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.
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 :)
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!
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.
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