My bead soup partner Amanda sent me beautiful things to work with, but some of them were not jewelry components I’d used before. They were so pretty that I was happy anyway and figured I’d work something out. I scheduled the day that I would work on my bead soup piece. I wanted plenty of time, no distractions, and space to create.
I started by taking the burgundy square piece and laying it on a piece of white paper. Seeking to just feel it and hear where it wanted to go. It felt luxe and glamorous, like old Hollywood. I remembered I had a piece of velvet ribbon in a closet and thought that might be a nice pairing. When I went to the closet to get the bit of velvet, I saw some ribbon I’d had for a while with an Asian fish motif and thought, I wonder if…
Whenever I have the I wonder if moments, it usually means I’m going to find a way to work this out come hell or high water. Just phrased real nice as I wonder if… I wrangled and wrestled with it a bit – you know that phase where the idea is there but you haven’t actually committed to it yet. And then I committed and thought go for it and whatever happens, it’s just ribbon and beads. And all good.
I gathered up the ribbon and sewed the burgundy piece on to one end. OK. So far, so good. But what next? I had the filigree component. I held it every which way with the ribbon and realized if I folded it in half, it just might work. But what if it broke? I thought plan B – sew it on anyway,use jump rings to hold it together and work it out. Fortunately it didn’t break, it held together, and formed a very nice end for the other side. An actual bracelet was starting to come together.
Once folded, the filigree component had four openings and the beautiful fresh water pearls from Amanda were so large that only three would fit. I used jump rings – one on each end and then two in the middle that came together to reduce the number down to three. Chain, another fresh water pearl, a clasp, and done.
I just loved it and then I realized that I had not used the gorgeous glass bead that my partner Amanda made. So I thought, let’s go for a second bracelet. And, as ornate as the first bracelet is, the second is sparse.
I formed and hammered a bangle bracelet from brass wire and then darkened it. The beautiful handmade glass bead’s colors are accentuated by the darkness of the brass.
You never know what you will get with Bead Soup. I guess that’s the point. I got lovely ingredients and I’m thinking I made excellent soup. Thank you, Amanda.
Here’s what I received!
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