Friday, December 17, 2010

Cup of Bead Soup reveal #2.5 -- Summers Studio

Today I'm revealing more of the lovely ceramic beads made by Leann of Summers Studio.  I'm really quite pleased with this offering and hope you are, too!

For this piece, I decided to use the ceramic heart and the matching set of ceramic beads Leann sent.  I also decided use one of Susan Lenart Kazmar's  Industrial Chic links from the pile I've been hoarding.  Then I pulled out my box of wood beads I've collected from Beads and Pieces.  I've been working more with wood lately for the fall and like how a few pieces here and there can really add that certain "something" to a piece.

Here you go:

"Exclusive Heart"
Let's break it down.

One side of the necklace features five of the 12mm ceramic beads, capped with a tiny piece of wood I rescued from a vintage necklace.  The wood is as tiny as a seed bead.  Along the other side, I used one ceramic bead, a couple of faux bone beads, and one of Susan Lenart Kazmer's links.  The word in the resin isn't complete, but you can tell when you hold it that it would say "exclusive".  And just like I did with the first necklace I made with Summers Studio's beads, I made a hook-and-eye clasp to fit into the chain that will go around the back of your neck.

You can't see it, but there's a "c" before the "lusive" on the SLK link.  

So there you have it -- "Exclusive Heart" -- ready to find a home.

Now comes the "0.5" part of the post.  Leann didn't send this baby owl bead to me, but I bought it a long time ago and it's what attracted me to her store in the first place, so I had to share.  As you can see way above in her shop ad, the owl is a talisman of sorts for her, and something she's known for.  About 20mm tall, it's the perfect size for a bracelet bead.

"Owl Be There"
Once again, a piece of wood, and a single lampwork bead by Dora Schubert compliment the owl.  So, this is where my love for Summers Studio started!

With the holidays upon us, Leann's Etsy shop is on vacation, but with a click of a button, you can be notified when she returns!  Buy a few beads and join in the fun!

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


  1. Wow - both the necklace and bracelet are fantastic! You did a wonderful job with the necklace and how everything came together!

  2. Lori, the exclusive heart necklace just dances with joy. And I love the owl bracelet too. It is so much fun to see how you put these pieces together. It's the best part of being a bead maker. Thank you!

  3. Lovely pieces! I like how you have put all the different components together.

  4. That is just stunning!! I love the blue-green with the wood--that pendant is absolutely gorgeous. I also like the silver spacers you used, the twisted texture on them is a nice contrast to the smooth ceramic beads. The large link chain is just right too. Bravo!!

  5. Lori Absolutely beautiful.
    Sending you Blessings

  6. Such fun and lightness! I love the links and the chain, and the way you used things from the Industrial Chic line!
    I love that little owl bead! I have some acorns and birdies from LeAnn. They are adorable!
    Enjoy the day!

  7. beautiful, Lori! I love every element...of course the artbeads, but my absolute fav is the little creamy flower with little beady charms dangling :)

  8. I love her little owls I see that avi on blogs and it makes me smile! The color on these beads is gorgeous - it's a stunning piece and my favorite colors! I love Susan's line too - so fun and creative from the usual offerings at Michaels!

  9. Oh, Lori! You did a fantastic job on these pieces! Love them!

  10. Lori, what you created using LeAnn's components is wonderful! They sing with joy!
    I hope all is well with you today.

  11. They are both beautiful, love the combination of beads, colors and texture.

  12. These are great. I love her work and you've made them look awesome!

  13. Love your combinations!

  14. Lori, the pieces are so pretty. Love the feeling of the necklace!

  15. Dear Lori, I am in love with your creative spirit, You have been on my heart night and day. Do take care of you. Be Blessed

  16. Ooooh, Lori, thesea are beautiful. I wouldn't be surprised if "Exclusive Heart" has a new home lined up already. I love the colors and the addition of the wood beads. And the bracelet - love LeAnn's owls too and just used one that I was hoarding for a while. I like the dangle coming from the did SummersStudio proud! :-)

  17. Love what you've done here! Of course. The bracelet is very sweet and the necklace gorgeous and so interesting to look at - I particularly love that exclusive link you've used. I've also been working a little with wood recently - I would never have said it was my style before, but I have enjoyed paring wooden rounds with art beads.


I appreciate comments! Thank you for contributing to the conversation.