Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Reveal

Bead Soup Partiers
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

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!

And here is my reveal Here is just a peak at what my partner sent me so you know what I started with.

I made quite a few items from all the stuff she sent me.

The first item was a beautiful large blue bead which I turned into a pendant. My partner also gave me the bead spacers and some of the charms on the matching charm necklace. I am so ready for summer so this is my ode to summer and the beach.

Then I tackled all those beautiful coral beads and the heart cabochon. As soon as I saw this I thought valentines but it took me a few tries to decide what to do with these. The heart was not all the way drilled through so I just wrapped some wire around both sides met at the top and added a swirl it took me much more thinking then it i did actually doing it. This one was finished on the first attempt. I picked out a cord for it but the clasp was too big so it will have to go without for today.

Then I had all those other red coral pretty beads so I added some bead caps my partner sent me and turned some into a necklace still not sure I'm totally happy with it. I had a rose charm or this entwined heart and I added the clasp my partner sent me. I have a feeling I might tweek this one a little more what do you think?

Then on to those leftover red coral beads which I added a swirl and a spacer beads I really loved those spacers she sent me.

Then I still had one more red coral bead left so I had to get adventuous and try a new tutorial I purchased a while ago and hadn't done yet. This was so easy I used larger wire 22g instead of 24g on accident but it still turned out really nice.

I think I will oxidize the whole red set but I haven't looked it up yet to make sure I won't hurt the coral beads if I do that. Anyways I ran out of time for that part. I will have to show an update when I get that done.

This was actually my first challenge or large event I have participated in online. It was really fun and I enjoyed using beads that I probably wouldn't have picked out myself. I liked the challenge of creating something new and tried to make new styles and something I had never done before. And I still have a bunch more beads and charms that she sent me that I will have to turn in to jewelry.
Make sure you visit my partner 205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
and see her blog. She couldn't participate today because she had to have hand surgery. Thanks for the beads partner and quick healing of that hand so you can get back to beading.

I do have to say that when I started I thought I better make something fabulous with tons of beads and very ornate and then when that wasn't working and I thought about it over night I realized I needed to stick to my more simple style and I went back to all the favorites I have online of different jewlery and realized i like simple with a little extra flair. So here is my style with new beads. Thanks Lori for having this challenge and being a great inspiration to us all.

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

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

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

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!


  1. Beautiful! Love the beach themed necklace...perfect for the blue focal! I really like the wire wrapped heart too:)

  2. Hi Krista, Love what you have done -- coral is one of my most favorite materials. So many folks seem to be making multiples or pieces that can be worn in more than one way -- aren't we luck with our emarrassment of riches from our swap partners?

    I decided to start at the bottom of the list (I'm in the middle at #95). I hope you get a really good response from the swap/hop -- So much fun!

    Artemisia's Studio

  3. I LOVE that blue pendant necklace -- that's going to be awesome in the summer. And anything red seems to fly off the shelf when I do a craft show. What you did with the pendant -- so creative. I NEVER would have thought of that -- ditto the ring. That kind of thing is SO beyond what I can do.

    I'm SO GLAD you participated -- you did a TERRIFIC job, and I hope you do it again in August!!!

  4. All your pieces are gorgeous but the coral necklace with the hearts and the ring are SO AWESOME! Love the ring, great wrapping there. Happy hopping!

  5. Great soup recipe!! Love those reds!This has been so much fun...can't wait for the next party to begin:)

  6. #209 what you did. Those stones were amazing that you had to work with. Great work...oh yea thanks for stopping my blog earlier.

  7. Looks like you had fun with all the goodies you got. Great job.

  8. I love the red! Your ring is amazing! Great job!

  9. What a beautiful ring! And you ended up with a buffet of soup! Such pretty pieces.

  10. Wow Krista,
    Everything you made is beautiful. I'l make sure I send you pictures of what I create with my stash once I'm able to. Take care.


