Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

There has been lots of cooking all over the world for Lori Anderson’s 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.  Today is the first of three reveals.

As a refresher, here is what my partner, Susan Sheehan, sent me.

Bead Soup from Susan Sheehan{also a link for the goodies}

And without further ado {because I know you have lots and lots of visiting to do}, here is what I created.

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If you look closely, there are four pieces there.  I will start with the necklaces.

2013-03-30_BSBP7bI really wanted to create a long necklace.  I just have one in my waredrobe, and I find that I’d like to wear more.  The main necklace {on the left} is about 21-inches long.  I found some perfectly coordinated Czech Glass rectangles that I wire wrapped together.  I added the beautiful glass beads Susan created and the yellow rectangle stones.

I wanted the focal to shine in the center.  I didn’t like the feel of adding dangles to the bottom, so I created a spiral that wraps slightly up over the bottom of this lovely pendant.

If you haven’t taken a moment to examine this focal, then scroll back up to the top and see the closer view in my main image.  The detail work on this pendant is gorgeous!  And you can’t see it from my pictures, but the flowers are repeated on the back in the same design.

As I was wrapping this first necklace, I had the idea of creating a second one that would be complementary.  The second necklace {on the right} is about 18-inches long.  I made it so the two necklaces can link together via lobster clasps and create a single necklace that’s nearly 40-inches long.  I think I’m too short for such a long necklace, but they also layer beautifully and are fun as separates too.  I am all about versatility in my pieces.

Since I decided to link the necklaces together, I did not use the lovely clasp Susan sent me.  I wanted a piece that would feature the clasp, so I created this simple bracelet.

2013-03-30_BSBP7cI had a few remaining rectangle yellow stones that were just begging to be used, so I created a second bracelet.  I loved the yellow and pink of the Blood Quartz together.

2013-03-30_BSBP7dI think four pieces is the most I’ve ever created for a Bead Soup Blog Party.  I had so much fun with the ingredients Susan so generously sent me.  I could go on and on, but I’ll let you travel on to the other participants.

First, don’t miss what Susan made with the ingredients I sent her at Strands of Thought.

Then, please take a few moments to visit some of the other participants.  I know these talented designers will knock your socks off with their creativity!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Alicia Marinache ~ All Pretty Things
Amber Dawn Goldish ~ Inventive Soul
Barb Solem ~ Vivi Magoo Presents
Bev Breisinger ~ Country Frog Creations
Birgitta Lejonklou ~ Create with Spirit
Breana Fry ~ Vault 31
Brenda Sue Lansdowne ~ B’sue Boutiques
Bridget Torres ~ Shears58
Carol Dee Myers ~ Carol Deezigns
Carolyn Chenault ~ Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick ~ Beads: Rolling Downhill
Cece Cormier ~ The Beading Yogini
Cheryl McCloud ~ One Thing Leads To Another
Cindy Wilson ~ It’s My Sea of Dreams
Crystal Thain ~ Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Riggs ~ Cynth’s Blog
Dana Hickey ~ Wind Dancer Studios
Dana James ~ Dana’s Jewelry Design
Darlene Fortier ~ darliciousrejuvenations
Deana Hager ~ Just Deesarts

Deanna Cox ~ Beaded Dreams
Deb Brooks ~ From the Heart Creations
Debra Behrends ~ Hopeful Journeys
Denielle Hagerman ~ Some Beads and Other Things
Denise McCabe ~ Cabe Woman
Diana Frey ~ Tattered Adornments
Diana Welte ~ Lily Weeds
Dini Bruinsma ~ Angaza by Changes
DiYana Alcalde ~ Agape Creations Jewelry
Dolores Raml ~ CraftyD’s Creations

Donna Millard ~ Fyre Beadz
Dot Lewallwn ~ Speedie Beadie
Duane Clark ~ dc’z bizzy bead adventures
Dyanne Cantrell ~ http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/
Eleanor Burian-Mohr ~ http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com/
Elisabeth Auld ~ www.beadsforbusygals.com
Elizabeth Owens Dwy ~ www.1996shabbylane.blogspot.com
Emily Greer ~ http://www.gaiacopia.com/blog-2/
Enikö Fabian ~ http://perleni.blogspot.co.at/
Erin Grant ~ http://ErinsJewelryCreations.blogspot.com

Eva Kovacs ~ http://ewagyongyosvilaga.blogspot.hu/
Eva Sherman ~ http://evashermandesigns.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett ~ www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Grace Rotenberg ~ http://rivkasmomcom.blogspot.com/
Gretchen Nation ~ www.artfoodlodging.blogspot.com
Hannah Rosner ~ http://goodrivergallery.wordpress.com
Heather Davis ~ http://www.blissfulgardenbeads.com/
Heather Marston ~ http://www.cswdesignsbyhehe.blogspot.com/
Heather Powers ~ http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com
Ingrid McCue ~ www.wrappedinsilver.com

