Finally this day is here and I am so happy to see all the creativity from around the world.
My soup partner is Lissa Hanna from LH Beads in Florida. She sent me beautiful beads including lampwork ones made by her, and a very challenging focal piece that pushed me to create beyond my comfort zone. I also don't buy many beads in brown so the color palette in my piece was something challenging for me as well.
I tried different things when it came to framing this awesome sliced seashell focal piece. It did not have a hole at the top. I decided to make this tear shaped sterling frame from 16 G wire and soldered it together. I then wire wrapped the shell around the frame.
The connector at the top of the frame is a clasp. I tend to be very symmmetric in my designs and could not get away from this but I love the final result. And the clasp she sent me: I just adore it!! I am a sucker for unique clasps and this one is no exception.
Thanks Lisa and I love how you cooked the bead soup I sent you!!!!