Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SOUP!!!!!!

Melanie from Earthenwood Studio is my soup partner and this is the wonderful selection of ingredients she sent me. So lovely and perfect. The color is just amazing! I love turquoise - it is one of my favorite stones! Now as you can see, Melanie was way beyond generous and because of it I have plenty of glorious beads left over for future creations! Thank you Melanie!!! Now to talk of the process and the beads themselves..... You know, when I first opened this package of yumminess, I instantly thought "piece of cake." I mean, how much of a challenge could this be- it's ALL here! And yet, I spent a good thirty hours or so -no lie- just on configurations. And the challenge I found was in Melanie's beads themselves. YOU HAVE TO HOLD AN EARTHENWOOD BEAD TO UNDERSTAND. This pendant is significant in size and weight. Yet the color and motif - soft and delicate. It did not want to be paired up with multiple strands of chunky turquoise-which I kept insisting on doing. It wanted all it's aspects to be respected. It wanted earthy and airy. It wanted lightness ala substance. While I know that each designer is different with unique tastes and perspectives, this is the final design that I came up with. I feel like the part of the necklace that wants to take flight is anchored with chain elements and earthiness. The solid look of turquoise juxtaposed with faceted transparency of crystal and green garnet. Thank you again to Melanie. Make sure you check out her blog and her Etsy shops. And by all means, treat yourself to one (or more!) of her beads! Thank you again to Lori for hosting such a great event!!!! Click on the Bead Soup Party picture on my side bar to go to her blog page where she has all the participants and links to their blogs. Thanks for looking! Enjoy!!!
We LOVE the butterfly clasp!

47 comments:

  1. love it love it love it! That teal blue is scrumptious. Great job!!

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  2. A wonderful necklace, beautiful beads!

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  3. I love what you did with my pendant! It's beautiful! It's so light and airy, yet sturdy and strong. Thanks for being a great Bead Soup partner!

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  4. What a lovely combination of hues! Great job.
    Bead Happy!
    Michelle

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  5. I love it! This is so much fun to see what everyone came up with.

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  6. This is so nice. It really shows off the pendant. I know what you mean by Melanie's beads, they are so elegant and it's such a challenge to make something that does the bead justice. You did just that congratulations. This will be perfect for spring!

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  7. mission accomplished, your design is both airy and earthy. the necklace features melanie's pendant perfectly.

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  8. I like this! It's magical! Wonderful work done with those precious beads!

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  9. Beautiful work! What great colors!

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  10. Those are beautiful beads. I Love the delicate way you have handled them in that necklace. Really pretty.

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  11. The clasp is gorgeous, the color of the beads is wonderful and your necklace just combines them all. I love how you linked it with the silver wire. Makes it look so light and fresh. Really pretty.

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  12. SO completely jealous of those beads!!!!

    You did a great job -- now hand 'em over (just kidding. Sort of. Kind of.)


    Thanks for being a part of the party -- we'll do it again soon!

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  13. Those are beautiful beads! What a great set to work with. Your work really shows off the beads

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  14. Such clean fresh colors and a beautiful design!

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  15. That was a gorgeous set to work with, I can see how you would end up with hours and hours just fondling them. haaaaaaa Your thoughtful design is just perfect! You really honored the pendant. :)
    Jen

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  16. I LOVE THIS!
    You did a great job!


    You are welcome to stop by for a cup of “Spring” soup on my blog.
    http://www.mariagrimes.blogspot.com

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  17. Beautifully conceived and executed! Serene and calm.

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  18. Fabulous came to mind immediately when I saw this... you did an amazing job...love it!

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  19. great mix/use of chain & link work.nice balance. I know what you mean about her pendants, I have a small one & can't seem to come up w/ anything good enough for it!

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous! Light and airy and just right for that spectacular pendant!

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  21. Beautiful Blue! The perfect mix to brighten up a snowy day. You did an amazing job!

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  22. Oh, this is too pretty. I probably shouldn't say it, but I think it's my favorite. I can't help it - I love it.

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  23. WOW what a haul! Your response is gorgeous!

    Hasn't this been fun?!?

    Emanda
    www.ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com

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  24. This is sooo pretty! Gorgeous design! Earthy and elegant. There's a lot of interest in your beaded pattern, too. I love it!

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  25. Gorgeous! Love the bead clusters! Very beautiful design.

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  26. That is beautiful. Perfect design for beautiful beads.

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  27. turquoise is my fav color love what you've done with these beads

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  28. oh, this is just beautiful! you did such an incredible job with the beads! funny, you would think 'piece of cake' at first - but then the challenge begins!!

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  29. It's just out-and-out pretty! And in the color of the year! Wonderful.

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  30. The addition of the faceted crystal and green garnet really accent the lovely beads received. Thanks for sharing our thought process.

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  31. Golly! I know about doing and redoing my piece, you have made a beautiful piece so all the work was definately worth it, well done!

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  32. You're right! I think you struck the perfect balance and let the focal be the sun and the other beads the planets revolving around it, it's lovely!

    Hope you are enjoying the Party!
    Kate ~
    Organic Odysseys #46 Bead Souper

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  33. Tari this is sooooo light and airy what a really lovely pc!! I really love this!

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  34. Oh I so totally agree with your descriptions... you really do have to hold an Earthenwoods in your hands to appreciate it. They are more than just pretty things. They are works of art! Turquoise is the IT color this year, isn't it? And that butterfly is a clasp? That is brilliant! Thanks for sharing this heaping serving of great soup! Be sure to stop by and taste some of mine. Enjoy the day! Erin

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  35. I love the softness and gentleness that this necklace invokes. Just reminds me of a soft spring day. I love the combination of beads and chain that you used, where the chain doesn't overwhelm the beads but draws your eye to them.

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  36. Very lovely and surprising use of the beads--the airiness really is great!

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  37. Not sure how that clasp does up... but I like it... and that aqua colour is gorgeous! It's a lovely piece!

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  38. You created a stunning piece! Just beautiful!

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  39. Melanie, this is beautiful!! I think you were so right to use the links in this piece, I can't imagine it any other way at this point. The color is stunning, yet soft. I adore the beads from Earthen studio, I bookmarked her earlier....great finished best...job well done!

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  40. What a great piece! It sounds like you feel that the design was too simple, but you executed it with style and precision. It's a great piece of art!

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  41. Elegant, and oh so pretty! Perfectly done. Enjoy wearing this beauty!

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  42. What a gorgeous necklace! I love the clasp, and the mix of delicate colours is lovely.

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  43. It is so very beautiful! The colors of 2010! Your design brings out the best in the beads.

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  44. Now that is just beautiful! You have a given talent! Love it!

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  45. My favorite colors and a great design! Lovely!

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