Remember way back in September when I showed you this?
Today you get to see what I made with the bead soup provided by Heirloom Classics (located in Indianapolis, my personal favorite city and the place I would choose to live above any other if I could pick up and move…I’ve already lived there twice).
Here it is:
I admit I struggled with this soup. Here is the focal and clasp alone:
The focal was my biggest challenge. I don’t really work with stone. Also, when placed against the skin, the stone kind of goes blah looking. So the first thing I needed to do was back it with something. I decided on cutting a piece of 28g sterling silver sheet in a similar shape and size and giving it a bit of texture to add interest.
Then I decided to add a bit of color. Because I don’t really do neutral. I had a curl of copper sheet that I had cut something…I don’t remember what (don’t throw anything away!) that made this really cool shape. So I enameled it in a turquoise color
Then used some of the seed beads included in the soup, strung it onto fireline, and made a bail to assemble all the focal pieces together.
I wanted to use the blue again somewhere else so it didn’t look like it didn’t belong. Also, I knew I wanted to use some kind of fiber. So I enameled some of these filigree cones in the same blue, and braided some recycled sari silk yarn with some gunmetal ball chain and attached both ends to the filigree cones.
I wanted to use the black beads from the soup, but the scale seemed wrong. So I used some of my black enameled beads to finish things off.
The clasp was my absolute favorite thing in the soup from Heirloom Classics, so I wanted it to have a starring role:
Which gives the necklace a slight asymmetrical look, but I definitely didn’t go crazy or anything…
So out of the soup I was given, I used the focal, clasp and some of the seed beads. I would like to share the bounty of what I received. Leave a comment to be entered to win the remainder of the soup (minus the seed beads…they are all over the place!).
I look forward to seeing what others made. Kalmbach will be showing photos of bead soup party creations on their facebook page.