Saturday, September 17, 2011

And so the recipe is complete...
Let's serve up the Soup!

I hope that everyone is settled down, nice and comfy with something delish in the glass to go with this wonderful journey we're about to undertake!  Can you believe there are 362 participants in this awesome blog party that the incredible Lori Anderson has thrown for us?  I'm in shock, simply put.  But I won't chatter much, I promise!  (I know I get wordy....can't help it!  I'm shy in person, but in writing it just bubbles up and overflows!)  Anyway, onto the beady soupy goodness!

As you'll possibly remember (yeah, right, sure...) from this post, my partner is Barbara Judy, from Beads of Spirit.  Her work with seed beads awes and intimidates me!  It also gives me something to strive for in the future...once I don't have kids or a kitten in the house (said as I clear the kitten off of the bead table for the 8th time in 3 hours.  yes, beads are a skittering as a result too.)  But anyway, I'm sure the real reason you are here is to see what I've done with my lovely Bead Soup mix (seen here), so I won't keep you waiting.  
I decided to separate my focal and my clasp, and use them in two different pieces.  That focal, sparkling in all it's glory, deserved to up front, close and center.  So that's where I concentrated for this necklace.




 The clasp is a toggle clasp with a large copper ring that I'd soldered and a toggle that I balled, flame-colored and hammered for texture.  Closing on the side of the necklace, it matches the soldered ring connector on the other side.  


 The back piece of the necklace is a strand of those awesome copper seed beads, while the front features the cool Czech glass and awesome tiny green faceted beads.  I'm still not sure what the little green faceted bits are, but I can tell you that I want *more*!  I love them.  I also added some copper beads and findings I had, and think they finish the necklace off nicely.  The focal was attached quite simply with a flattened, large gauge copper head pin twisted into a modified jump ring.  The head pin I'd enameled in a khaki color that matched well (surprisingly and accidentally!!) with the pendant. 


The necklace measures 18 1/2 inches long, and I can see it paired up with a simple choker-length handmade copper chain.  Or perhaps a single strand of tiny baroque pearls in a color similiar to that awesome blue faceted Czech glass, with a few touches of copper spacers in there....  I can also see it with a simple pair of earrings too!  (maybe that'll be my next project...)  

My second necklace made good use of the cool copper leaf clasp I received.  I'd had this awesome copper fold-formed pendant that I'd made a while back pounding the heehaw out of my temper.  The pendant turned out awesome, and was just crying out for something to be done with it.  But I had a hard time figuring out what to do with it.  I'd tried so many things and come up blank each of those times.  But I finally figured something out...


 ...the pendant didn't want anything fussy around it!  I decided to simply dress it up with a few wire-wrapped faceted Czech glass beads, copper bead caps and chain and leave it at that.  The addition of the copper leaf clasp I received was that perfect finishing touch!


I do have to say that I now have a new absolute favorite necklace.  And chance are quite good that this one will *not* be showing up in my Etsy shop.  Or at any of the shows in the near future that I'm preparing for.  Nope, I don't usually claim something completely as mine.  But this?  Yeah.  Mine.  And thank you so much to Barbara for sending me the awesome clasp - it was perfect for this ;) 


So, that's it for my Bead Soup...what did you cook up?  Don't forget to check out my partner, Barbara!  I'm dying to see what she's made with what I put together for her ;)  

What has been your favorite part of this whole experience?  Mine, I think, has been the friendships that I've made on the way!  Everyone has been wonderful...and I know I'll treasure the friends and people I've met on this beady journey for a long time! 

And don't forget to check out everyone else who is participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party!  And please do, if you haven't already, check out Lori.  She's done an amazing, incredible job.  One I wouldn't do if you paid me ;)   Here's the list of participants and their partners....enjoy!  

Oh, yeah, and please, don't forget to leave me a comment so that I know you were here! 

These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke


19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall - you are here!                         















99 comments:

Jennifer Cameron said...

Gorgeous. Both pieces. That fold formed pendant you made is amazing and you definitely made the right decision with how you used it. You definitely deserve to keep it ;o)

Helmitarha said...

Beautiful pieces! Love the calm colours and earthy feel!

Jenni said...

Love both pieces! I understand why you don't want to part with your fold-form piece..it is amazing and works just beautifully with the leaf clasp and a few select beads. Just beautiful.

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Love both of those stunning pieces. I can understand why you want to keep that second necklace - a stunner! Fabulous work!

earthlyjewels said...

Stunning focal..you did a great job on the soup!

Tracy said...

Both pieces are just gorgeous...well done.

Lesley said...

Love them both Holly - just my colours, rich and warm - just how good soup should be.

KayzKreationz said...

Holly, I love what you did with that focal and how you attached it with a flattened head pin. But that second piece with the leaf clasp is gorgeous. I've so been wanting to learn how to fold-form copper metal. It's next on my list to learn. I can't resist copper. Lovely.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I love both pieces, and think you could wear that second one almost every day! And now I know what I need to learn to do when I am mad...pound the heehaw out of something- brilliant! Beautiful work, Holly!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Hello Friend!!! That first necklace has my Czech Glass senses TINGLING love it with the copper! The fold form is delicious too I can see keeping that close.: ) Happy hopping have an awesome day! XOXO

Shel said...

