Thursday, March 31, 2011

Last Cup of Bead Soup with Jane Perala

Well, today is the day -- the last day of the month and the last Cup of Bead Soup with Jane Perala.


Jane sent me two marvelous sets of handmade lampwork glass beads, and I made an ocean-themed necklace with the first set, which you can see by clicking here.  LOVE her placid blue beads!  The second set is a complete opposite -- fiery reds and oranges, and I was smitten at first glance.



I knew immediately what I wanted to do with these -- make a really long necklace with a bunch of different wire linkages.  So I ordered more of these luscious beads and got to work.


I modeled this necklace after one of my favorite necklaces by Cindy Wimmer.  The very first time I met Cindy, she was wearing this amazing necklace with tons of wire links in it and I immediately fell in love with it.  Every time she wears it I reach out for it and sit and stare at it, just mesmerized at her work.  My wire work is not at all like hers (I need to commission a necklace from her, pronto) but I did my best, and it's thanks to Cindy and her tutorials in the book Wire Style 2 that I got this necklace made.


So here's the necklace, which I call "Tequila Sunrise".



(I hope you can forgive the photography -- it's been a hopeless few days of rain and clouds here and trying to color correct anything is virtually impossible.)

The pendant portion of this necklace was a happy accident.  I'd first thought of only using the large wire-wrapped ring, and dangling the orange/red/black bead section from it.  But when I set the beads down to go do something else, they ended up next to the second horseshoe shaped bit, and I had an "a-ha" moment.  I wire-wrapped a bit of 24ga wire around the bottom of the section, then added the black beads in the middle.  Add all three pieces together and you get a long, dramatic pendant.


Next, I started linking together beads to individual wire sections.  Everything is oxidized and then buffed with steel wool.  




Since the necklace is long, I made it clasp-less.  I made the back-of-the-neck section out of the remaining disk beads (letting all the prettiest beads have all the attention) and a small coiled bead.


Altogether, from my so-not-sunny living room, it looks like this:


I wish the weather had cooperated because this is a stunner of a necklace (Jane's beads are spectacular) but I think the rain may be making a good point -- even in the gray mist of a yuck-o day, wearing pretty, vibrant jewelry can make your heart and spirit sing.  

I've really enjoyed working with Jane's beads, and I hope you've enjoyed the creations!

You can visit Jane Perala's store and blog at:





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

45 comments:

  1. Love it! And my hands are hurting just looking at all that wire work. Good point the weather was making ;)

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  2. Oooohhh Lori - it turned out just fantastic!! You have done a marvellous job. I might just have to make myself one of those!
    Thanks for letting me be your March Cup of Bead Soup "pin-up" artist.

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  3. Love, love, love this one. The wire work combo with the lampwork is a real stunner. (I think Cindy may have some competition!)
    Great design....

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  4. Wow, Lori! Looks like so much work went into this creation! You should be very proud, it's gorgeous!
    Susan

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  5. Oh Sandi, if you'd ever seen any of Cindy's work, especially in person, you'd know she's one of a kind!

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  6. OMGosh~~I'm so thriLLed that I've had the oportunity to view all your wonderFul deSigns & beads from you artist friends. FanTasTiC job ♥

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  7. Lori,

    Even with the dim lighting, I can see that the necklace is absolutely beautiful! I love the wire work and your "happy accident" worked out wonderfully. Jane's beads are gorgeous and I will definitely have to visit her etsy shop!

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  8. That necklace is a stunner. Maybe I'll start making longer necklaces. Beautiful beads too!

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  9. Beautiful! And that's a great point there, at the end. :) Rain or shine, pretty things will always make you smile.

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  10. Lori, this is ridiculously beautiful. It is all the attention to detail that separates your artwork from most of the other handmade jewellery out there, and I can only sit back and admire your creations in absolute awe.

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  11. I love it! Those colors are wonderful and cheerful and make me feel happy just looking at it. I love how you put it all together. I'd say you are now a wire worker! Congrats on another beautiful piece of art!!!

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  12. So lovely! I love all the wire links you did, they bring a little pizzazz to it without taking away from Janes awesome beads!

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  13. It's really cool. The wirework is the perfect backdrop for those gorgeous lampwork beads!

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  14. Thats a real looker Lori! Alot of work there!

