Friday, March 2, 2012

5th Bead Soup Just Vonna Take 2

Hello and Welcome party hoppers!
I thought I would call this necklace "My String Theory" I got out the string and strang the beads, or is it strung the beads? Oh, never mind, on with the show.

Yes, the inspiration for this necklace came from the bead soup I received from Stephanie, but the technique used to create this piece was inspired by the book Beaded Treasures by Robin Atkins.
 

Believe it or not creating this necklace was a challenge for me! It has been a long time since I have put together a design so thought out! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this process.

The natural earth tone colors of the elements used are blended with a pop of crème from seed beads and charms I took from a vintage charm bracelet.



Here's a little fun story for you. I actually emailed Robin Atkins when I started this piece to inquire about the "hemp" used as the stringing material.  Robin was so generous to answer my questions as well as give me a few clues so I would figure it out myself and learn.

How am I going to attach this clasp!

"Your necklace looks great!!! I like the colors and the balance it has without being perfectly symmetrical. I'm sure you'll work out the attachment of the clasp. From the picture it seems you already have a solution. My honest opinion is: Bravo!" -robin atkins
It took me a week to finish off this necklace because I thought to hard!  Who would of thunk! - or is it think or thank! -- haha!

I have donated the necklace to be auctioned off on March 10th to benefit for the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) 3 national organization founded in 1992 by CEO/President, Kathleen A. Casey a High School friend of mine lost her son Barrett “Bear” Krupa, to pediatric cancer in 1993. I donated this will out of love! "The Bear Hugs Program, here in Chicago, offers patients comfort & courage through everyday acts of caring because we understand that the little things mean a lot." You can find them on FaceBook or visit their Website for more information.

So the second piece pictured I used the resin horn beads Stephanie sent to me as the two side focal beads. The front focal is a free formed honest to goodness traditional Raku Fired Ceramic piece I had made a year ago.  Conditioned Deer Hide, a vintage cuff blank, freshwater pearls, seed beads, fiber and more seed beads! I still have to bead on the finishing touches, but for the most part this is as done as it's going to get for now.








I also made a series of bracelets with the left over soup that I will have listed in my Etsy Shop soon!






Venetian Glass Beads


Thank you for stopping by & have fun party hopping. 
I know I will...

Oh, just in case you didn't know

 you are here # 99. Vonna Maslanka
My blog partner Stephanie LaRosa hop on over to see what she has cooked up with her soup if you haven't already!
peace,vonna


Your Hostess for this partay! Lori Anderson
Here is the link to all the participants.

89 comments:

  1. Well done Vonna. Your Soup turned out amazing!!! The colours are gorgeous.

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  2. I am in LOVE with that Necklace, gorgeous!

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  3. another vonna original!!! awesome -- above & beyond -- good for you -- isn't it exciting to be able to keep making such heartwarming challenging exciting pieces --

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  4. Love your creations, especially the bracelets.

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  5. I just love the colors and beads you were sent. The necklace is beautiful and is sure to raise a lot of funds for a great cause. Great work!
    Cilla (#24)

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    1. Thank Cillaw, I sure hope it does too!

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  6. Man that necklace must have taken you forever it looks so intricate, it's awesome!

    And I adore all the little chain bracelets, pretty stuff!

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  7. I love your works, bracelets are great!
    congrats :)
    I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit all of you.
    this was really a great experience!
    ciao ciao

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    1. jo, thank you for stopping by and thank you for the compliments!
      ciao!! ;)

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  8. Holy shnizzle! I adore everything you made! I'm in complete love with the leather bracelet...I don't think I'd ever take it off! And your necklace is SO unique!

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  9. I totally agree with Robin Atkins - Bravo! Having not read/seen the book I have no comparrison bit I don't think I need one. Simply Beautiful work and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing :) x

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  10. I could totally see myself wearing the bracelet with the peace sign and crystal charm, so cute! Each of your pieces is truly a brilliant work of art.

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  11. Vonna, these are absolutely stunning!!! And inspiring, too. :)

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  12. I always love your work Vonna! You did an amazing job.

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  13. You strang your beads delightlyfully! I love all the pieces, but especially your first necklace!

