Saturday, March 3, 2012

It's Finally Here! - Bead Soup Blog Hop.

Welcome to the Fifth Bead Soup Blog Hop and what I’m turning into “Bead Soup Week”. I decided as I created these pieces that there were many things to talk about while creating them. Everything from a tutorial on how to make those earrings without having your discs slop around to using the symbolism of various objects to your designing advantage. It will be a full week so I hope you’ll hop back here again.






Besides posting all of these photos of what I created I’d also like to introduce my partner in this challenge Rebecca Sirevaag . She sent me some wonderful pieces to work with. I so loved the colors she sent but when I couldn’t find matching additions in my stash I had to drop one of the colors (that beautiful ice blue) and find a different route. (You can hop on over to Becca's blog to see what she made with the stash I sent her.)

From Rebecca’s soup I had plenty to work with despite dropping the blue from the palette. I used the copper stamped leaf, the butterflies went into the earrings, almost all of the brown beads and spacers, all three of the copper beads (two in the smaller necklace, which is meant to wear alone or as a duel piece with the longer necklace and a different one in the large necklace), plus the toggle, and the gold aventurine discs.

To Rebecca’s stash I added a ton of miscellaneous items and went wild. It was her copper leaf that sent me on this earthy combination full of symbolism. You can see the silk, the linen thread, feathers, pearls, seed beads, and several ceramic pieces I made for this piece, my lampwork bird, and many others.

I’m not going to go into what possessed me to go in this direction or what it all means. I’ll save all of that and several close-ups of how I put it together for tomorrow. For now, enjoy the hopping around this list from the Fifth Blog Hop and don’t forget to leave a note or two along the way.
Just click below and it will take you to the list. Have Fun.


59 comments:

Heidi at MyBeadTherapy said...

Oh my gosh - absolute work of art! I love the top piece! It just cries out to be explored. :)

Cherry Obsidia said...

Awesome...

Heidi Post said...

That necklace is so cool. It looks like something I'd see in a Voodoo shop (I do live in New Orleans, after all), until I looked up close and read the saying and saw the sweet birdy. But it definitely has that tribal colorful style. Very very cool.

roomforchange said...

Awesome necklace. Love it!!!!

said...

awesome necklace!
I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit you all, this experience was great :)
ciao ciao

jojosbeads said...

Wow, gorgeous! I love the mixed mediums.... especially the feather :) x

Kathy Lindemer said...

I will be interested in your blog about symbolism of various objects to your designing advantage. Looking forward to it!

Janel said...

I love the feathers and fabric. Can't wait to see more!

Alesha said...

Oh, Sharon, that is fabulous! So boho...very chic! :)

Pam Hurst said...

just love the necklace, it is so not me that I really love it! great job

khess136 said...

the copper, the fibers, and the clay all add up to fantastic pieces! love it all!

Sandra Young said...

I love how you used the bird bead and the feather. Lovely pieces. Those butterfly earrings are so pretty!

Sharon Driscoll said...

Oh You Guys! I'd love to see a VooDoo shop in New Orleans. Heidi Post you have got to tell me more!!!!!! Thank you everyone. It was definitely a departure from the norm for me but I loved doing it.

Moobie Grace said...

WOW! What a statement piece...absolutely art on your neck!! So much to look at...and it works so well together!

Jean said...

such an exciting piece I totally love it!!

JanelDudleyBeads said...

Love the character that your jewelry has!

CraftyHope said...

That tailsman piece is AMAZING! I tried to create something similar a few weeks ago for a different challenge and definitely did not pull it off this well.

I'm going to become a follower (thank you bead soup blog hop) and can't wait to see what's in store for the week ahead!

mairedodd said...

isn't that the most beautiful part of this challenge? that you depart from your norm? this piece is wonderful -

maryharding said...

Love your wild necklace. It is such fun. Look forward to your posts this week.

maryharding said...

Love your wild necklace. It is such fun. Look forward to your posts this week.

