Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome to the 1st Reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party® !

I'm so happy you're here!

So what is the Bead Soup Blog Party?  It's a huge blog hop and beading challenge that has grown into so much more than I ever expected.  There's now a Facebook group for bead and jewelry designers and this October, a book!  To say I'm honored by everyone's participation is a supreme understatement (click here to see the maps!).


As with all my BSBP reveals, this is long, but I hope it's worth it!  Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and experience my pit falls, ah-ha moments, and be sure to visit the links to the many talented bead artists my partner sent me!


My partner for the first reveal was Patti Vanderbloemen.  Patti sent me two royal helpings of soup...

 





After the giddiness wore off, I thought I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do, and even ordered some extra beads for my plan.  But as best laid plans often do, the plan changed.


I knew the blue Bead Soup would be my easiest, so I started on the black, red, and white one first.  I knew I didn't want to mix Donna Millard's lampwork with Marsha Neal's focal, and that focal was my first stumbling point.  I sat there at the table, beads everywhere, and idly picked up a bronze headpin, bronze bead cap by Lesley Watt, and a gold Swarovski crystal pearl from Bead Soup #2.  And guess what?  Brilliant.




I sat with the pendant for a few days and tried to figure out what else to do.  I ended up mixing part of Bead Soup #1 with Bead Soup #2 -- the clasp by Leann Weih became the focal ABOVE the focal, and I pulled out my newest favorite, bronze wire from Objects and Elements, to wrap around an olive green Lucite bead from my own stash.  I also wrapped the link that goes through the clasp with 22-gauge wire for a more substantial and interesting link.



I had bought that wonderful mother of pearl bead at the Bead and Button Show this year and it seemed destined for this piece -- but for some reason, I HAD to use the extra headpin and decided to drill a hole in it to make a link to the (poorly) wrapped Lucite bead.  And remember the gold tangle beads in Soup #2?  They were too bright for this necklace, so I did a QUICK dunk in Jax Brown, praying I wasn't going to ruin them.  I left them in a rustic state because that seemed to work for this necklace.




I wanted to add some color to the necklace, so used multi-faceted dyed red jade from LimaBeads from my stash and square Czech glass beads, also from my stash.  I made a couple of bronze wire cages and stuffed one with white sari silk and captured a jade bead in the other.  I've been super-interested in texture in jewelry lately, so that's what drove the decision.


And here's the finished necklace...


NOT the best photo, but it was 105 degrees outside when I took it and that just had to be that!  I'm rather fond of this.


So that was the first piece, and it made me feel I could actually DO something!  


On to the second piece, with Donna Millard's distinctively patterned lampwork beads.  When working with beads that have a strong pattern, it's important to let the beads do the talking and not have too many other conversations going on in the background.  


I made a pendant for this one with a piece of etched copper from an old project (I save EVERYTHING) and a larger piece of nickle silver.  I stacked a few metal spacers between the two pieces for depth, and riveted some random things in.  The funny thing?  I made this pendant a month before my soup arrived, yet it's perfect with those red beads!



I decorated the links of the red lampwork bead links with tiny copper beads... see them up there?


Then I let the beads do the talking and made a simple linked necklace.  I hope the relative simplicity and modernity of the pendant worked well with Donna's lampwork.  What do you think?






Since I had plans for the clasp Patti sent, I made my own using one of the sterling silver beads I was sent and a lot of wire....




I had one more bead left from Donna's lampwork and the silver beads, and I wanted to see if I could use as much of the bead soups as I could, so I made a two-strand bracelet with bead clusters from the seed beads Patti sent and onyx from my stash.  Here's where I used the silver toggle Patti sent (made by Lesley Watt.)





Then there were the two sets of headpins Patti sent!  I made one pair into a kind of Gothic style:


And the second set is made with some vintage rhinestone beads and photographed against my first wedding cabinet card (I collect cabinet cards, but never had a wedding one!).  It seemed fitting.



So that took care of Bead Soup #1 and part of #2!  


The second soup, the blue soup, I was giddy over because I LOVE fat, chubby lampwork beads.  These are gorgeous substantial beads made by Lea Avroch.  I also love blue, and really need a blue necklace.  I knew I wanted to incorporate my favorite things (dangles!) but I really wanted it LUSH.  


I happened to have a charm by Lesley Watt arrive on my doorstep a couple of days before I started work on the necklace, and since I'd already used the bronze clasp in the earlier necklace, I found another toggle from Lesley and went to town.






And the final piece, which took about three hours of intense wire wrapping.  




