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Friday, 26 April 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party - Reveal


So it's that time again. The Bead Soup Blog Party 7, third reveal. My partner is Agi Kiss of Moon Safari Beads, from Hungary. Here's a reminder of what she sent me. She made all those awesome colorful polymer clay beads herself.


So my first piece is a necklace, using Agi's large silvery pendant, and the hook part of the clasp.


It's knotted with 8 strands of dark green waxed linen cording. I used some lovely rustic tumbled stone nuggets of Amazonite Blk Tourmaline, and some twisted silvery beads nearer to the back. A chunky chain around the neck to add some length, and the clasp sits somewhat to the side when hooked on to the chain.


Well, I have to admit I totally took this style of knotting with many cords from Erin Siegel, who had a beautiful necklace and bracelet published in the spring 2013 issue of Stringing Magazine. I absolutely completely fell in love the first time I saw it. And it was great making my necklace using this technique. At first I was a bit nervous if I would mess up a knot somewhere along the line, and therefor would have to waste all the linen cording because of that, but I very soon understood how to go about it all. It was not difficult, you just have to be thinking about what you are doing very conciously. All those cords create a beautiful effect, particularly suitable for necklaces in my opinion. 

Here's the link to Erin Siegel's own blog post, where you can see and read about her necklace and bracelet. (I had a smaller picture of them here before, but I noticed in my comments that quite a few people mistook it for one of my own designs. So I replaced it with this link instead. I am so sorry for causing that misunderstanding. It was not my intention at all.)

I don't often use large pendants like the one Agi sent me. So she had found a good thing to challenge me with there. :-) I am very happy with how this necklace turned out. Everything comes together in a nice bold, rustic and bohemic style. And I feel I have discovered and learned a few nice new things along the way. Thank you both, Agi and Erin!!!!



Agi also sent me a large blue rivoli bead. And even though I am a seed beader to some extent, I have never bezeled a cabochon or rivoli before. I never thought I would actually. Never felt the lust to be honest. But hey, now I kind of HAD to, didn't I. All that sparkle just begged for it.


My first attempt was not at all successful, the bezel became way too deep so to speak. But number two worked well, fitting just perfectly. And from there I just continued, figuring it out along the way. And it became a ring. I played with the color combos, trying to make something different and unusual. And this ring catches attention directly. I will wear it tomorrow at the party I am going to. :-)


The inside offers a little surprise, only visible when the ring is taken off. I like little details like that.



So once more a successful party experience for me. Thank you so very much Lori Anderson, for being the magnificent hostess you are!!!!!!!!

But oh, why didn't I make something with Agi's wonderful and colorful polymer clay beads? Well I did. And took it apart. Then I did again. And took it apart. Not happy with what I made. I felt my creations didn't do justice to Agi's beautiful work. But I am not giving up. One day, hopefully soon, you will see something where I have used them. 

Here's the link to our hostess Lori's blog, PrettyThings, where you will find the full list with all the links to all the other participants of the 3rd reveal of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.

But first I think you should check out what my partner, Agi Kiss of Moon Safari Beads, made with the beads I sent to her.



All my best,
Malin

52 comments:

Nan Smith said...

Beautiful work! I love your necklace with all the knotting.Inspires me to try something similar.

A Polymer Penchant said...

I have no doubt you will make something perfect with her beads, such beautiful colours! I love the treatment of the stone with all the linen cording it's the perfect rustic complement to such a little villages ape pendent - never seen one like it, it's lovely. Great work!

WhimzicalGrace said...

Wow I love the ring very inspirational!!! Please check
out my Hand Beaded Jewelry

adlinah said...

I thought the necklace was awesome until I came to your ring....that is one pretty ring! Love the detail you included on the inside. Beautiful work on your soup!

Regina said...

Love love love the necklace! The technique, the design and beads and the components, just lovely!

maryharding said...

The way you chose to construct your necklace goes so well with the pendant your partner sent you. Your necklace is beautiful and stately. Would be a thrill to wear!!

Linda Y said...

Beautiful necklace. Love the technique you used. It is just spectacular. Love pieces all.

Pepita said...

I really love your necklace with knotted linen, all the details in it and the pendant is so beautifully particular. Fantastic!

moonsafari said...

I love your pieces, Malin! :) The knotted necklace is so original, i love the rustic beads you used. The ring is awesome too, I'm happy you tried bezeling a rivoli :) The colors of the ring look great together, but I'm not surprised, you are a master of combining colors :)

Thank you also for the bead soup you have sent me, I'm so happy with all the new pieces of jewelry! :)

Claire Lockwood said...

These are great, Malin - as per!

the Moon and Seven Stars said...

I love these. The knotting on the necklace looks wonderful and the ring is just jaw-dropping.

Suntsa said...

Wonderfull necklace; very stylish and original. And you took a challenge and made so beautifull ring. I have also that kind of rivoli but I haven´t used it yet. Maybe some day I´ll make something like that.

Ps. I loved so much the soup you sent to moonsafari.

Barbara said...

That is a necklace that I would wear everyday!!! It's right up my alley! I've been swooning over that set that Erin designed in Stringing as well!

...and the surprise on the inside of the ring??? <3

DArsie Manzella said...

Beautiful Malin! I enjoy your work and these are no exception~

Catherine King said...

Wonderful Malin, thoroughly enchanted with the knotting and the entire composition.. Lovely!

roomforchange said...

