Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party, Bead Hoarders Edition!




SO! It's finally time for the Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP) Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop!


I first want to thank all participants. It was a bit daunting dusting off something I've done for years after many years of making nothing at all but a good-sized dent in the bed, and it was equally daunting to even MAKE jewelry when I hadn't touched my tools for a long, long, long time. Everyone I've come in contact with over the years on Facebook during these parties couldn't have been sweeter. So...


The Bead Soup Blog Party began in 2010, ran twice a year for short time, and then for some reason it quickly exploded. The last few BSBP's had upwards of 500 people covering every continent except South America and Antarctica. A book was written, a bunch of us in the Bead Soup Cafe wore green ribbons and met each other at the Bead and Button Show, and it was the thing I felt I brought to the beading community -- creating an online community that connected friendship, lots of countries, thousands of beads, and creativity. Thank you to all of you for sticking with me even during my hiatus!


This party involved a person sending a hoarded, much-loved bead or beads to their partner. That meant sending a bead that was special to you, sending something you really loved, to someone you didn't know, as a gesture of goodwill and as a sort of Pay It Forward. I thought the world could use some Random Kindness about now.



Let's get started, shall we?



read details about these beads at http://tinyurl.com/l5c4asv


I had two partners. First is Audrey Belanger from Canada. She and I have been friends since even before the parties, and I got a lovely package from her, not just with beautiful beads, but body sprays, chocolates, and lip balm. You can see a comprehensive set of photos and descriptions by clicking here (but do come back!)


I'm very happy you're here!

The first bead I worked with was the purple Donna Millard lampwork bead.


I decided to make a bead-encrusted bangle from heavy gauge pale lavender wire. I made a loop at one end, planned the spacing of the beads, and went to town with hair-thin sterling wire. The gemstones and Czech glass I used were no larger than 4 mm and in some cases smaller. Four Thai silver beads flanked the lampwork bead. I used iolite, amethyst, pale blue chalcedony, rose quartz, and brighter blue faceted Czech glass beads. Once I finished moving all the way to the right of the bracelet, I went back towards the left with more fine wire and gemstones to fill in holes and make it fuller.




Then I made a clasp and jump rings with wire to match the base. This type of bracelet takes a long time to make, but it's so worth it!



The second piece I made used Audrey's handmade resin pendant. This one took some painstaking work with tiny wrapped loops and very delicate chain on the pendant itself, which involved digging through 10, 242 packages of chain just to find the RIGHT one. How is it the more you have, the more you need?


I started with 4 mm Swarovski crystals in Khaki, Copper, and Dorado 2X. I used jeweler's bronze to link them randomly, connecting a length of delicate chain in between each beaded chain.  The top of the pendant is a lampwork bead that I thought fit the color scheme well and a collection of crystal dangles stacked atop each other to create a backdrop for the bead. I love how it turned out!



I didn't have a bronze daisy spacer or bead cap, so I made one by weaving five large jump rings into a love knot.  And with those crystals being a tiny 4 mm, you can really see here how delicate the chain is.



For the neckline, I didn't want to draw too much away from the intricacy of the pendant. To that end, I added just a few Swarovski Copper crystals, some carved pale green jade, a lampwork bead that matched the pendant, and a button that honest to goodness was just sitting on my desk for four years. I linked that to double love knots of large bronze rings and connected it all to a long length of chain.







I made my own clasp, but I'm not that happy with it and need to practice a bit more.




Now on to the pieces Loralee Kolton sent me!


I will admit this now -- I am intimidated by dagger beads. I have no idea how to work them into a unique design. One night while fighting insomnia, though, I came up with an idea. A simple idea, but an idea. I briolette-wrapped three of them and connected them to small-gauge chain. I needed a way to make them dangle from the BACK of the heart pendant, so I linked two largish jump rings through the holes in the heart and attached a short link of chain to the back of the heart. Then I connected the smaller chains with the daggers to the back. Finally, I dotted a bit of glue to each chain to keep them from flying over the top of the heart if I turned to fast.

