Saturday, 17 September 2011

WAAAAHHHOOOOOO THE BIG REVEAL DAY IS FINALLY HERE!!

Well today is the day for the Bead soup blog hop! I am excited and nervous at the same time, nervous because I hope Kristi my gorgeous partner is proud with what I have done.


Firstly here is a reminder of what I received from Kristy :) Who can be found here>>> http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html?showComment=1316268997156#c3741685155649574593 

Now this "natural" mixture sure did have me stumped for quite a while, but alas my creativity came through in the end PHEW!!




My first piece is a simple pair of earrings that just seemed to go together.


This next pair of earrings are a rainbow of wire wrapped 4mm Swarovski crystals and lamp work beads, the reason for the rainbow, well of course in TYPICAL Mandy form I could not decide on just one colour and thought these would pull the colours out of the lamp work beads.


This little baby is bead maille, which incorporates bead weaving and chain maille.
I used a Montana blue size 11 Czech seed bead and wove them into 2 strips of circles using a right angle weave technique. Then added the jump rings to form the chain maille. I then used the gorgeous Vintaj brass toggle, doubling as a focal piece.  I just love this bracelet! 


I HAVE to add, that this is the FIRST time I have attempted this sort of thing!





 And the piece I think I am most proud of, a wire wrapped cuff using the ceramic pendant as the focal piece :)
I thought out of the box on this one that's for sure!  
I have used natural shell nuggets, fresh water pearls, coral, sea sediment jasper and shell pieces I received in the bead soup. 
This is something I have never done before. No that's not quite true, I have made one other wire wrapped cuff but I used an already made frame for it, THIS one I made all by myself out of 18 Ga wire and the fine wrapping out of 26 Ga wire.
I set the focal inside a flower shaped stamping which I bent around and glued it in tight and then hung the charms off the pendant loop.
I hope you like this as much as I do :)




Happy hopping xoxo

47 comments:

  1. Those turned out gorgeous. I am totally in awe of anyone that can use seed beads like that. It's so creavive. And the cuff is adorable. I saw one recently ang thought about trying it, but haven't had the time or the nerve yet to try a cuff. Very nice job.

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  2. These are fantastic. I love the combination of the seed beads with the chain mail.

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  3. Love these designs - especially the bead maille!

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  4. Love the bracelets you created, especially the cuff! The starfish focal is gorgeous. The chain mail and seed beads is wonderful too and is finished beautifully with the dragon fly.

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  5. Thanking you kindly Ladies xo
    I have been away for the day on a 800kilometer round trip so I am exhausted but rest assured I am going to visit every single blog :)
    Happy hopping xo

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  6. OMGoodness...your soup is DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I adore your design, it's truly stunning! Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP from a very talented designer!!! ;)

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  7. I love bracelets so this way cool. The right angle weave and chain maille is really cool. I love dimensional things as well. Great job

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  8. the first pair of earrings is just sooo adorable :-) your chain maille is stunning, I never had the patience to attempt it and I am by nature a very patient person.

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  9. Cute pieces! Good work pulling together such a variety of looks from your soup.

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  10. Oh WOW! I'm so glad you tried new things -- and you surely nailed it!


    I hope you'll join me next time -- the blog badge and dates are up on my blog now.

    Love, Lori

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  11. Very nicely done! Love the cuff bracelet.

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  12. You did a great job with very different looks. You should be proud of the cuff, it's wonderful.

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  13. I'm crazy for that bead maile.

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  14. I've never hear of bead maille before and you did a beautiful job! I just LOVE the cuff and you should be proud. Soft cuffs are on my to do list, but maybe I should try some with wire also.

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  15. I love your beadmaille bracelet and the wire cuff! I am even inspired to give beadmaille a try (I even have a whole book about it, but your piece inspires me more than anything in the book!) Great job!

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  16. What an amazing use for your soup, I love the colors and the unusual use.

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  17. The cuff is stunning! I love how organic it is... and then there's the great complementary colours you've used. You really pulled this together beautifully.

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  18. Very nice! Love the first pair of earrings!

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  19. The cuff is fab! The beadmaille is very intriguing. I would love to see it in person. The earrings are super cute.

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  20. What a gorgeous cuff, you've done the focal and your bead soup proud!

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  21. Wonderful! You have created terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and I love the focal on the bracelet. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  22. All of the pieces you created are so much fun. That cuff is really exceptional. Don't you just love how the soup challenges our creativity and try new techniques!?
    You did this so very well!

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  23. Love the wire-wrapped cuff with the starfish bead - that's fantastic. Everything else is really nice, too. You did a great job using up your soup ingredients.

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  24. lovely creations sweetie...I especially love the bead maile bracelet...the colour combo and the butterfly...gorgeous! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  25. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to SandysColoringBox.blogspot.com Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  26. What a great soup! My fave is the dragonfly bracelet.

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  27. Wowza! Way to go! Those are all fantastic! I love the first set of earrings, so cute. And the second set, very creative! Love the rainbow effect! The combo of chainmaille and sead beed weaving is just amazing! Way to go! And the cuff is a true stunner, well done!

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  28. Oh, I couldn't even see anything else after that chainmaille bracelet! Do you have a pattern for it? I love that!!!!! The colors you used are wonderful. Great design!

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  29. I am so excited to see your work - I absolutely LOVE that chain maille bracelet, what a stunning and unique design! The cuff bracelet is also amazing, I love how your brain works :)
    Julie and Andrea

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  30. These all all so creative. I would not of known there were all those colors in the lamp work beads you used for the earrings. Your chain maille and wire wrapping is awesome! Both bracelets turned out Soup-er!

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  31. I really like the way you did the seed beads with the chain maille the colors are perfect together and always a softy for a dragon-fly.
    Great pieces...

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  32. Yummy soup! I especially liked the bead maille.

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  33. Love the montana blue with the chain maille. And that cuff - fantastic!

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  34. I love the little stacked earrings, great idea. You made some beautiful pieces

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  35. Lovely designs!! The bead maille is so cool!

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  36. Beautiful jewellery! I especially love that beadmaille bracelet. The colours are lovely and the clasp goes so well with the overall design. Great job!

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  37. beautiful jewelry but the blue and chain maille is a absolutely gorgeous piece!!!

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  38. So Pretty!!! LOVE the blue bead maille bracelet-I cant' beleive that was your first time!! And the wire work on the cuff is perfect!

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  39. Wow.. great work! I love the bead maille :)

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  40. The cuff bracelet is so nice! But I really love the first pair of earrings, simplicity sometimes is the key.

    Ambra

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  41. Thank you all for the lovely comments :)
    I have been so busy this past few weeks and have had kidlets on school holidays driving me bonkers so have not visited everyone yet but I am going to make a day this week that I can visit everyone's blogs and see what you have all made
    Happy beading every body xoxo

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  42. Great pieces, my favorite is the beadmaille bracelet it really sets off that vintaj clasp.

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