Jacqueline Marchant ~ Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jan Petek ~ Pepper Tree Designs
Janeen Sorensen ~ Wild Vanilla Designs
Jane-Michael Stallings ~ Craft Vacuum
Jasvanti Patel ~ Jewelry by Jasvanti
Jayashree Paramesh ~ Nchantme
Jayne Capps ~ Mama’s Got To Doodle
Jean Yates ~ Snap out of it Jean
Jennifer Cameron ~ Glass Addictions
Jennifer LaVite ~ Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry

Joan Williams ~ Lilruby Jewelry
Jodie Marshall ~ Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads
Judy Riggs ~ Rigglettes
Julie Anne Leggett ~ The Peaceful Bead
Kat Barron Miller ~ Midnight Kat Productions
Kathy Lindemer ~ Bay Moon Designs
Kim Hora ~ Kimmy Kats
Kim Houston ~ The Pink Martini
Kim Sparks ~ Beadabunch
Krafty Max ~ Krafty Max Originals

Kris Lanae Binsfeld ~ Cherish Designs
Krista French ~ Express Your Faith Jewelry
Kristen Stevens ~ My Bead Journey
Kristi Harrison ~ It’s a New Day
Kumi Fisher ~ Malie Kai Designs
Laren Dee Barton ~ Laren Dee Designs
Laura Bracken ~ Laura Bracken Designs
Laura Demoya ~ www.Thebeadtherapist.blogspot.com
Laurie Hanna ~ Laurie’s Jewelbox
Laurie Keefe-Cecere ~ Tree of Life ~ rooted in my soul

Lea Avroch ~ lajewelrydesigns
Leanne Loftus ~ First Impression Design
Lee Anne Messerschmidt ~ Adventures in Jewelry
Leslie Schenkel ~ Twisted Chicken
Linda Anderson ~ http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Linda Djokic ~ www.lutkaandco.com
Linda Murphy ~ www.bonitabead.blogspot.com
Linda Sadler ~ http://idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com/
Lisa Liddy ~ http://lisaliddy.wordpress.com/
Lisa Suver ~ http://fanceethat.blogspot.com/

Liz DeLuca ~ http://www.creativeartyfacts.blogspot.com/
Liz Engriser ~ http://www.beadcontagion.blogspot.com/
Lola Surwillo ~ http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Loretta Carstensen ~ www.designsbyloretta.blogspot.com
Lori Bergmann ~ www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud ~ http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lori Poppe ~ http://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider ~ www.Beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Lyn Foley ~ www.lynfoleyblog.com
Maddison Langford ~ http://maddy-moo.blogspot.com

Magdalena Sikora ~ http://porannagazeta.blogspot.com/
Mallory Hoffman ~ http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/
Marcella Austenfeld ~ Good to Go Jewelry
Marcy Lamberson ~ http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com
Maria Clark ~ http://sweetwillowdesigns.blogspot.com/
Maria Rosa Sharrow ~ www.willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Marianna Boylan ~ www.stargirlshop.blogspot.com
Marie Covert ~ http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/
Marti Conrad ~ www.marticsclay.blogspot.com
Mary Ellen Merrigan ~ http://www.MaryEllenBeads.com

Mary Harding ~ www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Molly Alexander ~ http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com
Nan Emmett ~ http://spiritrattles.blogspot.com/
Niky Sayers ~ http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Pam Chesbro ~ http://afortunatesoul.blogspot.com/
Pam Farren ~ http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Pam Sandy ~ http://pamseclecticstuff.blogspot.com/
Pam Traub ~ http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Pamela Gangler ~ http://shealwayslovedpink.blogspot.com/
Patricia Buchanan ~ http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/braceletstoo

Patricia Johnson ~ http://patricialjohnsonglassart.blogspot.com
Patty Miller ~ http://cabaribeads.blogspot.com/
Paula Hisel ~ http://simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Peggy Gabrielson ~ http://georgiamountainarts.blogspot.com
Perri Jackson ~ http://shaktipajdesigns.com/blog/
Rachel Baron ~ http://www.rbarondesigns.blogspot.com
Rachel Stanley ~ http://2catchahummingbird.blogspot.com
Rain Hannah ~ http://honeyandollie.com
Rana Wilson ~ http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano ~ www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Robin Reed ~ www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Rochelle Brisson ~ http://www.acreativechelle.blogspot.com
Rose Rushbrooke ~ www.roserushbrooke.com/blog/
Ruth Szapa ~ www.trudicrufus.blogspot.com
Sally Russick ~ http://thestudiosublime.com
Sandi Volpe ~ www.sandivolpe.com
Sandra Pendragon ~ http://sandrapendragon.blogspot.com/
Sandy Richardson ~ www.SandyColoringBox.blogspot.com
Sarah Small ~ http://bysalla.blogspot.com
Shannon Hicks ~ http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Shari Replogle ~ Plays With Paper
Sheila Daniels ~ http://www.cheekymagpie.com
Sheila Davis ~ http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com/
Shiraz Biggie ~ www.secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Moore ~ www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Skylar Bre’z ~ http://brisingbeads.blogspot.com/
Staci Smith ~ www.stacilouiseoriginals.com
Stacie Florer ~ http://www.soultosubstance.com
Stacy Pomerleau ~ www.craftenvilleblog.com
Stephanie Weiss ~ www.uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com

Sumi Rani ~ www.HundredColors.blogspot.com
Susan Sheehan ~ Strands of Thought
Suzette Bentley ~ http://elliesbijoux.blogspot.com
Tamera Norris ~ www.beadsinspireme.com
Tracy Choy ~ www.bumblebeadsdesigns.Blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman ~ www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Valerie Norton ~ www.hot-fused-glass.com
Vicki Holliday ~ http://flopcatdesign.blogspot.com/

Bead Soup for My Partner

I decided to make the focal and clasp for my bead soup.  I wanted a new metal flower that was a little more tropical feeling, so I searched the web for some pictures until I found a flower that I liked.  Then I sketched it out and set to shaping the copper into my vision.

I’m really, really happy with how this flower turned out.  It’s 2 1/4 inches in diameter because that seemed like a good size to me.  I textured the petals and colored it with a plum patina from Metal Me This.  It’s the first time I’ve added a patina to metal, but it will certainly not be the last.

I also included one of my heart clasps.  I wanted to create a flower one, but I was already running behind and the purple one from my stash seemed to go really well with the other ingredients.

Bead Soup ~ closer view of focal and clasp

The one thing I didn’t do with this focal was punch the petals for stringing.  I had several ideas on where to punch, but I didn’t want to limit Susan’s creativity by selecting for her.  I did include my punch ideas in my card to her.

Bead Soup ~ punch ideas

I promise that I had already decided on a purple and yellow theme for this soup before I opened Susan’s package.  You know what they say about great minds and all.  You might also notice that the yellow rounds on the left are strikingly similar to the rectangles that Susan sent me.

Bead Soup Ingredients for Susan

The only thing I really wish I’d done differently was make the focal smaller.  I seem to have something for the large flowers, but I’m worried that she’s going to be limited because of the size.  I am so very excited to see what Susan does with these soup ingredients.

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Soup Ingredients from Susan Sheehan

My Bead Soup Blog Party partner for the 7th swap is Susan Sheehan.  When I saw her name in the email from Lori, I thought, I know this gal.  But it took me a little bit to figure out how and why.  For now, I’m just going to keep that my little secret…

Susan’s beautiful soup showed up on my doorstep a full three days before I even shipped mine to her!  She was quite on top of the whole exchange, while I had been mired in a week of stomach flu immediately followed by five-year-old birthday party preparation.

I would like to say that I showed tremendous restraint and waited until I’d shipped her package, but in a move much unlike me {I blame the illnesses and stress ~ I needed a fun little break}, I tore open that box and went through all the lovely ingredients.

Susan is a glass bead artist {something I hope to learn one day ~ probably after I have all three kids in grade school}.  And she sent me some lovely creations and supplies from her stash.

Bead Soup from Susan Sheehan

I’m not sure I can specifically name everything she sent me.  But there’s a string of olive pearls, some Swarovski crystals, some fun green waxed linen, a set of yellow stones I can’t identify {but have some in my stash and love}, and some glass discs I’m pretty sure she created.

The pendant reminds me Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night even though it’s flowers.  The painting was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw it.  The clasp is a fun style of clasp that I’ve admired for a long time.  I just hope I can do this soup some justice!

Bead Soup Close View  from Susan Sheehan

I’m looking forward to letting some ideas simmer in my mind while I gaze at these lovely ingredients over the next couple weeks.  I’m certain our March 30th reveal date will be here before I know it.

Make sure you take a few moments to browse Susan’s shop for some other really lovely beads.  She and I seem to share a love for flowers.

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Are You Ready to “Cook”?

It’s time for the lovely Lori Anderson’s 7th Bead Soup Blog Party sign up!

Sign-ups are going on right now until Sunday the 27th on Lori’s Bead Soup Blog Party page.  All you really have to do is have a blog and sign up for the party.

Bead Soup Blog Party 2

Lori will assign you a partner around February 3rd.  You will need to send your partner a focal piece, a nice clasp (no plated lobster claws) and some coordinating beads by February 10th.  That’s all there is to it.

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Once you receive the ingredients from your partner, you have a few weeks to create your piece and then all of the participants will reveal on one of three different dates: March 30th, April 6th or April 13th.  You just decide on the date you prefer when you sign up.

Bead Soup Blog Party 1

I’ve participated in three different exchanges (pictured above) and it’s just so much fun every time ~ picking the ingredients, waiting for your fun package, figuring out what to make, seeing what your partner created, and hopping around for days (and days and days) to see what everyone else created.

It’s a seriously so fun and so creatively inspiring.

So what are you waiting for??? Sign up already!

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