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, Cloisonn√© 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!


  1. I love the wire work you have included in the first necklace - and I am with you: the clasp is a focal! You did a fantastic job on it!

  2. Beautiful job! I if you wear them together layered and they would look fantastic!

  3. Clever! Your wire work is so fun, really adds to the design.

    I laughed with your reveal of the clasp. I often use the clasp on bracelets as a "secret" focal point for the wearer, so I'm right there with you.

  4. Lovely necklace Lisa. I love it that you used the clasp in a different piece, as a focal. Happy blog hopping today.

  5. love those deep, rich colours! beautifully done!

  6. Thanks so much everyone. And I never thought of wearing them both together. What a great idea ~ :)

  7. Oh, yeah! You could wear them together! The colors perfectly reflect a good Florida vacation...ocean, sky, fresh air...(my feet are really cold at the moment so I'm trying to psych myself out by looking at your beads again.) Have a great party day!

  8. Thank you Lisa for such a great comment on my blog on myBeadSoup Necklace with Genea's beads. I so appreciate it.

  9. Thanks Jen and Mary! So good to know my creations are oozing a beachy aura. :) I know they'll transport me to the sea when I'm wearing them. You have an enjoyable bead tour party day as well ~

  10. Love the designs! I agree with you on the clasp... too pretty!

  11. Beautiful work! And I agree, some clasps are just way too pretty to place in the back.

  12. Your names fit each piece perfectly! Love the heart toggle for that one, and the shades and colors are gorgeous. What a great design you did for all !

  13. Much appreciate your comments ~ and I'm glad the names fit well Salzanos - I pondered about it for quite a while. :) I've never "named" my work before.

  14. Wonderful stash and beautiful finished creations!

  15. Hi Lisa, I'm finally getting to see what you did with the stash I sent. (I took care of a computer glitch on my mom's bead soup blog this morning so I'm behind.) Both pieces are gorgeous! Great designs and I love the names too. I'm glad you like my reveal too -- thanks for your lovely comment and the beautiful beads and pendant/toggle set.


  16. Beautiful creations! I love your use of the heart toggle as a pendant.

  17. Beautiful pieces! Love the rich colors and great variety of beads you used!

  18. That clasp is perfect as a focal. Love the zig zaggy link you made and your clasp.

  19. Thanks everyone ~ and I'm so glad you're happy with the pieces Emanda. :) That means a lot to me. You gave me some gorgeous specimens to work with.

  20. Very the wire work.

  21. Fantastic wirework with your pieces!

  22. What do I think?!? It's wonderful!! Awesome job!!

  23. Great idea to put that heart toggle in the front of a second necklace....wonderfully funky feel on the first piece!

  24. #209 here...what can I say BEAUTIFUL...great work...

  25. That first necklace is so cool with all the different sections -- and it all works so well together, with nothing overpowering the other. And I like the second one, too!

    You did a wonderful job!

  26. So pretty! I love the cool blues and I think both pieces would look great layered together. Very nice!

  27. Tasty soup!! :) Glad I could stop by!!

  28. What lovely soup you had to work with! Love what you came up with! GORGEOUS!

  29. Lovely, I love the unexpected in the first necklace. Great job and you're right, that clasp deserves a show of its own!

  30. I do love your soup, what a nice mix of metals and beads.

  31. What wonderful pieces. I have to agree that often the clasp is way to nice to hide in the back and needs to be brought out front for display. Wonderful job.

  32. Love both your necklaces, beautiful!

  33. I love how you focused on the clasp in the second necklace. That was a great idea.

  34. Lisa, what beautiful necklaces these are! And I can totally see that first, with that cool pendant, is simply made for black.

  35. Very pretty necklace! I like what you did with the clasp and the wire work. :) Great job!

  36. I love how you used the heart! Both necklace designs are just great!

  37. I love the sterling with the blue beads. With the stunning focal bead ... it makes for a very dramatic necklace! Beautiful work!

  38. I get all wrapped up in wire work. Great, and wonderful colors.

  39. Purple and blue, My 2 favorite colors! I think you used the same Aqua turquoise crystals(2nd necklace) I did. I love both necklaces! Great bead soup

  40. Gorgeous and yes that toggle was too pretty to hide and you showcased it beautifully!

  41. Good morning, and thanks so much everyone for your wonderful comments. I'm so glad people are still blog hopping. I know I still have many more to go myself. This could take a few days!

