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Friday, October 19, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup - 2012

 
I remember when my Kalmbach Books Bead Soup came in the mail. I was so excited! I couldn't believe that I'd been given such a terrific opportunity. I was elated and honored to have gotten selected. I knew that I was going to be in good company and it would be a challenge. I am excited to see the reveals
 
I got soup!

 

I literally ripped open the package in anticipation. I  was thrilled to find that the beads were from a shop in Montana. I contacted them immediately, to let them know I had received my soup and to share my gratitude for their making it possible for me to take part  in this event.

 

 
The pendant,I see a bird.

 
I needed to accentuate the  focal bead and not take away from the wonderful pattern. I went with the spirals to accomplish this. There is movement illustrated in the beads throughout the necklace. I had to go with that flow.

                                       
"Freebird" Ensemble
 


Staying with the theme of movement I added swirls in my wire work. I adorned the triangles with swirls. The earrings,  and connectors had to have swirls too.
 
The bracelet sports the yummy clasp that was included, handmade links, and the same red accent beads(6), with one swirl adorned triangle bead dangle.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed making these pieces and working with this soup. I really love what my soup became. I hope you enjoy it too.
 
I still have some beads leftover - gotta love leftovers... I am beading them and I will post those projects at a later date. I hope you come back for seconds. I just couldn't hold on to this much longer and not share...
 
Thanks Kalmbach Books for the opportunity and the fun!
 
Thanks for sharing with me.

Be happy, find your method of expression and go create something beautiful...

34 comments:

  1. Congratulations Jami! Your work is absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Heidi! This has been an interesting year in my down time...

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  2. Beautiful Jami...you are on a roll girl!! I see the bird too.

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    1. Thanks Cory! I have been busy, which makes me happy.

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  3. Oh Jami, this is absolutely STUPENDOUS!!!

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    1. Thanks Marlene! It was a pleasure working with the beads.

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  4. what a gorgeous set! I see the bird in that focal too ;)

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  5. This is a beautiful set you have created, Jami... I think the swirls are a fabulous addition with the rich beads!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words - it was a fun project for me.

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  6. Lovely soup! Your work is beautiful, and I love what you did with the focal. I'll be posting mine shortly, probably in a week. I'm working out a giveaway with the bead store that sent me my soup :)

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    1. Thanks for celebrating with me! I want to see yours - I'll be sure to watch for it... always like the things you come up with.

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  7. Outstanding work!!! Love the overall look and all the details!! Great Job!!!

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    1. Thanks Robin! I had great materials to work with...

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  8. I love the spiral pattern on the focal! The bead was already wonderful by itself, but you're design really makes it stunning. The whole piece is gorgeous. I really the little spiral on the earrings too, that just tied it all together. :)

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    1. Thanks Jen! It was definitely a fun soup for me!

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  9. Jami - this turned out fantastic! I love how you used the design you found in the focal to inspire the rest of the ensemble. This is one HOT bowl of bead soup. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Christine! I loved just letting the beads guide me - seems it always goes better that way...

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  10. What an absolutely amazing bead soup set! That focal definitely needed to be displayed first and foremost and I think you did a beautiful job of it :)

    The whole set just flows perfectly together!

    Congrats on being one of 'The Chosen'! :)

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    1. Thanks Kayla! I thoroughly enjoyed every step of this journey... it was a joy and an honor.

      I love your work too - am so glad to be party to such a wonderful event and in such a pool of talent. Congrats to your selection as well!

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  11. You received an awesome soup, and you totally did it justice! I love your necklace!

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    1. Thanks Heather! You are kind... I was given a wonderful soup from my benefactor - it was a pleasure and honor to be selected and get to play.

      Your piece totally rocked - as always!

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  12. I see a bird, too! You really did great wire wrapping to show it off.

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    1. Thanks Lori! I think the bird is the best part...

      Thanks for presenting this awesome opportunity... It has been a blessing to me.

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  13. Fantastic work~ stunning necklace!

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    1. Thanks Juli! I had a blast working with the beads and my wire ;)

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  14. Jami, what a stunning set! You were very ambitious with your Kalmbach project, making the most of your set. I really like the lush layers in your necklace, the wire work, and the way you played up the Fall colors!

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    1. Thanks Cindy, I loved your soup with the gemstonses and pearls... we all got some lovely soups. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the process.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! It just wouldn't have been right without the swirls...

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  16. Jami, I absolutely love your necklace. You did a fantastic job with your components. Love the earrings, too!

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    1. Thank you for your kindness... It really isn't hard when you are given an awesome soup :) I enjoy the challenges and having a creative outlet.

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