"The Cream Puff"

"The Cream Puff"
"The Cream Puff" was shown by request @ Liberty Art Gallery, Long Beach Ca. April '12

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Beads! It's What's for Dinner .......

    Welcome to the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party reveal.
    Are you hungry? 
    I sure hope so. We've got one heck of a feast planned for you. 

    This is kind of like a progressive dinner. A party, where each course of a meal is prepared and partaken of, at a different residence. 
    Sometimes known as a "Safari Supper"' for more exotic fare that journeys across foreign lands.  I think this qualifies.
    We've got almost 500 courses planned for you. In locations all over the world. Most of them quite extensive. 
    But don't worry. The riches won't spoil. You have all the time you need to consume this feast. 

    Bon Appetit! 
    If you want a recap of the bead soup I received from my partner Lori Bowring Michaud of Artfully Ornamental...... otherwise,  I'm going to jump right in. Just like I did when I first opened my soup package from her. 

Cocktail, anyone?
Lavender Mint Julep
    I started off with a few of the extra items Lori tossed in, to mix things up a bit. The large black vintage enameled star-burst daisy, and the black leather scrap.
                   I can't resist a challenge.
    I cut a couple of star-burst shapes out of the black leather scrap, and then wired the little periwinkle colored vintage luster beads to the points.
    I didn't really have a plan when I began. I just picked a color combo and let it flow.
    I decided I wanted to stack and layer elements. I took a couple of large cage beads and split them in half. Used my dapping and doming tools to open them up a bit more. Then enameled them with a mix of white, lavender, and orchid, with a dusting of violet mica powder for shimmer.
    I used one of those fantastic titanium druzy rounds in the center of each enameled star-burst.
    At this point the black, white, purple layers reminded me of something and a recipe started to brew.
        These very brilliantly colored and exotic looking blooms are passion flowers. They grow on vines and bear fruit just as exotic and delicious.

    This necklace is made mostly from the beads Lori provided.
    I hammered some copper swirls to use as spacers. Added some purple sari silk, some rough Flourite nuggets, some wire core handspun art yarn, and some black eyelash yarn to the mix.
    Drilled some extra holes in the black enameled flower, so I could hang it differently.
    I used the dark sea glass soldered hook that Lori made for me, and used one of the copper swirls as the loop. Lori said that it's actually dark green , but it looks black to me so it works perfectly with the rest of the mix.
    I wired lots of gray fresh water pearls, lavender Swarovski crystals, vintage periwinkle luster beads, violet heishis, black hand cut Jet, and titanium druzy rounds for both the chain and lots of dangles.
    I wrapped the wire core handspun art yarn loosely around the chain to create the vines.
    Voila! The "Passionista!" is born. 

    I spent Easter Sunday at the Renaissance Faire. Then came home and worked on my bead soup for the next few weeks. So you'll see a lot of costume influence in this next set.

          "Princess Jasmine"

Princess Jasmine - 

Tendrily vines,
Swirling towards the heavens, 
Showering delicate pink blossoms, 
Sweet nectar, 
Wafting on the warm night breeze
In the distance, 
Primal drums beat in rhythmic seduction. 
Rich in texture, 
A melody dances on the fragrant night air.
The soft jingle of bells conjure images of erotic movement. 
As the gypsy caravan rolls past,
on it's way to the Bedouin Bazaar
The sweet temptress of night music,
Lures us off to exotic locations. 

A little mood music
    Named in honor of the Disney princess from the movie Aladdin, for her elegant Persian couture.

    I started with the exquisite Peridot green lampwork glass focal bead by Sachiko Kawakita. It has beautiful gold leafing foil on it, so I decided to work in brass.
    I fashioned free-form carnival style scrolls out of heavy brass wire and hammered them. No two are alike. Each has it's own unique shape.
    I alternated the bright green drilled sea glass pieces between the scrolls.
    Then loaded the brass scrolls up, with all sorts of jingly sparkly dangles.
    I used all of the vintage corrugated brass bell shapes, the vintage brass gypsy bells, and the three shades of itty bitty gold Swarovski crystals that Lori provided.
    I added some Czech glass blossoms and leaves to the mix, in both pink and green, with an iridescent blue luster finish. As well as a couple of brass bead caps that have been flattened to create a medallion that hang from the bottom of the lampwork glass pendant.
    I used the brass chain that Lori sent to give it a nice long silhouette.
    The lighter shade of green sari silk was split down the center and frayed a little to show off the blue fringed edge, and carry the blue from the flowers in the lampwork focal throughout the necklace. Then I wove the sari silk through the chain.
    A darling little green ceramic bird by Bo Hulley is perched on the center scroll with a sari silk nest, to add a little bit of whimsy.
    It has a wonderfully soft melodic gypsy jingle when it moves, reminiscent of harem girls and belly dancers.