I managed to use almost everything Patti sent me.  I only had a few red seed beads, six cultured pearls, a bead cap, and a few Swarovski crystal pearls left over, and I think that's all!


Here's what I sent to Patti, and you can click here to see what SHE made!



And the rest of the BSBP6 Reveal #1 participants! 



Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream

Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau
 Tina Bosh, Every Good and Perfect Gift
Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna
Next reveal date -- August 11th!
 


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

Join her at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!

156 comments:

  1. Lori your designs are stunning and I think the pendant you made looks absolutely wonderful with Donna Millard's lampwork beads. I think my favorite is the blue necklace it looks very lush.

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  2. Gasp... BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE what you did with your soups. Again, very intricate and detailed work. I would feel so overwhelmed with all those lovely beads but you did justice to each of them. The first piece is very interesting. The color combination is something I would not have thought of and it just screams to be touched. For the second piece, I love the idea of decorating the links with tiny copper beads. Really makes the whole piece so much more interesting. You are amazing and so very talented. I am going to stare at your pieces again. So pretty!

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  3. I know your reveal posted early...I am NOT loving blogger these days!! However, I am almost speechless!!! Your ingenuity with your handmade clasp, the oodles and oodles of wonderfully wire-wrapped dangles and clusters, Marsha Neal's focal taking center stage with Lesley Watt's clasp...I am awestruck! There is no way I could pick a favorite, as each piece you created is such a work of art! BEAUTIFUL!! BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful party!

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  4. Ooh, love your designs and the wire wrapping is so cool on that Lucite bead. Thanks for hosting this great event!

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  5. Doing the happy dance! Everything is so very cool, I love the mix of metal colors and shades in the first one, and those earrings are lovely. I think my fave is the necklace with all those LUSH dangles!! And, I didn't realize Lesley made all that cool stuff, so now I've got to go check out her stuff. :)
    Now I'm off to bed.

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  6. Stunning and beautiful -- already taken, but I so agree! Gorgeous beads and a fantastic finish.

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  7. Just fabulous - your work is amazing! Thanks so much for hosting this blog party and allowing me to take part in it.

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  8. Lori, what wonderful bead soup ingredients. All of your work is terrific but that last blue necklace is fantastic! The wire wrapping effort really paid off. Gorgeous.

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  9. Wow Lori! You did an amazing job with all of your pieces! Love all of your designs. I do like all the wire wrapping you did on the blue necklace.

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  10. Lori, your pieces are stunning! Love every single one - every single one is beautiful and simply perfect. Thanks for hosting the most fun party!

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  11. As Patti Van says, Thanks for hosting this wondeful party. I love what you have done. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks so much.

    Carolyn
    carolynscreations@live.com
    carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

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  12. I love the detail of the herringbone wire wrapped bead. The silver & copper riveted focal is perfect w/ your soup & lush is the only description for that necklace. Great work as always & thanks for the party

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  13. All very pretty designs, but my favorite is the blue necklace! Love the dangles too, fun earring designs also! Thanks for all your work with the BSBP and promoting us!

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  14. all beautiful work! i especially love the blue necklace; blue is my fave color.

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  15. Thank you so much for the Inspiration and the chance to play.What a pleasure.I am sure that if you had a little less pain to cloud your pretty head we would see more amazing things than we could dream up.Just glad you can share what you do.Love and hugs
    Tanya

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  16. Awesome job Lori! You got a lot of soup ingredients and really made some unexpected yumminess out of this. I love all the wire wrapping in the last one. That is lush. I like all the little touches, like those tiny balls on the wrapping in the second, very clever. And the little surprises at every turn, like the carved bead and the triangle head pins. Bravo! I think this will take me a few weeks to hop through but I am happy to stop here first. Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  17. Lori, thank you for hosting Round 6 of the BSBP! Can't believe it is finally here again - that means the summer is flying by way too fast!
    It was really cool to go behind the scenes and see some of these pieces in person the other day, and to see some in their bead mix state before you transformed your magic with them! There are so many amazing details that you added to each piece, like the patina, fiber, and using your own metalwork focal. I especially LOVE the necklace made with Lea's lampwork beads. What a gorgeous color combination and design - lush says it all! :-) Thanks again for being our hostess!

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  18. What beautiful work! I am a huge fan of Donna's anyway but that necklace makes them look even more incredible! And that blue one...I would dress up every day just so I could wear it :)

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  19. First of all, Lori, thank you so much for putting all of this together. I really enjoyed meeting my partner and working with what she sent me, and I am enjoying all of the soups so far!! Secondly, your creations are gorgeous. I favor the blue one also!!

