Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cup of Bead Soup final reveal -- EB Bead & Metal Works

It's time to say goodbye to this month's Cup of Bead Soup contributor, EB Bead & Metal Works.   Check out my last post to see what I was sent and what I made by clicking here.


I saved the best for last -- the amazing lotus blossom pendant.  Made completely by hand, it's a large 2.5" x 2.75" pendant in deep cobalt blue and burnt orange.  It was cut out by a saw from a sheet of copper, then enameled, so definitely NOT factory made.



The beads are also handmade lampwork glass, and I had six left over from the previous river rock pendant project.


I'll let you in on a secret -- I got this particular Cup of Bead Soup a full month early.  I've been sitting and looking at this pendant for almost two whole months and was beginning to despair that I'd ever think of anything good enough for something this pretty, this large, and this special.  I knew I had to make a neck piece, a statement necklace, not just a mere "necklace".


You ready?


I used a fringy chain with hammered round charms, added small nuggets of carnelian and dumortierite, linked the handmade lampwork glass beads between the lengths of the embellished chain, and there you go.... my necklace.  I just wish the photo did it justice.

I really enjoyed how the beads and pendant I was sent REALLY stretched my creativity.  If you would like to try out one of their lotus pendants, click on their shop link below, and then send me a link to your blog post with your creation -- we'd love to see it!

You can visit EB Bead & Metal Works here:

Want your OWN lotus pendant?  
Click here or here, or contact them at their shop for a custom lotus.  
And look at THIS!

Etsy:  Click here

Blog:  Click here

29 comments:

  1. I love the chain & stones, you nailed it!

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  2. love this piece..i couldn't image how you were going to work it at first..this is just stunning..a wonderful statment necklace.

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  3. Very pretty Lori! Those colors are so rich. Well done. Also - praying for Max! No need to explain all you are doing for him. It's love.

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  4. Lori this is beautiful! Has a very Asian/Middleeastern feel. Great Job!

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  5. I love the end result of the Cup of Bead Soup challenge. I like the mix you put together... fun and great colors to set the focus of the lotus bead.
    Prayers for Max! We love our pets too.

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  6. A statement piece? oh, my yes indeedy. It's gorgeous and I love it.

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  7. I am speechless! What you created with our lotus pendant and beads is breathtaking. I so excited about your interpretation I nearly wet my pants! You are AWESOME!
    Evie/EB Bead and Metal Works

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  8. WOW, that necklace is spectacular!

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  9. A big flashy beautiful focal like the lotus is a difficult piece to integrate. But wowser, you did it! That's a fantastic piece of work. Kudos!

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  10. Oh Lori no wonder Beth is so excited! You ROCKED this! I love all the work and care you put into this you really showcased a beautiful pendant and gave a really cool team a huge shout out!

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  11. So pretty what you made. I think that EB's metal pieces are so unique. I think that would have stumped me completely. I like what you did! And your cup o' soup is always fun to follow.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  12. WOW! This is truly a "statement" necklace! It's beautiful and just stunning!
    Bead happy!
    Michelle

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  13. FAB-U-LOUS Friend!!! This necklace is absolutely inspired so your waiting was obviously just whats was needed for you to create a masterpiece!!
    So lovely Girl,
    Smiles,
    Susie

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  14. This necklace is stunning!! Beautiful!

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  15. This is knock-your-socks-off gorgeous. If it took you two months of percolation time, it was two months well spent. Lori, this is drop-dead beautiful. Congratulations! And to EB Bead & Metal Works a hearty woo-hoo, too!!! SallyA

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  16. Amazing! I always find that working with large pendants is a challenge when trying to balance out the size of the "supporting cast" of beads, chain, etc. You did a beautiful job on that and the colors are just delicious, too!

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  17. I won a bowl from those two talented ladies, and it's awesome (along with your necklace ;))!

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  18. Holy heck!!!! This is such a gorgeous piece! I adore the colors used together - the fringe and dangles - gorgeous. Man this is awesome!

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  19. Aww wow, I love it! I want one of those :D perhaps Santa will bring me one.

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  20. Awesome - as always!

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  21. You did such a great job with this pendant Lori! I've been waiting for the end of the month to see what the outcome was.

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  22. Beautiful! I could not imagine how you were going to use that focal but you did an amazing job!
    Shannon C

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  23. beautiful Lori!! absolutely beautiful!

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  24. Popping over to your blog always makes me happy and this piece is STUNNING! I loved how it stretched your creativity. It's sensational.

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  25. Gorgeous! This mother/daughter team is clearly very talented. I'm always amazed at the enameling and the intricate designs. Beautiful combination.

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  26. That is so droolworthy. I really love the fact that the focal doesn't overpower the rest of the necklace.]

    And thank you for the link to EB Beads. I favorited them so that I can pick some up for my kumihuno

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