Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Hop: The Way is in the Heart

Bead Soup is on!  There are lots of lovelies to look at with this soup so I'm getting right to the point. Here's a refresher of what my Bead SouPR (that's my own personal acronym for Bead Soup Partner), Cat sent me. Remember this lovely etched copper heart and girly colors?


I live in a house full of males so I don't often get a good dose of girly like this! Squee!  But what to do with this lovely set of ingredients? I was determined to keep it and make something for myself so it had to reflect my personal style. What to do what to do?

My personal style in jewelry is modern, simple, clean design where each element is full of symbolism. Being a beadmaker, I know the amount of work and personality that goes into creating these small works of art. I like to showcase each one in a minimalist design.

I followed Cat's lead in colors and took out my collection of alcohol inks and alphabet stamps.

I wanted to impress a phrase on the back of the heart. I thought I might damage the etched design on the front if I hammered the phrase with steel stamps. Instead I used Staz On ink in purple to stamp out the phrase shown on the back.

The way is in the heart - Buddha

I didn't want the alignment perfect to reflect the ups and downs of following your life's path. I used violet ink to create a pink wash on the etched pattern on the front.


I sealed the wash and the phrase on the back so it won't discolor my clothes or wear off.  I used the copper chain that Cat sent and paired it with Vintaj curb chain.

I added two amethyst beads sent to me by Cat. Amethyst represents wisdom and clarity and is the birthstone for my son's February birthday. One stone for wisdom and clarity to follow my own path and the other for my son.

Lastly, I added a spiral clasp. The spiral to represent how sometimes following your own path is circular and not straightforward.



I have a beautiful necklace thanks to the Bead Soup Blog Party. Thank you to my BeadSouPR, Cat for the lovely bead soup and Lori for hosting it! Now, on to the other Bead SouPRs to see what they've cooked up! Enjoy!




The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke








151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari
152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan
153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag
154. Pat Haight and MaryShannon Hicks
155. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka
156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe
157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain
158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins
159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub
160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya


161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs
162. Rochelle Brisson and Teri Baskett
163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell
164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams
165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin
166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small
167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner
 168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk
169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley
170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley


171. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman
172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin
173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor
174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa
175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton
176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin
177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones
178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser
179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk
180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager
181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad


19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

84 comments:

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Very cool thought to add the color! Yay pink!
Shannon C

Janina Grigore Jewellery said...

Beautiful necklace, Cindy! I like how you stamped the back of the copper heart - great idea! :)
Geanina.

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thank you Shannon and Geanina! :-)

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Wow - love the process of how you did the heart pendant and I love the colors you used on the pendant! Wonderful necklace for yourself!

m.e. said...

I also love symbolism in my personal jewelry. I wear pieces that remind me of important things in my life I want to think about on a given day.
I prefer that to choosing pieces that just happen "go with " outfits!
To me your necklace is a PERFECT creation !!!
Great Soup!
m.e. :)

Shel said...

lovely!!

Islandgirl said...

What a great story! What did you use to seal the ink? I'm sure you'll love wearing that necklace!

Molly Alexander said...

As a copper addict, I absolutely love the focal of this piece, and the personalization you gave it, along with the simple textural chain showcase it beautifully!

susie said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

Sweet Freedom said...

Hi, Cindy! BSBP bottom-dweller here. At least I didn't go with bottom-feeders!

Love what you've done! Your style is so eclectic! That etched heart was amazing, and I have been into the alcohol inks for about 6 months, and it is unbelievable what you can do with them! In fact, I just recently posted a tie-dyed copper cuff on Etsy, courtesy of alcohol inks!

But back to you. Love what you've done! And it has bren so nice meeting everyone this way, and admiring the talent!

Starseed Jewelry said...

Love it - the fact that you took that heart piece and put your own stamp on it (he-he couldn't resist the pun). It is a truly gorgeous standout color.

Terri

BooBeads said...

I LOVE how you added the colors and the stamping on the back to personalize it!