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I used one of the Lucite nuggets (my favorite part of the package!) and then coated strips of cheese cloth with Fray Check, let it dry, and tied the stiffened cloth above and below the bead. Using Fray Check is a great way to make delicate fabric keep its look but be stronger. I trimmed the cloth, then created an asymmetric necklace with cream and olive Swarovski pearls, Czech glass hearts I forgot I owned, and pale gray and Vitrail Medium Swarovski crystals. Those last were tiny tiny tiny and I have a bunch on the floor now!



One side of the necklace was largely beaded, but the other side! I made a Shaggy Loops chain and then added the tiny 4 mm Swarovski Vitrail Medium rounds as tiny dangles to catch the light in the chain.




The clasp is a pretty lobster claw I'd been hoarding, and you can see I added some faceted onyx in both rondelle and round.



I tackled those dagger beads again and made a matching pair of earrings with 4 mm Swarovski Khaki crystals and those pretty hearts to match the heart pendant.



All together...



Lastly, I combined the beads I got from both Audrey and Loralee to make a bracelet! I was determined to use as many beads as my partners had sent me.


I HAD to use the rest of those awesome Lucite nuggets! I also had planned to use Audrey's fluorite ovals in her necklace, but changed my mind for a more delicate look.

I cut chain in three-loop lengths, wired on the fluorite, and found one of my many hoarded lampwork sets, rondelles that picked up just the right amount of color.  I love the final result!



And that is that!


All of these pieces were made in two days and all were photographed today. I very nearly lost the light on some of them! It always seems that way when I hostess a party -- I'm finding the extra cups, putting out plates of cake, running the Pictionary Game (every drawing looked like a bead with these folks -- go figure!) so I felt really fortunate to have gotten this done and to have made pieces I'm truly proud of with no shortcuts. I'm an hour late in posting (it's 1 AM and I. Am. Toast.) but that's the fun of parties. People stay late, you pull out the reserve box of cookies, get a little giggly and put party hats on the cat. 



And it's all very worth it in the morning.



I hope you'll take the time to visit as many of the people below as you can (skip around -- you don't have to start from top to bottom).  


(The jewelry shown was made by me, mostly for other BSBPs!)


Lori Anderson :: Hostess








84 comments:

  1. Thanks Lori, I hope I am not working Saturday. Otherwise I won't
    Be home until 7pm

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  2. So exciting! Looking forward to seeing all of the projects!

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  3. thats great glad to see things happening here on your site i enjoy your site very much and your stories of fighting to get back on your feet. i go thru the same thing dear. been down a while my self. i hope all is going well for yourself. God Bless you and your family. loner broken down old man

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  4. Hi Lori! I'm excited for the reveal! I sent you an email because I'm not on the list, but I'm partnered with Jelveh Jaferian and Christina Marie Hickman. Thanks, Brenda Ballou with Twigs & Tweeds

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  5. You are incredible and such an inspiration! I have to say that I can't pick out a favorite as I have always been in love with the asymmetrical look and you are the Queen of it.

    And thank you so much for hosting this wonderful party! I am so glad that you are back.

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    1. Anonymous9:31 AM

      Lori, thank you for being such a great hostess, and for thinking of absolutely everything to make our party successful. Your designs are the icing on the cake. Each and everyone is beautiful. I love the blue bracelet, and I appreciate the time it took to make it. The resin pendant necklace is fabulous, and I love the creative way you used the jump rings and crystals. The heart necklace set with the daggers is perfect, I don't see any "dagger intimidation" at all! And the combine bracelet is sweet!

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  6. As always, you totally nailed it. Beautiful jewelry, hard to believe you could do all that with all the other stuff going on. Just like riding a bike:)

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  7. Wow,you created some stunners! Love them all, but especially the first necklace - fabulous! Thanks so much for putting together another of your great BSBP hops, I so love being a part of them.

