Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Day with Jamie Hogsett

Finally, it's reveal day for the Bead Soup Blog Party! It's been such a great experience to be a part of the party. My partner, Jeannie K Dukic sent me a fabulous bead soup, consisting of a bracelet bar and toggle clasp from Zoa Art, vintage chain from Beadin Path, and two colors of Jeannie's very own polymer clay creations, Peeled Paint Art Beads! She sent a set of black beads with variegated copper leaf and a set of white beads with the same beautiful copper leaf. The letter Jeannie included in the package says "I know you can't use all those beads, but I wanted to give you a choice."
Jeannie probably didn't mean that as a challenge, but I took it as one. It became my goal to use all of her Peeled Paint Art Beads in the piece. With the exception of six polymer clay beads (set aside for earrings that I'll make later on), I'm proud to say I used all of Jeannie's beads in my Bead Soup Necklace!
The key to combining the black and white polymer beads was emphasizing what they have in common: the copper leaf. My eyes picked out shades of green and orange in the copper leaf, and Swarovski Elements Crystal Round 4mm beads in lime and Indian red are perfect representations of those colors.
One side of the necklace is made with White Quartz Soft Flex Beading Wire, opaque white size 11 seed beads, and the black polymer clay beads. Wire-wrapped dangles with white seed beads and both crystal colors bridge the gap between the white beading wire and the bracelet bar (used as part of the necklace's focal point. The other side of the necklace is the opposite, with Black Onyx Soft Flex Beading Wire, opaque black size 11 seed beads, and the white polymer clay beads. I love how the combination of black and white on both sides of the necklace seem to trick the eye - it takes awhile to realize how the two strung sections differ.
Antique Copper Soft Flex Craft Wire in 22-gauge is the only other material I added to the mix. It's a color that falls somewhere between the bright copper of the Peeled Paint Art Beads and the darker copper/bronze of the chain, clasp, and focal piece. By using it along with a combination of all four bead colors front and center of the necklace, it brings all elements of the piece together. The resulting necklace looks like it definitely knows how to party!
Thank you so much for taking the time to celebrate with me! To keep the party going, please visit the Bead Soup Blog Party page at Pretty Things for a complete list of participants. Enjoy!!



Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company and co-author, with Sara Hardin Oehler, of Show Your Colors. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.

40 comments:

Lorelei Eurto said...

Mornin' Jamie! Jeannie sent you some really unique things! I Love the colors in your finished piece and I love that you did a little cluster of beads at one side of the pendant! I also love how you used the pendant in a unique way, I was expecting a bracelet but was pleasantly surprised by a necklace design! happy hopping!

JeannieK said...

Holy Heart Attack Batman. Jamie, this just blows me away. Clever way to use the bracelet bar and I love anything with dangles.. WOW! The beading wire really adds some nice texture and interest. Thank you for creating such beauty with my beads.

Kristen said...

Jamie aren't Jeannie's beads awesome? I have been very lucky to use them and I am totally in awe of what you created and the tips you offered! Thank you

roomforchange said...

You rose to the challenge. The necklace looks wonderful!

Cindy Cima said...

I love Jeannie's peeled paint beads and you did a wonderful job with them!

Createology said...

Very beautiful. All of the colors and components are so harmonious. Joyful beading...

Lori Anderson said...

This is lovely -- I'm a fan of clusters! And I'm glad you took the challenge and used all her beads because she is such a great artist.

Thanks so much for playing, I hope you join me again in the summer!

Maneki said...

Beautiful necklace! I like the colours you picked out for the crystals, they really enhance the pc beads.

Cassie Donlen said...

What a beautiful necklace. I love the claps and totally loved how you incorporated the white soft flex wire into the design. It added a really cool touch with extra texture. Way cool!

Karyn B said...

Very cool necklace design. I really appreciate the two different colors of wire, and how they help untie the colors in a theme.

Therese's Treasures said...

