I did finish something, though -- not something elaborate, by any means, but it does meet the requirements of using the focal and the clasp I received in my soup from Penney Klaproth (more about the soup later). Because I wound up waiting until the last possible minute to work on my piece, there's only one... this sweet little necklace that I named Dulcinea.
I mentioned before that I was required to use the focal and the clasp (and you'll see later that there were LOTS of other beads, including a huge bag of seed beads and bugle beads that weren't even part of the soup!), but as soon as I saw the clasp I knew that it was going to wind up being part of the focal -- this little swirly copper loop is just too pretty to sit at the back of someone's neck. So I chose to use it to suspend the little stone donut. The necklace itself is an ndebele rope I made using beads from my own stash: pretty bright copper lined seed beads that coordinate perfectly with the copper pieces Penney sent me.
Want to see the "soup" I received? Here it is! It has a great collection of metal and natural beads that will eventually be used in some project. In fact, I have them sitting on my bead board now, while I ponder what I can do with them. I'm particularly intrigued by the little glass plugs, the ones nearest the hand in the photo below. Their colors are wonderful, and I'm thinking I might actually try something with wire...
Now I have some blog hopping to do... And I'd like to invite you to hop along with me. You can visit http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2012/08/6th-bead-soup-blog-party-2nd-reveal.html for a list of all the Reveal #2 participants. Don't forget to visit my swap partner's blog, Faerie Acres!