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7th Bead Soup Blog Party – My Reveal

I first came across the bead soup blog party last year, not long after starting my blog. I thought it was a great idea and I saw some really inspirational pieces. When I saw the sign up for this year’s bead soup I had to sign up. My jewellery making skills are very basic compared to a lot of people, but I hoped to still make something nice.

In my first blog soup post I explained the principle behind the idea of bead soup. When I wrote that post I didn’t take some of the beads out of the bags they came in as I was a bit scared to lose any beads. I can show you these beads better now.

In your make you have to use the focal and the clasp supplied by your partner. I was sent these:

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If you look closely at the focal you will see little pearls, so I decided to use these, from my soup, in my piece:

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I used some silver coloured beads from my stash in addition to these. 
Here it is:

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And up close…

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I was also given an assortment of quartz beads:

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I wanted to use these to make a separate piece and decided to make a bracelet.

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I didn’t use all the quartz beads as there were quite a few. I’m sure I’ll use the rest of the beads relatively soon.

So there you go, that’s my little contribution to the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party. Why not visit some of the other blogs? You’ll find some far more impressive pieces. The main Bead Soup Blog Party website has links to all 541 people taking part.

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International Craft Swap – Part Two

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I was very lucky with the goodies Jo gave me as part of the International Craft Swap (see here for details). I thought I would share what I gave her with you.

Jo commutes into London by train every day, so I thought a notebook which is portable enough for use on the train would be a nice idea.

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The booklet is roughly A6 in size and has 72 pages, so should have enough space for a few notes / scribbles.

I tied it in with the nautical theme with the anchor button and anchor lining.

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The paper is a free printable download found here

I have treated myself to both black and white thread for bookmaking, but decided that I liked seeing the binding on the outside,  so went for white.

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Jo makes her own clothes and I decided to make something to go with her outfits.  The nautical theme made me think of the sea and I had some beads that seemed perfect.

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The blue beads are see through,  like the sea! Blue and white together seemed quite nautical too. I’m pleased to tell you that Jo put the necklace and bracelet on straight away.

We also had a exchange a small gift of less than £3 in value.  As I mentioned in my last post,  I heard about this swap whilst on holiday in Malta. I bought this there:

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It’s an eye of Osiris and you find these on traditional Maltese boats. They are supposed to guard against bad luck etc. This admittedly is a fridge magnet, but I thought it linked well with the theme.

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Jo seemed to like her goodies. I have since found that Rachel at House of Pinheiro organises a swap once a year. I’ve enjoyed this one and will definitely sign up to whatever she organises next year!

A Vintage Fix

How devastated would you be if a necklace belonging to your Mum broke? I could hardly say no when asked to fix a necklace for a woman for whom this had happened. I was given this:

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It took longer to fix than to make a new necklace! I had to rearrange the middle of the necklace as a few beads had been lost when it broke.  I kept as much original as possible.

Here is the finished product:

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How cute is the clasp?

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All packaged up and ready to go home:

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Souvenir Jewellery

Most people like to bring something back from their travels and I am one of those people. However in recent times I haven’t been bringing back ornaments, but crafty bits, often beads, that I can enjoy using and that will remind me of my trip (see a nice reminder for an example of what I have made in the past).

When in Bath for my birthday in Sept, we came across many fab things. You’ve seen the ribbon and buttons I bought, but I didn’t tell you about the haematite. Just up the road from the Roman Baths there was a market stall selling fossils and gemstones. Most gemstones weren’t much use to me, but he did have a few made into bracelets, so I bought some. The bracelets were simply drilled polished stones strung onto elastic. I bought haematite and black onyx (i think!). I did joke to Mr M that I’ll have to wear them when teaching about iron extraction (haematite is the iron ore my students have to name) but that’s a tad sad.

I hadn’t made anything with my bracelets since buying them for two reasons – lack of time and lack of another bead to go with them. It’s my half term holiday now, so that has given me more time than usual, so I can’t use time as an excuse any more. When in Shaftesbury, I found and bought some small haematite beads at The Beadster. So, that’s all my complications solved.

I ruined some of yesterday’s hard work in tidying my craft bits upstairs and brought my jewellery bits back downstairs and got to work. I started with these:

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And soon ended up with these:

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It’s quite basic, but is quite stunning with the way light reflects off the stones. Each of the bigger stones is a unique shape, as nature intended. It’s quite a heavy necklace, so I doubled up on wire for support. I liked the way the necklace sat on top of my high necked jumper earlier. This is definitely a keepsake for me!

Another source of beads

I buy beads in shops and online, but sometimes I use other sources.

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Neither of these necklaces are perfect for me (although the one on the right isn’t that bad) and neither had matching earrings, so a while ago I would have left them hanging in Superdrug. However now I view them as sources of beads!

To see how I have previously upcycled a necklace I found in a shop that wasn’t me, see this post.

Sparkles!

As I had my jewellery making stuff out to make my sister a bracelet, I decided to make something for myself. I had previously treated myself to some silver plated hollow beads:

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I turned the beads into a matching set of a three layer necklace, earrings and bracelet:

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The beads reflect a lot of light, as you can see in the photo above! I wanted another silver coloured option to wear to work. I can guarantee that no one else will have the same. According to a couple of kids I teach I am a jewellery designer!

Surprise!

When I ran my giveaway, one of the prizes was a surprise for the winner. Janey of Is That You Darling won and told me her favourite colour is purple. In her comment on the giveaway she mentioned that she’d never tried jewellery making, so I decided to make her some purple jewellery. Luckily I had some purple wire and beads, so I put this together:

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I must admit taking photos late at night on a phone never gets the best results, so this is actually Janey’s photo from a post on all her recent wins (she’s a lucky lady!). Hopefully she won’t mind! I didn’t post about it earlier as I wanted it to be a surprise.

It looks as though she has plans for some of the buttons she won. I can’t wait to see the bracelet she wants to make.