Saturday, July 28, 2012

REVEAL DAY: BSBP6 - Bead Soup or Sträng Soppa

It’s our REVEAL day for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party®!

My swap partner is Jenny Vinberg of Sweden. Jenny is a teacher by day. She and her fiancee has two gorgeous daughters! So glad to have her as MY partner - she forced me into new territory!

To recap, Jenny sent me loads of delicate and dainty ingredients – Now I am NOT dainty or into pink so I knew right off that it wasn’t going to be easy. So I did what I usually do – PROCRASTINATE! Until this past Wednesday morning (yes, July 25th!)

The evening before I had made a few bracelets and went to sleep with stringing beads still taking up room in my creative space (Ze brain!) I guess my mind marinated on it overnight because I woke with an idea – yup, ONE idea!
I started with the rose quartz – and made a bracelet

and earrings to match….  

Next, I played with the Czech glass and Lampwork beads…these beads were a mystery (well to me and my granddaughter anyways!).
I had laid out the soup on my bedside table - just hoping the inspiration would jump into my brain while I slept each night. When I first received the beads they were a pink, a slightly deeper shade than the rose quartz – but DEFINITELY a pink. Well, one afternoon I came in and the beads were a light blue. I called in my granddaughter and asked her, “ what color are those beads?” She said they were blue!... but yesterday they were pink! Later that evening they were purple! CRAZY beads!! How the heck can I design something when the beads can't even decide what color they wants to be?!   
Well lucky for me I DID come up with something -

ANOTHER bracelet, which I ended up loving! I LOVE antique copper but have never worked with a metal piece, or with a piece that called for multi-strands. It took a bit of engineering to gather them into a clasp, but I did it!  I ended up feeding all four strands onto one larger jump ring. Unfortunately I can’t show you how it looks on my arm. My wrists are super little and the beads end up falling towards the back, but on a normal sized wrist it would sit just right!
The chains create fluidity to the overall piece that is really nice.  I love when I can hear my jewelry, don’t you?!
And OF COURSE I had to have some earrings too…. WHATEVER color they are, I love them! Look at those nuggets, sprinkled with sugar! SWEET!!


The LAST pieces to use were the Mother of Pearl flower (focal) and the handmade clasp…
I decided to create a necklace. I used a bit of the lace and a few freshwater pearls that Jenny sent and added a few of my own handmade polymer beads (translucent with watermelon alcohol ink and silver leaf). It’s very simple but that’s more me.
                                         And ONE more pair of earrings!!

These items are available for sale in my Etsy shop - Tori Sophia Designs

So that’s my soup! Hope you enjoyed! Special thanks to my partner, Jenny Vinberg and our amazing hostess, Lori Anderson for a great job coordinating this whole party! Can you imagine, 400 guests!

Check out the map which shows where we all live!

Please continue on the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party®!  by hopping to the next “cook’s” table ...


Hostess, Lori Anderson,

Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache, All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts, Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry

Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
Candida Castleberry, Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson, Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations

Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten, Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica

Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe

Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life  <<< YOU ARE HERE
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs

Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna


Sherri Stokey said...

Very nice use of the pink/blue/mystery color beads, Shelley:)

Marla said...

Oh wow Shelley! I love all of them but the one with the antique copper butterfly focal just has to be my favorite. Beautiful Work like always! <3

Boot ~C said...

ok, everyone of these pieces is just right,you totally mastered the palette!

Tanya Ozanne said...

Very nicely done Pretty girl.Love and hugs Tanya

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

Very pretty designs!

Patti Van said...

A beautiful job! I would have had a hard time with pink beads too...I love the color, it is just not one I would immediatly grab. However, these turned out wonderful!

Jean said...

Dear Tori--this is such an awesome post. Certain beads have the quality of changing depending upon the light source. I cracked up reading what you wrote--you are very funny! I AM a pink person.
I have to say that what you made is totally stunning and completely beautiful! You really made wonderful pieces!

A Polymer Penchant said...

I love your solution to the colour changing beads, copper the perfect neutral! Great job

Mary Hicks said...

Wbat a fun soup, and I really know what you mean about being challenged, and procrastination, but it turns out, you did a great job! I am not dainty, but I confess a weakness for pink, and you are "in the pink," my dear. Loved the work and the soup!

Audrey Bélanger said...

Amazing pieces, mom. I love the tale of the crazy color-changing beads, and how you used the butterfly !

one-eared pig said...

so pretty! I love the butterfly bracelet.

Jean A. Wells said...

Everything you made is so pretty. Those beads are beautiful - in the pictures they look like pink opals and you know opals.....

I really like the butterfly bracelet too. It is so Victorian looking to me - a look that I love. Great job!

K Hutchinson said...

These pieces are very girlie and pretty! Neat use of the butterfly!

Marlene Cupo said...

So procrastinating fits you perfectly! Can't imagine what could possibly have come out better if you got a jump on you 6 pieces. Love and hugs!

CraftyHope said...

I love that you took us through your whole process, even if you just started on Wednesday. I would have been creatively stuck with a bunch of pink beads as well so I completely understand where you're coming from. Also. . .I have a set of beads that changes color in different light too. It can be rather bothersome.
ANYWAY. . .In the end, I think you came up with some beautiful pieces. I especially like the butterfly bracelet with the color-changing beads ;)

A Half-Baked Notion said...

