Friday, September 16, 2011

Welcome to the 4th Bead Soup Blog Party!



What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Well, for the long answer and to learn about signing up for the next one, click here.

The short answer -- I pair up two jewelry designers who send each other a grouping of beads, or "bead soup", and the recipient, who has never seen these beads before they get them, is tasked with making something with whatever came in the mail.

The rules -- You must use the focal and the clasp sent by your partner.  You could use any, all, or none of the accompanying beads sent, and were encouraged to invade your own stash.

The object -- For each designer to push themselves by using beads they may never have chosen for themselves and see what they can do.  It's a lesson in creativity, pushing yourself, and sometimes even feeling uncomfortable -- and that's totally OK in the creative world!


My Bead Soup partner is Manuela Wutschke, a German lampwork artist who makes breathtaking beads.  Seriously.  Gasp-worthy.  And therein lay my problem.

Here's what Manuela sent me:



Do you see the issue?  That bird focal is so amazing, so intricate, and really a large bead, so all I wanted to do was hang it from a silver chain and call it a day.  I mean, how the heck do I do something with that????

So I did something I rarely do, and pulled out a notebook and tried to figure things out.


My first and favorite idea was to make a Stephanie Sersich-style spiny knotted necklace (check out Steph's book here.)  I'm still smitten with the idea, but if you saw the cover of Steph's book, you can see that the necklace would take days to make, tons of a true bead soup mix, and if I goofed it up -- horrible heartache.  Plus, I really wanted to try something in MY way.  


This next piece is based upon a necklace I made several years ago.  I pounded the heck out of 10-gauge silver, wrapped Thai flowers around the edges, and in the middle were lampwork beads I'd strung before I pounded the wire.  The problem HERE was how to make the pendant stay in one place.  I though of waxed linen, which would work -- but then I remembered the necklace I'd made several years ago looked fabulous on other people but lousy on me.  And I'm definitely keeping this.  So onward.


Then I thought of using ALL the large lampwork beads together with some large silver links, and using waxed linen and thin ribbon on the other side to create a woven chain for the spacers.  And then I quickly realized there was a serious weight ratio issue so I put the beads away and went to take a hot bath.

I finally went with what I knew.  I love dangles.  I make a lot of things with dangles.  So dangles, here we go.  I oxidized the clasp and some beads, brushed them up with steel wool, grabbed some 4mm crystals and a large-linked chain, found some fuchsia sari silk, and started going.  Here's what happened:



(click for a larger photo)


I honestly am not 100% happy with this.  It's still not what I want.  I have considered taking out my jeweler's saw and a piece of nickel silver and cutting a swirl and doing some feather and flower cut outs for a dramatic side piece, but that's just going to have to wait.  And there's the lesson in this -- NEVER BE AFRAID to take apart something you've made.  I remade this particular piece three times.  I tried using waxed linen instead of silver to connect my dangles -- nope.  Tried using the larger lampwork beads with it -- nope.  So never feel afraid to redo, and then redo again.

(HEY!  EDIT!  I did remake it later -- click here to see it, then come back!)


The bracelet, on the other hand, I love.  And it was again, my style.  The thing that made it different it I stash-busted and finally used some tiny Thai "log" beads I'd been hoarding for literally three years because they cost a bazillion dollars now and can only be bought by the strand.


I used the same chain I did in the necklace, and a very very expensive toggle that I'd been hoarding for two years (why do we buy expensive stuff, and then hoard it?  Either don't buy it, or USE it!).  I clustered a bunch of Thai beads between the two lampwork beads to take up the empty space (really liked that effect) and then used those crazy Thai "logs" and JUST the turquoise spacers with a little bit of dark purple Swarovski crystal on one side of the chain.


And now I have something for YOU!

If you comment below
you're in the running
for a pair of earrings made with Manuela's 
cool funky spacers.


And now, take a few hours/days/weeks to visit the rest of the team.

Print out the list or cut and paste it into Word and take your time,
but don't miss anyone -- you'll miss some GREAT work!

These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke



19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel


































For a total of 362 people making jewelry!

Amazing! 

(PS: I'll be announcing the dates 
for the next party 
in the next few days!)


298 comments:

  1. It's interesting that your challenge was about not overdoing the amazing focal you received. I would be tempted to just wire wrap it, hang it on a silk ribbon and call it done. Maybe that you've shown this version for the party, you might be happier with it left simple...just a thought...

    The bracelet is perfection. You really showcased the beads and didn't overpower them. and those "logs"! I LOVE those. Never seen them before and they are so cute and the shape is so fun!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for hosting this party. Your trouble is very much appreciated by me and many others.

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  2. With the time difference I'm a little confused, but since this is here I'm going to post my blog entry now as well. Totally cool piece. I love it and the bracelet, but hey, I know how it feels to not settle with a piece and go back to make alterations or even begin again. Thanks again for all the fun with this party. ;-)

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  3. Beautiful designs....with gorgeous beads. I would have been intimidated by the focal, but you did great. And I have to laugh about "buying expensive things and then hoarding them." That is definitely me, too!! Thanks again for being such a gracious hostess!!

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  4. You've made gorgeous things Lori! The beads she sent you are amazing and you rocked your designs with them. Nice!!!

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  5. I love how you worked the dangles in your necklace, it seems so complimentary to that amazing focal...and also that you tied the look in to the bracelet.The sari colour is perfect.
    jenni

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  6. Beautiful! Love both the necklace and the bracelet. Thanks for sharing part of the process.

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  7. Absolutely stunning my friend & I would expect nothing less from my amazing hostess with the mostest!! This has been an amazing event to be a part of, with so many new friends to meet from around the world...Malin was awesome & sent me some the the coolest elemennts for my soup. Thank you my patient & ever well organized friend for putting on this Enormous Event...it has been a joy getting to play along with you these past 2events....you just really ROCK my oh so talented friend!!!
    Big Hugs,
    Susie

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  8. Wow! What an absolutely brilliant start to the Bead Soup Blog Party. I really admire your work and your ability to do so many things. Thanks so much.

