Friday, March 2, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!- Genea Beads and Humble Beads

Hello friends! 

Wow can you believe today is the reveal date?! Me either! Well I will attempt to keep this short as I know there are a bagillion blogs to see(ok so not really a bagillion ;)

Heather sent me not only one amazing helping of soup, but 2! One was my challenge set with more muted colors and the other was some gorgeous bright colors!

Here was the first set of soup I received from Heather. I worked on my challenge set first thinking it was only fair ;)
These earrings came together quickly and easily. I even used the ribbon she had tied up my soup packages with. Why leave anything to waste? ;)

Well I must say my soup sure did give me a challenge. I muddled with a design for quite a few days.
I got stuck here. I really wanted to use this gorgeous heart focal with a bird on  a nest, but it was just so small and delicate against the clasp and the other beads in the necklace. 

I had planned on using the larger winter bird and egg to create some sort of simple necklace with just those 2 beads and some branch or nest as the focal. Hmm... I pulled out my wire and began to wrap, and wrap, and WRAP....


I fashioned this lovely wire nest and wove in some feathers. I strung on my dove and created a wire bail! My focal piece for my design!!
Here is is on white. It was really hard to get a great shot since each piece is light and dark so no background was really fitting. This photo doesn't even really do it justice at all for how AMAZING it is!
I just love the way everything turned out. These soft muted colors remind me of how things look outside now. It's these soft muted colors of the remnants of winter and the promise of spring :) 


Here you can see the finished necklace with the earrings from above!

Soup helping number 2!

Ahhh nice and comfortable! BRIGHT COLORS. Now the tealish turquoise is definitely one of my favs, but this ruby pink, although not one of my go to colors, is totally gorgeous! I just love these 2 colors together! I was excited about this set because for one, it was easier and I had a lot more bead sin my bead box to match ;)

Here you can see my necklace in the works. I wanted to create another incredible piece with these beauties so I decided to say on that nature theme by creating a wire woven wreath as a connector for the center of the necklace! I also wanted to incorporate some feathers into this design. I took my nice large egg and placed into into this gorgeous flower cup, a few feathers and DONE!
Here is a close-up of the Heather's willow pendant bead and my wreath. I wove in feathers, and wrapped on some leaves and flowers :D I'm so excited for just how well everything worked out and how GORGEOUS it turned out!

BUT... these colors inspired to make some designs to match. I added some of my "Cream Rainbow Ribbon" spacers to start and decided to create some other beads to add to the design.
Here are the beads I created to match. See how well this color glass matches Heather's bead on the right? I just love this Creation is Messy color called, Mermaid. It's a wonderful blue teal! I even did some etching and shiny stuff with these beads to better match the color of Heather's branch beads! So much fun! You can read more about how these designs came about in this post.

I also dabbled in this wonderful ruby pink glass to match those other fantastic willow beads Heather sent. I got on a roll so I made some extras for my shop as well.
So after the creation of my matching beads, away I went adding them into my design. I even used the ribbon Heather used to tie up this soup as well! Why let such pretty ribbon go to waste?!
Here you can see a lovely close-up of the flower cup with the egg and feathers inside :D I just love how the gorgeous Czech glass beads heather sent go so well with my lampwork beads and her gorgeous work as well!

The finished necklace! *GASP* OMG, isn't it BEAUTIFUL?! Do you ever look at a piece after you have created it and can't believe that YOU made it? Yep, that's what both of my soup pieces felt like!

What is a gorgeous necklace without some matching EARRINGS?!

Well I hope you enjoyed reading about the creation of my Bead Soup jewelry!

I want to thank Heather for her very generous soups, for all of the love and care that went into her packaging and presentation of her works, and for very sweet messaged through out this last party!

A huge thank you to, Lori as well for putting on these wonderful hops, and connecting us with such wonderful partners and wonderful participants!


Here is the soup I sent Heather! Now that you have seen what I created, please stop on by her blog to see what incredible creation she has made!
Love Heather's soup beads? I will be adding beads like her soup beads in my shop as we speak!(11:15pm)

Want to see what everyone else created? Please stop by and see the other BSBP artists by visiting Lori's page here!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hopping!

xo Genea

72 comments:

somethingunique said...

