Soup's ON!: Bead Soup Blog Party #8 Reveal

When Grandmother called the family to dinner, she said: "Soup's On!"

(When my Grandma served Sunday dinner, it always began with chicken vegetable soup. She made a good hearty soup that I have never been able to duplicate. But that's because I'm not using chicken feet! Well time marches on... spending hours in the kitchen is not my thing, unless you include the beading projects at the kitchen table.)

Let's play with Bead Soup!

I love the soup my partner Leslie Wayment sent me!
It was full of turquoise and turquoise dyed howlite; my favorite color. In fact it is full of color. I have enough beads to make several more items. I will share the first two, to begin.
Focal with wire wrapped bail and embellishment by Leslie
This focal deserved to be served up with just a few beads to accent . I love how the colors of the Czech glass, aventurine and howlite work with the copper tones. I used bright copper spacers and antique copper chain.
design process
During the design process, I auditioned several arrangements of beads. They all looked too complicated, which really distracted from the focal. In the end the simple design won me over.
The dark red Czech glass adds a nice contrast to the turquoise

The other necklace was made using one of the large reconstituted turquoise mosaic beads. This one used seed beads in brass color for a tassel, I also used brass tone and turquoise seed beads to make beaded bead connectors. The accent beads are faceted howlite, Czech glass copper tone beads, and Vinaj brass bead cap and chain.

Necklace Detail - Mosaic Bead with fringe

Mosaic reconstituted turquoise bead

Beaded bead connector

I will be adding to this post, I'd love it if you have time to stop here again... more to come!
Please visit Leslie's blog to see what she created with the Bead Soup I sent her:   aabeadsonline.com/blog.

Here's the link to the entire list of blogs particpating in Bead Soup Blog Party #8: Welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party. 


56 comments:

  1. Like you, I love turquoise! Both necklaces are awesome!

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  2. love both of your necklaces,the vocals in each are lovely and you have really set them of well with your designs.

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  3. Both pieces are lovely. You do great things with turquoise!

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  4. Swoon. Turquoise is my favorite stone and bead color and I especially love it paired with copper. Both pieces are lovely. The wire wrap accent and bail on the focal is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Tammy, my partner Leslie Wayment did the wire wrapping on the large turquoise focal, so she deserves the credit for beautifying a beautiful stone. I just had the fun of embellishing on it!

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  5. Both pieces are gorgeous but I must admit the first one is my favorite. The copper with the turquoise and that dash of bright red...yummy!

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  6. What a glorious pair of necklaces! The deceptive simplicity of the first piece really does work well with your beautiful focal and I love all the little details of your second necklace. Yummy yum!

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  7. I like the simplicity of the first piece. But I can also appreciate the second, thanks to my wife's seed bead work. Very nice job.

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  8. Love the second necklace! The colors are gorgeous and the tassel inspired!

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  9. Very pretty! I love the tassel, and the beaded connectors are fantastic.Nicely done :) Christie

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  10. I love the chain layering in the first piece, it really compliments the turquoise focal! The spot of color higher up works so well too! I love it!

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  11. Beautiful necklaces, turquoise is my favorite color too and you have made two gorgeous pieces.

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  12. Very pretty , my favorite is the turquoise mosaic bead with tassel .

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  13. That second necklace is the one that caught my eye. I wish I could make those beaded beads You make it look so easy

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    1. Sheila, I found instructions for the beaded bead in the book Seed Bead Fusion by Rachel Nelson-Smith. She made an embellished beaded bead, I just left of the fringe embellishment. It is peyote stitch, basically. There's another beaded bead in the recent issue of Bead and Button Magazine, that one uses right angle weave for the center band, then the rest is peyote stitch. I'm a beginner, new to peyote, and just starting to play around.

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  14. Love both necklaces. I never would think to put turquoise and red together but it works so well.

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    1. Thank you, Corrie - if I hadn't recieved those beads and been playing with them, I would never have thought to try that shade of red, either. Funny thing is, I woke up one morning thinking about those colors together, and they wouldn't leave me alone!

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  15. Great designs. Love the color combinations.

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  16. Fantastic necklaces. Love the turquoise and red!