  42. Great beads you received Lisa...great work on the necklace you created.

  43. the color of those beads are just gorgeous and you did them right proud!

  44. Wow! Your work is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  45. Beautiful pieces -- they are different yet complement each other nicely! I love what you did with the heart clasp and agree that it needs to be showcased on its own. I also really like the asymmetry in the first necklace; it is interesting and nicely balanced. Nice work!

  46. Fun fun stuff! Love the wire shape spacers!

  47. the clasp does make a lovely focal! I loved the colors of your bead soup! they kind of remind me of my own

  48. The colors of both of them are yummy!! You really did a beautiful job highlighting that focal and making a new one out of the other required component!!

  49. Great decision on making the heart a focal pendant. It really is too beautiful to be stuck at the back of somebody's neck. I think it was born for much more greatness and I believed you did it justice. Well done!

  50. Both beautiful designs. :) I'm liking how you brought everything together with just the right amount of variation and sparkle in the colors. And, you know, I really like your titles, too. Very well suited to the designs. Nicely done! :D

  51. Oh, how lovely! It's great how you made an asymmetrical design. Nice texture and lines. Good job!

  52. fab soup, great design and gorgeous focal!! well done sweetie ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  53. Beautiful jewellery! I love the colours and it was inspired to make that clasp into a focal.

  54. Very summery, breezie and fresh piece, I wish it was summer and we'd be off to the sea!! thanks for sharing, smile, Virginie

  55. The wirework components you added to the first piece really add an extra oomph. Love both pieces, great job!

  56. Awesome work. The wirework really sets off the first necklace. Love having the heart at center stage in the second one. Way to go!

  57. Gorgeous! That heart toggle is fantastic.

  58. I love what you came up with ... great wirework.

  59. I love the wirework in your first piece! I always have a difficult time finding ways of attaching pendants like that and you did a great job and gave me some inspiration!

  60. Love what you made!! Good idea for the heart toggle.

  61. Ok--I confess that you are using some of my Most FAVORITEST Colors on the first necklace! I really love how you showcased that delicious and yummy pendant! The second one deserved to have that fancy clasp in the front! Congratulations and Thank YOU!

  62. Both pieces are beautiful. I agree that the toggle was too pretty for the back. Great idea to use it as a focal. I love the colors! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. So nice of you! It's been fun!

  63. I agree about using the toggle as a pendant, why hide all that beauty! I favor squiggles and like where you placed this one, nice work!

  64. Fantastic colors with a lot of sparkle! The pretty toggle is so nice as a focal in the second necklace and I love the wire-work You made in the first one!!

  65. Beautiful rich necklaces! Wonderful job!!

  66. Thank you so much everyone - I can't tell you how much your wonderful comments mean to me. I'm so glad people are still stopping by, and really appreciate the feedback anytime. I'm still making my way through the list as well to see the rest of the glorious soup creations. Happy Tuesday!

  67. They both turned out so wonderful. And I really like that you used that heart toggle as the focal for the bracelet. When I saw it I thought it needs to be up front, not in the back. Wonderful job.

  68. Beautiful, both of them. The placement of that silver wirework link adds a hint of surprise, without disrupting the flow of the necklace - love it!

  69. what a pretty piece. I love the used of the toggle as the focal for your 2nd piece.
    Job well done.
    Bead Happy!

  70. Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  71. Wonderful designs. Love that dichroic pendant.
    You were right, that clasp is too pretty to hide in the back. Soup is good!

  72. Just looking at those designs are enough to make me smile. Great job!

  73. The dichro pendant is amazing. You've done your bead soup justice! Great pieces you've made

  74. STILL making the bead soup rounds, and glad I am since this is really pretty. I especially like the mix of wirework and stringing. I'm not at all a stringer but maybe if I got over the thought that I had to string a WHOLE necklace . . . So this is inspiring. And so right about the heart clasp. Way too fancy to hide in the back. A pendant it must be!

  75. Beautiful, both necklaces, love what you have done with the heart toggle.

  76. What a beautiful collection of beads... the colours are very striking. I love what you have created.. well done!


  77. Thanks so much everyone! I know what you mean GraceC about stringing a "whole" necklace. That's a fairly new concept to me as well. It's amazing to see what a little extra time and added beads will do for a finished piece. So many possibilities!

  78. A very harmonious and gorgeous piece-- nice balance on the way you arranged the various elements!