Friday, November 12, 2010

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

Today I am revealing one of two creations I made with the beads EB Bead & Metal Works sent to me for my Cup of Bead Soup project.  If you recall, these are the goodies they sent to me:


To say I've struggled with this month's project would be an understatement -- yet, that's the idea!  The Cup of Bead Soup and Bead Soup Blog Party projects were born to foster creativity, to force working outside normal comfort levels with beads and components one wouldn't normally use.  You can flip back through my blog to see what I accomplished with other artists' beads to get an idea.

This time, though, I REALLY jumped beyond my creative boundaries, right into the No Man's Land of beading.

Would you believe me if I told you, when you first saw the beads above, that I was going to use a river rock with some of them?

I wouldn't have believed myself, either.


You see, I was getting ready to make a charm bracelet with some tiny river rock charms, and while I was rooting through my stash, I came across this piece I bought at BeadFest.  I bought it thinking, "oh yeah, I could dangle something from there" and then forgot I had it.  A light bulb went off, though, and I grabbed a vintage brass bead, some twisted brass wire, a few brass filigree bead caps, some chain, and there you go.... "River Rock Magic".


The piece uses three of the lampwork beads I was sent, and the colors work well with the river rock, don't you think?  One thing is for certain -- it's a unique piece that is not my normal style, and not something you'll see around anyone else's neck.


The last piece is a stunner, but you'll have to wait for November 30th for that one!

In the meantime, you can visit EB Bead & Metal Works by clicking below:
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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.

15 comments:

Kristen said...

Oh Lori you literally Rocked that piece! I love what you did so organic and natural! I am sure it will get quite alot of oooohhhhsss and aaaahhhhhssss for the wearer!

steufel said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty, Lori!

Judy said...

The beads are gorgeous and they pair beautifully with the river rock!

Nancy said...

YOWZA! That is an amazing piece. Who would have thought that you could make a piece of rock look that outstanding!

Silver Parrot said...

It's so different from your usual style and I love that you stretched your creative boundaries that way. The twisted wire is a great accent choice! The whole piece is just lovely!

R.Maria Sabina(Lollyrot) said...

triple beautiful!!!

Amy Allworth said...

So pretty and SO unique. I love the thread/knotting you used!!

Kinderhook said...

LORI! Holy cow! This is so awesome. I am amazed. These beads are beautiful but this definitely a case where the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts. That wire you used looks like some kind of cord and adds to the rustic feel of the river rock. Perfect! I love the whole thing. It's just beautiful and truly amazed me! --SallyA

Regina said...

Bravo Lori! That's coloring outside the lines, the results are so unique.

Cristina said...

Amazing!!

rosebud101 said...

I thought I had commented earlier. I'm glad I came back to see these results again. I think you did a fantastic job in combining the elements. You really produced an organic, funky necklace. Love it!

Riki Schumacher said...

What a great job, the piece is wonderful. Riki

Cindy said...

I would have never visualized this when you described how you used a river rock! What a beauty - and I have to hand it to you for really thinking outside the box!

stregata said...

That river rock rocks! And so do you. So outside the box and so wonderful!

Gold Charm Bracelet said...

I like the trendy and casual design which should be very favourite with the young generations who like to wear very neutral looks with their jeans and tops.