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  8. Thank you Lori for hosting this fun event again. I am honored to be a part of it. I am a huge fan of Donna Millard's beads so the first bracelet is right up my alley and it is even blue. Your second piece is wonderful. The chain fringe is the perfect accent and your color choices are spot on to accent that beautiful focal. Kudos to you for using the daggers so well even though they intimidated you. The last bracelet is awesome. I am always impressed with your designs. After so long not making jewelry you have not lost your touch. All of your designs are so inspiring.

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  9. First of all, thank you so much for organizing this bead soup blog party! You are such an inspiration for all of us. Not only with the jewelry you design but first and foremost because of the person you are. Thank you. The jewelry you made with your soup is wonderful. I particularly like the first necklace. The stacked pendant is just wonderful. The handmade clasps are amazing!

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  10. What beautiful soups you received - and your designs are stunning as always. Thanks for hosting another soup party - I love the Bead Hoarders concept, that is so "me".

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  11. Hi Lori! I love the neclace with the ceramic heartpedant and the matching earrings - but I would also wear all the other things you made - very special and nice, a great inspiration for me as I do lot more lampwork than make something out of it!

    Thank you so much for your time to hoast the party and letting me be part of it!

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  12. Stunning pieces Lori. I love the way you added chain to the ceramic heart. Happy BSBP day.

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  13. You do a really, really great job! I like your creations very much and i´m so proud to be part of your party - thanks a lot!

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  14. Really beautiful pieces Lori, I can't believe that you did so many of them. (I could make only one)both the bracelets are super gorgeous and I would love to wear them. It is such a great idea to use knotted or tangled jumprings. It makes the piece look super artistic

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  15. Gorgeous creations Lori. Your work is always amazing to see. I love your artistic imagination. Thank you for making this event possible. It's fun to meet others around the world.

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  16. Thank you for all your work organizing this wonderful bead swap. It was a lot of fun and I love seeing everyones creations. Your designs are lovely and The heart necklace is wonderful.

    Thanks for giving so much to everyone as you host this lovely party!

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  17. Lori, thank you so much for hosting this party! I dreamed of one day getting to participate, and it is so exciting! I love everything you made. I love how you used the daggers, the shaggy chain, the dangles from the resin piece, and that bracelet! Oh my.

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  18. Hi Lori!
    Thank you so much for arranging a great blog hop again! I had a blast, and it's going to be fun to find some new blogs and see what people have been making. I love all of your pieces, but my FAVORITE is that bracelet with the chunky faceted green beads. I am in LOVE!! So pretty!

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  19. Beautiful work!! As always :) I cant pick a favorite because I love them all but that bracelet is stunning!

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  20. As always, I'm blown away by your talent and creativity. Each and every piece is stunning. Thanks so much for organizing Bead Soup. Snow yesterday and snow/rain predicted for the weekend - perfect BS hopping weather.

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  21. Everything looks yummy as always and remember your creativity will never fail you! It warms my soul you are creating again, even if it's just for today. You have a wonderful heart my dear Ms. Lori and I thank you from the bottom of mine!

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  22. AMAZING and inspirational! Your work is out of this world. Thank you for hosting and sharing your enormous talent.

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  23. Wow! You are BACK!!! All of these pieces are amazing. What I really love is how comfortable and clever you are with creating chains to fit the focals perfectly. And your addition of dangles just puts them over the top. Your bracelet designs are spot on! I am SO happy to see these and SO happy you revived this wonderful BSBP. Thank you, Lori!

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  24. First, thank you for hosting such a fun party. Your creativity shows. I love what you did with everything; so detailed in photo, description and art work. Where DO you get your ideas... ? :-)

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  25. Love it all, especially the asymmetric necklace. Hearts rock!

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  26. Thank you so much for hosting this party Lori, I am thrilled to be participating! Your finished pieces are fantastic - I admit I am very partial to the resin pendant piece - love it! I have my list ready and I am off to enjoy many more works of art.

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  27. Those are amazing! I would not have thought to hang the daggers behind the pendant and it looks so cool! Thank you so much for organizing the hop. It's always so much fun to see all the different things people made.

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  28. Beautiful work as always, thanks for hosting another party, it is always fun to see what everyone creates! Keep inspiring us every day!

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  29. Ditto what Shaiha said ... Thank you so much & so glad you're back!!
    You've made such incredible pieces! I especially love the resin pendant necklace because of the amazing chain dangles (so intricate & pretty) and how you put it all together! Awesome :)

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  30. So many different styles, all unique and wearable. I always say I don't like hearts, and yet I think that necklace is my favorite. You did well with the daggers--they intimidate me too because mine never seem to look as good as what other people achieve with them or I break them. Thank you for hosting.

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  31. Oh, im late, im late ! Yesterday was such a disaster. I ended up passing out early.Apologies. Im getting too old for these wild parties !

    I sooo knew you could do it, love. I love EVERYTHING here, oh my god. You made something so beautiful with my resin piece ! I stil have to say that my favorite pieces of the bunch are the blacelet you made with Donna's bead - dear everything, that piece takes my breath away - and the necklace you made with Loralee's focal. It's so lovely and perfect and I would never have thought to use the dagger beads like that. I want it so bad now, ahahha,

    You're the best, Lori <3

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  32. Thank you for hosting another fantastic Soup Party!!!
    I love all the wonderful creations, My favorite was the resin necklace you received from Audrey.
    Thanks once more!!!

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  33. Gorgeous pieces Lori! I too struggle with how to work with dagger beads and you did great! Thank you so much for hosting this awesome hop again!

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  34. I think I'm a little obsessed with that bracelet! Beautiful work! Thanks so much for putting this all together! I can't wait to start hopping!

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  35. All of your pieces are gorgeous, it's impossible to pick a favorite. Making the love knot as a spacer for the lampwork bead is brilliant! Thank you for another great Bead Soup Blog Party!!

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  36. I love all the pieces you made! I can't believe you did all that work in just two days. Thank you for hosting this party. It's the first one I've participated in. I hope there will be more.

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  37. Hi Lori,
    You never disappoint all your pieces are gorgeous my favorite is the heart necklace. It seems like some of the best ideas come when one is sleep deprived. Thank you once again for hosting these great blog hop parties.
    Therese

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  38. Oh wow where to begin! You have made such an amazing collection . Just drooling over the lovely jewellery creations. And what I enjoyed most is reading the detailed description of how you made each one. Found so many tips out there , that I could use to better my skills.
    And a big thank you for hosting this lovely party. :)

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  39. Lori all of these pieces are beautiful...it may have been a long time since you picked up those pliers but but you haven't forgotten a thing! It's great to see you back feeling better and creating again!

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  40. Such beautiful creations!! Love them, and thank you for all you do, Lori! :)

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  41. Wow! Love everything you made! I love the bracelets because they are unique! Thank you for doing the Bead Soup again this year! You are an inspiration!

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  42. I have missed seeing your clever creations. I always admire the unique way you combine components. They are all beautiful pieces of jewelry.

    Thank you for hosting this. I enjoyed it!

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  43. Beautiful as always. I love the last bracelets - those colors are awesome with the lamp work! Thanks for all you do to keep this community together :-)

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  44. I amm SOOOO EXCITED THAT YOU ARE BACK!!! I read every word and looked at every piece in your post!!2 HONEY LET ME TELL YOU...YOU ARE BACK!!! Really beautiful works of art Lori!!

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  45. such beautiful work, dear one!!! i especially love the heart necklace+earrings. that was serious wire wrapping! as always, it is an absolute joy to see your work. blessings.

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  46. I love all the creations Lori, I especially love that heart bead it is just so pretty and the smaller hearts make for a really lovely necklace nice touch the matching earrings too.

