Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!!!!

TA DA!!!!!  The day we've all be looking forward to, the Bead Soup Blog Party!!!!  There are 362 participants in this party, You could visit a different blog every day for almost a YEAR!!!! I can't wait that long to see all the jewelry eye candy so I plan spending alot time with my pot of tea reading all of them over the next couple of weeks. I hope you do as well!!  A HUGE Thank You to most organized blog party organizer I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of-Lori Anderson!!!! I hope you'll be inspired to participate in the next Bead Soup Blog Party!


My Partner was Anna Lear of Laughing Raven's Studio.  Anna sent me a wonderful lot of gold charms, turquoise  cross focal and beads, some amazing dichroic beads, faceted onyx beads, hand wrought wire hook clasp and red sari silk. With that wonderful  "soup" mix I created "Angelic Salutation"

Angelic Salutation
 photo ©Barbe Saint John 2011

I wanted to incorporate everything she sent into a necklace but decided to focus on the turquoise beads and red sari silk.  Folks, you all KNOW my fave color is red but I almost NEVER make any red jewelry!! Why? I have no idea but maybe because I surround myself with it elsewhere in my life it doesn't come out in my jewelry work. I don't know but since this blog party is about going outside your comfort zone, I decided to really use red in this piece.  You can click on each photo to see a larger image. 


I used some faceted cherry quartz glass beads along with lots of bronze wire to create organic wrapping. I also added a very detailed antique brass stamping for the centerpiece.  It may be hard to see in the photos but the texture in the inside of it are tiny crosses. 


I also made it really long, which is also outside my comfort zone!  The hook clasp is asymmetrical on the right side if you wear it this way. However if you like to wear things more at collar length, you can double wrap it around your neck, and the clasp centers perfectly in the back that way. 

Thank you so much Anna for sending me such wonderful things to work with!! I hope you enjoyed what I sent to you as well!!!


110 comments:

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Beautiful!

Shel said...

That is soooo cool - I love it! The colors are amazing and the ribbon makes it really pop! Beautiful!

Tammy Jones, JewelryMakingDaily.com said...

Barbe that necklace is GORGEOUS! I love red and turquoise together, and I love using ribbon in jewelry. The cross, fleur de lis, and somewhat rosary feel appeals to me too, living in Lousiana these days, I'm fascinated with rosaries. Very well done and worth the wait!! You're so talented.

carlanda brown williamson said...

wow, wow and more wow! love those colors together also. i want to play next time!

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Tammy said...

Holy crap, I love this! Give me!

Regina said...

Stunning, love the turquoise and red combination. The length and two ways in which to wear it, very versatile... Love it. Just wonderful!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Wow, your finished necklace is gorgeous! I love the long length of the design too. Stunning.
Deb x

Heidi said...

Love it love it love it! You can't beat that color combo. The brass stamping? Plus ribbon? And you're golden. Mwah!

Michelle Mach said...

Gorgeous! Red and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations.

I like that it looks like a piece you would make--I never would have guessed that you didn't pick out all the components yourself.

EmandaJ said...

GORGEOUS!!! We're all being pushed outside our comfort zones -- with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda

http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

Karyn B said...

Oh, how fabulous! Can you ever go wrong with red and turquoise? And it is so versatile. Love both length options.

uptwnsh said...

Sort of a boho rosary, I love it!

T... said...

very nice, love the red with the turquiose......

Ann said...

Very well done, I like the versatility of the two looks. They both work well.

WondrousStrange said...

Really nice work! I like the piece worn high...really shows off the red ribbon.

cw said...

well done, love an asymmetrical piece

Christine Altmiller said...

beautiful colors!

Starseed Jewelry said...

Loving the colors, design, and the ribbon adds such a soft touch.

Laurel said...

Beautiful, Barbe! I'm a lover of red also, but do use it in my jewelry 'cause I'm usually wearing black. But red with turquoise? Mwah! (kisses fingers with a smack) Perfection.

Tracey N. said...

This is stunning. I love that it is asymetrical. I adore your blog name too!

Pearl and Pebble said...

This is fabulous, the colors are awsesome and I love it wrapped up shorter like you have it shown. Really nice!

Courtney said...

I love everything about this piece. The colors, textures, fabric and the fact that you can wear it at two different lengths. This is a piece that I would wear all the time!

Palimpa Lim said...

This is just stunning! Love the color combination and... everything about this necklace!

Sally Russick said...

Beautiful! I love how you can wear the necklace doubled at the collar or long... and the colors are gorgeous!

Shyme said...

Wonderful necklace!

Lori's Glassworks said...

