Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Bead Soup Party Reveal!!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
 What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?
Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

These are the delicious soup ingredients I received from my bead soup partner Emanda.

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

Here's what I made!

Canyon Sunrise Necklace
Featuring Dichroic Glass Pendant, Chech Glass, Venetian Millefiore, "Mostly Details" Lamp work, and Cobalt Dyed Fossil Beads from Emanda.  I incorporated recycled earring parts including the chain, silver zig zag and turquoise glass bead with some seed beads, black crystal and silver spacers. The necklace is finished with a sterling silver swirl clasp I purchased at Halos and Dreams. This was also my first attempt at wire wrapping which you can see in the pendant area.
The black background really showcases the colors in the pendant.

So where's the heart toggle?!
I thought it was much too beautiful to put in the back, so I made it a focal for a second necklace! It's so gorgeous and looks like a locket!

Beijing Embrace Necklace
Featuring Filigree Silver Heart Toggle, Cloisonné Beads, and Cobalt Dyed Fossil Beads from Emanda.  I incorporated some Turquoise and Light Pink Crystal Beads and Blue Seed Beads.

What do you think? Thanks so much for taking a look.

Come see what the rest of us made! 

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  YOU ARE HERE
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

Many, many thanks to the wonderful and talented hostess Lori Anderson who made this all possible! Meeting other bead artists, seeing their soup creations and pushing my creative boundaries was just what I needed.  This definitely won't be my last bead soup party!

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. 

Don't miss it!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bead Soup Process

What I did on my Florida Vacation ~
Day One - Fresh Fruit Salad
In between glorious walks to the beach, bike rides, relaxing, shopping and dining on delicious food, I had time to finally work on putting my bead soup together.  I brought my tasty mix of goodies from Emanda, along with some other beads I had on hand that I thought would go well with the mix.  One thing in particular that I was glad I brought was a bag of mix matched earrings that I bought at the hospital street fair for a song, and ended up recycling some parts into my bead soup creations.

I had hoped to have time to glaze some beads to add to the necklace which I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts, but unfortunately I ran out of time, and was not able to glaze them before I left on my vacation.  But that's OK because it ensured that I did something completely different from what I normally do in my bead creations.

Instead, I went to this awesome Bead shop on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach called Halos and Dreams where it says Beads, Beads, Beads on the door, and they weren't kidding.  Wow - what an amazing place - she has the most incredible selection of beautiful, quality beads I've ever seen, and the owner was really helpful and had some great ideas of what I could use for complimentary beads.

So, these are a few that I chose to incorporate into my bead soup pieces ~
I fell in love with the colors and the way the light reflects off these crystal beads, and you will see on Saturday during the Bead Soup Party Reveal how well they go with the other beads in the mix!

And, I went back to Halos and Dreams a few more times of course, and couldn't resist but to purchase some more beauties, and I have to blame it all on the influence from the Bead Soup Group and my soup partner Emanda and her very excellent taste in beads.  Thanks for broadening my bead world view! 
Turquoise, Agate, Imperial Jasper and Crystal Beads I'll be using for future creations.

See you this Saturday at the Bead Soup Reveal!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

And my One Heart, One World Event Giveaway Winners Are........

What a great ride this event has been! I know I've enjoyed cruising around checking out all of the wonderful blogs and meeting other artists from all over the world!
One World One Heart Event
Thanks everyone for your very sweet comments about my blog and my clay work.  I put all of the prize entries in a hat and picked the lucky winners.  OK - so I was hoping to find a top hat, but this chicken pitcher was the best I could come up with....

Lucky Chicken Pitcher Says The Winners Are.....

The Winner of my White, Pink, Red and Mother of Pearl Heart Pin is.....

The Winner of my White and Mother of Pearl Shell Heart Earrings is.......

And the Lucky Winner of My Peace Dove Ornament Is....

Congrats to the Winners!
Thanks again everyone ~I hope you'll come back and visit soon and see what's new on Lisa's Clay Happenings!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Landmark Moment ~ 100 Sales in my Etsy Shop!

Congratulations and Thank you to Gerry Lee Cruthird from Clay Designs by Glee! Gerry was the customer of my 100th sale in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop. Gerry chose these purple shell hearts for her prize. ~

I'm also a fan of Gerry's work, and purchased this gorgeous leaf pendant from her last year. As soon as I saw it, I knew I just had to have it....
Look at those amazing detailed leaves and the sweet swirl design and the colors!  Check out her latest post about her new ventures in Metalsmithing. Very cool Gerry - I'm envious. Love the bird design.

Thanks again Gerry ~ :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Necklace in my Etsy Shop!

In one of my earlier posts I mentioned I was working on some new heart pendants for Valentine's day.  Here's one recently listed in my Etsy shop that I painted in turquoise, bright blue and prussian blue with mother of pearl luster.
I made the raised swirl design toggle and ceramic beads to match the pendant, and strung them on a teal blue cord with complimentary glass and metal beads.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Stirring the Soup ~

Bead Soup Ponderings ~
Since I received my delicious bead mix from my bead soup partner Emanda, I've been pondering what spices I could add to the already sumptuous ingredients.  I think it would be fun to add some of my own handmade ceramic beads.  Since Emanda's beads are mostly of the smaller hole variety, I took out a basket of my smaller holed bisque beads.....
I found a few to glaze up and string randomly in-between the other beads in the mix. 
Now to select the colors and start glazing!