Beaders, Rev Your Engines – Prepare to Reveal Bead Soup Results

Two days from now, as part of Bead Soup Blog Party 7’s first reveal, I post my completed project.

BSBP7-beadersPartner Pam Chesbro of Tulsa generously gifted me with a number of choices…

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bead Soup from Tulsa

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bead Soup from Tulsa

Once I settled on my design idea, I confronted the worry of “not enough time” by taking the project with me.

Here, I bead during a lull in Amapola Gallery traffic.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan beads cabochon at Amapola Gallery

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan beads cabochon at Amapola Gallery

As one of 42 local artists in this coop gallery, I share in both the ownership and the work, so I spend a couple of days every six weeks minding the store.

When I tired of beading, I put other ideas to work. Pam’s plentiful bead soup provided me with a slew of options. With some of the bead soup leftovers, I fashioned a macramé wrap bracelet for Spring.

 ©2013, Spring, 15”-16” double wrap macrame bracelet, with three charms


©2013, Spring, 15”-16” double wrap macrame bracelet, with three charms

In addition to macramé, I resolved to try metal work. This, a studio “first”: me drilling on a metal heart that was included in my bead soup.

©2013, Drilling holes in bead soup metal heart cabochon

©2013, Drilling holes in bead soup metal heart cabochon

Once the holes were drilled, I started adding charms. (Are we having fun yet?)

Aaaaaaah! I could go on and on.

Instead, I’ll take pictures, complete my finishing touches and begin to summarize my Bead Soup Blog Party 7 experience.

Maybe I’ll even draft a post and schedule it for release just after midnight Friday morning. Be sure to check back.

How do you rev your beading engines for the deadline?