Stunning! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, the turquoise and red have always been a favorite of mine. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!
Lori

ladyhawthorne said...

Love it! Love the color combo, the style, the design, what's not to love?

Suzette said...

Very pretty! Great job!

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

I seriously made an audible gasp as your blog opened. So beautiful!

Sweet Freedom said...

Wonderfully creative! i love the asymmetry, and the versatility. The red ribbon is so striking, and I can't believe how much ribbon has been swapped - I see it almost everywhere I hop! Love what you have done!

Lupe Meter said...

What a lovely necklace! I love crosses and I love that you can shorten or lengthen this necklace! Awesome job!

Sally Anderson said...

That's one gorgeous necklace. I love what you did with your soup!

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

Oh I LOVE it! I adore red with turquoise, and I LOVE the asymmetry and the silk. I'd wear it in a heartbeat, and often.

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

Maggie said...

I adore this necklace! The mix of beads, focal points, fibre, and magic.

Shirley said...

Well, for someone who never uses red, your creativity comes alive with it! This is such a beautiful necklace, and I love the ribbon on the back. awesome piece!!

Shay Stone said...

Love it!

joeymoma93 said...

Beautiful. I love the length and color combo.Truly amazing work.

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love it! turquoise is one of my favorite things!

Anna Lear said...

I absolutely and totally and fanatically LOVE this!!! It would look great worn either way, and your asymmetry incorporates and balances the components perfectly. I'm so glad you enjoyed making it (I get nervous picking out things for other people!) and am blown away by the results!

Elisabeth said...

Wow! I swoon over red and turquoise!

Riki Schumacher said...

So well done, way to go Barbe, really enjoyed reading about the process too. I never make red jewelry too, why is that? Thanks! Riki

Wendy said...

Wow, absolutely stunning! Love the colors and how you can wear it long or short! Fantastic work! :)

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

this is wonderful - I like how it can be worn either long or short! and the colors are perfect... and I like how it's asymmetric - what a nice touch for something that feels so classic and traditional.

la mar de bonita said...

What a great idea to put the clasp on the right side for wearing it double wrapped! I love it! Also these colour combination of turquoise, bright red and a little bit of vintage. Very well done!
Greetings, Michi

horimarika said...

Wonderful!

hello gorgeous said...

I LOVE THIS PIECE!! the colours together are amazing, I love the length, the focal and the cross, I also love that you can shorten it if you so choose...you created an amazing piece with your soup sweetie! ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

BluMoon said...

What a lovely necklace!

Natalie Monkivitch said...

Just gobsmackingly lovely!!!

Lois Moon said...

Gorgeous! The red silk and turquoise are such a winning combo. I love how you combined the very baroque brass piece with the simple cross.

Fire Phoenix said...

Amazing piece! Kinda reminds me of rosary beads.

Christine said...

WOW! I really really adore the red and turquoise combination....and the way you worked with the soup to create this piece is just fantastic. Wonderful!

Christine said...

Two completely different necklaces in one - beautiful either way!!

I LOVE color! said...

Great design. Love the colors
Be Blessed to be a blessing

Therese's Treasures said...

Love your piece Barbe, it has that old world feel.

Alice Craddick said...

Your piece is one of my favs so far. I am not quite sure which way I would wear it. It is pretty both ways. I know what you mean about the red- even the owner of the bead store by me says red is a hard color to work with as it can be red/orange or red/blue. Maybe you will be tempted to try it again soon??
Alice's Beads and Baubles

Boot ~C said...

I love that it is a convertible piece, that red wrapped around the throat is stunning!

Marianna said...

stunning! stunning! stunning! I LOVE the colors and I especially would love to wear it double up like in that last pic! GORGEOUS!

Sandra said...

Oho, this one's right down my alley. Love how it looks a little like a rosary, yet not quite. The turquoise and red are a really nice combination, especially with the brass. And I love that it can be worn in two styles, long AND short, nice!

Marie Cramp said...

It's beautiful! I keep picturing a girl wearing denim and white lace with that necklace on :)

Charlene said...

It is just gorgeous! I love that you can wear it two ways, bot equally gorgeous!

KayzKreationz said...

I love the red and turquoise together. And the sari ribbon is so pretty with it. I really like the length, but also like that you can shorten it when you want by wrapping around your neck for a shorter piece. Lovely.

Andrea said...

I love that your design can be worn more than one way. So versatile. Red is such a great color but besides coral, I don't use it much either in my designs.

Kate said...

Amazingly beautiful piece! One of my all time favorite color combos.

Shaiha said...

Isn't hitting all these blogs the perfect way to drink down one or more pots of tea?

