It is the reveal day for Bead Table Blog Hop hosted by Lisa Lodge Grateful Artist blog. The rules were to purchase a bead soup site unseen from Lisa's bead table, make as many items as you could using the bead soup and items from your own stash. You did not have to use all of the beads, but you were not to go and buy new to go with the beads in the bead soup.
Here is the bead soup I received from Lisa...
Here is what I made...
When I saw the ceramic pieces in the soup I knew I wanted to incorporate them in to a bead woven piece. The challenge in this piece was what stitch and how was I going to make it look like all the pieces just flowed with the design. I recently learned Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) and I decided that I would use CRAW for the piece with the ceramic beads. Lisa also included a few size 6 seed beads that were the perfect color to go with the ceramic beads. From my stash I used black size 8 seed beads, silver tone base metal daisy spacers, and hypo allergenic earring hooks. The design was moving along smoothly until I got to the point where I added the first ceramic bead, then I had problems. Let me just tell you it is not easy to rip out CRAW, so I put the project down and went to bed. I have heard people say that an idea came to them in a dream. I was sort of skeptical until now, because the solution to my problem came to me in a dream. I woke up knowing exactly what I had to do to fix the problem and it worked like a charm. By the time I got to the end of the CRAW rope I had ten of the size 6 seed beads left, so I put eight of them in rectangle part of the clasp and the other two on the ends of the toggle part of the clasp. Ta dah my first CRAW piece. I took two of my silver tone base metal head pins and made earrings with the last two remaining ceramic beads.
In the bead soup there were fifteen 10 mm teal Czech glass beads, some gold tone base metal bicone beads, ten 8 mm jet Czech glass bead, and four 2 x 4 mm teal AB Czech glass beads. From my stash I added 12 mm teal Fire Agate gem stones, 6 mm round jet glass beads, lobster claw, crimp beads and wire guards to make this Princess length necklace, bracelet, and two pairs of earrings.
Last, but not least I made two pairs of earrings. The first pair I used the Reindeer charms, clear AB 6 mm Czech glass beads, and red, white, and green lamp work beads, from my stash I used gold tone wire and earring hooks. The second pair I used the pretty green 12 mm bumpy beads and the 16 mm white bumpy beads two of my head pins and earring hooks. These are fun festive earrings for the up coming holiday season.
I have lots more beads to play with, but if I weren't such a procrastinator I would have been able to create more pieces, so I would not have ran out of time!
I want to thank Lisa for thinking up this fun challenge and it was a challenge believe me. Look for more challenges to come hosted by Lisa in the near future. I have sign up for one more of her challenges to be revealed in February.
Now go and check out all of these other participants and see what wonderful creations they made with their Bead Soup from Lisa's Bead Table.
Your Host: Lisa Lodge
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
Michelle Buettner, Mishel Designs
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Mary Anne Klinglesmith Flesch, Hand Crafted Serenity
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Mary Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Shelly Joyce, Au jour le jour
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Susan Lloyd, Designs by Susan
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Kristen Stevens, My Bead Journey
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Happy hopping Y'all,