Wow - these are way cool! So beautiful and I love how you designed them both - truly a delight!

CraftyHope said...

Both of these are so great!
You did a great job accenting the beautiful hues in that focal. They reflected perfectly in the necklace. It's such a gem!

I would TOTALLY keep that necklace for myself too. It's simple and stunning. That toggle she sent is really cool.
Wonderful work Holly!!

susie said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

Deci said...

Both pieces are excellent. That is an extraordinary clasp!

Janina Grigore Jewellery said...

Beautiful work , Holly! I love the earthy tones, so easy to match them with most outfits. The leaf shaped clasp is a great choice and the fold form focal is just gorgeous ! :))
Geanina.

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

Love both necklaces! Wow, difficult deciding which one is my favorite :)

Sally Russick said...

Holly! Both pieces are so beautiful! If I owned that free formed pendant necklace I wouldn't part with it either! It's simply perfect!

Alice said...

Both pieces are lovely! Your handmade toggle and fold formed focal are great additions.

I can see that I need to get some of those tiny seed beads because I love how you used them.

Karyn B said...

Both pieces are fantastic! Great work!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Ohhhh both are so pretty!

Christine Altmiller said...

Ooo, i love the folded copper and the simplistic beauty of it! both necklaces are gorgeous!

Moobie Grace said...

Nothing less than amazing! Between the copper pendant & your soup mix, there's no way you could have gone wrong!

Ann said...

Nicely done, 2 great necklaces out of 1 great mix.

Cindy Cima said...

Wonderful designs - love your hand made toggle clasp!

EmandaJ said...

Great pieces! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda

http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

Noemi said...

Great pieces.
That rough copper with texture is great. Very appealing.
And also a great post to read

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

I love how you split up your beads so your had a focal in one and the toggle in the other! Way to go! Excellent work!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

Barbara said...

Yeah!! I love what you did with the bead soup I sent you. I decided to make two necklaces too. I guess we were on the same wave length to use the bead soup. With so many lovelies, I had a hard time with just one idea! Your pieces are stunning!

Shirley said...

Ok, just a little gushing over the folded pendant necklace...that is just awesome! And I'm truly in awe of the copper pin ring you attached the pendant with in the first piece. I love your copper wirework!

Lupe Meter said...

Beautiful creations! Love the copper components!

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and I love the leaf toggle clasp. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!
Lori

Maggie said...

What great focals and components! Excellent necklaces.

Shay Stone said...

I love what you've made and your own fold formed copper pendant is awesome!

Wendy said...

Both designs are just beautiful! That focal on the first necklace is just fabulous!

Shyme said...

Wonderful necklaces, I like your wire work as well... :)

Juli said...

Very pretty!

Christine said...

Both pieces are fantastic, but that second one really speaks to me. Excellent work!

T... said...

stunning pieces, wonderful colours and design

Therese's Treasures said...

Holly your pieces are simply gorgeous!
Therese

I LOVE color! said...

I love, love, your design and I am so pleased that you are using copper.
Be Blessed to be a blessing
copperCandyJules@etsy.com

Sally Anderson said...

Gorgeous job! I love both of these necklaces. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

your pieces are so wonderful. The first piece makes me long for the beach and summer again and the other one is great for this time of year (in Michigan at least) I hope you had as much fun making theses as I did checking them out and reading your blog.
Alice's Beads and Baubles

Christine said...

Lovely details on both necklaces!

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Both your designs turned out so amazing. Love them both! Great job!

Courtney said...

Beautiful! I am in love with copper and you did it right! Stunning piece, I see why it won't be going anywhere but your jewelry box.

Patternsforbeads said...

I love the metal work, it is so cool. I'd want to keep too.

Laura Twiford said...

Love the beautiful simplicity of both pieces, very wearable! I wanted to follow your blog but don't see a place to, am I missing something?

Linda Landig said...

Love both of these pieces. I would be keeping the necklace with your fold formed pendant, also, if I were you. So awesome!

rosebud101 said...

Holly, that is a beautiful necklace! I love what you did with your soup. You're a great cook!

Mylene said...

I love the treatment you gave the toggle in the first piece - it's an amazing shade of red! Your fold formed pendant is a great focal... This was a great way of using it.

Marie Cramp said...

Funky and fun!! Great Job!

Boot ~C said...

that clasp was perfect w/ your pendant! both pieces are great

Pat Haight said...

I love both pieces! The colors are right up my alley!

moonlitfantaseas said...

just beautiful! I really love the second necklace!

Beetique said...

Wow on the copper piece. Love it!

Jo said...

They are both so beautiful! I just love that leaf clasp.

Fire Phoenix said...

Both pieces are amazing, they are beautiful! But my favourite is definitely the second necklace, the pendant is gorgeous.

Sandra said...

