May 10, 2014

Venison Bead Soup

This is the 7th time I have participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson, and one of my most challenging. Many thanks to my partner, Linda Sadler, who sent me some interesting bead soup, which included deer antlers and 22mm shell casings.  I made five or six attempts at designing with these items, and finally chose one.  Here are the ingredients.

Bead Soup Ingredients
Deer Antler Focals
Copper Clasp
Copper washer discs
22mm shell casings
Betel Nut Beads
Vintage Wood
Stone
Vintage Shell
Waxed Cotton
Indian Trade Beads
Sari Silk Ribbon

I used Waxed Cotton to attach the deer antler focal and knotted it through the beads to attach to the Copper washer discs.  Then I used Softflex to attach the rest of the beads to the copper washer discs and the clasp.  The 22mm shell casings were drilled and used in the earrings with the vintage shell and glass beads.  I added the Sari Silk to finish.  Ta Da!

                                                        


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66 comments:

Debi Dufrene said...

Love what you did with the antler!

bailaora said...

very inventive projects!great use of fabric! congratulations!

WindDancerStudios said...

Deer antler? Wow! Wonderful job putting it all together!

AWJewelry said...

Love the antler focal! that gives me so many ideas, since i live next to a wildlife preserve and have access to many antlers after they are shed. Great job!

Andrea said...

I never would have picked deer antler because I wouldn't have known what to do with it. But you made it work.Great job! I really like it!

Audrey BĂ©langer said...

Deer antlers and shotgun casings ? Wow ! So much fun to play with all this, and you made something so beautiful out of very uncommon materials ! You should be proud of yourself :)

glassbead, isinglass design said...

Wow! What a lot of great components, and what a lovely piece you've made with them. Love that antler!

Janine Lucas said...

Such great work you did with your Bead Soup

Elizabeth said...

Now I would call that a very challenging and interesting soup!! I really like it !! I love what you have done and you met the challenge beautifully!!!

fay ................................................... said...

Very nice use of your venison soup! well done

Christine said...

Great job with your soup - very unique pieces!

lilrubyjewelry.com said...

That's definitely a challenging (but very cool) soup to work with - and it came out great!

Nelly May said...

What a wonderful funky necklace. Really interesting components to work with. Absolutely love the bullet earrings.

Sharon Driscoll said...

What a great way to work with something you wouldn't normally pick. The deer antler is right up my alley and I think you did great with it!

Janice said...

Awesome that you came up with something you loved and looks great. I felt like I'm the only one that has so many false starts so I'm glad to hear I'm in good company. I've been wanting to do something with shotgun casings for a a couple of my nieces who are devoted "woodsmen".

Sarah said...

What a challenging soup! I think you did a great job, though - the final pieces are beautiful!

K said...

I think you managed to seize the essence of bead soup - receive a challenge and meet it with flying colors!

Dini Bruinsma said...

Amazing work! What a challenge you had, very interesting too! I ♥ love your jewellery.

Peru-Medesigns said...

Love the antler focal..nice job!!!

Just Beads said...

Love the soup and what you did. Great usage of the antler.

jevebo-art said...

Great implementation!

ingetraud said...

I like how you added the copper washers. They enhanced the necklace and made the shotgun casing work for the earrings.

Loris Glassworks said...

You've created a beautiful piece with your soup. I love how you were so creative with your focal bead, not the easiest focal to incorporate into a design - Cheers!
Lori in Atlanta

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

That soup and what you made from it are RIDICULOUSLY awesome. Seriously, I'm giving you a big round of applause over here because you wowed me :D

I'm an outdoor kinda gal so the antler focal(s) and shell casings made me go 'Ooooh and Ahhh'. LOL

You definitely did your soup and partner proud!

Loretta said...

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. It was fun to work on.

Ann Schroeder said...

Wow, that was a challenging soup, but you did great! I actually recently bought some shell casings because I've seen some cute earrings with them. Now here is another example to inspire me! :)

BluMoon said...
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BluMoon said...

