7th Bead Soup Blog Party, 2nd reveal
Hi, bead fans. It’s time for round two of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party! Last time I posted, I announced that round two would happen on April 6, but the event was pushed back a week.
I was actually grateful for the week delay. Things have been hectic for me this spring, and the extra week gave me plenty of time to meet the round two deadline.
First, a quick thanks to our hostess, Lori, and my bead soup partner for round 7, J.J. Jacobs. For a quick refresher on all the goodies that she sent, please visit my last post, Bead Soup 7, Check Out These Beads!
Bead Soup 1: The Lariat
When I first saw the two amazing, etched glass focal beads that J.J. sent, I knew I wanted to use them as a set, and immediately I thought about a lariat. I’d never made a lariat before, so I was even more excited to try it. I used waxed linen to string the beads on, picking a turquoise color that would go with the swirling details on the beads, and also act as a unifying pop of color along the strand where I knotted the cord and let it show through. Here is the result:
This lariat might be my new, go-to necklace. It’s nice and long, and the lampworked glass focals have such a nice weight. It’s a joy to wear!
Bead Soup 2: The Experiment
Now I had to tackle the toggle that J.J. sent. And I needed a focal. Recently I purchased a pack of Vintaj Patinas (the weathered copper set), and had been dying to try them out. so I had the sudden brainstorm to color the copper beads and toggle with the Vintaj patinas. I turned the bumpy copper bead into the focal, and set it off with some brown ceramic rounds and a couple brown bone beads for added boho-vibe. Here is the result:
The Vintaj patinas were super easy to use, and my camera did not quite capture how neat these beads turned out. It doesn’t quite show the green on top of the turquoise, or how rustic the patina looks on the aged, dark copper focal. The camera makes it look brighter than it really is. Painting the beads was fun, and was a tiny homage to the artistic prowess of my bead partner.
I didn’t seal the beads or toggle, wanting to see how well the patina held up by itself with regular wear and tear.
I do have a few yummy beads left over from my soup, and will have to use them another day. Now it’s time to go off and see what the rest of my round two cohorts made. You can visit the rest of this week’s participants here: