Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup 2017

After avoiding the studio most of the winter, it was great to be forced back into it with this Bead Soup edition.
My partner, Maria Rosa Sharrow, has an addition to Labardorite!  She sent me some amazing pieces to work with, and it was a challenge since it is not something I am usually drawn to.  Also in her soup, she included some vintage crystals.  As you can see in the picture, I have a vintage lamp in my dinning room and the kids made sure I realized that some of the crystals matched!


Also in my package were 3 strands of labradorite, each unique and fun to work with. Rosa also included 2 cabs and 1 focal bead.  Since I am not good with bezel setting yet, I have not used the round cab yet.  I have some ideas, but need to practice soldering first.

You can see Rosa's Etsy show here
Her shop is called Willow Street Gifts. Since I live in Lancaster County, PA I am close to the town of Willow Street, so I was slightly confused when I saw her shop name.  I was thinking she might live close to me!  lol








I also love vintage!  I used a vintage finding to create this necklace using the large bead and drops.
I love this new app I found to edit pictures. Isn't it cool?
A different view of the necklace.  Brass chain, wire and findings. 
Here I enameled some filigree beads to show off the sparkle of the vintage crystals.



This is my favorite piece. The only problem is the one tab snapped off while I was setting the stone.  As a result, I had to add the wire wrapped to hold the bead in place.  I was thinking of redoing the setting, but ran out of time.  I love how the bail came out.

To check out everyone's work, here is a link back to Pretty Things.  

Lori Anderson :: Hostess




26 comments:

  1. Very cool pieces. I love labradorite. I actually like the wire wrapping on the last piece. It makes a nice design element. Happy accident?

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  2. Your wirework is incredible!

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  3. Beautiful! You wrapped the large labradorite bead perfectly, and adding the vintage drop brought everything together. I love labradorite but am not always sure what to do with it either.

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  4. Congratulations! You did a fantastic job with the labradorite. One of my favorite stones.

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  5. Everything is beautiful. I think the broken tab actually worked out for the best in your design!

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  6. Labradorite is such a beautiful stone, and you really did it justice, especially in the last piece. What a great solution to the tab breaking off -- the solution was genius!

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  7. Labradorites are fantastic but also difficult as a part or jewelry.You were great with them!congrats!

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  8. Hi Heather. I really like the idea of setting the cab with tabs the way you did. I have probably 40 cabs at home that I usually soft solder, now I am going to try my hand at setting them with tabs, thanks to you. Very clever. I have never thought to use any other color than silver when working with labradorite, since it's that gray color, but now I will have to try. The other Labradorite, the round one is not a cabochon, it's a pendant bead and is drilled from front to back. I just wanted you to know, so that you can actually use it for something. I hope I didn't cause you too much trouble sending things that you don't usually use to create with. Thanks for being my partner!

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    1. Rosa,
      I love what you sent! Thanks for the challenge. No worries about the round bead, I guess I didn't look closely enough �� Maybe I need new glasses!
      I use a lot of copper in my work so it is my go to metal. I do like how it looked with the brass too.

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  9. Sometimes the oopsies make the best end results!

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  10. Very nice work, love the copper pendant with the stone attached, awesome!!!

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  11. Your pieces are great! Love seeing all of the different styles while hopping!

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  12. I too prefer to tab set my cabs and I find that 4 tab bezels work the best for round pieces and it makes the rest of the bezel very organic

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  13. I like the setting the way it is on the last one...very unique!! I too love that stone and have workied with it a lot!! GREAT job...love them all! ~KM

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  14. Lab is my favorite stone and I love how you used it with your copper handmade finding..

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  15. I love the enameling in the earrings - they compliment the beads very nicely!!

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  16. Hi Heather, You did a great job working with the labradorite. The earrings that you enameled will look really good with your necklaces.

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  17. Really nice pieces you made - love that you did your own enameling (always something I wanted to learn). Your repair was perfect on the stone - part of our learning process - I've done the same thing too.

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  18. Lovely work! The labradorite is beautiful.

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  19. I love the setting you made - so cool - even if the tab did snap off :-)

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  20. You're right! That bail is really cool! I like the setting too!

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  21. The setting is so unique! Great job!

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  22. Those are some beautiful pieces. Great job!

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