10 May 2014

Soup's on! 8th Bead Soup!

And if I do say so myself, it's FABULOUS! :)

First off, I want to say thank you to the awesomest Lori Anderson, our fearless leader, and her crew of helpers--you guys rock!!!!  Not only did Lori organize this HUGE bash, she did it while battling some serious health stuff.  But from what I understand, she's on the mend, so yay!  I so want her to feel better!

I also want to say an ENORMOUS thank you to my partner, Rachel Stewart of Blue Finch Jewelry blog for the beautiful soup she sent me!  Seriously, it was fabulous.  I know, I keep using that word, but really, you'll see!!!

First, a reminder of what I sent Rachel:

It's a garden! :) 
And what Rachel sent me:

Another garden! Great minds! :) 
So, that fabulous soup she sent me actually caused me a bit of a problem--such gorgeousness!  What to do!  I had this whole big elaborate plan...   yeah, it didn't work out.  I was so not happy with where it was heading...   That was about 2 weeks ago... (yeah, I was cutting it close...) but you know what? I am SO GLAD the elaborate plan didn't work out!  Because once I took everything apart and starting looking at the pieces again, inspiration struck (and so did exam week at school!  ick!  But it all came together.  slowly..... lol!)  So finally, here's the main dish, the real reason you're here, the pretties!  

I made 4 pieces, using one of the focals and both clasps, as well as a myriad of beads, both from Rachel and others that I added.  My goal this time was to use at least one piece of everything she sent, and I'm pretty sure I succeeded!  So here they are!!!

I made a pair of earrings, a necklace, and 2 bracelets.  Here they all are:

Soup's on! 
And now for some close-ups:


Mismatched Earrings, using the fun and very light-weight enameled beads Rachel sent.
The bracelets, using both clasps Rachel included in my soup.


The flower focal I chose to work with.  I still have the other drop focal, and will be making something with it soon. :)

And the finished necklace, using both soup beads and added beads.  Love this piece! 

There you have it!  Can't wait to see what Rachel made!  In fact, why don't you go see what everyone made!  :) You can find the list here!

Thanks for stopping by!

78 comments:

  1. Great designs.. I love them all.

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  2. I love what you've done with your soups. Its' all so beautiful ^_^
    Looks like you have fun

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  3. So many wonderful techniques in these pieces. That flower just pops.

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  4. lovely work and I adore the bracelets and whimsey earrings

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  5. Great projects, especially bracelets! conrats!

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  6. Love the beautiful vibrant bracelet, my dear!

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  7. LOVE what you did with the soup! The earrings are so cool-it would have never crossed my mind to make a mismatched pair but I really love them! Those bracelets! How beautiful!! I am so glad you liked that focal too! The necklace is awesome! Thanks for being such an awesome partner! XO
    Rachel

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  8. I just love your work Rana!!! I think they are all amazing, I think I like the....well now that I went back and looked again, I can't pick a favorite!! I think they are all Fabulous!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  9. Such lovely pieces well done!

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  10. WOW. What a striking focal, and what a beautiful creation you made with it. I love your color and texture choices, Bravo!

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  11. Awesome job, Rana, love the flower piece!

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  12. You have done a great job with your soup!

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  13. Beautiful pieces, what a great soup!

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  14. Love everything, especially the mismatched earrings!

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  15. I would say that you need to work under pressure more often! great designs :)

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  16. Wow, I love these ! That flower is so perfect :)

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  17. Beautiful mismatched earrings and great necklace, also noticed you mixed some beadweaving in your bracelets, absolutely perfect!

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  18. Beautiful soup and glorious pieces!! love what you have done!!

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  19. Your designs are lovely! I especially like your floral necklace and the miss matched earrings.

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  20. Awesome designs! A lovely warm color palate. You did a Soup-er job with your bead soup!

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  21. Your designs are lovely! Great job with your soup!

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  22. Such great fun pieces! Love that flower focal!

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  23. Beautiful beautiful work, that flower focal necklace is fabulous, great designs!

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  24. Beautiful work, I love the flower necklace, great designs!

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  25. For being so busy you certainly did a wonderful job...the flower necklace is my favorite. It's a great design with the peaceful flower surrounded by all of the great beads and bead work. Nice work.

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  26. lovely work--love the flower focal

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  27. Funny how when presented with such gorgeous mixes we can get stumped. That's exactly how I felt. You worked it all out and came up with some great designs.

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  28. Those are all so beautiful - such rich colours!

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  29. Great baeutiful pieces! Love the bracelets. The mismached earrings are really funny.

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  30. Great designs, for me the ♥bracelets especially :-) Love what you did, beautiful soup!

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  31. You did justice to the wonderful soup you were sent. The necklace is spectacular.