You're a girl like me... if it weren't for procrastination I'd get NOTHING done, Shelley! That deadline always seems to bring out the best. Those are some crazy split personality beads!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Thanks Melissa..can't wait to see what uou come up those turquose colored textured beads!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Thanks honey! Those dang beads were making me nuts! I'm just glad I didnt use them before I knew they changed color. I would have been really bummed if I had to dismantle something later! I see you received your soup...seed beads!! Hahahaha can't wait to see what you create!!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Ahh thanks Mary! Yeah the pink "mystery beads" grew on me!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Thanks Emma! I love your sop, all the blues. I epecially like he Czech roundelles and will be iing 8/11 to see what you create!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Wow Jean thank you! Your Gypsy Lace necklace is stunning. Love the ombo of green, purple and beautiful! I epecially love the earrings!,

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Thanks Patti. Not a color I wear but I liked the end results. I love what you have done with the soup sent by Lori. The fun and funky earrings are my favorite! Don't wanna fight your niece so I'll settle for the bracelet 😘

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Nancy, the soup you received From Lina is beautiful but those square lampwork beads you made are unbelievable! Love the bracelet! I aso think those earrings are sweet.

Lori Anderson said...

Excellent! Sounds like you ended up with alexandrite glass, which changes color depending upon what light you have it against.

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Aggg thanks so much Tanya! Xxoo

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Why thank you...I really love your multii-strand bracelet? The choices you meade were it

Shelley Graham Turner said...

((marla)) thank you il...your weaving is just geting better and better...awesomeness!!! PS still want those copper earrings!!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

Sherri..whoa your necklace was so much Work! Where do you find the patience for all those lil beads?! I envy you and your talent. Beautiful work lady.

Shyme said...

Wonderful pieces! You did a great job with all the pinks and violets! The crazy beads are bought as violet opal by the way :) Beautiful!

AWJewelry said...

for being out of your comfort zone you did a wonderful job, love everything you made

bailaora said...

Butterfly bracelet is the best /"rulez" :)))))/

Cornerstoregoddess said...

You can't go wrong with rose quartz. It's the love stone! And I love the rose quartz bracelet you did. So softly beautiful.

Heidi Post said...

Fun pieces! Glad you overcame your fears of pink :)

ChristinaMarieH said...

My favorites are the rose necklace and matching earrings, they are very much my style :)

JeannieK said...

Well done! Love them all.

Jenny said...

Those beads are so fun! Natural light? Artificial light? Surprise! Nice job!

Lisa Chapman said...

The beads and jewelry you created from them are beautiful! You did a great job working with colors outside your comfort zone. I love the sparkly sugary pink!

Sandra said...

*cheers* Way to go, you conquered the evil that is PINK! You totally rocked that soup, love it all. No. Wait. I don't like pink. What? o.0

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

Beautiful pieces! You did really well at crunch time. I love how that was the last thing you looked at before going to sleep. I do the same thing. :-)

Happy Hopping!

Anonymous said...

Pink or blue, who cares? You made a wonderful multi-strand bracelet!
The necklace seems really easy to wear. Love it!


Shirley said...

You know you've frustrated a lot of people, right? Waiting til the last minute to create, and then knocking it out of the park like that!! And a pair of earrings for each one! Crazy! I love those color changing beads, that's just too funny. I really love that filigree bracelet, it is gorgeous!!

WindDancerStudios said...

I so love that bracelet and I'm glad those beads kept changing until they inspired you! Worth the wait!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Very lovely designs; they have a sweet vintage vibe to them! Love the addition of you polymer clay beads in the necklace!

Vivi Magoo said...

Procrastination paid off! I love all of your pieces!

kimmykats said...

I personally think the grandkids were switching the beads on you. Love you work!! I must play with my clay too love the beads.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Shelley,
Beautiful pieces!

Kala said...

Lovely work. Great job using those mystery colored beads. My favorite is the butterfly earrings.

niki said...

You make some great pieces.

AntiquityTravelers said...

for procrastinating ... that is some seriously wonderful beady soup! Wonderful designs!

Cassie Donlen said...

Well for procrastinating you did a wonderful job. Love what you created. I'm a total pink girl and those designs are right up my ally.

Kumi at Malie Kai Designs said...

Loved them all! Great job!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I especially love the necklace and that great mother of pearl focal.

Anonymous said...

Obviously you work well under pressure ;-) Your creations are all beautiful!

Cheryl said...

Lovely pieces! I love butterflies so these are just my thing.

Lupe Meter said...

You did an awesome job with your bead soup...lovely creations!!

Becky Pancake said...

WOW!!The butterfly bracelet is stunning. I like all of your pieces.


I love this colours... I love the butterfly pieces!
ciao dall'Italia

Sandra said...

love your work with pink. great designs!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Holy cow, you really did make the most of your soup!! I can honestly say I've never heard of or seen beads that change colors like that-I can imagine that'd be a wee bit hard to work with, but you did a gorgeous job :)

Happy Hopping!

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