Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Today is the big reveal day, there are 209 other bloggers who will also be revealing what they have created.  I have to thank Lori Anderson for taking on such a huge job.  First she offered to host this party with no idea that so many would respond, she could have had a cut off number but didn't and that in itself is a huge commitment. She then had all sorts of computer problems when trying to pair off people so that each person could ship a goodies package including a focal and fancy clasp to the partner they had been assigned to.  I was very lucky to get assigned to Dorcas from over at wondrous strange designs , she sent out some beautiful items to work with.

The goodies I received were a fun mix of a few silver beads and clasp mixed with some hand made pottery pieces.  I couldn't have been more thrilled but I don't work in silver so it was going to be a bit of a challenge to make this work since the pieces of pottery were calling out to be mixed with copper.  Deciding to mix the silver and the copper together using some recently acquired skills I created a piece that used all but one of the items sent to me in a playful and unusual way, so with no further adue here is my first but not last Bead Soup piece.

Bead Soup Necklace, The focal piece did not have a hole in the pointed end
I decided to take a chance and drill it and I am so glad I did.
I wish I could have captured the color better it is so much more vibrant than this.
I used liver of sulfur on the metals to make their colors blend together successfully.
This is what I was sent and the only piece I didn't use was the small hand

                    Please visit other bloggers for their big bead soup blog party reveal,  here is the list.

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread


  1. Oh, I really like what you have done! I love all the textures and I think you did marvelously with the silver!

  2. Beautiful focal element complimented by your gorgeous ribbon and the addition of the copper and silver.Great job.Also love your photos.

  3. Wow... Beautiful. So dark and earthy. I love what you did with your partner's stash, that you pulled the focal up to the side for a winning asymmetrical design. It's really beautiful and works so well. Wonderful work. :) Love the way you photographed it, too. Art in and of itself!

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  5. Lovely! I really like the colours and the sort of darki mood with de oxidised metal.

  6. The focal being not focal, I love this! You used the elements so cratively, I'd love to wear this kind of necklace!

  7. (I deleted my first post because I couldn't spell. Now I see I couldn't even spell right after editing the text... :P ) How hard can it be to spell 'dark'?

  8. Very creative and quirky: the purple ribbon really sets off the metal bits of the necklace. It is really funky, I like it! smile, Virginie

  9. Love it - so eclectic, but still with a focused style. And that :D

  10. So dark and fun! That was a great use of your ingredients.

  11. You did did a wonderful job pulling all this together! My Ancient One raku piece is really set off by the off center use and the darkening metals. You did good:) Thanks so much...hope you like what I did using your generous offerings:)

  12. You cook good soup. Some of my favorite pieces incorporate mixed metals.

  13. Cool. Colorful. awesome design.

  14. Love what you have made. I especially like the soft ribbon with the hard metal. Yummers!

  15. What a gorgeous piece - truly unique!!!

  16. That silk really complements the focal and I love the asymmetry. Gorgeous!

  17. You did a wonderful job! I really liked working with the silk I was sent.

  18. This is a great piece. Your use of the focal and mixing the metals is fantastic. I love it.

  19. Gorgeous! This is great. And thanks for your comments on my blog Artemisia's Studio.


  20. The ribbons is the "Pow" in this piece that you so eloquently created! What a great piece of wearable art!

  21. Wow, some stunning colors and designs in your piece! Thanks for visiting my blog, it's been so much fun to read peoples comments and see thier work!

  22. Love what you did with the focal, great positioning. Love the warm jewel tone colors, an eye-catching necklace.

  23. What a great job you did with the focal! The necklace is fantastic!

  24. Ooooh lala! I love ceramic beads, especially raku. I think the mixed metals look great on it! I really like the piece you made!
    I also scrolled down and saw your beachy jewelry. Whenever we go to the shore I collect tons of shells, and sea glass. LOVE sea glass! So glad to find someone else who loves those little beach treasures!!!

  25. Very cool and unique necklace! :)

  26. Absolutely LOVE it! So artistic and creative! Well done!

  27. What a fun and funky piece! I love the way you meshed the copper and silver together with the pendant and those very cool beads. Really nice creative work!

  28. I would of never figured that out. You did a great job of making a really cool piece.

  29. I love all the different elements in this to die for necklace!

  30. Super how you put it all together! Truly a one of a kind piece of wearable art!

  31. #209 it, great work...

