March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Party!


 Hey friends!  It's Bead Soup time!   Libby Leu!  Glass artist Libby Leuchtman and I are paired up as partners for this new round of the Bead Soup Blog Party!  She sent me all the beautiful beads above, many of which are handcrafted glass beads and a pendant of her own creation. Check out her blog to learn more about her work!  I finally got a chance to sit down with these beauties and I made TWO necklaces with them.
 I really loved the earthy colors of the glass and accents.  But I work a LOT with earth tones, so I wanted to add a pop of color to add some interest so I used some of my own porcelain pendants and links in bright acid lime green to provide some contrast.
 I really like the way my porcelain leaf pendant echos the shape of Libby's glass pendant, sort of like a frame or halo around it.  I used copper wire, chain, and findings to accent the warm colors of the glass.
 I kept two of the glass accents, clasp, and all of the filler beads and made a second necklace!  This time, I used another acid lime porcelain piece, a Leafy Tree pendant, as the focal of the necklace.  I added some matching lime pearls to add some length and tie the colors together. 

I had a great time with this Bead Soup!  I am looking forward to clicking through all the other blogs that are participating in this round!  To see the list, go to Lori Anderson's blog and check them all out!  Thanks Lori for all your hard work for another great Bead Soup Party!


And finally, I am giving away the Leafy Tree pendant shown above, to share some of the Bead Soup love!  Just leave a comment on this post and I will select one random winner next Saturday morning.  Thanks for dropping by!


Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

55 comments:

  1. You had a scrumptious lot of beads to work with and what a great job you did. I like the beads in the 2nd necklace especially. They're not colors I normally use so it's a treat to see someone who combines them in such a lush way. Way to go!

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  2. Great soup and wonderful pieces! I love your use of color too.

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  3. Your designs are always so inspiring! Love this bright color palette! Your soup looked yummy but challenging. You rocked it as always. :)

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  4. I really liked how you incorporated your own beads with Libby's. They worked really well together. That second necklace is delicious!

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  5. Love Love Love the colours in your necklaces. You are very talented!

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  6. your work is so complimentary to each others... really terrific!

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  7. Lucky you, such a great bead soup to work with and like in most everything you do, your talent shines through in your creation. I love how you used those beautiful accent beads.

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  8. I love how you mixed the beads with your cheery green components! Fresh like Spring!
    Cilla ( #24 on Lori's list)

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  9. Wow you did a beautiful job! Thanks so much for being my partner.

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  10. You have done justice to Libby's soup. I love love the fantastic colors you use.

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  11. Melanie, When I saw your first necklace I gasped so pretty, but then when I saw your second necklace I said wow that is beautiful.
    Therese

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  12. Love, love how you used lime to make the colours pop. Not least in the first necklace as the colour goes so well with the rose/purple tones in the glass. (And it reminds me of spring, which those almost neon budding leaves on birch and beech trees.)

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  13. Wow! The acid lime components really complement your bead soup. I love how it all came together.

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  14. Both of those are just amazing. I love you used your pendant to showcase the focal and really make it stand out. And the second necklace is beautiful as well.

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  15. Wonderful design Melanie. Vibrant and fun! You paired your ceramic beads with Libby's glass beads beautifully.

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  16. Wonderful necklaces, you captured the beauty of the beads!!

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  17. Wow, that lime green really changes the tone of everything. I love that you layered the pendants on that first piece too. Both pieces are great!

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  18. Your soup literally made me drool! I love the lime green you picked to showcase the beyond gorgeous lampwork!!

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  19. Great soup mix! Awesome color and such cool designs! Suzette

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  20. I love the acid lime green with Libby's glass. What a great choice of Colors. Love both of the necklaces.

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  21. Oh, wow - amazing how the earthy tones completely changed when combined and layered with the bright lime ceramic pieces! It's such a fresh take on the glass beads - I love it! What could have been a serious 'business' it's suddenly a joyful song of spring.

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  22. What great pieces Melanie! Your work and Libby's compliment one another very well. I really like how the lime green makes the lampwork pop!

