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I really struggled with my first time in the bead soup design challenge and must apologize to Lori Anderson and to Rochelle Brisson.  However, better late than never I do want to show you the piece I finally designed.  Part of the challenge was the clasp so I really wanted to show off the gorgeous flower toggle Rochelle sent.  It took a bit, but I finally managed to connect it directly to the cabochon she sent.  A pale blue agate, I believe, I love its simple beauty.  Rochelle sent it with kiwi stones and pale blue glass beads, plus black bicones.  To these I added smaller kiwi stones I already had and flat cubes in pale green-blue.

I really like the final look of the toggle with the teardrop pendant. I think the flower and vine on the toggle add femininity to the overall design.  It brings a hint of delicacy, but the surrounding kiwi stones add strength and character. By adding the kiwi stones and silver with black bicones, the contrasts really show and bring out the best in the design.  Across the back of the necklace is a series of black bicones and silver rounds.  I had never designed something like this.  Actually asymmetric, from the front it looks quite balanced.  Rochelle sent the larger, longer kiwi stones that I used for the earrings and the upper pieces on the necklace.

I still must apologize to all the Pretty Scene Bead Soup Design Challenge participants.

Now, anyone who knows me may laugh, but I’m joining in my first bead swap party (hence a virgin partier–lol). Lori Anderson, author of Pretty Things blog, organizes these world wide web blog parties two or three times a year.  You simply sign up on her blog and wait to hear from her.  She personally matches each player with a partner (not a small feat, there are 344 in this swap!!).  Each swap has a different theme, this one is all about the clasp. No lobster claw accepted.  With your clasp, pair up other beads, including a focal bead, and send the stash to your partner.  I sent mine out today, but I can’t show off the goodies until later—don’t want to ruin the surprise for my blog partner!  My partner is Rochelle Brisson .

The only real rule to the design is to use the clasp.  The beads are optional.  It is expected that you will need to add some of your own inventory to complete your design.

I think the idea of receiving a collection of beads someone else chose is intriguing. It will be a great way to move me out of my comfort zone.  That is one of the goal’s for the Bead Swap Parties.  Try something new and different.  So, stay tuned.  Once my beads arrive, I’ll be posting a quick photo and then, off to designing!!