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  20. So much wire wrapping! hope you didn't get Blisters!

    Lovely creations as always.

    And thanks for running the BSBP :)

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  21. Lori, I am always awe struck when I see your beautiful jewelry! Even more so this time!! And Mahalo Nui Loa (thank you very much!) for bringing us all together for this great 'round the world party :)

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  22. Thanks again for hosting this wonderful exchange. I just love participating and seeing what everyone has done with their soup.

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  23. I would love to say something coherent about the pieces you created, but I'm still stuck at the state of going "Ahhhh~!" and "Ohhhh~!" ;D <3

    For some reason I love the earrings with the rhine stones best.

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  24. Thank You Lori for all the fun we get from those events :)
    and all Your work is stunning!!
    I admire that pendant You made with the red ..... coool !! and that red and black bracelet is fantastic just to mention a few of all those gorgeous designs !!

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  25. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love the second necklace... looks like a lot of wire wrapping!

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  26. Wow!

    Your pieces always teach a lot of thing and thanks for the advise of letting the beads with strong pattern do the talking.
    I love the little bronze beads you strung in the loop of the second necklace and the clasp you made.
    But the blue neckalce left me speechless. All that work! The links with all those freshwater pearls are wonderful.

    Wow!

    Ambra

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  27. Stunning designs, love those wire wrapped balls in the first necklace.
    That last necklace has a frightening amount of work in it, but there's a cool flow of colour that I adore.

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  28. Beautiful, beautiful pieces - each and every one! I love the first necklace but I have to say my fave is the 3rd blue necklace. Absolutely gorgeous, and you certainly made it 'lush'! You'll have so much joy wearing it.

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  29. Wow Lori, what an incredible array of gorgeous designs and boy, am I glowing with pride right now seeing how creatively you've used all those components of mine! I love everyone of them - I adore the way you've set of Marsha's focal with the head pin and bead cap which blend beautifully with LeAnn's clasp. The silver pieces are stunning and great fun and as for the blue necklace, well that is just so opulent it's divine. Thank you so much for showcasing my work so beautifully and for hosting another great party.xoxo

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  30. Absolutely stunning Lori. I love all of the pieces but the blue necklace at the end is breathtaking!
    Thank you for all your hard work in hosting BSBP6, I am having too much fun.

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  31. Wow! The Bead Soups were fabulous and all of your designs are gorgeous! I love the focal you made with Donna's red and black lampwork beads. Thanks for organizing this BSBP!

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  32. Lori, you've done your bead soup justice, truly beautiful pieces of art! Really not sure which one is my favourite, I love each of them. Can't wait to see what you come up with for reveals 2 and 3 ...

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  33. Great! You did a great job and your soups were wonderful!!! I love the lampwork beads - you made great neclaces! Hugs, Doris

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  34. I agree with Maybeline, I love the tiny copper beads on the simple loops! Such a small detail makes a difference. I also adore the wrapped hook on the second piece. Sari silk in a cage? Brilliant! Thank you for all of your dedication to BSBP.

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  35. Lori-I love all of your pieces. I really like how you red to make some of your pieces pop. The blue necklace is my favorite. It is gorgeous. I think that how you used the ribbon and clasp is unique.

    You grave me some idea of what to do with eye pins. I have seen some beautiful ones and just didn't know what to do with them. You are a wonderful teacher as well as jewelry designer.

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  36. Lori your designs are beautiful.All of your work is fantastic and last blue necklace is just wow!

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  37. Beautiful and amazing...LOVE the techniques you used to create these amazing pieces of art!

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  38. Oh Lori, these are to die for - especially the first and the third, who fall right in my colors XD Amazing work, love.

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  39. I'm amazed by each design! There are surprising touches to each piece that make them sing. I love what you did with the wire beads. The metal pendant is completely inspired and you couldn't have had better beads to compliment it. And the blue piece, so lux. I just want to reach out and hold it in my hands. Great job Lori and congrats on another successful round of Bead Soup!!!

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  40. Your designs are amazing. Love all of them. I really like the wire cages with the silk inside. Thanks for hosting.

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  41. I love pieces that come with a story that's probably why I'm loving the first necklace. I can see the amount of thought and love that went into it, whoever gets to ear it will inheir all of that positive creative energy :-)

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  42. Lori these are both awesome pieces! I am intrigued by your nickel silver..where do you purchase your nickel silver? It has such a rustic and yet "hearty" feel to it... love it!

    The second piece is stunning....and oh the silk...adds just the right touch!

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  43. As usual, your work is stunning. Thanks so much for running this event. It is so inspiring to see all of the creativity among the participants.

