My Bead Soup partner is Rebecca Watkins of Artybecca. Rebecca is a polymer clay artist. When I first received Rebecca's beads I thought "This will be a piece of cake". Her beads are beautiful! But as I started to put ideas together I realized I was out of my comfort zone and needed to thick outside the box. My first thought was to put the toggle at the end of the necklace and have lots of beautiful beads dangle from them. But as I laid my beads down I realized that the bird on the toggle wasn't designed to have the holes facing down. I then thought of using three strands going up but that didn't look right since the holes are evenly spaced. I finally decided on decorating the holes and not using them in the traditional manner. Rebecca sent me two toggles to use. I wanted to use the larger one, but after attaching all the seed beads I had they wouldn't fit through the hole. The smaller one fit perfectly and I actually like the contrast. I think I'll make a ceramic piece in a solid color and use the other toggle with that later. I added some of my own lampwork beads, wood beads, antiqued brass wire and vintage antiqued brass caps, Vintaj leaf and a silk cord. I had some beads left which I used to make a pair of earrings.
I'm so happy with my final piece and with everything I learned creating it. What I thought was going to be easy, really pushed me to thick outside the box. Thanks Rebecca, I really enjoyed working with your beads!
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My Bead Soup from Rebecca
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September Bead Giveaway - A winner has been choosen
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Here's the prize..........
Handmade Lampwork head pins "Canyon Echoes" and
my little pistachio green ceramic birdie with coordinating beads