Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Bead Soup Party Reveal!

This year I had the fortune of being paired
 with Eva Sherman from Eva Sherman Designs
I was sent the most inspiring and delicious soup with which to create. 
It included lamp work beads, blue freshwater pearls, and a bold sterling silver clasp.
 I set to work quickly planning and sketching.
 I know you want to get to the reveal, so
 I'll save the details for the end.

Here is the soup Eva sent me:

And here are the pieces I created with it:

Post-Apocalyptic Bliss Neck Piece

I call this neck piece "Post-Apocalyptic Bliss" because really, the end doesn't have to be ugly.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to see pictures of  how it was made.

My friend Erika from Moonstruck Design modeled for me and she completely rocked it.

She reported that is very soft and light to wear. 

the second piece
Butterscotch Bijou bracelet

The big beautiful sterling clasp had me stumped but after
 all the detail on my first piece, I was ready for some simplicity. 

I connected the acrylic links with simple jump rings. 

It is lightweight and fun to wear. It makes a soft jingle when you move.
 I bent the clasp slightly to form to the curve of the wrist.

 I wore it to the grocery store and felt absolutely maaarvelous, daaarrling.

What I sent to my BSBP partner
Head over to her blog to check out what she created using these beads!

This is the bead soup I sent Eva. Included are hand cast pewter
 charms that were cast and domed by moi, my Bubble pendant,
 Truth button, and a Cherub Heart charm. Antique black iridescent
 nail head beads, a hand drilled Lake Erie beach stone, some
 raku disks I made a few years ago
 during my clay phase, a handmade lamp work cross bead
 and some antique tube beads. I topped it off with a coil of oiled iron wire.  

Now a little about the process of creating the Post-Apocalyptic Bliss piece.

Here is my humble beginning. The sketch on interfacing and adding silk
hand dyed ribbon by stitching the edge in a randomly ruffly way.

A close up of the ribbon work and the color gradient which I was
completely delighted with!

Here I was working out the positioning of the elements so that the
 connecting rings would function properly when in use, on an actual neck.
 I have to confess that everyone in my family wore this
at one point while I adjusted the drape. It looked the best on my husband, but he wouldn't model.

Here is a back view. I used a piece of batik fabric that has
 traveled with me for over twelve years and was given to me by a dear friend.
 I was so happy to be able to use it to cover the back of the piece, close to the skin.
 See the clasp in the background? She's wondering "what about me?"

Pondering chain or links to complete the necklace. In the end I chose five strands of brass chain with the addition of seed beads onto the middle chain links for a little color. They are the same seed beads I used around the focal.

Ta Da!

If you've made it this far and you're totally jazzed about seeing how people take what they've been randomly given and transform it into their own interpretation of beauty, check out all the participants in the blog hop   HERE.
You won't run out of eye candy as the list is 400 people long. I want to thank Eva for her generous contribution and her creative camaraderie and Lori Anderson and her small team of assistants for being the powerhouse behind this grand and beautiful undertaking. There's something about this challenge that gets me fired up and I hope it does the same for you.

Bead Well and Prosper my dears!

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  1. Wow! Both pieces are stunning! The necklace is definitely a statement piece. Thanks so much for sharing your process. I love the bracelet, too!

  2. The clasp on the butterscotch bracelet is gorgeous. But that necklace tho.... WOW!!! stunning.

  3. wow! you really rocked those pieces!!!! I love what you did and I'm thrilled to be your partner for this bead soup party. I hope you like what I did with your beads, due to personal time crunch issues, I did not write a lot, but I had a blast working on this project!!!

  4. Wow I always love to see what you make. Amazing work. Love it and so cool that you shared how you did it!!!!!

  5. They are both awesome, I love the bracelet!

  6. you put a lot of work in your designes, both are awesome, difficult to choose:))))

  7. What a fabulous statement piece and the bracelet is just as stunning in it's bold them both.

  8. Wow...great necklace. Thanks for sharing your process with us, too.

  9. An amazing and bold necklace, my favourite is that cool yellow bracelet

  10. Oh my goodness, that necklace is sensational! Beautiful work!

  11. Both your necklace and your bracelet are fabulous! Both look great on!

  12. The post that concerns the Post-Apocalyptic Bliss piece is just wonderful. It turned out to be a great pieces....and you're very prolific otherwise. great great job.

  13. how you showed the process of making your necklace. I am just getting my feet wet with bead embroidery and I have pendents I want to work with. You make it look so fun. The bracelet may be simple, but its so rich in color and has that wow power...very cool! Love the clasp...

  14. OMG the necklace is amazing! Great job with the bracelet too :)

  15. Holy guacamole. Gob. Smacked. I am in such awe of people with this kind of vision. I am so not that kind of person! Your necklace needs to be submitted to Belle Armoire Jewelry.

