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.


41 comentarios:

moonsafari dijo...

The necklace is definitely my favorite, love the different strands! You did a great job with you bead soup!!

Shiraz dijo...

I am so impressed with the pieces you created! I knew some of the beads were challenging when I sent them and I was so looking forward to seeing what you would make. I especially love how creative you were in turning the square mother of pearl beads into a clasp. What a fabulous idea! It was such a pleasure being your partner this time around.

Terri dijo...

Simple beautiful designs on all of your pieces. And you photographed them oh so well!!! Hope you have fun hopping around!

KayzKreationz dijo...

You made some wonderful pieces with your soup, even though you didn't really like the beads in the first piece. But the reds in that second piece are gorgeous. I love them and think they do the MOP more justice than the blues would have. Very pretty. Muy bonita.

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! dijo...

That are of a very young style!Are fantastic pieces !Congrats!

Isolina Perez dijo...

Beautiful pieces!!! I love the necklace the most!

Ahowin dijo...

Very beautiful designs.

Shaiha dijo...

I just love the necklace. It looks so comfortable. And I do want to give you kudos for working with beads you didn't care for and designing such a nice bracelet.

Sweet Freedom dijo...

You did a wonderful job with your ingredients!

Rdegas dijo...

Noemi, all of your pieces from the bead soup came out fabulous! I really love the necklace, great focal! Your mother of pearl bracelet is very attractive. The Hope and Faith bracelet is very creative!

Karen Williams dijo...

Beautiful! I'm so impressed with your working with the eye beads that you didn't care for. I have to say they would have bothered me a bit, too. But the bracelet turned out really interesting, especially with the story.

I really like your metal work additions.

Peaches Ledwidge dijo...

"I also believe that when things don't go well, you need to keep having faith and hope, as better times will come."

Lupe Meter dijo...

Bellisimos!! Love all your designs!! Great job!

Ann dijo...

Great stuff. I think you chose well with the red accenting the browns in the bracelet. I also really love the necklace you created with the second pendant. Your handmade clasps are great additions.

Alice dijo...

Beautiful pieces! I love that first bracelet with those beautiful beads and your handmade tags and clasp. Also I enjoyed reading how your disign progressed with that beautiful necklace.

dijo...

love the first bracelet!
ciao dall'Italia

Andra - NadrArt ( Bijoux De Mon Ange) dijo...

ohh wow, I'm inlove with the necklac, so beautiful and stylich! And the bracelet, they are so lovely!!

bailaora dijo...

very, very creative designs, bracelets are my fav, especially the second one.Congratulations!

roomforchange dijo...

You made lovely things with the soup you were sent. I like the first bracelet best!!

Becky Pancake dijo...

Very creative use of your soup. I like the red with the cream & brown.

Karen Mitchell dijo...

Working with beads that look like they're starring at me would make me uncomfortable too. Love your colour choices for the second bracelet.

Tanya Ozanne dijo...

The necklace looks great.Love and HUgs Tanya

Leah Curtis dijo...

Lovely designs, and your photos are beautifully done, too!

Sandi Volpe dijo...

Beautiful pieces, love all the strands on the necklace it really looks great with the focal.

jojosbeads dijo...

I like all 3 pieces very much. The necklace is my favourite. Lovely work. Well done :)

Linda Y dijo...

Super cool pieces. Beautiful.

Cris Peacock dijo...

How nice that your first piece turned into something you loved and now you are using it to encourage someone else! Love all of your designs!!

Jean A. Wells dijo...

Beautiful work. I enjoyed your story about the beads. You know, though, sometimes a circle on a bead is just a circle on a bead. Great job on your pieces.

Kashmira Patel dijo...

While I like your designs, I do have to say I was shocked you keep saying you hate some of the beads. "Hate" is a very strong word, and very hurtful, I bet, to someone who took the time to send them to you. Even if you do not believe in what they stand for, she does, and I wish you could respect that!

CraftyHope dijo...

All three of your pieces are really pretty. I personally really like the evil eye bracelet. . .of course that might be because you have my name stamped on it too (Hope). In any case, all of your jewelry turned out beautifully!

Lori Anderson dijo...

I'm glad you worked with beads you weren't comfortable with (sorry you said you hated them!) but I think your story is an interesting one. You made some pretty pieces.

Tanya Ozanne dijo...

I just realized that you are having a giveaway of your eyes bracelet.I would LOVE to win it so I can love and honour the work that went into it for making the beads, choosing them, sending them and then for your work that put them together in such a lovely fashion.Love and hugs Tanya

Spirited Earth dijo...

your pieces turned out lovely..
really like the multi strands on the necklace and i wouldn't have noticed that bracelets beads were eyes..
I'm sure we've all gotten soups that weren't to our own taste.. challanged out of our comfort zone..but stating you hate them might be unkind.

Angi dijo...

WOW! You made some beautiful pieces! I also believe it is our faith that protects us on our journey. I would be very honored to win and wear your stunning bracelet!

Janeen dijo...

I really like that you worked outside of your comfort zone. That's the fun of this challenge. I like the reds in the second bracelet. I think they were a good choice. I really love how you put together the focal. The necklace is so very lovely. Great job!

CreARTelier - Jacqueline Keller dijo...

You created a great bracelet, despite the fact that you do not like the beads. well done!
greets
jacqueline

Rana Wilson dijo...

Those bracelets are gorgeous! Love all the pieces!

Elizabeth Beads dijo...

Beautiful bracelets and necklace, my bien!

Elizabeth Beads dijo...

Beautiful bracelets and necklace, my bien!

Christine dijo...

Beautiful pieces!! Love your necklace and very clever clasp! Your bracelets are so pretty and fun!

beadrecipes dijo...

The necklace is great, and so are the bracelets.

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