Bead Soup Blog Party (LATE) Reveal – part 1

On my last post I mentioned that I couldn’t join the reveal part of this year BSBP due to my health.
And if you remember I showed you some pictures of my first piece.
Can any of you guess what I made with that components?

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My own treasure box 🙂

I received 3 sets of beads from Eni, my partner (please visit her blog HERE!!!! to see what she made with my odd bead soup)
Here they are:

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1st row from left to right: a teardrop clay cabochon with red and turquoise coordinating beads, and a white round cabochon with ballerina figure plus some beads in pink hues.
2nd row from left to right: two pairs of unique clasps, and a heart shaped shell pendant with black and white fresh water pearls to match it.

Aren’t they pretty? Oh yes they are!!! Specially the ballerina cabochon sets.
Fortunately, I know the fellow artist who made that cabochon. Her name is Wulan, and actually I’ve been eyeing on the cabochon since she post its pictures on her FB account (see other beautiful clay creations of her here –> https://www.facebook.com/wulan.pelitacraft)
So you know how I felt when I saw it on my bead soup. I was kinda like this:

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“Oh my GOD!!!! Thank you mbak Eni!!!!!”

And I really wanted to hug my partner that day (until now actually. I’m gonna hug you mbak, for sure. Beware of my hugs! LOL)

So, I started to work on that set, because there were 2 reasons why it touched me:
1. One of my dreams as a child was to become a ballerina. I don’t have to tell you that those beautiful tutus added extra temptation to me lol. But I couldn’t. Soooo, I might projected my dreams towards my daughter. I took her to a ballet class but she was too young to understand the instructions.
Instead of practicing cute dances with her classmates, she was hanging and swinging on the bar *sigh*
It’s okay, I’ll try again later *insert a very determined face here*

2. When I was little, my mom had a beautiful music box. It had small ballerina figurine which would dance around the music box when it was played.
That time I was so amazed with the music box, specially that dancing lady. I wonder how could she dance around.
Uhmm… Then I broke the music box in my mystery solving process.. My mom got mad at me lol… But hey! I knew how it works now lol.

So I decided to make a box with that ballerina cabochon to celebrate my memories. While I made it, I thought about my mom and my daughter.
If you see the letter ‘C’ I put on the back of the cabochon, it’s my daughter’s initial- Claire.

The process.

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The most boring part was making that scrolls for the ‘wall’. Oh, and the coiling task.

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The hardest part was attaching the base sheet to the wall. Actually I planned to solder them together but after some trials and errors, I failed. Yes, I failed (I really need to master this soldering thing more). And then I realized I ran out of butane for my torch. So that’s it. I decided to coil them.

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Another hard part was making the hinge. I didn’t know how can I make it, or where should I put it, and what shape or what should I do to make it. So please forgive that clumsy hinge 😦

However, I managed to finish it on time later than it should be. But I’m proud with my first treasure box.

I still owe at least another piece for this year BSBP because I haven’t use the given clasps.
I’m working on it, so please be patient 🙂

Meanwhile, if you wanna see other gorgeous and beautiful creations of this year participants please click this link. It will guide you to the list of participants ^^

Have a nice blog hopping!

xxx
~ien

8th Bead Soup Blog Party : A to Z to REVEAL DAY

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I should’ve posted this from few months ago: I’m participating (not anymore, and you’ll know why soon) in 8th Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP) hosted by Lori Anderson.

In this annual event, lots of participants from all over the world will be paired and then they will have to swap a bead soup (well, it’s a package of focal beads, coordinating beads, and unique clasps plus anything you want to add into) with their partner.

This year Lori paired me with Diah Anggreni a.k.a Eni. I was so happy to know that she is my partner because actually I’ve met her before.
Yep. We live in the same region.

Here’s what she sent me:

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3 sets of beads and 2 sets of beautiful clasp

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All packed in a beautiful songket box

I was really thrilled because she seems to know what I love. I can easily pictured some designs from those beads.

Now the problem is, what will I send her?
At the swap time, I was hospitalized due to dengue fever. So I wasn’t able to pick my own bead soup and send it to her.
When I received her bead soup I was kinda “Oh my god. What should I send her? What should I give her which will be good enough compared to this?”

