10.5.14

BSBP 8, The Reveal

Hello dear friends! As exciting as ever was this 8th international bead swap!
Suomenkielinen versio tämän postauksen alapuolella!


As a reminder the photo of the soup I got from my partner, Nicole Valentine, from Canada.


The colors are very pleasant to my eye and I had a lot of ideas what to make. The first piece I completed was the bracelet with the toggle made by Nicole and everything else from my own stash, lots of small faceted czech beads linked with sterling wire. I decided to replace the hook of the toggle with a bar.

This is mine :-)

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I also had many ideas how to use the lovely lampwork set made by Nicole. The first necklace combines the biggest lampwork bead from the soup with the small faceted glass beads and turquoise lampwork bead from my own stash. I have lately become an enthusiastic of braiding kumihimo and so the half of the necklace is a kumihimo braid and the other half is a sterling rolo chain; the pendant moves easily on either.

"Méduse"


My sister was so kind to lend her neck for the photos, you see how the mood changes if you have the kumihimo braid or the chain in front.



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For another necklace I continued the same colorway, I really love this combination, olive green and turquoise, but added white to it. I had the turquoise lampwork and some light blue chalcedony beads to go with Nicole's lovelies. I did not want to link them with wire nor I wanted to use the beading wire. I tried a cord (Toho) and was happy with it. I tried the knots, and was very surprised to find freshwater pearls with big enough holes to have that Toho cord getting through them. Did you know how "soft" a necklace with knotted cord is? Lovely to wear!

 "Aqua garden"

I was already very happy to have used so much of the soup I got. Well, the toggle and, let me count... okay, 4 lampwork beads... Was that not enough?


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Hmm... all right, a difficult part, magnesite beads from Nicole, quite big ones but nice :-)
I just happened to find my copper beads and jump rings, I don't often use copper but I have some of it. That was a charming combination. I also had a magnesite donut in my stash and had a very interesting metal link given from a beading friend, Vikki (she takes awesome photos in finnish nature!).

All these elements combined, I'm quite content with my F.O.X. necklace. The Jens Pind chainmaille is not at all difficult to weave and I must get myself weaving more of these chains!

 "F.O.X."


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Finally, after finding the copper, I began to think about gold, too!
So I made a pendant of one of Nicole's lampwork beads, which had both gold and silver dots in it. The
bead cap, closed ring and chain are vermeil.

"Treasure"


That's all from me! Please, visit my swap partner, Nicole, here

 The soups I sent to my partner:


And you'll find the list of links to all, about 500 international participants, on our great and one of a kind hostess Lori Anderson's blog, here.

If you have time and interest, you'll find all my earlier bead soups and reveals, links here!
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75 comments:

  1. Your first piece stopped me dead in my tracks. I can't believe the beads you had in your stash went so perfectly with that amazing clasp. Simply gorgeous. I love all your designs. Simple and beautiful pieces. The colors make me feel like summer is here!

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    1. Me too, or springtime here in gold North. The bracelet in sooooo beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful work, Margareta! Green and turquoise, I agree that's a wonderful, vivid colour combination! Love the komihimo bread with the beautiful pendant, the reflection of the colours of the lampwork bead in the ribbon! Well done, my dear!

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  3. Such beautiful pieces! Your chainmaille work is so impressive and I love the combination Kumihimo and chain, but I think my favorite is the bracelet, gorgeous!

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  4. Lovely pieces, I love the kumihimo necklace best, with so many different materials, and the color combos are just beautiful.

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  5. My dear Master Mags has made perfect work again. The kumihimo necklace and bracelet are wonderful!

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  6. Such pretty work - I love the turquoise/chatreuse combinatons and the first bracelet is delightful.

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  7. What pretty spring/summer colors. Your designs are so versatile. Love the bracelet, very nice!

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  8. How wonderful! All your creations are light and lovely! What a fabulous toggle clasp you received and the bracelet you made with it is perfect! The bead soup you sent out is awesome!!!!