  32. Wow, that is a beautiful necklace, wonderful design and the colors are spectacular!

  33. Now I really like what you have made. Its mysterious and intrugue lurks here. The girl who we know nothing about that elusive one wears this. I think you did a Splendid job! Its a captivating pc and I cant say enough..youve done a beautiful job!!!

  34. So so pretty, I absolutely love the handmade links it really works with this piece.

  35. Oh, my, that is a beautiful work of wearable art! I love it!

  36. Thanks so much for your wonderful words, this has been an awesome experience to be pushed into working with materials I wouldn't normally use and I love how it turned out.

  37. Love the colors and mix of metals - beautiful!

  38. I love the dark colors in your piece; fabulous design. Cheers!

  39. I love the dark splenor of this is dark and mysterious, and the colors are lushious

  40. Such a rustic beauty! The chain fits all 100%!

  41. Wow, I LOVE this. The silk and the oxidized silver go so well with the focal piece. Stunning.

  42. Wow, your necklace is beautiful I really love what you've made with your bead soup!

    Deb x

  43. I love this earthy design. These dark colors are definitely the thing for me. Really cool how you used the pendant.

  44. The chain rocks! The wrapped fiber rocks! The colors rock - and I know they are more vibrant. It definitely catches my eye!

  45. I love this piece. The textures of sari silk, the raku, silver beads, and chain keep my eye looking around the whole piece. I love the chain you made and how you connected with double jump rings. Bravo!

  46. Love, Love, Love this necklace! The Raku focal and beads a favorite! the cool soldered links another favorite and the purple sari silk Yum! You totally nailed this challenge!

  47. The ribbon and the chain is perfect with the big focal.

  48. You did a fabulous job with this! I find it so interesting on what people are doing with their stash. I looked at these pieces and saw something totally different, and you came up with this amazing piece. It is really stirring my creative juices to see what everyone is doing. Thanks to all for this.

  49. oooo, fabulous creation sweetie! ;o)


    hello gorgoeus xxx

  50. I love what you did. Those colors are so yummy!

  51. one word: GORGEOUS! This is one of my favorite designs I have seen in the hop. Those links aer amazing! Great soup!

  52. How very different and inventive I like it!

  53. wow..I absoultely adore this mystical and romantic at the same time..outstanding design and use of component!

  54. oh my gosh this is amazing. I have to say this is my favorite piece so far! A-ma-zing!
    Shannon C

  55. you deserve extra special kudos for using all but one soup ingredient!!! You design is Amazing!!!
    Truly a piece of "Art you can wear " !!!!!
    m.e. :)

  56. Very cool - love how this turned out so edgy!

  57. Love your piece, love your blog, follow you now to be back and see more of your work!

  58. Love what you did with that really beautiful ceramic piece. The colors!! fantastic and I like the darker tone on the metal components with it. I am going to have to buy some liver of sulfer. You inspired me - thank you!!

  59. I love it! You did a fantastic job at combining all the colors :)

  60. You really made that focal sing! I love the mixed media feeling of the piece...if I had it on I'm sure I'd keep touching it all time!

  61. Beautiful necklace and I love the puzzle on your preview post!

  62. Sweet! I love the photo of the necklace on handwriting background! Of course the necklace is *gorgeous*! I love the spectrum of colors that liver of sulfur produces.

  63. You did a amazing job combining all your ingredients, and I love all the textures you used in your design.

  64. First off, Congratulations on your first Bead Soup Party! This is exquisite and wonderful! I've always wanted to combine copper and silver and you did it beautifully!

  65. Ohmygoodness! That focal is just how you featured it!

  66. Wow, I have to say this is the most unusual focal bead I've seen so far. (i"m working backward throught the list). You did a stunning job creating an extraordinary piece. Truly rememorable.

  67. beautiful and love your sense of color. You are doing good to have read all the blogs I'm only a little over half way.

  68. One of my favorite bead soup pieces. I just love looking at it and would love to wear it. You did a great job with the soup. I love to mix copper and silver.

  69. I love this! What a phenomenal design! And I think my comments default to the top...tried to fix it because everyone was posting on the previous blog post. :)

  70. Oh, wow! Such an unusual and strong piece! I keep going back to the top of the page just to take one more look at it. ;)

  71. Oh, you are so lucky to have gotten Dorcas. She makes the most beautiful raku pieces. Your design ROCKS the RAKU (I think that should be an official saying with all that wonderful alliteration going on...) Anyway, fabulous design, you did great with the silver ;o) I would totally wear it.

