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Friday, September 16, 2011

Caribbean Seas

As I have mentioned before, I got some really beautiful beads from my Bead Soup partner, Heather Marley.  If you have been keeping up with my blog, ya'll know what a wild summer we have had. Between one of my sons graduating from high school and starting college, my daughter graduating from college, getting married (in Washington DC plus two receptions--one in Indiana and the other one here in Louisana),and her and her new husband moving to south Louisiana,  then I went to Colorado to visit with family after which I return to no internet for two weeks. Now...we are in the middle of a move to Kentucky. Needless to say, I was shocked that I was able to even participate in this party. But, I did it and this is what I came up with.
At first I played around with the beads A LOT! Hmmm. What should I do with them? I wanted to do something different than I did last year.  First I thought maybe I could make a long necklace incorporating each kind of the beads that were sent. Then I thought about all the multiple strands everyone was wearing and thought maybe I could do something like that. As I thought about it, I decided to maybe just do a lot of different necklaces, then you could wear them altogether, or one at a time, or maybe even wear different combinations of necklaces.  So, now I'd like to introduce you to all the necklaces I made.
This necklace is made of green and blue sea glass beads, and blue rectangular glass beads. I added some blue crystals I had on hand. I made this one choker style, so you can double it up and wear it as a bracelet.
I just love these colors! Reminds me of the Caribbean Sea.

The next piece is about 17 inches and made of greenish blue (or blueish green) fresh water pearls, blue rectangular glass beads, sliver flower beads, and the blue crystal beads I added from my stash. You can't tell in the photos but the crystals next to the pearls sparkle, reminding me of the moon shining on theCaribbean Sea at night.

I think this next piece is my favorite. It's also 17 inches. I used the freshwater pearls and crystals, and the clasp...oh I just love it. I thought it was so pretty I used it as a focal. 

This next piece is very different. Again, it is 17 inches. I used all the beads in it. The focal is a green glass square bead, and some beads that heather sent me that I had not used are the blue speckled beads. 

I had to show you the speckled beads up close, aren't they pretty?


So, here they are all together. Well, that's it. I would like to thank Heather for all the pretty beads, and Lori for hosting the party. Now it's time for ya'll to visit all the other sites. I know it is a lot, but maybe you can take several weeks to visit, or just hop around, but for now at least go see Heather's creation with the beads I sent her click here to see her blog. And I hope you all go see my sister and her partner's creations too. I highlighted their names and my soup partner, Heather and my name below.

Here is everyone:
The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke




19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel








70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz




 


 


 


 
151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari





For a total of 362 people making jewelry!



39 comments:

  1. Lovely necklaces and they go so well together!
    Jackie

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  2. I really love how the first necklace can also become a bracelet. The one with the clasp as a focal is just stunning. Great job of getting these completed in the middle of packing!

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  3. Very, very cool! Each piece is unique but not so much that they aren't wearable too.

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  4. I love the idea of wearing all the pieces together, or mixing them up a few at a time. My favorite is the one using the gorgeous clasp as the focal. It would be my go-to piece for Fall.

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

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  6. Wow, what a summer you've had! Congrats on getting your soup together, and I love the idea of making a collection of necklaces you can stack together for drama, or wear as single strands for a more casual look. Great job!

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  7. They are all pretty, and they do look great together!! Nice job!! Love the blues :)

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  8. 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.

    SO very happy you got to participate even in light of all that's going on! You did a wonderful job and I hope you’ll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  9. What great pieces. I like that you can wear them all together or all separate. And I love the idea of being able to double the one up to wear as a bracelet. So you could still wear the others together and have a braceelet, too. Very nice.

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  10. Lovely creations! You did a nice job with your soup! Love the colors!

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  11. What a pretty collection of Caribbean inspired necklaces. Love those that can be worn as a bracelet also and like the look of multiple necklaces being worn at the same time.

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  12. Lovely Carribean necklaces, I can see the ocean in them.

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  13. It takes me to the beach1 Great job with your soup.

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  14. You did a beautiful job....I also like the Caribbean colors...go with jeans or wear for dress as well...I think my favorite was the one that was you favorite

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  15. I see that some others were thinking the same thing as I was....the necklaces look great all together!

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  16. Very nicely done. These are some pieces that definitely work alone, together, or paired with other pieces. Lovely!

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  17. So pretty! I love the multistrand look.

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  18. Fabulous work! I'm so impressed that you were able to make so many things from the beads. I agree, the freshwater pearl necklace is my favorite. You're wonderfully imaginative.

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  19. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  20. Neat idea making all separate pieces rather than one multiple-strand. My daughter graduated from high school and started college this year too, she's commuting from home though which makes it a bit easier I think.

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  21. Wow! You were busy - I love how they look layered together! I would totally wear them that way!

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  22. I love all you have cooked up with your soup. Nice job with the design.

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  23. That's a great way to do this - making necklaces that you'll layer together. They're all great!

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  24. I'm usually the first to hop on board the gtrain oing to multi-strand ville. Your idea is far more ingenious, several necklaces worn separately or one giant multi-strand extravaganza.

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  25. Great idea and one I am going to journal to try and remember...especially when you get a gorgeous large lot of soup. For someone so busy you did an amazing job.
    jenni

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  26. I love all of your designs. Great job!

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  27. yay for convertible bracelet/necklaces! I really like the last photo of all of the necklaces together :)

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  28. Nice choice to use the clasp as a focal -- I think that's my favorite necklace, although they're all quite nice. Good job!

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  29. Your necklaces are beautiful & so versatile!

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  30. Great colors and so very pretty! you make lovely jewelry!!!

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  31. Gorgeous soup + talented designer = Gorgeous necklace! Soup-er job!

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  32. You seem to be going through a very busy period but you did make great necklaces! And they look fabolous together!
    Ambra

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  33. Love these necklaces - they look wonderful layered together!

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  34. Lovely jewellery! They look very nice both on their own and worn together. My fave is the pearl and glass bead necklace. Like the different sides. Great job!

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  35. Pretty necklaces....and they look great together!

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