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  9. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

    I am just drooling over all your pieces...

    Very proud to have participated,

    Theresa

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  10. Lori, THANK YOU for hosting this incredible blog party. So many people (including myself) have been looking forward to this for quite some time with excitement! :-)

    I agree, you were given some absolutely amazing beads! I love that bird focal! I enjoyed reading along and hearing your design process, along with the sketches. The final necklace is beautiful and one you can wear with pride, not to mention the sentimental value attached with the whole BSBP experience! Oh my goodness, that bracelet is simply stunning. I'd wear it any day in a heartbeat - love the colors, the design, all of it. You outdid yourself!!

    Thanks again for pouring your heart in to this BSBP and creating yet again, another wonderful experience for the whole community. {{HUGS!}}

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  11. A big Thank You for organizing this wonderful event! And I really thing you pieces are absolutely lovely, both the bracelet and the necklace!

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  12. Oh Lori, what wonderful creations ... what a beautiful necklace - very special ideas with the Manuela-Beads .... but - :) ... I fall in love with the bracelet ... wow.

    The best idea are to toggle the little spacers ... the litle silverbeads are so sweet and lovely ... I've never see something else before.

    It take weeks for me to visit all the wonderful designer - all the beautiful jewelry they created.

    Thank you for this bead-soup-party.

    Best wishes to you and a "Hello" from Germany

    Ulla

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  13. Love what you made with your beads and I think the necklace is great the way it is. The bracelet is perfect. Thanks for hosting once again a great party.

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  14. Your pieces came out great! I love the necklace with all it's whimsey...it's a statement piece.

    Great job with the whole thing, Lori...from "soup to nuts" so to speak (let's not include any nuts next time!)

    Lisa

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  15. Well, what do you know, I'm the first commenter -- the first of what will be many, many people. Thank you for hosting this Lori. It is so much fun. Stressful, but fun! I love how your necklace and bracelet turned out! And you are right, the lampwork is gasp-worthy!

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  16. Just found your blog and I'm wowed by the absolutely delightful pieces you made from a great selection. It's wonderful to see your thought process and to hear reasons for rejection of an idea. Thank you.

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  17. Lori, I love the look of the necklace and the dangling feathers, but understand how you want to possibly try again. The bracelet is super fun and I'm sure you'll be wearing it often.

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  18. I love the necklace as is, and yes, I really do love the bracelet.

    Thanks for a great soup.

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  19. Great work Lori! You've made special pieces with both a touch of your and a touch of Manuelas style. I love all three of them!

    Greetings,
    Michi

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  20. Wonderfulbe and beautiful jewelry. Thanks for hosting Lori.

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  21. Well, that was quite the process wasn't it? I think your end result is my favorite, and your bracelet is definitely my pick of the two =) Beautiful work!!
    Can't tell you how many times I have taken pieces apart. I am not afraid!

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  22. A day before reveal day I decided to take apart the necklace it took 3 days to make. I knew from the start it didn't turn out the way I wanted but kept putting it off.
    I'm seriously loving the bracelet and the earrings are gorgeous.

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  23. Lori, your necklace is BEAUTIFUL! I never would have known what to do with such a large stunning bead. My favourite though is the bracelet - I love the shape of those beads and the colours are amazing!
    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful hard work organising all of this. This is definitely the best party yet. It's made me think outside the box and I've now got so many ideas flowing I don't quite know where to start!

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  24. First, thank you so much for this opportunity to meet so many talented artists!

    And, what a gorgeous piece you made <3

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  25. gorgeous colors and beads in all the pieces---i would be 100% happy with these! you had a lot to work with and you did it justice. thanks for all your hard work in putting this hop together!

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  26. Lori, I actually love both pieces and the necklace is great just the way it is. I would wear it in a heartbeat!!! I just love the bracelet as well. I thank you for a wonderful time again on this bead soup party!

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  27. Dear Lori,
    And you did it again! Breathtaking creations and wonderful organisation of BSBP. Thank you so much for so much creative fun:)
    Hugs and kisses!

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  28. This is beautiful! Simply Amazing!!

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  29. Yehey finally the Party!I'm so excited to be part of the Bead Soup Party this time around! I want to thank you Lori! You've done such a wonderful job!

    Such terrific beads! I love what you've done with it! I especially love the bracelet too!!

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  30. Lori, I just love the vibrant colours in Manuela's beads - but love even more what you have created with them! .... just beautiful!

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  31. Lori - you may not be 100% happy but I think your designs are beautiful. I like to let stunning beads speak for themselves as well but I think you have done Manuela's beads proud, setting them off to great effect without detracting from them. Fabulous bracelet too (hoard expensive toggles...moi? ok guilty as charged!) and those earring...Ooo yes please!!!

    Hope you've relaxed a bit now and can have a great day, weekend,week...hopping!

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  32. Wow! I love that birdie pendant!!! And I love the necklace You made with that! And would be so happy to win the earring! Thank You so much for this party. I feel lucky to be a part of it!

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  33. Lori - I love both pieces! They are amazing! The fuschia sari ribbon in the necklace really brings out the pinks in the lampwork, and brings it all together. Well done, I think you've done brilliantly!

    Now....I have a cup of tea at hand, now to visit everyone else!

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  34. What amazing components to work with! I love how both your pieces turned out. I see why you're holding on to those little tube Thai pieces.

