Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party- Genea Crivello-Knable and Gail Vanderster-Zwang

Hello friends!

Wow, can you believe it?! It's finally the reveal day!! So I will apologize now if my blog gets lengthy. Please feel free to just skim for the photos ;)
Let's start out with what each of us got in our soup.

Gail sent me a fantastic collection of fun Mixed-Media elements from Industrial Chic , some of her GORGEOUS beaded beads, an enameled toggle and flowers, some pressed czech glass rectangles, Swarovski crystals, a super stash of seed beads and raku fired clay beads.



Here is the soup I sent to Gail(You can find beads like Gail's by visiting my shop here). I wanted to know a little bit about her so I could pick something that she would like, but would also challenge her. I snooped through her Etsy favs and asked her some questions to get me going. I created this SUPER set based on some of her and my favorites. Her set included: recycled sari silk, my FIRST ever lampwork heart focal headpins, some of my "Desert Serpent" lentils, some raku spacers, an "Ancient Tablet" style focal, a glass toggle and some droplet style headpins using silver leaf.
Did you know they got LOST in the mail?! Yep, for 3 weeks. We were both extremely heart broken. You can't file a claim with the post office until 21 days. So in the mean time Gail purchased some of the components like the ones in her soup, I sent her the second soup below and Lori sent her some goodies so that she could get started on her designs.
Here is the second soup I sent Gail. This one has my FIRST ever "Ancient Tablet" style heart focal! Didn't it turn out AMAZING?! Gail had bought 2 sets of headpins like what was in her soup and the glass toggle. So I thought I would send some different style clasps. I knew Gail liked winged-hearts so I decided to try my hand at some buttons! I couldn't decide on which to send, so I sent both ;) I also sent another set of spacers and the few other extra beads I had left over from the creation of her first soup.

Before we go on, I would just like to let you know that the first soup ARRIVED! It turns out the package never got "scanned in" in Portland and was a phantom package until it hit Kearney, NJ. It sat there for a few days and then was found by her amazing postal woman, Janet, and Janet's supervisor Darrell!! We were both totally STOKED!! So just had to share our loss and triumph of a happy ending!

So while I created Gail's soup I got so many ideas! I just kept creating, and creating, and CREATING. I thought you might like to see the ideas I had along the way...

So in honor of the metamorphosis of my designs I posted this super sweet art by M.C. Escher called "Metamorphosis"(He is and was one of my very favorite artists when I was in highschool). I thought this photo was a perfect start to my designs.

Well I had an idea for my first bit of Gail's soup, but I needed a pin with some glass on the end. From left to right: a bubble button swirl, a bubble button with a trapped air bubble, a head pin with a bubble button, a headpin with a pod. I did the first two on the end of a mandrel to do a quick experiment and did the last two on wire for my piece. These weren't the colors I used, but I needed to try them out to see if they would work.

Those designs spring boarded me to these: a fire pod, and a flame pod. Then while I was showing a friend how I created beads I did this eye bead for a demo. I did the top eyelashes with a thick line and the bottom, I did with a thinner one. I had been trying to work out a design like this for a long time and just tucked the eyedea ;P away in my mind until this moment. 

Some of these ideas I will go back to now that the Bead Soup is completed and I have more time to try some new things out ;)

When I was creating some components for Gail's set I started with the far left bead. This was going to be my toggle bar for this toggle.  I then had an idea for another bar(like the one to the left of the ring part of the toggle) where I tweaked the design a little to have pretty bubble buttons on the middle and ends of the bar. HOLY CRAP, are they PRETTY! Not only did I trap an air bubble on the inside(which was one my favorite things I learned when first lampworking), but I also trapped gorgeous rainbows of colors! After creating the toggle bar I thought how cool it would be just as a bead. I decided to call this style "Rainbow Sticks". :D:D:D

I ended up making some of my "Desert Serpent" style lentils for Gail's set as well. I took this design a step further and created the "Desert Serpent Jewel" style by adding a bubble button to the middle! So awesome!

