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Summer is now upon us and the schools are due to break up in the next couple of weeks.

I look forward to this part of the year. I get to spend more time with the boys, enjoy our family summer holiday and can take full advantage of the long days and light evenings.

We have a wish list of family things to do this summer. All beginning with the letter F = fun! Ranging from: sleepovers, classic car shows, go-kart racing and popping into a few exhibitions that are currently running in London and other parts of the UK.

Talking of exhibitions, one that stands out for me this year is being held at the Broadfield House Glass Museum.

A lampwork necklace of mine has been selected and is featured in the exhibition called A String of Beads .

It runs from May 10th – Sept 14th 2014 inclusive.

For those of you that can’t make it, here is my necklace that is currently on display at the museum.

I created the focal and accent beads (lamp work) and then designed the necklace using semi-precious stones and my own Sterling Silver hand-forged clasp and findings.

 

                   Watercolour Tulips  –  Keren Panthaki 

 

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This year I have signed up to participate in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. It will be the 8th BSB that Lori has organised, and you can read all about this in detail on her blog.   My assigned partner is Susanna Lehto from Helsinki in Finland 🙂  In her spare time – when she is not riding her horses – Susanna makes ceramic beads and pretty mixed media jewellery.

The soup that I sent out to Susanna has now arrived safely in Finland.  I have hand-made all the beads and components, except for the silk, which is from a family celebration (Navjote) for my children. It is fabric that I used to make tablecloths for the dinner after the ceremony, to co-ordinate with the flowers/ swag that decorated the marquee.  I love the colour of this fabric, with it’s rich blue and purple hues. I hope that Susanna can use this in some way when designing and creating her piece, along with the beads and other elements that I have sent her.

 

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This is the soup that Susanna has kindly sent to me, her hand-made ceramic beads have a really beautiful tribal feel to them, I can’t wait to get started

 

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This year Lori Anderson of  www.prettythingsblog.com  decided to hold a Pinterest competition for the BSBP participants.

Lori and a panel of six other judges,  BeaducationFusion Beads,Kalmbach PublishingLima BeadsNina Designs & PJ Tool & Craft,  took part in viewing and judging over 900 individual pieces of submitted work,  created by 541 talented bead soup bloggers spread out across the globe.

There were some truly amazing entries, so as you can imagine – I am a little stunned, but very excited to have been selected as a prize winner.

My Ode to Spring Creations won a prize in the Best Use of Colour category – selected by Lima Beads.

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It is very humbling to have been chosen as there were so many beautiful creative entries. Wow!

A huge thank you goes out to Lori for all her hard work in putting together the 7th BSBP. Also for her amazing creative drive and energy, without which, none of this would have been possible.

I would like to thank the judges too,  for what must have been an incredibly difficult task.

And last but not least, thank you Alison Sachs, my bead soup blog partner.

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It’s been a busy few months for me on the home front, but I have finally got around to finishing my necklace for the’ Inspiration to Creation’ post.

Setting a mini challenge for myself was a lot of fun, if not a little time consuming. I can’t tell you how many pieces I have sitting in a box needing ‘just one more component’ to finish it off!  So I’ve had my silversmithing torch out and decided to create some copper component parts;  not just for this piece but also for some more necklaces that I am making as part of a new collection.

All that hammering and soldering has paid off and I now have a few more pieces that are complete, so it really was time well spent!

In the final stages of making this necklace, I didn’t use the solid ribbons that I originally chose as they were too flat and drained the colour from the beads. Instead,  I paired the beads with some soft printed silk, which I thinks works better and gives the necklace a lovely romantic feel.

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Yay, some of my headpins , jewellery findings,  have just been featured in the May edition of Bead Chat magazine  🙂 

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Grab a coffee and have a browse, it’s a lovely read. 

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Goes away singing 🙂 and smiling of course……

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This year, I have decided to join in with the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party organised by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things     http://www.prettythingsblog.com.

The idea is to make and send a set of  Artisan beads with at least one Focal and one Clasp to an assigned partner. Once we receive our bead soups,  we start to think about what we are going to create and then share this process on our blogs. We have all signed up to a reveal date, on this date we collectively share our creations, our’s is the 13th of April. During this process we also all visit/blog hop and comment on other blogs who have signed up for the party too.

I have now been given my Blog Partner –  Alison Sachs,  and will shortly be sending off some glass beads that I made last week, along with a hand-made clasp and findings for Alison to incorporate into something that she feels inspired to make 🙂

So without further adieu,  I introduce you to Alison Sachs –

Alison Sachs is a polymer clay artist who lives in the good old U.S of A, about 20 minutes from Mt Bachelor, Bend, Oregon. There are some stunning photos of this beautiful location on her blog http://beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.co.uk  it looks like a wonderful place to live.

Alison makes and sells polymer clay beads,  her shop is full of creative goodies that have been lovingly hand crafted, in a range pretty colours. Alison takes her inspiration from the natural world around her,  and has a series of beads called “Imprint” that reflect this. All of her pendants, beads, buttons and copper findings are hand-made.

I am really looking forward to receiving my ‘soup’, perhaps it will contain some polymer beads?

You can check out Alison’s  goodies here :-  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsByEarthTones

These are some of my favourites

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Here’s a sneaky peek for Alison, a distorted image of the beads soup mix  that I have sent her

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Busy busy busy,  but I am managing to stay on target with updating my blog and spending more time in the studio.

 I have “News” to share, but for now, I am going to show you the latest development from “Inspiration to Creation”.

I have made a focal,  added some more beads and gathered other items in a contrasting colour palette. These sit together really nicely with the original first set of beads.

At this stage, I am still not sure what I am going to create, for me,  the set is not complete. I need to think about component parts now, something to bring it all together.

Choosing a metal to work with, if any, can help to be a deciding factor for the finished item. So until then, take a look at my cushion inspired beady collection.

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These ribbon colours are just right too!

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