Saturday, September 17, 2011

BEAD SOUP REVEAL & SEPTEMBER BEAD GIVEAWAY

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I would first like to thank Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for hosting this event.  I can't even image the countless hours she spent putting this event together.

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!

GO ALL THE WAY TO THE END TO ENTER MY SEPTEMBER BEAD GIVEAWAY!  - A winner has been choosen

My Bead Soup from Rebecca






To visit other participating blogs please go to Lori Anderson of Pretty Things here: Bead Soup Blog Party to link to other sites.


September Bead Giveaway - A winner has been choosen

All comments will be entered for a chance to win this months bead giveaway.  For additional chances, leave an additional message if you follow my blog, if you Like me on Facebook, or if you've posted this giveaway on your blog.  I will pick a random winner on Monday, September 26th.

Here's the prize..........

Handmade Lampwork head pins "Canyon Echoes" and
my little pistachio green ceramic birdie with coordinating beads

GOOD LUCK!

Raida



103 comments:

  1. I love what you did with your bead soup! you really had some beautiful beads to work with! I love it when you get enough to make a whole set of jewelery, or they speak to you well enough and tell you what you need to make a whole set!

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  2. I love Rebecca's polymer. You are one lucky soup-dog! The additon of the ribbon was a great touch. It adds such a femininity and softness to the piece. Great job.

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  3. Gorgeous necklace, love me some purple!! I just received some of your Canyon Echos headpins, they are stunning!! As are all the headpins I've purchased from you!

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  4. This piece is so dramatic! Beautiful work!

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  5. Hi Raida, Beautiful work! I used limoncello head pins for my bead soup earrings:-) I love all your beads, follow you favorite on etsy/facebook.

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  6. Raida, once again, you have come up with a stunning design. I love the silk cord with the necklace, and the wood beads are such a lovely contrast. The earrings are a simple design, with a big statement. Great job!

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  7. I'm already a follower of your awesome blog!

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  8. You have a "like" from me on facebook! Those are wonderful beads. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  9. Wow! Love your bead soup necklace and goodies! Thinking outside the box works well for you!!

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  10. I follow your blog and like you on Facebook as well!

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  11. Nice use of Rebecca's beads-- as a polymer artist myself, I love to see designers use them so creatively! Thanks for the peek into your process!

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  12. I love the earrings! Fantastic! I would wear those a lot.
    I am going to like you on Facebook!
    Cilla

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  13. I love what you did with those gorgeous beads!

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  14. What spectacular colors, the brass works well with it. You may have been out of your comfort zone, but the results are stunning. Love how you adapted with the toggle. Love your beads too!

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  15. I love what you came up with! Those are gorgeous beads and you more then did them justice.

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  16. What beautiful soup you had! I love Rebecca's beads, and that toggle is gorgeous. Adding the wooden beads was a great idea.

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  17. That soup is gorgeous and as usual I love what you've done with it. It really turned out great. The colors and the design is wonderful. And of course I'd love a chance to win your beads. I've been eyeing your little bird focals since I saw them the other day.

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  18. I already follow your blog. http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

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  19. the purple would have totally stumped me, but not only did you do a great job, you made me want a purple based piece of jewelry, nice!

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  20. And I 'like' you on facebook, too.
    http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  21. Oh WOW! Those beads you received are simply beautiful. And, what you created with them is even more so! Both the earrings and the necklace are eye-catching and wonderful! Fabulous!

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  22. I'm a follower. . .in Google Reader

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  23. 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.

    LOOOOOVE ArtyBecca and I love what you did! She has such a way with color and I'm thrilled with how you worked with things, and that you described your process -- I think that's so important for people to understand. Well done!

    I hope you participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  24. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!! You rocked your bead soup! I love Rebecca's work and these are just lovely!

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  25. How unusual those beads are. I would not have thought about creating what you made - a reall good choice. I love it. super pretty.

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  26. Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.

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  27. With Rebecca's beads there's no way you could have gone wrong...but I love the designs you came up with!

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  28. I love Rebecca's polymer beads as much as I love your lampwork. How cool to string the wood wedge shaped beads. They really ground and complement the clay pieces. Beautiful!

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  29. Boy oh boy did you get some wonderful bead soup! I love what you did with it. Those are pieces I would wear in a heartbeat!

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  30. A truly beautiful necklace, love it!

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  31. Great necklace. Love the color combo!

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  32. Beautiful mix of beads, love the colors. It is similar to the one I received. I love the necklace. It is really pretty and a perfect treatment to the beads. I'll have to check out your new partner.

    I would love to win your giveaway. I love your beads and you know I always want the new ones. Last winter we were partners in this bead soup blog hop and I have really enjoyed our friendship that has developed from it.

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and the use of the ribbon!

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  34. Amazing piece of jewelry! I love it!!!! I'm sure to follow you also like you on FB. Take care! Kisses from Hungary!

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  35. Great bead soup! The necklace is beautiful but I LOVE the earrings!

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  36. What a beautiful mix and great design. I can't wait to read more of your blog...

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  37. Glad I got to hop over to your blog. I love your designs! You did a great job with your soup ingredients. I'd love to see your future designs.

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  38. I'm now following you on google reader.

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  39. Love the necklace. It is stunning!

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  40. What wonderful beads you had to work with! Your designs are amazing! The ribbon is perfect!

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  41. nice! another original - I like how you made the clasp part of the design. Very pretty combination.

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  42. Beautiful job with your soup ingredients. These are lovely!

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  43. Love this set - I want those earrings! LOL!! The design is amazing and the colors you had to work with are devine. Great Bead Soup!