Alice said...

I just love the colors and textures of all your pieces! They beg to be touched.

Barbara Lewis said...

This is amazing! I just love the tribal feel of it. Your composition if perfect!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

How unique! I love the word stick you added to it. So much to explore in it!

Alicia said...

I'll make sure to come back to read more about the symbolism - I like what you did with your soup ingredients, lots of flavour!

becca said...

Love your color combo. Really like the earthy/tree combo. Beautiful work.

vonna said...

Holy WOW! I just want!
I wonder if the feather tickles! ;)

Marie Cramp said...

Wow! What you made is just fantastic!!

Karyn B said...

Oh, love everything but that first necklace is so rich, and I just want to run it through my fingers and look at everything going on with it.

Jenn said...

I love your creative approach to your bead soup! So pretty. I look forward to seeing what you make in the future!

Jean A. Wells said...

Sharon, your necklace is beautiful. I love the feathers and the tribal look of it. You did such a great job. But, I knew you would.

Ann said...

Definitely a statement piece. I'm sure that there is a great story associated with each of those dangles. Love the earrings too.

Jessica said...

LOVE this! Beautiful.

adlinah said...

What a super cool necklace! Always amazed at those of you who know how to work with fibre, silks etc. Great work!

Mariposa said...

looks like a fetish necklace, very interesting!

Cindy Cima said...

What fun creations - I love them all! Butterfly earrings - love them!

steufel said...

Oh my, that is sooooooo cool! LOVE!

Rochelle said...

Ooooo! So wild! I love it!
The quote pendant is beautiful.

Kat said...

Sharon this is just so interesting it's just the most creative I have seen. I love it. Are you related to a Bill Driscol that moved to CA and then I think he may have moved back to PA before he died. Have a great Sunday!

Shanti Johnson said...

From a tru blu hippie beach grrl I'm IN luv w your design! Breathtaking! I'm gonna be ur newest follower! I honor u!

Lara Lutrick said...

Sharon, great items. I'll be checking back to see more of your items this week.

Metal Me This said...

What an amazing piece of art! I love it.

Marcie Abney said...

I love the chunkiness of this piece! These necklaces have such great movement! Congrats on a beautiful piece!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

That first necklace is absolutely incredible! I have never seen anything like it, absolutely beautiful :) LOVE the sari silk!

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Wow! I so love all the textures of that necklace you made. Totally vibrant and awesome. I love all the colors you worked into it.

Patti Van said...

You did an awesome job! She sent you some gorgeous copper components, which I have only recently begun to design with! Beautiful!

Rebecca said...

So creative and fun and wonderful to look at! I would love to see it 'on'. It's one of the most original and creative pieces I've seen on this hop so far!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous! Truly awesome - so many fun pieces incorporated into this design!

Kat BM said...

your right that feather is to die for! and you made such a kewl necklace with it!

Spirited Earth said...

love your soup mix and what all you made from it.

la mar de bonita said...

Oh that tassel is awesome!!!!!! I surely will come back to your blog!

Donna said...

Beautiful work. Unique. Love how you incorporated feathers and fabric into your design.

Maneki said...

Lovely jewellery! The necklace feels very colourful and creative. I really like the design, the message and the (hidden) symbols. Fab job!

Mandi Ainsworth said...

Love your piece! Definitely qualifies as a work of art :)

Jennifer Cameron said...

The advantage of taking an entire week to do the blog hop is that I got to see your subsequent posts for bead soup blog hop week. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your process and loved the sketch. Your design is incredible...so much to see and touch and hear.

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Your necklace and earrings are great great! I love all the dangles in your necklace. Really beautiful!
Sonya

Lisa Michele Creations said...

Amazing piece! Art is the tree of live...stunning!

Charlie said...

I really love what you created. It is so soft!

LoriF said...

You win my vote for the most interesting piece! Love the whole of it.

Sandi Volpe said...

Very cool necklace, love the fibers.