Saturday, July 28, 2012

Soups On

Here we are once again, all gathered around taking peeks at each others soup for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. I was paired with the very talented Shannon LeVart, Missficklemedia, and she sent me a wonderful assortment of goodies. So without further ado...

I love just about anything that is related to the ocean or sea, so my heart skipped a beat when I saw this wonderful focal, a copper polymer clay starfish with green patina. Since blues, greens, and turquoise colors seem to be in the majority around here, it was a perfect fit! And, no need to hide the pretty patina of the verdigris toggle clasp in the back, so it took a front seat, right above the pendant. 

Underwater

The fun ensued, lots of antiqued copper wirework links and connectors, a smattering of patina-ted beads beads from Shannon, a few lampwork beads, a sprinkle of turquoise, and a touch of ceramic discs by Marsha Neal Studio.


The necklace is just the right length to show off the pendant and the little dangles.


And then...while I stayed safe with the necklace, I went way out on a limb with this bangle. I decided to make a bangle with the large toggle clasp...minus the bar. Heavy gauge copper serves as the base with the beads and chain from my mix. The bases is partially wrapped with some sari silk that was actually the wrapping around my package.



I was so far out of my comfort zone with the bangle! So much so that I kept second guessing myself the whole time but decided to stay the course to see what transpired. And I'm so glad I did, it could us a little tweaking but overall I think it's pretty cool! Especially because I like to layer bracelets.

There are plenty of leftovers, I just couldn't bare to use all my prized ingredients ...that's the hoarder in me talking...

Slip on over and check out what Shannon created with what I sent. I'm anxious to see myself.


Be sure to check out all the participants for the first reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. And a super, BIG Thank You to Lori Anderson for once again hosting such a great party!

Shelby

69 comments:

  1. Beautiful - and very creative use of the toggle!

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  2. What a beautiful necklace, Shelby! It really speaks to me with the ocean theme and the gorgeous wire links. You really played up all of your talents in this stunning necklace! And the bracelet - WOW. I just love the vibrant colors and the mix of wire and fiber!

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  3. Great mixed media pieces,Love and Hugs Tanya

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  4. Wow, great designs! I love both pieces! Enjoy the hop!

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  5. Those are beautiful! Isn't it great to work out of your comfort zone? Sometimes you get the best results, and that bangle is beautiful.

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  6. Oh my, I love that starfish pendant and the necklace is beautiful with all that swirled copper wire work. I love it! And I really like what you did with the bangle too. I have been playing around with stacking bracelets also. It is kinda addicting!

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  7. the bracelet looks like so much fun!

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  8. Well they are both beautiful in different ways. The necklace is soothing and sleek and that bangle is fun as all get out. I wondered how many would use some of their packaging, yours is the first that I've seen and I just love it. Great job pushing yourself, built in reward!

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  9. Gorgeous ! Humming 'Under the sea' :)

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  10. I love your work! The necklace is wonderful!

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  11. Love all of your pieces. The focal in the necklace is too die for. The bracelet - what fun. You did your bead soup proud.

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  12. I love both pieces. I, too, really like the look of the verdigris copper and I thought that adding the herringbone wire wrapped bead was a great design element. The bracelet is creative and so "boho". Great job!

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  13. Love the bracelet, don't change a thing!

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  14. I adore the necklace, but you really outdid yourself on the bracelet! Brilliant! I haven't mastered sari silk yet (I must be the only person who doesn't have it down yet!)

    Thanks for participating!

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  15. i just love your bracelet. Such wonderful colors. You did a great job with both pieces but I am so partial to the colors and flow of the bracelet.

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  16. Hi Shelby!
    I love the assortment, the cohesive variety of your copper links. Its like a patchwork quilt, I want to look at each link, since they are all cool! Beautiful necklace. And those new discs of Marsha's are perfect!!!

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  17. These pieces are great. Good job.

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  18. Both of your pieces came out beautifully!! I especially like the necklace, but that's not because your bangle isn't amazing (it IS!!) How fun to have Shannon as a partner, I'd be hoarding what's left over too. ;)

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  19. I love both these pieces Shelley - the necklace is so me in it's earthiness but that bracelet is so original and vibrant. Great job.

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  20. Both pieces are gorgeous!
    I am in complete and totally LOVE your the bracelet... WOW!!!!
    Great soup !
    m.e. :)

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  21. I love everything about both of these piece! One of the details that jumped out at me was the variety of shaped links you created in the necklace.

