So this time around had me encountering beads that I have never worked with - Ceramic Beads. I'm not sure why as they are so popular now. But that is why these swaps are called a challenge as the goal is to stretch your boundaries. I find these so rewarding to do but also difficult as it really does become a challenge.
So just a quick reminder, this is the stash that Jennifer sent me. As you can see, she gave me the most fabulous collection and I was so excited opening the package. Jennifer has a great talent in creating her ceramic focals. She mentioned that she was in Bead Fest making mode and had sent me some for her inventory for the show. So ya know where you can go shopping to see them in person or she also has an Etsy Store for you to find her creations.
As you can see, there are loads of options here and it was so hard to choose my favorites. Although the tree focal and the night scene totally caught my eye and think those were my favorites at first. I had to wrestle these away from my 8 year old as he was trying to convince me to hand them over to him.
I grouped the beads by colors and let them sit and simmer for a bit. The focals are so pretty and speak for themselves so I tried not to over do the designs by adding much of my lampwork beads to the mix. I happened to have an enamel flower and some lampwork head pins sitting on my desk and I picked them up and sat them on top of the "create" focal and knew that would become a necklace. Then I had some extra rhinestone chain sitting on my desk and I used it to hang from the extra hole on the pendant. So the only thing I added to the design that wasn't in her stash was the lampwork beads, enamel flower, enamel flower toggle, steel wire, and the 2 round blue beads. The rest came from the beads Jenny sent.
So a matching bracelet is always a good thing so I took one of her focals to make a bracelet.
Then I focused on the reds and orange colors and created another necklace and matching bracelet
So the crazy thing is that I still have the other beads left to play with. I just ran out of time, but I think this bead soup is one that will keep on giving as I use the rest of her beads in future creations.
Thank you Jenny for a wonderful Bead Soup Party swap. I had a ball playing with your beads. Thank you for the generous stash!