Friday, April 12, 2013

My first Bead Soup Blog Party

My reveal day finally here .Before I show you my reveal I would like you to know a little about me.I started designing jewelry in the year 2002.It was started by accident.I was invited to a fundraiser and,though I had a dress ,I did not have matching earrings to go with it.I went to several stores but did not like anything and came home empty handed.Out of desperation I took out my jewelry box and found 3 pairs of earrings.Well I took them apart and created and new pair  earrings that looked very nice.

Three months later,I was bored with my job and  decided to do jewelry designs.My previous job was an accessories buyer.By working as a buyer,I had gathered a lot of information  and resources on my own.I went to many showrooms and worked with designers and fashion shows  and accessories expos  that it was very easy to start my own small business.This gave an advantage so I decided to go out on my own.In my collections I use materials such as shells ,pearls,wood turquoise,and lots of semiprecious .My designs have sold in several upscale Madison Avenue stores in New York City.

I would like to thank Lori McDaniel  Anderson for doing such a great job .Her passion for this group is great and I can't forget to mention the ladies of this group ,you are all very talented and I learned from all of you.

My bead soup was send to me by Candida Elkins Castleberry from Spun Sugar Beadworks  a line of hand crafted jewelry.www.facebook.com/spunsugarbeadsworks. Thank you Candida for the great soup mix.


 My bead soup can in this pretty  pink box with a very nice note from Candida.


Vintage Romance




                        I love anything with a vintage flair and this necklace says vintage romantic to me.The mix of chains give a modern twist.I used milky blue Rondelles and mini freshwater pearls that Candida send me .I added some medium size freshwater pearls and large pendant to give it some drama.

Pendant Drama

I called this necklace ''Pendant Drama'' because the pendant takes all the attention .This piece is made with glass beads and mini freshwater pearls  and milky blue rondelles and big stone focal.
                  Bohemian Chic                 



Leather cord necklace .In this necklace I used a flower closure  and some frosted glass beads that Candida send me I incorporated some of my beads to this design also.

This the flower closure.
Metal Madness Cuff
This wide cuff was made from a sheet of metal it was a challenge but I did and love the way it turned out.It's made with Czech pinch beads in light ocean blue color and round porcelain focal.


All Wire Wrapped


Wire wrapped bracelet  since I love  wire wrapping I  did some wrapping on this bracelet  using 3  large porcelain beads as focal and  wrapped fresh water pearls, glass beads  and frosted glass beads along with mini blue Rondelle.
Wire Wrapped Earrings made with  frosted glass beads and tear drop beads.

Drop Earring  with pendant with chains and fresh water pearls and glass beads.They are the same color    t
he light is playing tricks.I kind of like it and left the picture.

Chain Drop Earrings
 Simple chain drop earrings simple but elegant  and romantic.

This it I hope you liked my designs ,I can't wait for the next challenge. Thank You Lori Anderson it was a great experience.
















111 comments:

  1. Hi Elsie,
    The jewelry that you have assembled is so fashionable and cool.
    Your partner, Candida, sent you some beautiful supplies to work with! I especially love the closure with the flower.
    It's hard to choose a favorite piece among all of the accessories you have assembled but I do think that your necklaces and the last set of earrings are *H-O-T!*
    I enjoyed your post!

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  2. You have a distinctive style that really comes through in these pieces. I like how they look like a collection. My personal favorite would be the wire wrapped bracelet, but I'd gladly wear any of your designs.

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    1. Thank You ,I love to work with wire and when I get a roll I in heaven.

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  3. I love the color and style of the entire collection. I think Bohemian Chic is my favorite, but I am especially fond of the large circle with pearls on the first piece. Great work Elsie, truly.

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    1. Thank You Ginger ,this was a fun challenge for me I got to use very small beads and used made some dramatic pieces.I was used to big beads.

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  4. Hi there first time party goer! Your designs are awesome and I'm impressed with how many pieces you came up with :-)

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    1. Thanks,When I received the beads I separated them and vision the design and wrote on paper'' This will make a great pair of earrings'' and drew the design ,I did this for all the beads at the end I decided to make a small collection.

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  5. LOVE every single one of your pieces, you have such a feel for good design, and your wirework is just exceptional. Welcome to Bead Soup!

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  6. I admire your wirework Elsie! You've made a beautiful soup cooking. I fell in love with the wire wrapped bracelet - so adorable, so nice designed in colours and interaction!

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    1. Thanks, la Mar de Bonita I learned to do wire wrapping on my own by trial and error ,I broke all the rules and never follow them its more fun.This was a great and fun challenge for me.

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  7. I love your wirework!! The cuff is beautiful. Lovely work.

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    1. Thank You Claire,that cuff was made from scratch ,metal blanks ,alcohol inks and some distressing .The ceramic bead was my last one and I decided to make the bracelet to showcase the bead.

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    1. Thank You Laurie,I all a labor of love and a challenge.

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  9. There's a real urban chic about these pieces, that I am complete in love with especially the cuff and bracelet. What amazing work for your first time

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    1. Thank You,I really had a great time designing them ,believe me some I redesigned many times because they had to fit into my design story.

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  10. As always, Elsie, you've done a wonderful job. Miss seeing your creations on the BCDA page, but now get to be updated thru BSBP. Love, love, love the wire wrapped earrings! Is that a washer? Christie

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    1. Hi Christie,yes that is a washer ,I love to use anything and and could be used in my jewelry designs ,those washers came from a broken lamp.I take things apart and reuse again. Keep in touch Christie.

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  11. Girrrrl! You are amazing~ I love every single one, but that Bohemian Chic is screaming my name. Well done in every way.

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    1. Thank You Juli,I love what I do I could be beading all day long . I can't do anything traditional,it has to be a mix of all styles but the Bohemian is my favorite.

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  12. vintage romance looks so vintage:)))with addition of earrings-super set!congratulations!

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    1. Thank You ,I am wearing on Monday to work .I told my coworkers about the blog party but did not show them the pieces .They will see them on Monday.

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  13. I love vintage and I love your jewelry.
    kathy

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    1. Thank You Kathy for liking my designs .

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  14. All really awesome pieces but my fave is that cuff, it has a great industrial vibe to it!

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    1. I love making that cuff it's made from scratch .This is about the 3 cuff made from just a piece metal,it was a great experience to shape an create it.I was influenced by all those big cuffs that are very much in style.

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  15. Like your designs? I am totally, completely in love with them - each one is a treat. It is simply impossible to take in all the glorious details. Just fabulous!!

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    1. Thanks You ladies are making me blush with all those words .Thank you for liking my designs.

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  16. Oh, wow. wow. Wowowowowowow. The bohemian necklace and the wire wrapped bracelet in particular. I would wear the stuffing out of them ! Amazing work, darling.

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    1. Thanks Audrey, When I made the bohemian necklace I was thinking of making a fun go with everything piece .

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  17. I love your style...right up my alley with the wire and faceted rondelles! Is the wire in your designs sterling? (for example in the leather necklace drops or the wire wrapped bracelet?)
    Your "double focal" on the first necklace is so cool and unique. I would wear every one of the pieces you made (and that's a big compliment from someone who doesn't wear much jewelry).

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    1. No Cori I used silver plated wire.Thank you for the complement it made me blush.I did not wear much jewelry until I started making them ,now I can't leave home without a piece of jewelry on me .It took time for me to get used to wearing jewelry.

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  18. I love your style and designs.. the wire wrap bracelet is amazing. You are by far one of my fav designers.

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    1. Thank You from the bottom of my heart Micheladas.It's an honor to me.

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  19. Wow! Hi from another first timer, you're designs are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Bead addict you ladies made my day.

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  20. wow this is your first time and you made 7 pieces, all gorgeous and so much work...impressive, I specially love the bracelet and the wire work in it...

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    1. Thank jelveh Designs ,when I opened the beads Candida send me,I saw so many designs in my head but each design had to somehow work in a story.Soon I drew designs ideas the design for each of the beads she send me,them put all designs together in a collection.

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  21. Gorgeous pieces!!! They are all absolutely breath taking!

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    1. Thank You Kimberly ,I need to thank Candida she her bead soup was a challenge for me ''A good challenge''.

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  22. Beautiful work!! I love all the shades of blue!

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    1. I was going to add more color but when I put all the designs together I kind liked the blue/ grey story . Thank you Jo-Ann.

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  23. I adore that cuff! All of the pieces you made are gorgeous! <3

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  24. I learned how to make a cuff a couple of months ago .This is my third one I enjoy working with metal so much you can do with it.Thank for taking the time to visit Studio Diva.

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  25. I love the bold Vintage Romance! All your pieces are awesome!

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    1. Thank You,Mags for taking your time to visit my blog and liking my pieces.

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  26. I love all your pieces, I love the designs and colors, great job!
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I' m partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, what a fun!
    ciao dall'Italia

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    1. Hi Jo thank you for loving my pieces ciao desde Nueva York.

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  27. I like especially your necklaces. They look like jewelry that a grown up (and maybe size XL) woman (like me!) would like to wear. Not too many colors, not anything too cute.

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    1. Othel thank you for liking ,When I design my jewelry I want them to be worn by a woman of any age ,size ,color.

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  28. Georgeous bracelet, love♥ it!!!

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    1. Thank You Dini I also admire your work.

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  29. Love all your designs! You did a wonderful job with your beads and your wire wrapping is awesome!! The wire wraped bracelet is stunning!

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    1. Karen ,Wire Wrapping is my passion and I had to include a piece in the group.Thank you

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  30. Souper job !!!
    I Especially LOVE "Vintage Romance "necklace

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    1. Hi m.e. I gave the name at the last minute ,I was like it looks vintage and my daughter was saying romantic,and that's how it got the name.Thanks for stopping by.

