Friday, March 24, 2017

BEAD SOUP!!! Lets Hop!

I'm so excited to be soup hopping again! I participate in a lot of blog hops and challenges and Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party hop is one that I always look forward to :) 
Grab your coffee/tea, make yourself cozy and lets get hopping!

My bead partner this time around is Elizabeth  Hodges - The Whispering Seas Blog
Here's a quick reminder of the gorgeous items she sent me to work with...


I paired up the pottery heart focal by Sue Vandever (susieqbeads) with some individually wired pearls...




I couldn't resist adding in some larger and contrasting colored pearls to make it more asymetrical, my eye tends to like things a bit "off"...






Wild & Free!!


the backside is unglazed and with a beautiful design so if it happens to turn while wearing there is still something pretty to look at :)



I decided to keep the bracelet about as simple as I could get because I LOVE this flower button ( by Lisa Peters Art) and knew I wanted to add it to my stack bracelet collection...



I love chunky, stackable bracelets. I tend to layer them on...



The enameled copper blanks (by Cathleen Zaring- BlueHareArt) quickly worked up into earrings...



the colors are so fun on these! A good dangle and pops of color!





There's no shortage of bullet casings in this house since we try to hit the shooting range as often as we can and save all our shells because I love to use them in my jewelry pieces.

I capped my thick leather cording in .22 casings. Turns out they're a perfect fit :)


The dragonfly is by Trace Dock (Classic Bead) and I wired it up on some copper with a polished sodalite, vintage sapphire rhinestone rondel and a polished turquoise...







Thanks for stopping by to see what I  created with my soup. Be sure to visit the rest of the participants on the list :
Click HERE for the blog list

43 comments:

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Marianna,
Beautiful necklaces, bracelet, and earrings. I love the first necklace simple and beautiful and I like how you put in some random larger glass pearls.
Therese

Tracy S said...

What an awesome soup and beautiful designs. I love the pottery bird focal - it's magnificent and you're design really makes it sing.

Divya N said...

great idea using the bullet casings as cord ends

Lorelei Eurto said...

HI Marianna! GORGEOUS blog soup - you created beautiful things with it!! Nicely done!

Joyce Becker said...

Amazing soup you received - and made. I loved the bullet casings, and my fav is the enameled work. Wow,she is good, and so are YOU. Everything you made, so artistic, creative, colorful and fun. great job

Sarah said...

Those are just gorgeous - I love how cleanly you design!

Audrey BĂ©langer said...

Thw first necklace has got to be my favorite of the bunch ! Amazing work !

Barb Fernald said...

Your pieces are fun and light! I love what you did with your soup. I especially like the asymmetry of the first necklace.

Loris Glassworks said...

I love the beads your partner sent, you created some great pieces. Cheers!

windbent said...

Very Spring! Makes you forget the cold out. I love the bullet casings as end caps.

laurie said...

Very unique pieces using the bullet casings ! You had some fun with some clever focals!

bailaora said...

You received great focals.Absolutely amazing earrings!Good job!

elisabeth said...

Great pieces - and I agree - the bullet casing ends are really awesome - what a fun way to repurpose.

Cj Bauschka said...

Oh my!!! I am in love with the Birdie Heart Pendant necklace, it is amazing!!! And the bullet ends are genus! I have many of those laying around here from my sons. You did amazing!!!

lisivonabc said...

Very nice work you have done!

Lori Anderson said...

I love the beauty of that first pendant! I'm a big fan of things that have two sides. I LOVE the enameled earrings (love, love, love, why does her shop have to be on vacation!)

Bullet casings! Very clever usage! I would love to buy some from you! I haven't shot a gun since my Air Force days, and we have some shooting ranges around here, but that's still on my bucket list!

Thank you so much for your kind words about the hop, and it's been such a pleasure to see you at all of them! 3

Ann Marie Hodrick said...

I'm a big fan of an asymmetrical necklace! Nice work all around :)

Leslie S. said...

Love it all!

Marianne Baxter said...

Love the asymmetrical work on that necklace just that pop of color worked so well!

Liz said...

Beautiful designs, Marianna. The focal were from some of my favorite artisans and it is good to see them in finished pieces! Since the necklace focal is unglazed on the backside, it can be used with essential oils if you desire. Love the bullet casings used as end caps.

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Marianna, The pearls look great with the pottery heart pendant. The simple stack bracelet lets the Lisa Peters button be the star. Using bullet casings as end caps for your leather loos awesome. Great job using your swap beads.

Inge said...

Good job. Very wearable pieces.

Dorothy Supri said...

Everything you made is fantastic! The earrings may be my favorite!

Kelly said...

What a lovely soup you were given. Very spring, very cheerful. You made great use of everything, and I really like the simplicity of your designs which makes the beads stand out, as they deserve. Nicely done.

Ann Schroeder said...

Your pieces are all so pretty, colorful and fun! I love that bracelet! Everything is something I would wear.

Ann said...

Love your pieces! Your choice of beads really brought out the colors in that great ceramic heart.

pinkchapeau said...

Very nice~ I love those stackable bracelets...so much fun. The addition of the small beads to the dragonfly pendant was a nice touch. Sweet earrings, too!

Sherri Stokey said...

Great pieces - and such a clever use of casings!

tappingflamingo said...

Love all you creations. That first necklace...WOW, the colors are yummy. Those bullets...what a great idea. I have access to a ton of those too, with my boys and husband being hunters, and one of my boys going to the shooting range a lot. I've been trying to figure out how to take them and use them in jewelry. Love the idea of incorporating them into the clasp. You are brilliant!

BluMoon said...

I love it all! I like how you made the first necklace asymetrical I do a lot of those myself and the heart is so nice love the bracelet with sunflower too.

Shaiha said...

Gorgeous designs!! I really like the first necklace. Very stylish. That dragonfly necklace with its simplicity really steals my heart.

Susanm said...

Great colour combinations. Love, love, love the earrings.

Dyanne Cantrell said...

Great colors! I love your creations

Kathy Lindemer said...

I especially love the bracelet and great idea using the bullet casings as cord ends. Well done!

beadrecipes said...

A gorgeous collection of pieces, I love that each of them is so simple in design yet they pop with colour!

Robin Showstack said...

Cool soup and great pieces. I love the idea of the casings ending the necklace.

Christine said...

All of your designs are beautiful!! Great idea using .22 casings at the ends on your leather cord!

Rachel Mallis said...

It's all so pretty! I think my fav is the wild & free necklace!

CraftyHope said...

Each and every one of your designs is so gorgeous! I'm particularly fond of that bracelet, but every one of these pieces is fabulous. You rocked this challenge.

Veralynne Malone said...

Oh my...was beautiful pieces...I to love the first necklace with the aqua colored pearls. They just make the pendant pop. And who knew...bullet casing to top off leather...that is really neat!!

Maria Rosa Sharrow said...

Hey sweets, sorry that it took me so long to get to your blog, I'm working from the bottom to the top. Love that bird pendant!

I too love stacking bracelets, love the color contrast, nice use of the button!
Genius way to use the bullet casings, I have a metric crap ton of them, Joe and Joey go to the gun range about once a month or so and they always scoop them up for me, this would be a great way to use some, But I really have to come up with other ways to use them.
I miss you loads and hope to see you sometime soon. I hope everyone is well and congratulations too!

Love Ya!

Elizabeth Beads said...

Really great. Especially love the chunky bracelet.

Renetha Stanziano said...

Those bracelets are so pretty and the necklace is so light and airy.