    Then I used the vintage brass laurel leaf filigree pieces and the brass ear wires to make a matching pair of earrings.
    I happened to have this pair of pink and green lampwork glass lentil beads with gold mica shimmer that went beautifully with the lampwork focal.
    I strung a few of the mini gold Swarovski crystals, and a pink Czech glass blossom on each ear wire.
    Used my dapping and doming tools to reshape the filigree pieces a bit so the lentil rest nicely in the center.
    Then wired up a bunch of jingly sparkly dangles to match the necklace.
    I used little scarps of the sari silk to do my signature fiber wrap on the stem.
    I love how the finished shape resembles a genie bottle.

    So now that I have harem girls, gypsies and belly dancers on the brain..... well, kind of need a jingly belt to go with it, right?
    I made a lot more of those free-form carnival style scrolls of hammered brass wire.
    I used a few large light green scrolled ceramic art beads by Natalie Pappas, some Howlite coins and a Prehnite nugget from ZnetShows, a large green Turquoise rectangle, as well as some of the clear/white drilled sea glass pieces that Lori sent, as links.
    I attached a little Peridot green and white brocade purse pouch. (remember, Renissiance Faire). Added a long white tassel I happened to have on hand. I believe it was a curtain tie back.
    Then added all sorts of fun dangly bits.
    I used the rest of the clear/white drilled sea glass pieces, the brass bezels with green and amber sea glass bits set in resin, the mother of pearl buttons, and the green Aqua Terra Jasper from the soup Lori sent.
    I also used the white crocheted lace that she threw in to mix it up a bit. I cut the strip in to three separate rosettes. Enforced it with Fray Check, to ensure they didn't come unraveled and used them as dangling medallions.
    From my own collection I added some bright green and gold enamel coins and faceted drops, some small aqua blue ceramic art beads by Natalie Pappas, a couple of black white and blue striped lampwork glass rondelles, and a large smooth Turquoise drop.
    I used Prehnite nuggets, light green faux sea glass oval rings, aqua blue faux sea glass nuggets, and champagne color Tiaria glass crytsals all from my ZnetShows stash.
    I added a couple of brass gypsy bells that I just bought at Renissiance Faire. Then added jingle bells in all different sizes, each with a different tone, to give it a really fun sound.
    I added fairy ribbon streamers, and accented it with lots of little gold plated brass leaf charms.
    I took a little old brass vessel I've had forever, and decorated it with a snippet of the sari silk ribbon from Lori, and little charms, and fastened it to the end of the chain extension so it hangs right up front.
    It's filled with orange blossom oil. My favorite scent.
    Complete with it's own fairy totem, perched atop the tassel.

    I've had the porcelain fairy doll for a long time. She was pretty tattered and had definitely seen better days. She got a complete revamp for this project.
    I did actually try the belt on to make sure it fit before adding all the dangles to it. I must have fit it too loosely though because when I tried it on after it was done, it fell straight to the floor. Oops!
    The weight of the bobbles doesn't allow for quite such a loose fit. I'll have to go back and remove about six inches from it so I can actually wear it.
    I am really happy with how my gypsy belt turned out. It's gonna be a long wait to wear it to Renaissance Faire next spring.
    Did I mention that the color scheme happens to be a perfect color match to my costume. Coinkydink? I think not.
    I'll figure out somewhere else fun to wear it before then. Maybe for an arts and crafts show. That seems an appropriate place to get away with costume.

