Saturday, July 28, 2012

It's Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal Time

This is the reveal of the 6th bead soup blog party.  If you are wondering about how this works here are the nuts and bolts.  You sign up and Lori Anderson of PrettyThingsBlog.com matches you up with another person interested in trading beads.  You are asked to send out a focal piece and a fancy clasp.  Most send out more than that and I take it as a true challenge and use as little from my stash as possible to create the pieces.  The only rule after you get your swapped beads is that you use the focal and clasp. They don't have to be used in the same piece so for the first time ever I used them in two separate pieces.  

I was partnered with the wonderfully talented Suzette Bentley of Ellie's Bijoux who sent me a beautiful selection of items to work with but my favorite piece from the whole bunch was the Roman Glass Beads.  I had never seen anything like them before and knew that they were going to become a bracelet from the first moment I saw them.  After doing some research on the beads I found out that they could possibly date between 900 and 1200 years old, the iridescence (I didn't catch so well in the photo but it's there) is caused by centuries of decomposing and weathering of the hydrated silica (sand used in making the glass).  

Enough history for one day on to the bead porn.

Roman Glass Bracelet with handmade clasp
made from items included in the swap except the jump rings & headpins.

Leaf Pendant Necklace using chain included in the swap and a bit of sari ribbon.
Just in case you are wondering exactly what I received to work with here it is.

 

 Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com


Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto Jewelry

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Patricia Johnson, Patricia L. Johnson Glass Art
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna


89 comments:

  1. That Roman glass is beautiful and I love the bracelet that you made with it. It goes so well with the clasp. Love the necklace too. That is such an earthy pendant. Great job!

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  2. the roman glass w/ wire wrapped dangles is beautiful. I really like the way you used the sari ribbon w/ the chain.

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  3. Just love your design and the way you have used the chain - the glass is so eclectic!!

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  4. I agree, the Roman glass is fantastic! Love how you put it all together! Loved your designs. And wow, the bead soup YOU sent! Mama Mia, that's a yummy zoupa!

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  5. I'll have to take a look at that next, Dragonfly Close! Bet that was nice!

    I sure love these beads and what you've done with them! The bracelet I find especially stunning with the glass and clasp! I'm into Roman these days! :-) Beautiful designs!

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  6. Hi Tracy, Love what you did with the Roman Glass! Both pieces are beautiful! Have fun hopping today!

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  7. Stunning that roman glass is gorgeous

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  8. I love both pieces! But really love the bracelet! The color and the design are right up my alley. Really nice.

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  9. The pieces you have made are lovely.Love the colour blends.Love and hugs Tanya

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  10. Wow! I'm not familiar with Roman glass at all, but it sure is beautiful. I appreciate you explaining, that sure makes for a special piece to wear. Gorgeous!

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  11. two Gorgeous creations .
    I am In LOVE with the bracelet!!!
    m.e. :)

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  12. Fabulous work!!! jean yates

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  13. Your pieces are amazing! I love the colors and textures! That Roman glass is so cool!

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  14. Love the Roman glass! Gergeous color and work great with the toggle!

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  15. You are so right about that Roman Glass! It's as if it was meant to be a bracelet! Stunning design, for sure, especially paired with the gorgeous, handmade clasp! The necklace is beautiful and has great flow to it! By the way, I love the name of your blog!

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  16. Very nicely put together, I like it all.

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  17. I LOVE the bracelet! It is so elegant in a chic way.

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  18. Those beads are just lovely! I particularly love what you did with the bracelet, nice piece.

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  19. Everything is beautiful....I have to agree about the Roman glass. That bracelet is stunning.

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  20. Awesome! I love both of them (you better hide them the next time I come over).

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  21. And what a delicous bead porn it is. ;D

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  22. Such beautiful colors and the designs go so well. Great job.

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  23. Ohh I love what you did with those Roman glasses =)

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  24. Beautiful soup you received and you did beautiful things with it. I love roman glass - your bracelet is gorgeous! Calming colors too.

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  25. Love, love, love your pieces. The Roman glass piece is awesome!

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  26. Gorgeous pieces. I'm so jealous of that Roman Glass!!! You did a great job with your bead soup!

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  27. unique jewelry! loved your site!

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  28. Love the roman glass bracelet, the chain along side the glass is a nice design element and the wire wrapped drops are sweet. The silk brings out the bit of green in the leaf pendant very nicely.

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  29. Gorgeous - adore that beautiful bracelet!

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  30. ~*Beautiful bracelet- I'd love to wear it- and I love the necklace that you made as well!*~

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  31. Ha! I love it, bead porn. And I love your work, you totally showed off your gorgeous soup!!

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  32. Beautiful! The bracelet is meow! Delicious! Well done :D

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  33. Wow, the roman glass bracelet is gorgeous!