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  44. WOW!!! Every design is truly fab!!!!
    You amaze me with your variety of great soup creations!!! Good photos even though Maryland was melting the last few weeks!!!
    m.e :)

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  45. I love all the techniques you put together in your pieces Lori. You really went all out on these and the fact that you used almost all Patti's beads - Wow! The colors and patina in the first necklace are so nice and those earrings with the crystals are so sweet. So glad to be able to stop by and see what everyone has made!

    Tracy

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  46. Your pieces are just amazing! So pretty! The colors and textures you came up with are awesome! Thanks for hosting such an a inspiring event!

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  47. Gorgeous pieces. I particularly like the one using Donna's lampwork - the focal you made to go with them is awesome. Love them all.

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  48. Wow, you made fantastic pieces all the details are amazing!!!!! Thanks for all you do to put this together, have a great day!!! Love the book shot too...Congratulations, such a great accomplishment...can't wait to see it in person.

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  49. Lori,
    Wonderful designs. I can't pick just one as a favorite. I can't believe you got all these pieces completed as well as lead us all through this party. Thanks so much for all you've done! You are a rock star!!

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  50. Love all those pieces, especially the two strand bracelet and those red earrings. Looking forward to hopping some more.

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  51. GORGEOUS!!! This is why you are the Bead Soup Queen! I love all the beautiful details ... quite amazing!!!

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  52. What beautiful soups Patti sent you.
    All your creations are outstanding!

    I love the wire cage stuffed with the sari ribbon - what a great idea!
    Love your handmade hook clasp!

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  53. So incredible and beautiful. These pieces show the breadth of your ability to design with so many varying colors and components and come up with beauty every time. You are astounding, Lori!!! Love, jean xox

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  54. You are a true inspiration. Not only for your generous giving of time and information, witness the amount of effort to run this blog party, but the inventiveness and attention to detail of all your creations. You are a treasure!

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  55. OMGOSH!! Lori!! These are all amazing!! You really went to town!! Everything turned out amazing!! That last necklace is absolutely incredible!! Stunning to say the least!! Fantastic job!!

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  56. I love the way you play with your 2nd soup =)

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  57. Oh Lori!! I love that you combined your soup pieces for that first necklace. It worked out beautifully and it's my favorite of the pieces you've made. Of course, they're all wonderful and so very your style. I think those lampwork beads go wonderfully with that metal focal. All in all, you've made some really gorgeous pieces.

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  58. Oh my goodness.....beautiful! Just beautiful! WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?

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  59. Lori, as usual, everything you made turned out just lovely! I love all the little extra touches you did this time around on every piece. I think my favorite is that nickle silver pendant necklace you made. So modern and different! Thanks again for another wonderful hop.

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  60. Lori, I love, love, love, all of the designs, the colors, the textures and the little surprises. I remember you once said to me and I quote, " I couldn't do that, I don't think that way." I have news for you, you do think that way and these wonderful pieces show it. I see a big and great change in your work...please keep it up.

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  61. What a Splendid and Elegant design.I Love what you made with Lea lampwork beads, absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much to make this happen.
    Solange

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  62. Wow! What an amazing collection of work! The beads were gorgeous, and the designs perfect! Oh, and did I say thank you, again, for being the most wonderful hostess since Pearl Mesta? Thanks, again.

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  63. What a Splendid and Elegant design.All are beautiful, i really love what you made with Lea lampwork beads, absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much to make this happen.
    Solange

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  64. Lori, Beautiful! These ingredients were so great to start with but what you made! Beautiful work, I love what you did with the triangle headpin, Great use and design! Always a pleasure to see your work.

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  65. Oh Lori you have dine it again. You have stolen my heart. I love the lush bracelet.all of your oieces are beautiful but the bracelet whow. and the rivits are so clever.I adore the BSBP. I hope to partisapate in the next one and I can not wait for my book. Be blessed to be a blessing

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  66. Gorgeous and inspiring work as always Lori! Now I have to teach myself how to rivet after seeing the pendant with the red beads :).

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  67. WOW! Each piece is a work of art. Your design details are fabulous.

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  68. wow how gorgeous!! All of the pieces are destict and striking but that Blue necklace is to die for gorgeous!

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  69. Lori, thanks for hosting this awesome blog hop party and for letting me part of it, I had a blast creating for the BSBP and getting to know my partner. Your designs are wonderful! My favorite is the one with the wire wrapping, I guess the 3 hours of doing that really paid off :) , the colors are fabulous , you did amazing!! hugs.-

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  70. Gorgeous pieces. I thought the necklace with Donna's beads was my favorite - and then I saw the blue one. Now I can't decide:) Love your style.

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  71. I am exhausted just reading that! You made so much! AND its all fab! I love the blue necklace - how many dangles? Hundred? Gothic earrings - yes please!
    Thank you fearless leader for another fantastic soup party!

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  72. Looks like you had a great time with your bead soups. I like how you borrowed from one soup and put it another. I think my favorite is the blue necklace, which gorgeous beads you had to work with.

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  73. I can't pick a favourite... they are all inspirational!

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  74. Thank you Lori, for again hosting and making this event possible..your pieces are amazing..

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  75. Lori, your pieces are always drool-worthy!

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  76. The blue lampwork necklace is my favorite! Love the use of the ribbon on the back and colors are gorgeous!

    And an extra thank you to you for putting the Bead Soup Blog Party together again :)

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  77. Love those earrings :) And the blue necklace I think is my fave out of this batch from you :)I love the dangle bunches between those big lovely beads :D

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  78. I'm pretty sure you could hear my jaw hit the floor as it dropped while looking at your pieces! The blue is my favorite, only because I love the fullness of it (and the colors!). All are gorgeous!

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  79. Dear Lori, thank you so much for encouraging me in taking part in this event! Although it became huge and I don't care for the crowds, this is such a pleasant one, I LOVED the experience and will join you again if the stars will permit it :D

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  80. Lori, I'm speechless! So many wonderful creations from Patti's bead soup! Each more beautiful than the next! I'm humbled by the necklace you made with my beads and am tickled to read that you made it for yourself.

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  81. Both of those are stunning as usual, but I love the blue one best. It's obvious you put so much love, time, attention into it. Enjoy wearing it!

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  82. All your designs are amazing and inspirational! My personal favorites are the first two necklaces because the design thought that went into them to showcase the components was really interesting and thought provoking for me.

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  83. Really wonderful pieces! You and your jewelry are such a source of inspiration!!

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  84. Yummy! The pieces that you crafted are so artistic! (((I SEE that you have it in you to mix random shapes and colors together- I'm saying this in ref. to the comment you left me.))) You are an artist, too, now!!! I LOVE the earrings, the black red and silver piece and wow, the last one, made with the pieces that Patti sent to you!!!! *LOVE!* Thank you for hosting! :)

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  85. So great to see you making jewelry again-- and your amazing talent really shows in these stunning and oh-so-wearable pieces! I particularly love the "stuffed" cages. Very clever Miss Lori! I'm having a lot of fun surfing blogs today, thanks for the Party!

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  86. Is it worth it did you ask? WOW! So much creative energy, so much creative work, so much detail, and what glorious results! Love each and everyone of them. The black, red, silver and copper - just lovely, but then they all are.

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  87. All of the pieces are lovely - I esp. love the blue necklace. I like how you use red to make your pieces "pop". The "stuffed" cages are really cool.

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  88. Amazing!! Something to aspire to in my own work!!

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  89. I'm in love with that blue necklace. All of your pieces make me want to reach out though the screen and touch, so much texture.
    Thanks for hosting this Party it's just so inspiring!

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  90. Wow.... What a great collection of soup. 2 huge batches of fabulous pieces. I love what you created Lori. The grand finale necklace was stunning and worth those 3 hours for sure. Thanks for all the great pics so see it all too!!!

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  91. Lucky lady with those Donna Millard beads. I have wanted some since the first time I saw her work. And while I love all the pieces, the necklace featuring her beads is my favorite. That focal is gorgeous and all that black and white with the red for color. Just stunning.

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  92. Love all your soups.

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  93. Lori, you always amaze me with your work (I still have dreams about that one necklace with the flowers you made from beads. Love that!). I love that you can say you wanted lush and actually create something lush! I love all these pieces and think you are awesome!

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  94. Wow. Amazing, as usual.

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  95. This is exciting, to see how many people joined in. Lovely designs btw.

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  96. Lori...OMG! What a TON of BEAUTIFUL pieces!!! Those Donna Millard beads are to die for! I'm absolutely in love with the two strand bracelet, and the last blue necklace...fantastically beautiful work, as usual!

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  97. OMG Lori you have outdone yourself, incredible, love the rivets.

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  98. All of the jewelry you made is beautiful. I'm impressed.
    Inge

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  99. I love your designs!
    All of the pieces are lovely, but
    my favorite is the final piece!
    Thank you for this great game!

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  100. You wanted lush and you got LUSH! Boy when you do something, you do it up RIGHT O.O

    I love how you mixed and matched things from both soups and your own personal stash to create your gorgeous pieces.