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  35. Awesome, beutiful work. Hope you have a great day:-)

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  36. WOW!!!
    Fabulous soup mix
    and Fabulous soup!
    That bracelet IS you!
    I also love the necklace just as is! I think it lets that unbelievably Beautiful focal shine!!!
    Thank you for you all you did to coordinate this!!!
    off to see more soup....
    m.e. :)

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  37. OH MY GOD! I love, love, love everything about your pieces. The addition of the sari silk is divine. So are your dangles. LOVE it. And the bracelet, and the thought you put in it and, and, and...

    The other thing: A big thank you, for the party and for being you:-)

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  38. Well Lori, I think both the chain and the bracelet are stunning. But on the other hand I can imagine that you could always find something to improve. I know I do:-)

    Thanks for organizing this wonderful blog hop.

    - Pepita

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  39. Lori I love how you used your notebook to come up with your ideas. I especially liked how you put the actual beads on the pages and drew around them - fabulous idea and I hope you don't mind I am going to start using that!!!!
    I love how the necklace finally turned out. I know you aren't happy with it, but I think it is stunning! I love what you finally decided to do with that gorgeous focal bead! Stunning girl!
    I also love your bracelets and this one is no exception! You make your bracelets spectacularly!!!!

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  40. That necklace turned out so awesome Lori! The silver pieces extending from the focal, the colors and the chain all blend together so well ~ A perfect blend to embrace that incredible bird focal by Manuela. Love the use of the little baby beads, and that bracelet came out amazing as well. It's comforting to know even you take a few things apart before getting to the end result. Thanks so much for sharing your process!

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  41. Loved reading about your design process and I like your results. Colorful and creative, just like you. Thanks for the chance to play along.

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  42. Lori,
    You did a great job.
    I especially love the bracelet you made!
    Thanks again for being our hostess...

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  43. You did a wonderful job, both on keeping us all informed and updated on the party and on your Beautiful Jewelry! I particularly like the necklace too-but alas I know the re-work routine quite well! Wear it, Live with it, then decide if you want to re-do it...Thanks so much Lori-you are really amazing to host this special event! light and love-amanda

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  44. Wow! Beautiful job! I'm amazed, and drooling! :)

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  45. Lori, you rock! Thank you so much organising the bead soup party, I am really enjoying it!
    The beads you received from your own partner are awesome, I've never seen anything as intricate as the bird focal! I think the necklace you made sets it off perfectly.
    Deb x

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  46. Hmm-not sure if my first comment posted... I will try again---first thank you so much for coordinating this wonderful event-I look forward to many relaxing hours seeing everyone's work. You did an amazing job on keeping us all informed and up to date...thank you very much! And your soup mix was wonderful-and you did a spectacular job at showcasing the glass work. I personally like the necklace quite a bit-live with it and wear it a bit to see if it doesn't grow on you! Great Job-light and love-amanda

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  47. Lovely soup mix! Great bird focal! And I would love to win the earrings... Face it I like winning anything!

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  48. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way and Thank You for all your hard work coordinating this fun event. Cheers!
    Lori

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  49. Wow Lori, your piece turned out very well. I'm glad you posted about the creative process, I also tried and re-tried different things before choosing the final layout. It's good to know others considered this a challenge. Mine made me come out of what I didn't even know was a comfort zone. Thanks for everything.

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  50. WOWZERS, Lori! Your creations are amazing! I love everything! So pretty and fun :)The colors and textures! AWESOME!

    Thank you again for hosting! It has been amazing as always!

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  51. Hi Lori,
    I loved how you shared the challenge you had. The beads that Manuela sent you...wow! So special and gorgeous. I can see why the bracelet is a favorite. What a great time to use up your stash. Stunning.
    And what you did to show off the bird focal bead in the necklace...just beautiful. Well I'm off to have more fun with the hop...
    Hugs
    Terri G.

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  52. I am commenting! I ADORE what you made, and loved reading about the process! You made the kind of jewelry I love and Manuela makes the kind of beads I pine for! I love the bird focal with the charming feathers which you added,and the bracelet is divine! And those earrings--SWEET!OH Lori, LADY OF THE BEAD SOUP BLOG PARTY-- I dreamt about the party early this morning. We were all at your actual house, beading away!!! It was quite a merry scene! You even had enough chairs for all of us! xox! jean :)

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  53. Your bracelet and necklace are a wonderful start to my bead soup party day. It is going to be hard to get anything done with all these blogs to review. Thanks for putting this together.

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  54. Beautiful pieces, Lori! I admire your persistence, honestly, I would have just put that pendant on a silver chain and called it a day! The earrings are just my style, love turquoise! Thanks for such a great party and for doing a giveaway on top of it!

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  55. Lori, your bead soup design is beautiful. Your work is always outstanding, it's unique and full of interest.
    Thanks for a great party!
    Chris

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  56. Wow Lori! I love the finished pieces! I did dangles for the first time with mine and made and remade it until I was happy too. I will be wearing my piece at Artbliss, hope to see yours in person there too! Love the earrings and thank you again for hosting this wonderful swap and blog hop!

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  57. Beautiful. I like the you sketched it out. I should do that. I just dive in.

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  58. Wow! Absolutely stunning! Love it all!! Thanks for organizing this party!

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  59. That bird focal is to die for. I really like what you ended up doing with it. And the bracelet is so cute. I appreciated your point about taking something apart to redo. I always hate to do that and usually end up not doing it.
    Would love a chance to win the earrings. Thanks for the 'soup' fun. Will be watching for the next one. I'm hooked.

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  60. I love what you did...beautiful things make beautiful pieces! Thank you for all your organizing and time spent! :)

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  61. oo my gosh!! what you made is just beautiful! and i really love that you showed your process with being challenged with a large focal...thank you for doing this, you make me want to just make jewelry again...please throw my name in the hat for those beautiful earrings too!!

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  62. Thank you Lori, the lampwork is amazing, and you have done beautiful things with it. Bravo!

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  63. Hi Lori! Hope You feel better today (head) those are very lovely jewelry You made with the stunning lampwork (guess You liked that)and silver beads / parts. My favorite is the bracelet that is so x-tra gorgeous!! THANKS for ALL time and effort put into this soup !! B

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  64. I love the design process you went through, and the finished pieces. Wow - seems daunting though. I've never participated, but maybe next time?

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  65. In three months, life as I know it has changed forever. I've gone from being a CFO/co-owner of a construction company to having the rare opportunity to follow my passion. What is my passion? I'm glad you asked. I am a naturally creative person. For 15 years I filled every single day with accounting and the rare and precious free moments with jewelry creation. I am embarking on a journey now to see where my jewelry takes me. I happened upon the bead soup for bloggers extravaganza and FELL. IN. LOVE. When I get settled, I will be starting a blog just so I can get involved. Thank you so much for creating and lovingly overseeing The Bead Soup Party. I hope to be joining you on the next one.

    Jennifer Edwards
    Blithe-ology Designs

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  66. Wow Lori! Beautiful design. The lampwork focal bead is a major piece of art all on it's own! I like what you did with it, the colors are beautiful and I bracelet is pretty stunning too. Thanks for sharing your sketches. I am trying to learn to sketch more before I get started on certain pieces. Thanks for sending me some soup to play with and letting me "crash" your party!

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  67. Love all of those pieces. Those bead are amazing!!! Thank you for putting the soup together Lori! :)

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  68. Though you might not be happy with the necklace, I love it! But I know what you mean about a piece not 'feeling right', and there's nothting to do but take it apart. Like you, I can't let a piece go until it seems right to me.

    The bracelet is lovely! Manuela makes some lovely lampwork (which, if I owned any, I would be hording).

    Now I'm off to hopefully make it through one section of the participants before I have to get busy.

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  69. Wow! These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for organizing this, Lori, and letting us be part of it. Your work is fun, colorful and full of inspiration.

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  70. Lori - Thank You so much for your idea and tireless work! That focaql is the bomb and the color peice that ensued is all Lori! Beautiful work as always - I hope you get to enjoy this day! xoxo Patty : )

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  71. Stunning Lori! Love all the closeups.
    Terri

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  72. lori, i *love* how these turned! especially, i admit, the bracelet. just perfection.

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  73. Oohhh gorgeous beads. I really stuggled with mine and i'm still not sure about a couple of bits but I really enjoyed it too. Thank you for organising such a great event. :o)

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  74. What beautiful jewelry! You did a wonderful job using Manuela's beads. The Thai beads and logs were a perfect accent and I just love asymmetrical pieces. I missed my chance joining the blog party again but I'm glad I can enjoy the hop. Hope to be apart of it next time!

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  75. Love what you did with those lampwork beads. Thanks for hosting. Gonna go stir the soup.

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  76. Looks like I am the first to congratulate you Lori on a great partner and you have made a beautiful necklace and bracelet,and what a stunning focal bead,well done!
    I have a sketch book full of designs love useing it!
    Jackie

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  77. Your ingredients are amazing! Amazingly amazing! I love what you did, but I am partial to the dangle thing also. I do have to say, I am coveting that bracelet! 'nuf said. :)

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  78. Thanks for posting your entire process. Your pieces are very well done. I sympathize with your thoughts on that fantastic focal, how to embellish without distracting from it.

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  79. Thanks for the peak into your sketchbook! I always love to see other artist's design process, especially when the finished product looks so right an natural like it was meant to be. Like yours. That's when you know it took work. :)

    And thanks again for organizing and hosting the Hop! You're the greatest, Lori!

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  80. Lori,
    I would have been baffled by that beautiful bird bead (hehehehe) too. I went through a lot of design sketches for my main piece as well. I really like the way you presented those sketches here. Very cool. The end result is nice and very you, but the bracelet is definitely YOU! I do love the colors in both pieces. And your pictures are just fabulous (mine turned out a bit small somehow. . .) Anyway.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for hosting this mess of bead creatives once again. I know it was a lot of stress and struggle to keep the hoard of us together and on the same page. You are an angel. There must be some pie waiting for you somewhere!
    {{{HUGS}}}

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  81. Here we go Lori!!! I've made a little tiny dent in the huge list of participants, fun as always!! Your creations are gorgeous. Beautiful ingredients beautiful results!!

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  82. Oh Lori, I love the necklace you have created!!! So beautiful with the hammered silver lentils!
    You are an incredible party host - thank you so much for everything! I'm having a blast!

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  83. Wow! what amazing lampwork! Wow, what an amazing necklace! WOW-- fabulous bracelet!! You really did right by that Bead Soup and thanks for sharing the process, that's what I want to see. And thanks too, Lori, for all your hard work on this. You really know how to throw a party!

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  84. It's all fabulous, Lori. You did an incredible job w/ all 3 pieces!

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  85. Great pieces Lori! I am really loving the bracelet. I echoed some similar themes in my blog post. I used a clasp I have been holding onto forever and I also had to restring one of my pieces.

    Thanks so much for this creative expereince, it has been a blast and you are a lovely hostess. Good luck with your book! Cheers!

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  86. Lovely pieces as always, Lori! Thanks for taking us through your creative process and for hosting the BSBP!

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  87. Lori! I love what you made and what a terrific batch of soup ingredients! Love that bird focal! So cool, and the bracelet is beautiful too!

    Thanks for all you do to make this a huge success for all of us!

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  88. I love what you did with her beads! Especially the bracelet...and those beads DESERVE silver! Beautiful job!

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  89. Hi Lori, First, let me say THANK YOU for throwing this awesome party! Next, your work is fabulous, and third, I had to re-do my soup a couple of times too -- work it til it works!

    Enjoy the hop,
    http://artemisiastudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/bead-soup-reveal.html

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  90. I'm one of those goofies that start at the top. I love that you don't just show the pic and talk about the piece, but that you also T E A C H us H O W to design, describing your thought process. Thanks for that. This has been so fun, and I'm so happy to have been a part of this event. It's going to be so fun to see what everyone else made with their stash. BTW, your finished work is ... amazing.

    Thanks from thejoyfulgem, Joyce

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  91. I love your ideas and finished pieces. I know exactly what you mean by wanting to dangle that amazing bird bead from a silver chain. But what an awesome piece you put together. Those beads were completely worthy of breaking into the Thai silver stash - heck - I would have sent you some of my little Thai beads for that lampwork.

    Thanks for organizing another great experience - my third BSP!

    Is there a vacation with pie for dessert each night coming up?

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  92. I adore the beads that you received and i feel your angst!! I was right here with you for a long time! I was almost scared of the beads- afraid to mess up!! Till I grabbed myself by the scruff, gave myself and good shake and yelled SNap Out of IT!!!! There that helped!!!
    I love the encklace you amde but I also completely agree with the notion of taking it apart to make it perfect for YOU!!!! DId that many times and will continue to do so!! The bracelet is wonderful and so you!!!
    Would love to know where you got those spectacular leaves!!! Theya re terrific!!!

    Must also thank you again for all of your Herculean efforts to make this experience amazing rewarding and OH SO MUCH FUN@@!! You are a Shining Star and I am so very grateful!!! i hope to be able to do this AGAIN!!
    You ROCK WOMAN!!!!

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  93. WOW! that is really gorgeous/amazing/beautiful! the beads are gorgeous, you put it together, like, so amazing and it all looks beautiful! ok, now I sound like a dork who's meeting her favorite movie star with all the gushing, but it is really beautiful. Very, very nice work. congrats, and thanks again for putting such a large party together.

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  94. I do love that you show your process, the drawings and the variants! You may not be happy and may fiddle forever, but you were very succesful with this incarnation, I think...wow, Manuela's beads are incredible. You really let them sing!

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  95. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!! Fantastic pieces. You had great beads and you did some terrific things with them. Thank you SO much for organizing this again. Good fun!

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  96. Lori, I love what you created, and I am so glad to know I wasn't the only one who had to take things apart multiple times.

    I also wanted to take a moment to thank you for hosting this wonderful party. I have really enjoyed being a part of it and hope to participate again in the future. This was one of the best experiences of my beading career. THank you.

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  97. Oh Lori your pieces turned out so beautifully! I love the pendant-the bird is magical! Great bracelet too, when I first saw it I thought mmmm love that toggle! Then I read what you said and laughed. Hoarding is a GOOD thing-see how it worked out perfectly for you?!?!?

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  98. Wow! Your pieces are stunning!

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  99. Lori, your designs are beautiful! I love how you showed your design sketches. Manuela Wutschke's lampwork beads are gorgeous and you did an amazing job designing with them!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  100. Lori, your pieces are beautiful....love the focal you had to work with and the outcome after your doodles...very pretty...

    thank you for allowing me to take part in this party...

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  101. Awesome!!! Grat beads and Great jewelry.

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  102. You're right - that focal is the bomb! If I'd bought it I would've hoarded it for a few years to let things perculate...and enjoy it just as it is.

    However, I really like the necklace you made with it. I think the large links match its substance but give it a lightness... a space to rest your eyes if you ever dared take your eyes off of the focal!

    It's going to be a joyous few days getting through all the entries. So far my mouth has dropped on almost every one. Incredible talent and to think it was items they didn't select themselves.

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  103. Oh Lori, please don't laugh at me, but I started to cry when I saw that necklace. After reading the process, it just built up the momentum for me, then when I saw how truly beautiful it was, I was just overwhelmed! You do dangles so well, they are always stunning. That bracelet is awesome, I love the little logs with the purple and blue.
    Thank you so much for everything...sharing your creativity, your hard work on the Party, and the cool giveaway!!! :)

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  104. What a gorgeous bead soup! I love what you did, love the dangles!
    Thank you so much for hosting this party. It was my first time and I really enjoyed myself and am happy to have made a new friend!

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  105. This is just lovely. Your soup was gorgeous, too. I really love those little pieces you've been hoarding! And dangles! I had dangles too (my first time **blush**). Loving this day! Thanks so much, Lori!

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  106. Wow, Lori, your soup beads were stunning, especially that focal. I love both pieces, but really love the bracelet. Thank you for showing us your sketches. How wonderful! (please don't consider me for the drawing. the earrings are divine, but I can't wear earrings. *cries*)

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  107. Beautiful pieces, Lori! I loved reading your process. Great advice there, too. Thanks for sharing your work and for organizing this fun swap! I've had a great time with it and can't wait for the next one.

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  108. Lori! Oh, goodness, I love what you made with that awesome soup! That focal is completely amazing, and you finished it up just perfectly! Love those bracelets too. Thank you so much for organizing such a fun blog hop! I know it was a huge amount of work for you :)

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  109. I can't believe I'm the first to post. I've never been a jewelry maker but this may just inspire me to begin. The earrings you're giving away are lovely!!!

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  110. I LOVE what you did, Lori! Both the necklace and the bracelet - and what gorgeous beads you received!! Nice work!

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  111. Beautiful pieces, Lori! So elegant and feminine! I admire your work!
    Thank you for this party ;)
    xoxo

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  112. Beeeeautiful! I love seeing the progression with your little sketches. those yellow flowery bunches are so pretty!!
    The bracelet is my favorite, looks like its a fun piece to wear!

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  113. Lori, that necklace it gorgeous and I loved the pictures you included of your creative process. The little log spacers on the bracelet are so cute. Have a great day blog hopping. I am just getting started.

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  114. Lori, I love your work, and how you took the time to blog your creative process and the sketches. And that's great advice about taking apart things until you get it right. I do that all the time, and I need to stop thinking of it as "making mistakes"--it's really about keeping trying until you get something you love.

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  115. I love seeing your design process for the necklace - your dangles turned out really fun looking but I REALLY like how your bracelet came out - how fantastic is that piece!?!

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  116. I love your piece! That focal is gorgeous, and I love the chain necklace concept you used. The wonky spacer earrings are cool, and I would love to win them :)

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  117. Great necklace! I love the focal bead and any of the ideas would have worked. Great job!

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  118. Really beautiful. Cool that you included photos of your sketches - your though process to creating!

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  119. I love both pieces, Lori! I think the silver leaves are a perfect compliment to the focal, brings it all together beautifully!

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  120. I get to be the first to post?

    I think you should be 100% happy with that necklace. The bird bead is gorgeous, but you did it justice!

    By the way, I think a lottery/drawing for next time is a really wonderful idea!

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  121. Lori you have done it again! An awesome blog-hop-party
    and your creations are to die for. Be blessed to be a blessing

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  122. Lori,

    I think you did a beautiful job. Thanks for showing how you came up with your final design. It gave me some ideas on how to work on my projects. Thanks again.

    Carolyn
    carolynscreations@live.com

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  123. Beautiful pieces once again Lori!

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  124. Really nice job, Lori! what an amazing focal--I would have felt the same--put it on a cord by itself and done.

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  125. I love love love that Bracelet! That is totally my style, *sigh.* I've really been enjoying blog-hopping today for your Bead Soup party. Everyone is just so talented and creative!!!!

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  126. I love the bracelet, so 'cha~cha'.I like the necklace you ended up w/ but I know what you mean, if it isn't 'there' it isn't there.I really liked seeing your sketches. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to pack a lunch for my Hop. Thanls again for all you did to make this beady fun happen! :)

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  127. I love EVERY possible combination you were trying out as well as the finished product! That focal bead is SOOOO amazing! I never work with those, and I'm so happy for this because its opened my eyes to NEW things to buy!!!

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  128. What a wonderful collaboration between two great artists, yourself and Manuela! Your pieces look great.
    What a great job you have done with this and past Bead Soup Parties - maybe next time I'll sign up - lol! (I keep saying this).

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  129. Beautiful collection Lori! I too love the bracelet. Thank you so much for hosting the event and making it the spectacular party that it is! It has been a lot of fun! It has also been a very rewarding experience for me. I decided to step outside my comfort zone and create a style that I normally wouldn't. Maybe it will influence my future designs!

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  130. i really love your pieces, they are so unique !!!
    and i want to thank you for hosting this event
    Grüßle
    Doris

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  131. Lori,
    In spite of your considerations, I think you did a really great job on that focal necklace idea. Love the bracelet too. Thanks for the info on your process. And even more thanks for the Party itself. Kudos!!!

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  132. hey Lori, I love the beads you got and I love what you made with it. The detail you put in the necklace is amazing, I can't stop looking at it. Thank you again for the party, it was so much fun again, and I can't wait for the next one.

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  133. Dangles it is, then! I really like the silver beads you used for them, too!

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  134. Terrific use of a terrific gift of beads...The designs are really wonderful! Thanks for all your hard work! My first but not last bead soup ~

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  135. Beautiful beads and you've created beautiful designs with them! Thanks again for hosting the party it has been a lot of fun!!! :)

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  136. How could I not leave a comment? Your pieces are wonderful, and I loved that you gave us a peak into your creative process. And much thanks for hosting this amazing opportunity to connect with so many talented beaders around the world!

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  137. I'm rather new to the jewelry blog scene and kept seeing messages about bead soup, but had no real understanding about what it was all about until now. Looking over some of these entries (and I've only managed a few so far), I finally "get it" and I'm so very impressed by the talent I'm seeing! I realize I have a lot to learn and this is yet another way to do it, by looking at, studying, and admiring these wonderful pieces of art! Thanks so much to you and everyone! What a great idea!

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  138. "buying expensive things and then hoarding them"

    ...

    *eyes those sterling findings she's keeping since, like, FOREVER* Yup.

    I loved what you pulled off though - seeing that focal I thought the only type of jewelry possible with it would be Big And Chunky, but it looks surprisingly light! And I really like how these colors look with the silver, this is coming from someone who almost exclusively works with brass and - sometimes - copper.

    Thanks again for hosting this great event and putting up with all the work to make this possible! *hugs*

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  139. First of all,thanks a million for such an amazing opportunity to participate on this party. The pieces you made are gorgeous. Love the lampwork bead and you definetly honor it in your design. The bracelet is wonderful too. Yummy soup. FIESTA!

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  140. Oh my! That bracelet is stunning. I understand the issue on the focal because it is so fantastic on its own, it's hard to know what, and how much, to pair with it. Good job.

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  141. WOW.

    Just stunning, Lori. I really love the way you tried out so many different ideas -- any of them would have been fabulous, but I rally do like the final necklace. And the bracelet is fantastic!

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  142. I like both pieces really well! You are a treasure for tasking yourself with all this work...you have given us all untold hours of joy and frustration...and a sense of accomplishment!! Thanks so very much!!

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  143. Those beads are aaah-mazing. Beautifully made into a lovely necklace, awesome!

    Thanks for hosting such a great bead soup Lori, I really enjoyed it.

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  144. I think what you put together with your mix is absolutely beautiful. I myself am not one to wear large focal beads, well, large beads in general, but I would definitely wear this! And the earrings and bracelet too!

    Excellent combination of colors...I am a painter first, and colors are quite important to me...

    I would love to do this party again!

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  145. What stunning soup to work with! You did a great job Lori it's gorgeous! Both pieces are. Necklaces are always hard for me. I work and rework them several times before it feels right. That focal looks perfect in your design. The bracelet is jaw dropping gorgeous. I love the colors and had to laugh out loud at your hoarding, I'm glad I'm not the only one that does this :)

    Also a HUGE, giagantic thank you for all your hard work in putting together and hosting yet another completely fab BSBP! I can't wait for the next, I truly look so forward to each and every one and cherish all the wonderful friendships I've made through the hops.

