Wednesday, February 10, 2010

BEAD SOUP is the day!

It's here!! Are you ready??? Today is the day that all of the Bead Soup Party participants reveal what they created w/ the bead soup that their party partner sent them. The requirements were that we were to send our partners a focal piece, some coordinating beads &/or spacers & a clasp. We were only required to use the focal & the clasp... the extras we could use or not.
I knew the minute Lori paired us up that Jen & I were going to have a wonderfully creative partnership... I had no idea that a wonderful new friendship was going to be part of the package! It's hard to believe this pairing only happened a few short weeks ago... Jen feels like someone I've had a relationship w/ for years already. What lucky girls we are. :o)

When we started talking about what we should send eachother, I asked Jen to challenge me. I loved her colorful polymer clay pieces, although I typically don't work w/ such bright & vibrant colors, I really wanted to work w/ her pieces....
.... & challenged I was!! :o) I had lots of fun w/ it, though!! I DID find myself toning the colors down w/ etched copper & neutral colored sea urchin pieces & I really REALLY like how it turned out! I knew I didn't have it in me to create something w/ all 3 polymer focals that Jen sent me, my jewelry style is fairly simple, but I really loved these pieces so much that asked Jen if I could cut one of them up because I had a few ideas how to work more of it into the piece... including the clasp. I ended up making a toggle out of a piece of polymer & then made a few more elements w/ a few more of the cut up pieces.

Here... I'll stop talking about it & just let you check it out....
(click the images to enlarge)
Hope you like it, Jen!!!

I hope everyone had as much fun w/ their bead soup... can't wait to see what everyone created!

There are a total of 84 of us participating in this party... here's a list of the other blogs... go check them out, I am!!
1. Lori, An Artists Year Off (our hostess!)
3. Terri, Blooming Ideas
9. Adrienne, Adrienne Designs
11. Laurel, Rue's Daftique
14. Cassie, The Glass Beadle
17. Lisa, Lo and Behold
19. Judith, Judith B.
20. Debbie, Prairie Emporium
24. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things
25. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa
26. Cristi, 2 If By Sea
30. Leslie, Bei Mondi
31. Loretta, Designs by Loretta
33. Kathie, The Bead Cult
34. Patty, Plays With Fire
35. Nicki, Nicki's Reef
36. Anne Marie, Heart's Desire
39. Emanda, Artemesia's Studio
40. Whitney, Whitney Lassini
41. Marcie, La Bella Joya
42. Suzann, Beadphoria
45. Janiece, J Birds Garden
47. Laurie, The Mermaid Tale
49. Sue, Sue Beads
51. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse
52. Kristie, Artisan Clay
53. Regina, Regina's Writings
55. Lyn, Lyn Foley
57. Cathryn, Chile Cats
60. Juli, Jul's Beads
61. Julie, RockerJewlz
70. Lynette, Rock Hill Designs
73. Ruthie, Rose Works Jewelry
74. Elizabeth, Turquoise Sky
75. Maire, Maire Dodd
76. Janet, Singing Woods
77. Eileen, Dorset Hill Beads
79. Joann, Jo's Jewels
80. Patti, PJ Clark Designs

Thank you, Lori, for hosting such a wonderful event!!! It's been a blast getting to know Jen & meeting other people in the party.

Time for a few hours of sleep, LOL, then I'm roaming around to check out everybody's work!

Enjoy all!!

~ Julie


Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, you made such a gorgeous piece. I absolutely love the colors. What a talented person you are! I will have to go check out some of the other participants work.

Kella said...

This is a fabulously created piece, you had my mom's approval as well while she read over my shoulder. I am inspired by your ideas of cutting the clay pieces to create new beading elements.

Thanks for sharing.

rosebud101 said...

Julie, that is really pretty!

maryharding said...

Your necklace is truly incredible. Wow. You have such a talent for creating a beautiful piece. A pleasure to view this.

Jenny J-V said...

I LOOOOOVE IT!!!! You are amazing! Who knew simple bits of clay and copper could be so fantastic! It's gorgeous and fun and a perfect combination of Julie & Jen!!!!! It was soooooo worth waiting for! (I'm not trying to max out the exclamation point feature, but it's hard!!!! haaaaaaaaa) THANK YOU!!!

Lorelei said...

Hi Julie!!
This is so great! It really is such an edgy piece, great work!!
I love the ribbon too.
if you get a chance, can you email me. I need help on getting something similar to those buttons below your posts that let you share the love. that is really cool.

Nancy said...

Oh MY! Is all that I can say. When I look at the stash of beads you received and your end result, I am blown away. That is one incredible piece of jewelry. I love how the copper adds to it and accentuates the polymer. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Pearl and Pebble said...

This is fabulous - I LOVE what you've done here! I really like all the "stacking" elements:)

lisa oram said...

Wow - the look changed so dramatically from the "ingredients" to the "soup." I'm also a glassy gal and I was challenged by my partner with rustic ceramic pieces. Hasn't this been fun. Enjoyed looking around at your stuff. First time I"ve been here. More to come, for sure!

Heather Powers said...

you are crazy talented!!! I'm so glad to have found your blog today. I can not get over this awesome design. The earthy feel of the copper and urchin(?) beads are perfect with the bright color palette. And I love how you altered the polymer pieces to create the clasp and metal elements. just brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Julie, I love what you created with Jen's beads! I have had the pleasure of meeting Jen in person and these bright colors definitely fit her personality.
Very nice!
Jeanette Blix

Kate said...

I am just stunned! I love how you melded your style with Jen's! A true work of art! And as a PC artist I am just as flabbergasted at how you altered her beads, ingenious!