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  15. Hi Lori, I love your new piece!! Love all the wire work- that must have been really time consuming. I would love to try more of it though. Gorgeous bright reds and interesting beads.
    I have been so busy, not so much time to come by, sorry, I am still finishing up my blog hopping from Bead Soup in my little tads of free time.
    I need to go look at your post about what you want to do about the next Bead Soup. I will talk to you over there. Missed that in the rush of activitiy I have had- Where did March go? Blowin away in the wind!

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  16. I love those beads. And that necklace turned out spectacular. What a great job showcasing those wonderful beads.

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  17. Spectacular! I love it with the antiqued silver. The links you've made are fabulous! I'm so impressed. And I think the photos are great.

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  18. I always love those colors and I very rarely work in them. The necklace is stunning.

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  19. Lovely! You did a fab job Lori!

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  20. Excellent Lori! Such a fabulous necklace you created! Don't be so hard on yourself, your wirework looks grand! I'm sure Cindy would agree! Thank you for featuring Jane this month! She really does some excellent work!

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  21. Fabulous! (I think Cindy has been a good influence!) And, BTW I am now hooked on Jane Perala's beads. I received my first order from her and I love them! Thank you! Great work!

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  22. Lori! What a great surprise! You did it! You made your own incredible wirework necklace. I am SO impressed. I just love it! And thank you so much for the mention (blushing). Jane's beads are so amazing. I truly admire her work.

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  23. Those beads bring sunshine to a rainy day! And I think your wire work is wonderful - a fabulous necklace!!!

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  24. Amazing! (and I'm with Heidi on the hands - ow!). I love jane's beads but you've really brought out the best in them with your wirework. Beautiful!

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  25. That necklace is fabulous...and so are the beads! Perfection!

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  26. Wow, wow and wow. The beads are so pretty and you really rocked them with this necklace.

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  27. What a great necklace, such wonderful beads! You had an enormous work with wire ;-)

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  28. Wow - it is absolutely stunning! Jane's beads and all that wire work is fabulous! You rock woman!

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  29. I can only guess how much time all that wire work took - very good job. Do you sell the work you create with the Bead Soups? I think you should keep this one for yourself.

    Also, a suggestion I found works well for endless necklaces: I create an "S" hook type of clasp, just a single extra piece to go with the necklace. That way the wearer can hook the "S" into any of the loops and shorten the necklace, maybe double it, or gather in in front to make a long drop. If you make the "S" hook fairly decorative it can even serve as a second focal. Customers love the option of playing with their jewelry and having more than one way to wear it.

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  30. I think that necklace is the perfect accessory for a dreary day, so bright and cheerful and BEAUTIFUL! Gorgeous wirework Lori!

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  31. Purely Awesome! Love this style. I may have to create a wonderfully linked necklace myself. Long and clasp-less works really well for me!
    A nice dose of color on a gloomy day.
    Michelle

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  32. I think the necklace is absolutely gorgeous...personally I'm not a huge fan of reds and oranges but this is a stunner...thank you for showing me how perfect the two colors can look!

    Jane has a way with color!

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Cheers

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  33. Very BEAUTIFUL! That would brighten any day.

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  34. Lori, you have made some wonderful pretty things with jane's beads, just gorgeous!! Thanks for visiting my blog! Lenna

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  35. Such pretty beads and great colors! I love what you made with them!

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  36. OMG Lori - this necklace absolutely took my breath away! I'm finally starting to set a beading area so I can begin trying again. What an inspirtation this necklace is, as are you!

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  37. That is one outstanding necklace! I love the mix of textures and colors. You hit it right out of the park. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  38. The sun may not have cooperated - but it's still a stunner!

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  39. What a beauty Lori, you did wonders with the wire work it really sets those lovely beads off!
    Jackie

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  40. *gasp* *dies*

    I have to say that I LOVE this. I love how the colors compliment each other so well. The wire work makes my eyes grow huge. I especially love that it's a long necklace. I've been looking for one recently and was thinking about making my own but still unsure of how/what beads to use.

    This is amazing (=

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  41. Wonderful, I love this color. Smiles and good feelings necklace

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  42. Hi Lori, you did a wonderful job your wire work looks fabu just a fantastic job in all & Jane's beads are so beautiful she made me a special order of lady bug beads in turquoise & black and they turned out great. take care ttfn L:)

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  43. It's gorgeous. Those colors and your wirework are a stunning combination!

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  44. That is gorgeous! yummy beads I love those colors!

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