First photo is of the bead soup (left) and the extra vintage earrings (right). I packaged both in organza bags.
Here is the bead soup, it is a mixture of shell beads, different pearls, some glass and ceramic beads with a silver closure ~
Here is a photo of some of the vintage earrings I sent, except the bottom right earring. I sent a variety or vintage earrings (only one of each style, gotta mix things up), but I do not have photos of some of the styles (at least not out of the organza bag, yikes) since I have used the partner earring or piece of several items in my mixed media projects or for pendants. This pic is reflective of the style of the pieces, or the partner of several of the pieces I sent. I love vintage jewelry that I can cut up or use in other pieces. It is really fun to upcycle or recreate items. I wanted to send these as a bonus, since Grace does steampunk jewelry, and I think she could do something amazing with the vintage items. Hope she likes these too!
I received a very different type bead soup from Grace. :) Here is the bead soup as it was packaged ~
Here is the bead soup out of the plastic bags ~
I have to say, the beads are not my usual style, which is OK since that is part of the fun of the challenge. Truthfully though, I had a moment of panic when I opened the package, especially with the eyeball beads and the lumpy bumpy glass bead that looked like it had lots of fish eyeballs on it. They kind of scared me. :) The milifloral beads are colorful and interesting, but not my normal style either. The funny thing too is I have beads like the ceramic beads but mine are heart shaped. I have never used them because they are a bit bigger (like almost two inches) than those in the bead soup, and I wasn't sure what to do with them once I received them. Do you ever do that? Order something and when you get it think, Why did I order this??? What was I thinking of making? Anyway, after thinking about the variety of beads in the bead soup and what I could create with them, I got busy. First, I grabbed my trusty wire and instantly felt calmer and more grounded. After cutting and twisting my way through things I had a bracelet, necklace, and a pair of earrings! How cool is that??? I blended some items in my jewelry making stash to create a gift set for a friend, and I am pretty sure she will love it. Her eclectic and international style is in line with the bead soup I received, and with the use of wire it fits my style of jewelry making too, perfect match.
The reveal isn't until March 30, but here is a sneak peek of one item I made, using two of the most challenging to me anyway, he he he beads ~
So happy I was able to create something with this colorful variety of beads! I am thrilled that something that kind of had me panicked ended up turning out well. It is good to try something outside our comfort zone every now and them. I can't wait to see what other participants do with the huge variety of bead soups that went out. Once reveal day arrives I will share photos of all the items I created.
So my message to you today is try something that scares you, or that you would not normally do. You might end up with something interesting, creative, or even spectacular. At the very least you will expand your horizons! :)
I wish you a joyful and creative week ~ Pam