Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Hop #6 - The Reveal!

Oh, the day is here! Bead Soup#6 has simmered, and the Blog Hop Party, Lori's 'baby' is now on!

I almost worried too much this time: first that I maybe not sent my package in time, then that my package won't arrive in time (they were travelling a great distance, across the world: between Australia and Canada).

My partner is Tania Tebbit @ Glass, Craft & Artful Goodness, and she sent me a beautiful 'soup': gorgeous colours, all glass, and the focal made just for me!

All my glass components were huge compared to what I've worked before and they posed an interesting question: what kind of stringing medium to use? Simply stringing them on a beading string didn't appeal too much to me (and the focal seemed a tad too heavy for that). I thought about using ribbon, but our 'Little Local Store' didn't have anything in the shades I wanted - this was my ocean-like piece and needed ocean-like colours. Time was running away from me and I was running out of time - so I turned to my most recent love: wire. Since the components were in a very eclectic mix already, and I wanted them *all* in the same piece (call me crazy, but I just liked them all together!) I settled on a very simple wire wrapping and a somewhat funky design: an asymmetric one (I love ordered chaos).

This is how my 'Sunset on the Beach' came to live: a beautiful transition from the wavy ocean waters to the purple sunset skies.

Sunset on the Beach: glass by Tania Tebbit, wire wrapping, sterling silver :: All Pretty Things

When I was done - a few of the spiral glass beads were still on my table, so I tried my hands on a second ring. OK, I had to try it twice (and didn't get it perfectly right, but wearable right), but it's the cutest thing I've done recently :)

Sunset on the Beach - ring: glass, wire wrapping, sterling silver :: All Pretty Things


And after playing with memory wire for last week's challenge, I had a few circles cut out of memory wire (for a project that never materialised) laying down... and since I've been toying with the idea of some hoops (I used to wear them many moons ago)... a pair of playful hoops were born too!

Sunset on the Beach - hoop earrings: glass, wire wrapping, sterling silver :: All Pretty Things

I still have a couple of spirals left :) and an idea on how to use them - but not enough time, hopefully soon.

This has been my journey with Tania's soup ingredients. I love every thing about it: the ingredients, the adventure, the results, and the opportunity to participate in another of Lori's adventures.

Sunset on the Beach - set: necklace, ring, hoop earrings: glass by Tania Tebbit, wire wrapping, sterling silver :: All Pretty Things

Thanks for visiting - and please click here and make sure you check all the other designers: this time around there are 400 of us, spaced over 3 reveal days!

124 comments:

  1. Lovely work! The ring is seriously cute! and you did such a good job incorporating so many beads into your main piece!

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  2. I do love the bright happy feel of that bracelet! And your ring is just ever so cute. I never have worn hoops, but those look so fun!

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  3. Love all your pieces and I agree I love all of those beads together in the necklace!

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  4. I love how you described your ideas. And it is definitely a beautiful Sunset on the Beach! Nice colors.

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  5. Lovely pieces and your walking us through your creative process.

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  6. Alicia - well done with the ingredients that I sent you - love the necklace - wire always looks good with big focals!!! - I just blogged mine and I love it. - Thanks for being my bead soup partner from one of my favourite countries!

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  7. Awesome beads awesome results - I love the whole set, necklace, earrings and ring!

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  8. Lovely and fresh all of it :) That ring is a favo !

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  9. Great pieces - the colours are just lovely =)

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  10. That ring is just too cute! Love how you had a theme and designed your pieces around it. Great job!

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  11. Amazing!
    I really love all the pieces you created...It's difficult choose only one fav...

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  12. love the summer carefree spirit you've captured in these pieces :-)

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  13. Sunset on the Beach! I love it! That beautiful focal is a great transition from the blue to the purple. :)

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  14. Love your pieces, so diverse! Love the necklace especially!

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  15. I love how your pieces have a light and airy look! Well done!

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  16. I love it, the beads looks great and you did a great job! Hugs, Doris

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  17. That ring is just too beautiful!The colors are just fabulous.

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  18. So pretty! And the ring is just stunning!

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  19. Oh, I love the ring ! Well, everything is lovely, but the ring is perticular stands out to me. <3

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  20. SOOOOOOOO pretty and well thought out. Everything is glorious!
    Thank you for sharing! jean yates

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  21. Great job! Really love the bracelet, and your wire work on the ring looks fabulous! I have made hoops with memory wire before, too! It is such a great look!

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  22. Each design seems so light and airy .
    Simply refreshing creations !
    Great work !!!
    m.e. :)

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  23. Lovely pieces. Love the ring!!

