I received an amazing Bead Soup from Kimberly Idalski. Check out what she sent me here.
I don't know what she did to them, but those beads knew exactly what they wanted to be! They told me what to do with them and even when I had other ideas, they pulled me right back in line. So here I am, on time (hooray!) for my big day, my very first Bead Soup Blog Party, and the 3rd Reveal.
I knew immediately that the polymer clay focal bead was going to have to be in a separate piece from the clasp because the clasp is a focal bead itself. I didn't want it hiding behind my neck. This necklace is my first piece:
The focal bead needed to hang from something strong, so chain it was. This focal was made by Kimberly herself as faux, Grass Green Pyrite from polymer clay with three-dimensional "embroidered" flowers, a dragonfly, and Tanzanite crystals. It is even more beautiful in person.
The rest of the beads fell into place around the focal and this necklace is what they became. Notice the lovely, genuine, Grass Green Pyrite tear drops and the genuine, round, Amethyst beads. There are multiple clusters of three Tanzanite bicone crystals as well as some pink- crackle pearl drops. I love all the textures.
Next, I thought I would make an asymmetrical necklace with the clasp on one side as the focal point. But the beads didn't want to be made into another necklace. They decided to be a bracelet so that the necklace would have a companion. You can see why I didn't want to hide this lovely clasp.
Isn't that rose clasp special? And look at the two polymer clay beads (again faux Grass Green Pyrite) with the three-dimensional "embroidered" flowers. A genuine Amethyst bead, clusters of Tanzanite crystals, and pink-crackle pearl drops repeat the design from the necklace. This bracelet was a little tricky to make because the clasp is magnetic and it kept grabbing the chain. I thought it might not hang properly on my wrist, but it does and I love it! I think this is about to become my favorite bracelet.
Next I needed earrings to go with the necklace and bracelet. This time, the beads wanted to make something simple, but elegant, with just a tiny bit of sparkle. And I wanted to show off the beautiful amethyst beads.
Kimberly sent me a ton of those dainty bead caps and I love them. I have a whole bunch more for future projects, too!
I have lots of beads left from the soup that Kimberly sent to me, so I'll be using them to make more earrings. If it's up to me, the next pair will be flashy . . . but the beads might have a different idea!
Kimberly let me know today that she is having a serious health issue and that her Reveal will be a couple of days late. Please keep Kimberly in your prayers so that she gets her health back quickly.
Don't forget to visit Kimberly's blog at http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com. She has some incredible and unique clay creations there.
Also, please keep Lori Anderson in your prayers. As most of you know, Lori is having some pretty serious health challenges. Thank you for all the work you did on this 7th Annual Bead Soup Blog Hop, Lori. You are one special person!
And of course, you should visit the other 3rd Reveal Blogs: