Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bead Soup Party 2nd reveal: here I am!

I'm so thrilled this day has come!
This is my first Bead Soup Blog Party and I was lucky to have a European partner, so soups arrived within a week! I had a lot of time to think about each of these creations, but you know: best ideas come at the very last moment!
My partner is Dorota Żerańska from Poland and she was hugely generous with her soup:


My whole production is dedicated to Spring!
I tried to use as much as I could adding just indispensable things. And I committed to working with techniques I had never used before. Like bead embroidery.
So here is the first one, which I call Red Lady necklace:


I had never made a piece like this.When you have such an amazing, bold focal, you can either keep it the most simple you can, or you need to go even bolder. So I created embroidered matching pieces (Dorota had sent some of the beads she had used to bezel the focal cabochon) adding only some golden beads and orange rivolis. I started with bigger, richer pieces and made a dwindling effect with some RAW rings up to the small toggle.

Second piece, the Leaf necklace, also featuring something I never used before: sari silk ribbons and knotting with waxed thread.


I used this gorgeous leaf focal here and also one of the two toggles. Look at the amazing variety of green stones in here...I made some beaded beads with the crystals in the soup and the seed beads I had used in the Red lady necklace, which are orange with a lime green lining, to break all this green nuances. I also made a matching bracelet adding a beaded bead:


and using the same knotting technique, mixing some lilac for a change.
Made another one with these other gorgeous lentil beads


Third necklace, I made some more beaded donuts like the smallest of the first necklace.
I only used beads from the soup and just added some chain maille beads...yes! I tried chain maille for the first time! I know it's nothing special, but jump rings are my sworn enemies, so it's a big deal for me.
What I made is a Cherry Blossom Necklace:


...and looks like in the end a couple of blossoms actually produced some fruit!

Forth necklace, the MultisPring necklace made with some of the remaining beads from the first one:


I used another focal here, put it on one side and on the other there's a ceramic connector from ScorchedEarth, which was the perfect color. The news here is the leather cord I've had in my stash forever and never used before.

Last but not least, the main clasp!
Too beautiful to put it on the back of a necklace, too simple on a multistring bracelet, I changed my mind a thousand times on how to use it; finally I decided for something to complete it, some embroidered leaves


But then I found this old ceramic green flower which looked similar and decided, in the end, to put the toggle in the back. The beautiful freshwater pearls and green crystal from the soup complete the piece and match both the flowers.

This is all for now! I still have plenty of soup left, so I'll produce more until it's finished!
I'll blog about every piece in a more detailed way, one each day, so stay tuned if you'd like to know more about the creative process.
Thank you so much Dorota for being so generous and open to communication, and...for sending chocolate! LOL that is why I love swapping. You get to know some really amazing people!
And BIG thanks to Lori Anderson, our amazing hostess!
Now go see what my partner made and take a nice blog hopping on all the other partecipants, you'll find the list here!!!

105 comments:

  1. O MAMMA! sono senza parole (credimi non è facile, anzi...mio marito direbbe che è impossibile!)
    È davvero tutto magnifico!
    BRAVISSIMA!

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    1. Grazie cara! Anche la tua collana è stupenda!

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  2. what a splendid variety of designs !
    I especially love the purple & green bracelet

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  3. ~so vibrant and lush in colors are these pieces...i am truly amazed at the detail work in your creations...much love light and blessings~

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  4. All is beautiful but the first two necklaces are so gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Mags, I loved your pieces too!

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  5. lovely work, great texture. Kristin Oppold

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  6. You had some wonderful soup to use, more of a full dinner really not just soup :-) You did an AMAZING job. I just love each and every piece! It's so hard to choose which piece I would want to wear first, it might be the necklace with the leaf focal but oooooo I don't know that last necklace with the bead embroidery is super gorgeous too. Your work is exceptional and I can't wait to come back and see what else you make!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you liked it!

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  7. Excellent, thoughtful creations~ all beautiful!

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  8. Beautiful work!! Love the Necklaces. Everything is just gorgeous!

    Happy Creating
    Tracie

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  9. Amazing designs and congratulations on the new techniques! Beautiful! !