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  24. Wow, you made so many pieces! All so gorgeous!

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  25. Oh Alicia, they are all so beautiful I love, love, love the necklace it is gorgeous! The ring and earrings are totally awesome! Fantastic job!
    Therese

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  26. I love all the pieces that you made! The ring in fab!

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  27. Mmmmh, love the beachy colors, and how nicely they work with the silver wire. I especially heart the hoops, despite their simplicity. I just have thing going on for hoops, don't mind me. XD <3

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  28. Lovely pieces..what a great soup for inspiration!

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  29. Alicia - I am really loving this ring trend you've got going on! The necklace i oh so pretty. That focal is super cool -Great job!

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  30. Wonderful designs! Love the ring. And the Sunset on the Beach is fabulous!

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  31. Beauties - all of them! But I'm mesmerized by your ring. I've been wanting to try that style and you've done such a brilliant job with that ring! loving it

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  32. The necklace is so soft and pretty....and you did great with the ring!! I have yet to try that! Well done.

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  33. Yummmm...what a great soup you made with your ingredients. I love the necklace.

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  34. You did a great job. Kudos for making a ring- I have never even tried it,it sure is cute. I love the colors all together too.What a great idea to make hoop earrings out of memory wire, I would never have thought of it!!

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  35. You have been a busy lady with all those wonderful ingredients. Love how you ventured out into different area, the ring the hoop earrings. A true artistic endeavor!

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  36. Lovely work!
    Beauties all of them!

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  37. That soup is gorgeous and you did a great job with it :)

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  38. Beautiful designs, I just love glass and you show it off so nicely in all of your peices!

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  39. Lovely! Everything has such a light, pretty feel. They'd be a joy to wear.

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  40. I love the hoops, so pretty and light! What fun pieces!

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  41. The bracelet is gorgeous (love the colors) and the hoops! I'm contemplating making some hoops for myself at this point. Well done, and thank you so much for participating, and I hope to see you in the winter!

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  42. wow! you were very diverse with all the different styles of jewelry making! I really liked the necklace!

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  43. everything looks so light & cool to wear, lovely pieces

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  44. I love the light airiness of all your pieces!

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  45. Very pretty, they feel like a cool drink on a hot day. Nice job.

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  46. You made so many beautiful pieces! Love them all!

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  47. Glad you decided to join the Party so I got to see your creations.

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  48. Love the colors, so calming and the designs are lovely too, love sea themed jewelry!, my
    Is about the ocean too, have a wonderful day!

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  49. Beautiful work, you did a great job!

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  50. I really like the simplicity of the necklace, it really lets the focal pop! I think it is very sea-worthy! I love the hoop earring too, the look very light and summery.

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  51. the ring is really fun..you made some wonderful pieces from a lovely soup

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  52. The necklace is really pretty and the wrapping looks great! Did you say you made those hoops with memory wire, very cool!

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  53. So nice :) I love the 'fade' from blue to purple in your necklace :D It's something I always admire and can never remember to try in my own work lol

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  54. I really love the ring and earrings. But the necklace is def my fav piece.. Very beautiful.

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  55. Beautiful pieces! Love those lampwork beads. The ring was very clever and I love it. Great job.

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  56. How clever to also include a wire wrap ring. Very nice work Be blessed to be a blessing

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  57. Beautiful pieces, the soft color pallet is lovely!

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  58. Great pieces and the hoop earrings with the spirals are totally cool!

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  59. You have made some very pretty things with your soup!

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  60. Great designs and love those hoops! Enjoy the hop!

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  61. The ring is fun! I have a bead from my partner that is going to be a ring, I didn't get it done for today though!

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  62. You certainly did that gorgeous focal justice! It never occurred to me to use memory wire for hoops, they look great.

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  63. Gorgeous beads! Great work. I want to learn to make that ring! I use memory wire for hoops often! I have found it in various sizes too.

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  64. Very elegant. I love the focal bead.

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  65. I love what you did with your soup!!! You are so creative!!!

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  66. Wonderful pieces! Love the ocean sunset :)

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  67. That necklace is stunning! It brings to mind the tidepools with the red star fish, and the blue water.

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  68. Oh I love these, they look like candy!

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  69. I love all of your designs, the focal your partner is stunning and you made a beautiful necklace with it!
    Sonya

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  70. I love how all the colors of the focal come out in the other beads.

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  71. Love all your results! Very pretty!

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  72. Wow, that ring is fantastic! Love that focal!

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  74. Fabulous work, I love all of your designs but I love the ring best.

