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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ta - DAAAA!!!!

As my contribution to the Bead Soup Blog Party 2011, I give you...

Washed Ashore






While I admit to being a class-A procrastinator sometimes, this particular project sparked ideas immediately upon receiving the bead soup. For a few weeks, I toyed around with a variety of ideas, auditioning countless methods for achieving the end product I had in mind. Finally, FINALLY, late on Wednesday evening, the week of the Hop, I came to grips with exactly how I was going to execute this design.

It was a challenge. I never use fiber in my designs hardly anymore. But I knew I wanted a look of something tossed up on the shore of a beach after a storm (fitting, given the recent hurricane here). I think I achieved it.

So, after you have enjoyed my post, please go and visit my partner, Elizabeth Woodford, and see the beautiful necklace and earrings she created with the soup I sent her!

And then, after you've done that, start making your way around the Hop and check out ALL the fabulous work! There are over 300 participants, so it will not be a quick hop, but you will enjoy it. Here is the list, on hostess Lori Anderson's page.

Enjoy!!

82 comments:

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Very cool with the fiber, chain and beads intertwined - definitely has a nice beachy look. Nautical and Nice!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Love the use of the fibers and the way you showed off that focal pendant! Gorgeous work!!!

la mar de bonita said...

A wonderful work - I like these colours and how you play them to gallery! Very harmoniously!
Greetings, Michi

Noemi said...

The necklace is great. not too sure on the fiber you have used. I am more of staying on the yacht type of person. ;)

Elizabeth said...

FABULOUS !!! LOVE IT and the addition of the cheese cloth is truly inspired!!!!!The African recycled glass beads look great in it as well!!! Great Job!!!

Kristi Bowman said...

Those colors are gorgeous, a little neutral in the fabric, mostly soft green with bits of brighter blue, I love it!!

EmandaJ said...

Delicious! Looks very coastal. We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda

http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

Tracy said...

Truly beautiful coastal design ....it's very deserving of your Ta-Daaaa reveal title too...

vintagebluestudio said...

Beautiful piece with wonderful, rich texture.

Shirley said...

For someone who never works with fiber, you are such a natural! All I could think when I saw it was, "why couldn't mine work like that?" I really wanted to use fiber, but it just looked dumb. That burlap looking part reminds me of seaweed, just naturally twisted up in the beads. You really rocked this soup!

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

WOW! Now why can't I work with fiber that way???? That's amazing!

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

Ann said...

Love the use of the fiber it really makes the whole thing come together.

moonlitfantaseas said...

very cool! love the use of fiber in this piece!

Elisabeth said...

I love it - wonderful!

Createology said...

Washed Ashore is very appropriately named for this creation using your bead soup. The fiber really does enhance the focal bead and the colors of ocean waters.

Jenni said...

Love the look of the coloured hessian with the chain and etched glass...very Washed Ashore indeed...wonderful design and name.
jenni

Lupe Meter said...

Lovely creation! Love the use of fiber...flows very nicely!

Thoughtfulhands said...

Love what you have done that necklace is awesome!!! The fiber is the perfect touch.

Your my last hop tonight I think it's more of a plop.
Theresa

Cindy said...

Christine, your necklace got me immediately with the title...I knew I love it! You truly captured the washed ashore image with your mix of beads and fiber! I especially like that blue seed bad strand mixed in. You created such a stunning piece - and didn't start it until Wednesday?? You work well under pressure and sure knocked this one out of the park!

Maggie said...

Hard to believe you never use fiber in your designs because you did so perfectly! Love the mix of fiber and glass.

Carol Tannahill said...

Wonderful look and a beautiful necklace. The fiber and beads come together so well. Inspired!

Alice said...

So beautiful! I love the fiber which works so well with the chain and all the pretty beads.

It really does look like a treasure washed up from the sea.

Erin said...

Oh, this is beautiful! I love all the texture and mix of elements in your piece. It has so much depth and interest. Amazing work!

Shyme said...

Wonderful necklace!

Chris said...

Turned out so lovely, you procrastinator~!

Genea said...

Oh wow!! What a gorgeous necklace! I love the wonderful watery feel to this piece. I love the different textures of each strand!

Patternsforbeads said...

I really like the piece, it does give the washed ashore feeling. Mystery and tactile. It's great.

Astrid said...

Christine, I love what you did with the fiber, it's a perfect summer necklace. Great design!

kimmykats said...

I love the use of textiles with our chain work. You have made a wonderful piece---oh I love it!!!

Shay Stone said...

What a fun and wonderful necklace! I adore what you did with the fiber - it makes is a totally different piece. Love it!

Shay Stone said...

What a fun and wonderful necklace! I adore what you did with the fiber - it makes is a totally different piece. Love it!

Wendy said...

Oh wow, that is fantastic! :)

Holly said...

"Washed ashore" Great!! Love this necklace, it's gorgeous!

T... said...

stunning, love the texture in your creation

Dana said...

Love the necklace and the fibers you used in it. Just beautiful.

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!
Lori

Prairie Emporium said...

The fiber and beads look great together. love it!!

Boot ~C said...

I love the mix of beading,chain & fiber, so beautiful

Sabrina said...

Wow, a really creative piece of jewelry, I like the sea colors it remembers me to holidays;O)
greetings
sabrina

DaviniaDesign said...

I would never have used the fiber, but it looks just perfect!
You gave the piece a story of its own.

Marcie Abney said...

