Monday, February 28, 2011

Time to Say Goodbye to This Month's Cup of Bead Soup

This was a busy month!  Not only did we have the ginormous Bead Soup Blog Party, but the incredibly talented Libby Leuchtman was the Cup of Bead Soup featured artist!

Libby sent the most amazing beads.  She was my partner in the very first Bead Soup Party, and I'd already purchased beads from her at the Bead & Button show way back when, so I eagerly anticipated what would arrive in the mail.  As a review, here is what she sent (go on, click that!)

And this is what I made with part of that Soup.

I was left with the amazing little podlets, a silver toggle, and a few Bali beads to mull over, and I have to tell you -- sometimes, less is more, particularly when you're faced with beads that have great color, texture, and creativity to them.  I mean, I've never SEEN a podlet bead before, and I just didn't want to muck around and get all fancy on them.

SO.  I added three more intricate sterling silver beads to the mix, made charms out of all the Bali beads (accenting them with the PERFECT pink-something AB2X color of Swarovski crystal), and made a simple charm bracelet.  Simple, yes, but substantial, and, in-my-not-so-humble-opinion, pretty awesome.

The podlet beads are chunky, about 18mm across, so I used 18ga wire for my connections, 16ga jump rings for the charms, and 12mm sterling silver beads.

I love the result, even though I didn't really get crazy-creative on it like I did with the necklace.

If you would like to re-create this bracelet, visit Libby's shop at the link below -- she has podlets for sale right now, and if she's out, just send her a convo and she'll hook you up!  She also has a wide range of  lampworking styles, so give her a visit regardless!

Thanks for visiting this month's Cup of Bead soup, and tune in for next month's Featured Artisan!

and if you're in St. Louis, MO...


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


Sunday, February 27, 2011

NO SOUP FOR YOU! (No really. Have a little more.)

(I giggle like an idiot over this Seinfeld clip.)

Oh my lord folks.

I finally got through all the Bead Soup Blogs.

I've had coffee.  No chocolate.  And no pie.  Oatmeal.  But no pie.

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Soup -- click here for the recipe!

I have been gobsmacked by the creativity everyone has shown.  And I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my hearts for participating.  I have no idea how this humble hop turned into what it has.  I hope it continues to be what it is -- a gathering of like-minded, bead-loving people from all over the world who want to meet and greet and expand their design horizons.  

So many of you expressed how you pushed yourselves, were forced outside your comfort level, and that is EXACTLY the point of this blog hop.  So often we get used to the comfortable, the tried-and-true.  Me, it's lots of color, purple, pink, blue ... lampwork glass ... silver. You didn't see much of that going on in my pieces, now, did you?

My buttons.  I've had these for nearly ten years before I got the nerve to turn them into jewelry.

A lot goes on behind the scenes of a blog hop.  Between the sign ups and the reveal day, I had:

:: a craft show
:: an eight-day migraine
:: five tutorials to write
:: numerous Bead Soup emails to write
:: two major computer problems
:: a map to pin
:: a pint of soup to mix
:: articles due for ABS and Sunshine Artist
:: Cup of Bead Soup with Libby Leuchtman (don't miss tomorrow's edition!)
:: Valentines to make

And a partridge in a pear tree.

By Holly Kitaura on Etsy

Up next week?  PIFs that need to be sent out.  There are over 70.  I am definitely getting pie.  But I LOVE sending PIFs, so don't worry -- this will be fun.  My mailman will hate me, but I'll feel awesome.

Up right now?

Long, hot, bath.

Not looking at beads as I pass the table.

And a fond, heart-felt thank you to all of you, dear friends.

(PS:  Can't wait for the next one?  There are new blog buttons all ready for you!  Just click here!)

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

Bead Soup Giveaway!

Have you had fun blog hopping?  With 210 blogs to check out, I hope you continue to hop throughout the week -- everyone has worked so VERY hard and deserves to be seen!  So bookmark yesterday's page and when you have time, please go look and comment.  They'll really appreciate it.

If you happened upon this post, you already know about the Pint of Bead Soup giveaway.  If not, I'll repeat it all again, and then let you go on blog hopping.  THIS is the post where you leave your one comment with the three blogs you visited (although I certainly hope you visited more.

Here are views of the jar:


Hessonite garnet
dyed mangesite
tourmalinated quartz
Picasso jasper focal (close up above)
a bit of tourmaline pebble chips
red coral branches 
coconut wood
white wood
bronze cultured pearl strand
FenG handmade lampwork focal (close up above)
vintage lucite
blue cultured pearls
purple Czech glass
pink cultured pearls
white frosted glass rounds
painted filigree
old-fashioned-style Czech glass
purple pressed glass diamonds
pink pressed glass teardrops
purple pressed glass teardrops
gunmetal chain

I am VERY sorry, but due to the weight and some countries import restrictions on wood, I can't ship this internationally. 