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  10. Oh Silvia!!! I was absolutely right - creativity ,precision,perfecion! Im so delighted to see all these pieces and i cant decide which is my favourite- so many styles and combinations!Red Lady-rich,perfect embroidery , fabric in next necklace, funny bracelets, yummy cherry necklace and perfect emroidery once more!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!! And thanks for being my great soup partner:))))

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    1. Dear Dorota, your amazing soup made me do new, exciting things! thank you so much!!! It's been a lovely partnership!

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  11. Wow you received so much soup and did so very much with it! Your skills are amazing and your talent undeniable. I love that you were able to learn a new skill or two and execute them so well. Really fabulous work!!

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    1. Thank you so much, I was blessed with an amazing partner!

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  12. That green leaf necklace is beautiful. Lovely work and well done on the new techniques.

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    1. Thank you so much! I always enjoy learning new things.

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  13. Oh wow... Beadweaving scares me, but you rock it !

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    1. Thanks a lot Audrey! I so enjoyed your pink, cool pieces!

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  14. Wonderful work! I love all,especially the green leaf necklace.

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    1. Thank you! That leaf focal is indeed gorgeous

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  15. Each one of these pieces is beautiful!

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  16. Jump rings are your friend...seed beads are the enemy! At least in my hands. I think you made some beautiful designs and I'm not sure if I can pick a favorite because they're all so different. I do love the first necklace because I like that you went bold, which made the whole piece strong and enhanced the focal. I also like the sweet blossoms, leaves and fruit necklace--very charming.

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    1. LOL at least seed beads don't change shape in your hands! Thank you so much for taking the time to stopp by and leave such a nice comment

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  17. First, I want to say thank you for your comments on my bead soup creation!! You certainly had an awesome bead soup! Love, love, love your creations PiPa!! Beautiful!!

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  18. Wow! I can't believe all the different techniques you used - I would never have guessed that ANY of those had been first attempts! The leaves around the clasp in that last piece - genius!

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    1. Thanks Sherri, I think those leaves are my favorite too!

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  19. Wow, you are the second person to blow me away in this hop. Each and every piece is stunning. I don't know that I could choose a favorite. I love the complement of the yellow with the large leaf necklace, and the fact that you actually have cherries with the sakura flowers. I could go on and on. Amazing work. Truly stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much for your amazing compliments!

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  20. All of the pieces are beautiful. I love the way you were able to incorporate so many different techniques. Each piece is so different. I really love the Cherry Blossom Necklace. ☺

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    1. Thanks Pat, I worked pretty hard to learn new stuff :D

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  21. That a lot of work, but so worth it, these pieces are stunning, especially the red lady

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    1. Thank you for commenting so nicely - that's my favorite too!

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  22. PiPa, thank you for visiting my bead soup and leaving a nice comment.
    Your pieces are really lovely, the Red Lady necklace is stunning and I do love the little blossoms necklace ending with the cherries but they are all beautiful, I bet you had fun making them too:)
    Jackie

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    1. I definitely had fun Jackie! Thank you for stopping by!

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  23. WOW Silvia! So have made such a lot of great pieces, I'm totally delighted! Every piece has it's own charm, every piece is so different from the others. Think you're a multitalented designer, my dear! If I have to take a choice from all of your compositions: the Leaf Necklace immediatly finds its way to my heart (you've to know - I LOVE GREEN :0))

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    1. Thank you so much! Looks like that leaf cab is everyone's favorite :)

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  24. Unique, creative and very beautiful designs. I love all of them.

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  25. Unique, prolific and I just love necklace, " the Red Lady ". Just divine.

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    1. Thanks Catherine for your nice words!

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  26. How neat that your soup challenged you to try something new in using the silk and waxed cord. The leaf necklace is amazing - I am a huge sucker for nature inspired pieces and I love how that necklace goes from light to dark as you move down toward the leaf. I'm not sure if that was intentional but the effect is really cool!

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    1. Thank you! yes it was intentional :D I also usually don't do nature inspired pieces, but this soup took a life of its own!

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  27. Wow, great job! You paid great homage to your soup. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks Vera, so nice of you to stop by!

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  28. Beautiful collection. I like every necklace. Amazing work with that special clasp.

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  29. Oh my goodness did you ever get down to business with all that soup and create some fantastic pieces. I always love hearing that new things were tried. I especially love those embroidered leaves

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    1. Thanks, it was a lot of work but I enjoyed every bit of it!