    Just a side note about this set.... I had absolutely no wire in gold or brass. Other than the 16 gauge I used to make the scrolls. No local bead shop, or any other way to acquire any on short notice. So this entire set is put together with headpins and jump rings. That's A LOT of headpins and jump rings.

    So while we're on the subject of gypsies, I want to take a minute to plug one of my favorite movies.
    It's a documentary, which I didn't realize when I rented it, or I might not have. I thought it was an indie art film. That's the kind of stuff I usually like. The big Hollywood blockbusters do nothing for me.
    It's called "When The Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan".
    It was a film festival favorite, but I don't think it ever made it to the theater.
    I'm so glad I did rent it because it's one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen.
    The title comes from a Romani proverb about how to cope when life doesn't deal you a straight hand.
    It's about five gypsy bands from four different countries, speaking nine different languages, who had never met before, and they go on tour together.
    This is the story of their journey.
    A beautiful story of a beautiful people. I guarantee that you will absolutely fall in love with them.
    You can actually watch the movie online, but if you happen to find the DVD, the extra clips are amazing as well.
    If you love music, or even if you don't, I definitely recommend this as a must see.

"You cannot walk straight, when the road bends" - Romani proverb

    Now, back to the bead soup.....

           "Thar Be Mermaids!"
    I had originally intended for this to all be in one piece, but I had way too much stuff going on to make that happen. So, it got split in two, and there's another belt.
    The same color scheme in a little bit deeper shades. This one with a mermaid theme.
    I handmade the oval copper chain links. Normally I would use 16 gauge wire for heavy chain links, but I'm plum out. I used what I had, which was 20 gauge. A little light weight for a belt, so I doubled up the links for strength.
    I used the dark green soldered sea pottery pendant, and the green soldered sea glass hook that Lori made for me as the belt buckle.
    I had a handful of vintage green covered button that I rubbed with African bronze Guilder's Paste to give a faux finish. The metallic finish on the fabric kind of resembles chainmail.
    I used these covered buttons and the dark green drilled sea glass pieces from Lori as links.
    I took the remainder of the green sari silk from Lori and wove it through the chain.
    Then adorned it with all sorts of treasures from the watery deep.
    I used the rest of the Aqua Terra Jasper from Lori. I used some African bronze cage beads, Chinese Chrysoprase rondelles, Tiaria glass crystals from Znetshows, and lots of shimmery teal blue palettes.
    I did a faux enamel finish (green nail polish) on some brass cage beads. Antiqued some rustic black ceramic beads with Guilder's paste. I made felted wool pompoms in an ocean blue palette with Angelina fiber for sparkle.
      I had some brass mermaid and starfish stamping that a fixed up a while ago. The cavity on the back is filled with watery blue glitter and ransom style messages like "fun in the sun" and "just add water", set in lacquer.
    I guilded a faux carved bone mermaid pendant and a little brass pillbox with a sand dollar on the front.
    A pair of great big olive green onion shaped faux crystal drops are tied on twine.
    I draped some strands of sea shells from the belt in an archways, and hung a sea urchin on olive green silk ribbon
    I even made a magic wand from driftwood, embellished with shimmery blue/green/gold fabric and beads. Chinese Chrysoprase, African bronze and the rest of the gray fresh water pearls from Lori.
    It hangs from olive green silk ribbon, with an African bronze cage bead embellished peacock feather tassel.
    Last, but certainly not least, I made a mermaid totem. I happened to have the gold face sitting around. When I did the faux finish (green nail polish) on the brass beads, I decided to paint up this face at the same time. Added some watery ocean blue wool looks for hair and sparkly rhinestones. She's attached to an ivory and blue brocade purse pouch,
     This face was actually the inspiration for the mermaid theme belt.

    So each of my belts kind of crosses over different genres. The first could be fairy, belly dancer, gypsy, or princess. The second one could be belly dancer, gypsy, mermaid, or pirate.
    I had a lot of fun doing these fantasy pieces.

    But wait there's more.....