  72. Oh My! PURPLE!! I totally want this piece `;~) totally yumilicious!!!

    I've seen so much ribbon stuff, I want to try my hand at it `;~)

  73. That is gorgeous!!
    Absolutely love the rustic feel of it all! Beautifully done!

  74. Beautiful piece, I love the purple ribbon accents!

  75. I took a gasp of amazement when I saw your piece cause the purple is really striking and the whole thing is breathtaking! The purple definitely stands out, but also complements the dark metal. Also, great choice with the liver of sulphur, adds an extra dimension to your piece, and it looks really funky :)

  76. i'm loving the colors-it's so funny that purple is my new color these past few weeks i can't stay away from it!

    absolutely gorgeous necklace-great job with your soup!


  77. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning, really sooooooo Lovely!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  78. LOVE your necklace. It's by far one of my favorites in the hop! The silk - the color & texture of it just add loads to the beauty of the piece. And I see you have the Steinmart Dress Form too ;)

  79. This is a stunning, gorgeous statement piece! The focal piece, and your daring in drilling it, really made the whole piece shine.

  80. I love how you merged more industrial elements with softness of the ribbon. Beautiful work!

  81. It is gorgeous, I love the contrast of the bright purple with the dark metal

  82. You do awesome work--totally appealing and vibrant.

    AlsoIi just read your comments from Monday. Very interesting. I like you. I hope my blog wasn't the one which messed up!
    best wishes, jean

  83. I'm not sure why, but your piece reminds me a bit of mine. I like it! Also enjoyed your Monday comments and agree on all.

  84. That ribbon is awesome. Not sure if I have the courage to wear something with that big of a focal, but it is very striking. I really like the little circles with the flattened spot on them. (Sorry, not very technical there). This is truly a striking piece.

  85. Wow, I totally love this piece!!! Your metal mix came out very well, and oxidizing the metal really helped tie it all together. The bright purple ribbon adds just the right touch of color and levity. Just fabulous!

  86. Oh you lucky girl! I just discovered Wonderous Strange Designs during this blog hop and I am in LOVE with her work! Your necklace shows off that amazing focal beautifully! I love the addition of the ribbon too. It really brings out the highlights in the raku. Very nice work!

  87. I love your creation, very different and artistic.

  88. Wow! Your bead soup design is really stunning! I love the focal being on the side and the ribbon adds a perfect touch!

  89. Wow that focal piece is amazing... and congrats on having the confidence to drill it... I'd be terrified it was going to break. I love what you have created - well done!


  90. What a lovely necklace. That purple ribbon really makes the whole piece POP!

  91. That is some rich and varied soup! I am very intrigued by that focal... I think that may have stumped me if I got it! That ribbon is sooooo pretty. That is my color for sure!Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!
    P.S. Love your sneak peek puzzle pieces!

  92. Gorgeous work! I love the incorporation of the ribbon and the patina of the metal! Super!

  93. I like the earthy tone of your piece! That ribbon is an awesome colour! Forgot to mention in the post blog post that I love the name of your blog!


  94. Very pretty. Simply love the way you have used the focal. And yes, that purple silk is so eye catching.

  95. you did a good ajob using all the stuff in your soup (except the one) You must surely be a mixed media artist. I wish I could mix and match like that.
    alice's beads and baubles

  96. i just stumbled into the bead soup party via andrew thornton's blog. wanted to tell you i lov what you meade with your bead soup. fabulous and very creative.

  97. That would have been a hard focal for me but you did a great job! I love the different forms of metal you used and the ribbon is beautiful. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. So nice of you!

  98. you did a great job w/ this, I love the ribbon

  99. Beautiful and dramatic! I love it. That ribbon is gorgeous!

  100. Oh my gosh - this is just wonderful! I love how the ribbon just pops and brings out every single other color! Just gorgeous!

  101. Still making my way through all the blogs. Wonderful pieces, great eye candy.

  102. What a lovely piece! I would love to wear it myself!

    I would like to thank you for your kind words, it has really meant a lot, specially as I am having a really tough time. You are a star.

    Just So you know, I have left a thank you note on my blog, and I would love you to read it if you have time.

    A big hug your way.

  103. Tracy, that is so awesome! I love every bit of it. I agree, so great that you drilled one more hole in the focal and by that could use it like that. Makes it all very special. And the colours, and the structures, and the composition. That chain is something extra, did you make it yourself? A favourite!

  104. All the components that were not part of the trade were made by me from scratch including the chain. Thanks for the nice words.

  105. Your piece is truly stunning, with so many great eclectic elements. I know I would wear this one ALL the time if it were mine. Congrats on your first Bead Soup blog party! :-)