Welcome to the second reveal of Bead Soup Blog Party #7. Actually, this is my first blog hop. When I started I didn’t even know what a blog hop was, but I hopped in with both feet. Thanks to Lee Anne ( the metal girl ) who encouraged me throughout this process and Sandra who kept me in line ( as best she could). These ladies are like sisters to me. I love them dearly.
Still, I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into. You see, I am a Muscogee Creek Indian. My heritage plays a big part in my jewelry design. Whenever possible, I prefer to work with natural stones, nuts, copper, shells, horn, teeth and BONES, things that are Organic and of the Earth.
It took me a long time to make a decision about what I would send my soup partner. I knew I wanted to send her a little piece of me. Luckily for me, Lori Anderson gave me the best soup partner ever—Mimi Gardner. From the beginning we connected. I love her work and I wanted to make sure she had a wide variety of materials. I sent her a variety of tagua nuts, seeds, shells, vintage black onyx, vintage frosted quartz, some bone and horn and a carved tagua nut focal, all in black and white.
Here’s a picture of what I sent
I cant wait to see what Mimi has made. Please visit her blog to see. .http://othercuriosities.blogspot.com
Did you see what Mimi sent me? In my box was a beautiful selection of coral, jade and jasper beads, chain, brass findings—including a clasp made by Mimi—and TWO handmade focals—a ceramic bird and a matching ceramic ring with a nice little nest wired to it. There’s a picture below. See all the beautiful beads she sent!
I couldn’t wait to get started. I had ideas—lots of ideas—but inspiration wasn’t striking. I could see the necklace that was begging to be made, but it wasn’t mine. In fact, I made it once or twice, but I never finished it before
taking it apart and putting it back in the box. My friends will tell you this is what I do. Yeah, I KNOW. The reveal date was getting closer and I didn’t have anything.
Then, one day I made up my mind. This was going to be the day. I realized I was leaving myself out of the piece. I dug through my own beads and began to add bone, seeds, and some wood. I had some nice dragon’s blood coral that I used to frame the focal. I LIKE this! Pretty soon I was done with my first piece.
Here’s the necklace I made.This was just the beginning. Mimi sent me so much that I just kept creating. I added a wooden “face” focal with the jade she sent, Sprinkled in some of the jasper and a few seeds here and there. I topped it off with some copper and VOILA’ !! What do you think? I love this one.. I made a couple of pairs of earrings to go with this necklace.
So now I’m on a roll. I still have the Jade left in my box of goodies. I added some pretty glass beads I traded Lee Anne for. I used the chain from Mimi. I needed earrings to match so I made some magic and this is what I made….
I still have some ingredients left in my box of goodies so i’m sure i’ll be posting more. Again, Thank you Mimi Gardner for all the love. I am so lucky to have you as a new friend. A sister. Thank you for challenging me in such a wonderful way. You helped make me a better designer.
Please take the time to check out the other chefs in this reveal.
Thanks for stopping by… Susan