The wonderful Lori Anderson is hosting a Bead Soup Blog Party today and you are invited to visit all the blogs participating. Lori personally matched up 362 bead bloggers with a partner. The partners swap a focal, clasp and any other coordinating beads they wanted to send along. We then created something using at least the focal and clasp. The rest was up to us. The last requirement was for all of us to blog about it today.
My partner is Karyn Bonfiglio. She sent me a wonderful selection of Mookaite stones, some seed beads, wooden beads and a beautiful leaf clasp. The colors in the Mookaite are really something. The natural color ranges from browns and mustard to ivory and a light purple.
We were asked to stretch our creativity to try our partner’s style. Karyn and I have very different design styles so this really was a challenge. I’m a seed beader and Karyn uses a lot of gemstones in her work. She really wanted me to combine our styles and come up with something unique. I hope she likes it!
You can see I bezeled the focal in seed beads. The necklace can be worn with either side of the pendant to the front.
I tried to use the leaf clasp that Karyn sent in the necklace but didn’t want it hiding at the back of the neck. So, I made a companion bracelet with the clasp as the focal. I used the additional small Mookaite beads as charms. I used almost all of the beads that Karyn sent and only added the chain, some wire and a few seed beads from my stash.
I can’t wait to see what Karyn did with the Bead Soup I sent to her! This has been such a wonderful experience. I have already made new friends and have been exposed to some great blogs that I now follow.
Here’s the link to all of the other blogs participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party. http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/
Enjoy! And, pace yourself. There’s no way you can look at all of those blogs in one day!