Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Today's the big day to show off what I made with the beads my partner Marion sent me for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. First off, let's look at what came in the mail:

Beautiful, isn't it? I LOVE what Marion picked out for me! She definitely spoiled me by sending not 1 but 5 handmade polymer clay beads from Tree Wings Studio. That shop has been a favorite of mine for a long, long time. The beads Marion picked out have a southwestern vibe so I knew I wanted to stick with the red and turquoise color palette and introduce some more silver and maybe some browns into the mix. Here's what I came up with:

I added some silver square beads, small turquoise painted wooden beads, silver caps, and large nuts of some sort. 

Then I created a piece for the horse pendant to hang off of by cutting apart an old leather belt and punching two holes through the ends. This is the first time I've tried anything like that. I think it worked out great but maybe I'm a little biased... What do you think? Does the leather piece work or not?

So, there you have it. A simply strung southwestern necklace that looks great with a plain black tank.

Be sure to check out what my partner Marion made with the beads that I sent her!

 Hostess, Lori Anderson,

Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto Jewelry

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Patricia Johnson, Patricia L. Johnson Glass Art
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna


Tanya Ozanne said…
Very cute.Suits you wonderfully.Lovely work.Love and hugs Tanya
coffeeaddict said…
Love the idea of reusing leather belt, maybe a pair of matcihng earrings to, if you have more leather to spare :-)
Amazing work ! Great way to mix reds and blues.
What a fun summer necklace! Love the color combination and asymmetric pattern of the beads.
Lori Anderson said…
That leather piece TOTALLY works! And I love your sense of texture with the necklace -- very well done! You should show us more of your jewelry on your blog -- it's sensational!

Thanks for playing!
Jean A. Wells said…
Any cowgirl would love this necklace! That would include me! I really like the way you hung the focal. Very creative. Beautiful job!
AWJewelry said…
It is beautiful, love the southwest look in jewelry and you pulled it together perfectly
Boot ~C said…
that is a mouthwatering colour combo, beautiful
What a lovely bold necklace. I really like how you wire wrapped the horse. And you look fabulous modeling it!
Patti Van said…
Um...yeah! The leather piece works!!! You were given such beautiful pieces and such a pretty clasp! Gorgeous!
Lynda said…
Love, love this necklace and I'm not even a horse loving person. The cool wrapped pendant is such a great focal.Bet you're keeping it too. It looks great on you.
Jean said…
Just amazing. I completely love this!
jean yates
Sherri Stokey said…
Yes, the leather piece works great! I love this piece:)
Marti C. said…
I love everything horses, this is no exception. The turquoise and red is a great look...wonderful job!
Lovely piece - the leather bit makes me think of a saddle, perfect to go with a horse focal =)
Karyn B said…
My first love, growing up in the west, was southwestern style jewelry, and I think you rocked it. Great soup!
Shirley said…
Oh!! You smart cookie! Before I read what you did with the leather, I was thinking it was a piece of shaped wood, and how cool it was! I'm with you, I love Tree Wings, and that horse is soo cute!
Sally Anderson said…
You did another amazing job, Kelly. You are hugely talented at this (and so many other things, I know). I love that piece of leather. Very clever. And the beads you added to your soup are just perfect. A really great job!
ChristinaMarieH said…
I think the leather is perfect, it matches back to the dark brown nut beads. And the horse pendant is darling! I really like the necklace you made with him.
You did an amazing job! Great soup..I love the horse focal. I really like your use of leather as a bail.
Sharon Driscoll said…
The leather was sheer genius! It would have been a strung necklace -but that added the absolute P-O-P. It's beyond perfect!
lilrubyjewelry said…
Fabulous! I love, love, love the little horse focal!
Shaiha said…
Oh yes the leather definitely adds to the look. What a fun necklace!
Lisa Chapman said…
The necklace is gorgeous! The leather bail is perfect for your western themed style. ;)
I think the leather is the perfect reference to a saddle and oh so fitting. Overall the piece is just beautiful, great job!
oh yes, yes! the leather totally works with your horse pendant! I LOVE it!
Cheryl said…
Love the design. I love southwest colors! You are a great model :-)
I love your design..! Great work..!
Jenny said…
The chunky Southwestern look is a winner! And i love the leather bail/connector idea...
Alice said…
What a great piece! I've always love the Southwest colors. And the chunky beads are just perfect!
Wow! What a gorgeous piece!! Love how you put them all together!
Jewels By Ine said…
What a cute little horse!! I like it very much as a pendant!
Ilenia said…
Beautiful necklace!
Shyme said…
Lovely pieces, I like your color palette :)
Beadbug said…
I love the colors and flow of your piece. Very nice.
Judith Johnston said…
Beautiful necklace and I love the leather, it really adds to the texture of the piece.
beadrecipes said…
Red and aqua, turquoise and coral, are one of my favourite colour combinations! I love what you've done with your soup, it's really got that Southwestern vibe.
CraftyHope said…
Your necklace turned out perfectly! I would not have thought to add that brown to the mix, but it really works well. And, it looks great on you too!! :)
LeeLu Creations said…
Such a fun necklace! The colors are gorgeous.
Amy's said…
that leather piece is AMAZING.
I love it
Hi Kelly,
Beautiful pieces!
Bold colors and textures but it looks beautiful! I like the leather accent.
KayzKreationz said…
I love it. Great colors that really compliment the horse focal. I love Tree Wings horse beads. And I really like the way you used the piece of the leather belt to hang the horse. It all came together very nicely.
Lupe Meter said…
Love your creation and using my favorite little pony bead from Tree Wings Studio too...they are just adorable! A beautiful necklace..nice job!
Becky Pancake said…
Great color choices. Your jewelry looks like fun. Very appealing.
pepita said…
Very cute necklace and a nice combinations of colours - and that leather piece for the pendant is just perfect there!
I love, always have, coral and turquoise together. I love the handmade components, both in your
soup and your leather pendant base.
The necklace just works, and it looks like it has always been that way and there's no other or better way that soup could be - Great job!
Sandra said…
great design and it looks lovely on you!
very cute necklace, I love it!
ciao dall'Italia
Dragonfly Close said…
Love what you made! I love Tree Wing Studio also, great beads. You really did a wonderful job. =) Love your blog, it's so eclectic!
Alicia said…
Oh, yes, beautiful - the leather is perfect, and so is the colour combo, very southwest :) Lovely necklace!
wow! that certainly looks pretty. And good bead work..

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