Tuesday, October 04, 2011

New Cup of Bead Soup with SueBeads!

It's October, and time for a new Cup of Bead Soup project.  To learn more about the Cup of Bead Soup Project, click here.  You can view past Cup of Bead Soup participants and the designs I created by clicking the button right below my blog banner.


This month's sponsor is Sue Kennedy of Suebeads.


I've had the pleasure of meeting Sue, and she's a talented lampworker as well as a fabulous enamel artist.  This month, she sent me some of both.


First up is a set of beads that at first, I thought was really going to challenge me  -- and they still might.  The colors keep changing on me, but that might be because my eyesight is going. 



My challenge will be to pull out the unexpected colors without overpowering all the many colors that are IN the beads.  Sometimes when beads have a lot of colors in them, it's easy to end up with a cacophony of voices, as it were.  But I think I have an idea.  


This next set I knew IMMEDIATELY what I wanted to do.  In fact, I've had a set of beads sitting in a bag WAITING for the perfect lampwork to go with them.  The challenge will be to do these stunners justice and translate my mental vision into actuality.


These etched beads look like they're flocked with black velvet.  I really, really hope I can pull off what I envision.


These next two sets of beads beg for earrings.  I really haven't used adorned headpins that much before, so I'm really going to have to think hard about what to put on top of these cool orange glass headpins.  I can't just stick any old bead on these, you know!  And the other two beads remind me of the sea, so some ideas brewing there.  I wish I still did craft shows in Virginia Beach like I used to -- they'd eat these up.


And finally, a couple of sets of Sue's enameled beads, including her gorgeous fall leaves (need more of those!) and filigree wheels.  She also included a pair of Christmas-y beads, which I've already used, as you'll see in a minute.


SO!  I usually make about 200 pairs of Christmas and holiday earrings in August.  August was a rough month with the Bead Soup Blog Party sign ups and what-all so I got behind.  The past weeks, I've been playing catch-up and I think I have enough for my shows coming up (three more left, thank goodness).  I immediately gravitated toward the green and red lampwork beads as this year I didn't buy a lot of extra lampwork (been in destash mode).  I thought about poinsettias (quick tip -- if you have animals in the house, be careful, as they're poisonous to them if they eat them) and found some red lucite bell flowers and green Swarovski crystals.  


Simple, but quite pretty, I think, and a little different than Christmas trees and snowmen.

I hope you'll visit Sue's store and blog, which you can visit by clicking below:



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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 and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

18 comments:

  1. Oh boy Lori, those beads Sue sent to you are gorgeous. I really like the Christmas earrings they are sweet!
    Therese

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  2. I am in love with the black velvet flecked beads(?) is that the correct term. Anyway I love them!! :o)

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  3. Hi Lori. what a beautiful asortment of beads and i have complete faith that you will do them justice...they are in good hands...i saw your cute little face when i went to google to look up "Piknic" right at the top of the page was you...as see on.... i was having a heck of a time there tday making collages...kept saying they were tech. difficulties...
    i can't wait to see your final creations ttfn Lana :)

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  4. ks like you are going to have fun with this cup of soup! you have some great things to work with! I love your new pic, such a nice smile!

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  5. Dearie I have every confidence that you will pull it off with a flair. Be Blessed to be a blessing

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  6. Lori! Those earrings are so pretty and a touch of Christmas but could be worn anytime! Sweet Design!

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  7. Love those earrings - so cute! Thanks for using my beads this month Lori!

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  8. Delicious beads! I love the colors and the patterns in the swirly set.

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  9. ooooh, good call! i *heart* sue beads. those black ones are delish!! can't wait to see what you make!

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  10. I have loved Sue's beads since you paired us in a mini awapwhen I saw the first set I thought, oh those are niiiice. then I saw the second set & holy s*@t, those are freakin' gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you make w/ them

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  11. Your lampwork poinsettia earrings are lovely. All of these wonderful beads and components are quite the eye candy. In your capable hands these will all turn into treasures to behold. Blissful beading dear...

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  12. I was just admiring the enameled leaves at SueBeads a couple of days ago, and here they are again! I'll be anxious to see what you make from them!

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  13. Oh my word - those beads are amazing. I'm constantly in awe of the talented folks out there!

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  14. Sue's beads are just great. I love her work! And I can't wait to see what you do with them all (esp. the black velvet ones -- they DO look like black velvet). I not really a fan of the usual Christmas jewelry (trees & santas, etc.) but I love love love these earrings. They're just perfect!

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  15. What a gorgeous collection of beads she sent! I love the earrings you made, I would have had no idea what to do with those beads! I have a hard time with Christmas colors... using them without making them look like candy LOL I think what you did is way elegant! Beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest! Those black "flocked" beads are stunning :)

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  16. Sue's beads are even more gorgeous in person! What a great designer to feature this month. I love the black swirled etched set - wow.

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  17. Those beads are awesome - especially those black ones! I can't wait till you post your design using those,....yummy!!

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  18. Hi Lori, these beads are lovely!!

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