Saturday, September 17, 2011

The most incredible party....Bead Soup Blog Party , that is!

 Welcome!  Get ready to be sucked inside, there are more than 300 hundred blogs to check out - is that not truly amazing?  Actually, the amazing part is the feat of organisation and patience performed by our lovely hostess Lori Anderson of Pretty Things blog. Thanks Lori!   There are links to every blog here - once you get past my contribution.

My partner this time was Cherrie Fick of  En la lumiére in California.  My soup arrived very promptly and I stared and pondered for a good long while.  These were lovely beads indeed, but very far away from what I`ve been working with lately - the whole point of this exercise, so worthwhile, indeed.  In fact, I should say, I`ve mostly been making supplies for other artists this past while, so making a necklace seemed really challenging!  Here's my soup....






I started with the idea of making a hollow branching sculptural tube, designed specifically for that challenging area where the focal joins onto the necklace. This is an idea I've been working on for while and I have a few of them lying around in my studio while I decide what I think of them.  So, I figured I'd better use one myself to see if they worked.  They provide a rigid separator where the focal joins in and hide joining 'clutter'.  That is, of course, if you are like me and not confident with connections.  This worked well with the simple ceramic focal - it allowed some breathing space for the simplicity of that quiet focal, particularly as I realized that the rest of the necklace would have lots going on.




After this hurdle, I decided that the tiny beads needed a setting, a kind of rigid organic bezel which would allow them to be displayed at a different orientation to normal stringing.  Naturally, the bezel is out of polymer, naturally! ( what else, my metal skills are fairly pathetic!)  The idea with this was to unify, display and  provide a rigid element in the necklace that would never drape or sag.  It will always have this curve on your neck, while the other side drapes.  Just an idea I'm pursuing with polymer necklaces...interesting, but requires more work and trial - isn't that just the great thing about this hop?  I try it to see if it works and find that it has potential.







The other larger beads got strung between knots on the other side of the necklace.  I used paper yarn from PaperPhine on etsy (one of my current favourite supply shops on etsy).  I used her fine yarn and twined it for strength.  Then I individually coloured the knots with alcohol pens for fun.  I made a polymer frame for the beautiful carnelian stone as it really deserved to stand out.




Here is a look at the lovely quiet clasp from missficklemedia.  Just perfect for this, I think.









Yes, that was really  mean and sneaky.  I made you look at all the details before I showed you the WHOLE, so if you've come this far, you can see these disparate parts put together.  It's quite a mess o'details... and I'm still looking at it with those eyes that ask desperately "What have I done, does it work?"  I'll have to live with it and wear it for a while to find out, as the proof is in the pudding, as they say.












Pleeease be sure to check out Cherrie's blog to see what she made with the soup I sent her!

Can't wait to see what the hop has to offer, many beautiful pieces and much inspiration...





These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke




19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel







































For a total of 362 people making jewelry!

                                                                              Amazing!


87 comments:

coffeeaddict said...

This is extraordinary. Your work is closer to art and sculpting than jewellery. I'm just feeling inspired right now.
The bezel looks like a pea pod. So brilliant.

Davinia said...

Your imagination just astounds me. This is truly exquisite, I especially love the hollow tube.

SavonFeutré said...

Extraordinary. Wow

KayzKreationz said...

I love it. How unique. Like little peas in a pod on the left. And the frame for the carnelian is cool. Also the connector for the focal. It's inspiring.

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Love the branch you made for the focal and the way you displayed the beads at a different angle is ingenious! Love the frame box around the carnelian stone! The piece is stunning.

susie said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Love the little bead pod and the sprigs! Nice job showcasing that beautiful ceramic focal.

mairedodd said...

innovative and gorgeous... i am in awe of your talent and vision...

la mar de bonita said...

A completely different style to that, what I've seen until now! Very unique, it bears your signature. I like it very much!
Greetings, Michi

Karyn B said...

Stunning, original, lovely! LOVE this piece!

Tracy said...

A gorgeous and original design...love the colours and 'peas in a pod' concept. Stunning!

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.

When I describe you as a pro, I really mean it. Not only are you a legend in the polymer clay world, but you are a true artist in the jewelry design world. I'm humbled and honored that you joined the party!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

Shirley said...

Ok, I'm just floundering here trying to find words to express how awed I feel. That polymer bezel is just the most unusual thing I've ever seen! And I really want to know how the focal fits into the carved wood. So, now I'm going to stalk--I mean follow so I can find out more! So thrilled you were a part of this hop!

Ann said...

Very earthy, I like it:)

Doreen said...

Amazing as always, Claire! I love all your creative touches!

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Wow Claire, I never would of thought of that. You are so creative in ways I never would dream. What an amazing treatment of these beads. I'm sure you have read my blog by now but I was very impressed with your beads. I created two very cool necklaces, like nothing I have ever created. I still have more beads and the large focal to place with. I will send you a message when I get to it. Thanks again for you generosity. Cherrie

Lupe Meter said...

