Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Beauty of Vintage Acrylic Beads -- Win a Chance to Create With Me!


Some people may turn up their nose at vintage acrylic and Lucite beads, but you don't know what you're missing!!!!

First, the difference between Lucite and acrylic.  Lucite is carved from a rod of Lucite and has no seams.  Acrylic is pressed in a mold like some glasses and therefore DOES have a seam.
 
So many people think vintage is all about rhinestones and things like that.  Don't get me wrong, I love that, but these beads are accessible and wearable and COOL.

I'm thrilled to bring to you a new Cup of Bead Soup with Bead Happily Ever After.    Crystal graciously donated five identical kits (each worth $28, but she's GIVING them to us) -- one for me and four for you -- to make magic with!


Here's how to enter!


1.  Comment on this blog with a way to contact you if you would like to participate.
Sign ups are September 19-23.
 
2.  Be willing to pay 1st class postage to you (this is a light package).
 
3.  YES it's open to international people!
 
4.  Post your creation(s) on 
Saturday, November 10th!


 
Here's a blog button for you!  Just link it back to my blog.
 
 
Bead Happily Ever After specializes in Vintage Beads, Lucite, Glass, Faceted Crystals, and Cameos - along with a lovely assortment of Vintage Findings, many of which feature Swarovski Rhinestones.

Crystal is a beader, too! She uses her experience and her passion for vintage components to select the treasures you will find in her shop: http://www.beadhappilyeverafter.etsy.com




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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!

75 comments:

  1. I'd like a chance! Thanks!!

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  2. Lori, these are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and the cup of soup hop. Cheers Vicki

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  3. I've been eying your cup o' bead soups since you started them, and loved seeing what you came up with :) I missed out on the earlier 'open' ones, but this one I'll try my hand at :)

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  4. Thank you Crystal and Lori. These are beautiful. The cup of bead soup hop looks like fun.

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  5. YES!! Please enter me Lori! :-)

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  6. Oh Yes Please Lori!! I would love to take part. Thanks for the chance. So happy that this is open to international beady peeps! Pippa x

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  7. Oh Yes Please Lori!! I would love to take part. Thanks for the chance. So happy that this is open to international beady peeps! Pippa x

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  8. Hey Lori! I would love to participate! :) Such a great soup.

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  9. Hey Lori! I would love to participate! It's such a lovely soup. :) Thanks for the chance.

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  10. I want to play, sunnysh@live.com Shannon Hicks!

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  11. I want to play sunnysh@live.com Shannon Hicks!

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  12. Anonymous1:55 PM

    I'd love to participate! Do I have to have a blog? :S
    Anik (kinakrea@gmail.com)

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  13. I LOVE vintage Lucite...and even plastic has found its way into my pieces. I actually am doing several right now from a very ugly necklace I found at the thrift store, but I was intrigued by the colors.
    I would love to be challenge by vintage beads...yes please sign me up for a chance. dot

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  14. Lucite totally rocks! I'd love to be in on this.
    ErinK

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  15. It would be really fun to participate in this :)

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  16. I would love to create something with these beads! I adore vintage acrylic and lucite. You can contact me at: mixedmayhemstudios@gmail.com if need be. ♥

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  17. OH! Me, me, me... pick me - i want to play! You can reach me via fb pm, G+1, or you can email me at jami.shipp@gmail.com

    I would so love to play with you - the beads in the post are awesome and I love her stuff on her etsy page... wow, what an opportunity this would be :)

    Thanks for the offer of another opportunity,
    - Jami

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  18. Count me in I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. The colors are fantastic for fall!

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  19. Thank you for the handy way to differentiate between lucite and acrylic! Now I'll know (at least a little better) what I'm looking at.

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  20. Deanne hallforth
    Hallforth@gmail.com
    I would love to bead with you! I have been making jewelry for a few years now. I was so excited to find your bloc.

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  21. I would like to play with those pretty beads.


    email is: curiositiesbyk@gmail.com

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  22. I have been waiting for you to open these back up. I'm in. Thanks.

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  23. Am I the first to comment, Cool!!! I would love to do this. I am starting to get some Lucite beads in my collection and I am having fun using them....

    Here is my email mary@govaars.us

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  24. Hey, I'm a "polymer" girl - bring on more plastic! I'd love to join in, thanks for the chance

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  25. Looks like you have a lot of takers! But I LOVE vintage and would love to play with these! Count me in :)
    cynthia.machata@gmail.com

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  26. Yes please!!! Those beads are lovely :)

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  27. Please include me. I love lucite, included some in my Pantone Swap!

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  28. Oh this looks like fun! Please enter me mytymedesigns@gmail.com Thanks

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  29. You might get my reply twice (I am so computer challenged) This looks like fun! Please enter me. mytymedesigns@gmail.com

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  30. Hi Lori! Tossing my name in the hat ;) roxi[at]roxidesigns.com

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  31. I don't think I've ever used lucite or vintage acrylic. I'd love to have a chance with them, they look gorgeous!

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  32. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Sign me up for my first cup of Bead soup. Sounds like so much fun.
    Mary Ann

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  33. Sounds exciting. Would love to be included.

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  34. They are lovely beads. I do not usually work with Lucite or Acrylic beads, and would love to be challenged. Please add my name into your hat.

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  35. Would love to participate! Would be awesome and a real challenge to me!

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  36. Tossing my hat in the ring too! i would love a chance to play with these beads. Thanks for all the opportunities Lori!

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  37. What a chance! I really would like to bead with you.The beads looks so interesting.
    Best wishes
    Kirsi Luostarinen
    kirsiluo4@gmail.com

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  38. Vintage man made materials, How much better could it get?! I think they'd make a most fun creation.

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  39. I would love to participate!! Beautiful beads perfect for autumn!!

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  40. I would love to participate! Beautiful beads perfect for autumn!!

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  41. Oh I would love to create with you! Thank you for the chance :)
    tumblestone.handmakery@gmail.com

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  42. I'm trying to blog more often so I'm looking for great reasons to do so - this sure is one! I'd love to work with these beads! Jreagles@charter.net

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  43. Hi Lori! I would love to participate! It's such a great "cup" to use :) Thanks for the chance!!

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  44. Would love to play! I can think of some fun things to do with these vintage beads ;o}

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  45. Pick me, pick me...I lurve lucite beads and would love to play. ;)

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  46. Elena2:19 AM

    I'd like to play please :)

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  47. I would be honored to be included. I love beads of all kinds. I have a tiny stash of Lucite that I save for special occasions. They make amazing jewelry and acrylic most of the time look just as good as the real thing. This Cup of Bead Soup is going to be so fun. Even if I don't win. Ill enjoy the blog hop and seeing all the fun creations. Happy creating everyone. Thank you Lori and Bead Happily Ever After for this generous fun opportunity. Kim.. Kimis_Jewelry_From_The_Heart@yahoo.com or www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

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  48. I would love to have a chance to use these beads. Thanks for offering,

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  49. I would love to participate! I love vintage beads, this would be sooo much fun:)
    www.CreativeAtelier.net

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  50. I love vintage beads and lucite and would love to have a chance to play with these gorgeous beads, especially since I missed the last Bead Soup.

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  51. I would absolutely love to have a chance to create with those wonderful vintage beads. I love vintage.

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  52. I would love a chance to work with these beautiful vintage beads. I have never worked with vintage before, sounds fun.
    sonyastille@gmail.com
    Sonya

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  53. Lori, thanks for clarifying the difference between lucite and acrylic. This looks like great fun and the colors are so pretty! I would like a chance to get in on this. Contact is Stregajewellry@yahoo.com

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  54. I would LOVE to play with these gorgeous beads! I'm a big fan of Crystals and I just adore her and her etsy shop. :)

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  55. I hope I get picked! Love this combination :)

    Charlie@clay-space.com

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  56. *crosses fingers* I love vintage lucite!

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  57. Oh, me too! Me too! Please!

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  58. Just what I need, a challenge before the holiday madness.

    lamplightcrafts@msn.com

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  59. I read that word before, but this is the 1st time I actually went to check what lucite is (English is my 3rd language ;). I'd love to try them out.
    I hope that international postage is reasonable from US, in the on-line shops it rarely is.
    Bye, Kitty

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  60. Would love to play along!

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  61. I'd love to play along! Vintage beads of any kind are definitely right up my alley :)

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    TEEJewelry AT yahoo DOT com

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  62. I'd love to play with you!

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  63. Would love to create with these
    Lor8448@hotmail.com

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  64. What a wonderful assortment! Thanks for the opportunity, fingers crossed!! :)

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  65. How very generous of Crystal! I'dlove to have a chance to design something worthy of these beautiful beads!

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  66. Yes I want to play with you. I love beads! !!!! And I am love creating pieces.

    Jan
    Jpetek@cox.net

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  67. Please enter me - very interest in the bead soup - I think this is a great way to expand ones mixed media line

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  68. Would love to join you on this Cup of Bead Soup. Have used Crystal's beads before and they are gorgeous.

    Carolyn
    carolynscreations@live.com

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  69. Me please. Sounds fun.
    windbent@gmail.com

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  70. Thanx Lori & Crystal for the chance to enter this. I had a wonderful time on the BSBP that I would like to do it again.

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  71. Lovely... But not playing this round no time... Plus I have that cool bag I got from you at ArtBliss... Just wanted to comment so you don't forget me. ;)

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  72. Cindy1:18 PM

    Lovely beads! I've never worked with lucite or acrylic but would love to create something with these. Cool idea! Thanks!

    ~ Cindy
    martinshaw@comcast.net

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  73. Ooops, I missed this! But that's ok, you know what is so wonderful about "Cup of Soup"? Not just winning, or co-creating, or even the beads (although they are pretty darn wonderful) -- it's meeting all the amazing Cup of Bead Soup artists and discovering beautiful shops and treasures! Thanks for sharing Crystal and "Bead Happily Ever After with the world, Lori! lol love her shop:)

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