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  22. Love the pieces that you made, great soup!

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  23. The verdigris focal with the copper is divine. Big wow!

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  24. Beautiful pieces, Shelby!! That bracelet is spectacular!!

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  25. I am SO glad you kept going with that bracelet because it is AWESOME!! I absolutely love it, you did a great job!!
    I second guess myself on most things out of my comfort zone too, I think its fully normal! It is just perfect though. Of course the necklace is stunning as well, both pieces are ones I would wear for sure - even be favorites!!

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  26. Shelby, you did a wonderful job! I like both pieces very much!

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  27. Such a gorgeous necklace! I love all the wire work, and the gorgeous colors of those beads! The bracelet is COOL!!!

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  28. Love both pieces...a lot! The necklace has so much variety in shape, texture and the bracelet in color. Great job!
    Katherine

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  29. both pieces are really nice, they have the green that I love. your herringbone weave is a great detail, & I like how you have chain & fiber in your bracelet, I think it is perfect!

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  30. You did a beautiful job! Your wire work is fabulous, love the unique links in the necklace! The vivid colors in your bracelet are wonderful!

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  31. Your color palette is right up my alley :) I really like the hand made copper work.

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  32. Love all that wirework! Great job on the necklace. Your bracelet came out wonderfully too, in spite of being out of your zone. :)

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  33. I love your bracelet! The colors are very bright and happy!

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  34. both of these pieces are wonderful..love that you used some of the package wrapping in your bracelet, extra fun.

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  35. I love the colors, combination of materials and organic designs. Super job!

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  36. Love the necklace, just gorgeous and the brightness of the bracelet is delightful!

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  37. Both of your pieces are beautiful, but I love the necklace. The cool verdigris colors are perfect for this long hot summer!

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  38. Shelby! I am so happy to see all that copper wire work! You crafted absolutely gorgeous pieces with such amazing detail, I have a hard time believing anyone with your talent could find themselves outside their comfort zone in any media.
    I love the color you added in, also. Are you able to get more close ups of each of those delicious copper links between the beads on the necklace? I would love to see more!

    So very, very happy to be partnered with you, my new friend.
    Here's to many more collaborations between us!

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  39. What wonderful creations! You did Shannon proud! Fab necklace!

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  40. Mmh, copper and green, that's always a combination to die for. Love that necklace. The color combination for the bracelet is really unusual, but it looks great! Good you stuck with your plans for it. :)

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  41. I love them both. You did an incredible job. I would never guess you felt out of your comfort zone.

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  42. I love that soft, weathered look on your necklace. Truly a wonderful design. You did such a good job going outside your comfort zone on the bracelet, it turned out beautiful! A great partnership between you and Shannon!

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  43. Both pieces are fantastic! Your wire work is really wonderful and I also love the asymmetric element of your design. I always struggle with placing toggles in the front but you succeeded beautifully!

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  44. I just love the necklace. The beads perfectly supports the various shapes of the copper.

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  45. I really need to use fabrics more, love your use & it has inspired me too.

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  46. Fabulous wire work! Love it all!

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  47. I love the ocean too so naturally I think your ocean inspired piece is beautiful in the colors that you used. I thought it was cool that you incorporated the package ribbon.

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  48. I am drooling over that necklace!!!

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  49. Hi Shelby,
    Both your necklace and your bracelet are beautiful!
    Therese

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  50. Such awesomeness Shelby! I love seeing how you incorporated so much into that fantastic necklace (wow - that color palette is yummy!). You did great pushing yourself for that bangle - it looks great too! Will you be bringing them to Bead Fest in August?? Would love to see them in person too :)

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  51. That bracelet is wonderful!Great pieces!

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  52. Ohhh they turned out lovely! Great designs!

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  53. Lovely lovely pieces! The necklace is fabulous, really does the focal justice and the bracelet is just Wow!

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  54. Love both of your pieces. Great job!!

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  55. The bracelet is gorgeous!! I really love the wrapped fabric! super!

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  56. What fun! Allowing yourself to play and create outside of the norm! Wonderful way to meet the challenge! Great job!

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  57. Wonderful pieces. I like the necklace best.

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  58. Oh my, I absolutely love that necklace! Just my colors...
    AND what fun that bangle is! Great job!

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  59. I love your creations, beautiful work with the awesome soup you received!
    love the necklace and love more the bracelet!!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  60. beautiful work! love the colors!

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  61. The necklace is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had your talent! Beautiful!!!

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