After making those I thought OMG, those would be sweet on a GLASS HEADPIN! So I made one in a tear drop shape and then one in a paddle style! HOLY FREAKIN' YUM! They are SOOOOO pretty! I then got the idea to make these rainbowy heart headpins! I plan on going back to re-create some of these as well. I just kind of physically glass doodled my ideas to go back to when I had an opportunity. This is kind of like sketching in a sketch book, but with created samples :D

MY DESIGNS FROM GAIL'S SOUP....
So what did I created with Gail's soup? Well this first idea I created the same day! I was really excited :D
First I took one of Gail's beautiful beaded beads and did a quick proto-type to see if my idea would work. It did, so I needed to create one of those glass pins I did the experiment for above(the lime green and aqua photo).
I call this "Jeweled Wreath". Didn't it turn out AMAZING?! I made a glass bubble button and strung it through Gail's bead and created a band! :D

Here is that metamorphosis thing again.... I had a pod pin and decided to put it with one of my "Vortex Flower" beads and make a ring in that same style! Pretty f*ing amazing, huh?! I just love it when my ideas turn into just as amazing designs!! :D

So what else did I make? Well I was pretty stumped for a long while. I wanted to make some glass beads to go with my soup, but nothing worked out. I then decided that maybe this design just didn't need any of my lampwork beads(crazy, I know, but what are you gonna do? ;)

So off to the antique stores and thrift stores to look for some goodies.
After combing store after store I returned home with these items: an old dictionary, a keyhole, a key, a printer's key with a "?" on it, and this brass necklace with oval links and tear drop shaped jump rings.
So come with me and take a peek through the key hole of my design.....
Remember that old dictionary? I took a scrabble tile, distressed it and adorned it with some pages from the dictionary! I was so pleased with how this turned out! I even used this same idea for my roommates birthday present!
Here is where my design started....
I was really enamored with this little Witch Hazel tin so I chose that for my focal. I really loved the big flower focal, but it just wasn't talking to me so I based my entire design around this sweet little tin!
I decopaged the inside of the tin with the dictionary meaning for "Tincture," I thought it was fitting since that is what you would do with Witch Hazel to create. 
If I would have had some resin, I think this would have been a perfect opportunity to do the same page idea, but fill it with resin. I really like how you could add little treasures to your tin while you wear this piece :D

Here is a more close-up shot of the key hold portion of the necklace. I just adore it! It took me awhile to find a keyhole that was small enough to make into jewelry. I really love the ornate design on it as well. See how I used those sweet tear drop shaped jump rings from the necklace to attach them to Gail's beaded beads?! They worked out just perfectly! 

Here is a shot of the little wire-wrapped dangles and enamel flower dangles I made. See Mary Harding's flower beads as well? I actually got those from her from my last Bead Soup! I was excited to add her things to this years bead soup as well since she wasn't able to participate. I bet she would be excited ;)

Here is a shot of the entire necklace. Didn't it turn out AMAZING?! I am really pleased with the results! It really has such a wonderful vintage look to it. I called it "Discovered Treasures". I wanted the necklace to have the feel of an old inventor/artists discoveries.


Here is what it looks like worn. :D
I hope you enjoyed reading about my creative process and designs! Please hop on over to Gail's Blog to see what she did with her soup from me :)

Want to see what everyone else created with their soups? Hop on over to Lori's Blog to get the complete list of participants for the September 2011 Bead Soup Blog Party!

Have fun hoppin'!

xo Genea

69 comments:

gail vanderster-zwang aka angelmoose said...

first off - escher is one of my all time favorite artists!!! i love the ring you made with the beaded bead - i will definitely have to steal that idea! that is something i never would have come up with! i love the way your brain works!

the necklace is AMAZING!!! i always admire necklaces that have that sense of whimsy, but i don't seem to ever be able to create them! you did an amazing job!

if you decide to list it on etsy, i want first dibs!

you were such a great partner, thank you so much! hugs! gv

Genea said...

Hey Gail! I'm so excited to reveal my creations with the wonderful soup you sent me!

Yay! I just love his work! I'm glad you love the ring. This was the easiest design and just came right out! I was so excited to get a design idea right away since I was stumped on the other beads. Please do! I would love to see one you made!

Lol, it's a scary place, this brain of mine! I'm glad you can appreciate my madness!

Thanks so much! It took me awhile to figure collect and figure out the design. I was having a hard time and then POOF all the sudden I had it all figured out and done!

I love the vintage and magical feel of this piece!

I'm so glad you like my creations!! It means so much to me :)

Just sent you the link to the necklace ;)

You were such an amazing partner as well! Thank you so very much for everything! I do hope you will stay in touch and I invite you to come crash at our place if you make it to Portland!

xoxoxo Genea

Rebecca said...

I absolutely love what you have done here Genea, as always. The necklace is such a work of art.....and the rings are beautiful. I remember your post from last time - your swap with Mary Harding - being exactly the same thing - a wonderful fusion of your style with another person's beautiful beads. Stunning!

And by the way, I totally think you should make those turquoise headpins at the top......just saying ;-) x

Noemi said...

