Saturday, August 25, 2012

BSBP Reveal #3

It's finally time! Reveal #3. I've oohed and aahed through the last two reveals, and now it's our turn. I was paired with Arlene Dean and these were the goodies she gifted me with.
Since Lori Anderson challenged us to step out of  our comfort zone, I've tried to do that. Wire wrapping is NOT my forte- at all. As I kept looking at all these pretties, wondering how do the focal justice, I kept going back to the idea of wire wrapping. Sigh. Did I mention I'm just not very good at this? Since I'm an avid fan of Pinterest and love to pin merrily away, I took a deep breath and turned to one of my boards for a little inspiration-and found it!

Without further ado, here is my Merry Mermaid.
Isn't she fun? I used brightly colored aluminum wire to do messy wrapped beads, links and swirls. This focal is bright and happy and  these colors accented the beautiful colors in the mermaid. Arlene sent me a variety of beads (thank you!) and the glass pillows, green crystals, as well as the little purple crystals just cried out to be used. I added a couple of glass pearls because the hole in the freshwater pearls wouldn't work with the thicker gauge wire. The green flourite beads snuggled in nicely between the messy wrapped aluminum beads and the silver jumps made connections easy, as well as tying in with the silver on the mermaid. She now has a little wreath of purple seed beads for a touch of whimsy. I even made the clasp out of the turquoise wire. It's a long necklace but so colorful. Now to find the right home for her.

But there were more beads...
so continuing with the bright wire theme, here's a pair of coordinating earrings. While the stones aren't identical, it gave it a more organic look. I'm usually pretty matchy matchy, but I like these.

And then there was time for one more project:
Again, this was an idea courtesy of Pinterest.  This was my first try, and I probably will redo it, but the clasp seemed to go nicely with the beads, and I adore bracelets. The spacing needs some work, but you get the general idea!

These are my three offerings. There were a couple of things I didn't use (see the cute little fishes in the first picture and an adorable strawberry glass bead) so will do a giveaway in the next couple of weeks- be sure to check back if you were NOT part of the  6th Bead Soup Blog Party for your chance to get a bag of goodies.

Don't forget to visit the other participants in this 3rd and final reveal. I'm sure you'll find creations that bring you splashes of grace and a dash of joy!

Here's the rest of the party:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry  **You're Here**

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. Really cute design--you did the mermaid justice!

  2. Love the Merry Mermaid necklace! What a fun piece!

  3. Fun necklace! Love the turquoise clasp

  4. hehe! That mermaid necklace is so cute!

  5. The mermaid is amazing, great job

  6. Such a fun bead soup! :)) I love the pieces you created from it, the necklace looks swesome with the mermaid!

  7. You did a great job, looks like you had fun rising to the challenge. Love your necklace.

  8. This is certaily the loveliest mermaid I have ever seen!! You created a fantastic piece!!

  9. Your mermaid is so joyous and fun! You did a fabulous job turning her into a wonderful necklace, and your wirework is perfect!

  10. That mermaid is amazing! Such beautiful work :)

  11. Love the mermaid- such amazing work :)

  12. I can hear her singing her sweet serenade.Lovely work with all you pieces. Love and hugs Tanya

  13. Wow! For stepping out of your comfort zone, that's a pretty awesome necklace! The mermaid is adorable, great inspiration right there! Great job. What are you going to do with it now?

  14. The mermaid is so cute! 3 lovely pieces. Well done :)

  15. I love the mermaid necklace -- so colorful and fun. Great job and kudos to you for trying something new.

  16. Awesome necklace!! You did very well with your wire wrapping. I really like your blog name, my best friend from grade school is named Charis. Thanx for the chance to win beads.

  17. Lovely job on that necklace! I love it!

  18. she's so pretty surrounded by her sea of jewels! everything is so light and pretty...nice job!

  19. OooOoo - I just might have to try my hand at some colored wire one of these days! Beautiful inspiration! ;)

  20. I love how you used the colored wire in your mermaid necklace - such a happy necklace!!

  21. What a fun necklace! You've done that mermaid justice!

  22. First meeting with wire! Impossible:)))

  23. What a cute mermaid necklace. Love you messy wired beads. Great job.

  24. Your mermaid is beautiful! Also love those fun earrings.

  25. Your mermaid is beautiful! Also love those fun earrings.

  26. The necklace is so sweet! You did a great job.

  27. What a great work! Your merry mermaid is so fun and beautiful!

  28. funny soup and funny necklace!
    ciao dall'Italia

  29. Cute mermaid and you turned it so awesome.

  30. Cute mermaid and you turned it so awesome.

  31. Wow! Both the choice of wire color and your skill were excellent complements to the focal! What a great necklace!

  32. Love what you did with that super fun mermaid. Great job on all of your pieces.

  33. What a fun piece. Great job!

  34. I love your mermaid necklace! Great job for first time wire wrapping. You are a natural.

  35. So pretty, i love the feeling they give me!!!

  36. Such a fun piece! Whimsical and colorful and a job well done!

  37. You certainly embrace the BSBP philosophy of moving out of your comfort zone. I hope you liked the wire wrapping and use this as your launch. I like what you did, the wire goes perfectly with the mermaid focal and the bracelet is a very pretty design.

  38. Great job with your soup. I love the colored spirals you added..such a great use of color. Beautiful piece!

  39. Yes, she is fun, the necklace came out really well.

  40. You did an awesome job wire wrapping! Love the necklace, the color combo reminds me of the sea

  41. Your wire wrapping looks just wonderful! I love the whimsy of the first piece! So fun! I also love the chunky earrings with the big spiral at the bottom :) You did a fantastic job going out of your comfort zone!!

  42. Really fun soup creations! You did a really Soup-er job!

  43. what a fun mermaid necklace! great work, congrats!

  44. Cute and fun pieces. I think you did a great job with your wire-wrapping. I like the pink bracelet, just the way it is.

  45. Love the mermaid!! You did great

  46. I love your wire wrapping! Great fun!

  47. what a fun mermaid necklace and the cool wire work! Well done, you did a great job!

  48. Beautiful pieces! But of course my favorite is that fabulous mermaid necklace!!!

  49. That mermaid necklace is a pure delight. She looks like she is blissfully happy. I love all the blue wire you added in your piece to go with her colors. It really is a happy piece. As well, I adore the wire wrapping you did in your bracelet. It's a really neat design. I definitely need to find and follow your pintrest boards!

  50. The necklace is so much fun, which fits your focal perfectly. Love the colours, too. ;-)

  51. The mermaid necklace is amazing!

  52. Love your Merry Mermaid, and it looks like you really had fun putting your bead soup to work!

  53. You did a great job pushing yourself, and you should be really proud! Love the mermaid!

  54. What a great necklace! It looks like it would be so much fun to wear.

  55. You did a great job using your soup ingredients! The little mermaid is so cute. Cheers!
    Lori D.

  56. Beautiful necklace! You did a great job with the wire wrapping!

  57. I love that focal mermaid that is so neat and love the colours too.
    I have a first giveaway of a pendant from my blog soup do come on over and take a look and enter to win if you get a minute!

  58. Everything was put together so well. I love the fact that you were willing to go beyond comfort and let your creativity take over. the mermaid is awesome, the earrings are fun and the bracelet turned out wonderfully. Such a nice ensemble or lovely separates came from your determination and creativity - take a bow!

  59. Totally my colours.loved your wire wrapping...I do lots of messy them my Osprey nest wraps.. Mermaid is so cute!!

  60. Mermaids...right up my alley...Love them...your pieces are beautiful!