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  75. Gorgeous pieces! I love what you did for your ring! Nice wire work!!!

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  76. They all turned out great. But I really like your necklace and the way you worked all the colors in. Very pretty.

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  77. You received a lovely soup! And you made a very nice 'collection' with it.. I love the combination of the soft colors and the silver..

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  78. Wonderful presentation of a beautiful focal.

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  79. wow, beautiful soup turned into some really pretty things...the colors are so subtle and soothing.

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  80. You did such a beautiful job with those glass beads! Everything is so light and ethereal - I love it! And the ring is amazing. So many creative ways to use those beads!

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  81. Such peaceful and tranquil creations, great job Alicia! :)

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  82. That focal is stunning! Love the ring too.

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  83. Alicia, I really like what you did with your soup! That focal was delicious :-)

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  84. All very pretty, but the ring is extra special fun!

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  85. You had some very pretty soup to work with - love the necklace :)

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  86. Beautiful, I love how wearable each piece is. Very well designed indeed.

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  87. Love the spiral beads and what you did with them...especially the ring. So simple, but yet perfect.

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  88. Lovely pieces. I love the hoops! The ring is pretty awesome too

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  89. Oh my how beautiful! I love the necklace and the ring. It takes great talent to make rings. :) I love the hoops also.

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  90. That's some brilliant wire wrapping. I love the ring. I must try that!

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  91. So glad I finally found you.(didnt help that I had to wrong link) Lovely and then more.Have a great vacation and come back and wow us with your newly inspired pieces.Love and hugs Tanya

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  92. That is so gorgeous and beautiful, Alicia!!! I love that necklace! And that ring!!! How awesome is that ring?!?!!! You did an amazing job! =) Glad I got to stop by and see what you made of your soup! =)

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  93. The ring is wonderful ! I have never made one, but yours has inspired me to take a class next month.

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  94. Your pieces look so light an sunny - like them all, specially the ring.

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  95. wow! I so admire wirework. Especially love the ring - so much fun!

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  96. Lovely soup you had to work with... you made some beauties!!

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  97. Very nice pieces! I love all the colors in your necklace!

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  98. Ooh I love that you made a ring! Great job!

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  99. Beautiful cool and delicate colors - you did them proud with the elegant and simple wire treatment!

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  100. I love the colors and bead combinations you had to work with, and how you put them together. They have a light, airy feel to them that I really like!

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  101. How beautiful! I have to say I think my favorite is the ring. So cool and summery.

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  102. All of your pieces are really dreamy. I don't think I could pick a favorite as I want to wear them all at the same time ;o
    Beautiful job.

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  103. I like your pieces. I like the colors together & I didn't think about making a ring. That was clever.

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  104. I really like what you did with all of these pieces. Lots of creativity going on here.

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  105. Those beads are so pretty. I love how transparent they are and you were very right to use a water theme. I really like the hoops, I don't know that I've ever seen anyone use memory wire for earrings before. Great job:)

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  106. You had an amazing array of delicious Lampwork beads to design with. You did a wonderful job.

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  107. That lampwork focal bead is STUNNING! No wonder it reminded you of the ocean and a beach :)I think you did the right thing by keeping all the beads on one piece-they just go too well together!

    Oh, and that ring IS pretty cute ^.^

    Happy Hopping!

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  108. Lovely soup and beautiful jewelry -- the hoop earrings are great! Neat design. And your pretty ring makes it all a perfect ocean sunset ensemble :)

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  109. It is always hard when you have to figure out how to string or attach something in a different way than you are used to. You have done a wonderful job with this. I didn't even think about creating a ring. You did a great job.

    Melissa Muir
    http://design.kcjewelbox.com

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  110. Love Sunset on the Beach but that ring is really sweet.

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  111. OH that focal! delicious!! I really love the colours of the bracelet!

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  112. Very creative using the wire to make a ring!
    Mirandack.com

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  113. All the pieces are beautiful, love the ring. Was it hard to learn to make a ring, I have never tried that although I have contemplated it. Great job with your soup!

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  114. The colors are so soft and pretty. Great soup! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  115. Splendide !
    Eu nu pot face o ierarhie a ce îmi place mai mult, fiecare are rostul ei, ocazia la care să fie purtată şi, ca de obicei, culorile mi se par foarte frumoase şi foarte bine armonizate .
    Felicitări şi la mai mare !

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  116. Gorgeous designs! I especially like the ring and the earrings. The entire collection reminds me of watercolors!

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  117. I love the necklace glass beading..lovely? what about the cost?

    Thanks for sharing


    Nyoman
    Baligoodjewellery

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