Looks great Cindy!

Karyn B said...

I love how you stamped the back of the heart, and added the color. It was gorgeous to begin with, and you only enhanced it. I'm always afraid to do something like that, so thanks for showing me that bravery pays off.

B. R. Kuhlman said...

Oh wow! I really love what you did with the focal point. The color is really great, and I love the phrase on the back. Great work!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Cat sent me one of these and I didn't even think to color it!!! Lovely!

Tracy said...

Such a beautiful heart pendant and gorgeous design - I love it!

Pretty Things said...

I am SO sorry for being late — today our internet provider decided to crash. My stress level is through the roof, to say the least! They’re still working on it, but it’s like dial-up.

I had fallen in love with that heart when I first saw it! And it's interesting to me to see how alcohol inks are used because my first try with them was a messy failure.

I hope you’ll participate again!

Love, Lori

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

I love your creativity, Cindy. I would have never thought of coloring the pendant as you did. Really lovely.

Cynthia said...

I never would of thought of adding color, very nice.

Ann said...

Very creative, I would never think of changing the color like that.

EmandaJ said...

Wow Cindy, what a lovely piece! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

Enjoy the hop,
Emanda

http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

Erin said...

Sweet necklace, Cindy! Cool idea to add color to the pendant. I like the simple design. Love the two delicate chains together with a few bead accents.

Riki Schumacher said...

Beautifully done, I love it! Great idea to stamp the back, it looks fab! Riki

Shay Stone said...

That's a great piece and I adore how you altered the focal. Very nice!

Maggie said...

I have collected hearts for as long as I can remember and that one is a beauty! I like simplicity in designs also and what you did was all that heart needed. Gorgeous color you chose.

coffeeaddict said...

It's so fantastic how you made the soup components work to fit your design parameters

Shyme said...

Beautiful necklace!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thank you so much everyone! This bead soup party has certainly spurred on everyone's creativity! So many blogs to visit and so many lovely pieces to see! Thanks for visiting mine!

maneki said...

Beautiful necklace! I really like the colour you added to the heart, colourful and eye-catching. Of cause the heart was lovely as it was too, but by altering it like this you added your own touch to it as well. Very creative. And also, by keeping the necklace design simple you put full focus on that beautiful, beautiful heart that you two made together.

Stories They Tell said...

Cindy, that coloring is just stunning and so creative! I never thought of doing that to copper. What a treat! Love the color, the concept, the creativity!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Beautiful! I love the quote that you added to the back of the pendant and the color that you used to stained the front!

Enjoy your week!

Lyn Foley said...

Love what you did with the heart. It was nice before, not out there!

Courtney said...

Really beautiful! I love, love that heart.

T... said...

very pretty

uptwnsh said...

I just love what you did with the heart! You certainly warmed mine, Miss Cindy!

Bobbie said...

Pretty, pretty heart! I like how you personalized it with such a lovely sentiment.

Kristen said...

WOW you really did fabulous!!! I love the colors you chose for the pendent!

I LOVE color! said...

Love love the copper heart. It pleases me that you are using copper.
Be blessed to be a blessing

Jo said...

What a lovely way to use the heart!

Wendy said...

Beautiful! I love how you added color to the pendant!

cw said...

As usual, great design. Your work is outstanding. 'love the simplicity and special touch to this piece.

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

Love it and love how you added the pink!

Cindy Cima said...

Love the pink wash on that heart! Beautiful necklace!

Therese's Treasures said...

Cindy, I love what you did with the heart and the simple necklace that you hung it on, beautiful!
Therese

Shaiha said...

I never would have thought to change the color. What a meaningful necklace now so totally something that could see myself wearing.

Boot ~C said...

so pretty

Fire Phoenix said...

Really great idea adding the colour! Really like it :)

Cathie Carroll said...

Cindy I just love this!
You took something that was already lovely and made it more so.

Great work!
Warm regards,

Cathie

CraftyHope said...