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  9. You always make such fabulous stuff with the soups you get! Love each and every piece!

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  10. Anonymous10/5/14 18:15

    N Valentine Studio10/5/14 17:58

    Oh my goodness I love what you made!! My favourite would have to be the bracelet wit the clasp, I am really in love with that it turned out lovely!! You were a wonderful partner, you made this a lot of fun!

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  11. green and blue-best colours ever- super necklace especially with kumihimo rope!

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  12. Very beautiful colour and fabulous designs. They are all so splendid!

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  13. Gorgeous pieces! I love them all!

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  14. I love what you've made with your soup, it's all very pretty :-)

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  15. Beautiful pieces! I love the green bracelet!

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  16. Lovely! For the record I'd keep that gorgeous bracelet too!!! Nicole makes beautiful beads and you certainly did them justice!

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  17. What fun pieces. I especially loved the chain pairings. It makes for such different and trendy looks. Beautiful work!

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  19. OOPs, wrong name, apologies...so deleted previous comment. But I stick by what I said. I would love to wear all of your artful pieces. Your jewelry is so YUM!

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  20. Mags - wow! Such gorgeous jewelry - love all the designs and especially appreciate how you've showcased the variety of your talent throughout. Great job!

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  21. The colors and the beads are gorgeous and you have played with them in a very artistic way. I wouldn't single out just one piece. Love the idea of having two different chains on the same piece (I also made a necklace with interchangeable cords&chain).

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  22. Magareta, first of all, thank you for visiting my blog. Your BSBP creations are exquisite. I love everything. Can I say I have two favourites? They are: the kumihimo necklace and the copper necklace with its overlapped pendant. Happy hopping.
    Ana

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  23. Everything is lovely. Very feminine with nice colors. I think the first piece, the bracelet, is my favorite. I'm inspired by your creativity!

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  24. Just as I was marveling over a piece you made in one photo, along comes the next, equally as lovely. You've incorporated such a variety of techniques. Is there anything you can't do? So many beautiful pieces you've created out of your soup. Yum!

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  25. You have done very good, I really love EVERY piece you made!!!!! Awesome!

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  26. I love the idea of mixing kumihimo and chain together to get two different moods in one necklace. Bothe the necklace and the bracelet with the clasp are lovely!

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  27. Beautiful and versatile pieces! And lovely photos, too. :)

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  28. All pure loveliness! I don't blame you at all for keeping the adorable chartreuse bracelet… it's an "old" color, you know—I love it too! :-) Your fox necklace is a fun rustic design—the mix of copper and turquoise magnesite is gorgeous and of course, I love the layered focal you created. I enjoyed seeing your new creations!

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  29. All very beautiful, but that first bracelet is simply stunning. Lovely work!

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  30. Love the first bracelet and the connector Nicole made. It's all wonderful but that ones really speaks to me.

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  31. Margarete, yes you have the some colors!!!, your bead work is exquisite...very nice job!

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  32. Really gorgeous designs. The F.O.X. necklace has to be my favorite. Love that color stone with copper. Excellent use of your soup.

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  33. Gorgeous pieces! I absolutely love the bracelet and can see why you're keeping it! The kumihimo braid piece is a knock out, what a beautiful way to incorporate your braid! I love the daintiness of the treasure piece too! Wonderful work all around!

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  34. I can see why that bracelet is all yours. It's heavenly. And you created the most interesting use of colors, too. Everything you made is very wearable and I will bet that you enjoy them very much.

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  35. Ooohh... falling in love with that meduse and its kumihimo braid..
    The FOX is a jaw-dropper.. hihi.. at least for me..

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  36. Margareta - my favorite is the first bracelet with the czech beads and sterling wire. The colour is eye-catching, the design is lovely and very wearable.
    Rose

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  37. Love everything you made, but my favorite is the focal that can be worn on the different necklaces. Kudos on some well served soup!

