I have such an wonderful Bead Soup Blog partner and I have been itching to tell you all about her. She is the very talented polymer clay jewelry artist JuLee Wolfe! I am so excited to have been paired with JuLee and to get the chance to work with her artisan beads. You definitely need to check out her blog, The Polymer Penguin, and be thoroughly inspired by her creativity! Her use of textures, hand building, and finishes are thoroughly impressive. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces she has made (besides the pieces she has sent me of course):
Both being from the Pacific Northwest (I left only 5 years ago) and complete animal lovers, JuLee and I hit it off instantly. It has been such fun emailing back and forth with her and I now realize that Bead Soup is not only about pushing our creative limits further but making new friends and sharing the happiness of beading with others.
Ok, I can't wait any longer, I need to show you my goodies!
The box arrived with "Bead Soup" happily stamped along the sides in colorful lettering (great way to build up the excitement!) My name was also done in fun colorful lettering, and I would like to say I delicately opened the box, but my anticipation was too great and I tore the package open as quickly as I could. Inside I found a lovely lavender organza bag with gold swirls, a gold box, and a handmade notecard.
JuLee's note to me was so sweet and she said she even included a couple extra beads just for me (the gold box). So thoughtful! So first off, here are the beads which I can not wait to make into several pairs of earrings. I already know just what I want to do with them!
For my bead soup, JuLee handmade (oh my gosh!) gorgeous burnt red, black, and gold beads. I love the patterns on these beads, the really fun shape, and the lovely gold detailing. There are also a lot of accent beads in gold and black which remind me of tufted cushions. A very pretty hammered brass colored toggle clasp was also included. My mind is swimming with ideas! I can't wait to get started!
Happy Beading Everyone,