  11. Love all the coral. You do great wire work!

  12. I love the blue pendant, but the reds are so beautiful. You certainly made a great soup with so many great pieces.

  13. I love all of your designs. The ring is my favorite!! Your wire wrapping is the best:)Love, love, love the red!

  14. very nice - that red ring is sooo fun!

  15. Everything you designed is beautiful. The soup is good!

  16. You've done a really wonderful job with this challenge. That ring is amazing. But, I do agree with you that it could use some darkening up. Keep up the work!

  17. I love what you did with the silver and red -- it really sings!! And the blue pendant is just lovely :-)

  18. It's a very effective type of simple style - love the nautical theme in the first one :D

  19. I definitely think that you should oxidize the pieces. I agree with you though, I have no idea what it will do to coral, but I think that oxidizing it will give it more uniformity. Do that, and then go back to see if you want to add more. The ring is gorgeous though. I'm just starting to work with wire and rings have been a real challenge for me, so thanks for the inspiration!

  20. The blue is beautiful, and your wire work - wow.

  21. Wow. Love the red and silver together. The ring turned out beautiful. Fine wrapping skills.

  22. I love the simplicity and easy wearable-ness of your jewelry!

  23. What's that saying? KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) That was the right thing to do because every piece is stunning and pops just they way they are. The ring is super cool!

  24. Your pieces just pop off the page, I love them.

  25. I really like the red coral necklace with the heart clasp. VERY NICE!

  26. Pretty! I love all that wrapping - very impressive and beautiful!

  27. Dang! You were productive! Nicely done! I adore the ring you made. Worn by an ancient queen of old or a modern day urban fashionista, your ring has universal appeal and could belong to either time and place.

  28. Love what you have made with your beads, but I must say that the ring is awesome!

  29. the red beads & wire wrapping are great! welcome to the Soup

  30. Each of your pieces is lovely, but I LOVE that ring. VERY NICELY DONE!

  31. Oh I love the wire wrapped ring. So pretty!

  32. Sometimes simple is best. All your pieces are simple, yes. But they are also very elegant and classy. I would leave them alone. I like how you used that double heart on the side for the clasp--it works so well. The ring is simply gorgeous and I like the earrings! You did a wonderful job using your creative talents! Keep it Simple! :)

  33. Glad you are playing along. I love what you did. Your wirework is beautiful.

  34. awesomeness!!! Im absolutely in love with that ring!! your wire work is beautiful. Beautiful designs and that red it HOT!

  35. Your gift with wire is astounding! Gorgeous work!

  36. The red coral is probably died... not sure what the oxidizing will do to it... I had a bracelet and earrings lampwork plus red coral... and only tumbled the earrings they lost their shine so no longer matched the bracelet... still a pretty red but not the same red!

    Love the wire work on the red heart!

  37. Wow you sure had time to make some awesome things. But the blue necklace just captures my attention. The blue focal looks like you are gazing into the Caribbean Sea. This is just beautiful.

  38. You did a fabulous job on those pieces! I absolutely love the ring. Just the way it is. :) Already visited your bead soup partner, really hope her hand is healed quickly. so glad I got to visit and see your lovely pieces.

  39. Very pretty, I really love the ring. Great job.

  40. That ring! Your first? awesome. the necklace made me want to go sailing (not that I sail) every thing you made is beautiful.

    The beads you sent Jenny are very pretty also. Hope she is healed quickly so she can make something fab with them.

  41. Marvelous and innovative post written.

  42. Wow! So many wonderful pieces! You've been a busy bee! Great job!

  43. You were a busy bee. So much eye-candy. Great job!

  44. I must say, I fell in love with the ring, how fantastic that looks ^_^ Smile, Virginie

  45. Oh geee the wirewrapped rings so very Awesome! Really wonderful!!! Nice necklaces too.

  46. Fantastic wire work on all your pieces! Great job.

  47. Beautiful creations you have created with your soup mix!! And you wire work is...of the hook!!!

  48. All of the pieces look great!! I love the ring that is amazing!!

  49. wow you were very productive! I love all of your wire work! the ring is really cool! Great job!