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  47. Hey Lori. I didn't even have to see the pieces you made ...I knew they were amazing before I laid eyes on them...You are just such a talented Jewelry artisan...You always amaze us all...take care of you and thank you for all you've done only wish you the best.

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  48. First off, THANK YOU for hosting another party. It's been a ball and it's so good to know that you're feeling up to it again.

    Now, missy, let's talk about the pieces you made. Holy cow! Beauty, elegance, delicacy, and joy! Both of your partners must be making back flips over how you honored their treasures. It's good to see you exuberant designer eye at work again!

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  49. All those gorgeous beauties in two days? No need to hide your wonder woman outfit - wear it proudly.

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  50. Thank you for hosting this BSBP! Your jewelry designs are very lovely. I really like the blue and silver bracelet. That wire-wrapping does take a long time but very worth it!

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  51. Every piece is beautiful with special touches. I especially love the little bit of chiffon ribbon on the heart necklace and the matching earrings with the daggers. I have a similar purple heart hoarded that I need to dig out! Thanks for the inspiration to get in my workroom again as it as been far too long for me as well! Morning came early this morning too with heavy eyes but a joyous heart as I created again!

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  52. Stunning work, as always, Lori! Thanks for all your hard work putting together another successful hop!

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  53. Oh wow. Such beautiful creations, Lori! I have to say I think the resin pendant necklace and that blue bracelet are my favorites. Very inspiring work. Great job!

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  54. Marianne Baxter8:57 PM

    My favorite is the resin focal by Audrey and what you did with it. Just beautiful

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  55. First I have to thank you again for hostessing et al! Your pieces are stunning as usual. I would have expected nothing less. I love the ceramic heart necklace best!

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  56. Radel Vela9:52 PM

    First I would like to thank you for hosting this bead swap. It is the first time that I have done one of these. Your pieces that you made are beautiful. I like how you used the heart pendant by connecting the chains to the back. Wonderful!!!

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  57. Darn, I just posted a comment and it disappeared. I wanted to thank you for hostessing! You did a wonderful job! I also want to tell you how wonderful your pieces are, but I would have expected nothing less! I especially love the heart pendant necklace!

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  58. Love the blue bracelet! I'm digging the resin pendant necklace and love that you used a button that was sitting on your table for years...it was just waiting for this day.
    Janeen Burlingame

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  59. Thank you so much for organizing this fun blog hop. I love all your pieces. The use of daggers with the heart was so creative. I'm glad you're making jewelry again since you're so talented.

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  60. YOU are still my idol!! YOU are so amazing in what you can do, the idea's you come up with and how you fix everything!! Psh!! Posh!! Wonderful!!

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  61. I am in awe at your energy! You have successfully brought us all together for another hop and on top of everything made some simply stunning jewellery, i can not choose any one piece as a favourite because they are all fabulous. Thank you again Lori.

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  62. Ms. Lori, you have done it again!! I love them all, but the round one that has the dangles just pops out at me...love the spacers and the little 4mm Swarovski Crystals!! THANK YOU for hosting this again...I have missed it! I just love doing these with you and can't wait to do another!! THANK YOU!!!! ~KM

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  63. Ever the best host, Lori. I love your dagger set...I have some I haven't used..but you inspired mr. Excellent work on all. Thanks again for hosting this!

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  64. Awesome creations. I love reading your blogs because it feels like I am sitting at your kitchen table sipping tea and eating pie while we talk! Thank you for hosting the party. I am glad you are better and are up to doing this. I have missed the friendship that occurs during the hop and I am glad to have it back. love you!!!

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  65. You received two beautiful collections! I love the focal in your first piece and think you made a fun and funky clasp! The ceramic heart in the second piece is lovely, but the stand out for me is the pair of earrings with the dagger beads, brava!

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  66. Love your pieces, Lori! Thanks so much for hosting these hops - they are so fun and so inspirational!

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  67. Awesome Lori!! You have been busy!! Your necklaces are my favorite - especially the one with the heart pendant!!
    Thank you so much for all you have done to make this blog hop happen! It was my first time and it was a lot of fun!!

