Saturday, May 10, 2014

8th BSBP Reveal Day!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!

It's that time of year again... The 8th BSBP it's like Christmas for bead hoarders collectors!!!  Lori Anderson always amazes me, as the task at hand...Let's just say, I can't even imagine!! *mind blown*



This year I was partnered with Vonna Contino-Maslanka.  Lori couldn't have picked a more perfect partner!  Vonna is a complete doll, and we clicked instantly!  She also sent a remarkable soup...just take a look!!

I mean...come on...look at that!!  The lampwork focal, copper bail, and ceramic focal Vonna made herself, with the heart being extremely meaningful to her. Then there was Bronzite, Czech Glass, copper findings, artisan lampwork, white wooden rounds, Amethyst, Garnet, Topaz, Opal, Black stone, Coral...geez...it's never ending!!!  She also threw in the the blingy hot pink because she knows I'm not a bling girl, and I don't do hot pink!! :)  LOVE HER!!!!

Anyway...on to the real reason you're here!!!!!

First up...and I'll go ahead and throw in a disclaimer that while I did a little editing below...if you're offended by certain curse words....scroll past this picture below...Don't say I didn't warn you!!!  

Here's your last chance....get to scrolling   ;)
















Quartz points/coral from my soup.  The rest is completely my doing.  This was for my
oldest daughter's 21st birthday.  Pick your mouth up off the floor...LOL!  She wanted something to remind her what I was trying to beat in to her head while she was growing up...because she thinks now that she's 21, that she's grown!! LMAO!!  Granted, it's not everyone's cup of tea...and I'm okay with that.  Kuchi buttons, stamped solder link, stamped leather, patina'd copper spiral, witch's stone and an assortment of accent beads complete her bracelet.  It's not for everyday wear....but she has worn it out and while she does get some blanks stares, others tell her "to do just that!"  


From here on out, it's all clean...PROMISE!!!


Vonna's gifted red turquoise, clasp, and lampwork with my etched and colored copper bracelet focal.  Brass, wood, bone, and coral.  



Vonna sent me this cool hinge.  I was lost...but an etched key piece, and antique button later this bracelet was born.  Vonna's Czech glass and chain are also thrown in the mix!  I love it!!



My soup contained a tube of black square seed beads.  Most that have been around know that when it comes to seed beads, I spill more than I string.  I *thought* putting most of them on jump rings would be simple...and it was...but...OMG!!!  It took FOREVER, and my fingers hurt for days!!  It gave the bracelet awesome texture, and I love the Black stone paired with a lonely Golem bead I had neglected for too long.



This is a close 2nd to my favorite piece made with my soup.  I distressed some leather, stamped on it, punched holes in it, took out some much needed aggression, and off I went...where??  Yeah, err... I don't know...so NOMAD seemed appropriate!  The white wooden beads Vonna sent?  Yeah...I torched 'em!  Literally!  The gifted Red Turquoise, and the copper bail that I made in to a clasp with a Kuchi button.  Random Christmas beads, Vonna's rondelles, more Afghan relics, and a little imagination finished it up.  (I wore it last weekend to a show and a few ladies weren't very happy that I wouldn't sell it straight off my neck)



Ahhh....My favorite!  This focal meant a lot to Vonna...tragedy, sad times, lives changed, grief, healing, and above all love is what I feel when looking at it...which I did a lot of while figuring out how to incorporate everything it stood for.  I wanted it to be special...for both of us, I suppose.  Two people that have never met, yet we are SO alike in more ways beyond the beading realm.  The fact that she sent something so personal to create with is a hard task to take on, yet an honor!  I purchased the angel wing from a destash (originally from Swoon Dimples?)  I also had just purchased the large pink coral slices, and while I'm not a pink kind of girl...I love coral in general!  Some vintage Afghan silver beads, lace wrapped PVC pipe, and a brass stamping "live and let live" ...simple yet poignant.  Two people, matched somewhat randomly...yet somehow we're now entertwined .  Definitely wearing this tomorrow (today!!)


Lastly, a piece that WAS complete, until I got a case of wandering fingers restless and decided that the chain part wasn't up to par.  Driftwood collected from Sanibel Island, some wire mesh, Vonna's gorgeous lampwork that I wrapped with plenty of copper coiling, the Black stone from my soup, Pyrite, and Czech glass.  I've set aside the remainder of my soup (Tourmaline, Topaz, Garnet, Opal, Bronziteetc) to finish this off, and I'll get an updated picture posted Monday (show this weekend/)

Now, that it's 11:33 p.m. I realize that I don't have a picture of the Amethyst piece I made, nor the piece I made using those wretched (LOL/JK) pink blingy faceted beads...DAMN!!!  I'm sorry!!

Thanks for stopping by...as always, It was a blast!!  I won't be able to blog hop until Monday :( but PLEASE visit the link below to see all this year's participants!




45 comments:

  1. Pretty amazing pieces! You did very well with the stash Vonna sent you ;)

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  2. I love, love, love your necklaces! The use of that leather piece, wow!

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  3. It is so really hard to pick a favourite here, love the unf<3k piece :D and the leather necklace is so out of this world!!!
    And the heart/wing necklace just touched my heart. Amazing collection, you are so talented

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  4. So much wonderful energy in your work again! The first bracelet is my favourite, although I have had my 21st birthday... well... a couple of years ago. And the leather necklace is great, too. Just to mention two. I love them all.

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  5. Beautiful and really perfect pieces !!! I love the red coral bracelet... oh maybe the necklace with leather on is also my favorite. But wait... your etched key piece is adorable. I choose them ALL !!! You go girl ... xx Dian

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  6. Beautiful!! Great Job!! Fantastic Jewelry!

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  7. Wow what more can i say. Amazing pieces of jewellery (art) i totally love each and every piece.

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  8. I always struggle to make bracelets - but I am so inspired after looking at your work. The stamped leather - masterstroke

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  9. Beautiful and interesting designs! I love the black bracelet.

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  10. Tania my dear you have really rocked your soup and I am so “blown away” ;) by everything that you have written and created, you are a rare one with a lot of talent and will go far!

    I truly can’t decide which one is my favorite… they just flow from one to the other into the next. The heart necklace is special and very fitting for us both! (thank you)... (the pink opal) I remember when you posted on FB and that's when I started teasing you in public! HAHA! Those bracelets are definitely drool worthy, and your use of the garter component is awesome! I’m sorry you hurt your fingers with those seed beads poor baby! LOL I love the way you get in there and just destroy to create awesome art jewelry! That necklace is pretty darn sweet and I am surprised those ladies didn’t rip it off your neck and run! Although I am pretty sure you would of run after them!! :) Looking forward to seeing the finished piece with my bead! I am sure your daughter appreciates that you are a one of a kind mom! BTW - Happy Mother’s Day!

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  11. I absolutely love them all! Every one of them -- and the sentiments behind them, too. Fantastic work and gorgeous organic design. My very favs are probably the "unf<3k the world" and "live let live" pieces. I can't wait to see how you finish up that drift wood piece. What treasures!

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  12. So totally fabulous! I love your style. You did spectacularly well with your soup.

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  13. I am speechless. just wow!!! I know your daughter must just LOVE that bracelet!!!! and then there is that next piece with the red and turquoise. woooo! Love it!

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  14. Oh. My. Goodness! Each piece is fabulous - what wonderful, different pieces you've created. I LOVE your Nomad necklace - wow! The bracelet you've made for your daughter is fabulous (she'll soon realize she's not all that grown up yet!)!

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  15. you are a rawther beyootiful person who makes unspeakably stunning jewelry. Time to write a book.
    Unless you already have! Very wonderful, and I love the way you graced her important heart.

    jean

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  16. Wow! All of your pieces are so creative and unique! I can't decide which piece I like best, but the first and third bracelets are awesome!

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  17. I haven't visited your blog in a long while and I must say your skills and talent with multi-media have really grown. There are so many great pieces here I really couldn't choose a favorite. Bravo!

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  18. So many great pieces! Love the bracelet for your daughter's 21st bday. But my favorites have to be the Nomad necklace and the Heart necklace. I love the Nomad with all it's eccentric charm and who can resist working out a little aggression in the design process. I visited Vonna's blog earlier and saw her comment on the heart and it's meaning to her...your design is so beautiful for it! Truly priceless.

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  19. OMG drooling here, Tania... I'd say I have a favorite, but that kept changing as I moved through your post... just WOW!!!

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  20. Gosh I am speechless. These are fantastic pieces of Art. Love them all for their uniqueness!

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  21. I laughed and laughed and made my husband come see your first bracelet and was bummed it was already taken! I love that verdigrised copper bit in it and I love all that's going on in it, too!

    I totally didn't know Vonna was doing ceramic now -- I've known her for years as a lampworker but I've been way out of touch with the world! Love what you did with that focal SO MUCH!

    The leather -- dude. I hope you're keeping that because look at you GO! What changes your style has evolved with! It's amazing, amazing work.

