Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

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For all my subscribers, I am sorry for the delay in posting. I am excited for school to get back into session so I can get back to work.
I am not feeling very creative right now when it comes to jewelry and I knew I wanted to do something really special with the pieces that my partner, Kumi Fisher, had sent me. While I was in Idaho last week I gave this piece a lot of thought. I was not sure if I would wear the pendant as they are not colors that I normally wear, however, as luck would have it, I went shopping and guess what colors are in my new shirt? This piece will be perfect with it.

Please visit Kumi to see her Bead Soup Reveal with the things I sent to her.

Kumi sent me an enameled pendant and beads and some coordinating beads and beach glass. She also sent three beautifully colored silk ribbons. Now, honestly, it was probably the ribbons that I was the most concerned with. I never use silk cords in my work. I have seen them, but I never knew what to do with them. So this was a challenge for me, but I loved it and love the end result all the same.
Now, like I said, I am not feeling super creative and the necklace and earrings aren’t exactly creative. But I didn’t actually set out to create a necklace and earring set. I actually meant to turn them all into a piece of wall art. As I set to work on that, everything just kind of came together and I ended up with a piece of functional wall art along with two pairs of earrings and a necklace.
I will just say right here and now, I am not an artist and this is a new area for me. But I had a bit of canvas board and some watercolor pencils and I just played. I love what happened.
At first, I thought I would make some wire designs for each of the corners.
But as I played with that, other ideas started to come into play.
Once I got the wire embellishment all soldered together, I added a bit of depth to it by not keeping it flat, but rather pulling all the ends out so that the piece is very 3-dimensional.

This is where I finally thought about actually making the piece as jewelry and functional wall art rather than just a wall art piece. You can see I have the start of a pair of earrings just below the pendant.


I was liking how the canvas had turned out, but it still seemed to be lacking just a little, so I added a bit more to balance things out in the upper left corner.


Once I decided to make the pendant a necklace, I strung it all together with the three strands of silk and 3 different copper chains. I added a heat patina to all the copper in the pieces, both those on the wall art and those used in the jewelry.

Here you can see a little bit of the mock up. I was trying hard to figure out how to attach the necklace to the canvas and was totally stumped.


In this next picture you can see the detail a little better of the chains with the silk cord.


And in this one you can see a little bit better how I have attached the silk to the clasp that Kumi made. She enameled the tips of the toggle and stamped “Kelsi’s Closet” on the ring.


As I said before, I ended up with two pairs of earrings. I haven’t figured out how to feature the second pair, and I might not. I haven’t decided if this piece is just done or not.

And last but not least…. all of it together. This piece is now hanging on my wall in my studio. The only other thing hanging on the wall in my studio is my wall of hammers. I hope to add a few more pieces soon. I really want to get my saw done up and on the wall soon.


Thanks again to Lori Anderson for hosting the Bead Soup hop. It has been a lot of fun. I know it has been a lot of work.

If you would like to visit the others that are participating, please visit the Bead Soup Blog Party Roster. There are about 400 participants and LOTS of eye candy.


Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs
Amy Schmidt, Amy’s Treasure
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna’s Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll’s Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy’s Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes…
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie’s Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni’s Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei’s Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK’s Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara,&nbs
p;One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina’s Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It’s a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin’ of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese’s Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs



Valerie Norton, Hot Art

57 thoughts on “Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

  1. Kumi Fisher

    OMG I love what you made Melissa! I am so going to combine ribbons and chains. Thanks for sharing how you put the wall canvas together!! <3!

  2. Maybeline Tay

    The wall art is definitely a conversational piece. The colors of the background and the wirework complements your jewelry creations. You are definitely in your element here.

  3. Cory

    Love the copper swirls!! The focal pendant you received is a work of art in itself but you embellished it just perfectly with the chains and silk, just beautiful.

  4. Cytherea Bijoux

    Wow! You made something different, but in my opinion it worked well 😉 I really, really like the colours and ornaments 🙂

  5. Melissa Muir

    Kumi, I am really glad you like it. Thank you so much for such a great soup mix. I really enjoyed having you as a partner and I can’t wait to see how you use some of the copper pieces. 

  6. Shirley Moore

    I seriously can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this. I was so excited when I read that you were making wall art. It is a beautiful piece, and I just want one for my wall!! Great idea and execution!!!

  7. beetreebyme

    This is a simply Fabulous piece !!!!
    A gorgeous piece of art and a necklace and earring set too!
    That is the coolest idea !!!
    Love it!!!!
    m.e. 🙂

  8. Lori Anderson

    Melissa, I so want this. It’s easily one of my favorite pieces I’ve seen so far. I mean, I loved the components on their own, but this, this is amazing.

  9. Beth

    OH MY GOODNESS – I love it. I have seen some awesome pieces during this blog hop but this one simply takes the prize! I love how you have made jewelry to wear but have incorporated into a piece of art to hang on your wall. What a masterpiece!!!!

  10. Kayla at TheEclecticElement

    I must say that is pretty incredible and extremely unique and creative of you; I would have NEVER thought to create a functional piece of artwork like that! 🙂

    The necklace and earring set/artwork is just stunning. There’s no other way to describe it!

    Happy Hopping ^.^

  11. Lisa Sittinewski

    I just want you to know that I really enjoyed this! Watching the creative process was a fresh look at BSBP!!!!

  12. LoriF

    How beautifully creative! If this is in “not creative” mode, I definitely want to see “creative” mode LOL! As I am often stumped with the fibres as well, I was really interested to see what you did by twisting them and chain together. Love it!

  13. Ginger B

    Your necklace and earring set is excellent, but your display is off the charts fantastic. I’m blown away.

  14. Adlinah

    What an original, creative take on your bead soup. Jewellery is art to my mind, so it’s apt that you transformed your jewellery into a wall art piece. I love your entire creation – the necklace, earrings, that swirly copper wire. Everything! If this doesn’t make you an artist, I don’t know what will. You’re an honest-to-goodness artist – no doubt about it.

  15. Astrid B

    That is SO. Cool. I really like the way it’s turned into a wall display, so creative! What you did with the ribbon/cord is fantastic too! I loved seeing the step by step process.

  16. Kris Lanae Binsfeld

    I absolutely love your designs and your gorgeous art. Beautiful and so fun to hop to! Super fun! Kris

  17. Alice

    Now that’s stepping outside the box! I love that your necklace doubles as wall art. And what a beautiful necklace, and earrings too! The handmade filligree on the canvas is beautiful!

  18. Lola

    This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! On their own your designs are stunning, but I love the idea of displaying jewelry in such an artful way. Beautiful!

  19. Karen Mitchell

    Wow! You’ve turned your bead soup into jewellery and artwork! The necklace look lovely and they earring are gorgeous.

  20. Jeanniek

    This is truly a work of art and putting it on a canvas like that is truly unique. Happy Hopping and thank you for stopping by my blog

  21. CraftyHope

    Wow. . .necklace, earrings, and a wall display for them. Very cool!! All of your pieces are beautiful both together and on their own.

  22. Cory

    Gorgeous….what a lovely combination and great way to display your jewelry.

    The jewelry is wonderful, good job.

  23. Krafty Max

    Sorry I am so late, I have been having computer issues! OMGoodness, you have created a piece of art that you can look at or wear! GREAT CREATION!!

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  26. Carmen

    Big big WOW!!!! As of now, you have the most interesting bead soup reveal ever!!! Your work and thought process is so interesting and creative.. I love the wire spirals embellishments… i also especially love both the necklace and earrings and would totally wear them!! wonderful work!


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