Monday, August 27, 2012

Taking a Much-Needed Break

Looking for the 3rd reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party?  Click here!





Even the best laid plans go awry, and my plans for this week will have to wait until next week.  I'm actually going to take the entire week off from blogging and hope you'll poke around the archives to see what I've written in the past.  So the big book giveaway will be next week!


Thanks for visiting -- it means more than you know.





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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!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The 3rd Reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party®


I'm so glad you're here!


The Bead Soup Blog Party® has gotten so large over the years that I've had to split it into three reveal dates and change it from a twice yearly event to a once-a-year affair.  If you've never participated before, you can read about it by clicking here, and keep your eyes open for the announcement of the new 2013 date, which will be in the Jan/Feb time frame.  To give you an idea of how many people are in this particular Bead Soup Blog Party, click here to see the maps split out in detail.


Now without further ado, let me introduce you to my partner and the beads she sent me.  My partner for the 3rd reveal is Cece Cormier, otherwise known as The Beading Yogini.  I've always admired her micro-macrame abilities and her unique findings.  She's also a lampwork artist, among other things! 


As a reminder, these are the many things Cece sent me:


Rose quartz, raku ceramic, seed beads, glass, acrylic, paper-coated wood beads .....



Cloisonne, acrylic, pearls, pewter toggles ...



And the biggest challenge -- thread to macrame with!  I've always admired micro-macrame and have had the book "Mod Knots"  for quite a while, so I knew that at the very least, I was going to try my hand at this new art form.


This, however, is an art form I'm really going to have to work on further, because I am one of those people that needs to SEE things being done and have my hand held.  I've said in the past I'm the student in class who always has that deer-in-the-headlights look, and I definitely want to learn more because knotting and weaving reminds me of those comforting days of knitting before Zack was born.


ANYWAY.  When things don't quite work out as planned, I call them "organic".  Nice spin, right?  From Cece's stash, I took the lampwork bead and used the toggle as the top of the pendant.  The pendant is a seed-beaded net with little pewter flowers attached.  



The necklace portion uses the rose quartz beads Cece sent and more of the seed beads and flowers.  This part is basic overhand knotting.  I didn't make tight knots on the seed bead triplets, leaving instead a little room for the beads to have space to breath and slide -- airy to match up with the net pendant.  Everything connects with the toggle at the pendant top.



I like it -- a sort of fairytale mermaid net.


Next, I took a couple of the cloisonne beads Cece sent and some vintage blue beads I had and made a simple pair of earrings.  I love this style because I adore dangles and clusters.  It makes simple turn into splendid, don't you think?  You'll notice I used heavy gauge wire for the cloisonne, but 24-gauge for the blue beads.  I also used brighter brass for both the ear wires and the clusters.  I like the subtle mix of shading.  Little touches can make a big difference.



Next, I took a right turn at "classic" and pulled in with a screeching wheelie halt at "whimsical".  I used the cute bright pink ovals Cece sent and some awesome beads from Yvonne of My Elements and made some seriously Lori-style earrings.  LOVE these!



Cece's package was wrapped in absolutely amazing paper.  Unwrapped completely, it's in the shape of a kimono, so I'm going to hang one of the pages on my wall.  The paper was so cool I really wanted to incorporate it into a piece of jewelry.  Asian things have a special place in my heart because of my travels in Korea and Japan.  So out came the resin!



I used two pieces from the wrapping paper, a faux Asian coin, and a bezel from Nunn Design and used my very new resin skills.  This time I followed instructions from the book "Explore, Create, Resinate" and sealed the paper with packing tape, and then touched up the edges with Modge Podge.  I'm going to add another layer of resin in a few days to dome it up nicely, but I am tickled  with how this turned out!



Now a switch from pretty pink to rustic raku.  I loved the raku ceramic nuggets Cece sent and I have to admit, the end product is NOTHING like what I'd planned -- and I LOVE how it turned out.  Sometimes it's good to let go of the blueprint and just let your mind wander and have its own way.


I made tiny bronze love knots (three jump rings linked together) to act as spacers between the raku beads and seed beads I received and then strung them on heavy-gauge copper wire.  The moment of truth came when it was time to twist and coil that wire -- I had no plan.  I had drawn nothing out.  I just winged it.  And I love the result.  (Boy, did I get lucky!)



I added some texture by wrapping 22-gauge wire around parts of the 16-gauge, but I decided not to hammer anything because I didn't want to compete with the raku beads.  What do you think?  The right decision?



Switching back to pink, I picked the rose quartz flower focal and picked up the thread again to try macrame once again.  Before I started this project, I only knew one macrame stitch, and just learned this one, the basic square knot.  It's sturdy -- so sturdy I decided to make a key chain.



I used the briolettes from Cece's soup along with the focal to make (what I think) is a feminine and flirty key chain.  Like?


And now my last piece.  The paper-covered wood beads are chunky but lightweight, and the Lucite bell flowers are also light as air.  You know my love of dangles and clusters, so I trotted that skill set out again and used the seed beads and pale green acrylic beads from her stash to make tons of charms.  The top of the necklace is made with translucent pink beads from Cece and pewter flowers from my own stash.  