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  31. You made some awesome pieces! Love the firsrt necklace, especially its focal

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    1. Thank you Pipa, that necklace had two focal pieces but I decided on that one .I took a picture of the first focal and will post it in the blog.Thanks for visiting

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  32. I love them all, but the necklace with the wire rap 'romance' is simply beautiful!!! Great job!! ~KM 1st reveal - http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33013.html

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    1. Thank You Krafty Max,Thant necklace seems to be a popular one and one .

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  33. Your necklace made my favs list for the second reveal. Check it out: http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
    kathy

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    1. Thank you Kathy for making my necklace your favorite I will and check out your blog.

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  34. Oh my goodness - your pieces are over the top WOW!!! Love all that wire working and love the big, bold, statement pieces!!!! I am in total love with the Bohemian Chic necklace! Fantastic work!!!

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    1. Thank You this was a challenge for me I was working with small beads and my challenge was taking these small beads and make big bold pieces.

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  35. This is a beautiful collection. I love the heavy wire wrapping that you did and the blue is beautiful. Very, very nice job!

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    1. Thanks Jean ,Candida send beautiful shades of blues and I decided to use silver wire to give it an icy silver look.

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  36. Fantastic group of pieces you made out of your soup. The necklaces are all very dramatic and have a cohesive look to them. It's almost as if you've created a "line". Well done!

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    1. Thanks Ann ,I used to buy accessories for 18 stores and when buying we had to create stories,that's why when designing jewelry I always tend to create a line .

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    1. Thank You April for taking the time to visit.

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  38. All your pieces are just fantastic! Beautiful designs w/ great color. Congrats!

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  39. Thank You Patricia it was a fun challenge for me again thak you for liking my designs.

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  40. Love the Bohemian Chic necklace! Beautiful work!!

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    1. Thank You Kumi FOR liking and visiting.

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    2. Thank You Kumi FOR liking and visiting.

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  41. What an amazing collection. I love the detail and the organic wire wrapping. Well done. Kristin Oppold

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    1. Hi YaY Jewelry,thank for visiting my blog and liking my collection .When doing wire wrapping I love doing free style wrapping it's less of a stress .

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  42. ~sigh...breathtakingly beautiful pieces you have created and shared...love..love...love...much love light and blessings~

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    1. Thank You Brandi it makes me happy to inspire someone in a crafty way.

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  43. I love every piece you created. I am partial to the three necklaces (love the color) and the wire wrap bracelet. I love to wire wrap, also!
    Cheri

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  44. Thank You Cheri ,I mainly design necklaces and earrings but lately I been doing a couple of wire wrapped bracelets and love the technique.

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  45. Wow, it would be hard to decide on a favorite, because I love it all!!! Everything you have created is wonderful.

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  46. Thank you Dry Gulch for loving my designs.

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  47. I love all your designs. Vintage look with a modern edge. Very nice work!

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  48. That's what many of my friends call my style ''Vintage with a modern edge'' Thanks Nan . for visiting my blog.

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  49. Only one word for all of these pieces - AMAZING. I am in awe of the wire work. Gorgeous pieces...

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  50. Your first necklace is exceptionally nice!

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  51. Beautiful textural wire work I love it! I think the vuff is especially fabulous

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  52. WOW! Stunning necklaces! Lovely earrings, great job!

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    1. Thanks Marti C,I enjoy the Bead Soup Candida send me .

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  53. I love your jewelry works of art. They are beautiful to keep, sell or even give as a gift. So many choices for you. I'm honored to be able to view your photos & share experiences with you through the Bead Soup group and Instructors group! B^)

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  54. Thank You Katleen for liking my designs.

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  55. I love the jewellery you have made from you Soup Elsie, the necklaces are wonderful. I am still going round this reveal as I have suffered a health setback so am a bit late, I hope you can spare a minute to visit me.
    Jackie

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    1. Hi Jackie thank you you for visiting and liking my necklaces.I will be visiting everyone that visited my blog ,I have been sick with back problems and can not be sitting to long.I hope that you feel better soon.Thank you again.

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  56. Very dramatic and lovely -- a real symphony of blue!

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    1. Thank you Bobbie ,its funny because this is my first ever blue story I usually use browns ,rusty colors but I like the way they came out.Thanks Bobbie for visiting.

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  57. GAH! All of your designs are so amazing. I love them all. They are romantic, but with such a hardcore, hardware, bad-ass feel to them. Outstandingly done!!

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  58. Thank You CraftyHope oh my god I loved what you said .Thank You I will remember those words.

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  59. Each of those necklaces is definitely a statement piece.
    Bravo!

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  60. These are all so fabulous!! I love the balance and mix of elements in your designs. Lovely on their own and magnificent as a collection. :)

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  61. Thank You Heidi I enjoyed my first bead soup it was a challenge .

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  62. Absolutely beautiful. You did a fantastic job of creating something special w/your soup mix.

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  63. Absolutely a Fabulous Collection. Loved it all, Bracelets, earrings annnnd the DRAMA. lol

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    1. Thank You Gloria it was the best time designing and I can't wait for the next challenge.

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