Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal !!!!!!! yeah!!!

What I sent....
Let me cover the basics first!  Run, don't walk, to see what my blog partner made with the beads I sent her... you can see it HERE .  wow.  Simply wow! I can't say anything else because I want you to visit her blog and comment darn it!

Did you go?   Wasn't it fun??? Did you leave her a comment?  OK, before we get to my soup, you can

click here to see all the other lovely folks participating in this round of the blog hop. Be sure to check some of them out.. no-one expects you to hit them all, but it's well worth some time to check some of them out!

OK.. now my turn!

What I got!
Maria sent me 2 ( so generous!! ) of her exquisite handmade butterfly pendants.  They really are to die for.  The main pendant is this wonderful mix of blue and green with a touch of almost metallic fuchsia.  The colors Nature paints with!

The beauty of the wing was such that I didn't know what to make for some time.. I didn't want to overwhelm the pendant, which would be so easy to do.  I didn't want to make it so dead simple that it was boring either.  I really wanted the wing as the focus, but still try to interject alittle of myself in it.  I laid out a couple different ideas, and I sketched alittle, but it wasn't working.

Maria also sent some crystals in colors that matched the wing... after giving it more thought I decided to walk through my crystal stash and add to the color palette.  That got the juices flowing.

I also decided to add that little bit of me, I would add a charm in the front that didn't hide the wing.  I also used different types of chain  to give it more texture, and make it slightly asymmetrical, all without loosing the star of the necklace, the pendant.

I found in my stash this broken butterfly charm that used to have 2 loops on top.  One of the loops was broken, so I took off the damaged part, filed and sanded down, and then hung it on the pendent itself.  I added a crystal drop and a ladybug dangling off the butterfly charm.

I ended up doing 3 strands of chain.. it's hard to tell in my crappy photos ( it was crappy photo day, not sure why ) but there are 12 different styles of chain involved, most of it from vintage necklaces.  I made up bead units with wire and then added chain more or less randomly between them. 

I put the clasp in front which I think works well.. it seems to balance the piece.  Makes it easy to take on and off too, always a bonus.

I used a silver plated brass flower and some crystals to hang down from the pendant. 

Crappy picture alert! give you some idea how it would look on.. the pendant is definitely the main attraction!


I purposely put few crystals in the back for comfort.

Probably the best pic I took all night!! you can clearly see the blue edges of the wing, and you can see how the charm hangs in front but doesn't really cover anything up.


I hope you like it.. I had fun playing with it! The rest of the beads and the other wing are going in the stash for now. 

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58 comments:

Lorelle said...

Wow I really love what you have made very inspiring gorgeous colours as well

PiPa said...

It's such a different necklace!!! I think you enhanced the beauty of the focal!Gorgeous result

NEDbeads said...

Gorgeous!!!! Oh how I love the styles of chain you added, and the perfect touch of the butterfly charm!!

Maria Rosa Sharrow said...

Kat I just love the necklace. I just knew you would add a bit if edginess to it. The front toggle and use of chain is brilliant. I will continue to follow your blog as you are a great inspiration to me ! Thanks for being my partner,I couldn't have asked for a better one.

Ilenia said...

Oh! Yes, I like it!
You are right this is really a funny game and we can also know new beautiful creative people!

Unknown said...

Love what you made with yours.

Unknown said...

Love what you made

Ann said...

Lookin good! Creative use of your stash to show off what you received. I really like the fact that you've recycled as well.

Gloria Allen said...

Its Beautiful. I hope you enjoy wearing it.

Krafty Max said...

wow!!! That is what I can say!! Your Soup was amazing and the creation you did.... wow!!! Great job!! ~KM http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33113.html

stacilouise said...

Sooooo pretty- love what you did with the your soup. it really compliments the gorgeous focal!

Cindy said...

OMG! Those butterfly wings are beautiful! And the necklace you created really does it justice!

Perl - Eni said...

You did a good job with your lovely soup!
Very nice jewelries!

Karin said...

So lovely - the chain styles match perfectly!

April Grinaway said...

Lovely work!

EHAG Emporium said...

Hard to make that pendant even more beautiful but you did it. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Skylar Bre'z said...

Stunning! Love the chain with the butterfly pendant. Great accents. Very cool!

pinkchapeau said...

Very pretty, and you spotlighted the wing perfectly.

ACBeads said...

Your necklace is gorgeous and you've really managed to give the focal the attention it deserves.

said...

I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
this necklace is so beautiful, I love that focal, you did a great job.
ciao dall'Italia

B'sue said...

Great job, Kat! You totally put your own spin on that soup!

Audrey Bélanger said...

Oh wow... Those pendants are mindblowing... And you did such a lovely framework for it !

WindDancerStudios said...

What a gorgeous pendant!

vovsblog said...

Beautiful work well done!

kathy stemke said...

gotta love those butterfly wings and I love what you did with them. Great jewelry!

I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.
kathy

Dry Gulch said...

absolutely beautiful.

Micheladas said...

Gorgeous work. very unique.

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Bombastic work in stunning colors!Congrats!

Sea of Dreams said...

Stunning piece! I love how you added the butterfly charm to the pendant!

Linda Sadler said...

Lovely! Your necklace is beautiful-love all the chain.
Linda

artistic rejuvenations said...

too sweet!

maryharding said...

Wonderful necklace you made with the glassed butterly wing. Love it.

Tracy Mok said...

Wow! I love butterflies and you did a wonderful job with this piece.

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

OMG! You made amazing pieces but how did you get over eye-balling those incredible ingredients!

bailaora said...

great focal, in very interesting way used!

Shyme said...

Beautiful necklace!

paula hisel said...

your necklace is gorgeous. i especially how you worked the beads into the chain. well done!!

Marianna said...

Beautiful work!!

TrudiC said...

Beautiful! You really highlighted the beauty of the butterfly's wing.

Tara P. said...

Oh wow - that butterfly wing is amazing and I love what you did with it!

Carolyn Gebert said...

What a gorgeous focal !! You did a beautiful job

Janeen said...

What fun focals! So lovely. I think you did an excellent job of highlighting their beauty and creating an interesting piece. Great work!

Just Beads said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the butterfly wings pendant.

Leah Curtis said...

Great designs - I like the gothic feel.

Kepi said...

Oh I love that butterfly wing, you made is so pretty, great job!

Laura Bracken said...

Beautiful necklace!

Becky Pancake said...

Your necklace is beautiful.

Rachel said...

Very pretty necklace!

Peikkonen said...

Love how you added the butterfly charm!

Cheryl Gangle said...

I have never seen anything like this before and what you did with the wings is very innovative! It is so whimsical and (for the lack of a better term) fairy-like! It is a good thing! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

Patricia Johnson said...

What a gorgeous soup! I really love what you did....great colors!

Kimberly said...

GORGEOUS!

Bobbie said...

What a great job of enhancing that very cool focal with pieces you already had -- it makes a great combination and a lovely necklace!

Nchantme said...

Great use of your soup! Pretty jewelry!

Lori Anderson said...

I love what you did with the pendant, and big fan of multi-strands! I don't do them very well but you sure do!

Susanm said...

Great design. I'm a big fan of chain and I really like how you incorporated some many different pieces into the necklace.

Kathy Lindemer said...

Well done!

CraftyHope said...

Your necklace turned out beautifully. I love the crystal drop you added to the bottom. What lovely touches you gave it.