My thanks to Lori of Pretty Things for hosting a triple sized Bead Soup. My partner is the lovely Hajer of My Beaded World who lives almost 7,000 miles away in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We sent each other our beads over a month ago, only she has not yet received hers :-( (Kingdom of Bahrain mail service - 1; US Post Office - ZERO). Hopefully her beads will arrive in time for the third reveal on August 25th. She sent me the most incredible collection of bead woven goodies -- straight out of your dreams of a desert kingdom. Once I cleared a spot on my crazy messy desk and moved them around a couple times I knew exactly how I wanted to put them all together. Good thing as I started at about 8:30 last night!
The focal, clasp and ruffle link (which I used as a bail) were all made by Hajer. I loved the deep red peaking out of the focal so decided to highlight that with red beads in the necklace.
I am IN LOVE with the ruffled link. The picture just doesn't do it's justice - Hajer's bead work is incredible. She also sent ruffled tubes which were perfect for earrings along with some of the other beads I got with my soup.