    I truly love everything -- the hinge is an idea I LOVE, and the Golem bead, with all the black seed beads? Woman. I thought you wire wrapped it, not linked them all to jump rings! HOLY LOTS OF WORK!

    You completely embraced this, and I'm so very proud of you.

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  22. Beautiful Tania! I am somewhat notorious for my saucy language at home. I've done my best to keep it in check, but ultimately my girl is now under the rule she can only swear when I do. Oh well. So I completely appreciate that that is the best word for the sentiment of the bracelet, I hope she is empowered by it. As usual so much eye candy, and I can't believe there is even more. I'm particularly drawn to that black bracelet which surprises me, it's got something special for sure.

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  23. Wow! I love ... EVERYTHING! If I had to pick a favourite then it would be the turquoise and copper bracelet, it gorgeous.

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  24. Woohoo - what a great soup, Tania! Came to Vonnas blog first, reading you both were paired - nothing less could be expected! Love it! All! Sooo georgeous! Wish I would be as half as creative as you! Thanks for the inspiration, that's why I love to take part at the hopping!

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  25. You outdid yourself Tania! I just love your design style! Always look forward to what you create! Your favorite is my favorite! It carries such a special meaning and I'm sure you will cherish this special piece!

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  26. Great soup and you really worked it. All your pieces and designs are beautiful.

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  27. So jealous of your soup and the Nomad necklace is incredible. I don't mind swearing and since it's for your daughter it should be personal and speak to her. Loving the etched/ hinge bracelet too. And the pink necklace

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  28. what a great mixed media designs-the first bracelet so funny:)))

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  29. Oh, my, Tania! I have no words, I am still laughing out loud, the story of your soupy adventure is quite something! Your creativity is out of this world, I have enjoyed each piece enormously! everything is plain gorgeous - thank you for sharing (your daughter's necklace is brilliant... I wish I can see the faces of people when she wears it!)

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  30. I don't even know where to start with my comments. Your creativity and talent astounds me! The bracelet for your daughter has to be one of my favorites by fat, but I'm also smitten with the key/hinge bracelet. Oh, and the texture you added to the bracelet with the seen beads is super cool. Your 'map' necklace has so many interesting elements and your favorite necklace is lovely. That driftwood piece has me so very intrigued too. I'm looking forward to the final product as well as all the other bits you mentioned. You really did some amazing things with your soup!!

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  31. Wow; your pieces have real emotional impact going on. I can't wait to see the driftwood piece when it's finished.

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  32. I just have to say that I love your work! I came over because of the BSBP and now want to stay. There is something in your work that really appeals to me :)

    *waves*
    Claire

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  33. Gorgeous work! So inspiring. I love how creative you are with all of your pieces.

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  34. Wow, thats amazing! I can't deside where I should start with my comments. I love all of your jewellery, they are so gorgeous. My favourite is the leather necklace (such a great idea!)... the second bracelet (so beautiful colours!)... the first necklace (of course!)... the gloem bead breacelet (best wished for your fingers!)... the... and...

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  35. Wow Tania......you really knocked it out!!! So creative on so many levels and uninhibited! Love your brain.

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  36. Hi Tania, Your daughters bracelet made me laugh. The sombrero is cute. I like the red bracelet focal that you made. You made great use of the hinge. Those black square seed beads make wonderful texture and they are the perfect accent to the Golem focal. This is mt favorite piece. Nomad is certainly unique. You honored Vonna's heart focal beautifully. The driftwood idea is cool. You have a very unique and wonderful style.

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  37. Despite the pain you endured I think the beaded jumprings all together in the bracelet like that are really cute. The necklace you made with the focal is beautiful and the meaning in it for both you and your partner is touching.

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  38. You got a great soup! And you made some amazing things with it! wow! Love your daughter's gift, LOL. And the bracelets, my favorite of those is the one where you put all the seed beads on jump rings and I do know what a pain that is. My all time favorite is the Nomad necklace. So cool!

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  39. Amazing and fun designs. I keep looking at them over and over. The first bracelet just blows me away! So much going on and so gorgeous! I wish it was mine!

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  40. Love your pieces, all of them and I love your style... So intriguing! My favourite is the nomad necklace, it makes me want to take an airplane and start travelling again!

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  41. Really Soup-er creative designs! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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  42. A stunning creativity, I was blown away! I love the red coral bracelet and I also love the black bracelet and the OOAK leather necklace and the heart necklace that has a very strong presence that lives up to the story of the focal. Absolutely inspirational!

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