Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Bead Soup 2012!

***Just added new pics of me wearing my necklace. 
Some of you commented that you'd like to see it on. Scroll to the end and the pics are there.***

Bead Soup is ON! What a great event this has been. Before I go any further I want to send out a BIG thanks to our Hostess, Lori Anderson of Pretty Things What a huge undertaking and she pulls it off every time. Thanks, Lori for putting this all together.

Next a big thanks to my Bead Soup partner, Sweet Freedom of Sweet Freedom Designs What riches she sent me. (And HOLY COW! I just had to add that I hopped over to her reveal and I am AMAZED at what she made. She is so creative and the pieces are marvelous.)

My work with this lovely palette was almost effortless since my partner has such a great eye. (Plus a lot of tallent look at that clasp and centerpiece that she made...awesome! AND she enameled those beads, too. Lucky ME!!)

So I just grabbed some Soft Flex beading wire, added some faceted crystal (for shine) and brown lava (for more texture) and dove in.

 I strung a 3-strand necklace and attached it with crimp tubes to three strands of chain on each side. Since my hair is short, I added the centerpiece to the back. Who says the focal has to go in the front?

 I had set two of the enameled pieces aside and used those for earrings. I just love the enameled pieces and wanted to show these two off.

I made headpins from 24-gauge copper wire and a set of earwires from 20-gauge sterling silver. I really like how they turned out.

Here it is one more time.

I love it and have plans to wear it this week as I have the perfect outfit to show it off.  Happy Beading to all...have a great weekend.

Added... Here is is on. I am on set filming a class for It is now in my permanent "teaching wardrobe" collection.

Here's the full list of participants. Enjoy your hopping!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming 
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential

Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels

Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops

Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts

Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog

Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick

Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. I love the beads and focal your partner sent you! Really cool design putting the focal in the back, very unique. I adore your enamel earrings.

  2. Would love to see you wearing the necklace - I love it! (But I'm still trying to picture the focal in back - sounds interesting!) I like how you added the little flower dangle near the focal. He (she?) was supposed to be a pair, but the other one didn't turn out very well. Perfect for a dangle! And those earrings rock!

  3. I love your designs they are beautiful! The colors are amazing and you are so right the focal does not have to go in the front.

  4. Simply Gorgeous!! What a terrific soup you had to play with!
    Looks like you can rotate the necklace for the focal to be either in the back or asymmetrical in the front..really cool!

  5. What a fun bead soup you had to work with! Looks like you truly had fun. And I love how your finished piece sort of coordinates with the colors of your blog, too. That made me smile. :)

  6. I LOVE those enamelled beads!!! I will just have to go and get some!!! Rotating the necklace is a great idea. Fantastic designs!!

  7. Love the addition of the lava stone (never seen brown lava stone).

  8. What a beautiful set! Nicely done.

  9. oooo, I'll have to say, so far your creations are one of my favs, and I have been doing a lot of hopping and have seen some really nice things!

  10. Absolutely fabulous job (love those colors!) and stunning components to work with! I just favorited your upcoming book, too!

  11. Oh, that is GORGEOUS! Love the chunky beads, the colours, and your design suits the beads perfectly.

  12. Lovely creations...nice job! You had a yummy the colors!

  13. I am left wondering why it never occured to me to put my brown lava stone with turquoise... A simply Gorgeous Set. I hope you love wearing it :)

  14. Beautiful work! I love the colors of the enameled pieces. Your finished piece is gorgeous. My very favorite color combination. Enjoy!

  15. Love them! You had an amazing soup to work with and did a great job putting them together!

  16. Amazing soup and I love what you have come up with!

  17. Awesome!
    Beautiful works!

  18. Great job with your soup. I love the colors.

  19. Ohh my God, what an amazing piece of art you made here!
    I really love the way you highlighted the beads and pieces you recieved and how you paired them with lava and crystals!
    And the focal in the back: go for it girl, I think it's a great choice! I simply love this, it's on my favourite designs list!

  20. loving the way you put it together.Love and hugs Tanya

  21. Wonderful piece. I really like the brown with turquoise.

  22. I love both pieces!
    ciao dall'Italia

  23. What a great soup! I am so swooning over your designs right now, glad I'm sitting down! :) I love the enamel beads you had to work with. You certainly did them justice.

  24. Amazing jewelry! congratulations!

  25. WOw! I LOVE the addition of the lava beads. I had seen them before at the store, and wrinkled my nose at them...who would want these. I want them now ;-)

  26. Love, love,love your necklace and earrings - the colors are terrific!

  27. Your necklace and earrings are just gorgeous. I agree with you about having a little something on the back of a necklace.

  28. Wow I just love your necklace! The colors....I'm drooling. My favorite combination is blue with brown. Oh and the earrings are so pretty. I could see myself wearing them!!!

  29. That is a gorgeous set. Even though I'm not a blue person, those colors go really well together. I like how chunky it is and the texture to it. Very nice.

  30. Very nice! You really managed to capture the spirit of each focal in your jewelry designs! Well done.
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  31. Love them! You were sent such a gorgeous mix. The lava beads you added to the bead mix was a brilliant idea.

  32. That is a gorgeous necklace. Love the colors together. I can see why it was easy to make - everything just goes together so well. Great job!

  33. Love these pieces! Really like the soup that your partner sent.

  34. LOVE the necklace, love the earrings, love the color combo. You were one lucky girl with this soup.

  35. I love that color combo and the necklace and earrings rock!!!

  36. Beautiful work, love the colors and how you put them together.

  37. The lava beads you added really give the necklace a ton of added texture and a little somethin' somethin'. They are both really great and I like your idea to add the focal to the back. Super cute!

  38. Two of my absolute favorites - copper and turquoise!!

  39. What a fabulous set! I love the bounty of beads you put into that braceled. And it's in my favorite color combination too!

  40. Looks terrific - glad you added those pics!

  41. you looks great with that necklace, a real beauty ( both of you :-) ) great job!

  42. Delicious beads. Totally tasty creation. Looooove it. ;-)

  43. Love the colors and the way you used them!

  44. Oooo -- that's too yummy! Super-fabulous design. :)

  45. That is gorgeous! Love seeing it on as well.

  46. Gorgeous necklace and earrings - love the focal in the back!!

  47. That is a great necklace. Love the short hair focal in back idea!

  48. You're right, who says the focal has to be at the front. With your short hair, the piece will look fantastic whether you are coming or going. *smile*


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