Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cup of Bead Soup -- Starfish and Leaf

Today I'm revealing two more Cups of Bead Soup with pendants by Spirited Earth.

For the first one, I used a starfish pendant.  I decided I didn't want to go the traditional route with the pendant -- no light beachy themed beads for this one.  But as I held the pendant in my hand, I was utterly stumped.  How to NOT make the necklace non-beachy when the pendant was a beautiful soft blue-green?


I pulled out my trusty color book, a graphic designers book called The Complete Color Harmony.  I started flipping through it, looking for the teal of the pendant.  In the middle of the book, I hit upon this page:


Completely non-traditional. The colors are in the Complimentary Colors section, and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had the right beads -- Swarovski pearls in Bordeaux.  And here's the result:


I decided to let the teal stand alone in the pendant, and instead played up the color of the starfish with two fossil coral beads.  I love fossil coral and handpick these at bead shows to get the best fossils I can.  These unfortunately were the last ones from a strand, but they still have decent markings.


Next up is a rustic pendant with a wash of forest colors.  I had a gorgeous sterling silver leaf bead I bought in April at BeadFest and I immediately got the idea of making a long necklace with an extended pendant drop.  The leaf bead was bright silver, though, and since this Cup of Bead Soup has had me oxidizing silver quite a lot, into the liver of sulphur it went.  I did use steel wool afterward on this one, however, because I wanted a matte finish, and Pro Polishing Pads tend to give a slightly brighter look.  I added a small assortment of leaf and pearl dangles at two levels on the chain necklace, and here is the result...


I like the bead dangles, as they kept the necklace from being too stark.  The leaves kept up the forest theme I was going for.  The greens in the pendant reminded me of walks in the woods on a fall day, perfect for this time of year.


I'm pleased with the results.  For the starfish, I pushed past my normal tendency to go with the flow and follow the beach theme.  For the rustic pendant, I looked at a bright sterling silver bead that I'd already made pendant plans for and used it in a different way.  

I hope you've enjoyed this serving of soup!

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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

16 comments:

  1. Lori~they both turned out stunning. I love how you stayed away from the beachy feel simply by using the rich brown and the fossil beads. Gorgeous!

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  2. You have a great design sense. I esp. love the approach you took with the star fish. I have a black raku sand dollar bead that is crying out for attention. Maybe this will inspire me!

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  3. Love the star fish necklace, and your reasoning behid your color choices. Nice to combine the cream fossil coral with the red beads. Happy Sunday to you!

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  4. Beautiful color combination!!!
    The second piece has such a calming feel to it!!

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  5. Spectacular results with unexpected color combinations! Love them :)

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  6. Both pieces are stunning but I am definitely drawn to the leaf necklace. It would be perfect for some of my sweaters.

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  7. Gorgeous work, Lori! I must get a copy of 'The Complete Color Harmony', it sounds like a trusty book to have on hand!

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  8. Both of the necklaces are gorgeous! I really like the star fish necklace. Great choice of colors!

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  9. Love how the starfish came out - the coral and Swarovskis are perfect - I would never have thought of that.I love hearing about others creative process - it just facinates me how our brains work through a project. They are both beautiful!

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  10. Gorgeous, just gorgeous, Lori!!! I absolutely love them both. Your idea to consult the Color Harmony book was great for alternative ideas...I'll have to check out that book! I know I sure get stuck in a rut with my favorite color combinations.
    And the long necklace is one my my new favorites! I know I keep saying that, but your jewelry just keeps getting more beautiful!

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  11. I love the non-traditional route you went with the starfish pendant in the first necklace. I would've totally fallen into the "beachy" trap (I am obsessed with beachy designs anyway), so it was great to see such a wonderful alternative. I also really liked the texture of the twisted silver rings in that design - kind of picked up the bumpiness of the starfish and the fossil coral was a perfect tough as well!

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  12. These are so awesome! I love how you used other colors taking away from the beach look. I do love the color contrasts!

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  13. Lori, I've enjoyed reading your blog for quite some time now. Only ever posted once a long time ago to congrats you on the Fire Mountain Gems exposure. I've been a bit of a busy lurker ever since then. I just wanted to let you know that my favorite part of your blog is the bead soup entries. As a fellow jewelry designer I find your honesty refreshing. I like how you're not afraid to show us your process. Very inspirational.

    I really like the forest themed necklace. Thank you soooo much for sourcing the color harmony book. It's now on my book wish list. Much much better than little color wheels!

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  14. Ahh, have to catch up with all your beautiful work after being in turkey the last days. Every piece is soooo pretty!

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  15. I love the color combination with the starfish!!!

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  16. Hey Lori, I love the combiniation of the red and fossilized coral with the star fish- oh so nice and contracting.

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