I totally procrastinated until the end as well. This is gorgeous! Congrats!

Melissa Meman said...

Christine - I love this! The fiber really works with this multi-strand piece...the color palette is so yummy! I want!

I LOVE color! said...

Nice design I love it that you are using copper. I love copper it is so warm and unasuming.
visit my copper Etsy shop
http://copperCandyJules.etsy.com
Be Blessed to be a blessing

Sharon said...

Such a gorgeous necklace, it's so refreshing and cool, and would look wonderful on your next tropical vacation!

Shaiha said...

This has to be my favorite piece of all. The use of the fabric was truly inspired!

Christine said...

Your necklace is absolutely beautiful! All of the details are perfect!

steufel said...

Wow, wow, wow - the details with the fiber in the chain - to die for. LOVE that necklace and the title.

Sharyl said...

Ta-DAAA is right! I love what you did with the beads, Christine, (as well as the beads you made and sent to your swap partner)! I think you are the first one I've seen so far that named their piece--must be the artist in you! This deserves a name!

KayzKreationz said...

It totally looks like it got Washed Ashore. I love the fiber/burlap you've woven through the chain and beads. And the way you attached the focal is great. Love it.

Molly Alexander said...

I absolutely love how your necklace came together. And it definitely looks like a treasure that could have washed up on the shore. Just beautiful! :)

Judy said...

The name you chose is perfect for your piece! I can totally see it! Great necklace!

Andrea said...

Not only is your last minute piece a work of art, so is the way you displayed it!

Menno Jeweler said...

Beautiful use of your soup mix! The name is perfect.

Bobbie said...

What a serene combination of sea colors - lovely!

FryeStyle said...

I like your title, Washed Ashore. Perfect name and matches the components you used such as beach glass and distressed fiber. Nice wireworking!

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

Love the perfect mix of elements and colors in Your GORGEOUS necklace and as summer is gone we do need some reminders :)

Sweet Freedom said...

Stunning! Wonderful colors, and the fiber just makes the piece. Perfect!

Cindy Cima said...

I love your necklace! The addition of the fiber looks terrific!
Also loved the soup you sent your partner!

Beadaholique said...

Washed Ashore is GREAT!! I love how effortlessly lovely the mixed materials looks. Also- great blog name ;)

gail vanderster-zwang aka angelmoose said...

i love the piece you made with the soup, definitely something i'd wear! great colors and great fiber!

Stacey said...

Great piece - the colors are so lovely, is that ribbon or burlap - such an awesome addition - making in the sand...great touch!

LeeLu Creations said...

So pretty! These are "my colors". :) I love the use of the different mediums. That's one thing I've got to push myself to explore. Great job!

CraftyHope said...

That's a really great necklace you've created. I really do get the feeling of a tangle of seaweed and other bits that have washed onto the beach. Wonderfully done!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Love this one! So beautiful, totally fits its title :) I love the fabric and all of the gorgeous wire work. Wonderful!

Heidi said...

Cool! Love the addition of fiber. Great color scheme :)

ccrider2006 said...

I loved the different elements in your piece and I loved the colors and what you did with your soup. I could eat and eat and eat....

pinkchapeau said...

I love everything about it. Bringing in the fiber was a great idea...it does convey the feeling of washing up on the beach.... in a good way!

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

Love all the different elements and textures you have incorporated into your necklace

Terri said...

I just adore what you have done here. This speaks to me and I love it! Gorgeous1 Soup-er job!

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

I just love the intricacy of your design- very beautiful craftsmanship! I also love the use of fiber in your design- it really suits the theme of your piece! Lovely work!

Marie Cramp said...

WOW! That is fantastic!! Great composition!!

Aquariart said...

Wonderful necklace Christine!! It looks like it washed ashore with the greatest treasure as the focal bead. Wow that bead is amazing- love it. I really like the fiber you used, it looks like an old fishing net tangled up in your ocean treasure- Great Design!! I am still hobbling through the list and will be for awhile, I was out of town on the Bead Soup Weekend and my phone would not cooperate so I am just savouring each serving of soup and checking out the other posts on many of the blogs. Good luck with your art show.

Jennifer said...

Flotsam and jetsam indeed. I could see a mermaid wearing that... Nicely done!
(Missed you at ArtBliss this year...)

Jo said...

Such a beautiful necklace! One of my favourite pieces in the party!

chicandfrog said...

Fibers are not for me (read: I cannot find a way to use them properly) but I can say you are a natural!

Ambra

Skye said...

I don;t use fiber in my work either, but this looks lovely :) It does give it 'washed up on the beach' kinda look to it without taking away from the inherent beauty of those beads :)

maneki said...

Very nice necklace! I really like the multiple strands and the colours are so nice. Lovely beachy feel.

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Wonderful design. Definitely has a beach feel to it! I like the variety of elements used in the design. Nice work!

Penny said...

I love the name you selected for your necklace and I am envision it being washed ashore. The color pallet is gorgeous and works so well together. Your piece is beautiful.

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Introducing the fabric with the blue beads really exemplifies the Washed Ashore title. I get the feeing of the beach. Love it.

Mylene said...

Your title is perfect for the finished piece... it really looks like you've been beachcombing and found the most wonderful treasures to combine. I love the colour combination and I especially love the way you wove the brown fibre through the links of the chain - that's really neat!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Lovely! Fantastic beachy vibe. I have yet to use fibers in my jewelry yet, you may have inspired me!

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