Wow you created some wonderful necklaces, that soup must have been a great challenge it is good to be stretched sometimes and you have done it so well.
Jackie

Donna Cruz-Comia said...

The deer antler was definitely a challenge, which you pulled successfully together! A very unique bead soup!

Ilenia said...

All is so beautiful!

Maire of Thistledown said...

What an interesting soup mix! Your use of the various components is really nice. I love the earrings, and he sari silk helps soften the look. How fun! I like these

coffeeaddict said...

love the playful touch of red ribbons

BeadsByEarthTones said...

how unique is your soup?! i love how you chose to highlight the focal. very unique and creative!

peacockandlime said...

Totally creative soup all around! Love how you continued on with the theme :)

Tammy Adams said...

Yours was probably the most challenging soup I've seen. Your designs are amazing. Very nicely done.

PiPa said...

Beautiful use of your material, I love the focal and also the hint of red from the sari silk!

Fire Phoenix said...

This is the most unusual soup I've seen (in a good way) - it's good to be challenged! Great idea you had about incorporating the antler!

Susan said...

I have to echo the comment above and say what an unusual soup and how fun! It turned out great!

Karen Mitchell said...

I agree, it really is an unusual soup. I love what you've done with it, particularly the earrings, very unique.

The Creative Klutz said...

A really interesting soup - it's like nature meets industrial ... great designs =)

Kathy Lindemer said...

We'll done use of antler and shell casings! A real challenge!

Genny said...

Truly a challenge well met! Great job!

Karin G said...

That was a challenging and interesting soup, and you really were creative. Must have been fun to play with all these ingredients, and you ended up with a wonderful set.

Pepita said...

That soup would be a challenge for me, too, but you've had a great idea and came up with a pretty set. Well done!
Alenka

Wilk said...

The pictures are not so clear, but I like what I see, wonderful pieces! (:

*~Corrie~* said...

I was waiting to see what you did with this soup. You made shotgun casings and deer antler pretty. Beautiful design.

Anonymous said...

I tend to avoid organic jewelry but I think that I am going to have to change my mind. What a great job!

Robin Reed said...

That is a really cool necklace and I love the earrings too!!! Have a Blessed Day!

Patricia Johnson said...

Great soup...looked like such fun! Really unique and interesting pieces that you just pulled together beautifully! Congrats!!

Marsela said...

I definitely Would not know what to do with those focals. Good job!

Jen Purple said...

Great job with the antler! - the necklace is beautiful. I like how you designed the necklace with positive white and negative dark colors. Nice balance of beads and shapes.

Mags said...

Loved your soup! I like what you did, that's a great necklace!

kathy stemke said...

Very unusual and interesting necklace. Bravo!!

Rachel said...

Wonderful use of natural materials!

TesoriTrovati said...

Now that really would be a challenge! I love the way you chose to orient the focal antler. You did a great job with a very unique set of ingredients. Thank you for sharing your talents with the Bed Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

Krafty Max said...

I have to say, the necklace isn't really my style, but as I looked over the photos the more I liked it! It is very eclectic, but not is a bad way! Now that I am writing this... I like it!! :) Great job!! ~KM

alainnjewelry said...

I remember seeing your post when you first got the soup and couldn't wait to see what you did....GREAT job.....Love the antler and shell casings. going to be a great conversation piece

Kepi said...

What an interesting soup, and you rocked it. Very very nice!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Wow, I love naturals, Loretta, and you really rocked this one :)

Marti Conrad said...

Wow, I love natural materials and I love what you did with these pieces! Great job!

bairozan said...

You not just found a way to handle the deer antler and shell casings but you made a one of a kind necklace & earring set! Beautiful and impressive!

CraftyHope said...

What a cool necklace! I think the idea of using the antlers would have thrown me off, but you totally ran with it and it works so well. Great job.

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