Monday, November 12, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup

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Who doesn't love bead soup?? Imagine my excitement when this envelope showed up in my mailbox! I was thrilled to be one of the ones selected to take part in the Kalmbach Bead Soup Challenge. Thank you so much for extending the deadline for those of us affected by the hurricane. I was just finishing up my design when my area of the country was hit by Hurricane Sandy. I lost power for 9 days and didn't get my internet back on for another couple of days but am very thankful that we are all safe and did not sustain any property damage. Getting back to normal has taken some time, so I apologize for the delay in writing this post.

I'd like to especially thank the Boston Bead Company for my particular bead soup donation. It was in a color scheme that I don't often work in often, but really lovely, so enjoyed the process even more. I tried many different designs and finally settled on the necklace I've shared. I decided to make it into an asymmetrical design, using the focal as a design element. I surrounded it with 2 of my ruffled lampwork disk beads, which I thought added a bit of whimsy. I also incorporated another pink swirled lampwork bead and a coordinating boro bead on the opposing side. For the focal, I used one of my large boro rounds, a fun indigo boro disk, and then the lovely pearlized rose colored bead and blue/pink rondelle from the soup. The rondelles were my favorite. I may need to contact Boston Bead Company to get some more. I thought the midnight blue faceted rounds were equally wonderful, as were all the soup ingredients actually.

And so, I present to you, my Kalmbach Bead Soup necklace! Thank you all once again! Can't wait to see what the other participants made with their soup!


Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I'm glad to hear that despite the loss of power and damage, you're safe and you're coming back from the super storm!

I think that necklace and this post are both definitely one hack of a comeback :)

Those colors of the necklace just POP! I honestly don't know what I'd do with that soup if I received it; WAY out of my comfort zone for sure.

I think you did a beautiful job!

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Great soup - what great color play and workmanship. Glad you are safe and were able to play and share this lovely piece with us...

Jennifer Cameron said...

Very pretty! You received such an interesting soup and you did fab work with it!

Lori Anderson said...

OMG I love it!

April Grinaway said...

Wow ! Love your work!