Wow, this was indeed a long post but all the while worth the read.
i can't believe how you could create jewellery with items that most people would think of it as trash. Amazing!
I am trying to take everything in and hopefully I would be able to see things with different eyes.

Regina said...

Wow, amazing is exactly the word I would use. Wonderful too!

Cindy Cima said...

The rings are adorable the necklace is too cool!
Great job Genea!

Copper Diem said...

That is such a great necklace! I love it!

Elizabeth said...

I love your entire post!! I love hearing how other artists take leaps of inspiration into their own hands!!! the magic begins and in your hands it is Truely MAGICAL!!!!! Great job with your creations and your beads are incredible!! Off to shop!!!

maneki said...

Gorgeous! Love that necklace, love the rings! The idea to use the beaded beads like that was just fab. I've very inspired by it, seeing how I myself do both wirework and beadweaving. Great job!

Penny said...

Genea, that is so gorgeous!!! Love what you did with your soup.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

What an amazing necklace! Beautiful work.

Astrid said...

I really love what you did Genea, that's a beautiful necklace.

pam ferrari said...

Genea, Stunning necklace! I took a peek last night but was to tired to read your process. I just love your work. We both love the same colors too.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

Wow! What a beautiful necklace and I love that ring! Gorgeous! Enjoy the hop!

susie said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

Erin said...

WOW, Amazing pieces! THAT RING *Gasp* is to die for! It's totally incredibly cool and creative! Love it.

Karyn B said...

I loved looking into your process on both sides of the soup, and the tincture tin is awesome. All the pieces turned out beautifully!

Pretty Things said...

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.

SO jealous of that keyhole. SO VERY JEALOUS.

You did a great job and I loved seeing the process!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

KayzKreationz said...

Some pretty pieces. I really like that keyhole in the necklace. Very vintage looking.

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

I'm just gobsmacked. Brava!

Serena Trent said...

I didnt read your blog post, I just amdmired the jewelry and beads! I'm lovin those headpins...AWESOME!

coffeeaddict said...

beautiful beyond words!

Cris Peacock said...

Wonderful eye candy! Your necklace is so cool! (and yes, I am fun hopping--going to take awhile to get to all!)

jumbledhutch said...

Totally inspiring! Love how it all came together! Gorgeous pieces :)

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Loved how you showed your process and the use of thrift store finds. Very vintage and amazing.

la mar de bonita said...

Very original - I love to read over the process, even it was a little bit confusing for me an my knowlegde of english ;0) I love your funny beads and I love this necklace and the ring!
Greetings, Michi

Lori's Glassworks said...

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

Maggie said...

Genea, What beautiful rings and that treasure trove of a necklace is wonderful! Thanks for going through your steps, stages, and thought process.

Charlene said...

Such an eclectic mix that is skillfully balanced in design!

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

Absolutely stunning work! Love that necklace with all the different elements!

Sally Russick said...

Genea!! Beautiful work! I love the rings and then I saw the necklace! Drooooooling..... GORGEOUS!!!!

Lara Lutrick said...

Great necklace you made. I love asymmetric designs, but have a hard time making them myself.

I have loved your beads for a long time! Great video on your site. Glad to see someone else stores their glass in boxes like me. :-)

Wendy said...

Wow, amazing designs!

maryharding said...

Hi Genea, I am so excited about your necklace and all that your wrote about it. I am also so touched that you included some of my beads so that I did get to participate, after all. You are the best. Love the beautiful beads you made for your partner too.Thanks so much for thinking of me in this very special way.

Genea said...

Thank you to everyone for their comments. I have been trying to respond to each of you individually by e-mail. If you didn't have an e-mail address, I will post a response here. Please let me know if I missed your comment!

xo Genea

Genea said...

@Wendy- Thanks so much!
@Lara- Thanks so much! Me too! They especially work out well when you are a limited amount of something ;)Awww thanks so much for following my work and enjoying it! Thanks about the video. Some really great friends recorded it for me :) Lol, yes boxes for now. When I am in a more permanent studio they will all be separated in their own little square gutters ;)

@Kristy- Thanks very much. It was lots of fun to put the necklace together with all of the treasures.

@Charlene- Thank you :) I am pleased with it's balance as well.

@Karyn- I'm so glad you enjoyed it ! I was really excited about it. I had wished I had some resin to fill in the tin more and some dried witch hazel. The original tin minus the definition paper is from Michael's from their industrial chic line :) Thank you so much for your kind words :)

@Pam- Thank you! :)

earthlyjewels said...

So creative and talented! I love what you made...stunning!

Tracy said...

Such a beautiful necklace, I love the eclectic vintage look and you've perfected it. Nice work.

