My favorite part of developing the soup is playing with color combinations, and I always end up learning something from both my experience playing with the soup I send, and of course playing with the soup I am sent in return.
This time, the first thing that spoke to me was a shell pendant; I love the beach and beachy themes, so I started with it and pulled out some of the neutral and copper tones from the shell. At this point it was looking pretty neutral (ie, dull), so I went across the color wheel and added a bit of purple in beaded beads and pearls for shimmer. I love those pearl "spikes" by the way, I hope Leah can have some fun with them. The dragonflies at the top right of the photo are the clasp:
As I was digging around, I found some fairy ribbon in my fibre stash that worked well for color
It was at this point that I found out that Leah, who is a fellow bead-weaver, was to be my partner...then I could go crazy and add some seed beads, which I really, really wanted to do!
BUT....as we were a bit rushed at that point to get mailing, I forgot to take a picture before I packaged Leah's soup...hope you can make out some of the additions in this picture. More purple for brightening, and some pretty czech peachy seeds:
I was all ready to post....THEN this focal jumped into the box instead of the shell! The nerve!! But he just felt he belonged in the mix, I guess...:-) (see new focal bottom right of the picture)
And off they went to Leah....