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  44. Beautiful beads and I love what you did with them!

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  45. What extraordinary soup you received - I love pinks and purples together! You have designed a gorgeous necklace, and I love the ribbon with it!

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  46. You lucked out getting such gorgeous soup ingredients and you totally did them justice. I love the addition of the dark wood beads to the necklace - they add so much richness!

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  47. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture. The clay beads are fabulous and I love the color. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  48. Second entry: I'm a follower of your blog.

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  49. Raida you did a great job on your soup, I love the colors you pulled to accent the polymer clay beads. The ribbon is gorgeous. I follow you blog too!!

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  50. What a feast for the eyes! Love the ribbon and use of the wood beads to let the purple pop.

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  51. You did a very beautiful job with Rebecca's beads. Love the asymmetry - and I agree, I think the smaller toggle looks better then the bigger one would have :)

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  52. Hi Raida - Gorgeous color - I love what you did The ribbon is the icing on the cake!

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  53. Great necklace the ribbon really sets off those beads. Did you have it already or did you buy it to match?

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  54. Oh, those beads were amazing, and you showcased them to perfection! What a gorgeous necklace and earring set! Lovely!

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  55. Love how you decorated the extra holes in the toggle -- What a great idea! The wood with the purple ribbon and the asymmetrical style make for a very stylish necklace. I like it!

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  56. I love what you made - the copper and wood with the purple-y beads worked so beautifully together. Would love to win some of your awesome beads!

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  57. A really excellent creation! I love it!
    I love the colours, I love the components and I love your ideas. Really great!
    Greetings, Michi

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  58. The beads Rebecca makes are so fun. Love the color and the design you did with them. A one of a kind piece for sure!

    I can only hope to be the one that get's to win your lovely giveaway. I already follow you through blogger.

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  59. Awesome bead soup! Stunning designs! Headed to FB to hit the like button! 8)

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  60. This necklace is really beautiful, great job showcasing your beads!

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  61. I am one of Rebecca's biggest fans! Lovely soup to work with and you made a beautiful set.

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  62. That ribbon you chose and accent beads really showcase the handmade polymer beads from your soup mix. Wonderful job with the design and pulling it all together.

    Julie & Andrea

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  63. Wow, that's a very purple bead soup you got there. I love the beads, they are almost painterly looking. Nice going there with the brass and the turquoise. And, mmmh~, that gorgeous silk ribbon again. *keeps seeing it*

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  64. I always admire people who are realistic and know that their first idea might not work out, or second or even third. I think it's what you do after it didn't work that truly matters.
    Great post and gorgeous soup :-)

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  65. Those beads and clasp are beautiful! Love the way you used them to tone them down a bit, they are so bright and colorful and I could see how adding more color could have taken away from their beauty. The earrings are stunning.

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  66. I'm going to link to this post from by blog! Thanks!

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  67. This is beautiful work! Lavender lovelies.

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  68. I am so sorry I am so late , but my computer dug in it's heels and said I'm nota-gonna go that fast:^)
    Your designs are nothing short of amazing.
    Be blessed to be a blessong

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  69. Wow! I can't believe that is polymer clay!! The necklace and earrings are both beautiful.

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  70. You received a gorgeous soup and have created a stunning design. And I've found a new store to check out...thank you.

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  71. These were beautiful beads to work with, and I really like how you made them even more special with the ribbon and the asymmetrical arrangement of the clasp. Lovely!

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  72. Raida, I'm just now getting to your Bead Soup reveal. What lovely pieces!!! The use of metal components really makes the colors stand out.

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  73. I'm already a follower of your blog, and would be more than happy to win those lovely beads and headpins!

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  74. Gorgeous pieces! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda
    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  75. Okay, so the colors in this soup mix would have challenged me greatly! They are really pretty beads, but just not colors I'm comfortable working with. You did a really nice job bringing them all together.

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  76. I'm following your blog now! Your beads are just gorgeous!

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  77. Lovely jewellery! Those cool beads work so well with that ribbon, it's like they were made for each other. Fab job!

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  78. I love the striking purple poly clay beads, and you've created a gorgeous necklace with them!

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  79. Amazing necklace and earrings with your beautiful soup!

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  80. Love this necklace your soup is amazing and so is what you did with it. The wood beads are the perfect contrast.

    LOVE PURPLE!!!

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  81. I love the fresh purples and how you warmed them up with the ribbon, brass, and glass. You guys make a great pair!
    Jen

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  82. I love what you did with your soup. The silk is awesome with the mix.

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  83. I'm loving what you cooked up! Rebecca makes such fun polymer clay beady-goodness. I really like the ribbon...it plays up the colors.
    Michelle

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  84. what a gorgeous soup! fantastic colors! i love the wood pieces mixed in with the purples.

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  85. What a great soup. The colors are bright, but still subtle with the way you have put everything together. I normally wouldn't wear or pick those elements, but with the way you have it done up I would in a heartbeat. Beautifully done!

    Melissa
    http://design.kcjewelbox.com

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  86. Beautiful soup! Beautiful designs! Love!

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  87. What a gorgeous bright soup and necklace you made. I love the addition of the wooden beads..a great contrast and calming influence! Love your choice of ribbon and addition of copper in the earrings.
    jenni

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  88. Your whole design is so tasty but it's genius how you wired the holes in the donut! and the filigree leaf was a nice counterpoint to the graphic colors of the beads. Very special!

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  89. I love that palette of colours and I am smitten with the earrings. Good job!

    Ambra

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  90. Lovely colors and I like the way you used the donut as a toggle

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