Dragonfly Totem Makes Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Special

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Connection,” a beadweaving necklace creation for Bead Soup Blog Party 7

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Connection,” a beadweaving necklace creation for Bead Soup Blog Party 7

Count me connected! Count me excited about the first reveal for Bead Soup Blog Party 7.

BSBP7-beaders

My generous soup from partner Pam Chesbro of Tulsa, OK contained an inspirational dragonfly, a creature of the wind and water. One of the first connections for me involved researching the symbolism of dragonflies.

Rearranging my soup as I walked by helped the thought process somehow. As the beads connected with my fingers my mind began to feel the piece develop.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bead Soup mix

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Bead Soup mix

I embellished the dragonfly focal from Oklahoma artist Suzy Komar, (using Japanese beads and delicas) beading around it and then adding a sterling silver dragonfly charm to the top.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Focal from Oklahoma artist Suzy Komar

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Focal from Oklahoma artist Suzy Komar

Pam included a high-end multi-strand clasp in my soup. She said she loved it. I do too.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 12-strand, 6-gram sterling silver clasp

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, 12-strand, 6-gram sterling silver clasp

My soup also included a wonderful face I wanted to use. Inspired by the connection between two women (Pam and me) beading in different cities, I decided to add a second face from my stash.

It didn’t appear to work. Could it be the shape, I wondered? After walking by the soup several times, I realized the problem was with the color.

In a charged moment, I painted colors onto my face. I felt electrified, creative. I could “see” the beadweavings connecting the focal to the two faces representing Pam and me, and then to rest of the necklace.

 ©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, two faces connect with focal and 12 strands


©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, two faces connect with focal and 12 strands

At no time did I know for sure how the project would turn out. This necklace made itself.

For instance, I planned to inter-weave all the bead strands, much like the work between the focal and the faces. That didn’t happen. It simply didn’t look or feel right for the project.

I experimented with wire, with different sizes of beads, and with different lengths of strands. In every instance, I decided the dragonflies were in charge, not me.

The success of my face paint project did lead me to consider painting the earring tubes from my bead soup. Another connection. Some of each of the seed beads live in those tubes. It made a perfect pairing for the necklace.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Connection Earrings

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Connection Earrings

BSBP Founder Lori McDaniel Anderson wrote about Bead Soup pairings and results they could create. Looking at the past 60 days, I realize these accomplishments:

    • Colors choices outside my usual boundaries
    • Techniques I might not otherwise have tried
    • Additional time spent in design discussion, sketching, changing
    • More blog posts and pictures
    • Creative enthusiasm fanned by the experience

My partner and I connected a number of times and I reached out to others in the BSBP7 event through social media.

In an amazing way, (thanks in part to Facebook and Pinterest) I feel a creativity connection with every Bead Soup Blog Party 7 participant. Congratulations to Lori for building community!

Please enjoy visiting other “First Reveal” BSBP7 participants and celebrate their accomplishments.

 

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Connection

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Connection

The amazing dragonfly, a symbol of transformation is the plus in all of this. My totem. My connection. How cool is that!

How did Bead Soup Blog Party 7 affect you?