            "Day at the Beach"
    The last piece is a gift for my Dad for his 75th birthday. There's a birthday party planned on mother's day.
    Originally I had intended to make a wind chime, but I couldn't find my chimes, and the copper didn't sound good clanking together. So I changed it up and made a mobile instead.
    All the driftwood pieces were collected last month on our family outing to Ventura beach.
    After the enameled horse that I made for my "Free Spirits of the Wild West" challenge last month, I'm feeling all brave. I drew and cut out a bird and a fish from copper sheet.
    I used my electric engraver that I got for Christmas for the first time to draw scales, fins, and feathers on the copper. Then I flame painted them to resemble a sea gull and a rainbow trout. I'm quite pleased with how my metal work turned out.
    I used the brown soldered sea pottery pieces,  the drilled amber sea glasses pieces, and the yellow Jasper from my soup. As well as a few more of the white/clear drilled sea glass pieces.
    I hammered some copper scrolls. Added some African brass beads, sea shells and a sea urchin from my collection. I also used one of my repousse sea urchins.
    This is the first time I've made anything like this, and it was not easy to balance. Especially with how the bird is perched on top. Wish I had a scale to compare weights. It would have made this project a lot easier. I did this the old fashioned way. Trial and error.
    I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Hope dad loves it too.

I managed to use almost all of my soup. The only thing I have left is the small gold clasp, the Citrine nuggets, and the scrap of tan leather.

I hope you saved room for the next course.
    Next stop....please go by and visit my partner Lori Bowring Michaud. She managed to get her post up in spite of it being the ten year anniversary of her sons tragic death. Heck of a way to spend Mother's Day, right. She's a very strong woman, and an amazing artist. She made some really cool stuff with the handmade components I sent her. Check it out.

    A huge thank you to our amazing hostess Lori Anderson, who somehow manages to pull this off. Coordinating 500 people while battling major health issues. Also fulfilling the challenge herself, with not one, but two partners. You rock Lori!
    You'll find the complete list of participant links on her blog post.

    Happy Hopping!


  1. This is MOST diverse group of work I have seen so far! I am just in awe of the creative process used here. Very memorable!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! But then your creations never disappoint :-).

  3. Oh my goodness Kelly! How absolutely amazing! I knew you'd step out of the box and create fabulous pieces - you did not disappoint! You are such an extremely talented artist, I'm completely flabbergasted! I love each and every one of them - the colors, the textures, the story. Amazing. If I had to pick a favorite, and that's hard, I absolutely love your mobile; 1) it's such a different use of the materials, 2) it represents the beach (my favorite place), 3) it's an engineering marvel, and 4) it's for your dad - I hope he loves it!

    You've been such a fabulous partner and are such a beautiful soul! I'm glad our original partners didn't work out for us and we got to meet! Here's to kismet!!

  4. Gobsmacked! What a wonderful collection of beautiful pieces you made from your soup.Your beach mobile is inspired and i am sure it will be a hit.
    I adore your belt and can say i have been totally inspired by your work and blog.

  5. What a wonderful assortment of goodies! I was not expecting the hanging piece at the end, that fish is wonderful! As are the rest of your pieces.

  6. so many designs!!I love it! floral creation is my absolutely fav!

  7. This is a word I rarely use, but I find that your pieces are enchanting! What variety, and what a great job you did integrating the soup with existing beads and freshly made components!

  8. What a breathtaking display! I love the Passionista and the mobile is absolutely fantastic! Your creativity and imagination flow so freely - a dangle here, a tassel there, wow! There is a feel of freedom about all your creations, so symbolic of gipsy tales :)

  9. It's almost "too much", so amazingly beautiful, the pictures, your designs and your pieces! Perfect♥...

  10. WOW, Kelly! What an incredible collection you got out of that soup.... I lovelove the Princess Jasmine set...especially the earrings. You have a way with fiber and textiles in jewelry that is unlike anything else!

  11. I'm going to steal Beth's word from an above post - enchanting. Fairy tale-ish, intricate, detailed, full of color. I enjoyed each piece. I love passion flowers with their stunning display, and I think you captured their essence perfectly. Love the earrings with the pink & green bead in the center. Thanks for having so much to look over.

  12. Oh my that passion flower necklace is absolutely breathtaking so so beautiful. You really outdid yourself all your pieces are so enchanting, Love them all.

  13. So much to like here, although I have to say my favourite is the first necklace - I love the texture from the sari silk (and purple is my favourite). I also love your idea of making a belt.

  14. Oh wow, everything is so incredibly romantic! What a fun blog post, too! Makes me want to sit down at the table and have some lemonade and try everything you made on!

  15. You captured my heart and imagination with your designs. I love seeing a design concept from inspiration to final piece. I just want to wear your pieces of art, they are so amazing.

  16. Kelly - usually I can pick a favourite piece when I go through the bead soup blogs, but seriously? I can't with these. So creative, and lovely. Okay, maybe.....the Day at the Beach mobile catches my fancy. Specially the colouring - very subtle. Rose

  17. Every piece you make is more wonderful than the last. It is such a pleasure to look at each piece you made for the BSBP. Each piece is wonderful! My favorite has to be the passion flower, but I really like the little pouch you made! How fun your blog is!

  18. All you designs are little works of art. These are such individual designs. Gorgeous!!

  19. Those are all so beautiful! I love the passionflower piece and the mobile in particular :)

  20. What a wonderful collection of Amazing designs!!! Fun eclectic, Beautiful, fanciful!!! Wow!!! They are just so cool!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  21. Wow, such wonderfully imaginative pieces and descriptions!

  22. Love the passionflower necklace, it's so beautiful.

  23. Amazing, the pieces you created took me to wonderland, I love them all, but I the mobile is just so creative and takes you to the beach, with sound, colors and textures!

  24. Oh my! Good grief - I am in *awe* of your incredible creativity. Each piece is more fantastic than the last - Passionista is such a wild, exuberant piece, and the Princess Jasmine suite is simply ethereal. Your wirework and sparkly dangles provide such a lovely framework for that gorgeous lampwork bead...and the earrings and belt are perfect accompaniments! I love the mermaid belt, and I'm certain your dad loves his beachy mobile! (whatta lucky guy!) Awesomesauce indeed!

  25. Your work is so original and creative. The necklaces are such statement pieces - I love how bold you are in your designs. Love the wind chime - so unique!

  26. The passion flowers! So AMAZING! I really love everything, but the passion flowers amazed me.

  27. This is the craziest post ever and I am loving every bit of it! You are incredibly creative and talented!!! Passionista and Princess Jasminea re so unique and awesome!

  28. Holy cow! What imaginative, detailed, and eclectic pieces....I'm in awe! I think I'm Princess Jasmine....or perhaps...yes, the beach themed mobile..that's it! Wonderful work!

  29. Passionista is such a glorious, lush delight! Everything works so beautifully together from the riot of purple fabric petals to the subtle glow of the copper swirls and the tiny, almost imperceptible black thread tendrils. Amazing necklace! And not to be outdone Princess Jasmine bursts on to the scene with gypsy dangles, vibrant greens and dancing little twists and twirls. But I think my favourite is 'Thar be Mermaids' resplendent with wand and mermaid purse. With it's ribbons of green, strings of shells and amazing dangles of treasures I want to pop this round my waist and dance, dance, dance.

  30. PS to quote my 4 year old fairy princess : "don't be silly Mummy. The birdy thingy is the best because it can go in my bedroom so I can always be at the seaside." Well there you go. The boss has spoken!

  31. Well I must say first and foremost your partner sent you a very generous beautiful soup and you did her proud. Every piece you have created is amazing , stunning, elaborate, and elegant....Your attention to detail is spot on...Your brilliance is amazingly displayed in your presentation of each piece. I love all the colors and textures. I know your partner is totally and utterly proud of all you have done with the soup. I ty for sharing it with all of us. Your amazing....ty ...Okay I am off to see if I can join your blog and then I have to hop on my way,....lol bye now

  32. What eccentric pieces you made with your soup. And your displays are one of a kind! Great work!!

  33. OMG Kelly!
    What an extra-ordinary stories and designs *stunning*

  34. Enchanting, romantic, reminiscent of different eras, eclectic, breathtaking, fun, out of the box, imaginative, creative--where do I stop with the adjectives? The passion flower necklace is my favorite, but I so enjoyed the whole meal. Thank you!!

  35. My goodness! You made so many beautiful things........I was amazed! I kept reading then thought I had gone on to another blog post, backed up and see that you are still creating. Your pieces show so much originality. I love your gypsy belt and thanks for the documentary recommendation. That mobile is fantastic and I know your dad loved it.

