Thank you Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for organizing and inviting us all to the party! There are 84 jewelry designers and artists participating. I am awed by the amazing talent of these women and can't wait to grab a cup of coffee, sit, and view all of the creativity! You can view all the participants names with links to their fantastic blogs on my sidebar, just below our February Giveaway. I hope you join usand have fun!
My bead soup ingredients arrived from my partner Lisa of Lucid Moon Studio on a very cold day in Colorado.
I love what Lisa chose: a starfish pendant by Erin of Every Heart Crafts, a pewter starfish toggle by Green Girl Studios, some faceted blue sodalite beads, seashell beads, mother of pearl rings and round beads, and my favorite a mermaid toggle that Lisa added as a bonus.
I chose to do an asymetrical necklace, so that the wonderful mermaid could be placed in view and not hidden at the back of the necklace! To season the ingredients, I added a dash of creamy freshwater pearls, some oxidized chain and sterling silver jump rings. The sea shells were more of a challenge for me...I love them...I love the ocean...so I made an additional bracelet with the shells beads, the starfish toggle, mother of pearl beads, chocolate genuine leather and some additional creamy freshwater pearls. I had just enough mother of pearl beads to make a pair of earrings! I hope you enjoy the photos, I am still learning how to best photograph jewelry. The very beautiful neck belongs to my lovely, but reluctant to 'model' daughter!