August 11 is the big day for group 2 in the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori Anderson is a brave soul to organize this bash. Four hundred beaders from around the world are participating. You are assigned a partner and you each swap a set of bead soup. It’s not really bead soup as we have come to think of it-you send good beads-the kind you would want to use yourself and you have to include a focal bead and a clasp.
My partner is Kristen Latimer of MJM Jewelry Designs. She sent me so many wonderful beads and a silver toggle clasp. I didn’t want to just string them. I wanted to do something that would stretch my skills and imagination. The beads were talking to me but I think they had a sense of humor. They chattered away, never getting to the point and then they clammed up.
This is a somewhat pathetic attempt at a focal piece which I quickly abandoned. But the next day was serendipitous.
I found several pieces of high carbon wire-extremely thick wire- on the sidewalk. I am not joking when I tell people that I work with glass, metal, polymer clay, seed beads and things I find on the sidewalk.
The wire was so thick I had to saw it with a jewelers saw. It buffed up to a nice matte finish. And then I started to do what I do when I am stumped for an idea: I make components. I made a lot of components.
I ended up scratching most of these ideas, but they were enough to get me started. In the process, I tried several techniques that were new to me. All will be revealed on reveal day, so stay tuned.