Friday, August 24, 2012

Grab a spoon, "Chick's Beach" is completed!

My entry for the most recent Bead Soup is completed at last, and I am very pleased with the results.  It took a few days to come up with the inspiration for the set.  As you well know by now,  I am a "beach girl" through and through.  I named this set for Chick's Beach in Virginia Beach, the home of Duck Inn for many years.  I do so miss their She-Crab Soup.

Details of the three pieces: Bracelet, necklace, and earrings.

A big "Thank You" goes to Sandi Volpe who sent me some wonderful beads, hand-made clasps, and the wire that I used to construct it.  She was very generous and sent along a set in silver as well as the gold that I used here.  I'll be making something soon and posting the results!

Detail of the front of the necklace.
So, moving clockwise around the necklace here are some details about the beads that went into it:

  • First is a painted wooden bead with Czech glass beads used as spacers
  • Next is an enameled bead from Sandi, framed with faceted jasper and agate beads with small Swarovski crystal beads as spacers
  • An almond ceramic Elaine Ray bead with small Swarovski crystals
  • A Czech glass nautilus-shaped bead with Czech glass window-cut beads on each side
  • Another brown enameled bead from Sandi matched with small sand-opal Swarovski crystals
  • A round turquoise bead that I wire-wrapped (first time!)
  • (there's a few more that didn't fit into the photo, so more on them below)
  • A glass rondel surrounded by peridot Swarovski crystals
  • Another round turquoise bead that I wire-wrapped (second time!)
  • A Kazuri bead with two mint-alabaster AB Swarovski beads
  • Another Kazuri bead bordered by two Czech glass beads
  • A lovely light-blue enameled bead clasped between two turquoise and bronze cathedral beads, all from Sandi
  • And a cinnabar bead set between Swarovski silk rondels.
    The back of the necklace
Sandi sent the hand-made clasp that I wrapped with turquoise craft wire after adding a small glass bead at the end.  I'm pretty sure it's a Czech glass bead, as I have rather a lot of them and love them a lot!

The focal of the necklace -- lots of nifty details!
The focal of the necklace evolved over the course of the week -- a complex segment with lots of components.  Going clockwise:
  • A Shiva shell bead with green and white glass beads
  • A pair of matched turquoise Heishi beads
  • A sea-green glass melon bead atop a shell bead, both from Sandi, with an oval Czech glass bead and a hand-made wire spiral underneath
  • Three pendants -- two pearl and one Czech glass bead -- and a ceramic focal from Sandi.  
  • I strung a fine gold chain through a hole in the pendant and attached two beach glass beads to either end, allowing the chain to move freely through the focal
  • Finally, on the upper left is an oval Czech bead with two small glass faceted beads on each side.
I also created a small bracelet.  From left to right: A sea-glass charm, a gemstone-faceted agate, a Czech "bottle-cap", a Czech nautilus charm, a filigree enamel bead, a Czech shell charm, a blue wooden bead, a Czech "bottle-cap" charm, a brown wooden bead, a heart-shaped ocean jasper pendant, and a turquoise Heishi bead.

Lots going on with the bracelet

And there's more!  A set of earrings to round out the set.  They're made with peridot Swarovski crystals, glass and sea-glass beads.

Fab! Earrings!
Emma helped by modelling the necklace:
Emma modeling the necklace
Don't forget to check out Sandi Volpe's blog and see the amazing things she did with the beads I sent her way.  And as always, a great big "Thank you!" to our amazing hostess, Lori Anderson.

Peace, Love, and Sunshine,


PS: Now get out of here, you've got a lot of blogs below to check out.  And don't forget your spoon!


Here's all the participants of the 6th Bead Soup Block Party, 3rd Reveal:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

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Sandi Volpe said...

Awesome pieces, Kelley. Love the name and the way they all cam together. On the soccer field all day

Terri said...

Earthy and the way you put your soup together! Nicely done! Hope you have fun hopping around!

Karen Williams said...

Looks like you had a great set of ingredients with which to work!