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  14. The finger weaving was a great way to do this necklace and I love how you used all of your extra pieces in bracelets. Wonderful. And how very cool to be in touch with Robin Atkin's - she is one of my very favorites.

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  15. I love the necklace! And I can't wait to see how the cuff turns out -- it looks great so far.

    Isn't Robin amazing? I love her work.

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  16. An amazing series of creations! Great job!

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  17. Hi, I love your soup! Unfortunately I didn't get picked for this soup party so I have posted about my favourite soup mixes, hope you don't mind that I've added a link to your post.
    Deb x

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  18. what a gorgeous necklace! I'm sure it will bring in some good $$ for the center.

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  19. Great job, Vonna! So original and creative. That cuff is especially cool.

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  20. Hi Vonna!
    I am lusting after that first necklace, wow. I bet it feels so good on!
    You and your partner are a talented duo!

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  21. I love the earthy look of each piece. My favorite is that gorgeous cuff. You put a lot of work into these wonderful pieces!

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  22. I love the density vs. the simplicity, and all the textures you've combined. Beautiful work!

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  23. I am in love with your necklace and the story is beautiful. You have made some gorgeous pieces.

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  24. Wonderful! So earthy! I have never used hemp before - looks great! The bracelets are all fantastic!

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    1. Thank you Cindy! The hemp is very comfortable around the neck!

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  25. I love the necklace and will be looking for Robin's book. Your bracelets are just awesome as well. I love earthtones, so your pieces were just a treat for me.

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    1. Thank you Pixiloo for the compliments and for stopping by, and Robin's book is fantastic, easy to read and understand.

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  26. Your piece is amazing! I love that necklace style (and it's so generous of you to donate it). And string, strang, strung! Love that ;-)


    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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    1. Thank you Lori, I thunk so too! -- I'll be right here this summer too! :)

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  27. What great pieces! I'm sure the charity you're donating that beautiful necklace to will be incredible appreciative. What a wonderful thing to do!

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  28. Beautiful creative pieces, and so good to see someone else planning to donate their necklace to a charity.

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  29. Wow, I love the technique in the first piece. It's a stunner for sure! There's so much pretty hemp in the craft stores now and I've been dying to play with it - you might have just inspired me to go get some! All of your bracelets are fab too. :D

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  30. Everything is just superb.

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  31. Wow...that hemp necklace is FANTASTIC!!! Wonderful cause..too for your donation!
    Your work is awesome! Love it!

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  32. I am totally in awe of your hemp work! It is incredible! And I love the cluster style of the necklace! I think my favorite is the cuff bracelet! Beautiful :)

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  33. Great work. The necklace piece is to die for, beautiful. I really like the simple "left over" bracelet. Very pretty and very wearable.

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  34. oh I so hope it pulls in lots for the cause! It's just a wonderful piece!

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  35. I loved the use of brass with the colors you were gifted. Way to go outside your comfort and take on something totally new. Very bold and it turned out exquistly.

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  36. Beautiful work, Vonna - and a wonderful gesture to donate such a brilliant piece!

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  37. Vonna, what an amazing necklace and cuff! you did an awesome job and what a lot of patience. I love all of them.

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  38. Beautiful! Your cuff is so detailed! I love how organic it is!

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  39. What a fabulous necklace! It must have taken you ages to make it. Love the originality and creativity of the necklace and cuff. And those bracelets are so pretty. Great bead soup collection!

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  40. Beautiful! You obviously have a real love of texture which is very effective and lovely. I think my favourite is (will be) the cuff - it is so cool! Love bead embroidery. And I'm sure that necklace will do well, it;s a wonderful gesture.

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  41. I love, love, love this necklace!

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  42. Oh I would wear that necklace in a heartbeat! I'd probably also play with it all day while wearing it! Love what you created!

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  43. I absolutely love that necklace. I love the way that you used two different colors for your structure and the way you incorporated the ending. I have made a couple macrame type necklaces and the endings are always so hard for me. You did a wonder job.

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  44. I love the hemp, and the clasp is too cool for school :) The beads are arranged so beautifully, and I love that you are "giving back" with your talents. I do bead embroidery, too, but I still have a hard time with brown. Love how it's turning out!

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  45. i love that necklace..so creative

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  46. That necklace is really cool - that's sweet of you to donate it to such a good cause. I love the way your cuff's looking too. I'm a huge raku fan, so I can totally appreciate that!

