Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hawkey-Judd-Velasquez Soup!

It's Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Day!

Party hostess Lori Anderson paired me up with amazing artist Diane Hawkey for this round and it has been a fun week of creating with the soup Diane sent me...especially the beads she made with her own two hands!  I have a few finished pieces to share, created with just a bit of the goodness in my generous helping of soup:

This is a super-long necklace created with a bunch of different types of chain to create an asymmetric design so that I could feature the long ceramic focal bead (down below on the right) in a vertical arrangement.  I pulled together some of the other Diane faceted ceramic nuggets (on the left in turquoise and brown) along with some of my stashed Barbara fire-painted filigree rounds and combined them all with little shiny gold nuggets that give the finished piece just the right amount of sparkle.  I've already worn this out and about a few times and have gotten tons of compliments.
Here's another shot and you can see the organic designs in the Diane focal as well as the coordinating bracelet and earrings that came together out of the mixed chain inspiration.
I have to throw out a little credit to Erin Prais-Hintz for the inspiration I got from her design in the September issue of Bead Trends.  I loved the selection of chain links she used to feature one of her handmade focals and it totally jumpstarted this design.
Since I had all my Barbara beads out next to my new Diane nuggets, I did another necklace...a little shorter and more casual but just as fun. 
I used some of the extra Czech glass to create a linked-up bracelet and some earrings to go together with everything.  I don't normally do links, especially simple links, but it worked out wonderfully and even made it through my wear test.  :)


There are a total of 369 guests at this party, so have fun seeing some new goods, checking out the work of old friends, and getting some novel inspiration!


The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke


19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

















There are a total of 369 guests at this party, so have fun seeing some new goods, checking out the work of old friends, and getting some novel inspiration!

82 comments:

  1. What a cool and funky piece! LOVE it!

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  2. Gorgeous beads! I love the different chains you used too.
    Loving both of the necklaces!
    Deb x

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the light airy feeling that is created by all of the chain. The contrast between the color of the chain and the lightness of the bead is great. This is a gorgeous piece!

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  4. I really love both your pieces but the first one is stunning...right up my alley for taste! Love the colours, the different chains, the focal is outstanding and I adore the rustic simplicity....my favourite so far.
    Jenni

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  5. I really love what you have done with your bead soup! I especially love the muted colors of the enamel beads!

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  6. Love the earthy, organic look of the beads and your creations. Great pieces.

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  7. My favorite is definitely the long chained piece. Great idea and perfectly executed. Love it!

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  8. Hi Jen! Very COOL pieces. You had a great partner. I always love using Diane's beads. I love how you added those little copper discs to the chain by the clasp in that last bracelet. that's an awesome effect!

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  9. Wow, you created an entire beautiful Collection! Wonderful!!!

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  10. Great jewelry Jen! I can see why you've gotten compliments when wearing it out!

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  11. Stunning collection, love the colors and the added chain and the whole organic feel to it all. Beautiful pieces!

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  12. Yep, Jen, you did it again! Stunning design. Even though I don't wear shorter necklaces, I love the shorter one, just because is shows off all those beauties right up front. My attention was immediately caught on the longer one with all the different types of chain. That is just great design.

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  13. Those are all so gorgeous and wearable! I love them!

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  14. Beautiful colors...beautiful designs.
    Love all of them.

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  15. Love the mix of chains. They really look great but allow your beads to stand out. Nice soup!

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  16. These are super cool - I love them both. The first set is amazingly wonderful and made me drool!!

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

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  18. LOVE IT! this necklace is simply devine jen...well done with your soup!

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  19. Oh, those colors and textures - a feast for the eyes!

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  20. oooh! ooh! love them all! the bracelets are way cool; nice color combos and the links look FAB u lous!

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  21. What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

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  22. Beautiful beads and beautiful jewellery. And of course from you, amazing photos! You and Diane were an inspired pairing.

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  23. I love what you made- especially the casual necklace with the linked bracelet- just beautiful!

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  24. Beautiful pieces and photos! I love this yellow and blue theme you have going on. The pieces are very earthy and soft in color :)

    xo Genea

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  25. They're all lovely, and the long necklace is so rustic, and modern, and fresh, and earthy, and lovely all at once.

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  26. I love your designs! Very boho chic! I would wear them all. Yes--at the same time! :)

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  27. Wow! Jen these pieces are amazing. You knocked the ball out of the park with them and I completely understand how you'd get compliments, too! Gorgeous!

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  28. I absolutely love your pieces...your use of chain is awesome!

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  29. I love the pieces. And the different chain links just add to the necklace. Very unique.

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  30. Jen, I really love your long necklace with the beautiful mix of chain and components - and love your more "simple" necklace that features Barbara's bead as well. The color palette is soft and soothing...all beautiful pieces that are sure to receive many compliments!

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  31. Lovely creations! You did a beautiful job!

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  32. Beautiful. I love love love what you have done. Great colors and the long necklace is just stunning.

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  33. Three wonderful pieces, I like each of it!
    Greetings, Michi

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  34. I love it (them)! You've inspired me. I've has a long focal bead in my stash for some time and now I'm going to pull it out and play with some chain.

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  35. Really nice, I like how you handled the long focal bead.

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  36. Gorgeous collection! Wonderful design and colors. The long necklace is my favorite! I love the different shapes and textures throughout it.

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  37. All of your pieces are fab, fab, FABULOUS!! I would wear each of them OFTEN. I see that first necklace has already made into your header as well ;) I'm guessing you like it a-plenty too!
    I'm off to do more hopping. . .Outstanding work!

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  38. Very cool results - I really like the mix of chains. It's perfect with the assortment of the bead textures. Yum!

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  39. LOVE that super-long one -- gimme (oh, that wasn't polite at all.) I really like it, can you tell?

    You have such a knack with design, from your jewelry to your blog!

    I hope you'll join me next time! The badge and dates will be posted tomorrow, the 19th!

    Love, Lori

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  40. All of your designs are beautiful, Jen! The long necklace with the chain really grabs me! :)

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  41. Jen, your designs are so fresh and lovely. The color pallet of your soup is gorgeous.

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  42. Wow - you always rock but all of these are amazing. I love the second set - that's a color combo I could just swim in forever. Soooooo looking forward to NEXT WEEKEND!

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  43. wow - I loved your use of the different chains in the necklace. For some reason, all of these pieces made me think of being on a ship out in the ocean and I certainly sailed around enjoying your use of the fabulous beads and the color in all of the pieces you made.

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  44. So completely wearable, I love it...

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  45. Amazing designs! The colors are perfect together, love the organic and earthy feel of your pieces.

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  46. Jen - I loooove! I want! Especially that 1st set - it is right up my alley! See you this weekend?

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  47. Wonderful, earthy designs! They're all so beautiful, and I love the bead colors combined with the metal.

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  48. Great designs love the colors
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  49. Love the color combo and the antique feel the piece has.

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  50. stunning pieces, love the different chain elements

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  51. I'm not surprised you've gotten compliments - that necklace is stunning! And I like the other pieces, too. Great work with your soup!

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  52. I love the look with the chains. It is so interesting with al the different textures and materials. You hit a home run.

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  53. Really like the super long necklace, it's gorgeous :)

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  54. oh what lovely pieces!!! one is more beautiful than the next! these have great flow and a great feel. that turquoise colored bracelet! i would wear that daily!!!

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  55. I like them all but I am really drawn to the long necklace. So my style! And I can see why you are getting tons of compliments on it.

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  56. Jen- what stunning designs!! I especially love the first necklace, the spacing... the color... just gorgeous!!

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  57. Wonderful pieces with wonderful color.

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  58. Wow! I just love that long asymmetrical necklace!! The different chains gives it a little something extra... All of the other pieces are gorgeous as well!

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  59. Your jewelry is beautiful! Love the colors & all of the lovely details!!

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  60. Of course you got compliments when you wore the long one - it is wonderful and the other pieces as well. All of them are very creative. You do rock!

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  61. Gorgeous jewellery! I really like the earthy colours, the balanced design, the mixed chains (now, that's a detail that makes a big difference!), all of it. Great job!

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  62. What fantastic creations with such a fun soup mix! I love the first necklace - definitely my style - and the second necklace would go with just about anything - beautiful! :)

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  63. Love love! Such delicious pieces! I love the mixed chains! And the linked bracelet is one of my favorite styles :) Gorgeous, everything is just gorgeous! Diane's beads are amazing and you showcased them perfectly!

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  64. Love the long necklace - the colors are just beautiful Awesome work!

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  65. beautiful! both of them :o) and the beads are amazing ...

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  66. Great piece, looks like something that will go with everything from a suit to jeans.

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  67. I adore everything that you have assembled here to the 1,00 power! So Soup-er cool!

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  68. I LOVE that long necklace!! OMGosh!! It's just awesome!! :) Erin inspires me too, all the time!!

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  69. I bet you got tons of compliments, that necklace is stunning! I really like it, it's long, asymmetrical, in a turquoise colour, full of chains... Wonderful!
    Ambra

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  70. If I was shopping I would so buy this soup you made! It's fabulous. The organic feel can't go wrong with that.

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  71. I would wear the heck out of that first necklace. a cohesive composition of diverse elements. Love it!
    (Nice to meet you at ArtBliss, BTW!)

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  72. The nuggets look a bit like czech glass, a bit like real turquoise. Love the bracelet.

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  73. Really beautiful pieces, all. I love the long necklace and coordinating bracelet.

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  74. Beautiful! Love all the pieces...the colors, the chain, the beads...I can see me wearing every piece..

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  75. Great jewelry and great ideas.
    Love it!

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  76. Still making the rounds and tasting all the soups! You got so many great looks from your soup. Lovely.

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  77. Both pieces are fabulous! I love the organic feel of them... you had great beads to work with and you did an amazing job of pulling them all together. I love looking at all the interesting details in the first necklace.... the chain and wire work really makes it a wearable piece of art.

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  78. Yes, I know, I am still making my way through the party, better late than never! I love that first necklace with the chain and the bead that Diane created is gorgeous! Isn't it great to be inspired by other artists to try something new or different, gotta love Erin, she is my hero :) Stunning work!

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