I adore the fact that you used alcohol inks to add some color to your pendant. Those inks are one of my favorite supplies. I would LOVE to know what you used as a sealer as I see no signs of it in the finished piece. Overall, very cool!

Christine said...

Love the necklace & your meaning behind each element!

one-eared pig said...

So simple and elegant. I have a secret thing for pink (but don't tell anyone, lol)

Laura Twiford said...

I would never have thought to add color to that heart, very clever.

KayzKreationz said...

What a great necklace with the focal, the little beads and the chain. The stamping on the back really makes it very personal and lovely. I had never heard of these inks before this BSBP and will have to check them out. Although I really love copper, I like the way you changed that heart focal to be totally yours.

Marianna said...

very cool idea! I love it!

Kate said...

Awesome job, Cindy! I love the pink wash and stamped phrase. I never thought to try alcohol inks on copper but I think you might have just sparked a new obsession for me!

LeeLu Creations said...

Love how you used the ink to change the color. I must learn this technique!

Beadaholique said...

Sooooo lovely!! The color you put on the heart is just perfect :)

Andrea said...

I am not allowed to use fire. I am too dangerous. So for now, I will buy the hand made beads from wonderful artists like you to incorporate into my designs. Beautiful necklace with very clean lines.

Elizabeth said...

A very pretty necklace!!!

Menno Jeweler said...

Wow, that heart is amazing! I think it was a wise choice to use simple strands to showcase the focal. Nice job!

vonna said...

What a beautiful necklace!

Sally Anderson said...

Love how you made these pieces your own. I wouldn't ever have thought to do that! Way to go, Cindy. Great soup!

Marie Cramp said...

Fantastic!! I love it :)

Silver Charm Bracelet said...

very cool in your style...the heart always makes an attractive piece as all of us are feeling emotions right from our heart.

Jenny said...

Like the color addition to the heart, makes it very, ...very! And it looks large? so I like it simple...

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Hurray for girly colors! Love the pink heart.

Mylene said...

Love that beautiful colour! That was a nice touch to stamp the saying on the heart... it makes it that much more special!

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

Very pretty! Love how you added the color to the heart

Skye said...

wow.. staining the heart gave it a completely different feel! Beautiful work :) Wear it in health and joy :D ... and grin widely and proudly every time you answer that question ' where did you did that lovely necklace?" lol

Christine Altmiller said...

Soooo beautiful and thoughtful!

Aquariart said...

Ahh, to be able to do simplicity so well, that is art!! Love your heart necklace, the meanings and the gorgeous color and the simplicity!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Lovely! Such a pretty and feminine piece. I love that you made it pink and the hand stamped message on the back! Wonderful :)

pinkchapeau said...

So pretty. I love what you did with the colors. The heart came out beautifully!

Pixybug Designs said...

Beautiful design Cindy! Love the phrase and the vivid pink wash!

nikimeiners said...

The alcohol ink gave it an extra special touch.

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Still making the rounds. Really like the way you used the inks and stamps.

Serena Trent said...

LOVE what you did with that heart...lovely!

Terri said...

Love my alcohol inks...And it looks like you do too. What a fun time you must of had with your soup mix. It turned out beautifully! Soup-er job!

DaviniaDesign said...

Really nice, cool idea with the color!
Love it...

Alice said...

what a wonderful necklace you can wear to represent your whole life of ups and downs and being loved in between!! Love it and love how the color and saying turned out!
Alice's Beads and Baubles

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful necklace! I love how you colored the heart and added text without hammering the metal-brilliant!

chicandfrog said...

All you need is... a heart!

Well thought!
Ambra

Jean said...

I completely LOVE this! xox jean!

Manuela said...

All I can say is Wow - amazing beautiful.

Love the way you changed the appearance of the heart and the engraving .... it´s so girlish beautiful.

P. S. Sorry to be so late - didn´t hat for a long while an internet access on my holiday trip but now I am taking time to go over all blogs. It will take me some time and I am happy to be here.

♥ Manuela