  36. WOW!!! Kelly you made a whole presentation of this. The pic of the table ready and waiting and the cocktails were a nice touch. Also the music added flavor. Now on to your pieces."Passionista" is seriously gorgeous. It's a very unique and creative design. The split and enameled cage beads are cool and the perfect accent to your beautiful flowers. "Princess Jasmine"is a wonderful design. It is both lush and light. It looks exotic to me. You include so many nuances in your work. It amazes me. Both of your gypsy belts are fantasy masterpieces. I have never seen anything like the mobile that you made for your Dad in any out the BSBP's. Truly a one of a kind. I hadn't thought about having to balance something like that until you said it. I bet your Dad was pleased. You did an awesome job with your soup.

  37. OMG, Kelly! I am coming back to reread your post again and again (and following) 'cause this is mesmerizing. Your designs, your accounts and your amazing creativity :) And thanks for the movie recommendation; that is EXACTLY the kind of video I like to enjoy on my own when Hubby is working out of town :) As for where else to wear your creations? Well a fantasy date night would be a good start LOL.

  38. Wow! Everything you've made is just stunning =)

  39. Wonderful post & so much fun to visit all the creative excitement here! But first, I want to just appreciate you for acknowledging how hard it was for your partner to post on the 10th anniversary of her son's death. It's an anniversary for me too -- in fact, the whole BSBParty is, as my daughter died suddenly & unexpectedly from an MS seizure during my first one two years ago -- so 1st party I was in shock & kept going, last party I just freaked suddenly after making jewelry & couldn't post!! or find a voice & this one -- with "Mother's Day" - I tried so hard and actually did it! It feels big to me... Anyway, you are kind. I will extra cherish & admire your partner's post knowing...And as for you! Oh you brilliant artist you! My favorite is Beach! I LOVE IT!!! Fabulous! Everything is fun, eccentric in a way but really I'd say artistic, lovely, thoughtful, brilliant, glowing & amazing! Happy Hopping! Love ♥ Rita

  40. Your pieces are amaIng. Love your style

  41. Incredible and inspiring work!! Love it all!! I am sure your dad loved the mobile!!!

  42. Hi there! Thanks for following my blog. I have added your name to the giveaway hat. Wow, you made such a lot with your bead soup! I like how you shared the inspiration behind your designs aswell. Lovely designs :-)

  43. OMG says it all. an amazing feast of eye candy. Im thinking you were on a roll and didnt know how to stop. lol such creativity. blew me away.

  44. Wow, what an amazing soup, Kelly! You're such a creative soul, love all of your designs! And man ... you have been such a busy bee!

  45. You created some wonderfully whimsical designs with your soup. Great work.

  46. What an eclectic collection of artistic creations! Absolutely something for everyone! Job we'll done.

  47. I think my favorite is the Jasmine set! Appeals to the magpie in me, so much sparkle!

  48. You were a very busy lady. I like the necklace that looks like the beautiful flowers the best. I have been walking my neighborhood lately seeing all that periwinkle which is inspiring me to design a necklace.

  49. Your designs never fail to be unique. There's so much to absorb and look at that I'm never sure if I see all the details you included. As a beach girl, I have to say that I'm smitten with your mobile but that first piece with the copper swirls is also so cool. I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into each of these pieces. Nicely done!

  50. Your designs (and your post) have a wonderfully theatrical, gypsy feel to them! I love the mobile at the end, what a fabulous thing to make for your Dad!

  51. Amazing sea themed pieces. The colors are just lovely. You are so creative with the different textures. Great job.

  52. Wow! I'm speechless! That passion flower necklace blows me away with all of the details you added to that one black enameled daisy. Stunning. And then there were just more and more beautiful designs. I kept thinking I had scrolled down to a previous blog, but no! It was still your incredible Bead Soup energy! That mobile for your Dad should win a prize. Refreshing variety, all of it!

  53. wow!!!! The eastern influence in your pieces is SO amazing.......especially the belts! that Jasmine necklace, earrings and belt......it made my mouth water. SPECTACULAR job

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