Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!!

The long awaited reveal date is finally here!!  I have to admit I thought I had a lot of time but as it got closer to the reveal date, I started to panic as usual.  I was paired this year with a talented lamp work artist, Laurie Ament of Isinglass, who sent me her amazing beads, hand spun yarn and findings.  I just love the color scheme and loved everything she sent me!  I'm one lucky gal to get paired with another amazing artist and incredible person once again this year!

So many design ideas were swimming in my head.  I just purchased Cindy Whimmer's The Missing Link and been dying to try some of her links from the book so I decided to include them in the designs.  I highly recommend Cindy's book!  It's packed with so many links that can be incorporated into beautiful designs.  Click on the link to the right of this post to get your book!

First, I started working on the necklace with the gorgeous heart focal.  The focal has a hole going through horizontally and it took me several tries to come up with something that allowed movement but kept the focal from sliding side to side.  I used a 12g copper wire, hammered it flat and used one of the metal stamps and added texture.  I carefully bent the wire (talk about nerve wrecking!) and looped the ends.  To incorporate the beautiful hand spun yarn, I wrapped the yarn with 24g wire and made beads.  To keep the yarn theme, I made wire Yarn Balls from Cindy Wimmer's book as connecting links.  The other side of the necklace was made with wire wrapped lamp work beads with single Beehive links from the Missing Link.  The long necklace measures 33 inch in length.

Next I used the smaller heart beads to make earrings to compliment the necklace.  Again I wanted to have movement to the hearts so I threaded the wire and wrapped twisted wire in the mid section for added accents.  Topped off with the lamp work beads and made a loop to attach the ear wires.

I fell in love with one of the necklace that was featured in Cindy Wimmer's the Missing Link book and I just had to make my own version of it!  I soldered a copper wire into a ring, textured portion of it and attached the lightbulb links.  The waxed cords were accented with copper spacers and hearts and finished with the swirl clasp I got from Laurie.  The gorgeous headpin beads were hung on the ring and threaded glass seed beads for the stem.  I made the earrings using the light bulb links and kept the design simple to show off the beautiful lamp work beads.

The next earrings were made using Laurie's head pin beads.  Again added glass seed beads to the stems to bring out the gorgeous colors.  I wanted to create an outlining shape with copper wire to accentuate the shape of the head pin beads.  The wires were shaped and textured, then I hung the head pin and the wires into a jump ring so that the head pins can swing.  I definitely need to get more of these head pin beads from Laurie!!

My final project was the bracelet.  I wanted to make a bracelet that would compliment both of the necklaces and earrings so I incorporated Laurie's lamp work beads, the hand spun yarn beads and added Cindy Wimmer's Yarn Ball links.  I enameled the clasp and pulled the colors from Laurie's beads to tie it all together.  It was one of those a little bit of this and a little bit of that color combination and it took 4 layers of enamel to get the look I wanted.  When the piece cooled off and the color emerged, I was pretty pleased with how the colors complimented Laurie's beads.  Textured copper toggle was used to keep the theme of the design.

Thank you Lori Anderson for putting together another amazing experience for us!  I was so lucky to be paired with such a talented lamp work artist, Laurie Ament.  Please visit Laurie's Etsy Shop and be in awe with her amazing work!  Please hop over to Laurie's Blog and check out what she created with what I sent her!  I'm so honored to have a talented artist like Laurie as my new friend!

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and hop on over to all the other participants and check out their amazing creations!  8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party Participant List!

Mahalo for visiting!
Kumi ♥

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bead Soup Exchanged!!

One of the best thing about Bead Soup Blog Party is you have a chance to get to know someone new. It's been so fun chatting with Laurie Ament and getting to know her.  The much anticipated delivery of our Bead Soup is done and now we can reveal what we received!  

First, this is what I sent Laurie.  She mentioned she lived on Kauai for a couple of months during one of our conversations so I decided to make her a Tree of Life Pendant to remind her of the luscious green trees.  Laurie also mentioned she loves cool colors so I decided to use the turquoise chips for the leaves.  Once I decided to use turquoise then the color scheme was set.  I decided to hit the torch and enameled complimentary color wave discs and enameled beads and flowers.  For the clasp I sawed out a ginko leaf and enameled the piece and made a copper bar toggle.  Added to the soup are turquoise chips, earth tone picasso glass beads, and some Vintaj components.  Can't wait to see what Laurie creates with my soup!

I got Laurie's package today and boy oh boy I love what she sent me!  The picture does no justice to the beautiful lamp work beads she sent me!  I love hearts and not only did I get a gorgeous focal heart, she made 4 more smaller ones!  Also included in her soup were 10 beautiful lamp work spacer beads, 4 head pin lamp work beads, handspun yarn and cords, multi color jump rings, and bronze and sterling silver clasps.  I just love the colors and can't stop admiring them!

I need to let these beautiful ingredients simmer in my head for a bit and come up with a design that will make Laurie proud!  

Mahalo for visiting!!
Kumi ♥

Friday, March 14, 2014

8th Bead Soup ~ Let the fun begin!

It's been awhile since the last post as life just got too busy but I'm super excited to get active again and what better way than to dive back in by joining Lori Anderson's 8th Bead Soup Blog Party!  This year there will only be one reveal on May 3rd with 490 participants!  That is going to be one busy weekend hopping on 490 blogs!

Find out more about how Bead Soup Blog Party works, check out Lori's fabulous Blog!

This is my third time participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party and the Bead Soup Goddess aka Lori Anderson once again blessed me with an incredible partner!  This year my partner is a talented lamp work artist Laurie Ament of Isinglass Design!!!    

When I saw the partners' list, I immediately knew who Laurie was as I've gotten some of her work last year.  These are the goodies I got from Laurie so far and I can't wait to get some more!

Laurie who lives in Finger Lakes area of New York have been making glass beads since 1999.  I love her organic forms and color combinations.  Laurie's bead was selected by Beads of Courage to go to space on NASA's STS-134 Mission which was the last flight of the shuttle "Endeavor" in 2011!  It was such a special event for Laurie as her father was a NASA aeronautic engineer.  I don't think anyone else in this Bead Soup can claim their work has gone up into space!
Here is Laurie at her torch bench!

Here are some of Laurie's amazing work that are available on her Etsy Store!

One of the best part about participating in Bead Soup is getting to know another artists and finding out more about your partner.  We've already been chatting on Facebook and both looking forward to getting each other's soup!  

Stay tuned for our reveal when we receive each other's Bead Soup!!

Here is a photo of what I'm sending Laurie but with a little distortion so I won't ruin the surprise!

Big huge Mahalo for Lori Anderson and her husband Rick for all the hard work for putting this annual event together!!!

Mahalo for visiting!
Kumi ♥