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  68. Beautiful creations, each with a twist and fantastic color combinations! I love the wire wrapped dangles, especially those with the tiny crystals. All the pieces look both playful and sophisticated and, no, I have no favorites - love them all!

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  69. Wow Lori, everything is so beautiful - for not picking up your tools in such a long time you sure haven't lost your touch. Thank you so much for doing the party again, I have really enjoyed it.

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  70. As I expected, I adore the necklace with the resin piece. But, also as expected, you put so much thought and time into each of the pieces you made. They are all gorgeous. I hope you're enjoying the party! I'm a little late getting started with the hopping, but know I'll have a lot of fun hopping around!

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  71. Very beautiful designs. And in only two days amazing! I love the resin necklace ! Thanks for hosting I'm glad you are feeling a better, I hope and pray for your full recovery!

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  72. Thank you for hosting a hopping party. Your jewelry is stunning! The blue with silver beads bracelet is my favorite!

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  73. Lori I live your treatment of the focal beads for both of the necklaces. I appreciate the way you engineer to get around the design challenges. I shall enjoy viewing all the creations of the hop participants. Thanks for getting this rolling again this year.

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  74. Well I think we can put aside the fear that we can't make pretty things anymore, you blew that one right out of the water! Drooling over your lovely creations, all of them! I'm only just starting my hopping, several days late but such is life I guess. Thank you though for getting back up and starting up the parties again, this has been great fun, and I'm already looking forward to next time!

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  75. Here's an "e" hug for your birthday. Hope it is a happy one. You have made so many bead addict artisans so happy, you deserve a big piece of pie. :-) Thanks for all that you do for us. (still working through the list, goal to comment on every one that I am able). Peace on your special day!

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  76. Thank you for all your hard work. This is a first for me....oh what fun....I love all your creations. Can't wait for the next adventure.

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  77. Oh my! Those lucite nuggets are amazing!!
    I love how you did the dangling chains, especially in a line like that. It's like a new take on the current tassel trend!
    Thank you so much for all you do to host these parties. It's always an amazing experience for me :)

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  78. Nearly to the bottom of the list of participants, I just realized I'd forgotten to comment on your pieces!! Good gravy, how did I miss that? First, thank you for all of the effort and time you put into these hops, Lori. We only see the surface of all you do to pull this off time and time again. I'm so happy you are feeling better and invited folks to join in another hop. Second, how DO you continue to come up with so many amazing ideas? I always love your jewelry, and what you made from your soups are....there aren't enough positive adjectives out there to describe them all. Can't even pick a favorite because they are all absolutely perfectly done. And I appreciate so much that you take the time to focus on the how of your designs. Your tips and descriptions are so helpful. Thank you for all you do and are Lori!

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  79. Lori, Thank-you so much for creating this amazing way of bringing Artisans from all over the world to come together with a common love to create pretty things!!! I'm excited to say that I so enjoyed this hop. I actually went to every single blog and saw everyone's wonderful creations. I was so blessed by each and every design. We have such a beautiful diversity of Artists in our community. Thank-you again so much!!! I continue to pray for your complete healing from sickness in your body. I believe you will be totally healed. Sending love and hugs!!!

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  80. Hi Lori, Hope this day finds you as well as possible. I hopped all over the place..mostly commented on the Pinterest page. Once a gain you did an awesome job pulling this event off with your helpers. I love each of your pieces. Fabulous! Especial like the wire rapped touches!

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  81. Lori, thank you for one more great party!
    I love all of your pieces and that clasp that you've made is just perfect. I like that the loops are all different.
    It is a very sad period for my family and it will take more time for me for hopping and commenting, but I'll try to as much as possible.
    Alenka

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  82. Wow. Your creations are gorgeous!

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  83. My goodness, you were busy. I love the beads you had to work with and what you made with them. Thank you for hosting this swap.

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