Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Reveal

So it's the big day we all have been waiting for.  Since I will be camping with my extended family I wrote this blog early and hope that it posts at the right time.

First off I have to thank Sally of the blog Wire Worked for sending me such a beautiful bunch of goodies to play with.  The challenge was how to edit what was sent into a piece as small as a bracelet since I wear them more often than necklaces.  Making an necklace would have been easier since the pendant she sent me only had one hole but you know me, fearless, I just drilled it.  With so many choices all of them wonderful I put together several things but ended up cutting them apart and starting over when I realized that something else would work better.  After several trys I finally ended up with a bracelet that's perfect for fall and will go with so much of my wardrobe I wondered why I haven't worked in these colors before?   It's time to make some more pieces in the lovely fall colors Sally sent.  Please visit Sally's blog to see what she did with the beads I sent her.
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To see what she sent me click here.

My bead soup bracelet

Bracelet in the long view

Bead soup challenge finished piece
Edited to say:  To drill glass, porcelain, rocks, shells or anything like this you simply use a small diamond bit in your drummel with your piece underwater in a shallow dish.  Go slow, if you need a larger hole than you started with simply work up to that size.  I got my diamond bits at harbor freight,  it was a set of 10 different shapes and sizes.

81 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!!! great colors---i would make this a fast favorite if it were mine!

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  2. Tracy! I love how you drilled another hole in the focal, fearless and very creative!! The bracelet you created is fantastic.

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  3. Really outstanding! Love all of the beads, and the bracelet design is really lovely!

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  4. Gorgeous! I love the colors, and it makes a perfect bracelet. PLease bring it next weekend so I can steal... *ahem* fondle it. :)

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  5. I love the colors and how you made the focal into a link for a bracelet! Very pretty!

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. This is just perfect for the season!! Great work pulling this all together...in a glorious seasonal piece:)

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  7. how pretty, love the colours and what a beautiful focal piece

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  8. A really beautiful piece, I loved what you sent to Sally too.
    Deb x

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  9. What a beautiful bracelet! You certainly made the most of the awesome soup you were sent :)

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  10. Perfect fall bracelet, love the colors.

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  11. It really is perfect for Autumn! Love what you sent Sally too!

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  12. Your soup made me think halloween. Great make. :o)

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  13. Beautiful! I love the combination of textures and colors!

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  14. A really beautiful bracelet and the colors work so well together

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  15. Oh, my, how fun! You will enjoy your soup when you wear it!

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  16. What a beautiful design! Totally love the earthy colors. ♥

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  17. That would be so much fun to wear around Halloween. I love it!

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  18. I love how you incorporated the ribbon in the bracelet band, it give the piece color and bulk that the focal needs. It seems hugged by the ribbon chain and supported by the dangles. Lovely work
    Carrie T.

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  19. FUN! Feels like halloween, somehow - I love it!

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  20. Stunning. I am so impressed you drilled the pendant! Is it clay? It really works with two holes but I wouldn't know where to start to achieve the same :-) really gorgeous piece - it looks like it would feel beautiful to wear - lots of different textures and movement.

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  21. Lovely colours, lovely bracelet. Very halloween!

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  22. That's fantastic! Fall, earthy yummy organic ribboness! It's a beautiful bracelet!

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  23. Stunning, some of my favorite colors!!

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  24. How beautiful! I am not a lover of Fall colors (ME = Redhead who was FORCED to wear orange & brown for my 1st 16 years, because "that's what redheads wear", and they truly are NOT my colors) but anyway, that is one stunning bracelet! Nice creativity!

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  25. Yes this truly a fall bracelet. Well done!

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  26. That's just gorgeous! Rich, dark and delicious. I also give you props for being brave enough to drill that focal. I would have been terrified that I'd break it. The risk totally paid off, though.

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  27. Oh yeah, Autumn is represented well! Love the richness of it. Seriously droolworthy!

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  28. Very nice bracelet with an unusual color scheme.

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  29. REALLY pretty! Gorgeous. I have a hard time working with those colors and you NAILED it.

    I hope you'll join me at the next party -- the badge and dates are on my blog now!

    Love, Lori

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  30. Great bracelet... it has a kind of Halloween feel about it and yet it's something that could be worn at any time.

