Monday 7 February 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party - what I recieved and what I sent

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner is Anita Creazioni. I already wrote about her here. Now we have recieved each others soups, so I thought I'd show you what we sent to each other.

For Anita I wanted to create a soup with a rustic and whimsical feeling. Simply because I thought that is basically the only style I haven't seen from her so far (Anita is very skilled at whatever she does craft wise it seems). I believe that must have been kind of Lori's intention when she matched us. And she did it well, coz that is what a lot of my stash consists of. Rustic and whimsical.
I started the soup with two artisan components. The Barn Owl in polymer clay from Heather Powers of HumbleBeads and the Green Color Drenched Clasp from Shannon LeVart of MissFickleMedia.

Those of you who know me well have noticed that I keep mentioning these two bead artists over and over again here on my blog. In fact I just yesterday decided I shall write a post on its own about my love for their beads and components, and how important they have grown to be for my jewellery making. Expect it to turn up within the nearest two weeks or so.
Then I added green rustic glass beads matching the clasp in colour, and wooden beads, three bigger worn ones and a few smaller darker heishi shaped ones. Two Ocean Jasper irregular beads matching the owl in colour. A few greyish peacock coin shaped pearls. Components in Brass, a chain, some square profiled wire, etched jumprings, ear hooks from Vintaj, and some more things. Mr Owl also might need some softness, for a possibility to make it all cosy for himself. So I added a few strands "messy" fibers/yarns. And finally I put in two feathers from a pheasant.

From Anitas soup to me I first noticed the handfelted podlike beads/links. She made them herself especially for me. Wow! I love them! I have never worked with felted beads before.
But hey, then look at this large carved leaf in MOP. I can't belive how pefect it is. So utterly well made, carved from a really thick and beautiful piece of shell. Anita also added some more MOP beads, a bag each of the orange and yellowy seed beads she used on the big felted bead, and a golden toggle clasp.
And just look at that postcard of an Italian cat strolling casually on a street in Rome. Adds a perfect Italian atmosphere to the whole group of beads.

I think Anita has managed to give me a good and tempting challenge with her soup. I still don't have a clear vision of what I will make from her ingridients, I believe I will allow my ideas to simmer for a few more days before I make up my mind.
All my best,
Ciao for now,


Maneki said...

Lovely bead soups, both of them. Can't wait to see what you and Anita will make from them!

Anyway, jag kom hit i ett annat ärende egentligen. Du önskade en större bild på mitt armband så här kommer det: Hoppas de är tillräckligt stora för att visa lite mer detaljer. Det är ett så enkelt armband att där inte finns mycket att se egentligen, om du frågar mig. ;)

Malin de Koning said...

Thank you Kristina! Both for you liking the soups and for your bigger photo. Perfect!

Heidi Post said...

I see where she was going with the cat picture being the color palette. If it were me, I'd cut out that cat and ICE Resin him somehow and include him in the necklace, but then I'm weird like that. I have no doubt you'll do something fabulous though :D

Love the felt beads, and I agree, Shannon & Heather create some awesome, awesome stuff. I wish I could buy Shannon's patinated bits all the time. Alas, I have to sell more of my own stuff first!

Alice said...

Both of the bead soups are just lovely. I can't wait to see what you do with yours.

Rebecca said...

I am quite the MissFickleMedia addict (had a ma-hoosive splurge just before Christmas so have tried to restrain myself since then!!) and have just joined Humblebeads Bead of the Month club. I also ordered a couple of absolute favourite thing to be in 'bead form' at the the bead soup you sent out and those felted pods you received are just too cool! Can't wait to see what both of you come up with. Must photograph my beads....maybe tomorrow!

Malin de Koning said...

Thank you for all the nice comments!

@ Rebecca, so we are members of the same club now :-)

Rebecca said...

Yay! I will be excited to see what you do with your club beads. I am new to polymer clay so I am really looking forward to working with this 'new' material.

Angel Whisperer said...

kanske kan passsa bra med lite mässingskedja till det där guldiga?? om du inte oxiderar går det nog i färg
kan skicka med en tunnare sort också
xo B
med tanke på ordet jag fick i rutan så blir nog grejorna snygga
vad sägs om

Jenni said...

Interesting bead soups x2. Love the patinaed clasp and owl and the addition of fibre is interesting. I have already mentioned I LOVE the green pod. Will watch what you both make.

Marcie Abney Carroll said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and for your kind words about my bracelet. Ya' know, I was very hesitant to get into using the Tila beads, but they really are very addictive, I think you're gonna love them!

Pretty Things said...

WOW! Both of you did so amazingly. And I'm with you, mother of pearl just has some certain quality that makes it extra amazing.

Felted beads are so cool, too -- I'll be doing one soup in my book with that, I think.

And I love Humblebeads and Miss Fickle Media to pieces, too!