Soup is on! Number 8!

Bead soup number 8!
What a fine job Lori did this year. Tackling many jobs from her bed! Thank you Lori, for making such a fun event while going through so much!

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This year I was partnered with Lee Koopman. Lee sent me quite a challenge! My instructions were to make a focal from her daisy wire wrap. I could use beads, wire or clay. I chose polymer clay.

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Fortunately, Lee sent 2 wire frames focals and frames for earrings. My first 2 attempts, all right 3 attempts at the focal came out huge. I was attempting to create flowers to attach to the wire frames. The flowers took on a life of their own.

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When Lori announced the reveal delay. I decided to make a new smaller focal using one of the earring bases.

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Lee sent adorable mookaite starfish. I live in south Florida, so they look like starfish to me. I did a beach theme bracelet with the mookaite.

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Lee also sent amethyst beads. I love the purple! I will use the extra with my left overs from the purple necklace. I used them in a spring bracelet.

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Let’s see what my partner created at http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Or head on back to the main blog at http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2014/05/welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party.html

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