Saturday, August 25, 2012

The big reveal. . .

YAY!!!  It's time for the 3rd round of the Bead Soup Blog Hop. . .the one I'm participating in with my very creative partner Susan Sheehan.  If you skip back a post or two on my blog you can see the incredible soup she sent me, as well as the soup I sent her.  It's so exciting to see what everyone comes up with with the ingredients they are sent!

Are you ready??  Here is my design with my new mermaid friend that Susan created:

I made the oversized headpin to hold her by spiraling heavy gauge wire and hammering it to work harden it and give it a nice texture.  I then went on to embellish her with the lampwork beads Susan made to match and some of the other lovely baubles and beads she sent. 
I created earrings using more of the lampwork beads she made and duplicated the cute little dangles from the main design:
Here's a quick pic of the full set:
(I apologize for the lighting in my photos, and the differences between the shots.
I work during the day, and can't take advantage of natural lighting.)
I loved the look of  Vintaj Natural Brass with the colors Susan sent, and couldn't get over my matchy-match compulsion to include the lovely silver vintage clasp Susan sent.  So. . .I had to create another piece!  :-)  I'll take any excuse I can. . .
When I first saw the clasp my immediate thought was using it in one of my spoon bracelets.  I've been wanting to make one again for quite awhile, and had a couple sets drilled and ready to go.  Here is the bracelet I created with some of my antique spoons and fun dangles:
I think the clasp is a perfect fit! 
A huge thank you goes out to Lori Anderson for organizing the 3 reveals of Bead Soup, she always does such an incredible job and it is a HUGE amount of work for her.  Stop by her Pretty Things blog and say Hi!  Thank you also to my new friend Susan for sharing her beautiful beads with me, and inspiring me to work in the mermaid realm. 
Below is a list of the rest of the 3rd round of participants so you can stop and drool over all the other designs.  It's a lot of creativity and beautiful creations in one spot!  ENJOY!!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution

Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper Gems

Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog

Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda

Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels

Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier

Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads

Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road

Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope, LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts

Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color

Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny

Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog

Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin, Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs

Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Off to sample some soup. . .


  1. LOVE every bit and dangle, Mimi! Fantastic job! As always, every little detail grabs your eye and the whole piece is simply pleasing!

  2. Very nice job! I like the spoon bracelet!

  3. You did a fantastic job, the spoon bracelett is awesome.

  4. AWESOME job with the mermaid! Zack bought one of her mermaids at BeadFest!

    I'd wear those earrings all the time. Love them!

  5. Very fun! These all look like they'll be such fun to wear. And I love your spoon bracelet!

  6. That is a beautiful mermaid necklace!! Love your spoon bracelet too! Great work!

  7. Beautiful pieces! I just love the spoon bracelet!

  8. love the assmiethrical look of the necklace and the bracelet, ohh: perfect!!

  9. very, very creative patterns, i like it very much!

  10. Very inventive designs! Brilliant!!

  11. That redheaded mermaid looks quite at home in your gorgeous necklace. The spoon bracelet is super kool.

  12. The bracelet would be awesome on my wrist LOL Lovely pieces.Love and Hugs Tanya

  13. Gorgeous pieces, love that mermaid focal and the spoon bracelet is very cool!!!

  14. Beautiful pieces. Love the spoon bracelet.

  15. Love ALL of your soup! Such beautiful designs!!

  16. Both of your pieces are stunning, but your spoon bracelet steals my heart. I love the re-purposing of the spoon and the whimsy of it being a bracelet. Very cool!

  17. Now that's a focal! Quite the attention get-er for sure! Lovely lampwork in that neck lace and earrings too. And your antique spoon bracelet is amazing! Soup-er job!

  18. That mermaid necklace rocks! and I love the spoon bracelet. Yep, you were right, that clasp is perfect in it. Beautiful!

  19. You did a great job with that mermaid pendant. Very nice job. And I love your spoon bracelet. I love dangles. I've always wanted to know how to make one of those and you just inspired me to try to find a spoon and figure out how to do it. Lovely.

  20. The spiral under the mermaid looks like a rock for her to sit on :)

  21. Very clever!! The spoon bracelets are so much fun! What a great component. The necklace is really lovely too.

  22. you did a lovely work with your soup, congrats!
    and you are right, the clasp fits perfect with the spoon bangle!

  23. Love the mermaid necklace, but I do have a soft spot for spoon jewellery. Great designs.

  24. The mermaid is so cool! Great pieces!

  25. Fabulous necklace and earrings, clever bottle charm!

  26. Fun mermaid set and the spoons with that clasp - perfect fit!

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