Unique style...love it! Really cool designs...awesome job!

Lara Lutrick said...

Wow that is an amazing piece. Love it.

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Wooow Claire! wonderful as allways as You are a GREAT artist with this creative mind and special eyes to create unusual beauty !!(Your beads are my treasures)

Maggie said...

I feel like I am looking at a museum piece! Love all of your techniques and how well they go together.

Nicki said...

Those techniques you used are so creative. This is exactly why I join bead soup party, not only to see all those pretty necklaces, but to see how somebody comes up with a totally different way of creating something. I love it.

Juli said...

Amazing!
beautiful colours, shapes - really great job!

Jenni said...

I totally love your eye and the innovative way you see things...wearable art for sure! I am intrigued...how is the polymer ring attached to the main organic bezel?
I love the way the small beads sit in their own little pod case..it reminds me of a plant. I also love the frame around the carnelian to highlight it...... you are such an amazing designer, Claire.
jenni

Stories They Tell said...

Claire, you always crack me up when you express dismay about your ability to string things-- you are BRILLIANT! I am so in love with the "channel" element-- what a fantastic idea! I want to see more. And the focal holder-- you came up with two completely original ideas in just one piece. And all promoting our beloved medium, polymer. Excellent and inspiring work, my friend!

Candice said...

I am so in awe of your use of materials. It inspires me to reach further out of my "safe" little box.

Christine said...

What an extraordinary idea, to make that 'bezel' for the beads! I love your creativity here. Nice work!

Cillaw said...

Cool, I love the frame you made for the bead and the casing for the chain part with the little tassels.
So unique and beautiful!
Cilla

Lyn Foley said...

Really interesting and innovative. Many ideas here I have never seen before. Very inspiring. Thank you.

Courtney said...

You are so amazingly creative! I love your work! Love!

BeadsByEarthTones said...

i am always so extremely mesmerized by your work and this, well, this piece is exquisite! i would never have thought to use polymer in such a way...you are truly inspiring, not to mention an incredible artist!

Patternsforbeads said...

This is a great chunky piece, speaks of fall to me

uptwnsh said...

This is really a wonderful art piece! So many innovative and unique elements. I am duly impressed!

Melissa Ruth Pynn said...

Wow, I am really amazed and totally inspired! I've never seen anything quite like this, and am majorly impressed! The polymer bezel... I have no polymer skills (yet) but I've been dabbling in resin. So many ideas are forming to combine the two!

Shay Stone said...

Wow.. that is so clever and different. I've certainly never seen anything like it. iI love the polymer bezel and the whole thing just rocks!

Cindy Cima said...

Very creative - love!!!

T... said...

what a wonderful creation to look at, love all the elements to this piece....beautiful

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture for this fabulous design. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
Lori

artybecca said...

Claire, the pod wrap around the string of beads is genius. I think you just invented something totally new!

Boot ~C said...

this is stunning, I would love to see it on

I LOVE color! said...

Very extraordinarly imaginative use of the beads
Be blessed to be a blessing

Palimpa Lim said...

Oh Claire! So far I have seen some outstanding beautiful pieces during the hop, but this is out of this world!!! You absolutely rocked your soup! I am sooo in love with your necklace!!!!
Amazing! Hopefully the bezel solution works, so we will see more of this in the future!

DaviniaDesign said...

You did make something out of the unusual.
But it works! It rocks.

Christine Altmiller said...

I have Never seen Anything like this! And I mean that in the best way! This is by far the most unique, artistic, beautiful, mysterious piece of the hop. I am so glad I made it here!

Christine said...

Unique & beautiful! So many interesting details!

Carol B said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love your polymer clay work. I'm glad I found your blog. :)

Wendy said...

So pretty and incredibly unique!

Laura Twiford said...

One of the most unique pieces I have seen thus far. Incredibly artistry.

steufel said...

That is a stunning piece - I would never thought of this. Amazing!!!!

Molly Alexander said...

All I can say is WOW - your piece is absolutely amazing - one of my very favorites of this entire hop! I feel like I have learned a ton just reading this post, and am now following you! Great job!

Andrea said...

It has such a tribal feel to it. Art, sculpture and jewelry in one!

Bobbie said...

What an amazing collection of techniques you used here, and how cool the final result is! I really admire how much of yourself you put into this piece.

Regina said...

I bow to your mastery! Love the techniques you have used, intriguing and gorgeous. I will be back to check it out in more detail.

Menno Jeweler said...

You make it all sound so easy...but how can that be? Your work is astounding!

FryeStyle said...

At first look, those rigid, organic bezels looked like silk! What a cool way to emcapsulate beads, like they are in a pod. Very natural. I enjoyed your quality photography as well.

Barbara said...

Amazing Claire! I'm always dismayed about how you question your design! It is truly well thought out and the idea of stitching through the polymer curve into the seed beads? just genius. The pieces you sent to Cherie were simply amazing too.

Elizabeth said...

So unique! So stunning and creative!!!

Deci said...

This is astounding. An incredible piece of art.

Sweet Freedom said...

I love the hollow branch tube connector - very clever!

Kate said...

Gorgeous and innovative. There's a reason you're a legend (to steal Lori's word)!

Beadaholique said...

This is truly one of the most unique pieces I've seen on the hop so far. How beautiful! I LOVE the idea of having a rigid bezel like that. Fantastic job!

4His Glory Creations by CJ said...

This piece feels like it wants to tell a story. It's brave and bold and different. it is as so many have expressed, AMAZING!

Stacey said...

What a truly unique piece - just so original...the way that you attached/anchored those beads to the polymer clay piece is awesome - that paper yarn is just so cool. Great colors/feel to this piece - so organic and natural...

maneki said...

Eyecatching and different design! I really liked how you've stitched the beads into the "tubing". An idea worth developing, I think. The necklace feels very artistic and organic. Fab job!

CraftyHope said...

Goodness, you've got so many amazing things going on in this one piece. I adore the branch segment to hold the focal, it really helps tie in the earthy feeling of the soup you received. Secondly, that bezel you created with the clay is so VERY COOL! It reminds me of a pea pod and I am in awe of it. I'd love to see how it hangs on a person. Your use of alcohol pins leaves me grinning as I do love my alcohol inks as well. Outstanding!

Aquariart said...

Extremely creative and unique!! Love your polymer components- who needs metal with a mind like yours!!
I love the colors, textures and asymmetric design- it all works fabulously- don't doubt your genius, embrace her!!

Heidi said...

You must be some kind of polymer alchemist or something. Each photo made me shake my head in disbelief. Where do you get your ideas from? It's unbelievable! Who cares if you can't wear it - hang it on a wall and shine a spotlight on it. It's ART!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Wow, your work is more like art than jewelry. I could see this in a museum. Stunning. I would so love to try polymer clay I even bought all the supplies. I am paralyzed with fear and lack of time.

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

Lots of interesting details. Love it!

pinkchapeau said...

I'm fascinated with your idea for the polymer enclosures for the beads. Very pretty! I would love to see how it looks on the neck.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

What an artistic piece! I just love the creative ways you used fibers, and the focal is lovely. Beautiful work!

Skye said...

I love that you used it as the perfect opportunity to experiment with your own projects :)

I love the branch and the 'loose' side of the necklace... still trying to decide about the bezeled side... O.o it's a very interesting look and DOES look nice on it's own... but I'm not sure whether I like it as part of this piece... o.O

Marie Cramp said...

Fantastic! Always nice to see what a partner from a previous hop does with a new set of ingredients! Love it!

Terri said...

Amazing design & the photo were terrific. You are uber talented. You really did a Soup-er job with your soup mix!

Raida said...

That necklace is amazing? So earthy and the technique so unique. Beautiful!

Jo said...

Such a unique and beautiful design! I love what you've done!

Jennifer said...

The beads in the channel - like beads in a pod - ingenious!

BluMoon said...

A very interesting and unusual piece, amazing!

Here Bead Dragons said...

Been working my way thru the blogs. I have to saw - this is just an fantastic necklace.

~cryssT

chicandfrog said...

I am really curious to see how it hangs once you wear it. The polymer bezel is such an innovative idea to me!
Ambra

Mylene said...

You've come up with some really interesting solutions to the challenges you were faced with. Designing a bezel channel for the beads is totally creative... love that idea!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Really interesting how you embellished your soup. Nice.

Janina Grigore Jewellery said...

So different and truly beautiful! Wow - you are so creative!Love all the details. Photography on your blog is also great.
And your work on Etsy is just fabulous!!
Geanina :)

Penny said...

Still hopping, I was reading some of the above comments and I will echo what others have said your piece could belong in a gallery. I have never seen anything quite so unique, I think your design is extraordinary.

Marian Hertzog said...

So unique and unusual. I love it! I really like the pod concept.

Manuela said...

I am soooo late (sorry about, was on vacation) but now I am overhelmed and enjoyed every single word you wrote - I feel like coming home on your blog, love everything and even if it is another material you work with I feel so familiar with every single piece.

A truly art-to-wear-piece - congratulations.

Have a beautiful day,
xoxox Manuela

Pearl and Pebble said...

Well I am still hopping, sorry to be so late here. I absolutely love your work and this design is no exception! The pods are just stunning. I can't stop looking!!

Cindy said...

Another visitor still hopping... and wow, was I in for a jaw dropping experience visiting your blog today!! You have really taken the blog party to another level... your necklace is truly stunning. I agree that your branch focal piece looks sculpted, it is incredible. And I really like the variety of beads and textures that you used around the necklace, including incorporating fiber in an unusual way. I know when I think back on this Bead Soup Party, your necklace will surely stand out as a top favorite.