Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Vintage Bead Soup with Christina Hickman

I rarely win contests, so a while ago I was stoked to learn I'd won a stash of vintage bead soup from Christina Hickman of Vintage Treasures Jewelry.  She asked me to pick between the pink and the purple mix, and if you know me at ALL, you know I said it didn't matter which, as they're both favorite colors.  Christina rocked my socks, because she sent me BOTH!


I promised to post when I made something with them, and I'm embarrassed at how long it's taken, but the Bead Soup Blog Party (how apt that I won bead soup!) and other random things have made this a busy summer!  But finally, I'm ready!


The first thing I did was mix the two soups together.


Isn't that awesome????  You can see there are some larger beads in there, and I held those out for another post at a later time.  I honed in on making a jingly jangly charm bracelet, and I chose copper for the chain.  An hour later, and I had this:




Using random mixes to make charm bracelets involves just a tiny bit of rocket science.  The lushness of the bracelet depends on the size of the chain's links as well as the placement of your beads.  I used a 10mm link chain, so I put the charms only on ONE side of the chain.  If I'd used a smaller chain, I would have put charms on both sides.


Why does this make a difference?  Well, think about the size of your beads.  Most of the beads were around 8mm in size.  With a chain of 10mm, you'd have to really fill up those rings on both sides to make it not look like there was a gap between the middle of the rings.  If I put the charms on just one side, however, the drape would be graceful and not haphazard.




Putting charms on both sides of smaller link chain makes remarkable results, and I use that manner often.  I tend to keep my bead size down to 6mm and smaller, though, so the bracelet is balanced.  

This may not look different in the PHOTO, but on the wrist, there's a huge difference.  The beads are larger than the links, so they fill in the space.


I hope that makes sense, and happy beading!


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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!

21 comments:

  1. Great tips Lori! And of course, beautiful jewellery. I would expect no less.

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  2. What a great soup and the bracelet looks great. I love charm bracelets. For awhile those were the most frequent bracelets I made. I love the feel of the jingles on my arm. Thanks for the tips.

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  3. Lovely vintage beads and lovely, lovely jewelry :) You made that in an hour!!? Wow!!! I'm inspired! Terrific tips -- I've never learned bead size/chain size/bracelet side info -- very helpful. Thank you!

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  4. Pretty bracelets, and great tips! Thanks!

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  5. Oh my, I adore that bracelet!

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  6. I love the bracelets! You have inspired me to make a jingle-jangle bracelet tonight! Thanks for posting a good how-to. I would have just slapped the beads on both sides!

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  7. Congratulations on winning those vintage stashes and how very nice of her to send you both! :)

    I think you did the soup all sorts of justice-I'm a fan of jingly jangly bracelets and enjoy making them from time to time, so I do understand what you're trying to get across.

    Thanks for the quick beading tip :)

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  8. It makes perfect sense and thank you for sharing. Now, what I want to know, is there a right or wrong side on which to attach a clasp on a necklace?

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  9. Oops, Blogger had a problem, hope this isn't a duplicate.

    Thanks for the mini tutorial! I have to ask what those white tulip beads with the gold edge are and will you share the source? I love them. Thanks ~~T

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  10. Pretty beads and a great tip for making this type of bracelet! All three bracelets are beautiful...I am wondering what the flowers on the last one are made of...I see one is open and the others are closed (are they adjustable?). I haven't made a charm bracelet in a while so I think I will have to do that very soon!!

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  11. Gorgeous beads and bracelet! Well worth the wait IMHO! Thanks so much for the tip about charms, too. When I've made them, the are so wimpy looking, not lush and lovely like yours!

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  12. I have not dabbled in charm bracelets yet. It always looked like so much work. That's really funny because working with seed beads is incredibly time consuming and repetitive. I will try now that you have explained how to do it correctly. Thanks, Andrea

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  13. Congrats on winning the soup. What lovely colors. And the bracelets are awesome. Thanks for the tips, too. I haven't tried a charm bracelet like this yet, although I love the look, because I wasn't sure how to do it and get that lush, full look. I may tackle one now after reading your post.

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  14. This is a real "inspired by", not copied, but am sure there will be a big increase in jingle/jangle bracelets in everyone's jewelery box REAL soon! ;o)

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  15. Two of my favourite colours lucky you to be sent both! I love your pretty bracelets especially the smaller one.
    Jackie

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  16. They were some awesome tips for making charm bracelets. I love that you won something so awesome just like you!

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  17. I love the bracelet you made! I am so happy you found a home for the beads!

    Happy Creating :)

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  18. Wow - wow - wow! Those charm are to die for. And thanks so much for the great tips!

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  19. love these! where do you get your great toggles? do you make them? if so, are they for sale. also, the rose type beads on the last necklace....love them too so same questions.

    hope you're feeling better! can't wait for the next reveal...takes me away from cleaning! lol

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  20. Gorgeous bracelets. I am amazed that you can knock one out in an hour! Thanks for the tips.

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  21. Just gorgeous! And thank you for the tips. I make a lot of charm bracelets yet I had never thought about putting the beads on both sides. Talk about an aha moment.

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