The beads I received from Hanna Rossner.
I knew right away I would be making two necklaces with these beautiful flame worked glass bead focals that Hanna made herself. The blue flower bead reminded me of a bell so I decided to use it as one of the dangles from a lariat necklace. The freshwater pearls she sent were really fun and I will work them into something at a later date. I made sure to use pearls in my necklaces as a nod to the ones Hannah sent.
What I love about a lariat is that it can be worn so many different ways. There is no clasp. It’s like wearing a long scarf made with beads. The necklace is 52″ long so there is a lot of potential for variety. But the length made it a challenge to photograph in different styles of wear.
While I did not use some of the smaller handmade glass beads that Hanna sent, I made sure to add in several other lamp worked beads that I had been hoarding. The little carrot-like beads at the end of another dangle are from an experiment of mine with translucent polymer clay. (I wasn’t trying to make carrots!) The faceted yellow bi-cone beads that Hannah sent were what inspired me to work with the blue/yellow color scheme. The larger yellow bead at the end of the 4th dangle is a ceramic bead from Greece that I’ve had lying around for at least 20 years. I had so much fun embracing Lori Anderson’s hoarding theme when using the beads I had on hand.
(That is not dandruff on the mannequin’s black shirt. She has no head or hair! I ran outside to get these last minute photos and it was snowing. March in Maine, oh well.)
The next necklace is actually the first one I made the day after Hannah’s beads arrived. The beautiful glass heart was such a necessary reminder that spring was going to get here eventually. I knew right away I wanted to use some silk ribbon I’ve had for several years. The clasp is a slider bead I designed from silver metal clay to use with these cords, so it too had been sitting around waiting to be considered again. (Hoarding theme!) The slider bead allows the necklace to be worn at several different lengths. I knew that pearls would really make the flower on the heart stand out so I used some large hole pearls I bought last year. The dark and light pink beads are resin, there are green flame worked beads (in this case not Hanna’s, but only because the holes in these were big enough to accommodate the silk ribbon), the pink and green saucer beads are unakite, and all of the silver beads are ones I made from precious metal clay.
Last of all the little brass dangles. Who doesn’t love a dangle?! I would hoard them too. They said “earrings” to me. I used two more of my translucent polymer experiment beads along with some pearls, glass and some of my handmade silver discs.
What a fun challenge this was. It did exactly what I think the Bead Soup party is intended to do. It got me back to blogging, stirred up some creative juices, and introduced me to new friends who love to design and make jewelry. Below is a list with links to the other participants of the BSBP. I’ll be spending the weekend browsing through everyone’s work. Starting with my partner, Hanna Rossner, of course! (You can click on her name first too!)
Many many thanks to our wonderful hostess Lori Anderson. She is an inspiration in countless ways, not the least of which is her ability to stay upbeat and connected while fighting a ferocious battle with Lyme disease. Hooray for her energy to revive the Bead Soup Blog Party!
All the rest of the lovely participants:
Ann Marie Hodrick
Hajer Waheed Khalil
Kathleen A Breeding
Michelle Escano Caballero
Robin Lynne Showstack
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Inge von Roos
Lori Bowring Michaud
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Marianna DeLuca Wehner
Donna Marie Hanna
Terry Jeanette Carter
Tomorrow (Saturday, 3-25-17) is the big reveal day for the Bead Soup Blog Party. This means I’m racing around at the last minute to take photographs of what I made from the beads Hannah sent to me over a month ago. I was inspired right away and I actually have the pieces all done, but taking photos of jewelry is something I put off doing over and over. It’s one of the reasons I don’t keep up with my Etsy site very well.
Maybe it’s because I have my photography set-up in our basement which is cold at this time of year, not to mention it’s usually a big mess. It’s the place where everything goes to “get out of the way.” My husband and I both contribute to the pile up but he is usually the one who does something about cleaning it up. Bruce is a lobster fisherman, who hauls his boat and traps out of the water for the winter months while he repairs and builds new lobster traps. He also repaints his 800 buoys, repaints the bottom of his skiff, paints his oars and measures out new rope for some of his traps. Eventually he runs out of things to do before his boat is back in the water. So he takes on “clean up chores” around the house.
As he was getting ready to leave for the U.S./Canadian Lobstermen’s Town Meeting yesterday, he asked what I would do with all my time to myself for the next two days. “Well, I need to finally take some jewelry photographs,” my reply.
“Oh. Well….when I cleaned up the basement I sort of piled things up on your photography table… Just throw out what you don’t want and make a pile of the things you want to keep.” (Argh!)
Fishermen’s survival suits airing out on the pool table in the clean basement.
The thought of having to work my way through piles to get to my little photography corner made me procrastinate even longer. But, as I entered the basement with a load of silver beads to fire in my kiln, I turned on the heat in the “clean” area of the basement and thought, “let’s see how bad this is. If I clean up the area now, I’ll be able to take the photos tomorrow with a fresh start. It might not be so bad.”
And, you know what? It wasn’t so bad. It took me less than an hour to get my area ready to go. That is where I am headed now.
Some photo props, now all in the same area.
The photo cube awaits…
After a week away from home, visiting friends in New York and family in Baltimore, I returned to the island to find my beads from Hannah Rossner had arrived! Woo hoo!
I love getting packages in the mail, don’t you?
I think Hannah and I were on the same wavelength when we sent each other some lamp worked beads. Check out Hannah’s blog Good River Beads and Jewelry to see her work and what she said about my contribution. (Remember, we’re participating in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. It’s the bead hoarder’s edition. We’re to send beads that we’ve been hanging on to for a long time and explain why we’ve hoarded them. Okay, so neither one of us remembered to add that little note. I’d say we’re a match!)
Be sure to check out Hannah’s Etsy Shop to view her amazing work. Our styles are so different. I don’t know how she does all that intricate bead work. It’s quite detailed and beautiful. And she is a lamp work artist. Which means she makes her own beads, holding rods of glass and a steel mandrel in and out of a gas flame. I took a two day workshop in this once and believe me, I know it takes years to develop that skill.
Click on Hannah’s photo below for a link to her Etsy site. Get a cup of tea, and get ready to take some time for visual stimulation. You won’t be disappointed!
Below is the photo of the beads I sent to Hannah. (It was camouflaged in the last post.)
The lamp work bead was made by Mindy McGregor who sells on Etsy. The teardrop head pins are made by Jennie Yip, and also purchased on Etsy. The fine silver beads are made by me. (My own Etsy shop is for the jewelry I make, but you would never know because my Etsy shop is bare. Every month I think, “okay, time to remedy that.” And every month something else comes up. I even have the inventory on hand, so what is that all about? Oh. I just remembered. It’s the photography. Something that I can put off as well as I put off cleaning the oven. Once I start, I can totally get into it. I just can’t seem to want to get started.)
Hannah and I and the other participants in the BSBP have until March 25 to reveal our designs with another person’s hoarded beads. That is the big reveal day, now less than 3 weeks away. Not a bad way to jump start my creative process and start to make friends with my own writing.