7th Annual Bead Soup Block Party
This is my very first Bead Soup Challenge.
My partner for my Bead Soup Challenge is Julie Bowen of Autochthonous Evolved. She is and educator, a talented Lampwork Artist and a very talented jewelry artist. If you click her name you can see what I sent her and what she made.
Our styles are quite different. I am earthy and organic and her style appears to me to be more bright, colorful and somewhat whimsical. Thus the fun begins.
Here is what she sent me and what I added.
She sent me some lovely handmade lampwork by her in button clasp shape, long bead, headpins and rondelles, Chalk Turquoise, Charoite, dragon fly charm and pewter clasp.
I added a sueded leather jacket to recycle into the piece, pewter spacers, links from Joannes new Urban Warrior line, some of my own lampwork ( although not made by me ), peanut beads, seed beads, 4 ply waxed linen, faux beach glass, copper spacers, resin chips from a recycled necklace, matt Black Onyx rondelles, copper chain and clasp. I also added some metal that I etched and antiqued.
In my design I had a hiccup the silver pewter clasps toggle she sent me broke....but I felt I kept in the rules framework as I used the button as a clasp in one of the pieces.
It is funny how the most challenging bead.....the long lampwork produced the bracelet I liked the best. I have been on a bit of a bracelet binge lately.
I have been playing with this new shape of bracelet. It is very sexy on.
So lets talk about bracelet number 1 first.
This was my first time I have ever etched metal. I was thrilled with the shape of the etching and how it played with the petals of the flowers, stems and the black lines on the lampwork rondelles.
The copper really helped tone down the shinny black of the lampwork. Black is typically not a color I work very often in. Adding matte Black Onyx lent to some taming of the shinny black.
This bracelet above is actually the 2nd design I did with that long lampwork bead. I had to put aside the whole project for a couple of weeks. When I pulled it out again. I completely ripped it up and started from scratch.
I struggle with bright and shinny colors so I decided to recycle into this bracelet to help get the creative flow going. This was actually the first design I made with the beads. Recycling is one of the things I do when I am in a creative slump. When I started jewelry design I had little inventory & money to invest. I had to get creative with what I had, this brings me back to the source of where it all began for me.
I am in love with the utilitarian almost military feel this bracelets has. I cut the trim off of a sueded leather jacket and used them as spacer bars.
The asymmetry of the metal spacer bars gave the bracelet some interesting dimension.
I am really pleased with how both of my bracelets turned out. I didn't get to use all the beads she sent me but I feel I definitely accomplished my goals of adding my aesthetic to this challenge and designing some jewelry with some innovative creativity.
You can find more of Kristin Oppold designs at YaY! Jewelry on Etsy.You can also follow her latest creations on Facebook.
I think it is a pretty amazing event that Lori Anderson has put together, pairing jewelry artists around the world.
To see the lovely pairings of many artists around the world please follow the links below.
Anitra Gordy Boyers
Billi RS Rothove
Evie and Beth McCord
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Kathleen Lange Klik
Mary Ellen Parker
Susan of Libellula Jewelry