Saturday, 17 September 2011

Bead Soup - Reveal day

Yes, it's that time, its reveal day !!! You can see the ingredients I was sent by my partner Jana on this post here

Jana said that she sent me these pieces to challenge me to push my boundaries (one of the main points of the party) and I'm sure you'll have noticed that the stunningly bright green focal she sent is certainly different from my usual colour palette. I wanted to do something a little different with the focal and have made it up and taken it apart again a couple of times, trying echoing the shape in beads, and also making a rather complex net type idea (which it should be said may have been interesting in principle but was a complete disaster in actuality lol) then out of the corner of my eye I saw it lying about on my desk with some of the other pieces and the little dragonfly was sat almost on top of it ....

As a result, may I present to you the "Flight of the Dragonfly Necklace" 



I decided to work with some wire and try to create "flight pattern" shapes, random flitting about type trails and I was quite pleased with them but decided I needed something else to bring a bit more colour and the jade beads Jana sent seemed perfect so I strung them separately to sit just under the focal. I liked the two elements together but I thought they needed something to make them a little less disparate so I redid my flight pattern links including a little jade bead on each link.



I didnt want the flight pattern links all the way round the necklace as I though they might be a bit uncomfortable on the back of the neck so I continued with sections of jade beads and linked all of them together with the little square links Jana sent, finishing it off with the little flower clasp that was also in my ingredients from Jana.

I have also made these dinky little earring with the swarovski butterflies Jana sent, very simple but cute !


Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Bead soup party, thanks for visiting and looking at my bead soup creations, please do check out the other participants creations, you can find the full list on Lori's blog here.






87 comments:

Jenni said...

I love this whole concept..."flight pattern"..how unique!
I also really love the simplicity of the silver and the jade with the focal..perfect. Cute earrings, too!
Jenni

Christine Altmiller said...

these are beautiful! i absolutely love the flight of the dragonfly!

Helmitarha said...

Becky, what a beautiful work you've done! I love the idea of the "flight pattern", and the incorporation of wirework is stunning! The necklace looks light and delicate. The earrings are also very cute!
Thank you so much for being a wonderful game partner! I really enjoyed meeting you and working with you! Have fun blog hopping! Hope to see you soon! ;)

horimarika said...

So pretty! I like it! Kisses from Hungary

Mags said...

How delicate and fragile, so lovely!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

I absolutely love your necklace, my favourite bit of soup so far! The dragonfly and the silver really set off the focal.
Deb x

coffeeaddict said...

I agree with Mags. I imagine elfs in Lord of the Rings wearing this.

Lesley said...

Great work Becky - very pretty and a lovely balance of components.

Noemi said...

That focal with the dragonfly on top looks great.
I am sure that it looks even better when worn.

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Wow - love what you did with the wire - the "Flight Pattern" is a fabulous idea! Gorgeous necklace and earrings!

Tracy said...

I love the wire flight concept, it works perfectly with the dragonfly and that stunning focal...green's my fave colour, so I'm drooling over this one...

la mar de bonita said...

Wow, what pretty pieces! Wonderful work, I would wear both immediately!
Greetings, Michi

KayzKreationz said...

This is so pretty. I like the "flight pattern" links. Really fits together well.

SavonFeutré said...

Very nice. Thanks.
Marina

susie said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

Deci said...

I adore that necklace. So wonderfully creative.

Mrs Cake said...

very striking, and how nice to suddenly see a familiar face ;) x

Karyn B said...

So pretty and inventive! Wonderful!

Holly said...

Oh wow! This is just lovely. I am completely in love with the "flight pattern" idea!

Kate said...

Gorgeous pieces! The Flight of the Dragonfly is amazing!

Ann said...

Very pretty, I love dragonflies and I really like your flight pattern idea.

EmandaJ said...

Very lovely. I love dragonflies, don't you? With this challenge we’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!
Enjoy the hop,
Emanda
http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

hello gorgeous said...

so cute, delicate and very clean looking...fabulous! ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Lupe Meter said...

Lovely piece! Awesome wirework!

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like how you styled your piece. The green focal is lovely. Thank you for sharing your artistic process with us. Cheers!
Lori

Maggie said...

Beautiful! It is funny to see that you have a dragonfly over a green focal as one of my pieces has the same.

Shay Stone said...

What a clever idea and execution!

Wendy said...

Both designs are beautiful! The necklace is so unique and I love the dragonfly on it. The are just lovely! Great job! :)

Shyme said...

Very beautiful pieces!

Christine said...

Wonderful wirework on this piece! It's beautiful!

Christine said...

The details in your necklace are stunning!

Sally Anderson said...

Lovely work, just so pretty! Good job!

I LOVE color! said...

I really love your design so delicate like a fairy tale.
Be Blessed to be a blessing

Courtney said...

Very pretty! It has a very calm feel to it, nice!

T... said...

stunning, love the added wire work on the necklace

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

I've actually been pretty wild about that pendant since I saw it, and I don't wear green! I love the wire work you did, and you should be proud of yourself!