  50. created so many beautiful things! Love the blue pendant with the charms - very pretty! The ring is very cool...would love to see it oxidized!

  51. Krista, Beautiful, beautiful and more beautiful! I do so love that ring in particular :)

  52. So pretty! I love red coral and what you've made with yours is so nice. That ring is awesome!

  53. Whoa - you definitely win the award for wire work! VEry impressive. Love your finished pieces!

  54. I love all the pieces you made; they are so elegant and all so different from each other! You must be so multi-talented. :D Wonderful work!

    This is the first time I've had the pleasure of visiting your blog; I'm really loving your teddy bear picture at the top. It made me smile so much. ^___^

  55. Your wire wrapping on your ring is exceptional, I also really like that aqua focal, so pretty.

  56. great pieces! this is such an amazing event with so many beautiful pieces!

  57. wow! great job! all the pieces are so beautifully done. the ring is just so creative.

  58. Very pretty creations! The first necklace looks so "summer fresh" and the coral set is also very nice. I especially like the heart pendant you made.

    I would probably worry about whether the coral would be affected by LOS or similar oxidizing products too. The egg method could be a more benign option to try out. Some love it, some more or less hate it. The few times I've used it, I've been happy with the result.

  59. Just beautiful! I am especially partial to red, and the red/silver mix pieces are what caught my eye, although the summer necklace is perfectly wonderful too!

  60. Beautiful, great designs, reallly love the red necklace!!

  61. LOVE LOVE LOVE the heart pendant and ring. I tend to do what you did at first but with this bead swap I just read something online the other day on Beadinmg Daily about using our own style- One of the top ladies said she was worried about competing with all this other talent and then realized she was asked to join for her own style- what fun would this be if we all did the same thing?? That is what I take away from this exchange. Your style is great! alice's beads and baubles

  62. Love the red set, especially the ring!

  63. I love wire work! Excellent job!

  64. Wonderful work! I especially love the red coral with intertwined hearts.... so cool!

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

  66. All of your pieces are beautiful, but that ring is amazing! Great Job!!

  67. What lovely and elegant things you have created!

  68. Love that blue necklace and I am totally in awe of your wire wrapping skills.

  69. Of all the pieces, the ring is my favorite. Great job on everything. Also, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. So nice of you!

  70. You did a fantastic job and I would really love to see the set oxidized, be sure to post it when you do!

  71. That big teddy bear totally cracked me up! It's the perfect way to welcome some Soup people into your world. I love the red set, too. I think the oxidation of the silver is a great idea!!

  72. I am with you, I am so ready for summer and your first necklace hit the idea of summer perfectly! I love, love, love the ring. I do not have the patience to do something like that and I love seeing people who do and the wonderful things they create! Love all your pieces.

  73. I love what you did with the ring....just beautiful. I enjoy perusing your blog, too!

    Thank you for commenting on my creation for the BSBP.

  74. You were ambitious and created several beautiful Bead Soup pieces! I love the anchor you used in your necklace, I just love nautical themed anything..... if you see my recent blog post, I show an antique I found that has anchors on it (an antique spool cabinet). Your ring is fantastic - love that wire work. I think you should be fine to oxidize the coral, I've done it myself...and I think you'll love the contrast it will bring out in the wire. :-)

  75. Wow, you are clever with wire. That ring is super pretty!

  76. Love the ring - Red is my Favorite!!! I would wear it in a heartbeat. Loved the top necklace as well. You did a great job with all your pieces.

  77. I am still making my way through all the blogs, I know it is late, but better late than never. All your pieces are wonderful, but I love this ring. You should write up a tutorial for that. So cool. And if you are up for another challenge, come visit my blog

  78. Still limping along and so glad I came by- I love your wire wrapping on the ring. The coral beads are gorgeous with sliver and that simple design- really makes you look at the wonderful clasp too. Very nice soup. It is nice to still have some inspiration out there I haven't gotten to yet.