Saturday, March 30, 2013

Honey? Where's My Flamethrower?

The wonderfully talented Lori Anderson has staged the biggest Bead Soup Blog Hop ever, with three reveal dates and buckets and buckets of beadery.  Today is the first reveal.

My partner, Dolores Raml, is a very talented bead artist.  She works with a lot of metal, straight from the hardware store, which her husband joyfully hammers and textures and torches for her.  I love her pieces.

But I was a a bit apprehensive; those are areas I have yet to explore.

Mostly because my husband is afraid I would burn the house down.

He is probably right.

Dolores was kind.  She sent me beads that were challenging...
 but ones that did not require a welding torch or hammer.
And in colors I love!

She also sent me some little goodies she made.
Aren't they cool?

I am predominantly a wire-wrapper and, in these Bead Soup challenges, 
I have been determined to try new things.

In a recent challenge, sponsored by the lovely Lisa Lodge 
I tried crocheting beads with wire and, after a lot
of tangled wire and dropped beads, I found that I liked it.  
I used a 28GA wire, and a G hook.
You can take a peek at what I made here.

This time I thought I would experiment with different gauges
of wire, and different sizes of hooks.  I tried 30GA, 28 GA, 24 GA, 22 GA. 
I tried a variety of hooks.

Guess what I ended u using?
28 GA wire and an G hook.

To shake things up a bit, I went for symmetry.
Symmetry is not my best friend.
I never met an Asymmetrical Challenge I didn't like.
I'm a bad counter.
1, 2... oh look!  Shiny things!

So I laid out and counted and spaced.
I stayed focused.
George doubted I could pull it off.

But I did.

Another challenge was the focal.  While I wire-wrap,
I have never done a briolette where I wrapped down
the gemstone.  So I tried some tutorials online.

George stuck around to help.
Got it on my third try.

I also rely heavily on split rings.  Not this time.
I wire wrapped the clasp right onto the necklace.

And a necklace was born.


I was happy with how it turned out.  Next time I do wire crochet, I think I'll

use a bigger hook for bigger beads,
and a 
smaller hook for smaller beads.

It also sparkles when the sunlight catches it,
but I wasn't able to capture that in the photos.

This is my necklace, reclining.

Maybe next time I'll try that flamethrower.

Here is What I sent my partner.  You can go to her blog to see what she made!

And here's the hop.

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

You are here:
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

Or you can link to the list here. Happy hopping!


  1. My favourite type of blue - looks like azure :) I love it and as a cats admirer I also want to praise your cat. He's really handsome!

  2. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
    oh, I really love your necklace, I can't crocheting, I tried it but I'm really a disaster :(
    great work!
    ciao dall'Italia

    1. It really helped that, once upon a time, I actually crocheted with yarn. That was a big help.

  3. So delicate. Thank you for sharing your process. I love those colors, too. Happy BSBP7. I have to wait for the second reveal.
    Having a ball today.

  4. You made a very beautiful necklace! I love the copper with the blue beads.. And the cat is georgeous too :) My cat often tries to 'help' me with my creations!

    1. Yes, cats are especially "helpful" with the dropped beads. ;0)

  5. what a great job you did with your necklace!

  6. Great necklace! I like its lacey feel and colors.

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

  7. Your necklace has a beautiful design, and copper and turquoise colour go well together. I think you've inspired me to try wire crochet. Happy creations!

    1. I'm so glad. It was fun. Give it a try... and I'm here when you want to commiserate about uncooperative wire. ;0)

  8. Love copper and turquoise together! This is one thing I've never had the patience for, just the thought of prestringing the beads.... you have my admiration :)

    1. The good news is that pre-stringing on wire is a whole lot easier than on Beadalon.

  9. I like how you made the wire crochet.

  10. Lovely colours. It looks light to wear. I admire your wire crochet, too!

  11. crocheted wire- very inventive!

  12. First, I'd like to thank you for asking people to remove the Captcha off their blogs. It seems I was after you on many comments and it was a pleasure not having to deal with that. Second, I totally love your work. It's full of life and creativity. Beautiful job~

    1. Thanks, April. Trying to banish CAPTCHA one comment at a time!

  13. Your blog is so cute. Love your necklace.

  14. Great necklace! I've never tried wire crochet before. Yours turned out lovely.

    Thanks for popping by my blog today for the reveal! I appreciate the feedback :-)

  15. George is such an handsome fellow... Even if skeptical :) You pulled it off, and amazingly if I might add !

    1. George never thought I would. He even hid some of the beads.

  16. Replies
    1. Great job with the wire crochet! I'm in awe of your talent. when I tried it all I got was a pile of knots!
      Love your design and your fabulous wire wrapping. Yummy blue soup.

  17. Love the focal and how you conquered the wire with your hook!

  18. I enjoyed reading how it all came together- and what a cutie George is!

  19. Wire crocheting is something that I admire, never have done it intimidates me but your piece turned out so pretty!

    1. Thank you. Give it a try! At the worst you'll end up with a crumpled pile of wire! ;0)

  20. Great necklace. I've tried crocheting with was not pretty. LOL. You're it great.

    1. I tell everyone my earlier experiments were free-form. ;0)

  21. The wire crochet makes it so light and whimsical - I love it!

  22. Wow so cool!! Beautiful style and colors and that pendant is stunning!!!

  23. First time I see crocheted wire, so interesting!

  24. I love the piece, and you are right the colors are wonderful. I especially enjoyed your blog! Love your writing style.

