Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cup of Bead Soup Reveal #1 for Summers Studio

Today I'm revealing one of the pieces I made with beads sent to me by Summers Studio.  

The first thing I did was pull out an assortment of beads in the colors of the ceramic and bronze components she made.  I didn't have a design idea in mind, and hoped my stash would provoke some inspiration.  Not the best photo (note to self -- plastic reflects), but you get the idea.... copper chain, green pearls, a mix of green and blue Czech glass.


I decided to use Leann's blossom pendant.  It reminded me of the lily pads I've seen at the National Arboretum, so I decided to use the dragonfly charm as well.  But how to use both?

I finally figured it out.  I wanted the dragonfly to dangle beneath the blossom, so connected both the larger necklace chain and a shorter, more delicate chain together with a bronze ring.  The small length of chain hangs behind the blossom.


Since the pendant is so interesting and the subject matter so serene (I'm thinking Japanese water gardens here), I decided to keep the rest of the necklace a bit austere, with only two olive green Czech blossoms, one variegated glass oval, and a single pale blue flower.  The clasp is also simple, a hook-and-eye clasp I made myself.


So here you are -- a necklace I call "Dragonfly on Waterlily".  Both of Leann's pendants are front and center, and I really think I nailed it matching the glass colors.



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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.

24 comments:

  1. The necklace is seriously gorgeous! I love how you connected the dragonfly to the blossom pendant, ingenious! The necklace is very classy, love it! I love watching how you create works of art of the Cup of Bead Soup goodies!

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  2. Yes, you nailed it! The selection of beads you chose to work with are some of my favorites anyway, but they really complemented LeAnn's pieces perfectly!

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  3. Lori, I am speachless. This is such a serene piece which is exactly how I feel about both the blossoms and the dragonflies. I think you put in just enough to make this a beautiful design.

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  4. An inspirational design that reflects your creativity beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful ... those beads are in your pastel colors! LeAnn and Lori Anderson ... a winning combination!

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  6. Love it! I love what you do with those flower dangles

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  7. you did a beautiful job with leann's pieces... she is wonderful as is her work... this necklace has such a nice feel to it...

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  8. That is a tasty cup of soup for sure! I love the pendant! You have a gift for putting these together!

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  9. Very pretty. I love the light and airy feeling of the wire and the sprinkling of flowers.

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  10. Stunning, I love the simplicity of your design, very peaceful and that waterlily is gorgeous. Very nice clasp too- Bravo!!

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  11. I really like the way you stacked the pendant. The whole piece is simple yet stunning and I really like the colors!

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  12. I love what you have done with these pieces. I really should do this, give an artist $ and have them pick the pieces, so much fun. I took a cue from you and have been buying artist grab bags. I am waiting on one to arrive any day now, can't wait! Thanks for the inspiration.
    SHannon C

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  13. Your necklace is beautiful. You really choose some fabulous beads to work with. I love what you have created. Happy Holly Jolly...

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  14. Very beautiful! The beads and chain you chose really work well with LeAnn's pieces. You're a great team!

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  15. Wow! Gorgeous work, Lori! I love the necklace!

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  16. Yes, you did nail it! I love that water lily pendant.

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  17. Wonderful, Lori! Just enough to accentuate the blossom and the dragonfly.

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  18. Absolutely beautiful! I love your Cup of Soup projects. And I also love Summers Studio so this is the perfect post for me! What a beautiful necklace, the clasp you made is gorgeous.

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  19. What a beautiful piece you made with SummersStudio pieces which are equally beautiful You did both proud. Love the flow and colors of the necklace.

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  20. Wow - to the beads and the beauty you've made with them!

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  21. I have a similar pendant and it is really delicate and lovely. I like what you did with the dragonfly! I can't wait to see what else you do!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  22. Lori, your necklace made with LeAnn's focal is really beautiful, and yes, so serene. I love that pendant!!

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  23. Hi, Lori!! I love the necklace!!!

    Be sure & pick up your "Blog of Substance Award" at

    www.bundlesofblossoms.blogspot.com

    Congratulations!!!!!

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