The final installment of Bead Soup May 2014

Well here is the last of my bead soup pieces for the reveal.  I loved the mother of pearl chips and these amazing big bold squarish links.  I wanted to do something smashing with them.  IMG_6238


See those amazing links aren’t they to die for!  And now the finished pieces.  In my stash I had these scarab inspired brass findings.  So here is it a necklace using the chips at the bottom and then to finish it off I had an antique mahjong tile and I put a scary on that.  Then I used some brass connectors and I split a brass connector and made matching earrings with a couple of chips.




Then probably my very favorite spices it the ingredients were these two tiny ceramic house beads.  And they came with a fabulous ribbon with varied blues and pinks.  I knew I wanted to use them on one piece.

Tiny houses and ribbon


So I took the ribbon and some large link silver chain I had and combined them.  I made some matching lamp work beads with some enamel on them to go with the house colors and texture.  Then I added some Chinovski beads to sparkle and then the necklace I finished off with the bigger of the two houses and finally an antique key (for the house).  I also did a matching bracelet and then earrings.  I will wear them this week to a conference in Banff – can’t wait I have just the outfit for them.

a bit closer look at the pendant The three house pieces The bracelet on meLastly I did a sweet pair of earrings with some of the brass leaves Monique sent and I combined them with some of the pearls my neighbor brought me back from south east asia.  I have worn them already and love them.

Leaf earrings with pearls


I have a few pieces left but they will have to wait.  Thanks again Monique for all the inspiring ingredients.  It was a wonderful partnership!!!


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  1. Posted May 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Ohh la la! Such lovely designs! I thought for sure the scarabs would be my favorite, as I have a love of anything even remotely Egyptian, but the little houses are darling! I love how you designed around each element and made cohesive sets!

  2. Posted May 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Your two pieces are so vastly different in style but both are stunning in their own way! Your design eye is definitely something to admire 🙂

    While I LOVE the bold and chunky nature of your first set I must say my heart lies with the second; I think it’s those tiny little ceramic houses that stole my heart!

    Love everything you created!! You definitely have a new fan 🙂

  3. Posted May 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Cheryl, I love how you used those dark components with the MOP to create a unique look which is antique and modern, elegant yet edgy. And that blue set… wow! The cubic beads add so much, and I love the look of chain woven with fiber. I bet you will get tons of compliments on your designs when you show them off in Banff! The earring pair are lovely and fun; you would be able to wear those dressy or casual, I imagine 🙂 Thanks so much for the fabulous inspiration as my first BSBP partner, Cheryl!

  4. Posted May 12, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Ok…I love, love, love, the house set! I could so see myself wearing those. And how you got the ribbon to behave, mine never does, maybe the chain I used is to small….anyway great pieces. And your “Egyptian” set should be in a museum! It is totally awesome. Excellent work! Thanks for joining and posting!

    • Posted May 13, 2014 at 2:59 am | Permalink

      Thanks Veralynne your comments are very encouraging.

  5. christa murphy
    Posted May 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I just love both sets. The first one is such a creative use of the components from your soup and those scarabs add just the right touch. And the second necklace is so enchanting with the little houses. What a great use of your soup.

  6. Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I love those little houses and love the ribbon and silver with them. The scarabs are just cool!

  7. Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Love the gold scarabs matched with white, they are so elegant (I am a sucker for anything egyptian) but the house set is so festive and love the mix of fiber and metal and ceramic!

  8. Posted May 15, 2014 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    The second installment was beautiful as well as the first. I really like the scarabs and mother of pearl set. Just beautiful and very creative. Another great job.

  9. Posted May 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I love your necklace with the houses and the big chain links. It’s wonderful the way the ribbon changes colour – it links all the components but also provides interest along the way.

  10. Posted May 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    The set with the little house beads is gorgeous. The ribbon is the perfect counterpoint to the beads. I’ve never been very successful at combining chain and wire – your technique is really interesting. Expect that I’ll be back more than once to have another look.

  11. Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pieces. The houses are adorable and I love how you paired them with the key.

  12. Posted May 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Lovely pieces I love how you are highlighting the lovely house beads!!

  13. Posted May 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful creations! I am in love with the mother of pearl and scarab set: simply stunning!

  14. Posted May 23, 2014 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    I have to say I love everything you did but girl that little house necklace and bracelet well lets just say it is totally stunning, charming, brilliant and just totally right up my alley…ty so much for sharing your beautiful designs …well I have to hop along …see ya next year…bye now

  15. Posted May 23, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    the scarab findings are so beautiful – I like you earrings

  16. Posted May 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi Cheryl, The shell beads pair very well with the brass. Your set is lovely. You accented the cute little houses perfectly in the second set. Good job using more of your soup.

  17. Posted May 25, 2014 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    HI – I love your bracelet and matching necklace with the little houses – SO FREAKING CUTE! =) I also love the idea of splitting the filigree for the earrings – very very smart! =)
    Y’all did a great job on the pieces!

    Linda A.

  18. Posted May 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I love the way you have used the tubular ribbon so creatively! When I started dyeing this product I never anticipated it would be used by jewelry artists but loving what I see. Those little houses are just fantastic. The bees – fabulous! I posted about your necklace on my blog today Cheryl so pop by for a visit. Cheers, Lorraine

  19. Posted May 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I really like how you worked with all these ingredients, but I think the scarab set is my favorite of the bunch. It’s so unique!

  20. Posted May 27, 2014 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Ohhhhhhhh, what a gorgeous scarab piece! I am just loving it! But I love the “house to house” piece also, so much fun. You did a beautiful job with your awesome soup!

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