  25. I absolutely lov what you did with your great soup. Stunning.

  26. Gorgeous necklace! How does wire move with the wearer?

    1. It's so light that the pendant kind of sways with a mind of its own. Thanks, Candace!

  27. I'll introduce George to Tommy who is not allowed near anything bead-oriented. What a wonderful necklace for summer - so light and airy. Keep the torch handy, tho. Could be fun for next time.

  28. Flamethrower or not, your creation is AMAZING!!! GREAT JOB!! I just love it. It looks so light and 'airy'!! ~KM

  29. Such wonderful sweetness to your design. It's feminine yet little bits of bold peek through in the stones. Great work!

    1. Thank you for your lovely thoughtful comment, Emily.

  30. I was getting towards the end, working my way through all the Soup blogs, then I stumbled on yours. You woke me up! You thrilled me! W000000 H0000000 YA! Great blog entry, and an even better necklace. I'd wear that necklace in a heartbeat. Gorgeous. When I have a little more time I'm definitely coming back to explore every nook and cranny of your site.

  31. Your necklace is so light and airy! Beautiful work!

  32. lovely piece ... and I love the way you wrote your blog ... I too am feaful of burning the house down trying to make things lol ;)

    1. We could probably go to a Flamethrwers Anonymous meeting together. ;0)

  33. Beautiful necklace, great job!

  34. I'm with you, I'd love to work with a torch, but the hubs says no! I like how soft and airy this looks. Great job with the wire wrapping on the focal!

  35. Great crocheting, photographs and necklace!

  36. I admire your craft immensely . You are a very talented wire crocheter. I Crochet with yarn but I know one thing I could never do the wire thing. I think it takes a special person to be able to manipulate that wire just right. You have got it. Ty for sharing your talent with us all bye for now and Happy beading

    1. Wire is just more resistant than yarn. And you really don't want to wrap that loop around yur index finger. Yowie!

  37. I like how the beads look like they are floating - very pretty!

  38. Your necklace is very beautiful. I learned wire crochet a couple of months ago at my bead group. The teacher there recommended 24 gauge. She said that thinner than 24 breaks too easily. Even though it is a little stiffer to work with the results are more sturdy. I also used a G hook. I too enjoyed learning it.

    1. I think she's right about the breaking. I am a bit concerned about the pendant hanging there. It, btw, is wrapped with a 22 GA.

  39. Your necklace is gorgeous! I love the blues with the copper crochet. As always, your post is very entertaining too!

  40. Love your commentary! George looks like he is pretty tough to impress! And I love the necklace you came up with--so pretty!

  41. I loved reading your entertaining blog!! I'm betting George is a great helper! Your jewelry is stunning!

    1. George likes to think all the best ideas are his. ;0)

  42. What a besutiful necklace. Airy for summer but perfect in winter with a swester. Lovely crochet work! Your cat is so handsome. ~diana

  43. Very pretty and delicate even with that large focal. I love the colors. Really nice!

  44. I just have to say-fire is fun! Your wire work is awesome. I tried to crochet with wire once-just once. You are a very talented artist.

    1. I think fire is fun, too. That's why my husband worries. ;0)

  45. You created a gorgeous necklace, I tried crocheting with wire once and had lots of breakage so gave up really fast. Guess I like hammering better. LOL George does a wonderful job of keeping track of everything I bet and he's so handsome yet besides.
    Sorry I haven't gotten to your blog earlier but had a busy weekend.

  46. Love what you created with your soup. & while I know you said it was challenging to wire wrap the focal, you rose to the occasion! Beautifully done!

  47. What a wonderful idea to display your focal on a crocheted chain.

  48. Oooh, I like it! George was wrong to ever doubt you. I enjoyed following the creative process, I enjoy your sense of humor, and I'm right there with you as a danger with open flame. Nice to have discovered you here!

  49. LOVED your blog post - and your beautiful necklace. I can totally relate to the briolette wrapping challenge !! You've inspired me to try wire crochet :)

  50. Very pretty! You have a skillful way with wires! Congratulations!

  51. I'm a bit late in my hopping, but I am so glad i stopped by to see your creation. Absolutely lovely! (And there's always next year for the flamethrower... ;) Heehee.)

    In all seriousness, though, fantastic work! :D

  52. You did an excellent job with the crochet. I have been crocheting for 30 odd years, and while it is easy with yarn, it can be challenging with wire! Great Job!

  53. So much fun to read! I have torches and I'm still terrified of them. And I LOVE the expression on George's face!

    You did a stunning job. You should be proud!

  54. What a lovely necklace! And I just love your studio helper. They tend to be rather critical don't they.

  55. That focal is great! Your work is exquisite and these are certainly exceptional. Thanks for sharing these special pieces.

  56. Great colours and technique. The crochet wire is really unique and complements the necklace.

  57. Pretty, sweet, feminine, really like this!!! Love the colors! Have a Blessed Day!

  58. I love your necklace, crocheting with wire is something I can never manage (the "nails and chalkboard" sensation I think). It was the perfect technique for such a gorgeous focal!