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  32. I always sit and wait for inspiration to start somtimes it is a bit slow! I love what you have done with your soup and especially the beautiful flower focal what a stunner, well done!
    Jackie

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  33. Oh how brilliant...It shows your artistic greatness ...ty so much for sharing

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  34. Lovely work - thanks so much for sharing it with us!
    Hannah Rosner
    http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com

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  35. I'm impressed with all your pieces! I love enamel beads too! Sometimes less is more and you can't sweat it - just give it some time. Great job!

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  36. Wonderful pieces, i love what you did with the necklace.

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  37. beautiful focals! i think you showed them off perfectly!

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  38. That is a great necklace design!

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  39. Awesome use of your soup! Great pieces :)

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  40. That necklace focal is so gorgeous! The colors of your soup are both earthy and full of life at the same time. Thank you for sharing your talents in the 8th Bead Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

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  41. Beautiful designs. I am especially in love with those mis-matched earrings.

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  42. oh my goodness that flower focal sure steals the show! You made a gorgeous set of pieces, but to me the necklace is the grand winner, hehehe
    btw hope your exams went well!

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  43. I am so drawn to the mismatched earrings. Your designs are lovely.

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  44. Everything is beautiful in it's own way...........but my fav is the mismatched earrings.

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  45. The pieces you made are so well done. I really like them. Fantastic

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  46. Beautiful designs - I love the necklace ... so much detail =)

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  47. I love the mismatched earrings, very cool. That flower focal is a beauty too.

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  48. It all looks great. The mismatched earrings are fun and the necklace is especially pretty. Nice job!

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  49. What rich ingredients, and a flavorful soup you made with them!

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  50. Beautiful, love the mismatched earrings!

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  51. I loved that flower focal and the assymetic earings

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  52. Every single piece is beautiful, but my favorite is that pair of mismatching earrings! (:

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  53. I just love every piece but my fav has to be the earrings! They are so striking.

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  54. Wonderful soup! Isn't it great when things work out better than the original plan?!

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  55. I love them all, and the sunflower is wonderful, but I really like the way you mixed beadweaving in with the everything else on the one bracelet. It might not have been how you envisioned, but from here it is PERFECT!! ~KM

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  56. I love your designs, the color, and movement. Fantastic job with your soup!

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  57. What a great soup and designs. I love thee mismatched earrings with the enameled beads. And the bracelets are great, I like chunky. :) The necklace really does justice to the flower focal. Very pretty.

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  58. Love your pieces, but my favorite is the pair of mismatched earrings! The necklace with the flower focal is beautiful, too!
    Alenka

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  59. Beautiful pieces. A nice balance of color and design. I love the flower focal!

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  60. I love the bracelet on the left - so beautiful! What type of weave did you use on it? SO gorgeous!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  61. What gorgeous pieces! I always LOVE enamel beads, but can't seem to make them work for me; I'm delighted to see your earrings, which were such a good use.

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  62. You did a beautiful job with your soup Rana!!!

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  63. Awesome! Nice design for those fabulous bead soup you received from your partner... oh, love the soup you sent to her too.

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  64. You had a gorgeous soup to work with. I love the mismatched earrings and that flower lampwork focal is beautiful.

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  65. Oh my.....so many pretties! I love all that you made with your soup especially the bracelets.That floral focal is stunning and you did a great job with that necklace.

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  66. Hi Rana, Your lampworked flower focal necklace is gorgeous. I like your color choices to go with that luscious focal.The bracelet with the netted section is great too. Looking at the pieces that you made I am sure you will do justice to the other beautiful lampworked focal too.

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  67. Everything you made is gorgeous, especially the necklace wit the big flower pendent. Great for summer!!

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  68. Great work! I love the beautiful garden necklace, you found the perfect match for the flower focal.

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  69. You did a wonderful job with your soup. I think I would have been stumped with the offbeat palette, but you made it sing. I can especially see this in the necklace. Awesome.

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  70. amazing soups.....and that focal! oh my.....beautiful job. Love the mismatched earrings, my slight ocd wouldn't let me do that lol.

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  71. You made lovely pieces from a great soup! Love the colors, the bracelets are nice and that focal is gorgeous! Great job!

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  72. You created beautiful jewelry with Rachel's exquisite soup. The flower necklace is sublime, and I love your splendid mismatched earrings. So much fun! My favorites are your bracelets -- LOVE! Your beadwork & colorway & style is exquisite. Splendid reveal. Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

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  73. Rana, the soups were wonderful and you created gorgeous pieces of art :)

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  74. you have done a great job with the flower focal

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  75. I just posted a comment and Blogger didn't bother to show it! Sorry if it shows up later but I still want to comment :) I love the totally mismatched earrings, the use of many techniques in the bracelets and how the strand of darker beads that match the colors of the flower center makes the gorgeous focal pop up!

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  76. Super necklace with the flower focal, and love the mismatched earrings.

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