Once again, I mixed my metals, using silver even though the green beads have a gold crackle effect.  I think if I'd used all gold, the necklace would have been too formal and not as sweet.



I'd used the clasp Cece sent in my first necklace, so decided to go for a fancy lobster claw I just got from Etsy.   I really love those pewter flower charms I have, so I added a few of those around the back of the necklace to give it a little texture and continue the flower theme.


So there you have it!  My bead soup creations for the third and final reveal!  Below is what I sent to Cece, and I can't wait to see what she made.
 


This is the largest reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party, and the last one for the year, so I hope you'll take some time to look around and comment on all the talent out there!  You can visit my partner at http://www.thebeadingyogini.com.  The rest of the participants are below.

 Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
 
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential

Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels

Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops

Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts

Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog

Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads


Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs




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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!
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lark Book Giveaway and Bead Sales!

This weekend is the Bead Soup Blog Party but I'm already planning for next week!  Next week, I'll be reviewing EIGHT Lark books and then will be giving them away!  You never know what day I'll be giving away which books, so keep your eyes peeled.  There are books on seed beading, crystals, casting, metal, and more!




I'm also going to be announcing sales some bead artists are having for next weekend, so you won't want to miss that, either. 


After that?  I just might pass out and take to writing some silly stuff.  Would that be OK with y'all?






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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!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

3rd Bead Soup Blog Party reveal is this Saturday -- and Kalmbach is throwing a Bead Soup party on Facebook!

This Saturday is the final installment of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  I can't believe how many people joined in this time, and am already looking forward to the Jan/Feb time frame for the next one!  Just in case you missed it, I am ONLY going to be having this party once a year from now on, so I do hope to see you in Jan/Feb.


In addition to the traditional blog hop, Kalmbach, my publisher, is launching the book with a Facebook Bead Soup hop.  Multiple bead shops are donating their beads for you to work with, and on a certain date, you'll post on Facebook.  Want to learn more?  Click here to sign up, and visit https://www.facebook.com/KalmbachJewelryBooks to keep up with the various soups!



I still have some books left for sale (over on the right side bar there) which included three free tutorials unavailable to anyone else, and it includes shipping to the US!  International orders will be billed a 7.50 charge to cover Priority Mail.




As for this weekend's soup -- I've been really pushing myself!  I've played with copper, torn apart about three macrame creations (I need to see someone actually DO the stitch rather than read it) but I've ended up with some unique things.  I'm not done, but I'm on my way!  


If you'd like to know more about the Bead Soup Blog party, click here.

If you would like to see where all the participants for this,
the 6th BSBP, live, click here.

If you'd like to join the Bead Soup Cafe,
a friendly Facebook group for all jewelry and bead lovers,



Can't wait to see you Saturday!


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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!

Monday, August 20, 2012

How to Attend a Bead Show with a Child (or, how Zack and I tackled BeadFest)

This weekend, my oldest step-son moved to North Carolina.  Since my back is crap and I would have been useless, we planned on my staying home.  But wait!  Isn't BeadFest the same weekend?


Why, yes. Yes, it is.


So with a very limited budget and a full tank of gas in the Punch Buggy, we headed towards Philly on Friday.

(sari silk)


Attending a bead show, a craft show, or an antique mall with a kidlet can be a recipe for disaster or an exercise in futility if you aren't prepared.   I had no expectations for this show -- I didn't NEED anything -- and I really just wanted to spend some quality time with my son.  Zack loves going through my beads and he likes to shop, but I'm also not entirely stupid, so there had to be a plan.


#1 -- I wrote down the numbers of the vendors I HAD to see.  Most were friends I wanted to say hello to, some were just for massive longing (ie, the Fretz hammers.....oh my!) but I knew I wouldn't have a chance to see everything.

(Zack was impressed that I knew not only the names for all the colors without looking at the tags, but that I also have almost every color he named.   I used to run massive crystal bulk buys years ago, so I don't think I've met a crystal I didn't like!)


#2  -- I packed snacks and a card game.  Zack and I would walk an aisle, then go to the concession stand and play Monopoly Deal. Someone walked to us and said, "That's a good mom!" and I said, "No, that's a good KID!".

The favorite "peanut butter spoon".


#3 -- I planned on spending what money I had on him.  And boy did Zack have good taste.  He came out with some amazing lampwork beads (a mermaid and a dragon, to name a few).  He takes care of his treasures, too, with a bookshelf just for these special finds.


(Shoe beads Zack claimed from the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party.)


#4 -- Know when it's time to go.  Friday, Zack determined that, and we went to dinner and then a swim in the hotel pool before a long night of digging through our beads and playing cards.




What was wonderful was not only spending time with my son, but sharing him with friends who've met him on this blog.   The list of people we met is so long I'm terrified of forgetting someone, so rather than list you all out, let me tell you all -- it was fabulous to see you, I loved your amazing work (what you were selling, what you were wearing -- wow!), and I appreciated so much how kind you were to the Zack-man.  There will be lots of thank you notes heading out the door this week!


