Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Today is the big reveal for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  Lori Anderson of Pretty Things was our hostess for this fun and creative swap.  Today is the 3rd and final set of reveals that have been going on for the past 4 weeks.

You might remember my partner Donetta Farrington of Simply Gorgeous sent me this fantastic collection of beads…

My task was to take the focal (which Donetta did create {wow!} ) and clasp and design at least one piece of jewelry.  I love what she sent me and the colors were so fun to work with.  I was going to drag out the reveal, but there is a lot of blog hopping to do, so I’ll give you the payout first and you can decide if you want to read all the nitty-gritty details. ;)

I knew I wanted to create something that incorporated the lovely silk ribbon Donetta sent me.  The original thought behind my design was to have the ribbon be towards the clasp, but I decided to switch it up a bit and use the ribbon to hold the focal.

Mustard yellow is so popular right now, but not a color I naturally gravitate towards.  Since I knew it would be more of a creative challenge and it looked so lovely with the aqua, I decided I had to use it in my necklace design.  I did struggle to find beads in my stash to compliment the yellow, but I am very pleased to report that I did not buy one new thing for the creation these two pieces.

I have a spool of Vintaj wire I’d picked up when I was designing my piece for the Fusion Beads Vintaj challenge, so I created several large jump rings and linked them together in kind of ring components.  I started with them at the focal, but used them in several places on the necklace.

With the lovely Chalcedony ring Donetta sent me, I knew I was going to create an asymmetrical design.  I love the ribbon bow on the ring.

I wanted to keep the design simple on the ring side of the necklace, so I just used a couple different seed beads and randomly added some silver toned rings I had.

On the other side of the necklace, I wanted a more chunky design.  I loved working with the Kyanite sticks {and I liked saying the name in my head ~ Kyanite, Kyanite}.  I had some semi-precious yellow-toned rounds to mix with the Kyanite and aqua stones.

And, of course, I finished up the necklace with the sooo pretty clasp from Donetta.

For the bracelet, I have to admit I was very inspired by all of the floss, ribbon and string designs from the Arm Party Exchange earlier this week.  I took the orange silk ribbon cord and used a knotting technique I learned back in the days of friendship bracelets.  I just had to make myself another fun heart clasp like I did for the bracelet I created for my partner in the Arm Party Exchange, AmarieBeauty.  Then I played with more of the beautiful aqua stones for the second strand.

I love everything Donetta sent me.  And I have quite a few components left.  I’m so excited to have more silk ribbon to play with!

Make sure you check out what Donetta of Simply Gorgeous did with the soup I sent her.  I can’t wait to see what she’s created!

And, here is the list of the other participants! Hope you have a *b.i.g.* pot of soup all prepped to sustain you through the hop.

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
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
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
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, AngelMoose Enterprises

Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential
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, HourGlass Studio
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
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do

Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
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
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

46 thoughts on “Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

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  2. You’re a rock star, girlfriend! I love every single thing you made, and will use some of your designs for inspiration. I won’t copy, I swear, but you’ve done such amazing things that I can’t wait to get back to my bead table!

  3. I love the necklace! It’s hard for me to create asymmetrical pieces but you did a great job.

  4. These are all amazing! And I’m with you on yellow — it’s hard for me to use but you really did a wonderful job! I love everything you made, and I hope you’ll come to the party again!

  5. Great necklace. The ribbon with that focal really makes it look very feminine. And I love the silk and the colors in that bracelet.

  6. Both are beautiful, but I really like your bracelet. The orange and aqua look so great together.

  7. I really really like both of the pieces you made. The techniques you used with the silk are really neat and definitely make me think about trying some alternate techniques with what I have hoarded here at home. I also really love that mustard yellow. Is it in? I just thought it was me. You did a beautiful job with this soup.

  8. Nicely done. It’s nice to see the ribbon up front and center like that, I don’t think I often do. The yellow and blue do well together and you’ve used it to your advantage in your design.

  9. Your pieces are lovely!! I like how you used the ribbon in both pieces – very creative!!

  10. What beautiful designs! I love each one — especially the necklace with the knotted gold sari silk on the side and the knotted aqua and orange ribbon bracelet. Really cool!

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