Jamie, I love your necklace it is so pretty and pleasing to the eyes.
Therese

Beads2Die4 said...

Lovely work. Those clay beads really stand out and loved the way you incorporated the bracelet component into the necklace. The dangles are add icing to the cake, or should I spice to the soup?!!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

What a great soup you received. You've created a really great necklace! I like that the necklace is asymetrical yet cohesive. I just made a bracelet recently and left some of the SoftFlex exposed (sterling silver). I'd never done that before.

mybeadedworld said...

I like the way you tied the beads, and the colors too!

maryharding said...

Love the necklace you made with the peeled paint beads---ESP the way you clustered the beads flowing from the pendant

Moobie Grace said...

I love the creativity to switch things up and use the bracelet link within your necklace!

lori greenberg said...

Wonderful necklace Jamie! Amazing how you can take it all and put it together like that!

Cathie Carroll said...

What a beautiful, opulent piece.
You created some great textures.

Lovely!

Shaiha said...

Wow! That necklace is incredible and I can just see everyone stopping to stare at it as they try to figure out what is tricking their eyes.

jelveh Designs said...

I think you did a great job, its very lovely...the earrings will be too I am sure...I did not know about the copper soflex, have to try it out...

la mar de bonita said...

I like the assymmetrical look of your necklace very much! You did a wonderful job!

AmandaMade said...

That's a really fun necklace! I love the large component in the front and the dangles the most!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Oh my, this necklace is amazing, what a stunning design. I love the asymmetric design and those peeled paint beads-very unique!

Stories They Tell said...

I was very happy to see a designer of your caliber using polymer clay beads so enthusiastically! So many designers don't get how fabulous they can make a piece. Your use of the SoftFlex was outstanding. A truly beautiful piece.

jojosbeads said...

Simply gorgeous... :) x

adlinah said...

Those peeled paint beads are so cool! Love the way you incorporated them and all the other ingredients into such a beautiful, wearable necklace.

Loris Glassworks said...

I love your wire wrapping. Copper is my new favorite material to work with, it's so warm and earthy. The beads are beautiful, a lovely piece overall. Cheers!
Lori D.

Courtney said...

You did Jeannie's beads justice! I love the color, texture and flow. I also love the black and white sides. Congrats.

Alice said...

A beautiful necklace! I love how you ofset that amazing focal!

Rebecca said...

Really awesome! I love the unique ways you've used the wire, and you're right - the colours really do trick the eye.

WindDancerStudios said...

Woman after my own heart! Challenge? Watch me!! Love how you met the challenge head on and won! Great necklace!

Jean A. Wells said...

Your necklace is beautiful. Love that you used all the beads. I also challenged myself to use all of my soup too. I haven't ventured into using the wire in that way, but your design certainly is proof of its possibilities. Great job!

Donna said...

First off... I LOVE Soft Flex. It is so easy to work with.

Your necklace is beautiful. I looked around your blog at your other stuff too. Awesome!!

Stacey said...

Beautiful design - love that focal off to side just a little and all those dangles - so awesome!

Jo said...

Congratulations on using all of the beads! I don't think many people managed to do that! You've made a beautiful necklace, a love the colours.

Alicia said...

Jamie, that's an amazing necklace you made there! I love the symmetry of colours, and the asymmetry of the design - it gives it balance and elegance.

Kat BM said...

really fun design with the wire on the outside as well as the inside of the beads!

Ann said...

Well done! Your use of the different elements does really tie the piece together. I don't think I ever would have noticed the 2 colors of softflex if you hadn't mentioned it but when I looked again after reading that I saw it right away. Very pretty, you rose to that unstated challenge.

CraftyHope said...

What a really neat necklace! I wouldn't have noticed the change in the colors of the wire if you hadn't mentioned it, I like the subtlety of that. Nicely done!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I love your necklace. You can nver have too many dangles. Love how you added to colors.

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