That ring is total perfection!!Fantastic knotting. Just fab!!

vintagesusie said...

So beautiful Malin, as always your soup turned out FABULOUS!!! Your creations are always amazing...GREAT JOB!!!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the necklace. I like the idea of using 8 strands. I have used 4 in my necklaces and they don't look as robust as they should.

Great job on the ring! Well done!

Bobbie said...

You met the challenges in a great way, and made a couple of really lovely pieces. I know the focal was really outside of your comfort zone, but I like the rustic linen knotting you used. And I'll bet the ring was a hit at the party when you wore it!

Shyme said...

Härliga smycken!! Dina sydda smycken är så lättsamma i färgval :) Halsbandet är elegant och bohemiskt på samma gång. Wonderful work!!

sam Waghorn said...

Love how you beaded your ring, and the linen knotted necklace is gorgeous you have made me want to try that as well.

Rachel said...

I never would have known this was your first time using the linen cord with that technique--it looks perfect!

bailaora said...

great pieces, especially the necklaces, congrats!

Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design said...

Beautiful designs! The ring is wonderful and so colorful...sure to receive many party compliments!

kathy stemke said...

I adore the necklace. Your technique is impeccable. the necklace made my favs list which will be posted sometime tomorrow.
kathy

*Kel* said...

I absolutely love the knotted necklace you made! Beautiful, all of your work!

Cece Cormier said...

Love the knotting. Looks great.

Barb Fernald said...

What a cool necklace with all of the knotted linen. The beads you chose and the multi strands really balance the large focal. A great piece! Bravo for making a ring too!!

Shel said...

Oh your necklace is just deliscious!! I LOVE anything knotted and this is fabulous. And your ring - wow!! How you manage to work w/those tiny seed beads is beyong me! :-) Great soups!!

Christine Hansen said...

Mmm, that necklace is just YUMMY! The way you combined that luscious focal with the stones and the waxed linen is classic, and a wonderful take on Erin's design - it all comes together perfectly! And the beaded rivoli?!??? Utterly fantastic, ESPECIALLY the secret detail underneath! I can't wait to see what you do with the polymer clay beads - they are so lovely, I can understand your wanting to do them justice and feeling a little frustrated. (I am familiar with that feeling myself!) That just gives us all a reason to come back to your blog and see what you ultimately create with them!

said...

I love all your pieces, great designs and use of colors.
ciao dall' Italia

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Hello Malin - What a beautiful job you did with the silver pendant. Love the mixture of the chunky beads with the cord and chain. The pink beaded necklace and bracelet came out fantastic as well. Sweet ring too!

steufel said...

Oh Malin, I'm totally in love with this super cute little ring you made out of the rivoli. You always manage to give everything your own little twist. And the necklace with the chunky chain - I would wear that in a heartbeat. I just love your style!

Jeweled Inspirations said...

I really love what you did with the necklace, but the inside of the ring so totally unexpected.!
Amazing job

ThreeRedBeads said...

Love the necklace with the wax linen cord and chunky beads, it really works with the focal. Great job on all your pieces!

ACBeads said...

All three are beautiful designs. My favourite is the necklace with the silvery pendant. Great work.

Just Beads said...

Wow! Your necklace with the large silver pendant is so simple and clean and give the pendant just enough space. I works perfectly together with the linnen cord and the tumbled stones. Great job!

Maneki said...

Snygga smycken! Gillar speciellt halsbanden och inte minst då det första som känns så rustikt och har en skön jordnära färgpalett. (Det andra får mig lite att tänka på variationer på de "vävda" smyckena i Robin Atkins bok Beaded Treasures, trots att det är en helt annan - och snbbare/enklare - här.)

Shaiha said...

I am definitely going to have to take a look at my issue of Stringing. I just love how you used it with both necklaces. Definitely adds a unique touch. Great job!

PiPa said...

As usual a beautiful piece! Love the multi thread knotting

Othel said...

Your necklace is just the style I love to wear! Big and tribal, but the colors are light and feminine. The colors are the best part of your ring, too, although there is very fine seed bead work, too.
Mycket bra!

Cindy Cima said...

Very pretty necklace and the ring is too cute!
Would love to see what you end up creating with Agi's clay beads.

Kepi said...

Beautiful necklace, great designs!

la mar de bonita said...

Charming necklace, Malin! Love the way you knotted the beads to a strand! I also already admired that lovely soup you sent to Agi! :0)

VasDea said...

Wow - such lovely pieces you have made with your soup, especially the necklace, it is perfectly balanced and it is something that I would love to wear. Love the soup you sent your partner too.

Nelly May said...

I love what you've done with your soup. The ring is divine.

pinkchapeau said...

Very nice. I really love the knotted necklace, it's a different approach, and a great look.

Sharon said...

Beautiful, love them all!

Patricia Johnson said...

Your pieces are lovely. Great ring and I love the knotting!

CraftyHope said...

Your necklace really turned out fantastically! Somehow I missed the instructions for the multiple strands from Erin. I'm going to have to go back and take a look at that issue a little closer! Oh, and your ring is just too cute. I love the sneaky surprise on the the inside!

Peikkonen said...

Love your creations, you tackled the big pendant perfectly! Great job with the bezel, the inside surprise is really cool :)

Christine said...

Great pieces! Love the knotting and thanks for the link to the tutorial - I'll definitely check it out!