    HUGS!!!!

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  146. OOOOooo, just so lovely! the focal would have had me sweating bullets and losing sleep trying to give it a proper setting, too.
    thank you sweet lady for all the time and headaches you have gone through to put smiles on so many faces! you hold a special place in many hearts...

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  147. What a treat to see your thought process documented through the sketches! I will have to borrow the idea of laying the bead down and using colored pencils to help visualize...

    Both pieces are absolutely gorgeous - you really accomplished that tricky feat of complimenting the beautiful lampwork without overwhelming them.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you did to make this wonderful event happen. I wish I lived close enough to buy you a celebratory PIE!

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  148. Lori,

    I LOVE all three pieces!! I just love the dangles and the sari silk with that cool pendant she sent you:>)

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  149. I liked reading about the process that lead up to that lovely necklace. I know the feeling when you try to find the right design -- and also how it can feel to try and to something with a special focal bead.

    I really like the necklace how it looks now. There are many different elements that work with that cool focal without taking too much attention from it. And the bracelet is lovely too.

    Thank you so much for making this blog hop party happen! The work you do to is so appreciate, I hope you know that. This is my second time participating and it's just so much fun!

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  150. I found myself wanting to do "me" and sometimes that's just the best.

    I think the necklace looks great but sometimes our original visions take away from what we accomplish- if you're not 100% redo it. If I'm not totally happy with something, it will sit forever until I finally do take it apart. It's lovely either way but make yourself happy.

    The bracelet I would totally wear. That lampwork is to die for, the circle chain just my style and the added bits and bobs compliment it perfectly!

    Beautiful Lori!

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  151. I really like your necklace but I absolutely LOVE the bracelet! You really highlighted to beauty of the larger beads. Gorgeous work. Thank you so much for hosting the party. Its my first time joining, and i am so glad I did!

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  152. I like the necklace but bracelet...wow! It does such a great job of showing off those gorgeous beads and looks so fun to wear.

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  153. Beautiful! Thank you for all your dedication. Cheers! Laura Blanck from Openstudio.

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  154. First I would like to thank you for your power to organize this big, great, creativ event!!!
    You did a great work - also with the beads of Manuela - her focals are amazing, isn't it? Have a nice day hopping around the world ;-) See ya, Doris

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  155. Lori, I love both of your projects. The sari silk you used really brought out the background in the focal and I love it. I would not change a thing on it.
    thank you SO much for hosting this absolutely huge party. I learned so much from my project, and I always love to visit the other participants sites and see thier work too.
    Carrie
    http://www.carriet.com/

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  156. You never cease to amaze me! I've got to say...I love your necklace, but completely understand the temptation of reworking...the longer I look at my Bead Soup creation...the more I think it's just needs a few adjustments! :) Thanks again for all the hard work!!

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  157. what beautiful pieces!

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  158. I like all the pieces you made from your bead soup mix, but agree that the bracelet is especially stunning.

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  159. SO beautiful! The composition on both pieces is just perfect. It takes a good eye to use many pieces without losing sight of any of them.

    Thank you again for hosting!

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  160. THANK YOU for hosting such a wonderful blog party - this has been so much fun from start to finish. And, now there's endless 'EYE CANDY' to hop around and see...I'm in BEADING HEAVEN.
    I adore your designs, Manuela's focal is stunning and I love the way you've incorporated it with the silver in a classic dangle necklace. Love the bracelet too, it's my kinda style. x

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  161. The necklace is gorgeous. The focal is beautiful. I love those funky flower beads too. I think you did a great job.

    Thanks again for all the hard work and time you dedicated to the party.

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  162. Pretty Lori! I am so glad you had such an awesome soup to work with. The bracelet is my favourite too - looks like it would be very nice to wear. Thanks for being so honest about taking us through your design process. I love that about you - you are a generous soul and a half :-) Enjoy hopping and basking in what you have achieved here!

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  163. oh lori, I LOVE the necklace as it is....the bracelet's a bit special too chicken ;o)

    I know what you mean about hoarding the expensive stuff...so rather than the clasp sitting in my stash...I gave it to my partner to play with ;o)

    Thanks for the opportunity to play again and for the amazing challenge it gave me...and by the looks of it a few others too! ;o)

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  164. I love Manuela's beads! I love seeing your drawing design on paper before your finished creation!

    I love the contrast of the beautiful silver beads you used with Manuela's beads for the necklace and bracelet!

    Wonderful, wonderful work!

    xo Genea

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  165. Both pieces are beautiful Lori! I love how you used the leaf charms as feathers on the necklace! Cool idea! Thanks again for hosting this party! :)

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  166. Well I think you did an amazing job, I love the necklace!

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  167. absolutely gorgeous, Lori! I really like the final design, and enjoyed seeing your thought process. I am not totally happy with mine either, and will probably rework it at some point.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

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  168. I think all of the pieces turned out amazing! Maybe someday I will have the time to participate in one of these, it sounds like a blast! :)

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  169. I love that you showed us a little of the process you use for designing a necklace. Thank you for sharing that! I love the necklace...exquisite! I wouldn't mind winning those earrings! 8D Again, thank you SO much for hosting this party! I had a wonderful time and hope to participate in the next one.

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  170. Lori, I love how you shared your design thought process with us. It really brings "you" into the pieces. Which, I love, of course. Thank you again for all of your work and for your bloggie friendship. Even though we've never really met, I consider you a friend and a mentor.

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  171. I love what you have made Lori- just wonderful! The jewelry and the hop- you have made this, and they are all beautiful! I thank you very much for your inspiration and courage to share it!