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  23. I adore the collaboration of your components with her beads. Beautiful. I hope I win that tree pendant because it is so gorgeous!

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  24. Wonderful necklaces!! I really like the first one and the layered focal piece!

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  25. I love both of your necklaces the colors blended together beautifully! Yes, I would love the chance to win that gorgeous pendant!

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  26. I love the blast of colour that you've infused into both of these necklaces with your acid lime green creations! Both necklaces are a wonderful mix of colours and textures! I would love the chance to play with the tree pendant. Thank you!

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  27. I love how you layered the pendants -- it really makes the necklace extra special and I never would have thought of it!

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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  28. I am totally out of my mind - this bead soup and what you came up with is just amazing. I LOVE these colors and your lovely lime pieces. So adorable!
    That's a great idea, really.
    Sabine

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  29. I love the zingy lime! It adds so much to them and really brings out the earthy tones on the other beads. Lovely :) x

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  30. The way you integrated your own porcelain with the lampwork is beautiful. Great pieces.

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  31. Both necklaces really stand out. I like the halo effect on the first necklace but the it is the second that really catches my attention.

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  32. Really love how the green perked it all right up! I never would have thought to use lime green. Beautiful!

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  33. Melanie, what a beautiful bead soup you received! I love both of your pieces, but the first one is my favorite. I love the vibrant colors, and the way you used your own porcelain leaf as a backdrop for the gorgeous focal Libby sent. Fabulous!

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  34. Ooooh, I love adding the yellow to the lamp work to make it pop! I miss Spring. Why does yellow make me dream of Spring? Hard to tear myself away to go to other blogs. I'm dreaming of Spring now...

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  35. Melanie, you integrated yours and Libby's elements so well into your piece-- both color and design-wise-- that you'd never know it was two separate artists who contributed. Stunning work!

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  36. melanie, i love that acid green with the handmade glass. it's just perfect. also love the ceramic with the lampwork. they seem so happy together!

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  37. Aren't Libby's beads the yummiest? I love how well the colors and textures pair with your ceramic beads. I especially love the way you layered the focal with your pendant. That is a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing your creations! So glad you got to play in this Bead Soup. It was yummy!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  38. Both pieces are wonderful! Love the acid lime green...one of my favorite colors. Best of two elements lampwork beads and ceramic!!!

    Smiles, Pam

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  39. Your colors are AMAZING! Its so much fun to see you work with these brights while keeping your fabulous earthy feel. What a wonderful mix and 2 amazing pieces!

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  40. Your porcelain beads are really a wonderful contrast to the beads from Libby! I like both designs very much, and couldn't make a choice which one I like more!

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  41. Beautiful necklaces. Really like the earthy colors. Great job!

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  42. Love what you created & I LOVE the color on this pendant!

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  43. The lime green palette is amazing! Your porcelain beads add a nice contract to Libby's soup beads. Beautiful and cheery creations!

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  44. I love Libby's beads and I love your components! The two are a match made in heaven! Great job with that pop of bright color that you added! These are fantastic!

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  45. Beautiful beads and beautiful necklaces. Love how you mixed your connectors and pendants into the designs. Great pop of colour!

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  46. What great necklaces - both of them are just tasty! It probably never would have occurred to me to use lime green, but it's absolutely perfect!

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  47. great job, I bet it was fun playing with these components, drool drool drool

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  48. Beautiful work. You made some gorgeous beads look stunning. I love them

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  49. I love the necklace that you created. It is simply stunning. What a great job :)

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  50. I love the green in the first piece. It creates a lovely spring time look with the lampwork. The second piece is exceptional as it perfectly highlights the lampwork yet still lets your tree be the feature. Amazing!

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  51. That lime green work PERFECTLY to brighten up both of those necklaces. I love that pop of color you gave to them. Excellent!

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  52. Really beautiful necklaces...love the wway the lime makes the colors just sort of brighten!
    Sonya

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  53. Love the addition of the lime green, my favorite color. It really pops the glass. Very nice!

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