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  34. Wonderful bead porn! Love what you made

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  35. Wow.... what beautiful creations. I love the photos and the colors you worked with are divine. Love all of that green.

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  36. OOH! the bracelet! Roman glass - what a generous partner you have! Lovely! I like the design with the chain and dangles - the whole thing!

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  37. I love that bracelet -- Roman glass is a REAL treat!

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  38. all of it is so earthy and beautiful! great job! love the roman glass... am going to get some! my favorite of all that i have looked at!

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  39. WOW - the Roman Glass Bracelet is wonderful. Great work.

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  40. Love both pieces - I've admired ancient Roman beads, but only from afar:)

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  41. "Bead Porn" oh I love that! But seriously, love the roman glass bracelet so much I pinned it to Pinterest.

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  42. Oh my, I need some of that Roman glass! Your designs are fabulous and very creative! Nice job!

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  43. Very BEAUTIFUL! I love the mixed media up-cycle in your designs.

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  44. Great soup and both your pieces are so beautiful. How awesome to have some Roman Glass, amazing to think how old those beads could be, really cool.
    Sonya

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  45. That bracelet is stunning! I love it!

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  46. Love what you did with that great lot of bead soup!

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  47. Yes! Bead Porn!!! Love it :D (I sell real porn by day....)
    Both pieces are gorgeous and I would fully wear them!!

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  48. I love the roman glass bracelet! Yet another material I have never seen or heard of before but instantly love and now need to find lol! I think you made a fabulous bracelet with it!

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  49. Both pieces are great. But I love the bracelet with the Roman glass beads. What a beauty. I really like that look.

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  50. That bracelet is just gorgeous, and the ancient Roman glass beads make it extra special.

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  51. Both pieces are sweet! I love the Roman Glass bracelet. Great work!

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  52. Both bracelets are to die for! Beautiful!

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  53. I am intrigued by Roman glass and you did beautiful work with it!

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  54. I really like both pieces. Great color and design. I just love the chain on the bracelet..really gorgeous piece!

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  55. Love the historical aspect of your bracelet. What special treasures you received! Lucky!

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  56. Love both pieces! The asymmetric element of each is fantastic and the Roman glass is just awesome; you really made it shine! Great colors too

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  57. I love the bracelet with the Roman glass! So rustic, but chic!

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  58. Beautifully sensuous pieces! Very cool.

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  59. That bracelet is a real stunner.

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  60. Hi Tracy! Let me me just say that you are the first blog that I looked at on the Hop. I figured that I would start at the bottom of the list instead of the top since most people probably start out there. I love the bracelet. It is beautiful.

    I also wanted to tell you that I checked out your etsy account and I have already added 6 of your items to my favorite list. I am happy to add you to my blog list because I can't wait to see what other amazing designs you will post in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. LOVE the bracelet and necklace you made! Beautiful!

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  62. What a unique bead to work with. I love the colors and composition of your bracelet! Great job.

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  63. Thanks for all the kind words everyone. I have looked at many of the other blogs and have to say it's been quite a show of beautiful work everywhere.

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  64. Love! I wish I could make pieces such as these but it's hard for me to envision them.

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  65. These pieces are awesome! Love the glass oh my that is wonderful stuff!

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  66. The roman glass is so neat. I have a necklace with a turquoise variety that I just love. Good work!

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  67. Hi Tracey,
    I love the Roman glass bracelet it is gorgeous and so is the necklace!
    Therese

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  68. Both of your pieces are quite eye catching, but there's just something special about that bracelet! Beautiful work.

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  69. Beautiful, I love what you've done with the bracelet in particular.

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  70. WOnderful pieces! Especially the bracelet, great design!

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  71. I actually really enjoyed the history lesson! :D That bracelet is beautiful, I can see why you researched the glass!

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  72. Tracy, how cool "roman beads" -- I would totally wear that bracelet it so rocks! -- The necklace is sweet!

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  73. Oh that Roman glass is amazing, and you have showcased it so well in that bracelet! I also love the necklace, simple but shows up that pendant so well.

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  74. I love that Roman glass. Your design using it is fabulous!

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  75. I agree, that Roman glass is awesome! Beautiful designs...nice job!

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  76. that bracelet is wonderful...adding the fabric to the necklace really balanced the pendant..both beautiful

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  77. Beautiful pieces..! I love bracelet very much..! :)

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  78. Great job. That roman glass is realy kool!

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  79. I love your creations, really beautiful job!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  80. thanks for sharing.

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  81. Great pieces. The bracelet with the Roman glass is awesome.

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  82. Beautiful pieces - never heard about Roman glass before, but it sure looks lovely!

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  83. Wow... simply stunning and I love Roman glass now...

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