July 28, 2012

Bead Soup: Earthenwood with Shaktipaj Designs

It's finally Bead Soup reveal time!  Here is a necklace I made using some of the ingredients Perri Jackson of Shaktipaj Designs sent me!  I am in love with the pendant so I wanted to put it front and center, so I hung it from the bottom of one of my own ceramic Ornate Keyhole pendants.

 I matched the pendant with some of my square links to form a chain and used the pretty opal and iridescent glass beads that Perri sent to bring the links together and add some movement and color with wire wrapped bead dangles.
 Here is a picture of my full Bead Soup ingredients!  Clearly, I have enough supplies to make more than the one piece.  And I still wanted to use that cool clasp.  So I made this bracelet:
 The bracelet is a nice match to the necklace, with the same dangles and links, plus I added a few pewter and white key and clock links to add some contrasting color.
 I STILL had lots of beads left over after those two pieces!  And I didn't even touch the turquoise or the handmade glass beads by Java Bead with the awesome silver bead caps that Perri also made.  I was poking around my studio, looking for a suitable pendant, and had the epiphany to use one of my Heart Rose Tattoo pendants, which is what I sent to Perri in HER bead soup ingredient list!  Full circle.  I can't wait to see what she made with my soup mix.
 
Want to see all the other Bead Soup Blog Party participants?  Check out this post on the official Bead Soup blog and have fun clicking away and getting inspired!


Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

65 comments:

  1. those copper & wire pieces are incredible, nice soups!

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  2. I love what you did with your soup, very nice.

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  3. Great job on showcasing the beautiful wired clasp and pendant! Love the last necklace.

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  4. Ok I am jealous.This soup is yummy and your designs as superb.Love and hugs Tanya

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  5. Gorgeous work, your ornate keyhole pendant really sets off Perri's pendant superbly. I love the mix of both of your work together, I think they complement each other perfectly.

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  6. Beautiful designs from you, as always. Love what you've done!

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  7. These are just lovely and what a wonderful soup to choose from I love the first necklace with the key toggle and the second necklace is beautiful too!
    Jackie

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  8. WOW Melanie! Absolutely gorgeous soup that you received!! I love each one of the pieces you made but I think the last necklace is my favorite - it just pops!

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  9. gorgeous soup, I can't decide which piece I like more...

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  10. Hi Melanie, these pieces are gorgeous but my favorite is the bracelet. Love the color palette in each piece! Enjoy the hop!

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  11. Stunning! Everyone was so generous with their soup ingredients! Your pieces have such beautiful textures and colors! Wonderful job!

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  12. Hi Melanie,
    Your designs never disappoint, they are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love the one with the heart pendant.
    Therese

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  13. So pretty, Melanie! I love your designs!
    jean

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  14. I love how you used the key theme through the pieces <3 And the first piece's focal is very ingenious !

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  15. Very cool pieces. Like them both.

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  16. It is fun to get pieces that are so different, and yet they all work well together. I like your combinations of elements! The heart necklace with the turquoise colored stones is sweet!

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  17. I really like how you combined so many diverse elements. Great colors and textures!

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  18. Very organic, love everything!

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  19. Oh my! It's incredibly magical! I love it so much. Are you Alice Kingsley? :))

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  20. I just LOVE her wire and crystal pieces! You made some stellar jewelry -- love everything you made!

    I appreciate your coming to the party AND supporting the book with your beads! Thank you!

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  21. I really enjoy the different styles merging in these pieces. I can't wait to see what she does with the same pendant, cool it turned out that way

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  22. Wow! What a huge bowl of soup u have there. I love what u did with the beads. Very pretty pieces with some rich and yummy colors. So nice!

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  23. Beautiful work - and great combinations!

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  24. Love your ceramic pendant and how you paired it with the focal you were sent. All your pieces are great.

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  25. Turquoise, red, with your heart pendant. I totally dig it, Melanie!! The organic clasp in front along with the little leaf charm...those little details add up to set your work apart! Love the look!

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  26. LOVE that last necklace. The colours with the heart pendant are to die for!!

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  27. Not surprised to find such lovely things from your soup Melanie! Beautiful work!