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  172. Thank you so much for organizing the blog party. It's been wonderful to see such fantastic work from so many people. I can see why you're happy with the bracelet, it's stunning! I like seeing your own design struggles laid out as I'm sure many of us went through something similar!
    Beautiful work all around and thank you again!

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  173. Lovely jewelry and I adore the way you use the notebooks for designing. Thanks for sharing how you did them!

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  174. Are you not happy with the necklace because the way its lays? Because flat on paper it looks beautiful. The bracelet is very funky and fun. Love the earrings. I loved having so many people visit my blog and leave me sweet comments. Thanks again.

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  175. Lori, I'm just now getting started on my bead soup blog hop....but before I do, here is my entry to win those great earrings, thank you!

    Hop...hop hop.....

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  176. I love what you did with these fab beads...especially how you used the baby spacer beads in the bracelet!

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  177. Thanks so much for organizing the party! Great designs! :-)

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  178. Lori thanks so much for hosting bead soup again! I always look forward to this.

    I think your pieces turned out cool but if you arent happy then you just keep playing with it til it makes you smile!

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  179. Love Love Love those earrings. All your creations from the bead soup party are amazing.
    Kathy

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  180. I think your necklace is absolutely perfect as it is. I love those silver leaves, and they help balance the large focal.

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  181. Lori, I love hearing about the design process and all the options you went through! It's true sometimes you go through so many ideas. There have been times where I have done the same thing as well. The bracelet is my favorite! Love those Thai silver beads. Thai silver is one of my all-time favorites. Can't blame you for hoarding those now. Thank you so much for another great Bead Soup Blog Party! Your the best hostess with the mostess. Sorry, if that's a little cheesy! hehe:)

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  182. Wow Lori, I love your thought process and the end results. The silk ribbon brings out the colors in the pendant and the silver compliments all the colors in the necklace. I love the bracelet with all the little dangles. You had some very nice bead soup mix to work with.
    Therese

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  183. Im new to all this and it was very helpful to see how you tackled this challenge. Its ok to start over.

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  184. Lori, I like what you did! Thank you again for hosting this blog party!

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  185. I love your necklace, even if you still want to tweak! And I totally get what you say about hoarding the expensive stuff. I have an $84 clasp still sitting on my desk with the beads that will go with it in some future project :-) Thanks for all of your energy, time and patience in putting this all together Lori - it's amazing! You deserve lots of PIE!

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  186. Lori- they are stunning! I sooooooo adore the bracelet! You are wonderful, what a perfect pair you two made! Thanks so much for throwing this party!

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  187. That bracelet -wow! You better keep that for yourself. I think your party is going to keep me busy for weeks eyeing oh so many pretty things!

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  188. I think the necklace and bracelet turned out perfect. And I totally empathize with the quandary over what to DO with all those gorgeous beads. Thank you for putting this blog hop party together. I can't imagine all the time and effort -not to mention headaches- it took to arrange this. I may not be participating in this one but like everyone else I appreciate all you've done.

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  189. First of all, I am a huge fan of Manuela's lampwork...beautiful creations. I love what you did with your bead soup. The necklace is spectacular and the design enhances the bead...does not overpower it.

    The bracelet is amazing...just enough bling with that gorgeous toggle. I, too, purchase those expensive pieces and then hesitate to use them...go figure!

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  190. Lori, I rework designs, tear, cut and sometimes throw parts at the bead mat when working on pieces.....but I learn with each redo!
    Your necklace is wonderful the dangles and colors show off the pendant so well!
    The bracelet is perfect! I love the little "logs"! Beautiful!!!!

    THANK YOU LORI for hosting such a wonderful hop!!

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  191. I love the bracelet and the necklace. Thank you for hosting this party, and all the hard work and love you put into it. It's my first party, and I am having a great time meeting new people and stretching my creativity.

    www.pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com

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  192. As always, gorgeous pieces! I'm a fellow lover of dangles, so I also love the bracelet. It is fabu! And that is such a gorgeous pendant that I would probably just leave it sitting on my dresser for me to just admire, lol.

    I struggled here with one of the same issues as you. I made a piece but wasn't entirely satisfied with it so I'm thinking of demoing it and starting over.

    You're a rock star! Thanks for being such a fabu hostess. :)

    Anitra
    www.leelucreations.blogspot.com

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  193. Thanks so much for sponsoring this. It has been a wonderful experience for me. And now the fun is just starting, with visiting the blogs and seeing what everyone did. I love reading your thinking process. And sorry to say, happy to see that even someone like you has a hard time figuring things out sometimes!

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  194. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this for everyone. I am going to try and sign up for the next BSBP if newbies are welcome. I love your designs!

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  195. well I wasn't going to comment but i'd hate for you to have to have only 361 comments and know
    I was the missing one!!! LOL! neat pieces!!

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  196. I just love love your piece. I loved seeing your drawings because I also put the pieces on the paper and draw around them. It was fun seeing you do that! That bead is so much fun! Makes me want to go check out her shop for sure!!

    Wow! you have a ton of comments already. You said you've never gotten the same amount of comments as participants, but looks like you just might get them this time around if you have this many on the first day!

    Thanks again for all your hard work Lori. LOVE your piece!!

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  197. You created beautiful items with the gorgeous lampwork. I very much like how you created necklace and bracelets. I am glad to have been included in this challenge as I am seeing such wonderful things.

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  198. absolutely stunning work, you did some beautiful pieces!

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  199. Lori,

    Your jewelry designs have always inspired me, but these are breathtaking!!! I love the necklace the way it is now, but should you decide to re-do it I am sure it will be just as wonderful or (gasp) even better! Thanks for sharing your photos and struggles and thanks for hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party...I fully intend to visit each blog and am also planning on participating in the next one!

    Peace,
    Stephanie

    stephanie_mcginley@hotmail.com

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