

Love what you did with it, most would have wire wrapped it somehow, very unique alternate, I love the look, modern industrial meets Victorian Shabby Chic!

Marianna said...

Holy fabulousness! I love, love, love copper but the way you pieced together that focal is gorgeous!!

Jennifer Cameron said...

I love how you solved your holeless bead challenge. The entire thing is a wonderful design. Great job!

Laurel said...

Beautiful! I would definitely wear this one!

Jen V. said...

What a creative solution for your focal! I stare at hole-less beauties and never figure it out! haaaaaa Love the finished result!

Christine said...

I LOVE copper, so this piece just really catches my eye. Nice way to handle the cabochon!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

WOW Dale - I love what you have created. Clever use of the cabochon I made! I love it - awesome work!

Karyn

BahamaDawn said...

i just love how you put the raku piece on the copper piece!!! great combo and makes an awesome necklace!

EmandaJ said...

Great piece! Congratulations.

Emanda

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

I love what you made!! The pendant is awesome.

Michelle said...

Funky Necklace...love the focal!
Bead Happy!
Michelle

Jo said...

What a great way of using the cabochon! I love the bail you've created with the other beads too.

Pink Velvet Bird said...

Yea! Another fiber lover! Great work!

Marie Cramp said...

Turned out great Love what you did with the cab!

Melissa Meman said...

I love this! So many fabulous components :)

Regina said...

Love what you have done with the focal bead, copper and the many features of your design. Great job.

Nancy said...

I like the unique way that you handled the glass pendant. This is a beautiful necklace. I like the uniqueness of the focal area!

Alterity Button Jewelry said...

How artistic! Love the focal area :)

Silver Parrot said...

No holes? Now that IS a challenge! You came up with a marvelous idea and it looks great!

one-eared pig said...

Beautiful!

Charlene said...

I really love how you brought the pendant together - so creative!

Julianna Cannon said...

Fantastic necklace. The use of copper as a backdrop for the pendant is brilliant and I love how it turned out. Gorgeousness!

Joanna Kopijczuk said...

Love it! It's simply elegant:) And the focal is amazing!

wildvanilla said...

I love that you glued the focal to the copper. What a great idea for a hole-less bead! My kind of solution. Your finished piece is great!!

Patti said...

I love how you combined everything together! It's great!