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  28. The keyhole necklace is my favorite! Very steampunk! (I am obsessed with your ceramic pendants by the way lol!)

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  30. My favorite is the one with the turquoise and your Heart Rose Tattoo. So Lovely. I deleted one of my comments because I left out a word :)

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  31. I just love your style and the Heart Rose pendant is perfect

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  32. I always love your designs .
    I adore your ceramic components.
    Your soup creations are a feast for the eyes!
    m.e. :)

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  33. Love all of them....I really like the combo of her beads with your rose focal. That necklace is gorgeous.

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  34. Isn't Perri the best swap partner ever? I was lucky to be in the Pantone Swap with her, and what she sent me was so FAB! That said, I would think that you are also a wonderful partner, and I think what you've done with her soup is just amazing. Great job!

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  35. Such a beautiful necklace. I love Czech beads. I will be revealing in second reveal.

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  36. I just love that necklace and bracelet set. The focal and clasp are so unique.

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  37. The necklace is so cool...love that focal! Great how well the two go together. All your pieces are lovely!

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  38. Of course your pieces are gorgeous, but I was seriously drooling over that bracelet! Great designs!!

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  39. Gorgeous designs Melanie! I am smitten by the first bracelet! Your ceramic components compliment your soup ingredients beautifully.

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  40. All the pieces are fabulous but I especially love the last necklace with your amazing heart pendant!

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  41. Beautiful pieces - I especially love that last necklace, the pendant is gorgeous =)

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  42. I'm not surprised that all of your pieces came out so beautifully! Your work is always so great. I'm really drawn to last last piece of yours. I love anything blue, but that punch of red added in is always so cool. Nicely done!!

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  43. Ooh, I especially love the last necklace!

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  44. Wonderful pieces! I love the bracelet!

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  45. You are an amazing artist so it is no wonder your designs came out in a most spectacular way - Beautiful work!

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  46. All very cool, Melanie. Can't wait to do MY reveal at the end of August!

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  47. Melanie, I am so glad to have you as a partner - not only are your ceramic components beautiful and a joy to work with, but the way you combined them with mine is absolutely spectacular! Although the necklace with the focal is gorgeous - you played the shapes against each other with true finesse! - my favorite is the bracelet. I love the spot of bling amongst the more earthy ceramic pieces. I am so glad you liked the little 'faceted' iridescent beads - I found them in my stash at the last second and included them. Talk about serendipity!!
    Dhea's beads combined with your focal really sets the second necklace apart! I love the wonderful collaboration - thank you so much for 'pushing' me with your beautiful components, and fo showcasing my work, as well!!!

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  48. I love how you blended your own work into the designs, they really look like they were meant to belong together!

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  49. Love all the pieces but what I like best is the fact you both used the heart. It's always so much fun to see how two designers use the same pieces. It is never the same and there is always so much inspiration to be drawn from it!

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  50. Love all the pieces you made...but I especially love the bracelet!

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  51. Gorgeous soup to work with with all those beautiful colors and mix. You did a great job! I especially love that bracelet, looks like it would be so much fun to wear!

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  52. Gorgeous! I love the colour mix and the way you have integrated your own pieces into the mix.

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  53. Gorgeous designs and great bead soup!! Awesome work!

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  54. You had a great soup and your own accents on/in it are gorgeous! I love the first neckpiece!

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  55. Great jewelry. I like all three of your pieces. Very good color choices.

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  56. The way you hung that focal in the necklace is stunning. And I love that bracelet with the other focal and clasp. The heart focal is so cute too in your third piece and the way you showcased it is very nice.

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  57. beautiful work! love all of your creations!

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  58. I love all your pieces!
    the second necklace is my fave!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  59. I can't believe I almost missed this!! I'm so glad I didn't. I'm excited to see our boro beads in that gorgeous creation of yours. You did a beauitful job Melanie... made me smile!!

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  60. I have admired your work for such a long time! I knew that anything you made would be great, but these are just awesome! I LOVE that last necklace soooo sooo much! It's just amazing! That pendent was PERFECT with those beads! Melanie, you truly bring the word artist to the jewelry world. I love that you participated in the hop.

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  61. These pieces are so cool!!!

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