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  17. Both beautiful necklaces that I'm sure you will be stopped and asked where you got them!

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  18. Really lovely designs, both of them! I really love how you used the chain in the first one, it adds just enough unique interest without detracting from the focal!

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  19. Beautiful strong colour combinations & nice designs. With ♥ details... Love the spiral too!

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  20. Lovely necklaces, the colours are beautiful! Turquoise and red go so well together and I love turquoise paired with copper too.

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  21. both necklaces are stunning, but the first one-absolutely my fav!

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  22. I especially love the copper chain mixed with the beads in the first necklace. Both of your necklaces are lovely!

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  23. I also love turquoise. Both necklaces are beautiful but my favourite is the second one. I love everything in it: the tassel, the focal bead, the beaded beads, the chain. It's a great design.

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  24. I really love what you did with the first necklace; the red goes so nicely with the turquoise!

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  25. I love both necklaces. Everyone is unique and beautiful.

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  26. Seriously, is there any colour that does NOT look fabulous with turquoise, Louise? I just love this wonderful selection of colours which are so amazing in your design :) You were right about keeping the arrangement more simple and allowing the beauty of the feature beads to be seen.

    By the way, do you know why Leslie has her comments turned OFF on her blog? I enjoyed seeing her lovely post and wanted to tell her so :(

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    1. In the past her website had been infected with a virus. She's not taking any chances, the website had to be rebuilt. Feel free to leave a note here. Her coral fringe on the glass cab is gorgeous!

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  27. Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving a comment. I love both your necklaces and I think yu are certainly right about the focal on the first one not needing a distraction of too many beads, its lovely just as it is.
    Jackie

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  28. Red with turquoise, love that combo!

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  29. Both of your necklaces are lovely, but my favourite is the second one. I love the tassel, the focal and especially the beaded beads.

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    1. Thank you Karen, It was my first try at both making a seed bead tassel and making the beaded beads. I enjoyed challenging myself to try new techniques.

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  30. So pretty! I love to see your take on turquoise.

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  31. I'm partial to chain and wire work so your first necklace really caught my attention. But the tassel in your second necklace is beautiful! Great work!

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  32. That big round mosaic bead really sings with it highlighted by the artistic tassel. Well done!!!

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  33. I love the movement of the tassel and how it works so well with the mosaic bead. Very impressed:)

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  34. Turquoise looks gret with either the copper or the bronze. Love the pop of deep red in the first design.

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  35. I would love to wear those fun and fabulous pieces. They just say summer! You can't go wrong with turquoise. Yummy!

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  36. Beautiful color. Perfect showcasing for the focal, not too busy. Love that second piece with the funky bead and the seed bead tassels. Wow

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  37. Hi Louise, I have always liked turquoise with copper. You made good accent color choices in the first necklace. I also like the turquoise mosaic bead with the brass accents. great beaded beads. You made great use of your soup ingredients.

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  38. Beautiful!!! Love the combination of materials and textures you've used!! Turquoise with copper is a beautiful perfect match!!!
    Alenka

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  39. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your wire work on the big focal! It gives just that extra little somethin-somethin...it's perfection! I also agree with the red contrasting being amazing - just wonderful! =)

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  40. Great cooking, Louies! Both pieces are absolutely my taste!

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  41. I love the wired focal & wired bail in the first necklace as well as the choice of beads and the idea to have only chain around the rich focal, this way you got two accents with the large beads placed at a distance. The mosaic bead with the fringe is so beautiful and I like the beaded beads accent.

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  42. What a beautiful necklaces! Love these!

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  43. These necklaces are simply lovely. I love anything Turquoise... Great job.

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  44. Hi there, thanks for following my blog. I'm glad you did because now I found yours to follow too!
    Your bead soup designs are stunning! Love that turquoise :-)

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  45. Oh yes! Your first necklace in all it's simplicity turned out so divine. I particularly like that second chain you have at the front. It gives it some delicacy. Your second necklace is also dreamy!

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  46. Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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    1. Yeah, I'm kind of on to other things, but then everything I saw was so inspiring that I AM tempted to go back and continue hopping!

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  47. I love turquoise and red together!

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    1. Me, too. I think I will have to try that combination again soon!

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