I love turquoise but I always forget just how much it pops with red. Thanks for the reminder.

Lori Bergmann said...

Love the gorgeous necklace you created! Gorgeous! :-)

Beetique said...

This is one of my favs so far in the soup. I'm not a participant but am looking and commenting on most entries.

LeeLu Creations said...

Where do I begin??? Love the color combo to red and teal! Love the versatility of this piece. Love the use of the sari silk. You go girl!

Laura Twiford said...

So very clever! The whole piece works so beautifully but i LOVE it at the shorter length, gorgeous!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

GORGEOUS !! one of my favo color combos red and turquoise and so nice to be used both ways like that JUMM!

Jo said...

Oh that is beautiful! One of my favourite colour combinations, and the silk is the perfect finishing touch.

Kristi Bowman said...

Fantastic creation!! Well done!

Skye said...

Nice work! I love that you made it convertible :) I'd probably wear it as the choker but it looks so lovely the long way as well!

bwheather said...

This turned out just brilliant, very wearable. ;-)

Here Bead Dragons said...

Very beautiful. A stunning piece.

~cryssT

Cory said...

Totally amazing...great components, great design.non

Beadaholique said...

Barbe- we love your designs here at Beadaholique, and this soup is certainly no exception!! Just gorgeous!!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Gorgeous! I love the versatility of your design!

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

I love the versatility of your necklace

Bobbie said...

Fabulous! The flexibility to wear it so many ways, the gorgeous turquoise, and the luscious red - all terrific. This is a truly yummy soup creation!

pinkchapeau said...

The red and turquoise are gorgeous together, and I love the versatility of the necklace!

Penny said...

Gorgeous!!! The color combo is awesome.

Serena Trent said...

I love the necklace with the ribbon. I like how you displayed different ways to wear it.

m.e. said...

LOVE this !!!
especially nice that the length can be varied!
Great Soup!
m.e. :)

Aquariart said...

Really love the long length and the ancient relic/modern treasure feel of the piece. Red and turquoise are wonderful together.

Jenny said...

You had me with the graceful asymmetry and the visual balance of the long necklace. Then the wrapped shorter necklace? Heavens! Gorgeousness!

SueBeads said...

Barbe! It's gorgeous! I love how you can wear it two ways! Fantastic!

Mylene said...

Barb, this is wonderful! I love versatile jewellery that you can wear at different lengths to suit more than one outfit. The red sari silk around the neck really packs a punch and works so well with the bronze and turquoise. Love how you interspersed it with the cherry red crystals to tie all the colours together.

Janet said...

Oh I Love the way this can go two ways! The 2nd way is my fave. Its just beautiful!!!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I really like it that you can wear it two ways. Beautiful design and great use of the color red.

Stacey said...

Really beautiful. I love the red and turquoise together!! Very cool that this can be worn long or double wrapped - versatility is always a good thing!

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I love the colors and the versatility of your design! Gorgeous!

Lyn Foley said...

Very nice - nice long length too!

Suz said...

Fabulous piece! I am the happy owner of one of your necklaces!
Suz

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Nice design and you can wear it two ways! Very nice.

CraftyHope said...

As usual (whether out of your comfort zone or not), you've created something simply stunning. This is a really gorgeous piece! I love every bit of it!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Wow! Awesome pieces. Love the colors. I like the long length.

Molly Alexander said...

What a beautiful piece - red and turquoise is one of my favorite color combos, and I love how you used them together in such a lovely, versatile necklace! :)

Menno Jeweler said...

Love turquoise and red together!! And the versatility of this piece is fantastic!

IAM said...

Very very nice. I love how this lays and the idea of having it double up...so cool!

Wings N Scales said...

Wow...that is a beautiful necklace...I think it looks great both ways...love the colors too!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

What a beautiful and vibrant piece! I love it! Way to go out of your comfort zone and totally rock it!

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Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful necklace. The way you arranged the colors, textures and aspects of the design is wonderful. I can see this piece staying in your family for several generations-reminds me of a lovely heirloom piece.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Well just completely flipping gorgeous and one of my favorite combos of red and turquoise! Stunning!

Terri said...

Lovely colors and composition, you did a soup-er job with your bead soup mix!

maneki said...

Very pretty necklace! Eye catching colour combo: like how you've "separated" the turquoise and red, though I especially like the colours when it's worn as a short necklace. Great job!

chicandfrog said...

I love how it looks when it's wrapped around the neck!

Ambra

Charlotte said...

Your piece is truly wonderful! Has such a sophisticated, yet ethnic, feel. Love the way you used the silk sari material!

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