I love the challenge of Bead Soup - working with someone else's stash.

Unknown said...

Love the soft green's that you had to work with, I definitely can see you wearing this to the beach with a beautiful swimsuit and sarong! Lovely soup!

roomforchange said...

These are lovely pieces. The colour palette is so lovely. Gorgeous!

moonsafari said...

I love your pieces, The colors are so pretty and I like how you used the gold wire. It is interesting that I like gold wire in others´ jewelry but I never thought of using it myself. I feel I can't use it as tastefully as you for example :)

Lori Anderson said...

Sandi sent some neat beads and you rocked them all! The shiva shell necklace reminds me of a jellyfish and I love that. I hope you enjoy wearing these on your trips to the beach!

Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Sandi Volpe said...

Hi Kel,

Back from soccer and finally getting a closer look!! Great job, I really like the way you designed the focal and the pieces came together beautifully!!! I love wire work and would be happy to meet and we can play with wire:-)

Once school starts we should try to meet!!!

Lupe Meter said...

Nice job with your bead soup!! I love all your designs...especially all the little details on that focal!!

Unknown said...

great pieces. Nice

Shai Williams said...

I really like the way you designed the focal. I can so see it accenting the cleavage in a bathing suit.

Kumi Fisher said...

I would so wear these! You did an amazing job!

Anonymous said...

Amazing designs :)

baymoondesign said...

I love the colors of the ocean so your pieces all sing to me. Thank you for sharing all of your design tips.

tappingflamingo said...

Hey, I'm a beach girl too!!!! And I love your pieces! And....She Crab Soup, oh is the BEST!!!!!!! By the way I love VB! Several years ago her dance group went to a dance convention there for competition and classes. We had a wonderful time, and ate She Crab Soup EVERYDAY!

Unknown said...

very very beautifuld esigns! i love the way you've played with beads!

Unknown said...

So glad you had fun.Very pretty pieces as well.Love and Hugs Tanya

Giorgia Rossini said...

love all your pieces!
ciao dall'Italia

Becky Pancake said...

Great designs. I really like all of your pieces. You did a wonderful job of texturing your jewelry.

bailaora said...

very creative pieces! congratulations!

Joanne said...

How beautifully original! Lovely :)

KayzKreationz said...

Very pretty pieces. The're very feminine looking.

Jean A. Wells said...

Love "Chick's Beach". Beautiful set great color. Great job!

Linda Younkman said...

Great pieces. Love the way you used the shell bead in the one necklace.

aneri_masi said...

You did such a great job with the necklace, that focal has been put to very good use :)

CraftyHope said...

Nice work! I particularly like the necklace. There's so many little details to it, that I could just sit and pull it through my fingers studying it. Very cool!

GlassBeadArt said...

Your creations are truly beautiful!!!

CreARTelier - Jacqueline Keller said...

you did e great job with your soup, congrats!

Anonymous said...

I agree - I just want to study that necklace and soak in all the pretty and varied details! Great job!

bwheather said...

I just adore what you've made with your soup. I would totally wear these pieces myself. Love 'em. ;-)

Kepi said...

Very, very nice, beautiful designs.

Lisa Chapman said...

Love that necklace! The focal is beautiful!

Christine said...

Fabulous necklace!! All of the colors work beautifully together - I'd wear it ALL the time!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful necklace, lots of interesting elements and a great focal!

Janeen said...

That necklace is a lot of fun. You put so many components and so much thought into all of the pieces. Great work!

Unknown said...

I was looking for your "bling" post Kelley, but when I saw Chick's Beach I had to keep reading. I moved here from the HR area. Love the beachy stuff too. Happy holidays!

vovsblog said...

stopping by all the blogs taking part in the bead soup blog party. cant wait to see what you make!

VasDea said...

Lovely Necklace - looks like you had fun making it!

Anonymous said...

What a fun summer set!! Nicely done!

Caroline said...

Beautiful... you've done a wonderful job with a lovely soup!

Anonymous said...

I didn't see this! I can't believe it!! Love it, especially what you did with the charms.