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  47. I so adore everything you've created! So earthy and detailed. I especially love that cuff bracelet. The cluster of pearls on the side is my favorite part. Also, really, really love the use of fiber in the necklace. Really great designs. ♥

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  48. Wow, I might have to check out that book because I love that necklace. Awesome collection of pieces.

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  49. Great necklace, and love all the bracelets

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  50. Wonderful necklace, and your donating it is very generous... I have a grandson with a heart defect and try to help as much with those organizations as I can. Having been there I understand now how important that is. And don't you LOVE that book!! I think it is the only jewelry book I have that I have read cover to cover more than one time!!

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    1. Thank you Jean, yes I try and donate as much as I can as well, the children are so important.
      The pages in my book are quite worn but still readable! :)

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  51. I love the cuff. I really like it when an artist shows pictures that really break down the process behind your piece.. that way you get some idea of the work involved !

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  52. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I LOVE the necklace. So creative and chunky and the colors are gorgeous!

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  53. Gorgeous jewellwey! As a fan of Robin Atkins' technique, my favourite is of cause your earthy necklace. It looks fab! And what a lovely gesture to donate it. Keeping my fingers crossed it'll generate a generous sum of money for the organization. Fab job!

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  54. The hemp necklace is wonderful. I love it. The finishing at the clasp looks very professional. Wow, I am impressed.

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  55. I love the necklace! I don't think I've seen one like that with all the beads attached. It's so pretty!

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  56. Really nice pieces! You put a lot of thought and heart in to your designs, and it really shows!

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  57. What beautiful pieces you created - I love the all, but the cuff is my favorite. Fantastic job! :)

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  58. OMG I love the necklace!! Super designs all!

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  59. I like the necklace, but the cuff is my favorite, all around gorgeous art work...

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  60. WOW! I am so impressed by what you made with the beads that I sent to you! That first necklace is just gorgeous. Thanks so much for being a great partner!!

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  61. WOW! You hit the jackpot with all of the designs you created! It as so nice of you to donate that awesome necklace....I am sure it will reap a hefty some! I especially love the collection of bracelets you made...they are too sweet! Nice job!

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  62. I love the necklace. I have never seen anything like it. It is great that you are donating one of your pieces.

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  63. Wow Vonna! Look at you go!! I love the finger weaving you did for your first necklace and the cuff with the pearls, exquisite!! Fantastic job!!

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  64. That is just beautiful! I have had that book of Robin's since right after it was published (I'm a big fan) and STILL haven't done anything with it...this may have been the push I need. LOVE your work!

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  65. All three designs are fantastic! The necklace is a show stopper-love it! The cuff is so darn cool; very unique. Bravo!

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  66. Wonderful colors and textures! I really love the bracelet with the Venetian glass bead! :)

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  67. I love the neutral palette. Well done and that necklace is to die for. You did an outstanding job.

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  68. Vonna, your soup was one of my absolute favorites!

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  69. Vonna, what should I say? Your designs are awesome, extraordinary and unique. I love every piece you've made. Wish only having just a little bit of your creative spirit!

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  70. Oh my gosh! I absolutely love your necklace, it is so beautiful. The colors and textures are perfect and I do like how you've added the clasp. You are very talented and I aspire to be as creative as you! Cheers! Lori D.

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  71. I totally dig your style.
    You used the hemp beautifully- but the cuff is major.

    Beautiful, beautiful work!

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  72. love the whole collection!!!!

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  73. Love the use of the hemp - I need to look into exactly how to use it like that...it's soooo cool! The bracelets are absolutely gorgeous!! Really love the style of your work!

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  74. Your necklace inspires me to use some more of my sari ribbon and dangles....really beautiful design. I also really love all the bracelets that you made with your left over beads.
    Sonya

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  75. I love your necklace and the way you used the hemp in it. Just beautiful!

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  76. Wow! Those are simply amazing! Awesome work!

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  77. Your pieces are all so warm and earthy. I really like that. Yet, it's that necklace at the top that really SHINES as the star of your bead soup. Really fabulous work! Best of luck with the auction.

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  78. So cool! I'm loving the colors and choices. It really is a wonderfull piece. Please check out my blog

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