bead soup party

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bead Soup Party Overload

I don't know about the rest of you but I have had a wonderful time visiting the different bead soup blogs and viewing and of the gorgeous beadwork.  I think sometimes we get wrapped up in our own little world and Lori's "Party Time" is a time to take a break and connect with others and find out just how many talented artists there are out there.  I am on sensory overload and am only part of the way through the list of participants.  I have found so many new and exciting people that I want to connect with and follow and I appreciate that Lori has given us this wonderful opportunity to participate and connect. 
My thanks again to my wonderful partner Kathy Alderfer of Artful Designs.  She has been an inspiration to me with her awesome work.  I also would like to thank my previous partners Alice Craddick and Cyndi Lavin who continue to inspire me on a daily basis.  I have made three great friends through this Bead Soup project and I hope to make many more.  I hope everyone out there is enjoying the blog hop as much as I am.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Here Are My Bead Soup Pictures

Well, here are my pictures - I apologize for the quality but it is really hard to take pictures with one eye focused and one eye not (due to the cataract surgery).  I can't wait until the other eye is done so I can view things clearly. 

First, here is what my partner Kathy Alderfer sent me.
The Bracelet

The Earrings

Spiral Necklace with Peyote Slide

Pendant with Chain Necklace and with Spiral Necklace added

The Bead Soup Party is Here

The Bead Soup Party is here today and aren't you excited to go see what everyone has made.  I have to apologize that I have not kept up with my blog here lately.  Life have been very hectic on my end.  I have had to help take care of my 81 year old mother-in-law through two cataract surgeries and then I just had cataract surgery myself in the last week and then I just lost a dear dear friend in Florida to cancer this week.  I have been frantic trying to finish my projects this week with one eye working which has been no easy task.  I have the projects finished but I have to try and get the photos done and posted on my blog later today so you all will just have to anticipate the final project pictures for a few hours more.

My partner is the lovely Kathy Alderfer of  In keeping with the Bead Soup Policy, we decided to challenge each other with our color choices on this "soup".  Kathy send me the color "Pink".  This was not in my comfort zone at all.  I received some lovely flower beads, some unusual chunky ceramic type beads, some beautiful pink stick pearls and a lovely unakite focal and brass findings.  I truly did not know what to do with this color.  My focal was small for the chunky beads and I just could not figure out what to do with it in conjunction with the rest of the beads.  I had an ahh haa moment and decided to be ambitious and attempt a bead embroidery pendant.  I added some vintage cabs to the piece and used some of the pearls and some other beads from my stash for the pendant.  I got that done (before my surgery, thank goodness) and then had to figure out how to hang the darn thing.  I found some unakite rounds to match the pendant and decided to do a spiral rope.  My clasp was not going to be heavy enough to support the pendant so I tried to come up with a different way to attach the rope.  I found two heavier brass toggles and decided to stitch the round part of the toggles to each side of the pendant and use that as a point of attachment.  I still needed to get some brass in the piece. I decided to add a brass chain with some dangles of the flower beads and unakite rounds to it.  Well, then I got to looking at it and decided that the spiral rope was pretty and since it attached to both sides of the pendant, well why not make it convertible.  So then I made a slide peyote pendant and added a piece of chain that could be added to the back so that if you didn't want to wear the pendant, you could wear the spiral rope and slide instead and/or just wear the pendant with the chain.  Now I had two necklaces in one.  I still had the chunky beads left so I added some brass spacers and unakite rounds and made a stretch bracelet with those.  I still had to use the toggle so I made a pair of asymmetrical earrings with the toggle and other finding that Kathy send me and added in the flower beads and pearls with those.

I hope I have teased you enough with the descriptions so  that you will anticipate the pictures that will be posted later today.  In the meantime, please start visiting the others on the list to see what they created.  The partners are as follows:

Click on each name to go to their blogs.
These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel