Hello blog hoppers and beady friends. Today is Reveal #1 for the 6th installment of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. This is my second BSBP and I was over the moon when I heard that my partner was lampwork and jewelry artist Marianna Boylan. Marianna sent me some wonderful soup ingredients including a selection of her stunning handmade lampwork. Here is what Marianna gifted me with:
There were so many ways I could have gone with this soup. I decided to tackle the large focal first. It is a flower bead handmade by Marianna in dark brown with a pale green center. When I say dark brown, I mean really, really dark. It really reads as black so I decided to run with that. Here is the inspiration piece:
I paired this beautiful bead with with some black onyx lentils and faceted rounds from my stash, a few green adventurine rounds gifted to me from Kelley Fogel from the last BSBP and the small twisted connectors that Marianna sent. Here is what I came up with:
The necklace is made with sterling silver filled wire and finished with a handmade clasp. Because the connectors were patinaed, I thought the super shiny silver wire work looked a bit off. Once it was finished in LOS, polished with steel wool and tumbled, it came out just as I imagined it. I have already worn it out and about and it looks great with a simple black tee and jean skirt. Here it is on yours truly last week:
Since I didn’t use the clasp for this necklace, I turned my attention to that next. I really, really wanted to use the amazing orange starfish focal with the clasp but I didn’t like anything I was putting together. I decided to take a break from the bead (nothing ever comes when I force it) and started working on an order for a rosary bracelet that I received on Tuesday. While I was finishing that order up, I realized that I have made dozens of rosaries in the last year or so but none of them for me. Inspiration struck and this rosary bracelet, made especially for me, came quickly:
This bracelet is a real testament to who I am as a person and as a designer. In this piece the beads were all either bargain bin finds (the onyx “Ave” beads and sterling silver spacers) or gifted to me (the silver bali “Pater” bead and clasp). The only retail items are the Via Dolorosa cross and dove charm which I picked up at Ornamentea a few weeks back. I love mixing found items with bargain finds and to have those things culminate in a piece of prayer jewelry makes this piece even sweeter. I made this bracelet last Saturday and have already worn it 3 times. I think this one will be in heavy rotation in my jewelry wardrobe.
Unfortunately that means that I have yet to find a way to use the amazing starfish lampwork focal that Marianna sent me. I have another a piece in the works with it but it is not coming together. I think I may have to set the bead aside for awhile and wait for inspiration to strike at a later date.
Before I sign off, I want to leave you with a little teaser of what I sent to Marianna. Be sure to visit her and all of the other artists who are participating in the blog hop.
Thanks to Lori Anderson for putting together another amazing blog hop and to you for reading this far. Don’t forget to visit the other talented artists who are blogging today about their bead soup creations. You can find a complete list of blog participants on Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party site.
Until next time,