Kirah and Kumkumbatia: Sun and Embraces for the Inspired Life | 8th International Bead Soup Blog Party

Hooray, this is my 3rd year of participation in Bead Soup Blog Party! What a great experience! I truly hope for much more!
I've met (direct or indirect) a lot of great creative wonderful ladies, with a lot of beautiful and inspiring stories, a lot of different styles and visions, all creative and with a love for beauty and life! I am very happy to be a part of such a movement, like uniting and exchanging not only beads but experiences and points of view, challenging each other and giving inspiration.
Along the Parties I've had plenty of inspiration, each time challenging myself to do and be more.

First of all I would love to thank Lori, the GREAT woman behind all this, who, despite of her challenges in life, she still manages to bring us happiness and keep us together. Great project Lori, I hope you'll have many many more even more successful and loved!

This year my partner is a wonderful lady from Germany, Birgit Klughardt who makes amazingly beautiful crochet ropes from tiny cute seed beads! She's a great woman and I'm happy I had the chance to chat a little and get to know her better! And I really hope we'll meet for real pretty soon, maybe this summer I'll manage to have the weekend trip to Berlin I wish for! 

I am so excited I have one of her ropes. I must admit I never had the patience to crochet more than a few cm from an easy pattern rope so I never made crocheted ropes. but I truly want to do it someday! She sent me an wowowow bead soup, I was so amazed to discover all the little treasures in each of the sachets! I love them all and I really wanted to use the fabulous focal, a pendant made by Birgit from a cork dressed with a weave of tiny seed beads (using a free tutorial by Mapede)! And of course the crocheted rope, which is so beautiful that I wanted to make sure every little part of it is visible! All the beads are wonderful and I'll use them on future projects very soon ( the lampwork beads - by Mea von Fauchare so wonderful I can't wait to find and buy the perfect matching beads to enhance them in a superb design i have in mind!)
This is what I received from Birgit.
I didn't have any clue what iI was going to do with them.  But as I usually do, when I don't know or I'm not sure, I just put them aside and let them become what they want. And so, I literally followed the beads!

Since the focal was so light and in an earthy brown tone, I was sure it goes perfectly with some of the beautiful wood beads I was saving for only wonderful designs and since it was paired with turquoise I remembered I bought recently a mix of coral and turquoise dyed howlite  and, of course, with my amazing huge (heavy weighted) yellow turquoise rondelles. But still, didn't have any idea how to use the focal and how to put all things together. until one night. When.... Evrika! I've imaged a big bold necklace with great tribal influences and the focal so perfectly embraced by the coconut wood thorns! I was so excited and when I finally had it done I was wow! I love it!
So here it is, using stringing and a bit of embroidery, from the beautiful beaded beads - made by Birgit- and the handmade clasp -made by Jil- and some other beads and other beads and elements I received from Birgit or the ones I had  (huge wood beads, yellow turquoise rondelles, lampwork glass rings, turquoise rondelles, died howlite, white coral, copper beads and bead caps, coconut wood thorns) I made this fabulous piece:

Kumkumbatia- Embrace, hug

Kumkumbatia- Embrace, hug

Kumkumbatia- Embrace, hug

Kumkumbatia- Embrace, hug


Well that was kinda easy. At least the putting together after I figured out what I was going to use. 
Now it's time to use the rope in a  wonderful way. Well I must admit it was a hard job to do. And that's because I wanted something complex and I didn't had the beads she used in her rope. Except for 2 tiny bags of matte gold Toho beads, very recenlty bought (at the beginning of last week, actually) and by chance, for another project not especially fo this (Now i'll have to buy some more haha) . I looked into my stash, searching for some beads I could use and will match and finally I found some chrysocolla focals that contrast nicely with the earthy look of the rope and noticed that the beautiful polished bone elements were so perfectly fit in this mix! I've put some more toho seed beads, Myiuki drop beads and twin beads and made this marvelous piece which makes me remember of the ancient Egyptian luxury and their God of Sun, Ra! 

Kirah - Like Ra, the Sun

Kirah - like Ra, the Sun
Kirah - like Ra, the Sun
Kirah - like Ra, the Sun

Now I only have to find them their names! 

Update: With the great help and inspiration of my friends, Elena (Alexida Handmade) and Gaby (Gaby's Secret Garden), I found the perfect names for them:

- Kirah - (Egyptian, Persian) "like Ra, the Sun" for the royal beadweaved necklace.

- Kumkumbatia - (Swahili) "hug, embrace" for the tribal necklace


 I also want to remember the previous partners I had for exchanging soups!

Alison Sachs (USA), who's polymer clay beads and focals are absolutely breath taking, so magic, earth bonded and inspiring! I am happy I met her and have a little piece of her work! Her work is for sale on Etsy!

BSBP 2012 

Rachel van Walsh (Ireland) a wonderful girl who makes such beautiful earthy and balancing jewelry, from lots of materials (metal, enamel, glass, gems) and with a great range of techniques! You can find her work on Etsy too!

BDSP 2013 - Faith (more photos here)


I am very thankful I was again a part of this great Bead Soup Blog Party, with almost 500 participants! Where are the nearly 500 participants from?

**over 135 International Participants from 30 Countries/Territories :
o   Australia = 6 o   Austria = 3 o   Bahrain = 1 o   Bulgaria = 1 o   Canada = 33 o   Finland = 4 o   France = 3 o   Germany = 17 o   Hungary = 3 o   India = 1 o   Indonesia = 4 o   Ireland = 1 o   Italy = 3 o   Japan = 1 o   Luxembourg = 1 o   Malaysia = 1 o   New Zealand = 4 o   Philippines = 1 o   Poland = 3 o   Portugal = 1 o   Puerto Rico = 1 o   Romania = 1 o   Serbia = 1 o   Singapore = 2 o   Slovenia = 3 o   Spain = 1 o   Sweden = 3 o   Switzerland = 4 o   The Netherlands = 2 o   United Kingdom = 31

**over 340 Participants from 48 States in the United States (Colorado and North Dakota are only states not represented)

Please start anywhere on the list -- bottom, middle, first from each section -- mix it up!  I hope you'll take some time over the week to visit people, and I'm going to add a great giveaway later next week to give you even more incentive to visit these wonderful people.  With it being Mother's Day weekend, many people will be a little late in posting, so come back around in a few days to them and give them some love.

Looking for a certain person?  Use Ctrl-F and type their name into the search box.  If you have a Mac -- I'm shrugging my shoulders because I can barely turn those things on.


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24 de comentarii:

*~Corrie~* spunea...

Oh wow. I love that you turned the rope into a seed bead design rather than just strung it. It looks amazing. Your designs are unique and beautiful.

bairozan spunea...

You played big with your soup and made two very different but equally eye-catching necklaces! The tribal has a very bold and wild structure and the beaded one is very regal. The beaded rope was self-sufficient but you didn't hesitate to make it even more ornamental to suit your design. Great pieces!

roomforchange spunea...

Gosh... You made two very different pieces. The second one is stunning!! My favourite!! Well done!!

Andra Marasteanu spunea...

@ Corrie, thank you!
The initial thought for the rope when I saw it is to string it in a necklace, with some other beads, maybe in a multi strand necklace so that it's entirely exposed. But it was only a thought and didn't really like it or had an idea what to use and how to do it so I waited 'til this one came up! I am incomparable more satisfied about the result now, than I would have been if I made something with the initial thought.
I love stringing as well but it's not always the best solution :P

@bairozan, thank you.
I wanted to link all the elements together. Without the embelishments I had the feeling it was all too... naked :p

@roomforchange, thank you!
Well, that's me, my style: more in one :)) I'm not chameleonic, I just embrace more feelings and ideas, even if they can be very different. And so, I can make and wear a lot of different things, style, etc, depending on my mood, feelings, intuition, desires, etc .

Dhea Powers spunea...

Wow... gorgeous work!!

Andra Marasteanu spunea...

Thank you, Dhea Powers!

Marsela spunea...

First I thought "is this one necklace?" and then I looked closer. OMG - what a nice work!!!

Schmuck der gut tut spunea...

What a great work! The first necklace is gorgeous, my favorite!
Mea (von Fauch)

Cornerstoregoddess spunea...

Amazing! You've done such complex and beautiful work!

Divya N spunea...

I love your second piece dedicated to Ra - it looks fit for a king/queen who is a sun worshipper

Andra Marasteanu spunea...

@ Marsela:
Thank you, Marsela! You are nice!

@Schmuck der gut tut:
Thank you, Mea! I llove it too, easy to wear witha boho style outfit!

@Cornerstoregoddess: Thank you!

@Divya N: Thank you, I thought the same myself!

stregajewellry spunea...

Oh, my goodness! What amazing designs! I am so drawn to the colors and design of the one you created using her crocheted rope! I think you are correct, it reminds me of an Egyptian piece. Its fantastic.

Sarah spunea...

Oh, my - those are stunning!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) spunea...

These are absolutely spectacular,Andra!

Andra Marasteanu spunea...

Thank you lovely ladies!

@stregjewellry, thank you! Very happy to express what I saw through my jewelry!

@Sarah: thank you very much!

@Monique: thank you, you are very kind!

Kari Asbury spunea...

WOW! Fantastic statement necklaces. Your work is just so beautiful and I love the names for each very fitting.

la mar de bonita spunea...

Well cooked, Andra! I love long necklaces - love yours! Such an impressive focal, love that turquoises and browns together!

Tammy Adams spunea...

Wow! You created two equally stunning yet very different statement necklaces. And they have very fitting names. Well done with your soup.

Barb Fernald spunea...

Both necklaces are gorgeous! What a fun time you must have had with your soup!

Janine Lucas (Esfera Jewelry) spunea...

Amazing pieces!! You are very very talented.

Terri spunea...

Gorgeous work! Really Soup-perb! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't wan to miss a thing!

CraftyHope spunea...

Very impressive designs! I can't believe you got such statement pieces done in the time frame. Excellent work!

Cadouri femei spunea...

foarte , foarte frumoase toate !

Bev spunea...

I love all the pieces you made with your soup. Very nice bead work. I do love the multi-strand necklace and your use of the focal. Great job!