    And just so you know -- my husband only ever says "very nice" when I show him jewelry. But he just walked into the bedroom and I said "you have to see this". I showed him the three beads you started with, and then the finished piece, and I swear to pie, he went, "WOW! wow wow wow. How did she DO that?" So you impressed the hardest to impress person ever!

    Seriously, you rocked it all (and I am in LOVE with the bubble pendant you sent Eva. Puffy heart love).

    1. Lori- thank you for all you do :) I appreciate your comments and tell your hubby thank you! You guys made me blush!

  16. vERY UNIQUE PIECES. Nice work!!!

  17. Freaking fantastic - that necklace is amazing! Love it! Thank you for sharing how you created it because I would have never have guessed how you did it - amazing! Love the bracelet - love the color and the open links!!!

  18. I adore how you worked you magic on your soup, the ruffled ribbon looks amazing and it really makes the beads pop.
    Just a great design and the 'simple' bracelet looks stunning too.

  19. Beautiful designs - great job!

  20. amazing. The ruffled ribbon add an amazing texture to your design.

  21. That necklace is stunning! Can't even find words to say how much I like it :)

  22. Fantastic, what an amazing and unique neckpiece. Great! I like the bracelet too, it's so funny.

  23. Beautiful to see in pictures how you created your "Post-Apocalyptic Bliss"! ♥Stunning♥ I love it!

  24. Fabulous necklace and bracelet!

  25. I love your necklace, so beautiful colors and elaborate mixture of surprisingly different materials. Thank you for showing us the process!

  26. I love how you used the silk ruffling to show off the focals!! The texture is amazing!! Thanks for showing us how you did it!! So inspiring!!!

  27. Nice soup, my dear & very creative! Thanks for sharing the process of creation with us :0)

  28. Wow! So creative! Both pieces are great. Such an amazing direction to take that soup in!

  29. Such talent! Wow! Love your necklace! Really Soup-er!

  30. The bracelet is fun and funky - great idea the way you connected those oval beads. The necklace is just WoW! Spectacular design.

  31. Wow! That necklace is something! Not my style but it is indeed a piece of art. And I would so wear the yellow bracelet. Love the fact that the clasp is so big.

  32. Wow! What an interesting necklace. I love the way you added texture with the silk ribbon.

  33. Both beautiful pieces, but I absolutely adore what you've done with that bracelet!

  34. Wow! What beautiful pieces the necklace is just stunning and what a great use for the large clasp, that bracelet is so cool!
    I hope you can find a minute to visit me.

  35. Interesting bracelet, looks chunky and light at the same time. I really love your necklace, it has a very steampunk feel to it!

  36. DArsie your "Post Apocalyptic Bliss" is gorgeous. I like the chain it keeps the piece from being too overwhelming and heavy looking. The yellow bracelet looks fun. great job working with your soup.

  37. WOW! What a stunning necklace fit for a warrior princess. Love it so much!

  38. Stunning pieces....You did an excellent job....definitely an inspiration for us all! Thanks for posting!

  39. Great designs! You have a talent for creating beautiful things

  40. Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous necklace! It really rocks.

  41. Brilliant design. The necklace must have taken for ever to make ...Such meticulous attention to detail. The bracelet is so so very cute ...I love both pieces...ty for sharing bye now gotta hop along

  42. Absolutely incredible necklace, the detail and the design are so beautiful. Great great design!

  43. I was so amazed at how well your pieces lay....then you flipped the PAB over....well of course magical jump rings! Really really well done, love it!!

  44. I just love the soup you sent. I also just love your pieces...brilliant designs!

  45. That necklace is EPIC, Miss D'Arsie! Wow! I think that looks like warrior woman armor for sure! I also love the simiplicity of the bracelet. I have a tendency to make everything too complicated so when I see something simple and elegant like this, it makes me want to try too! Thank you for sharing your creations in the 8th Bead Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

  46. I finally made it here, D'Arsie! After 3 weeks (starting at the end of the list) I get to see your awesome design :) I always appreciate seeing the design story, and especially in this case, where the piece is quite complex and intricate, not to mention very original and beautiful!

  47. Wow! I'm stunned. Your "Post-Apocalyptic Bliss" is to die for. The pun wasn't intended but hey. ;) I loved seeing and reading about the process. There hasn't been a lot of bead embroidered pieces but what Ive seen so far, I absolutely love. I think I might have to try my hand at it. You've inspired me.

  48. Great job on both pieces. That necklace is stunning (I'm not a big fan of brownish shades but I would definitely take a second look at this one at a show). The bracelet looks like fun!

  49. Oh, this made me smile so much. Your bracelet is so cute, but that necklace is really amazing. Post-apocalyptic bliss. . .LOVE IT!!
    So pretty, so funny, so awesome. Amazing job.

  50. I love your sense of humor :) Congratulations on a very unique design to use all three focals and the chain makes this statement necklace look so airy!