Saturday, September 17, 2011

BEAD SOUP BLOG PARTY...soup is on!


Soup is on!! Are you ready??? Today is the day that all 362 of the Bead Soup Blog 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
...a special clasp
...some coordinating beads &/or spacers. 
We were only required to use the focal & the clasp... the extras we could use or not, completely up to us. This is what Lesley Watt sent me. THANK YOU, Lesley!! 
When I received Lesley's soup mix, I was thrilled, of course.... the bronze focal is really beautiful... substantial & I loved it. I knew I wanted to do something significant w/ it, I just didn't have a clue what! My biggest desire was to make some sort of a collar... but how?? My jewelry style is rather simple & my knowledge of technique isn't very extensive, so I thought about it & thought about it... made some pieces & parts that I thought would work, but it was beyond me. I needed 5 hands. :o) So...I chickened out & decided that I could get a collar look from just wrapping it the heck around my neck, LOL. So, here you go.... 90 inches of beads... lariat style. ( click images to enlarge) 

 
 
This took care of the focal, but I still needed to use the clasp... so I made a wrap bracelet... which also doubles as a necklace...24 inches long. 
 
& then, of course, I needed to just finish out the whole set w/ some earrings. :o)
 Here's the whole set.....
It was fun to do... looks fabulous on.... hope you like it. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 






Here's the list of Bead Soup Blog Party participants... hope you get a chance to check them all out!

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke



19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel














You are here....94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt




115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca


121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir










62 MUCH APPRECIATED COMMENTS:

Lesley said...

Oh Julie - that necklace is just stunning! I can't tell you how proud I am to have something I made centre-stage in that creation. It's such a statment piece. The bracelet and earrings are gorgeous too - I love that the clasp is also a focal. Your designs are very imaginative and versatile...I can see that necklace all dressed up for a night out but I bet it looks striking with Jeans and t shirt as well. Well done Julie - I'm very, very happy...just hope you like what I've done too... :0)

Jenni said...

Julie your necklace is just so stunningly beautiful. What wonderful focal and clasp you had to work with. I love how it is adaptable and can be worn long or as a choker.I don't think you chickened out...I think you made a wise design choice! Love the earrings and bracelet, too....the whole story is a beautiful mix.
jenni

moonlitfantaseas said...

wow!yummy necklace! Just a beautiful set !

vonna said...

Julie what a fantastic job! I love the fun and earthiness of your set. All season anytime, any - wear set!

Sandi Volpe said...

Beautiful, love allthe colors!

Lorelei Eurto said...

WOW, that focal is outstanding. Can't wait to check out Leslie's work more! Love all of the pieces you've made. Looks like you were a fantastic partnership!

kristibasket said...

Wow! That is stunning! Beautiful for fall!

Kristi said...

Yup, we like it we really like it. Who wouldn't, beautiful piece, Lesley's focal is gorgeous of course and it's all perfectly designed!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Julie, I love the fact that you made such versitile pieces out of the bead mix Lesley sent to you, they are absoulutly gorgeous!
Therese

la mar de bonita said...

Wow, what a great set - I like each piece of it!
Greetings, Michi

Jen V. said...

90 inches!? That's hilarious! But also completely awesome because the focal really gets to sing. :)
Take care! Jen

Stacey said...

AWESOME 90 inches!!! Love that style! And the bracelet ad a necklace - very cool pieces. The colors are great too - very relaxed and casual.

Shirley said...

Girl, there was no chicken in these pieces! Having strung one of my pieces, I know what went into it, so hats off to you for 90 inches!!! Love the wearability of all the pieces. The colors are just gorgeous. Great job!

Bead Lola Bead said...

I love all your pieces, but that lariat necklace is stunning!

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 ADORE that necklace because long necklaces are so versatile for me (being on the Zaftig side!) and the detail and coolness factor is way high!!!!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

Holly said...

That lariat necklace, with it's 90 inches is just incredible! Simply gorgeous.... As is the bracelet and matching earrings! What a wonderful job you've done :)

rosebud101 said...

Julie, I want to see you wearing these pieces the next time we get together! How fun!

susie said...

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

Karyn B said...

Holy cow! 90 inches of beads! Well, you might have thought you were chickening out, but I can't even imagine stringing all those. And it turned out so beautifully, and is so versatile! Same with the bracelet. Beautiful work!

CraftyHope said...

Haha! I'm cracking up that both your necklace and your bracelet are super long. Don't get me wrong, they're both fabulous and I hate that you weren't able to get the design exactly the way you wanted. But, you did succeed in making three very lovely pieces! see. . .SUCCESS!!! Cheers!

coffeeaddict said...

so many beautiful pieces, what a super soup!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Wow, lots of ways to wear the necklace. Great bracelet too!

