30 March 2013

It's TIME!!!!!! :)

The ingredients were gathered, the spices were added, the soup simmered, and now it's time to serve!!!!!  :)  YAY!!!!

Okay, first, I've gotta give love and hugs to our fearless leader, Lori, of the Pretty Things Blog.  I have NO IDEA how she organizes this thing!  But I'm SO GLAD she does!!!  And of course I also have to give big hugs to Robin of Artistry HCBD, my partner.  She sent me a FABULOUS soup (you can find the ingredients here!!)  I had so much fun!!!

So, I recently decided to try learning something new--chainmaille (more on that later!) and really wanted to incorporate that into my designs for this bead soup.  So, here it is!

I decided to make 2 bracelets with my soup, one to use each of the required pieces.  Here they are together:

This is the bracelet where I used the focal--that fabulous striped jasper (you can see it better in the next pic).  I used several of the other beads Robin sent me (SO many left!  Oh, the fun I could have, still!!!) and also added a 2-inch section of European 4-in-1 chainmaille that I learned:
 The focal, some danglies, and what I think might (maybe) be an onyx? I don't know.  I love it...  :)
 And this is the 2nd bracelet, using that beautiful clasp and the GORGEOUS large howlite (I think) round bead Robin sent me! I continued the chainmaille bits with 4 mobius spacers between crystals.
 A better view of that clasp:

I LOVE the mix of beads Robin sent me--SO MANY things I don't usually use.  And, with the exception of the rings I used in the maille and the clasp on the jasper bracelet, EVERY item used in these bracelets was sent to me by Robin!  Normally, I'm a very worrisome designer, making sure that things are matchy-matchy.  Ever since the mismatched earrings I made last year, I've been working on NOT matching.  I really felt the mix of beads Robin sent me allowed me to expand that into bracelet making (normally, crystals would be with crystals, and naturals would be with naturals.  It's just how I was...) and I LOVE that I was able to effectively combine natural stones with glass crystals and have the whole look so wonderful!

BIG thank yous to Robin and Lori, again!  You guys ROCK!

Now, go see what everyone else did!  And remember, this is just the 1st of THREE reveals!  So come back next week to see what some other folk did!  Have fun!

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  1. I thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pieces with us all such amazing creativity ty.

  2. I love them both, Rana! Chainmaille has been on my list of things to learn for a while. Your piece doesn't look like it was made by a beginner! Great job!

  3. I don't Chainmaille so this is stunning to me!!!

  4. ~the time you must have spent...sigh...two wonderful pieces you have created and shared...much love light and blessings~

  5. Fabulous bracelets, great job!

  6. Oh wow ! I tried to chainmaille once... It ended in disaster ! And I love that little hummingbird clasp ! :)

  7. Love the use of the chainmaille with what you were sent. Both bracelets are lovely.

  8. You did an amazing job!! Just love that hummingbird clasp!! ~km http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33113.html

  9. The chainmaille looks great with they mix of beads you had,fantastic bracelets.

  10. Love the mix of chain maille and large beads.

  11. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
    I love both pieces, I love your chainmaille :)
    ciao dall' Italia

  12. Great Job Rana!!! I love the movement and texture of both bracelets. I am trying to learn chainmaille and it is not going quite as well as yours!!! I am really impressed with what you made. I am really glad you have more to play with!!! Have a great and Blessed Weekend!

  13. Love your chainmail bracelet. Great soup!

  14. Very pretty bracelets. The bird clasp is fantastic and your having used it as the focal was certainly the right decision. Great job!

  15. Great jewelry! I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

  16. stunning bracelets, great work

  17. I envy your courage with chain maille, it turned out beautiful!

  18. Very nice chainmaille and beautifully designed bracelets. Congrats on a well made soup!

  19. Your chainmaille looks very professional! I can "hear" your excitement about this challenge and how it has made you grow as an artist...good for you! Nice work.

  20. Great designs. My fav is the second bracelet. That clasp is fabulous!

  21. Great chainmaille, that is something I need to conquer. Your bracelets are gorgeous.

  22. Wow... gorgeous work!
    Everything is so beautiful.

  23. How cool, Chainmaille looks fantastic!

  24. I love how you added that touch of chainmaille and both your bracelets are lovely! I hope you're having a blast with the rest of the blog party too! *Ü* http://loribergmann.blogspot.com/2013/03/bead-soup-7-revealat-last.html

  25. Very nice work! Chainmaille bracelet looks great! Congratulations!

  26. I love your second bracelet...or do I love your first? Both are really, really nice!

  27. Nice mix of stones and metal in that soup! Awesome necklace.

  28. Wonderful work. I really like the braclet with the red jasper.

  29. I like how you took the big silver clasp and made it part of the design, instead of putting it on a necklace and hiding it on the back of your neck. I like the color scheme too.

  30. Pretty bracelets - LOVE jasper !!

  31. They're both very pretty -- your chain maille is really lovely!

  32. GREAT job on the chainmaille and even thinking of combining them! BRILLIANT!

  33. Excellent work! That first bracelet is so pretty!

  34. Lovely! The mix of colours in the chainmaille looks fab.

  35. Rana you made good use of your soup. Both of your bracelets are beautiful. Good job doing chainmaille which was new to you.

  36. Rana, you did a GREAT job with your soup! My compliments to the chef!

  37. I love the one with chain maille, it's so... slithering :D

  38. Congrats on conquering chain mailed. All your bracelets are gorgeous.

  39. Both your bracelet are beautiful - I like the mix, great job on mastering un-matching :)

  40. Absolutely excellent work! So rich and beautiful.

    Thanks so much for coming to the party!

  41. It sounds like you had a good time creating your bracelets. They are both lovely.

  42. I love what you did...gorgeous pieces. Excellent chainmaille!

  43. I love the looks you created! Just beautiful, both of them!!!


  44. Very Gorgeous work. They are both very beautiful.

  45. Both of your pieces are great. They each have a different personality. The first feels strong and fearless while the second seems soft and romantic. You really showed a variety in these two pieces. Way to go!


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