Saturday, May 10, 2014

BSBP Reveal

Hello everyone,

As I write this, I'm preparing for my crazy trip across Scandinavia.  I'm starting off in Bergen, Norway and making my way across to Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn.  To say I'm excited is an understatement.  I can't wait to post my travel pictures here.  :)

Now -- for the reason we're here.. BSBP!

My fabulous partner, Stephanie Perry, and I have so much in common.  Not only do we share a first name, but we share a work history -- Human Resources!  She sent me a beautiful and HUGE soup.  :)  I loved the blues and greens.  Of course, ceramics are always a huge favorite of mine.  Here is a link to her blog: http://mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com/


Here's what I sent her.  After I looked at her blog, I elected to send two distinct soups: one in her comfort zone and one decidedly out.  The owl soup seems to match her earthy preferences while the black one takes a bit of a bolder approach.



Now for the big reveal:!  It took me a bit to decide what to do with the huge number of beads she sent.  In the end, I went with simple and classic, but it took me a long long time to get there.  

I loved the blue lampwork glass beads she made herself and decided to throw some of mine own in for a simply strung bracelet with the super cute clasp she added in. I'm happy with the result.


Next, I wire wrapped the ceramic rounds and made a cha cha like necklace with the pendant hanging in the middle.  I so tried to make an asymmetrical design, but it just wasn't coming to me.  Simple ended up being best in my opinion.  The only thing I might change is to add some additional patina to the chain.  I'm going to see how I like it first.  :)


Normally, I would include a list of all of the participants below, but because I will be in Norway when the final list is published for the blog -- I'm including a link to Lori's blog to follow to see all of the amazing designs.  I will update this once I'm back stateside to make it easier for future blog hoppers!

UPDATED -- Here is the link to the full party


Hope you have a "hopping" great time.  :)

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces, the necklace is stunning - not easy to work with ceramic pendants but I so love what you made.

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  2. Gorgeous! You did a GREAT job! I love all the pieces! Hope you enjoy your trip--I'm incredibly jealous!!

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    1. You did a fab job as well, partner! :) The trip was amazeballs - it only fuels my drive to travel even more :)

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  3. Have fun on your trip! The copper, green beads, and bird focal were a wonderful pairing!

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  4. I love the necklace, very harmonious color and design. And I like the funny bracelet too. Very nice!

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  5. I love the simplicity of the bracelet and necklace! Have a wonderful trip!

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    1. Thanks! I tried to make things complicated, but simple just seemed to flow. :)

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  6. very elegant and delicate projects!congrats!

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  7. You had a lovely soup to work with, I love specially the last necklace!

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  8. Very nice soup, epecially I love the necklace.

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  9. First off: HAPPY TRAVELS!!!
    Second: I looove your necklace I love the muted tones of the beads used and I indeed think that a patina will make it look even much better!
    Third: the bracelet is lovely, what most caught my eye is the clasp, that looks awesome!

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  10. Your necklace and bracelet are very pretty. Well done!
    Enjoy your trip!
    Alenka

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  11. Beautiful designs. Enjoy your trip.

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  12. The bracelet is splendid and that clasp is to die for! Beautiful piece and you should be proud!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  13. Both pieces are so pretty but I love the simplicity of that necklace. It makes that focal stand out.

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  14. Your necklace and bracelet are lovely. I normally like patina on metal, but I've seen several BSBP participants pair natural copper with green and I'm really liking it as I do on your necklace.

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  15. Beautiful designs. The bracelet is gorgeous (and that is the most adorable clasp I have ever seen) and the necklace is fabulous. I'm a big fan of copper, bright shiny au natural, or dark and moody patina. I think the natural works with the necklace.

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  16. I love your designs. Have a great trip.

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  17. Both pieces are lovely. I especially like the simplicity of the necklace. I think it really shows off the focal in a sophisticated yet playful way. Nice job!

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  18. Love the closure on the bracelet. Your necklace is very elegant. Have a fab trip.

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  19. Beautiful job on your soup, both pieces are so lovely!

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  20. The necklace has something special, such very elegant colours with a ♥'simple'♥ design. Beautiful, great work Stephanie!

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  21. Sweet! The brilliant blue bracelet to the subdued earth tones of the necklace...Both turned out really Soup-er !

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  22. What fun pieces you made! I really like the combination of blue and green in the bracelet, but the subtle-ness of the necklace is also very appealing. Great work!!

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  23. Beautiful bracelet with an eclectic mixture of beads and the clasp fits perfectly as a focal! I like the earthy pendant, surrounded by these wired beads that look like pods!

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  24. Hi Stephanie, I really like both of the pieces that you made. The blue bracelet lets the lampworked focal be the star. Your necklace is so subtly colored that it would go with lots of different clothes. great job using your bead soup.

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