30 March 2013

~.bead soup reveal. .big ups to lori!

the above is what i received from hannah rosner. yummy focals, pearls, glass, clasp.
so i started breaking down some biker chain right away (left photo) as i knew bike would be involved. i then tumbled the links to get off the grease and gunk.

i put the chain in a barrel tumbler and they came out all nice and shiny like this:

and my fingers get all like this while going through the process:
i went ahead and used my foredom to spruce up the bike parts as some of them had spots after the tumbling. see them?!
 i laid out a design that used all the beads.
then i wrapped and decorated the largest of the two focals and kinda liked it.
but then! i did this instead. took off all the pearls and made a simple necklace with the bike parts, sterling silver rings, the largest focal point bead in a mossy green and a wonderful pearl and sterling clasp (scored at the recent bead expo here in santa fe).
 another view:
 and yet another. :)
so, i decided to use the clasp and other focal bead in a bracelet here by pairing them up with a brass bell, brass skeleton key and creamy sari silk:
 and another view:
 and the little pearls in a pair of earrings. all copper, hand forged, yummy!
 and here they are again:
i've gotton many sweet comments on the pieces and adore the earrings.

i have decided to keep the them, yet the neckpiece and bracelet are for sale. check my new esty destash shop darliciousdestash for them as i am closing my regular etsy shop, so don't look there BUT do go here (there) for halfoffeverything (coupon code at checkout) to help me with my national boards.

you have now witnessed the end of a journey that was so much fun and challenging. i'm glad i came up with three fun items instead of the one as i had planned. i think i like my new end results better!

cheers and have fun blog hopping! and thanks hannah! and lori!

links to the other blogs participating on this reveal date. enjoy!

Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain
Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe
Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell
Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman
Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue
Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite
Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora
Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher
Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus
Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver
Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider
Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan
Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro
Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson
Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks
Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer
Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday


  1. Earrings are incredible! I wish to have them, but I think that I can only dream about them :D

  2. Very creative! Love what you did with your soup!
    Gina H

  3. Great pieces! I love the use of the bike chain!

  4. Great jewelry! I love your funky style. The earring are soooo cool.

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

  5. All I can say is I LOVE THE BIKE CHAIN!!!!!!!!!! INGENIOUS!

  6. Bike chain! Clever clever! Love all the designs!

  7. Very unique and clever! The earrings do it for me.

  8. Bike parts?!! SO original!!!!!

  9. Love it Darlene! Thanks for being my blog hop partner!

    1. love yours as well! fun, fun and thanks to you too!

  10. Loving the earrings :) It's also nice to see I'm not the only one who start out this way and then nope lol Thank you for sharing that!

  11. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
    really creative works, I love how you combine things :)
    ciao dall'Italia

  12. i love how you used the bike chain in your piece. way cool

  13. great soup & beautiful designs! Very creative! I'm somehow drawn to the earrings. I love how the delicate shiny pearls balance out the hand forged copper. Oh, who am I kidding?? I love the bracelet too! lol! great job!

  14. So very creative! I'm always impressed with people who think outside the jewelry box!

  15. I like the way you used the bike chain-very creative! Great necklace.

  16. I would never have thought about using bike chain in a million years ! WOW !

  17. wow...a lot of work!!! wonderful!!

  18. Love love love the bike chain!!!!

  19. Really like what you did, great job!

  20. Wow!! I LOVE your work. Amazing.

  21. Wonderfully edgy pieces. I can see why you want to keep the earrings for yourself. I also like your recycling attitude.

  22. Wow - would never have thought to take apart a bike chain! People who upcycle like that amaze me! Very edgy and beautiful!

  23. Bike chain? Very cool Darlene! And I love how you showed how you made it! Very fun designs!

  24. Love your great funny designs ♥

  25. very unique. I wouldn't have thought of it, but somehow, the chain works...great job!! ~KM http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33113.html

  26. I've never even thought of using bike chain for jewelry...but your design rocks! I love all the pieces you created!

  27. WoW! Very creative! This is one cool necklace! Your pieces are very unique.

  28. Now that is what I call COOL. Very nice. I would certainly wear it.

  29. I love your necklace with the bike chain. Congratulations!

  30. Just love your use of bike chain links...what a clever idea.

  31. Here you are! Love the earrings, a stroke of genius and I love how you've made your own chain to work with the striking lampwork, love it.

  32. Love love love the earrings! Enjoyed seeing the work in progress photos too!

  33. wow! this is sooooo up my alley.. my hubby has been deconstruction man tearing apart adding machines and such for parts.. I'll gonna have to find some bike chain. I love that first necklace! ( I love the copper forged earrings also) great job!

  34. great pieces - I love the inventive use of bike chain as links =)

  35. What a fun necklace for that lampwork focal! Love the bike gears!

  36. What a great set of designs! I love the bike chain piece! Beautiful work.

  37. Your designs are amazing! I love the bike chain links. Very clever!

  38. I love what you did with the bike chain! It compliments the focal perfectly. The other pieces are beautifully unique as well.

  39. What an extraordinary piece, your bike chain :0) Love it!

  40. Very creative! I love the earrings.

  41. Your pieces are so incredibly cool! I just love what you did with the bicycle chain,,so cool you shared the how to's also.

  42. I absolutely love the earrings and can see why you would keep them. I also like what you did with the bicycle chain parts. Very cool necklace.

  43. Absolutely creative!! Wow, the use of the bike chain...cool! You should be getting a lot of sweet comments...nicely done! Beautiful creations!

  44. The chain is awesome and I love the necklace you made with it. Love the earrings too, all very nice pieces! great job!

  45. The use of the bike chain is awesome! Your pieces are wonderfully unique -- I'm so glad to have gotten to see your work through this hop!

  46. You are a very creative jeweler! Your use of the bike chain was a pleasant surprise! And the beads are gorgeous! Your end result is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Thank you for sharing your technique and talents!

  47. enjoyed your blog and the bits of info about the bike chain ! Very creative

  48. Great job with the chain! I really like the necklace!

  49. Very unusual and creative jewelry!

  50. These pieces are delightful! Very innovative and creative! ...I may be a little behind on my hopping, but I am so, so glad I came across your creations. :D

  51. Love how you mix re-cycled metals in to your pieces. The earrings are really playful and funky.

  52. The addition of the bike chain makes the lampwork bead look like a funky spark plug. I love it!

  53. Very cool and ARtsy!!! Love how different and unique they are! Great Job!!! Have a Blessed Day!!

  54. Interesting and so original! Love it!

  55. Such inventive use of chain, lovely jewellery.

  56. I really, really like your style. The use of the bicycle chain was genius! (As my hubs and I sit here discussing what a cool idea it was) My favorites are those earrings though, they're so unique and have so much interest to them. FABULOUS work!!


how delightful that you came to visit. i love your kind comments of all shapes and sizes. thank you very much indeed! darlene