|Bead Soup Mix JJ sent me with possible color ideas|
|Ancient Dark Star|
|Ancient Ocean Ripples|
JJ had told me that she thought the Bead Soup she sent me looked like pieces from an Ancient Ocean, so this choker I've called Ancient Ocean Ripples. Below are pictures taken during construction:
|Working with Nicole's Bead Backing and crystal Rivolis|
|Notice the color change from blue to yellow|
|Planning the attachment of the crystal dangles|
|My favorite focal bead JJ sent me with the dangles|
But from the rules of the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal, I had not met the expectations. Therefore, I had to come up with another piece using one of the other glass focal bead and clasp that was sent to me. I looked at the clasp once more and realized that this time I needed to think about the weight of the back of the necklace an how the clasp would be able to hold that securely in place. I decided to go with a light weight strung chain using seed beads and other accompanying beads JJ sent me. I only had a week to complete this so I had to come up with a simpler design. I thought about using fabric and went through my desk top trying to find something that would match the colors of the focal bead I chose to high light. I was going through piles of discarded unfinished pieces, when I came across three glass buttons that had been already beaded and laid aside. They at first were a possible bracelet, but after completing the three, I lost interest in them. Until, I laid the focal bead and clasp next to them. They "screamed" at me that they all wanted to be a necklace. I was saved. I chose to attach the three dark stars together they same pearls that I had in the peyote design. I thought they would look nice in a triangle configuration. Then I took the remaining focal bead with two complimentary colored beads and dangled them from the apex dark star of the set. I then used the two other dark stars to attach the final strung chain and clasp. It worked perfectly. I've already worn this many times and gotten compliments. It is light weight enough to wear to work and elegant enough to wear out at night. So I met my challenge! I decided to call this piece Ancient Dark Stars.
|Three Dark Stars with focal bead|
|Ancient Dark Stars|
|Focal Bead and Clasp sent by JJ Jacobs|
Now take a couple hours and stroll over the the Blog Soup Blog party list of all the participants in the first and the second reveal. I hope you enjoy looking at them all. Go here and go to the top left hand corner and chose the current #6 Bead Soup Party. It will open to another page and you'll be able to keep track of your journey a little bit better. Or you can just click on the Bead Soup Blog Party stamp on the right hand side of this blog. Enjoy & don't forget to leave me a comment and come back for the third reveal later this month.