Friday, April 26, 2013

Bead Soup 7th year - 3rd reveal by Dita Basu

 My bead soup is ready. 

The auspicious day cometh

This is the 3rd and final reveal of the Bead Soup Party - 7th year that our Lori Anderson had organized.

In this party what happens is

We sign up for the party, then the organizer Lori, matches us individually with another willing beader
 ( any where from the world) and we send each other beads- actually we must send one focal piece and a clasp and some beads.  Then comes the revealing day when we show off what we did with the sent beads, 


The ingredients that I received  were rich and yummy I hope my bead soup  is not too bland, or too  spicy.  You taste it and tell me.

In my previous post I showed you what  my partner Iveth had  sent me.

What I had sent her?  Iveth wrote a wonderful post  and  you may want to   pay a visit to her blog  after you are done with mine. She wrote a beautiful post on it.

My challenge:

 The focal  that Iveth sent was so pretty I wanted to keep it just the way it is,  with a pretty organza  ribbon or a bronze chain.

 But bronze chain or the ribbon? Take your pick  - said  the inner chef in me.

Hold on...I must make some thing with it. I can't just hang it with a ribbon and say that's it! - I say.

 How about knitting with some wire of the same bronze accent?  I love to do wire knit things...that's kind of my style.  But, nope! I did not have the right shade wire.

So I took a trip to my neighborhood bead store and got some antique bronze wire
 ( Soft Flex brand 26 g ).

Would it be just the plain wire knitting or speckled  with some color? Plain  broth or some spices added, m'lady? - she interrupts.

Some spices of course-  I shout.

Which ones m'lady?  whines the inner chef again in a bland voice.

Cheer up, boring you!- I holler.  Can't you see I am trying to match the colors of the  focal? I make a big mess sprinkling all kinds of beads on the bead mat.

My inner critique does not like it.  She has to clean it up later.

 Some thing blue, some thing... why of course, Iveth  had already sent me those beautiful turquoise beads.  But it needs another color to give  the oomph.

Pearls.

 I hunt through my pearl box.  Nope...these are not the right shade.

I yank out the car again from the garage.  Another trip to Just Bead It  store and I found  the very  right shade of dyed antique bronze  fresh water pearls that I was dreaming of.

Now I have them all ready.

Time to string them all up.

 But  in what design m'lady?

Here is what I came up with.



I turn to my inner chef.  She is the harshest critique I have ever seen.  But she did not pout or make faces.

I  make a couple of earrings too.


Here it is all.



 I put it on around my neck.



Not too bad, I kind of like it. Do you have some suggestions?


Blue is my favorite color.  Thank you Iveth.

 And THANK YOU  Lori,  for arranging  this big event with over 400 participants for the last seven years for us.  This my fourth time and I enjoyed it so  very much.  Again, my heart felt thanks for you, Lori

 Dear reader, please do visit all the other blogs of the  bead soup participants and see what they have cooked up.




36 comments:

Kashmira said...

Thats a lovely focal, and very pretty design! The wire work is really exquisite.

A question about..Just Bead It. Is it run by Renu Gupta by any chance?

Kashmira said...

Never mind...her's is House Of Beads in Walnut Creek..

Creative Atelier said...

Dear Dita, I am so happy you really liked what I sent you! This necklace is just gorgeous, the colors and all this wire work you did made a wonderful piece. The lenght is perfect. Love the pretty earrings too:)

adlinah said...

Beautiful necklace Dita! I love the colours - hadn't realised how well blue and bronze go together. And as a newbie wire crocheter (is that a word?) - I have complete respect for knitters/crocheters like yourself. Your work is so neat and tidy!

moonsafari said...

Lovely pieces!

bailaora said...

super work with wire! congratulations!

AWJewelry said...

What a beautiful set you created with your soup!

kathy stemke said...

Very pretty!
kathy

vintagesusie said...

What amazing wirework you do, GREAT job on your soup my dear! :))

Just Beads said...

Thats a very beautiful set. The necklace is so gorgeous! Congrats.

AllesPerle said...

I love your necklace. I would wear it every day, great design!

vovsblog said...

Beautiful work and great use of the materials!

Hippie Chick Jewelry & Design said...

beautiful design from start to finish!

ACBeads said...

I love your wire knitting and beads you've included are the right colours. You've designed a gorgeous necklace. Your inner chef is definitely the harshest critique. Have a great weekend.

Alicia said...

Beautiful wire work: it perfectly complements that gorgeous focal! Lovely, Dita.

pinkchapeau said...

Pretty necklace!!! Your choice of colors is perfect....and I love the little earrings, too.

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

That necklace looks gorgeous on! Beautiful design work and love all of the intricate wire crochet. Lovely earrings as well!

said...

I love this set, totally my style!
ciao dall'Italia

VasDea said...

What a lovely soup, fab necklace you made from it too, love it.

Sandra Young said...

I think it's a beautiful set!

Linda K. said...

I'm in LOVE with what you made!

LiliKrist said...

Love your necklace =)

gelfling50 said...

Beautiful...Brilliant...ty so much for sharing the Necklace and earrings with us. Bye for now and Happy Beading
http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/2013/03/bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-is-here.html

Becky Pancake said...

Your necklace is pretty. The focal is gorgeous and you accented it well.

Kepi said...

Lovely lovely pieces. Great job!

Christine said...

Beautiful set!!

Barb Fernald said...

The results were well worth your efforts. That knitted chain with beads is perfect for the focal piece! Nice work.

Peikkonen said...

Such pretties!

Skye said...

Great work! That focal would've daunted me, it's so pretty on it's own! You did an amazing job with it!

Pepita said...

The focal is beautiful and your pieces very lovely!

PiPa said...

Such a beautiful set you made, I'm so envious of the wire crochet!

Patricia Johnson said...

Nice job with your soup! Lovely set!

sam Waghorn said...

Well done you made some gorgeous jewellery. I would have been lost with that focal but you really made it shine.

Nelly May said...

Wowsers that's gorgeous! I've never tried using wire in that way and it looks so fabulous. Is it flexible when knitted?

Anindita Basu said...

Hi Nelly May,

Thank you for your comment. Wire knitting is not as smooth like knitting with yarn, but because wire has memory it will stay the way you knit, and I think it is kind of forgiving in that sense. Even if you make mistakes in wire knitting it will not be that big of a deal, you can manage it later. With practice things become better and more perfect. I like its effect. - Dita.

CraftyHope said...

Your inner chef led you down the right path, that's a really great necklace. And the earrings are delightful!

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