I hope you'll join me again -- the new badge and dates will be posted on my blog on the 19th!

Love, Lori

uptwnsh said...

cool and eclectic! love it!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful, I love the wirework it brings out the focal.

Karen Williams said...

The flight patterns really work!

The funny thing is they remind me of my favorite freemotion quilting pattern that always made me think of ripple patterns on water.

Marie Cramp said...

I love to see artisans thinking about how a necklace "feels" and not just how it looks! Everything you made is wonderful! Great job!

BackstoryBeads said...

Wow! Just sensational, truly superb. I find myself completely captivated by your work!

Shirley said...

Love the dainty earrings! The green in the focal is a perfect backdrop for the dragonfly!

Alice Craddick said...

How daring to make it look like the dragonfly is flitting around. I love the focal. Makes you wish you were at the park!
Alice's Beads and Baubles

Boot ~C said...

this is beautiful, I would love to see it on

Laura Twiford said...

Incredible interpretation! That flight design in wirework is so original and clever! beautiful soup!

moonlitfantaseas said...

very pretty, I love dragonflys!

Marianna said...

beautiful! Love it!

Andrea said...

I am a science teacher by trade, so I love the flight pattern and the butterfly and dragonfly theme. Well done!

Beadaholique said...

Love what you did with the wire links! Very cool :)

Beetique said...

Loved how you did the flight pattern.

LeeLu Creations said...

Such a unique necklace! I think that just the simple addition of the dragonfly charm really gives the necklace something special. Very fun and whimsical.

Anitra

Linda Landig said...

pretty necklace and earrings. I like the wire work.

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

This design is so elegant and pretty! I love the soft colors and the emphasis on different shapes! Well done!

Sandra said...

This turned out beautiful~! I like how you only picked the beads that went with the green of the focal, and I adore the idea of the "flight pattern" links.

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Very delicate and feminine. Just beautiful! (Lovely lampwork you create, I poked through your site - gorgeous!)

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

That necklace is amazing! Nice work

m.e. said...

Lovely !
The wire work is wonderful!!!
Great soup!
m.e. :)

BluMoon said...

What a pretty and unusual necklace with the shaped links it has worked very well! The earring are pretty too.

Lyn Foley Lampwork said...

I like your style. Very nice solution to some ingredients that would have stumped me for sure.

Aquariart said...

What a lovely idea, the wire flits!! I like how simple and yet modern your necklace looks. Very nice design!

Skye said...

beautiful! The dragonfly sitting on top of the green is just perfect!
You did such a beautiful job on this! And those earrings are so pretty :)

Bobbie said...

The whimsy of your wirework is just perfect for the dragonfly -- it looks like a lovely spring day with the bold green pendant.

Elisabeth said...

I love the necklace! The wire work is pure genius :-)

Stacey said...

Great wirework and that focal = gorgeous!

SueBeads said...

Very pretty, love the wirework!

Jo said...

Simple but oh so beautiful! I love it Becky!

Sweet Freedom said...

Very nice - love the dragonfly on the focal!!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Love the wirework. Very nice complement to the overall look.

Mylene said...

What a great idea to give the dragonfly a flight pattern! It's a beautiful and interesting necklace.

one-eared pig said...

Very nice design concept! So very pretty!

SilverNikNats said...

Really love what you came up with and your wire work is so neat!

pinkchapeau said...

Great idea! I love how the wire work evokes the flight of the dragonfly. And the little earrings are sweet!

Wings N Scales said...

Beautiful focal bead and love what you created...

Lois Moon said...

The silver and stone double row around the pendant is very clever. The delicate colors and delicate silverwork look great together!

DaviniaDesign said...

Wow, how gorgeous is this!
Ready to fly. Love it!

Serena Trent said...

Your design style is lovely!

nikimeiners said...

very pretty

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Love the necklace! Absolutely lovely with the zig zag wire! Gorgeous piece and the earrings are just sweet perfection!

Here Bead Dragons said...

so Sweet - so pretty

CraftyHope said...

Those "flight patterns" in wire really make your piece and add something special to a really beautiful necklace. Wonderful work!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful designs! I love the flight pattern shapes that you created.

steufel said...

Such an elegant and lovely piece. So pretty!

Terri said...

Love it! ...and I've been looking for a dragonfly similar to that...I like the curved body. I'd like to find one in a gold tone. Totally Love your designs! You did a really Soup-er job!

maneki said...

Lovely jewellery! I like the idea of using flight patterns as a theme in the necklace design. Very creative. And the colours in both necklace and earrings are lovely. Great job!

chicandfrog said...

What an interesting design! The wire patterns make yout necklace unique!
Ambra

Birgit said...

How pretty the jewelry turned out to be! :)

Thanks for having left a comment on my blog a while ago.

Maybe you want to check out my Oktoberfest giveaway . It would be nice to welcome you back to my blog.

Greetings from Munich, Germany,
Birgit

Beadroe said...

I love the wirework you incorporated into the design. Beautful