The Cup of Bead Soup premise is simple -- I send money to an artist and they send me beads, sight unseen, for me to design with. This way, I hope to push myself outside of my comfort zone, experience new processes, and introduce you to wonderful bead artisans!
So without further ado, let's see what Nan sent me.
I love these ocean pieces! The blue one with the shell and starfish on it is a bead, and I have a pretty good idea what I'll do with that one. The other pendants will really appeal to my customers, as I live near the ocean -- now what to do to do them justice?
Nan's work is both rustic and refined, with organic colors and shading and nature themes. The top two pendants are really going to stretch my skills -- I don't know what I will do yet to bring out the subtle ombre shading. The bee bead (say that reeeeealy fast three times!) will get used fast, as will the bird pendant. I've got some ideas right off the bat!
There's major "squee" factor here! Holy smokes. The flower pendant for some reason reminds me of vintage crockery -- might have to work some vintage beads into that one. The butterfly moth is also a favorite. I need to think of something unique for this lovely pendant. And the heart -- I have a special idea for that one. SUCH a gorgeous, placid color. In fact, I'm thinking of taking it to the paint store and having them match it for my bathroom.
And finally, a stash of organic accent beads. And just as I typed that, I got an idea. Got to love when that happens.
So there you have it -- isn't that a yummy Cup of Soup?
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.