Hi sweetie pie...wow what a lucky girl Heather is to get paired with you...and you equally lucky...you did an amazing job on all of our creations...good use of each and every price...nice to finally be able to stop by...take cae and have fun hopping...hugs xox...p.s.when we goona what did u call it...skipe????

Genea said...

Hey Lana cakes! I think I'm equally as lucky! Did you see all my treasures??! *swoons*

Thanks so much! I was pretty proud of my designs! I just love the nest and wreath!

Yeah, I'm so glad you got to see everything from your sporty ipad!

You do the same! xoxoxo

Probably when Ricky gets back with my ipad(after April 1st)!

maryharding said...

Hi Genea,
Great necklaces and new beads for the occasion. Love all your wire wrapping, feathers and fun colors. I also see some of those great green raku beads that I have and am still working on in a necklace. Have a great time hopping.

Lorelei Eurto said...

Eeek- Feathers!! Wonderful! Great pieces every last one of em! You had a great partner!

kristibasket said...

I love the feathers yo added! Nice touch....and those pieces, jaw dropping! You are amazing!

Kristi Bowman said...

Love all your creations but I have to say there's something about that first pair of earrings that touches me, so pretty!

Cece Cormier said...

Cheerful creations all of them ! Love the beads you made too.

Cassie Donlen said...

Awesome creations. I totally laughed out loud when I saw your cleverness of making a nest adding feathers! That was fantastic!! Great job!

Maneki said...

Lovely jewellery! I like how you incorporated feathers/down. And love those wire wrapped focals. Fab job!

pam ferrari said...

Lovely Soup. I love the bright necklace. Those are my colors

roomforchange said...

Love how the necklaces turned out. Well done!!

Shyme said...

Beautiful work!!

Penny said...

Wow, I love the mixture of beads that you used, they have a great flow!! Truly beautiful pieces.

Stories They Tell said...

Lots of lovely things happening in your creations! You make beautiful beads!

Libby Leuchtman said...

Ahh so beautiful! Love everything you did.

Lori Anderson said...

Oh my gosh the feathers! I just love them in your work! I think you really rocked this!

I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

Patti Van said...

What a creative way to use Heather's components!!! The fact that you made lampwork beads to match leaves me speechless...amost! I think you did a FANTASTIC job!

Suzette said...

Such pretty pieces! Suzette

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Oh Genea, how wonderfully creative! Both pieces and the earrings are absolutely fabulous. Well done!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Wow! you really rocked the house! The colors, the feathers the texture - awesome! Love the bright colors. Also really like the soup you sent your partner. I joined your blog.

Cathie Carroll said...

WOW- your color sense is amazing!
I'm so envious of that!

Beautiful work.

Shaiha said...

Both of those necklaces are truely gasp-worthy in their own ways.

Genea said...

Mary- Thanks so much! It was really nice to work in these muted and jewel tone color palettes!Thanks so much! I really had a wonderful time creating them! Yep! I did use some of thsoe raku beads! Do send over a pic when you finish your necklace! I can't wait to see it! Thanks! You do the same!

Lorelei- Yay! I was really excited to finally use some in a design! Thanks so much! I sure did! I'm a lucky girl!

Kristibasket- Thanks so much! I was really excited to finally use them in a design! Thank you so very much! :D

KristiB- Thanks so much! Thank you! Those were fun, they remind me of a little country farm :)

Cece- Thanks so much! I had so much fun creating special matching beads!

Cassie- Thanks so much! Aren't they fun?! I was so excited to make the nest and wreath!

Genea said...

Maneki- Thank so much! Thanks! I really enjoyed using those elements in my pieces! Thanks about the wire! I was excited they turned out so well!

Pam- Thanks so much! Me too! They are darker colors than I normally work with, but love the brights for sure! It was really fun creating matching beads!

roomforchange- Thanks so much!

Shyme-thank you!

Penny- Thanks so much! I was really pleased with the results as well! I love the beads Heather sent along with the extras and beads from my stash!
Stories They Tell- Thanks so much! Thanks! I really have a wonderful time lampworking :D

Libby- Thanks so much! It was a ton of fun!

Lori- Lol, funny huh? I wondered what people's favorite elements would be. Who knew it would be the fearthers ;) Thanks so much! I think I nailed it too! I was really excited with the results!
Sure will!

Patti Van- Thanks so much! I'm glad you think so! I hope this inspires others that have her beads in their collections. I know how fun it is to see new and different ideas of how people incorporate your pieces into their work :) Awww, I did for the last piece because I really felt like I needed to add some pieces to match. I didn't in the first because I didn't want to take too much attention away from Heather's beads. Thank you kindly! :)

Suzette- Thanks so much!

Genea said...

Lori Bowring Michaud- Thank you so much! I just love a matching set so I had to create some fun ear pieces to go with the necklaces!

Pine Ridge Treasures- Thanks!! Yay! I'm glad your senses were stimulated by all of the design elements I used. Me too! Thanks so much! I do too. I wanted to send Heather a super bright challenge and see what she came up with! I can't wait to see!

Cathie Carroll- Thanks so much! I thank my mother for that gift :) I never really knew I had that gift until I had a friend that didn't! I'm very fortunate!

Genea said...

Thanks so much Shaiha!

la mar de bonita said...

Geneao, you're such a talented and creative artist - I admire your work very much! These two necklaces are very unique and original, just as expected. The birdie on his egg nest is my little favorite!

vonna said...

Genea, two necklaces with two different color palettes what fun you had creating these! It sure does show! I love how you combined all the different textural elements to create knock out designs! YAY!

Genea said...

la mar de bonita- Thank you very kindly :) Awww thank you!! I am really pleased with the designs :D Awww thanks so much! Isn't he so sweet?!

vonna- Yeah, they were quite different huh? I sure did!Awww thanks so much! Thanks! I love creating no only visually pleasing pieces,but ones with texture as well to stimulate all the senses :)

Andra said...

Your pieces are amazing. love the fact that you incorporated feathers into your design. Awesome!

Ann said...

Wow! Those were some gorgeous ingredients and you made them into some gorgeous pieces. I have to admit my favorite is the bright set but the little bird is so cute I love both of them.

SwallowtailJewellery said...

Beautiful creations! Especially like the birdie necklace - gorgeous work :)

Courtney said...

I love the use of feathers! So creative. Your two soups are great1

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Fantastic designs. Love the artistic touches like the silk ribbon and placement of beads. Very fun and vibrant!

Genea said...

Andra- Thanks so much! He he. They seem to be the favorite
"secret ingredient" in my soup ;)

Ann- Weren't they?! I got super spoiled in my helping of soup
from Heather! The bright set is my favorite too, but I love both!

Swallowtail Jewellery- Thanks so much!!

Courtney- Thanks so much! I had so much fun using them!

Genea said...

Thanks so much, Kathleen!

Me too! I just love sari silk and the wonderful ribbon's Heather sent :D Yay! I LOVE color so vibrant is my goal!

jojosbeads said...

I love what you made with both sets. That willow pendant is gorgeous and the beads you created to match are stunning. Your use of texture is inspiring. Lovely :) x

Genea said...

Jojo's Beads- Thanks so much! OMG it is!! I just LOVE it! You should totally get one, you will just adore it!

Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun to make some matches to Heathers amazing work!

Thanks so much! I love texture along with visual appeal. Something that delights all of the senses :D

Cindy Cima said...

Love the earrings! I adore the wire nest and focal! Both necklaces are stunning - I think they are among my favorites of all the blogs I have visited so far!!!

Genea said...

Thanks Cindy!! Me too! I was so excited about making it and having it turn out so well!

Awww that is so very sweet of you to say! I'm flattered!

xo Genea

Loris Glassworks said...

Totally awesome! I LOVE the feathers and the color combination on necklace #2. You did a wonderful job with your soup ingredients! Cheers!
Lori D.

WindDancerStudios said...

That's some happy soup! Love the bird in it's nest, that is really some kind of awesome!!

Alice said...

Beautiful, beautiful pieces! I just love that sweet bird nest focal!

Genea said...

Thanks so much, Alice! Me too! The feathers just give the nest so much more "life".

Charlie said...

I love them! Can I have the bird one please?! You did such an amazing job! I am curious how you manage to get the feathers to stay put.

Genea said...

Loris- Thanks so much! Me too! I really love those colors as well! Thanks so much!!

Wind Dancer- Yay! Me too! I am so pleased with how it turned out! :D

Charlie- Thanks so much!! :D I wove the feathers in and out of the wire woven nest. They stay put nicely!