Such beautiful creations! I love copper, and I LOVE Czech glass. It annoys me that the Czech Republic is one of our (many!) neighboring countries, yet I've never been able to cross the border and ... SHOP FOR BEADS. And I was really close last year, going to Dresden. I just didn't realize HOW close, Prague would have been only an hour's train ride away. T_T

Marianna said...

Gorgeous! I love both pieces but that second necklace is my favorite. LOVE the colors and designs, great job!

Kate said...

Awesome pieces, Holly!! I love them all!! Especially your added touches to the first clasp! Gorgeous.

Steph L. said...

Great job on both of your necklaces, I love that second one!

Here Bead Dragons said...

Very nice, the czech went great with the copper
~cryssT

Cathie Carroll said...

Ooohh. I'd keep it too!
I love the texture and earthiness to your work.

Your avatar is a beauty! One day soon my little girl will look like that.

Warm regards,

Cathie

Andrea said...

I agree with you that the best part has been the friendships developed and what I have learned from each and everyone of the creative artists. Both necklaces are stunning and fit my style completely. Way to go!!! When I first got into beading ten years ago, I have three rambunctious boys running around the house. Now they are 22, 17 and 13 and I am heavily into seed beads. My blog is at wordpress not blogger, even though my avatar is through blogger. www.heavenlanecreations.wordpress.com

Beadaholique said...

Wow! Really, really, really stunning work! Bravo!

Kristi Bowman said...

Gorgeous creations Holly!!!

m.e. said...

Both designs are gorgeous!!!
Great soup!
m.e. :)

Kristen said...

Stunning Stunning Stunning!!!!

BluMoon said...

Very original, you obviously put a lot of thought into these!

Bead Lola Bead said...

I love both pieces, but that second one is really something quite special!

Aquariart said...

I love both pieces each so different but great on their own. I am having a torrid affair with copper and love your folded piece. You have inspired me to get out my hammer.

Skye said...

Beautiful work :) I love that bit of pop the blue gives it, and yes that clasp is the perfect touch to the second necklace! Two beautiful pieces :)


and you can always take them to the show... just stick a big 'sold' sign on them ;)

Molly Alexander said...

Your pieces are, as always, perfectly designed and balanced. I love the necklace with the folded copper focal - just beautiful! :)

Bobbie said...

WOW! The first necklace is lovely, and the clasp you made is terrific. But that second necklace? That's something special. I'd keep that for myself, too! The pendant was obviously just waiting for this project.

Riki Schumacher said...

FAbulous! I have to say, I love the fold formed piece, so pretty. Great work, the composition is wonderful. Thanks for swinging by. Riki

JenniferJangles said...

Wow! Those are both beautiful necklaces. I see why you're not letting that second one go.

Loretta said...

I would keep that necklace too. Your design is awesome. Great job on both of them.

SueBeads said...

Very nice job - love your necklaces!

vonna said...

Oh yummy, your pieces are just Gorgeous! Beautiful work!

Stacey said...

Very nice designs - they will be perfect to wear this fall. Great way to attach the focal by the way - love that look!

chicandfrog said...

You made the best choice using the focal and the clasp for two different pieces, they are both stunning.
I would keep the second necklace for me as well, it's so beautiful!
Ambra

Sweet Freedom said...

Very nice job! I love working with and wearing copper so much!

Cillaw said...

I love your organic look , Great work!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

You made two really nice pieces. Great looks.

Menno Jeweler said...

Your creations are wonderful! My favorite part of the blog hop is the new inspiration that I have as a result of seeing so many gorgeous creations like yours!

Jenny said...

Hello my Pinterest friend! Love what you did with your soup! And I def. think you should keep the leaf clasp necklace... "pounding the heehaw out of my temper." LOVE IT!

Leslie Todd said...

Holly, wonderful work with the soup! And I love your foldformed pendant.

pinkchapeau said...

Beautiful...your partners beads compliment your metal work perfectly!!

Wings N Scales said...

Very nice pieces, I love metal work! Great job!

DaviniaDesign said...

Love the depth of your necklace.
Super cool!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

I love them both! Both pendants are absolutely amazing and I love love what you did with both :)

coffeeaddict said...

there is something so intricate and powerful about your necklaces.

one-eared pig said...

Absolutely wonderful! I love those colors!

Serena Trent said...

Both pieces are great but the shell piece I like the best. I like how you use the other beads to bring out the colors in the shell (focal).
Awesome job!

Kelly J. R. said...

I can see why you want to keep that second necklace - it's amazing! I love the simple, organic and earthy feel of it.

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful designs! I have to agree with you on the second necklace, I wouldn't sell it either! Awesome pendant and clasp!

Terri said...

Love what you did with your soup mix that you were sent. A big fan of earthy colors. You did a Soup-er job!

maneki said...

Lovely necklaces! My fave is the second one: I love the simplicity in the design and the fold-formed pendant is fab. Great job!

Beadroe said...

What a wonderful necklace, I love that you did not overwhelm the focal. Absolutely beautiful.

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