Unfortunately, Zack and I had to leave early on Saturday (my back started going out and it's still out, along with a killer migraine to keep it company -- I can hardly see while I'm typing this) so I missed the bead swap, but I did get my beads to the hostess so I hope my partner liked what Zack and I picked out!  OH!  And fun factoid:  I'll bet I was the only person walking around the show on Friday with a vintage toy typewriter!  (Thank you, Cynthia!!!!).




Now I'm fighting pinched back nerves and a migraine and deadlines but I'm happy!  You have to take the happiness when it comes your way and embrace it and then, when you're stuck in bed with an ice pack over your eyes, you have wonderful things to remember.  




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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!

Winner of Heather Power's gift certificate is.....



Congratulations

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lemons to Lemonade (add vodka as needed)



What you are looking at are mistakes, on two levels,
and a lesson in making lemonade out of the lemons you're sometimes handed.


I have a lampwork studio, yes.  But that doesn't mean I have lampwork talent or skills.  Or time.  Because it takes TIME to get good at this glass art stuff.  Molten glass, crazy-hot torch, hot kiln, summer heat -- it seems like the only time I have that's comfortable to work on lampworking is when its time to ramp up the jewelry making for holiday shows.  And once those are over, it's freezing and the rods of glass get hot, then shatter when I take them out of the heat into the winter air.  


So you see where I'm going -- I'm not good as this lampworking stuff.


But I like it!  And when I DO get to go out to the studio, the zen of staring at that glass, the colors all over the place, the mystery of what's behind Kiln Door #1.  All of that is really cool, and the fact that I'm not a wizard at glass yet, and may never be, is perfectly fine with me because I get something out of it.


Sometimes, lots of times, actually, I make wonky beads and KNOW I can't that hole perfect or the shape just right but I don't dump it in the water bucket to shatter into oblivion and start over.  Sometimes I take a bead that is really pretty, but I KNOW it's going to be a mistake, and I keep working it.  I play, I add this, try a new technique, knowing all the while it's destined for the Bowl of Boo-Boos.


Then there are the DOUBLE boo-boos -- a bead that I can't get off the mandrel, no matter WHAT tricks I try (and I've tried about 4,591,233 of them).  When the bead is a wonky one, that's OK, but boy does it hurt if I made a good one and it's STUCK.


That's when you make plant stakes.  Lemonade.  


Vodka optional.




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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!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Heather Powers' 2nd Annual Inspired by Nature Retreat

Looking for the 2nd reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party?  Click here!




Last year Heather Powers published "Jewelry Designs from Nature" via Kalmbach.  She's also a contributor to my own book, "Bead Soup"!


This year, Heather is hosting the weekend retreat again, with "Into the Woods" as the theme.  And what better place for a forest-themed retreat than in a woodland lodge next to the scenic Black River in South Haven, Michigan?



From October 26-28, consider spending three days creating jewelry and exploring a variety of techniques.  You'll create pendants from resin with treasures found on the forest floor using a new patina system. You'll whip up felted and bead-embroidered leaves in autumn-inspired hues.  And finally, you'll spend a day sketching with a hammer onto metal blanks to create birch bark, Queen Anne's lace and pine bough components.  Guest Instructor Erin Prais-Hintz will lead students through design principles to breathe new life old jewelry.

Heather has promised a relaxing, informative, and creative retreat, soaking in the color and sights of autumn as you unwind. The rustic woodland surroundings will be your backdrop as you delve into your creative journey.  I wish I could attend the retreat, so you'll have to go and tell me all about it!


To view details and make plans, visit http://inspiredbynatureretreat.blogspot.com.





To get a head start on your creativity, 
Heather is letting me give away a $30 gift certificate to her shop!  
HURRY!  The winner will be announced on Monday, August 20th!  
Leave a comment, and for more chances, 
blog, Twitter, or Facebook about Heather's retreat.

Stay tuned for news about even more retreats and creative opportunities!



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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!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tag, You're It -- Jewelry Tags by Mamacita Beadworks

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Looking for the 2nd reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party?  Click here!


I had the awesome pleasure of working with D'Arsie Manzella of Mamacita Beadworks to create customized jewelry tags for some of my more special pieces of jewelry.  I had always wanted to have jewelry tags, but I didn't like the kind you stamped.  I wanted something truly unique and original and custom designed, and D'Arsie made the wish come true.


First, I had to come up with a design.  Brick wall.  So I emailed D'Arsie my web site and asked her if she had any suggestions.  Lickety split (I'm not kidding) she sent me these drawings:




Perfection.

The next step was for D'Arcie to sculpt the tags so she 
could cast them in pewter.  Here are the sculpts:





Again, perfection.

Then she cast them in pewter and I got this 
cute little package in the mail:


And my actual tags!


Are they not the coolest?

She also did a number of amazing tags
for other people:


If you're looking for truly unique jewelry tags,
contact D'Arcie at the following sites:





And don't forget to take a look at her original pewter beads!


Thanks for looking!  
I hope you think of marking your unique creations
with equally unique jewelry tags soon!




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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!