Enjoy the Party!
Kate Organic Odysseys #46

Libby Leuchtman said...

Oh Julie I couldn't wait to see what you did with your bead soup and I am not surprised that it is of course so beautiful. You did a great job girl friend.

Cindy said...

Julie, you are one extemeley talented lady!! Your design is just over-the-top INCREDIBLE!! I just love it! Your final focal is beautiful...I love how you tied in all of the elements too. WOW!!!

Cristi - 2 If By Sea said...

Julie, that piece is fabulous! Wow, so inspiring! Great work.

Lisa said...

Wow, Julie, your necklace blows me away! Great job of turning it into a reflection of you.

Pretty Things said...

WOW! I am in awe of the talent on both sides of this one. GREAT WORK!

Thanks for being a part of the party — we’ll do it again soon!

Rickie said...

Beautiful design Julie--love the way your necklace turned out!

Terri said...

This is a Wowza! You did an amazing job! Such talent you and your bead soup partner posess! Really inspiring!

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

THANK YOU everyone! I'm really enjoying the feedback. (of course!) This was a really fun piece to do & Jen was such an awesome partner to have! I'm really looking forward to keeping in touch & maybe doing some collaborating w/ her... she's quite talented.

Awesome party... after a much needed nap, I'm ready to start making the rounds! Can't wait to see what everyone has put together!!

As far as the awesome bookmark/sharing widget @ the bottom of my posts.... it's called SEXYBOOKMARK, I came across it on one of the Bead Soup party participant's blog!! Just do a google search for SexyBookmark. If you have Blogger, just click the link below my sexybookmark widget... it was done by someone else & made especially for Blogger.

~ Julie

Cathryn said...

I don't know if my last post actually got to you--but this is just a fabulous piece! I can't get over the colors! Fun and carefree and reminds me of being a kid!

Boot ~C said...

this is such a warm piece w/ the copper, very nice. clever use of your clay pieces too!

JBird's Garden said...

What an amazing team you make!!! The colors and shapes and beauty of the beads are mouthwatering...then what you did with them is breathtaking. Applause!!!

Mermaid Glass said...

Ummmm, I think you might be some kind of jewelry designing genius. I have no idea how you got from point A to point B, but it's amazing. I never in a million years would have guessed that those components would have become that necklace. Gorgeous!

Michelle Mach said...

Wow! I love how you combined the copper with the bright pieces in your soup. I never would have thought of doing that! It really changes the whole look of those beads.

Spirited Earth said...

this is an amazing necklace..

SharonP said...

That is one amazing art piece! There is so much to look at and discover-color, texture, design, it's a masterpiece!

Janet said...

This is a really Nice creative pc youve done a Great job!!

Mel P said...

Fab piece of jewellery, what an amazing stash of beads too. Love it

Jo Ann Gallagher said...

Wow Julie, what a creative and beautiful piece! You really have some talent!! Love it!

Erin said...

OH MY STARS! I'm stunned! My jaw dropped to the desk when I laid eyes on your design! Incredible work! An amazing piece of art work!

I saw the stunning beads the you sent Jen. Your glass is truly so beautiful. I'm glad I found you through this event!

Lyn Foley said...

It seems to me from looking at your website that you really stepped outside your usual jewelry circle. Very creative indeed. Glad to have found your site thanks to party.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Wow - I love it! You did a great job at challenging yourself and making it work :)

TesoriTrovati said...

That is a wiz-bang sort of piece! I love that you asked to be challenged... and you rose to it, Julie! You had the vision to cut the piece to make it fit the toggle? Brilliant! I think you did an amazing job. And that added bonus of the friendship is such a great gift. Thanks for sharing this heaping serving of great soup! Be sure to stop by and taste some of mine. Enjoy the day! Erin

Beth said...

Holy Moly! That is superb! Cheers :)

Patty said...

This is stunning, Julie, and I'm sure Jen is loving it. The components you added fit very well with the overall design, and it looks great!

Dee said...

Julie your own beads are simply beautiful, very talented and Im definitely bookmarking your blog. Your finished piece is stunning and you had such great pieces to work with...absolutely beautiful..job well done!

Loretta said...

What a creative way to use some beautiful pieces. I love the copper that you added. Great job!!!!

Julianna Cannon said...

Julie, this is spectacular! I adore the muted backdrop you have worked into the vibrance of those beads~ you achieved a wonderful balance with mass appeal. Love it.

Patti said...

Every element of this necklace works together...colors, layers and textures! Gorgeous!!

Julie Nordine . Credit.River.Art.Glass said...

Thank you, everyone, for the wonderful comments!! You're all so good for my ego. :o) Jen's pieces were so much fun to work w/ ... & the added bonus that she had no problem w/ me cutting a piece apart to spread throughout the piece was awesome. Can't do that w/ just any material, can you?? :o) Polymer cuts, drills & sands down like butter. Very easy to work w/.

& it was so awesome to make my way around to every single blog yesterday... so much talent out there!! I was blown away over & over again w/ how creative some of the pieces were... how things were done that wouldn't have even crossed my mind... it was fun to see how far some of you guys went! Bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

beautiful piece of art! love it!

Nicki said...

Julie, this is a wonderful piece, very elaborate, and I love how you tuned down the colors with copper. All that metal work, oh my gosh.

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,

I wanted thank each participant in my OWOH draw and wish you luck on February 15th.

Thank you,

Jo said...

I love how you've used copper with the polymer clay - it complements the colours beautifully.

Anonymous said...

I love how you laid the focal against the copper. Very clever and frames it perfectly. Awesome idea. Love your pictures too.

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

I love the way you toned down the colors with the darker metals, and I really like the way you created the pendant. Thanks for sharing!

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