Kimberly Idalski is my partner and she's an experienced Bead Soup participant. She certainly showed this rookie the right way to do this! Not only did she send me a Bead Soup that contained EVERYTHING I would need to create a necklace and more, she also sent me a stunning hand-made pendant and a decorated box as extra "gifts."
Let me start with the box. It's a round, tin box, about 3 inches in diameter, with a lid that screws on and off. Kim created the embellishment to the cover entirely out of polymer clay, with some crystals to give it bling.
|Isn't this wonderful? Look at the amazing colors and details in the butterfly wings, and see how the colors blend in the dragonfly wings, almost like stained glass. The flowers are a clay "embroidery" technique.|
As if the box itself wasn't enough, inside of it was the most gorgeous, teardrop-shaped pendant. Doesn't this look good enough to eat? I think it looks like a beautiful, decorated Easter egg. In fact, I already know exactly what I'm going to wear it with to church on Easter! I'm going to stitch a "chain" for it out of silver seed beads. And I haven't even gotten to the Bead Soup ingredients yet!
OK, now for the Bead Soup. My brain is already racing as I think of ideas for using everything Kimberly has sent. First is the focal bead. Kimberly started with an oval-shaped bezel that is two inches from side to side and one inch from top to bottom. It's a terrific shape and so large that it needs two loops for hanging.
|More clay "embroidery" and a dragonfly, along with crystals on a base of clay in a faux Grass Turquoise Pyrite, which she copied from the real stones.|
|Look at this! A whole bag of Tanzanite Swarovski bicones! The large teardrops are genuine Grass Turquoise Pyrite. There are some genuine Amethyst beads, along with some pearls, and round clay beads.|
|These are all faux Grass Turquoise Pyrite beads and the larger ones have those "embroidered" flowers with crystals in their centers.|
Kimberly and I are in the Third Reveal on April 13, which means that we have a little over a month to combine our Bead Soup ingredients into a fabulous piece of jewelry. I only hope I can do justice to her creations!