Genea said...

@earthy jewels- Thank you :)

@Tracy- Awww thanks, I'm glad that I captured the look for which I was going :)

CraftyHope said...

First, your ring is just lovely. But, that necklace OHHHHH that necklace. I adore all the little bits you found at the antique store and that you really worked to fit them into the necklace design. That keyhole is amazing! Well, the whole necklace is to die for! Wonderful!

Natasha said...

seriously, that keyhole was such a find. and, even more stunning in the necklace. well done! my favorite yet!

uptwnsh said...

I loved reading about your process and seeing your final piece! Really nice!

thatnothingbewasted said...

Totally awesome! Wonderful design!

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs.
Be blessed to be a blessing

Genea said...

Thanks That nothing be wasted :)

Sweet Freedom said...

Your rings are so clever, and that necklace is stunning - I love it!

Shay Stone said...

Hey Genea:)
I was thinking I already commented here, but don't see me, so in case I didn't (maybe a previous post?) - here I am again.

So.. here are my very technical thoughts... ready? ...

Woo-Hoo!
Yipeeee!
Rock on!
Love it!
and to phrase you,
"Holy Freakin' Yum"!

Ann said...

Very nice ideas. I find it really interesting that you both created rings. Nice work on the necklace too despite the lack of lampwork:). You picked up some really interesting things.

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh yeah girl, you're talking my language with this one! Great job, I adore it to pieces! Great inspiration for all. Riki

Jenni said...

The ring is fab..funny how both you and your pard did a ring! Love all your quirky found elements in the necklace and how you put it together with your find of the key hole.

Boot ~C said...

this is one of my faves of the soups so far! I really like that you show it being worn

Fire Phoenix said...

I liked reading about your inspirations for your creations - which turned out amazingly well :) I would totally wear them!

stacilouise said...

beautiful! You did an amazing job of combing lots of elements and its not crowded and doesn't look forced. Very natural, love it!

DaviniaDesign said...

I can see you are full of inspiration!
Great work you did, love it.

Beadaholique said...

Genea, the necklace is just too pretty for words! I really love how you incorporated that stunning keyhole so effortlessly!

Bobbie said...

The necklace is great, but those rings are FABULOUS! Wowzer!

Christine said...

Your rings are gorgeous & that necklace is a-mazing!!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Ok, reading your creative process was awesome! I love that you took pics to go alongside! The necklace is amazing and with the story to go with it! Fabulous! Though I have to say, I'm especially digging the ring! So cool!

chicandfrog said...

Why did it never occur to me to go to a thrift store??? The keyhole is gorgeous and there is so much life in that necklace!
Ambra

Terri said...

This necklace is so fun, artistic and that tin.. genius! Your ring ... rocks!! Such Talent.
You did a Soup-er job with the soup!

I always enjoy visiting and see what you are up to.

Christine Altmiller said...

these are unbelievably gorgeous! so much artistry and talent!!!

Genea said...

@Davinia- I am! I was really excited to go back today and work on some of the ideas I had during the soup bead creation time :D Thanks so much!

@Ann- That is interesting we both made rings ;) Thanks about the necklace. I was really pleased with the design despite the lack of my beads ;) I was really excited about my finds with the other components!

@Sweet Freedom- Thank you kindly!

@Beadaholique- You are so sweet! Thanks so much! I really love the keyhole as well :D

@Christine- Thank you :)

@Soul Fire Designs- I'm glad you enjoyed my creative process. I was really excited to share :) Thank you for your very thoughtful comment :)

@Chicaandfrog- Great idea huh?! Thanks so much. Finding the keyhole was really exciting!

Cindy said...

Hello Genea! I truly enjoyed your Bead Soup post...it is really well done. From the inspiration to your designs...let me tell you, those rings are out of this world. The Jewel Wreaths are really one of a kind. And the necklace! It is gorgeous! I would love wearing this one daily if I could!! You are an amazing designer!

pinkchapeau said...

Beautiful work...the necklace is so much fun to look at! I love all the little goodies you put together. Love the rings, too!

Genea said...

Thanks Pink chapeau! :D

Genea said...

Hey Cindy! I'm glad you liked it :) I'm so glad you enjoyed the rings! I love the design and love where it's taken me for new designs as well! Thank you so much for your kind words and thanks for stopping by!

xo Genea

Wings N Scales said...

Great rings and necklace...Love what you created!

Aquariart said...

Your glass beads are amazing and your bead soup is really interesting. So many different components to look at. Very nice soup!

Genea said...

Thanks wings n scales! :)

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