KayzKreationz said...

What great pieces. I especially love the pieces you made with the second soup, as those colors just seem to call me. But all the pieces are wonderful.

Genea said...

kayzkreationz- Thanks so much! Mmmm I love that one too!

Bobbie said...

Pretty! The feathers are such fun, and I love that you even used the ribbon the soups came packaged with. That's really getting into the spirit of the challenge :-)

Genea said...

Bobbie- Thanks! He he, I really enjoyed using them! Yep, that's me super recycle girl and why waste such pretty ribbon?!

Donna said...

Great soup, great creations! Cheers!

CraftyHope said...

The pieces you made from the first soup are nice and all, but you really hit your comfort zone in the second soup and made something beautiful. Fabulous!

Jean A. Wells said...

Your pieces are beautiful. I love that you used the feathers in your focal. Great job!

Jo said...

Oh wow! What beautiful soups Heather sent you, you lucky girl! I loved reading about your design process. I did assume when I saw the soups that the muted colours would be my favourite - but that was until I saw the combination of your bright lampwork beads and Heather's willow focals. I love that necklace!

Genea said...

Crafty Hope- Thanks so much! I like both for different reasons, but yes the second soup is more "me" and I just had way more materials in those colors to work into my design ;)

Jean A. Wells- Thanks so much! There's something amazing about feathers for sure!

Jo- I know, right?! I'm so thankful for the overwhelming amount of her beautiful work I received! It was so much fun!

I'm glad you enjoyed the process, I know I always do. I tried to keep it short this time. I don't know if I succeeded ;)

You are so very sweet. Thanks so much! I really love our beads together too!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

Brilliant use os unusual bits and pieces. You are one in a bagillion!

Alicia said...

Gorgeous mix of media and colours - I love both sets and your imaginations is sure larger than mine, while it hindsight it makes sense to use feathers with a bird, I wouldn't have thought about it. The result is beautiful!

adlinah said...

I enjoyed reading about the process you went through creating the necklaces and earrings. I really liked how you managed to incorporate feathers in the pieces so tastefully. You made some amazing jewellery from Heather's bead soup.

Kat BM said...

I think the earrings with the fabric bows on them are beyond cute!

Genea said...

Corner Store Goddess- Thanks so much! It was fun to use so many different pieces in my finished jewelry :)

Alicia- Thanks so much. One of my challenges for myself is always pushing the limits of my components to see how far they will take me :)

Adlinah- I'm so glad you enjoyed the process. This always fascinates me about finished pieces. It also teaches you new ways to do things since everyone doesn't do things the same when assembling ;) I'm glad you enjoyed the feathers and designs!

Kat BM- Thanks! They make me think of a county farm :)

Silver Parrot said...

I fell in love with that first set of soft, dreamy earrings and everything just got better from there.

Genea said...

Thanks Silver Parrot! You're so sweet :)

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Well... here I am finally... sooo late. But I am floored by your creations, Genea, you have so much talent and it just shines! Bravo!!!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Lucky you! I love Heather's beads. Your creations are marvelous! Well Done!

stacilouise said...

Your bead soup is beautiful!!!! Why didn't I see it until now? geez- I've been busy. LOVE the colors you made for it. The feathers are wonderful. Very very nice!

tappingflamingo said...

What don't I like about this piece? Nothing. I love, love, love it! The feathers are great, the colors are wonderful, and the fabric, love!

Charming Peggy said...

I love the feathers! This is so fun!

Rebekah said...

I love them both! Normally I'd go straight for the earth tones of your first set, but in this case, I've got to say your second set is my favorite! Just gorgeous! I love the rich tones! You created some super designs!!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Your pieces are so beautiful. I love the necklace with the willow pendant and earrings the best!
Sonya

Genea said...

Souls fire- thanks so much for your kind words :)

Kathy- I know it! I am! Thanks so much!

Staci- isn't it?! I hear that! Thanks so much!

Tapping flamingo-awww you're so sweet! Thanks so much!

Charming peggy- thanks so much!

Rebekah- thank you kindly! Me too! :)

Dreaminofbeads- thanks so much!

Genea said...

Thanks, Charming Peggy :)

Genea said...

Thanks, Charming Peggy :)

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