Bead Soup Blog Party — Reveal Day!

The day is finally here!!!

Behold!! This is the soup that the fabulous Kym Hunter sent me:

And this is what I have made:

Work in Progress!

I just love the ceramic heart pendant – LOVE! I took a piece of wire and curved it through the bail, created two circles and tied the ribbon between these circles to keep the heart flat when worn — and to give a strong base to the ribbon.

I went with an asymmetrical look, attached to one side of the necklace are the

raku beads mixed in with the silver daisy spacers, the complementary white Bari beads and I added some crystal from my own stash for sparkle.  ‘Cuz I gotta have the sparkle.

I can’t get enough of that pop of green from the little faceted green beads.

On the other side, I attached a chain that leads up to the adorable hammered silver-tone heart clasp – I wanted to make the clasp part of the design since I liked it so much and it mirrored the pendant.

From the chain, I hung most of the agates, added some fairy bells and some of the crystals I used on the tamer side.  I also tried to use as many of the raku and faceted green beads as I could.  I used different headpins for variety.

I took the silk cord and wove it through the chain attaching the clasp to the “tame” side of the necklace, making little knots here and there.

So here we are! My first asymetrical necklace, my first necklace using a ceramic focal, my first necklace using ribbon — and I am pretty pleased with the result!

I wish it was a better photo.

And here I am, modelling it in all my sunburned glory:

When I tried to tone down the red in my skin, it washed
the necklace out, but here you go!

I’ve worn it to a few family events and everybody asked where I got it.  When I told them I made it they were surprised, they were used to my usual style of square resin pendants or cascades.  It felt good to surprise them!

Hop on, fellow bead soup bloggers!! Attached below is the partner list, just clink a link and hop!
These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel














I am so glad to be a part of this blog hop! It’s been truly fun and I can’t wait to see what everybody else made with their soups!


About leswatkins

Singer/songwriter, jewelry designer, crystal healer, Level II Reiki Practitioner, avid reader, crappy photographer, married mom of two rockerdudes, lover of life.
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39 Responses to Bead Soup Blog Party — Reveal Day!

  1. Really sweet design Laura! Love all the dangles on the one side – very fun. It all compliments that amazing ceramic focal really well. Nice work!

  2. Laura, the necklace is beautiful! I love the asymmetrical design and how the clasp is in the front instead of hidden in the back. I really like the "wild" side with the agate dangles and the fairy bells! Little bells are so wonderful 🙂 I need to use more in my designs.Have a great weekend!

  3. Love the assymetrical design & cute heart!

  4. That turned out really sweet. Love the ribbon in it and the way you attached the focal. Congrats on so many "firsts" for you with this piece. (Hope the sunburn gets better.)

  5. Jenni says:

    I'm loving all those dangles….such a fun piece. Gorgeous focal, too. I hope that sunburn heals quickly!jenni

  6. Very nice – lovely design! I love the addition of the ribbons – it just adds such cool texture to this beautiful piece!

  7. susie says:

    OMGoodness…your soup is DELICIOUS my Friend!!! I adore your design, it's truly stunning! Well done, another AMAZING cup of BEAD SOUP from a very talented designer!!! 😉

  8. LOVE what you did with the pendant! Well done!I hope you'll join me again next time — the blog button and dates are on my blog now!Love, Lori

  9. The asymmetric look is very interesting. Good job.

  10. Astrid says:

    I really like what you did with your soup, I think your necklace is fantastic!

  11. Nice piece! Greetings, Michi

  12. Juli says:

    beautiful colours, shapes – really great job!

  13. I Love this design! The asymmetric pattern works beautifully, very fun. Nice contrast with the dangle beads and the seed beads.

  14. Beautiful! I love the colors, and the asymmetry – lovely design!

  15. Regina says:

    Lovely focal and the asymmetrical design with the dangles is a nice surprise. Very well done.

  16. Maggie says:

    I love the heart pendant also! Love how you put the heart clasp where it can be seen, it's beautiful. Wonderful design!

  17. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, the heart focal is great. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!Lori

  18. Mylene says:

    How wonderful that your friends and family commented! I love your asymmetrical necklace and all the interesting elements you incorporated into it. And even though you were burnt (ouch!!) it's still nice to see it on a real live model!

  19. Deci says:

    What a wonderful asymmetrical mix!

  20. Great design! Love the asymmetrical quality and it looks really fun to wear.

  21. That focal pendant is amazing – what a great ingredient for your beautiful soup creation!

  22. Tracy says:

    Gorgeous asymmetrical design, and lovely heart focal.

  23. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to Sept.16th blog and leave a commentBe blessed to be a blessing

  24. Ok this is just such a wicked cool necklace! LOVE it! So fun, the wild jangly side… way awesome an I love the other side and all together? Fun perfection!

  25. Terri says:

    Oh a lot of work went into this asymmetrical necklace! Beautiful and unique design! Soup-er great job!

  26. Beadaholique says:

    so fun and funky! I love it!

  27. Love all of the dangles and the ribbon!

  28. Fire Phoenix says:

    Beautiful necklace, I like the symmetry between the heart pendant and heart clasp!

  29. Wonderful necklace and I love the asymmetrical goodness. Well done!

  30. Bobbie says:

    Very cool asymmetry! You did a nice job mixing up texture and color but keeping the focus on the focal. Even that honking sunburn couldn't completely dim how pretty a necklace it is.

  31. CraftyHope says:

    You did a great job with this asymmetrical design. Nicely done!

  32. Boot ~C says:

    ouch! I love the mix of everything, seed, chain, dangle,fiber~ fab!

  33. maneki says:

    Very nice necklace! I like the little bow you made, a lovely touch to the overall design. Great job!

  34. LissC says:

    Very unique design! Great job 🙂 The beads you sent your partner were super yummy too!

  35. Christine says:

    Fun necklace – I really like what you did with your soup!!

  36. pinkchapeau says:

    You did a great job , for your "first" time at some of the techniques. I have to agree-the heart focal is gorgeous!

  37. chicandfrog says:

    You received a nice necklace, lovely colours!Ambra

  38. Ann says:

    Well done. Love the pendant and you really showed it off.

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