Friday, September 2, 2011

Bead Soup Treasure has Arrived

I am so excited... my Bead Soup has finally arrived.... all the way from the US!

Feast your eyes on the wonderful components that my Bead Soup partner Nicole Rennell, has made for me.
The criteria was that you must include a focal and a beautiful clasp in the mix. And she certainly did..... both handmade, forged even. And then some extras as well. How lucky am I?!! The idea of the Bead Soup Blog Party is to challenge the recipient with materials or colours that they wouldn't normally use. And Nicole has certainly done that. My style is clean and mainstream even though I'm a mixed media artist and these pieces are antiqued and organic looking. This will certainly push me outside my boundaries.
The focal is forged in copper and then antiqued before being sealed with renaissance wax. In the centre is a textured crocodile feature which has been coated in resin. I'm only guessing here, but I think the crocodile texture might be polymer clay and she's coloured it with a variety of pearlescent shades of blue and green. It's really cool - such a unique piece!And to round it all out, Nicole included a selection of shell, gemstone and glass beads to coordinate with the focals.
I will certainly have my work cut out for me here. I hope you'll check back on the 17th September for the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal.

Happy crafting!