let me remind you of the soup i received from cheryl.
gorgeous, right? all that ivory and brass with a touch of red. i've not worked with ivory much, so it's exciting to push beyond my boundaries. that's what these challenges are all about. exploring unexplored territory, pushing back the edges of what we do as jewelry artists. i love pushing myself. it makes me a better designer, and that's always where i want to go.
as i was looking at my soup i realized how simple it all is. simple and clean. so i decided to go with that feeling. i love nature, and that's what this soup is all about. my dad was a botanist and a rockhound, so we spent weekends in the forests of oregon, the beaches of the pacific ocean, the deserts of california, the tundra of the far north, and the wilds of interior alaska. i'm deeply inspired by the sea, the forests, trees, animals, the sky, the desert, weather, and all that good stuff. so this soup was perfect for me in that, and reflects what i sent cheryl. go see her blog here to see what i sent her and what she made of it!
i decided to stick with simple wire wrapping and let the focus be on the lovely cleanness of the colors. i pulled only two elements; the nest and the bird, both of which i made. i also love the look of mixed metals and so i thought i'd do all the wire wrapping in silver.
the bird is pearl polymer clay with a lovely sheen. love that clay. the eggs in the nest are freshwater pearls. the two ivory rounds are fossil coral, the red is agate, the little brown guy up there above the leaf focal to the left is a seed pod, the ring is mystery stone, and the oval up at the top is petrified wood, which was my father's favorite stone, so it's especially special to me that cheryl sent it. the rosary chain on brass are glass pearls and that gorgeous clasp was made by cheryl herself. and most special of all is the ceramic diamond by elaine ray herself, which cheryl picked up from ornamentea. cheryl lives close enough to the famous store to visit often. i'm so jealous! here's a close up of the focal.
i loved getting to be a part of this little group of intrepid explorers! and this summer everybody that wants to be a part of the original bead soup blog party should join up, because lori anderson is staggering the reveal days so it's not too overwhelming to visit them all. i'm so excited! lori is the most awesome hostess on the planet!
and don't forget to visit all the blogs in the collective creative canape. here's the list. but first go visit my partner. i can't wait to see what she's got all done. thanks so much for visiting!
Keri Lee Sereika www.pinklemonade.typepad.com
Beth Emery www.storiesbyindigoheart.blogs
Niki Meiners www.nikimeiners.wordpress.com
... Karan Parker www.karanskrafts.blogspot.com
Liz DeLuca www.facebook.com/pages/
Lynne Bowland www.islandgirlsinsights.blogsp
Judy Turner www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Erin Grant www.Erinsjewelrycreations.blog
Bryna Lumb www.brynasbeadbox.blogspot.com
Rochelle Brisson www.acreativechelle.blogspot.c
Linda Youkman www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau www.littlemake.blogspot.com
Cheryl Foiles www.getyourbeadon.com
Kelli Jacobson www.CreativeMoonJewelryAndThin
Elena Gianni www.ilmondodipucci.blogspot.co
Tania Hagen www.pelimadesign.blogspot.co.n
Cindy Muse www.cindyshandworkcrafts.blogs
Stephanie Woods www.skwds.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge www.pineridgetreasures.blogspo