bead soup party

Saturday, April 27, 2013


My partner Danielle Kelley of Imbue the Muse sent me enough soup to feed a large crowd.  I pondered what to do with the abundance she sent me.  The first thing that caught my eye was a beautiful filigree pendant that she sent.  I wanted to do something special with it so I decided to embroider it.  I mounted it to some colored Lacey's stiff stuff that I had.  It was odd shaped so it was  very difficult to figure out how to embroider it but after may tries and false starts, I completed the pendant.  I then had to figure out how to connect it all.  I used some lovely brass spacers that my partner sent and added two of the lovely enameled beads Danielle made along with the blue druks and bone flowers.  It ended up having a little bit of a Victorian feel to it and challenged me with my wireworking (which I always seem to have a problem with).  I hope you like the results.
Victoria's Flowers
Closeup of Pendant

 The second challenge was to find a home for the lovely steel hand forged and enameled clasp my partner sent me.  It, of course, didn't go with the brass.  I wanted it to be a focal piece so I took a kumihimo necklace made with pearls, adventurine chips and cats eye chips and since the rope was heavy, I made it go around the neck and used some jade, pewter spacers and two more of the wonderful enameled beads to lead into the clasp.  I then adorned the end of the rope with some of the beautiful Lucite flowers and leaves.  Then at last, of course, my beautiful fairy had to oversee the whole project and dangle from the clasp
Fairy Garden
Closeup of Danielle's Clasp and Fairyd caption

The third challenge was the rose quartz butterfly and the filigree butterflies.  I still had two enameled beads and some enameled spacers.  Now the beads were pink and blue and those are not my favorite colors to work with.  I went to my stash and found some mauve and blue beads.  I don't remember if they were dyed jade or dyed wooden beads but they worked well with the project.  I made an asymmetrical piece with the enameled beads and spacers getting their proper exposure and balanced them out with the butterflies and some dangles.  I then used the lovely rose quartz butterfly as the pendant and added the lovely rose quartz hearts as floating dangles from the pendant.  I hope you like my Butterfly Love piece.  Of course, I had to make matching earrings for this piece and I reversed the beads on them for another asymmetrical look.

Butterfly Love

The next challenge was what to do with the beautiful polymer clay beads that Danielle made.  I decided a simple choker was best and again used those blue and mauve beads along with some pewter spacers.

Last, but not least, I still had those darn blue and pink Lucite flowers left.  What to do, what to do?
I made another kumihimo rope in springtime colors of blue, green and purple and then attached the flowers in an off center lei like fashion.  I attached the larger flowers so that they had movement in them and again added those blue and mauve beads as flower buds.  I don't know why I bought those beads but it must have been in anticipation of this soup.

I must say, Danielle brought me out of the beading desert I had been lost in and she made me revisit all of my skills with her soup.  I got a great workout and now have some pieces that I will wear and think of her and this Bead Soup Blog Hop for a long time.  Please go check out what Danielle and everyone else made in this Third Reveal.  Here is the list.

Agi Kiss
Amanda Tibbetts
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christine Hansen
Cindy Cima
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Danielle Kelley
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis
Heather Otto
Ildiko Jarai

Inge von Roos
Jackie Locantore
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica KlaarenHttp://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Judith Johnston
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin von
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Lisa Boucher
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Mischelle Fanucchi

Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood

Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rossana De Gaspari
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman

Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's Almost Time for the Third Reveal

It is almost time for the third reveal and I have been so busy working on my projects that I have been very lax about posting to my blog.  My lovely partner is Danielle Kelly of Imbue the Muse.  She loves working with her torch and polymer clay.  Unfortunately, she has been recovering for hand surgery and I am not sure how much she will be able to do with the stuff I sent her.  I sent her the following:

She advised me that she liked big beads and she also enjoys copper and seed beads.  This is just a small sample of what I sent her.  I created a beaded pendant for her but most of the stuff for some reason was blue.  She must have been thinking along the same lines because this is what she sent me.
As you can see, she sent me a lot of blue mixed in with pink.  This was a terrific challenge because I don't usually work in pink and blue.  She knew I had been in a beading wasteland with both beading block and lack of time.  I have not beaded much in months due to a lot of demands on my time and energy.  She certainly challenged me to get back to beading.  She didn't send me just one focal but many focals and it was a challenge to do justice to her lovely enameled beads and components.  She made me get extremely productive and I have made multiple projects with her soup.  This is just a tease.  Thank goodness Lori gave us a few extra weeks and I hope you will look forward to next Saturday's reveal.  I can't wait to see what Danielle made with her incapacitated hand!!!