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  31. I really like the colors in this bracelet. The focal is so pretty. And I think the ribbon really makes it fun, unique, romantic, you name it. I love it.

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  32. Mmmh, lovely bracelet, love how you picked just the right colors and items to bring forth the beauty of the focal.

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  33. great job with your soup, that bracelet is beautiful!

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  34. I really like it! Beautiful bracelet. Greetings from Poland :)

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  35. Your bracelet turned out beautifully! I love the colors and the layered details. Wonderful job!

    Julie & Andrea

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  36. This is sooooo October! Perfect fall colors

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  37. Perfect for fall is right! I love how you added the black fiber to the piece. That really makes the colors pop! I bet this bracelet is really fun to wear!

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  38. Wow! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture and that focal is amazing! Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
    Lori

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  39. Oh, that was fearless, just drilling into it. I wouldn't dared (probably wouldn't even got the idea to alter it), but it really was worth it. The bracelet looks fab! Like the knotted ribbons too. Great job!

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  40. I'm a bracelet person too and am already thinking that's what I need to focus on next Bead Soup. What a beautiful selection of beads you had to work with and the outcome is outstanding. Gorgeous.

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  41. I love what you made! Love the colors and the textures. Those yellows and oranges are just the right proportion so they don't overtake the rest of the work. Great job!

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  42. Beautiful! I love the rich, fall colors and textures!

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  43. All that taking apart and putting together really worked out for you, it's a beautiful bracelet. You're right, it's perfect for fall.

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  44. love your soup. I've been wanting to do something with fiber lately.

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  45. Amazing soup! Color and texture abound. Lovely work...

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  46. Love it - the orange is gorgeous!

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  47. Oh, how lovely! You're right, perfect for Fall. I just love all the rich texture and the warm colors!

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  48. I love how you designed your piece! That center focal is just wonderful, great fall colors. Thanks for swinging by! Riki

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  49. First, I hope you had a wonderful time camping. This is just the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors. I just love your bracelet, the colors are so deep and beautiful, great job!

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  50. A wonderful harvest bracelet! The colors are excellent, I thought about Halloween!

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  51. I love the design and the combination of elements.

    Thanks for the visit and the kudos.

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  52. Love the bracelet and how you approached it and put it together so stylishly..I am impressed you drilled another hole..that would have scared me silly! Is there a trick to doing that without it cracking or breaking totally?
    jenni

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  53. your bracelet is so beautiful, love the sari-silk
    Grüßle
    Doris

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  54. I love copper as well visit my copper Etsy
    http://CopperCandyJules.etsy.com
    Love your piece
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  55. Tracy!
    I love the bracelet you did a fantastic job!

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  56. I'd have been nervous as a cat trying to drill through that focal! But what a wonderful result -- the bracelet is scrumptious!

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  57. Beautiful! And what lovely colors for fall.

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  58. I absolutely love your piece - such a beautiful composition! :)

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  59. A beautiful Fall design. Love what you did with your soup.

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  60. Fantastic piece! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,
    Emanda
    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  61. You are gutsy...way to go with making another hole in the focal! It's what this challenge is all about, thinking outside the box. Nice work!

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  62. I met Sally this weekend at Artbliss and oooohed and aaaahed over your beads! You guys made a great pair for inspiration.
    Take care!
    Jen

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  63. Beautiful bracelet, beautiful colours! Love how you added the fibers :)
    Geanina.

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  64. great colors--just in time for fall. I love all of the textures.
    Michelle

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  65. Beautiful and fun design. I like your use of mixed media. Perfect for the autumn season!

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  66. That is a perfect autumn piece... I am sure you are getting tired of hearing it, but it is what it is. :) You did such a beautiful job on it too. I love the layered look and everything.

    Melissa
    http://design.kcjewelbox.com

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  67. That turned out gorgeous! I love everything about it and I hope you are wearing it lots because it would be a shame to keep it in hiding.

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  68. Wonderful bracelet, great with the autumn/halloween colors!

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  69. Really pretty and perfect for Fall!

    Ambra

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  70. The Focal is incredible! What you made with it is nothing short of amazing!! :)

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  71. Great texture and perfect for Halloween/Fall!

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