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For those of you new to Cup of Bead Soup, a bead artist sends me beads that I didn't choose or pick out and then I create something with them. Basically, it's a mini-Bead Soup Blog Party. I created this to keep me on my toes, to help me continually push myself, and to promote bead artists to you whom you may never have met before.
Jane makes wonderful beads, and I was thrilled to get two strands from her. I'm familiar with her work, but when she told me she took this as a challenge to stretch herself -- oh WOW but what a surprise when I unwrapped the first set.
Apparently, Jane had taken a workshop with Melanie Moertel and put what she'd learned to fantastic use.
I have to admit when I opened these up I ran outside to show my son and husband. My husband, bless him, he just says, "Very nice," to things like this, but my son is a discriminating critic, and I very nearly didn't leave the yard with those beads. It probably didn't help that he was wearing an orange shirt. "But Moooooom, just ONE BEAD??????" Um, sorry, this time, that would be a no.
The next set is a more familiar style for Jane, but with a twist -- larger, with a center focal, made for a necklace rather than a bracelet.
The picture absolutely does not do this strand justice, and I apologize for that. But let me tell you -- any time I've used any rendition of Jane's blue beads, the bracelet sells in no time flat. I have no excuse for the bad lighting except to say -- it was bad lighting. And I didn't realize how bad until tonight when I now have NO lighting, and I didn't want to wait another day to share these with you.
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.