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  38. Love all of your pieces, especially the bracelet (great colour) and the copper-and-turquoise necklace. It's awesome!

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  39. Yeah kumihimo!!! And bilingual posts! (: I confess, I love the lampwork beads you got, and I think you did a fabulous job showing off their beauty! Clever use of the clasp too -- I like the substitution of the bar...I think it makes it more sophisticated!

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  40. My favorite piece is the necklace your sister is wearing.. you are very creative and everything is stunning!

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  41. Every single one of your pieces is amazing! You really have such a variety of styles and do them all very well. Looks like you had fun. ;)

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  42. Al of your designs are lovely, but I especially love the yellow bracelet. So pretty. Love your soft and beautiful colors!

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  43. Margareta, my lucky stars twinkled brightly when I was your BSBP6 partner! Not only do you create the most exquisite & lovely jewelry art, your soups ROCK! How lucky Nicole Valentine is to have beautiful YOU as a partner this year! The soups you sent are so yummy- I want them, lol! ;)

    Ok, to your fabulous creations -- I am wordy, but so excited! :) The sterling silver bracelet is stunning! Magnificent composition & perfect balance, rich and wonderful. Gracias for showing both toggle bars - your replacement is perfection. Simply gorgeous! "Méduse" is brilliant and delightful. Love that the Kumihimo necklace can be worn with two versatile styles. Lovely of your sister to model! With each exquisite piece and so much beauty, she must have wanted to run quickly, wearing it all home! lol ;) "Aqua garden" is soft, flowing, like enjoying a garden near the ocean in the morning, fresh and nurturing. The pearls are magical, and I can imagine how pleasurable the hand-knotting is, and how the beads must drape with grace & fill with light! And as a chainmaille artist myself above all other techniques, you've knocked my socks off with "F.O.X."! Margareta! The Jens Pind weave is considered an ADVANCED weave. It is difficult & challenging to most. You must be very gifted at chainmaille -- a natural -- if you find Jens Pind easy to do! I'm astonished. I hope you create more chainmaille -- you have the gift! And the design is ingenious and splendid. You've taken the magnesite beads to heaven! Your artistry here is inspiring. The copper, advanced chainmaille, donut and very cool metal link from Vikki are expressive and alluring and sophisticated. My favorite! And last but not least, "Treasure" is fabulous! I adore gold and so few use it in jewelry art, yet it is indeed a treasure -- love love love that you created gold jewelry! Luscious and radiant.

    Your techniques are superb; flawless. Your designs are imaginative, showstopping. Your soups and beads are delicious. Your spirit is as elegant and generous as your fine art. Love you my dear friend. Bravo! Bravo! Thank you for creating. You are an inspiration! ♥ Rita

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  44. I don't know where to start - all so beautiful! I love the bracelet with Nicole's toggle. Your Czech glass goes perfectly with it. And your wire links make it light and airy! (Your own clasps will come soon enough. You're off to a good start) I really like the necklace with the kumihimo braid! How fun that it can be worn either way! All of your designs are beautiful and very creative!

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  45. It's all so beautiful!
    Well done ^_^

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  46. I love your colour choices! The blues & greens are so beautiful, and the copper & turquoise look stunning together! Beautiful necklaces!

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  47. Hi Mags,
    Love the colors of your necklace! they all look fantastic. Great to hear from you and thanks for swinging by my blog.

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  48. Beautiful choices with your soup. I can't believe how many fantastic chain choices and how each one went so well with the design, just incredible. It was the pearls and knotting that got me though - I'd of never thought of that and it all worked so well. Beautiful work.

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  49. love the versatility of the kumihimo necklace! The fox necklace stole my heart! gorgeous soup :-)

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  50. Fabulous work! I especially love the magnesite and copper necklace, but all are beautiful!