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  30. What a fabulous soup. All of your pieces are beautiful. Red Lady is my favorite. Kudos for trying new techniques. You did them well.

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  31. Amazing pieces! I love all of them.

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  32. What gorgeous designs! They are all so beautiful in their own ways.

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  33. Gorgeous... Gorgeous.... Gorgeous... I am such a bracelet girl and I love the ones you made. I am going to have to try the knotting techniques you used.

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    1. It's a very funny technique: once you start...you can't stop! Thanks for hopping in here!

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  34. all are beautiful but the leaf is my fav! Very beautiful.

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  35. Beautiful work! Your seed bead work is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment!

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  36. Prolific work. Well done!!! Thanks for visiting my blog as well.

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    1. Thanks for visiting to you Andrea!

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  37. What a beautiful springtime collection! They all look like they'd be such fun to wear!

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    1. Thanks Karen, they're actually pretty comfortable too!

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  38. ah ma allora ce n'è un'altra di italiana... pensavo fossimo solo io e Ilenia e invece... piacere di conoscerti cara!
    che dire dei tuoi pezzi per il BSBP... sono FA-VO-LO-SI!! ma come cavolo fate tu e le altre beadworker a fare ste cose, davvero non lo so: io penso che diventerei ancora + cieca e perderei la pazienza subito ahah!
    sono davvero belli tutti i pezzi che hai preparato, il mio preferito è la prima collana.
    io sono nel 3° reveal, spero passerai a trovarmi :)
    ciao, buona settimana

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    1. Ti aspettavo al varco! :D Grazie x il commento, in realtà le perline sono un brutto virus...e una tira l'altra! Ci becchiamo al 3° hop!

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  39. I caught myself staring at your pieces and wondering "what do I have that I could wear that with?" The pieces are simply beautiful.

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    1. LOL Susan, most of them are not that easy to match with everyday clothes I suppose! Thanks for stopping by

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  40. Wow, wow, wow!...and WOW! Love them all, but that leaf necklace!! WOWW!! LOVE the closure you created with the leaves and flower as well...fantastic job!

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    1. Thanks Lori! It's my first time with nature inspired jewelry and I'm glad you like it!

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  41. Such beautiful pieces! Definitely hit spring on the head!

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  42. Love everything. That first necklace is amazing and you made exactly the right call by "going bolder." Everything else is gorgeous too. Love the cherries. Great job!

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    1. Thanks fo stopping by and commenting, I loved your pieces a lot too!

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  43. All your pieces are beautiful but I especially love the leaf necklace. It is so perfect for Spring.

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  44. All pieces you've designed are very beautiful. My favourites are the Leaf Necklace (modern style) and the last necklace with the flower mother-of-pearl clasp (classic style). É tudo lindo!!!

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    1. Thanks a lot! Waiting for next reveal to visit back!

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  45. What absolute works of art! Each piece had me more amazed than the last as I scrolled through your post! I really love the second to last necklace-contemporary yet classic.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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  46. wow. all of your pieces are so uniquely gorgeous. love them!

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  47. You are so talented, and your pieces are lovely. The first necklace is just amazing, and although the purple/green bracelet is a simpler composition, I just love that, too!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Terry!

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  48. Very lovely - I think the bracelet is my favourite - I love the combination of green and purple

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  49. I love the green necklace with the silk ribbon. All the pieces are grand, but that one simply touches me :)

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    1. Thanks K, it surely has a place in my heart too

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  50. Amazing work...and to think you challenged yourself by trying new techniques. My hat is off to you.

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  51. Wow Pipa all your pieces are really gorgeous! Great color and design...your beadwork is incredible! You did an amazing job!

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  52. Beautiful! I love all the leaves, must be longing to see some on the trees here. I think my favorite is the knotted silk bracelet. Of course, I may still change my mind:) Great job!

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  53. Your "Red Lady" necklace is just gorgeous! Never done bead embroidery before? I'm blown away with the results. Excellent use of sari silk. I really like your "Cherry Blossom" necklace too. Very simple and elegant, to really show off your bead work.

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  54. Simply beautiful all of them! love the cherries! Yummy!

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