So, after a few quick interview with her, I decided to make my own focal piece(s) for her.
She said she’s in love with cats and butterflies.
So I made her these:

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A few cat figures 🙂

I sent the package and thanks God, she said she loves it *big grin*

Now, all I have to do is just making the designs I planned.
Unfortunately, in the last days before the reveal day I was diagnosed with another dengue fever. There were red spots all over my body.
So I was told to take a good rest. I can’t make it in time 😦

I contacted Lori and Eni to tell them that I can’t make it on time. And that I have to withdraw myself from this year BSBP.
I’m so sad that I can’t fully participated this year. Moreover, I’m so sad I wasn’t able to finish my favorite design from the bead soup.

Just to ease my broken heart, here are some unfinished pictures of it:

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Can you guess what I was making?

Anyway, even though I can not make it to the reveal day (which is TODAAAAAY!!!!!, Yeay!!!!) I’m still excited to see other participants finished pieces.
So, please don’t miss this event and be sure you visit other participants’ blog here

(I know I will do so too ^^)

See you!!!

xxx,
~ ien

7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!!!

Okay..
Finally after some flus, headaches and several mood swings, I managed to finished this project.

Not the best of me, I admit, but I will make something that’s more ‘me’ when I feel the urge..

Like I mentioned in my previous post, my partner’s beads never arrived at my house, and so does mine.
My partner Christina sent me gorgeous bead soup (I’m sure) but somehow someway it seemed disappear >.<

However Lilikkindheartedly sent me an emergency bead soup.
I really thank her for this.

Her bead soup was very challenging.
The combinations were not those I would usually picked. But hey, it’s not an ordinary ocassion! So I came up with several ideas, but really can’t realize them all but these two:

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The first one is a recycle from an old piece. I took my Hibiscus Garden pendant and attached it to a chain, using both cute enameled flower clasps Lili sent me.

The second one is a keychain. My first key chain actually 🙂
I used one of those green petals sent to me as a back ground and formed a hibiscus with permanently colored copper wire.
A pink bead was attached to give accent to it.
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

I still have some beads left, and probably will work on them when I can.
I will also post some pics of them 🙂

You can visit all beautiful pieces revealed this time by visiting this link
Do take your time to see each and every unique pieces there 🙂

Thank you so much!!

Love,
Ien

PS: and thank you so much, Lori for hosting this awesome event!!! ❤

7th Bead Soup Blog Party: my (emergency) bead soup reveal :) Part 1

On my previous post I mentioned my participation in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP).
I sent my bead soup to my partner Christina from FengBeads on February.
But unfortunately, it seems she hasn’t received my bead soup and so do I.. Not to mention weird-things-that-ate-all-my-emails-to-her-so-we-lost-contacts-for-about-a-month *sigh*
So.. I’m kinda stuck here with no soup in my hands and the reveal date is getting closer *ouch*

Lori, our hostess suggested me to post this matters in the group. Luckily, Lili Krist kindheartedly willing to send me an emergency soup.

I received the package today.
To be honest, these are not the kinda beads I used to play with 🙂
I rarely use dark colors with big size. And I tend to use bright colors with its gradations.
So yeah, this soup is a challenge for me. A big challenge.

Here they are:

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The focal beads

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The clasps and some stones beads

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And this is Claire, playing with those beads.. Hehe

I have some ideas in my mind with these beads. But I found myself attracted to the other beads than the focal.

Okay, Claire just woke up, and as you can see, she’s playing with the beads happily -which make it’s impossible for me to take pictures from the rest of it. I’ll take some pic tomorrow, and continue this post 🙂

So.. Don’t forget to check back for the rest of it 🙂

See ya!!!

xoxo,

ien

My Bead Soup for Christina – teaser only :)

2nd step for Bead Soup Blog Party participants is sending the soup to their partners.
And I just did it!
Hopefully they’ll arrived safe and sound and of course, right on time 🙂

Meanwhile the soups are on their way, we were expected to post a teaser of our soup.
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It’s not easy for me to pick which beads to send. I consulted this with Lori several times and she was very supportive.

I want to tell you more detailed ingredients of my soup, but that’ll ruin the real joy of this event.. Sooooo..
Please be patient, meanwhile I’m waiting for Christina’s soup for me 🙂

Cheerio!!!

xoxo,

ien