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  51. hyvä tavaton, miten ihana korupostaus! Minun lemppareiksi nousivat nuo kaksi ekaa, lime rannekoru (vau, mikä lukko!) ja Medusa... kauniit keväiset värit kyllä kaikissa! - Niin ja tuo kevyt riipus, kuinka söpö! <3

    Mukavaa loppuviikkoa sinulle! :)

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  52. Wow! You really transformed the clasp in your bracelet by replacing the hook with a bar for a toggle clasp. The whole bracelet is gorgeous! All of you pieces are beautiful. I especially like the necklace with the kumihimo, and the way it can be worn with two different looks. Clever girl!!

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  53. Your pieces are ALL absolutely stunning! Love, love, love the first bracelet and necklace especially, but they're all wonderful. Congratulations on the JPL! It's considered to be quite a difficult weave, but like you, I found it quite easy once you got going the right way, very zen, and very beautiful completed.

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  54. Gorgeous! The 'Treasure' necklace is my favourite.

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  55. Beautiful! The kumihimo and chain necklace is very clever and gives two really different looks.

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  56. Such lovely work well done!

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  57. Gorgeous pieces!! Absolutely love the first bracelet, so gorgeous.

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  58. You were lucky to get Nicole - I own one of her beads and am rather pleased with it. :)

    Your pieces are all magnificent ! My favorite has to be the copper and blue piece, however. It's one of my favorite color combo, and the chaimaille part is flawless ! Chainmaille makes my brain hurts, so I'll leave the wonderful things to you :)

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    1. Thank you, and, you're so right, Audrey, Nicole's beads are high quality and so beautiful

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  59. All of your pieces are wonderful. My favorite is probably that first bracelet you are keeping. I love that color and it's just so pretty. I like how the kumihimo necklace can also be worn on a chain. Convertible jewelry is always good! Then the last necklace on gold is another favorite the way it highlights the focal bead.

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  60. Oh my what a spread of beautiful jewellery! You did a fabulous job with your soup. I love all your pieces and it's so hard to choose a favourite. That bracelet is top I think - no wonder it's yours :-) - with the kumihimo/chain & gold/lampwork necklaces tied for second. Amazing work!

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  61. Your soup designs are so tasty..you left me drooling! Gorgeous... one and all! What can I say but that I'm inspired. Really Soup-perb!

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  62. Beautiful pieces. I really love the green bracelet. That's a great way to use the clasp!

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  63. Wow, Margareta, your soup was awesome and your designs amazing! I can't believe how many different looks you created from so many similar colours :)

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  64. Wonderful creations with your soup. I would never have thought of that color combination but I love it! Olive green and turquoise......so summery! Love all of your work but my fave is the Fox necklace! Your chain mail is gorgeous!

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  65. I love your bracelet! But my favorite piece is the Treasure necklace- so delicate and sweet.
    Lovely work.
    Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  66. I love your creations. They are all so wearable and lovely. Love your use of colours. Love your chainmalle too.

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  67. Wow! I am so thrilled to see what you created, these pieces are just lovely beyond belief! I adore the kumihimo necklace, since I am also enamored of it. That first bracelet is awesome, as are the rest of the pieces. You really made this a beautiful soup!

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  68. Hi Mags, Your "Aqua garden" is my favorite, but "Fox" is a really close second. "Treasure" showcases Nicole's wonderful lampworked bead.

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  69. Thank you, thank you, thank you, everybody for your visiting my bead soup reveal and leaving these beautiful comments <3 <3 <3

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  70. Gorgeous pieces. All well crafted and colors perfectly selected. I love the kumihimo braid for Meduse.

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  71. WOW WOW gorgeous pieces, i love everything about each piece, the color, the design, everything. Great job!

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  72. All of your pieces are spectacular! I've scrolled up and down your post to try to pick a favorite, but I just can't. Too much awesome :)

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  73. Wow! The kumihimo necklace was such a brilliant idea to compliment the colors of the beautiful lampwork bead! I love chainmaille and Jens Pind is one of my favorite weaves. The F.O.X. is simply stunning! The copper link you added on top of the beautiful focal bead is so unique and beautiful. Great designs!!!

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