Saturday, March 3, 2012

Let the Bead Soup Party Begin!



Lime Green Necklace with Unique Shell Focal and Gorgeous  Freshwater Pearls Matching Green Earrings
Lime Green Necklace with Shell Focal by Bay Moon Design
 The inspiration for this necklace comes Lori Anderson's bead soup party that I am participating in.  One of the challenges is to create something with a large round, mother of pearl shell bead. I decided to make it into a focal for a necklace.  I love green so I had the lime colored teardrop pearls in my bead stash just waiting for my putting them to use. I love to use pearls because they are classic and natural.  I also added some darker emerald green oval shaped as well as small, lime colored round pearls to the mix. In addition to the focal, I included some of the green beads that my bead party partner Rose Binoya sent me.  I also included the  beautiful clasp that she meticulously wired tiny lime green seed beads to.
Rose Binoya's  Beads

My next challenge was to take  the large purple, oval shell bead that she sent me and turn that into a focal.   I had to think long and hard to come up with a design for a focal, but I thought that the bead was so gorgeous that I just had to use it.  I am very pleased with the necklace that came to together.  I was able to include many of the beads that Rose sent to me and I only added some seed beads, a piece of silk ribbon, and some purple crystals that I had on hand.  I also dug out some chains that I had.  I love all of the lavenders, lilac, and purple shades in this necklace which you can find in my Etsy Shop. 
Lilac and Lavender Necklace by Bay Moon Design




I think you will agree that I met the challenge of the bead blog party as well as my own personal challenge of not buying anything new.  This  gives you an idea of the depth of my bead stash!

Visit Pretty Things for the complete list of participants. 

47 comments:

  1. I love both the necklaces!! Wonderful colours.

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  2. Purple is my favourite colour. That multi-strand design is definitely something I would wear. The way you pulled together components you had on hand for both pieces is great. The greens go together perfectly in your first piece.

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  3. you do a great job, I like them so much!
    I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit all of you.
    this was really a great experience!
    ciao ciao

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  4. Such pretty colours, they remind me or crocus and spring! Well done on your personal challenge of not buying anything new for it lol :) x

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  5. Maybe it is because we just got another several inches of snow dumped on us this week, but these make me long for Spring for sure! Beautiful colors and lovely designs! :)

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  6. The color palettes are gorgeous, I love spring green and purple together. You really did justice with your soup, love the mother of pearl focals.

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  7. Both necklaces are lovely. The purple one is my favorite! I like the multi-strand element. My bead stash too has depth. I could go several years without buying another bead...but where's the fun in that!

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  8. What beautiful elegant pieces. I love green and purple!

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  9. Congrats on conquering both the challenges! I really like the colors you had to work with as well as your execution of them. Beautifully done!

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  10. Another purple gorgeous creation...I really like the design, and lime green is one of my favorites!

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  11. I enjoyed your designs - they're beautiful and feminime.

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  12. You lucky girl that clasp is sweet and very unusual. I love what you did with the lime pearls.

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  13. That purple necklace is to die for! I love it! Great job using your soup!

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  14. Beautiful work! Love some purple!

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  15. That lime green necklace is so fresh and spring-like. I like how you kept the greens and purples separate. I would have been tempted to just jumble them all up. Wonderful work!

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  16. Love what you did with your beads. The purple one really caught my eye!

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  17. Colorful! Loved all the different strands on the purple one.

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  18. Cool! LOOOOOVE the layering in the purple necklace!

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  19. lovable, charming!!! Well Done!!!

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  20. the purple necklace is dreamy. The green one is lovely too but that purple on is the blog stopper!

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  21. These are PERFECT for spring! You did a wonderful job and you should be proud!


    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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  22. Both your necklaces are very pretty. I think it is great that you could use anything from your stash.

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  23. What fun colors! Looks like you had fun playing, fantastic job!

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  24. Lovely colors! I love the beads you got and what you've created from them, I would even wear them together, I love green with purple! :)))

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  25. Lovely colors! I love the beads you got and what you've created from them, I would even wear them together, I love green with purple! :)))

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  26. Beautiful! I LOVE the green necklace you made! And I love what you did with the purple necklace. I remember buying those shell beads thinking they were pretty but not knowing what to do with them! I'm so glad they found a home in your beautiful designs :)

    Thank you for being my partner!!!

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  27. Love the colors and the beads! They put a smile on my face as they're so very spring like!

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  28. uuummmm, purple! I just love all your creations! Great job!! ~KM

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  29. what a cool clasp you received with the little green beads--loved that touch! i very rarely need to buy beads for a project anymore--but, somehow i just can't stop myself from buying and stashing more!

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  30. You met this challenge wonderfully! The lavender necklace is my favorite! Great job! ...And I like that you didn't buy anything new too! I bought some stuff for mine and then didn't use one bit of it!!

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  31. The green one is yummy but you really made the purple elements sing!

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  32. Gorgeous pieces, both of them! I love the beautiful colors, and that beaded clasp is just amazing!

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  33. Oh this lilac and lavender necklace is soooooooo romantic! I love it!

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  34. Really lovely necklaces! Green and purple looks so good together, but I really like that you separated the colours -- it looks fab in monochrome! Great job!

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  35. So pretty, the mother of pearl necklace really shows off that awesome clasp received! I like them both.

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  36. Beautiful necklaces. The shell beads are so pretty and you really show cased them well. Both are really pretty. Great job!

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  37. Both of your necklaces are beautiful, but I especially love that gorgeous green...so pretty! Nice job!

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  38. Lovely colours - not sure which one I should pick - maybe both at the same time, for a gorgeous mix! :)

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  39. So pretty! I love the green one, my favorite color. And the lavender one is so summery. Excellent job. Challenges met!

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  40. very nice on both of them. I like the lavender one best.. I like how you added in the chain

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  41. I think you definitely met and conquered the challenge! That second necklace is a work of art, so creative, so expressive, just beautiful!

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  42. Wonderful jewelry. I love the colors in the second piece, great use of the purple pendant.

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  43. I am generally not a purple person but I have to admit I love that purple necklace you created. It is gorgeous! Great job :)

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  44. So lovely and beautiful colours!

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  45. I too love the colors you had to work with, the lime green and purples! Both necklaces are absolutely lovely!

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  46. Great necklaces, the purple is my favorite.
    Sonya

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