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

wow, you like options, don't you?! Perfect though, because that is going to go with everything! Very nicely done, love the colors!

Maggie said...

90 inches of wonder! Great job Julie, besides loving the beads and design, it's so great how versatile these pieces are.

Carol Tannahill said...

Good job and a lovely set. It all came together so beautifully.

JuLee said...

The necklace is great - the length makes it wearable in more than one way. Always a plus. And I adore the bracelet. The earrings are definitly something I would wear. Love the whole set

Jennifer Cameron said...

Very cool and it totally works as a collar or something in between. Love how you did that. The bracelet is great as are the earrings. love everything!

Deci said...

Julie, this is superb!

Menno Jeweler said...

This set has a southwestern feel to it, really gorgeous combination of colors in your designs.

Sweet Freedom said...

That first lariat is stunning -wonderfully creative! I love all your pieces!

Beadbug said...

I love how you made your piece to be worn so many different ways. The colors are great.

Wendy said...

So pretty! I love the colors and textures!

Elisabeth said...

Great results! I love the idea of wrap bracelet/necklace.

Tracy said...

A beautiful set, I love the focal.

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created two terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and love the lariat wrap. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
Lori

BackstoryBeads said...

I love that all your pieces are just bursting with luscious colors and textures. The wrap bracelet/necklace with those cool, creamy beads, is my favorite, although it was hard to choose!

KayzKreationz said...

I love that lariat necklace. I really like long necklaces and the fact that you can wrap that around your neck with that gorgeous focal front and center and still have a long necklace is great. The bracelet that can double as a necklace is so great too. Lots of color and texture in all your pieces. Wonderful job.

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
Be blessed to be a blessing

Molly Alexander said...

Ooooooo! I love your designs! I am a huge fan of lariats, and just adore this one! The bracelet is gorgeous and versatile, and the earrings are a perfect compliment to the whole set. Beautiful!

LeeLu Creations said...

All the pieces are beautiful! Love that you did a lariat because they are so versatile. Great job!

Silver Parrot said...

Very nice. They all look wonderful!

sharon palac said...

You really made the most out your ingredients! I love how you created whimsical yet sophisticated jewelry, really beautiful!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Really fantastic design! You created a beautiful collection. I love the length of the first necklace-90 inches, wow! The diversity of the bracelet/necklace and asymmetric pattern is really great too.

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Fun, flirty, fabulously earthy! Wonderful!

Beadaholique said...

Beautiful designs! I like how you can wear both of them in so many different ways! Earrings are great too!
Julie and Andrea

pinkchapeau said...

All three pieces are lovely. I like the lariat idea, and the convertible wrap bracelet. Very versatile creations!!!

Terri said...

You are Uber talented! Love what you did with your delicious soup bead mix! Gorgeous! Hopped over to you Etsy to admirer your handy work. Wish I had the extra $$$ to purchase a few. All your work is fantastic but those acorns are amazing.

Bobbie said...

Holy cow - nearly 10 feet of beady beautifulness! Spectacular!

Boot ~C said...

so pretty, I love a necklace/bracelet combo!

Christine said...

Your pieces are fabulous!! The mix of colors is perfect!!

DaviniaDesign said...

All the pieces are gorgeous, great work!

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

Such pretty colors and beautiful designs! I love it!

Christine Altmiller said...

i am still hopping and finally made it and i am sure glad i did! this is absolutely something i would wear. and so it that. and that too :-) very earthy and versatile with great colors and textures!

maneki said...

Lovely jewellery! I really like the mix of shapes and colours. And of cause I like the versatility of the pieces, that you can wear them in different ways. Great job!

Shyme said...

Beautiful pieces!!

Ann said...

Those are both very versatile pieces. You really made the most of your ingredients. The bronze pendant looks really neat as a choker.

Shay Stone said...

I love it all!

Cindy said...

Julie, you truly outdid yourself with your AMAZING necklace and bracelet. I absolutely love the colors, composition, and the way they can be worn in multiple ways!! I would wear both the necklace and bracelet as often as I could...absolutely LOVE them!!

chicandfrog said...

Don't worry for the length, wrapped jewels are great!

Ambra

Manuela said...

90 inches of beauty - I love it dear Julie, amazing your necklace and I love the bracelet a lot too.

Sorry for being so late - better later than never LOL (I was on vacation and now I need to catch up with a lot of work).

Have a beautiful day,
xxxo Manuela

Aquariart said...

That is a lot of delicious soup!! I love the versatility of your pieces and the beads are wonderful.

Gold Charm said...

I think the long creations with small little pieces of beads have a great flow in them.Colours used very effectively to give them a sense of binding and relief...like them.

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