Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Part 2

See the previous Soup Post for all the links to hop. But since I was having a problem with Blogger today (I already had to redo my post from this morning), I decided to post the close-ups separately, as everytime I uploaded a photo, it would create havoc with my spacing and formatting. My post this morning was a milling miles long with all of the extra spaces it put into it.
I hope you enjoy what I made! I had a lot of fun working with the two beautiful pendants that my partner, Dana James, sent to me. One of them is reversible, and both pictures are very different in color tones, one bright and the other dreamy. So it was a challenge to make something that would compliment both sides. I decided to put it on a chain by itself and then to create another shorter necklace in the blue and green tones that seemed to be in both of them. I really like how it turned out and how different it looks depending on which side of the focal is out. She also sent me this pretty floral clasp. And I, of course, had to make matching earrings. I'm very big on always having things as a "set". I know some people are good at mixing and matching different things together, which I admire, but I also like the option of not having to think too hard early in the morning by figuring out it those earrings go with this necklace.
Here is a close-up of the focal pendant, both sides:



She also sent me another beautiful, handmade pendant. I used some of the new gemstones that I picked up at Tucson a few weeks ago. I really like how this one turned out too. Chunky, but not overly large or bulky.
















29 comments:

Everyday Gypsy said...

What wonderfule pieces. I will say I have a fondness for soldered pendants (among the many other things I am fond of). You were so lucky to get to the Tucson bead shows. Great job.

one-eared pig said...

Wonderful colors! Beautiful focals.

Lisa said...

Beautiful necklaces!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Very cool having the focal be double sided - wonderful job!!!

Wendy said...

Very cool designs! You had some great focals to work with! :)

Mags said...

I must say I envy these focals, they are so lovely and you made such amazing necklaces with them <3

Marcie A. said...

I can see how the two-sided pendant would be a challenge, but I really think that you chose colors that would highlight the beauty in both sides of the pendant, and besides, you've got to love a piece of jewelry that you can get double the mileage out of! Great job!

Deci said...

Chunky and fun! Blogger is trying to ruin me this morning, so I understand. Totally rearranged my blog right in the middle of this.

SummersStudio said...

Lovely!

Boot ~C said...

the orange, blue & green combo is awesome.nice pair of necklaces

Rebecca said...

Really beautiful! I love the pendants.

Courtney said...

Really wonderful pieces. You did a great job

Christine Damm said...

The turquoise and orange one is my favorite-- soothing Southwestern colors!

Francy said...

WOW, all of these are so beautiful.

Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful! I love those focals and you accentuated them beautifully!

Jenni C said...

I really love the girl side with the teal and silver, however great that there are choices.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Both are wonderful pieces! I love the addition of the butterfly on the side of the 2nd one. You did a great job designing for both sides of that gorgeous pendant too. I love that you can wear it turned different ways ;o)

Cathryn said...

Oh did you luck out or what?!?!?! Dana was my last Bead Soup partner and she's fabulous! Congratulations on receiving her as your partner! The gems she sent are exciting but what you did with them was fantastic! I really like your interpretation of both pieces--exciting and yet subtle and very feminine!

Terri said...

Beautiful designs and I like how you can switch the focal on the first necklace. You did a Soup-er job with your Soup mix!!

moonlitfantaseas said...

WOW!!! I lve the focals on bot pieces! and what you did with your bead soup is totally beautiful! I really love them both!

Janet said...

Janea...very Lovely! This is some great soup!

KayzKreationz said...

I think it turned out very pretty. And nice that the pendant/focal is reversible. It matches very well. (I've had the same problem at times with blogger and trying to upload pics.)

Regina said...

Beautiful colors, love the focal beads. great designs.

GraceC said...

Oh how pretty. I'm glad I'm still working away at the list and got to see your pieces. Sorry for the computer trouble. That'll screw up a day good.

Genea said...

Ooo beautiful designs! The first one is my fav. I love the side of the pendant with the woman. Awesome!

maneki said...

Very pretty necklaces! I especially fell for the romantic first one. Great job!

Cyndi L said...

Fabulous designs to feature those gorgeous focals!!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Wonderful job with the necklaces and the colors are awesome!

Tara P. said...

Great necklaces - I love them! I also love that I discovered another jewelry artist in the Phoenix area! I didn't think there were any out there! Great job with the soup!