Bead Soup Party Hop

Welcome to Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party blog hop! I hope you enjoy your pitstop here at the ol' blog!
If you are a regular reader, you may remember that my Bead Soup partner is Kate Richbourg and she sent me a colorful collection of beads in the olive and reds color palette. You can see the beads here. And then you can see what I sent to Kate, here.
First up, the necklace. This week I have had Round Rabbit on the brain and so Nancy's beads snuck their way into my Bead Soup!  I layed out my beads on the mat and separated them by bead, little groupings.  I pulled the Round Rabbit Owl bead and love the matte finish and the deep rust color with the reds and greens that Kate sent.  He looks cute dangling inside the glass ring.

I had originally thought of putting the box clasp at the front but wasn't sure how I would get it to work after I had already cut 2 lengths of green waxed linen cording.  This further proves the point that I usually do fly by the seat of my pants in most projects. So the clasp ended up at the back.

I started knotted the beads up one side, and as I was working I thought it would be cool to let some of the cording show by having a multi strand section of knotted beads. Right above the ceramic stick (also Round Rabbit!), I started an overhand knot with the 2 strands. I wanted to add 2 more strands so before the knot was tied, I slid in another strand of linen cording to the halfway point and finished the knot off. Voila! Now I am working with 4 strands!

So once I finish this multi-strand section, I have 4 strands of linen cording that will not fit into my beads holes. I tied a tight overhand knot with all for strands, and just trimmed 2 of the strands close to the knot. and continued knotting beads up the rest of the necklace.

I had the large chunky faceted green stones left over and a few of the red beads too. So I created a bracelet using a large Pam Wynn focal, some spacers, 3 porcelain Round Rabbit rings, and an enameled connector from C Koop Beads. I cut a length of red leather, and created a sliding knot style closure. Loosen it up, slip it on and tighten it up by pulling the leather tails outward.

Here's a nice close up of Pam's bead. Love that Mokume Gane and the colors in this really are great with the green and red beads.

Here's a detail shop of the clasp.

I hope you enjoy my bead soup! Have fun blog hopping, here's the list of participating blogs!

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum