sábado, 25 de agosto de 2012

BSBP: Reveal Day

The day has finally come!
This party seemed like a long wait, since this time I got my beads ages ago and I started to work on my pieces as soon as I got them.

To tell you the truth I am quite pleased with what I have made.
But first let me remind you who my parter is and where she is from.

My Partner is called Shiraz Biggie, and she is from New York, the Big Apple.
She writes a blog called Secret Songs Designs and if you would like to buy any of her creations she also has an Etsy shop.

She sent me a lovely selection of beads which were good fun to work with.
Seriously, I had many ideas but not enough beads to make them. I had even consider to ask her to send me more beads!
I have truly enjoyed working with this soup although I had a couple of challenges during the process.
If you would like to see what Shiraz sent me just go here.

Each piece has a bit of a story, so lets begin.

My first piece was a huge challenge for me because I didn´t like the beads. But that is ok.
This beads are traditionally used to guard you from evil as amulets, but I don't believe in the power of amulets or anything of the sort, although I do believe that there is a spiritual world and we should be aware of it.
The question is if these amulets do work, or if it is just a way for people to make money.
I believe that the best way of keeping yourself from evil is by having faith in Jesus. That's way I made that tag and I also believe that when things don't go well, you need to keep having faith and hope, as better times will come.
So this is  the story behind this bracelet. The beads themselves are powerless, but faith and hope are not. They have the power of lifting you up and take you far, take you to your goals and dreams.
So as you see, this bracelet started being something I disliked, but has become one of my favourites and I have decide to encourage someone else by giving it away to anyone who leaves a comment in this post.

For this bracelet I made two tags in copper with the words faith and hope, and I made the clasp also in copper.

My next piece is also a bracelet.
I made a focal piece using some of the mother of pearl beads Shiraz sent me.
It looks fantastic! And I love the fact taht the beads swivel.
Here I had two choices. One was to use the blue beads she sent me, wich are lovely or go with the colours of the focal. 
At the end I decided to go with the browns and beiges but then used red beads to break that soft palette of colours and I must say that it does work very nicely. 
Here I have also used the clasp she sent me. 

What do you say? Should I have gone with the blues instead?

And now the star of the show. 
I am just so sorry that my pictures are not that great and therefore don't really show all the colours and textures of the pieces.

Opposite to the other pieces I had no idea what to do when I started making this necklace, so I just had to go along and do what the beads were telling me to do (sort of speak). 
I started off with the thicker strand of beads, made with some of the beads Shiraz sent me and some that I had in my stash. I also added some bronze beads in different sizes, shapes and textures. It looked good but poor.
Then I made another strand with seed beads in different shades of brown. Nice, but it needed more.
Finally I had a piece of green leather that matched the colour of the focal piece to perfection. Thre was only one problem, it was too short! I had to add a bit of a chainmaille that I made myself and it looked the bussines.
For the clasp, I used another of those lovely square Mother of Pearl beads and made a little bar with copper and I had a pretty and unique clasp.
Then there was the issue of attaching the focal to the necklace. I made a bail with hammered copper and that was it.
This necklace is quite different to what I normally make as I make more simple and romantic pieces. But I am very happy with the end result.

I would like to thank you for your time and to Lori Anderson for organizing this event.

And if you would like to visit the other participants, get cracking as we are a lot of artists!
You can find the whole list with all the links in here.

martes, 14 de agosto de 2012

BSBP: The beads I sent

When I was getting ready the beads to send to Shiraz, I wanted to make as much as possible myself. 
As I am making more and more components, it was just right to send her some.

The clasp is made of copper and it has been hand stamped and then oxidized.
I was very pleased with the result and I hope she likes it too. 

Then I also added some other handmade components, like those tiny cute spirals, that she could use as dangles for bracelets or earrings, and also a couple of hand stamped copper links. 
I didn't oxidize them as I thought they looked good just as they are. 
I have also added some bronze beads shaped like a star that I got in a bead shop few months back.

For the focal, I have send a enamelled metal bead by Susan Kennedy. 
As you already know I love enamels and since right now I am not in a position of making any enamelled piece myself I just got one from other artist. 
This is a very large metal bead enamelled in lovely dark colors that shine as the light reflects on it. Very pretty.

The rest are just some Czech glass beads, Murano beads and mother of pearl coordinating beads.
I can't honestly wait to see what she makes with all of this. 

Just remember, this Summer are three different Reveal dates. The first and second one have been already, and the third one, where I will be taking part, is happening on the 25th of August.
Don't miss it!!


Cuando estaba preparando las cuentas para mandárselas a Shiraz, tenía en mente mandarle en lo posible piezas hechas por mí.
Ya que estoy creando mis propios componentes, tenía sentido.

El cierre está hecho en cobre y lo he estampado manualmente y luego lo he oxidizado.
La verdad es que estoy bastante contenta en el resultado final y espero que a ella también le guste.

También he añadido otros componentes hechos a mano, como esos pequeños espirales tan monos, que podría usar como pequeños colgantes en pulseras o pendientes, y también un par de conectores.
Los conectores no los he oxidizado ya que me parecen bonitos tal cual.
Y además he incluido algunas cuentas de bronce en forma de estrella que compré en una tienda de cuentas hace unos meses.

Para la pieza principal he elegido una cuenta metálica esmaltada realizada por Susan Kennedy.
Como ya sabéis, me encantan los esmaltes y ya que ahora mismo no estoy en posición de crear ninguna pieza esmaltada, la he comprado a otra artista.
Esta cuenta es bastante grande y tiene unos colores oscuros que brillan en distintos tonos según les da la luz. Es muy bonita.

El resto se compones de cristales Checos, Murano y Nácar a juego.
Sinceramente no puedo esperarme a ver lo que Shiraz hace con todo este lote.

Recuerda que este Verano hay tres días distintos para este evento.
Los dos primeros ya han sido y el útlimo, donde yo estaré participando será el 25 de Agosto.
¡¡ No os lo perdais!!

domingo, 12 de agosto de 2012

BSBP: 2nd Reveal

The second Reveal for the Besd Soup Blog Party is going on right now!

I have just started going through some of the blogs that are taking part.
Don't miss so much eye candy and visit Lori Anderson to see the whole list.
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