Saturday, 25 March 2017

Here I am finally!!!!

Welcome to the 9th Bead Soup Blog Party, Hoarders Edition hosted by the wonderful Lori Anderson, creator of the original Bead Soup Blog Party. Despite suffering through some really difficult health issues over the last couple of years she has returned better than ever with this year's event! There are approximately 150 international bead and jewelry artists participating today. The idea is to send some precious, hoarded beads to a partner chosen by Lori who sends similar treasures to you.Each person attempts to create jewelry that does justice to the beads they receive and posts pictures of it on their blog on the day of the party. It is an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself and make new friends all over the world and the day of the party gives all of us much inspiration and eye candy when we hop around to the other blogs to see everyone's reveals!
My partner is Sandra Wollberg from Germany who sent me the most beautiful handmade lamp work glass beads that she has hoarded for years. They are a wonderful soft, rich colour of spring green and stumped me for a long time. In the end I decided to keep it simple and to just highlight the beauty of the beads with a classic bracelet with copper accents. This is a lesson I've finally learned after years of jewelry design. It's sometime best to let the beads speak for themselves instead of trying to overpower them with my own message.

I think I will get a lot of wear out of this bracelet since it's just my style, simple and classic. I've realized that every piece doesn't have to be a statement piece! Now I just have to add a clasp and it's ready to go!
Unfortunately the beads that I sent to Sandra have been lost in transit and I'm just devastated that she hasn't received them. I'm hoping that she will still receive them and will have the opportunity to enjoy them. Here is the teaser photo that I took of the beads I sent.

Thank you sticking with me this far. Please hop on over to Lori's blog and see what she has created , then check out some of the other wonderful artists participating in the party!
Lori Anderson :: Hostess



40 comments:

  1. You had me at green lampwork. I hope the postage sprites are kind. I'm glad you could participate.

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  2. Great lampworks and fantastic bracelet! congrats!

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  3. You honored your partner's treasure beautifully - it is tricky sometimes to hold back and let the beads shine out, but you did a great job. You'll have a great time wearing this!

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  4. Hi Nan, The copper accents that you chose paired really well with the beautiful green lampworked beads. Your simple design let the beads shine perfectly.

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  5. Green and Copper are an amazing combination and your bracelet is a wonderful design bringing the two together. Your partner will get her beads!!!

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  6. I love those beads, and the addition of the chain is a great design. I talked to Sandra and told her that when she makes something with your beads, I'll email all the participants and let them know and post it everywhere.

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  7. What a lovely bracelet! I love the greens in it. Well done!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful bracelet Nan. I could just wear this one every day. Love the combination of all that gorgeousness.

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  9. Beautiful bracelet! I hope your not package makes it to your partner!

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  10. The copper is the perfect choice for those green beads. Love the bracelet!!

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  11. Beautiful bracelet. The beads are fabulous with that lush green

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  12. Very nice bracelet. I'm sure you will enjoy wearing it.

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  13. Well done! The beads do shine bright in your design!

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  14. Those beads are gorgeous as is the bracelet!

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  15. Your bracelet looks beautiful, I love those greens.

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  16. I think that bracelet looks beautiful just the way it is! The extra chain makes it really come together.

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  17. The beads are yummy so I hope you get to wear it a lot

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  18. What a beautiful bracelet, you really made a showstopper with those gorgeous beads! Really hope the beads you sent are going to turn up too.

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  19. Love the copper and green together - so rich and pretty!

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  20. Your bracelet is beautiful! The beads are so lovely, you are right. Classic was a great choice.

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  21. Your idea to highlight the beauty of the beads was a great idea. It is a lovey bracelet, and I bet you'll truly enjoy wearing it. It's easy to see why she hoarded them before passing them on to you.

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  22. The copper your chose really sets off the green beads. Love it.

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  23. What a gorgeous bracelet!! One that I am sure that you will get a lot of use out of.

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  24. Pretty bracelet. I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing it.

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  25. Pretty bracelet. I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing it.

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  26. Simple as it is, it is also one of a kind! The copper findings are a good choice and I am sure the bracelet will not go unnoticed!

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  27. Luscious green beads! So pretty! And a beautiful bracelet.

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  28. Beautiful beads, and I love what you did with them. I know you will enjoy wearing your bracelet!

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  29. Lovely lampwork beads, I like what you've done with them.
    Cheers!

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  30. Love it!. It's always good listening to the beads and keeping the dedign simple to focus on the beautiful lampwork. I do that too and let them speak to me.
    Janeen Burlingame

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  31. Very pretty bracelet! It must be something with Germany because I'm in another swap and still haven't gotten my beads that were sent in February as well :/ I'm sure they'll get to her eventually, and they'll be beautiful! If you keep up with her, maybe have Lori promote it in the group or thru email so her post gets seen.

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  32. Beautiful beads and a lovely bracelet. Sometimes showing off the beads beauty is the right and best thing to do! Very pretty!

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  33. You are so very right about keeping it simple, especially when the beads are as outstanding as those! Your bracelet definitely speaks for itself; it's beautiful!

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  34. lovely bracelet, the greens are so pretty. Hope your bead soup reaches Sandra soon!

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  35. What alovely bracelet those greens just say spring to me!

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  36. Beautiful! Those greens are awesome. Great job!

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  37. Those lampwork beads are lovely and so is the bracelet that you made!

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