    I have to say my favorite is that last necklace you created-It just blew me away when I laid eyes on it!

    Happy Hopping :)

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  101. Beautiful. The second one is making me drool.

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  102. Wooow..! Awesome..!!!
    Love...love...love them all...! :)
    You are our inspiration...!

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  103. I love the first and the last necklace, great and huge job as usual Lori!

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  104. Quite stunning. I love the ruby jade in the first piece... you were so clever to add this because it makes all the other pieces pop.

    I think I'm going to have to hunt down some Jax brown - I love how it knocked out the shiny and cranked up the texture.

    In the second piece I can't get over how the beads you added to the links (and riveted to the pendant) echo the dots on the lampwork and unify the piece.

    The third necklace is just amazingly lush. The color you chose for the ribbon is gorgeous...and (said with a grin and a wink) if you swapped it out for sari silk you wouldn't be the last beader to use the stuff (where did I read you saying you had never tried it?)

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  105. First I must wipe the drool off of my computer....

    Really beautiful pieces. I love what you did with the second necklace and Donna's beads, truly wonderful. What a great feel. And, your red heart earrings. The necklace with Lea's beads is breathtaking. (your wrists must be sore) As always, your work is magnificient.

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  106. WOW - Lori! These pieces are so wonderful! I simply adore how the way you layered everything gives your work such texture and dimension. It seems very luxurious and would make anyone wearing it feel amazing (such show pieces!!!). I love it all!

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  107. Lori, All of the pieces you created with those fabulous soup mixes are incredible! I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite, each has such unique qualities and all are so beautiful! I love your use of the little copper beads in the wire wrapping, very clever!

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  108. Very very special work! Every one is so complex, yet they come together beautifully!

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  109. OH MY GOSH Lori - your pieces are stunning! You just blow me away with the pieces you created and I love your thought process behind each and every piece! Plus girl - you have some wire wrapping skillz!!!! WOW!!!

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  110. I love the second one the riveted pendant is awesome!

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  111. Oooh, I love them all. I started out thinking, Oh, that first one where you mixed and matched the soups is my favorite. Then the lampwork one was gorgeous and I thought, No, that one is my favorite. And you just went on from there. I really like all the dangles in the blue one, although I'm not a blue fan, it's really pretty. Wonderful pieces. Can't wait to see the rest of the soups.

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  112. WOW!!! All of your pieces are beautiful. I am always amazed at what you can come up with from these mixes. I can't even figure out which is my favorite. It's either the lampwork one or that blue beauty. Guess I'lll have to contemplate it for a while.

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  113. Lori, its always such a delight to see your designs! Patti certainly went all-out in sending you 2 gorgeous soups. I thought it was cool that you ended up mixing components from each soup. I esp. like the black and red necklace with your self-made pendant and the blue necklace with the abundant wire wrapping. Lovely work. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into these hops. I always look forward to participating.

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  114. What a beautiful group of designs. I love the details (wrapped loop with a bead incorporated), great idea. All of the components were gorgeous. Thanks again for this opportunity to share and learn from each other.

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  115. Oh my gosh Lori. Your artistry constantly amazes me. I want you to organize a gathering somewhere near Washington. I would come and see you unless of course you want to take a vacation in beautiful Sanibel Island Florida and do a beading retreat down here.

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  116. Before I forget...I have no clue what a cabinet card is! And you collect them? I feel so...clueless...

    About the soup. Everything is so gorgeous! The pendant of the 1st one is brilliant looking and I love the wire wrapping you did for it. The last necklace is over the top lush and I bet will be wonderful to wear. I have to tell you that my absolute favorite thing is the "goth" earrings. I don't know why, but I LOVE them and would wear them all the time. Everything is gorgeous as always.

    And thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful party and spending so much time visiting everyone who partied ((hugs))

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  117. The comment from Ethan? That was me. haha!

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  118. Wow! Just started hopping via Tanya's list, love the way it's all set out! Very easy to follow. You've done an amazing job, not just with the hop but with your pieces, that last necklace is to die for!

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  119. I have to laugh because I like big, fat, chubby lampwork beads too! The bigger the better! And, I learned something too. I didn't know Jax came in brown. Very cool! You were very busy wirewrapping my dear! I love the pieces you made. I especially love those little red heart earrings with the rhinestone rondelles. And the wrapped part of the head pins? Was that distressed by you? It adds such character to the earrings!

    Thank you, Lori, for organizing the Bead Soup Blog Hop. This extra large undertaking is so much appreciated by me and all the participants. You continue to inspire me with your integrity. You are the genuine article, my friend! Hugs and kisses!

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  120. You are definitely a queen of soup cooking! Beautiful as always...

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  121. Hi Lori,
    Your designs just blow me away! How cool you had the focal already made and waiting. I think you might be channeling the powers of the universe...you just amaze me!
    This blog hop you put together is one of the coolest things I have ever participated in! So glad I joined in!
    Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to make this possible.

    Best Wishes
    Patty

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  122. All of the pieces you made are amazing!! I love the bronze wire cages, the necklace with the Marsha Neal pendant. The wedding earrings are stunning. You have a wonderfully renewing creative spirit . Thanks so much for all you do for the beading community. I look forward to being in your next blog party .

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  123. Lori - I just finished my hopping. Yeah! I am so inspired by our community! Such amazing and creative designs. What a great group of women, so supportive and so diverse. Thank you so much for all you do to make BSBP happen! You are the best!

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  124. Lori, I love what you made with your soup! The little riveted beads are adorable -- such a clever idea. :)

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  125. This is my second time that I have come back to comment on this same posting! I have come back to your page NUMEROUS times to view the gems the you have created and I am truly impressed, although I knew whatever you made would be beautiful! In my haste to comment on how gorgeous yor designs are, I neglected to comment on how PRETTY and CREATIVE your metal pendant is - I love it with the black/white and red combination! And I also neglected to comment on your creative use of the headpins, particulary in the earrings! Everything is beautiful! Thanks again for hosting the party!

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  126. Wow-those are seriously gorgeous necklaces! Love the earrings too. I am really loving the focal you made from copper and nickel-really awesome design. Your wire work is amazing too, dang girl you have got it going on! :) Stunning work Lori!

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  127. They are all so gorgeous, it's hard to pick a favorite but have to say I am partial to the first one!

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  128. As always, beautiful pieces. My fave is the last blue necklace.

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  129. Lovely Lori, all the pieces are simply sublime :-)
    Nice work!

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  130. As always, they're all great fun, but the blue necklace is just luscious!

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  131. Lori - what an amazing experience to join your hop! I'm in complete amazement on how you've pulled this off ... and still 2 more reveals to go! How do you do it?!

    I completely enjoyed myself - pushing myself to try new combinations and styles. But the thing I love most about these hops is meeting new people. And it seems like you really took the time to match people up so well. Again - awe and amazement!

    And on top of all of this you've also managed to bead some truly spectacular pieces. I LOVE the black-white and pop of red ... stunning. That blue ribbon necklace is so romantic and gorgeous - a real stunner! But perhaps surprisingly, the one that stole my heart are those sweet hoops with the spear lampworks - I am totally green with envy on those. I would wear those with absolutely everything!

    In a word ... BRAVO! Lovely soup, amazing hosting, and more to come:)

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  132. They are all so fabulous! There is nothing else I can say about them...YUM!

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  133. One of the things I like about the BSBP is looking at the color palettes. I don't think I would have thought to make the palette you did on your first piece, but I love it!

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  134. Wow Lori -- each and every one of your soups are spectacular!! I particularly like the pendant that you made with the red, black and white lampworked beads. Well done.

    Thank you for all of your hard work in sponsoring and coordinating this wonderful exchange -- it is my absolute favorite exchange event and I'm honored to be a part of it.

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  135. Your creations are amazing as always, Lori! I'm in awe! You received such incredible beads to work with! I absolutely love everything! And I am Soooo in LOVE with those gothic earrings, those are awesome!!! =)

    I'm really glad I got to participate in the BSBP this time! It has stretched my creativity, pulled me out of my comfort zone, and got me to do a couple of the things I had been wanting to try, one of which I really LOVE and am definitely going to be doing more of in the future!!! =)

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  136. Lori, I just love your style and the way that you take mixed media throw in a little wire and metal and come up with the loveliest creations. Great job meeting the bead soup challenge!

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  137. Great pieces, Lori, difficult to choose a favorite amongst them ... maybe the first two pieces, because I love red, but also the last necklace with the blue ribbon is fantastic! Love your work!!!

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  138. The beads were definately talking, and you were listening! I love every piece you made, but my favorite has to be the necklace with the riveted focal.

    Thanks for another great Bead Soup party, and thanks also for all the work you put into making it special for everyone!

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  139. I am sooooooo far behind, as life has completely caught up with me! BUT I still am pretty much on target for my Aug 11th reveal and was dying to see what came out of the first reveal. Beautiful stuff Lori; that blue necklace in particular is TALKING!! to me..it's fabulous, as is all your work.
    Hope I can get to some more of the participants over the next few weeks!

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  140. Hi Lori,
    Gorgeous pieces, I love them all.
    Thank you for host this marvelous event.
    Therese

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  141. It would be hard to pick a favorite - all so pretty. Will be back when have more time to check out the others' creations.
    Have a great week.

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  142. When I saw the blue and gold necklace I immediately pictured it on a woman wearing a royal blue velvet dress with fancy up-do at a swanky ball. I'm not sure if you were going for royalty with that piece, but it works for me!

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  143. All your pieces are lovely Lori! My favorites are the red and black pieces. I love how you created a pendant riveting two pieces of metal together, ingenious! You totally pulled off combining you two soups!
    Thank you for all your hard work and another successful BSBP.

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  144. Wow Lori, I saved you for last, and oh.my.goodness. so much beauty in one spot. Those beads from Lea and moreover what you've created with them - simply gorgeous. I'm such a blue girl I am just going to stare a good long while. I was half expecting some sort of pop-up pie as my reward for hopping all over :) Thank you so much for your wonderful creativity and TypeAness!

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  145. Just beautiful, Lori! I love the addition of the fiber - adds another element that is unexpected and gorgeous. Great use of color.

    I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Dallas where I visited several bead stores. Seeing everyone's soup is so inspiring and making me excited to use my newly acquired beads. :)

    Thanks for hosting this!

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  146. Oh. My. Goodness, Lori! What amazing pieces you've made. I'm floored! They're all beautiful, but if I had to pick, I think I'd pick your last set. You chose the right word, LUSH!

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  147. Love it all - but that blu necklace? So luscious and divine! I bet it feels really good on - I love chubby lampwork beads too, and I love the sense of movement. The bronze tones work so well with the purple-ish blues - kind of boho regal!

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  148. Wow... I've never seen such beautiful pieces of art. I am so impressed with your work! Thumbs up! I love the way the colors work together so effortlessly together. I love your blog and the layout... GREAT job!

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  149. Lori,

    First of all, you are amazing! What an incredible undertaking! It would be interesting to know how many hundreds of hours you have spent, organizing, coordinating and hopping through this incredible Blog Hop! My hat goes off to you! Finally hopping through the first reveal! Love your work! Awesome job with both sets! Thanks for all of your hard work! Kris

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  150. All of your pieces are great. My favorite is the blue boro bead necklace.I want to thank you for inspiring all of us to stretch our creativity.

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  151. Beautiful work Lori. I really love what you did with the blue boro necklace. Very elegant!

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  152. Really love your designs, Lori! Such a wonderful bead soup!

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  153. Lori, Got to the party late, going through the blogs to leave a comment on each one - it just seems fair. Then I realized I had used your site for my reference list, but hadn't commented on your soup pieces!!! For shame....LOL
    I cannot pick a favorite here - they are all extraordinary. I love that you shared the process of decision making, complete with planning, serendipity, and purest chance. I love that you chose put in the time to perfectly balance Lea's 'chunky' and awesome lampwork beads to such a stunning result. Most of all I love that all of your pieces have either actual movement or visual flow, which lets us perceive the movement. How inspirational!
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to be inspired like this. I learned so much in so many ways from this event. I hope others got as much out of it as I did. I can't say thanks, enough. :^)

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  154. Lori, first of all thank you for including me in your lovely party! I am still hopping, and I am having so much fun AGAIN! I feel like this is my third hop, but it's really only my first. I've just been reading them for three years. =) First let me say rivets. Wow! I want to learn to make those! I really do! I wonder how I can learn those?!? Yours are so beautifully done, the craftsmanship is perfect! I just love how you put that little bead on your loops. Tiny details like that are what makes your jewelry so special. Also that wrapped clasp. It knocks my socks off. Is that sterling wire? Yikes! It sure looks like it! Wowza! Now that second soup. I just LOVE the richness of all of those clusters of pearls and beads. Wow, that's a TON of wrapped loops. How can you make money on something when you use that many head pins, lady? Yeesh! Or will you be keeping this one for yourself??? It's BEAUTIFUL, but soooo rich and indulgent! Love it.

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  155. Oh my Lori, I can't decide what I love the most - I think, I go with your final piece - it's so delicate - just love those pearls combined with that beautiful blue ribbon. To die for!

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  156. Love, love, LOVE!!! They are all gorgeous designs. I adore the tiny copper beads on your links in the 2nd soup necklace, too. But you are so wrong when you say in some of your posts that you are not as creative or inspired as others. You are. And you do listen to those beads very, very well! :)

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