Friday, September 16, 2011

Blue Soup

SOUP SOUP SOUP SOUP SOUP!!!! It's here and just to refresh, here is the lovely stash that Rhea sent me. I was definitely challenged by the mix, and after rearranging and rearranging, I ended up using some of my own stash with this fabulous pendant and clasp, saving the sodalite and glass for a bracelet and earrings and another post. The pendant instantly reminded me of summers we used to spend on lake Michigan. We would spend a week, sometimes two, at Silver Lake, renting a cottage right on Silver Lake at the foot of the dunes. We would climb the dunes getting "lost" between the sandy mountains until we climbed over the peak that revealed Lake Michigan. Which looks like the ocean. A little tamer maybe, but still the same beautiful blue that stretches out until it meets the sky. Sunsets are beyond amazing. So this is what I see when I look at this pendant and I couldn't get past that. I played and played and played and I finally came up with a design that worked for me. I apologize for the light. As with everything these days I am right up to the last minute and this was all the daylight that I could muster.
The pendant is blue agate. I mixed my metals and used a bit of Swarovski crystal, labadorite, recycled glass and fabulous clay beads from Indian Creek Studios. Thanks so much for stopping by. Click on the link above to take you to Lori's blog with the whole list of this party's participants. And make sure to stop over at the lovely Rhea's blog to see what she cooked up! Enjoy!!!

66 comments:

  1. Gorgeous necklace, how great would it look with a crisp white shirt, denim jeans and boots. Love it.

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  2. This is so elegant! What a beautiful creation! I really liked the fact that you used bali silver beads. They really compliment the size of the stones. Wonderful.

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  3. Such a pretty blue! Great collection of beads. I love those Indian Creek beads! I have a feeling this blog hop is going to make me want to go shopping! Happy hopping!

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  4. This is such a pretty necklace! The design is spot on to showcase that focal. The clay beads were a great choice to add to it. I'll look forward to seeing what you decide with the rest of the beads. Have a great day hopping!

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  5. Wow! What a lovely peice Kari! I love how you wove a memory into your stone. This was a very fun project and I was delighted to be your partner. The new look on your blog is fantastic too. Enjoy the rest of the hop.

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  6. Great bead soup! Great necklace. I really love that!

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  7. very serene... this is so pretty...

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  8. wonderful stones , beautiful necklace :)
    Geanina.

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  9. Great necklace and story. It seems like so many soupers are move by their beads and have made their pieces personal treasures. Lovely.

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda

    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  10. I can see what the focal remindeds you of a lake - I see it..this is truy a gorgeous statement piece! Love the blues and greys together.

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  11. I love the combination of the blues and mixed metals. It's not only pretty, but that kind of piece you could wear all the time and never get tired of it!

    P.S. I've used that exact same clasp. It's fun to see how different it looks in my necklace. I usually wear the clasp in front, although the magazine didn't photograph it that way. http://www.beadingdaily.com/media/p/3557.aspx

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  12. Lovely piece and I adore the pendant. Great job.

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  13. The blue agate pendant is beautiful, and I love what you've done with it.

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  14. I just love this necklace. So perfect with a pair of jeans.

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  15. Thats a lovely necklace you have created. :o) Gorgeous beads. x

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  16. oooo, nice creation! soooo pretty ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  17. 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.

    I love the pendant! And I love the story, too!

    I hope you’ll participate again!

    Love, Lori

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  18. What a soothing necklace, it just makes me want to sit and meditate on its colors for a while.... and the story is wonderful! Thank you for sharing! Beautiful!

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  19. I love the mix of blues, what a great focal. An all around gorgeous necklace.

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  20. yum! that is just my kind of necklace - and the focal is TDF - love the stripes!

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  21. Beautiful! It looks like a really calming necklace to wear - the colour scheme is perfect.

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  22. Wow! So pretty! You did a wonderful job...

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  23. Serene and beautiful! The design is simple and so elegant, congrats!

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  24. Amazing necklace - so serene and tranquil. And the banding on the focal is amazing. Nice job!

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  25. Oh my goodness... it's wonderful..cool and serine.
    Love it!

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  26. Beautiful job! That pendant is stunning and your design let's it shine without overpowering it. Love it!

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  27. What lovely Bead Soup, and what a gorgeous necklace. It highlights that luscious pendant perfectly!

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  28. Very pretty, I love labradorite too, your mix looks wonderful to me.

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  29. It was a great plan to add the silver metal beads to the piece... they are the perfect foil for the beautiful agate focal.

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  30. beautiful creation, love the colour

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  31. I love the colors - so great - an awesome necklace!

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  32. It's so pretty. Very calming as the ocean would be. The clasp is beautiful, too. Very nice job.

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  33. Very nice necklace, I love the beads that you picked to go with the focal to make it stand out. Using the beads from the soup would have been "too much of the same" I think. Also like how you mixed antique brass and silver as mixing metals is not something I usually do.

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  34. this piece brings me peace. The blues and the arrangement you have used are very calming. Love.

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  35. I really like just the touch of sparkle that the Swarovski crystal provides. Nicely done!

    Julie & Andrea

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  36. Really beautiful....it evokes such a nice calming feeling.

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  37. Labradorite makes me swoon! How well it pairs with that focal! Beautiful soup. Can't wait to see what else you create with the leftovers.

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

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  39. A beautiful pendant and necklace that is a wonderful connection to time spent at the lake.

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  40. Gorgeous necklace! The focal is so unique, love it!

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  41. That's a really lovely necklace you made! Great job!

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  42. 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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  43. What a pretty necklace! Great job on the soup!

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  44. Beautiful pendant, lovely clasp, great story, and a terrific necklace!

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  45. Gorgeous focal and necklace, can just see it being worn with a white shirt and jeans.

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  46. This is beautiful, quite possibly one of my favorite designs of all that I have seen this week (and I've gotten through about 320 blogs so far!). One reason for this being one of my faces is that I LOVE blue! I can totally see this necklace with a white shirt and blue jeans. The other reason I like this is that you have done such a nice job of mixing metals. I'm afraid to do that, but this is a good example from which to learn. Very nicely done!

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  47. Beautiful necklace! Like the mix of faceted and smooth beads, the former adding a little sparkle to the sea so to speak. The pendant is lovely: I can see a seascape in it so I understand why it immediately took you back to the summers by the sea. Great job!

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  48. Lovely necklace! Really great mix of beads. The silver beads set it off nicely!

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  49. Great necklace I just love the blend of colors and the mixed metals are a great touch.

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  50. Beautiful necklace and great mix of metal with the blues!
    Cilla

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  51. Yummy pendant...it does remind me of a landscape. Like the mixed metals too!
    Michelle

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  52. That is the perfect piece to wear with jeans and a sweater. I love it! I am a huge fan of mixed metals and blue and yours really speaks to me. You did a beautiful job!

    Melissa
    http://design.kcjewelbox.com

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  53. Lovely necklace and I especially love that it brought out such good and vivid memories for you. It's a very special piece.

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  54. Love your necklace..that beautiful focal and all of the additions you made make it really spectacular..a keeper that's for sure!
    ajenni

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  55. I think I am in love of the pendant, no wait of the whole necklace. The recylcled glass beads are awesome!

    Ambra

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  56. Wonderful focal bead, and the whole necklace is so calming and focused to back it up and set it off. Love the strata lines in the focal, and the way the arrangment of beads in the necklace echo those lines....

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  57. Wow I love your necklace.The beads you chose to go with the luscious pendant compliment the pendant so well.
    Therese

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