Other than that, Bead Soup Party participants can play as well as non-partiers.

Friday, March 5th

Thank you for participating, and I hope to see you this summer.....

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

Saturday, February 26, 2011

~~~~ Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party! ~~~~

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads 

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.  The goal -- to push ourselves creatively by using beads we may never have used before, and to meet beaders from around the world. (See that map up there?  That's where everyone comes from!)

My beads came from the lovely Susie Hibdon of Vintage Susie & Wings.  If you click here, you can see her work and all the beads Susie sent me.

Just a few of the things Susie sent me.

I absolutely love Susie's style, but it's not my own.  I WISH it were my own, because I love the vintage look.  I'm a vintage hunter, love watching American Pickers, and have a bunch of vintage goodies in my home.  But vintage jewelry -- I'm just not good at making it.

However, I decided it was time to give it the good ol' college try.

I chose the skeleton key as my pendant, and then dug into my stash of vintage buttons.  And folks, when I say buttons, I am talking POUNDS of buttons.  HUGE cookie tins of buttons.  A bushel basket of buttons, too.  Jars of buttons.  

Just some of my vintage buttons, mostly mother of pearl. 

I feel like the Button Queen.  Yet I've never used them in jewelry.  Every year I've put this on my Jewelry Resolutions list, and every year, they stay in their tins and jars and baskets.

Until now.

Can you guess what I made?  Can you guess what I did?

Well, here you go.  My Victorian treasure, "The Key That Unlocks Everything".

When Susie sent me the copper chain, I was delighted to find that I had more of it in my stash.  I cut a short length and attached it to the top of the key, and then attached the rest to that short length, making a "Y".  I briolette-wrapped a LOT of buttons to the chain, two per link, working to make the weight and "fluff" take the shape you see here.  And let me tell you -- while I was making this, I kept thinking, "This is awful, it looks terrible, this hath much suckage."  Necklaces made like this rarely start to look good until they're almost done.

After I was done, the necklace just NEEDED something.  "Can't go wrong with red," I thought, and added some brilliant 8mm Czech glass rondelles here and there.  I then tried a bit of lace around the top of the key, but it looked awkward and forced, so I tied it up on one shoulder and added a few dangles of red along the bare copper chain around the neckline.

I made a pair of earrings to go with the necklace, keeping it simple since the necklace has so much going on.

Those are the first two pieces.  I used Susie's chain, her key, and the filigree beads in the earrings. 

The next piece features another skill set I'd previously not tackled -- wrapping Vintaj filigree around a gemstone.  I found a filigree piece the PERFECT size for my jasper stone and with some gentle pushing, got the bead wrapped.

 Now came the dilemma -- how to connect it to the rest of my bracelet?

I decided NOT to wire wrap or put a jump ring through the small holes of the filigree setting, as I didn't want to risk ripping through the metal.  So instead, I ran the wire through the hole in the stone, and that left me with a stronger linkage.

Susie had sent a large smoky Swarovski crystal, and I had some smaller ones in my stash, so I added a few more to glam things up.  I also added one vintage brass bead to make things a little unpredictable.

Something you might want to try with your Vintaj findings -- sand them!  I gave this one a light sanding, and it gave more depth.

Susie's components used -- the gemstones and a crystal.

And now for my last piece, which is the polar opposite of my dramatic Victorian button piece.  For this necklace, I took the Vintaj clasp Susie sent -- a large ring and a hook -- and separated them.  I turned the Vintaj ring into part of the pendant.  I found some lampwork beads in my stash, used the gemstone rondelles Susie sent, and went to town with a huge bag of brass jump rings.  And here you go -- "A Walk in the Woods".

Lampwork beads by the lovely Maryse Thillens

Lots of dangles, like the button necklace, but in a totally different format and presented in a totally different way!  This time, I used a 9-10" length of beading wire, strung on about 12 tiny daisy spacers, and then my special soup blend of jump rings.  I made double love knots by looping one ring into another -- easy peasy.  Then I wire wrapped the gemstone charms onto the love knot rings. 

The pattern is single, double, single, double, etc, ending with a single -- and make sure you have strung three sets of bead dangles. The mix of singles and doubles gives a lovely textural quality to the necklace, don't you think?

I finished the neckline of the necklace with red suede cording and the hook closure.

Once again, I sanded the toggle (or rather, pendant, now) and you can REALLY see a difference!  Sanding brings out depth, just as if you hammered a piece of metal and used liver of sulphur and then scrubbed it with steel wool.  Give it a try!

Items from Susie -- toggle ring and hook, gemstone rondelles.

I can't thank you all enough for visiting, and PLEASE visit the blogs below.  There's a lot, but print a list, mark them as you go, and take your time!  Some have giveaways, and EVERYONE worked very hard on their jewelry designs.  Kudos to everyone!

(If you missed participating in this party and would like to be reminded of the sign ups for the next one, [Aug 1-3], then shoot me an email.  And look for the book in 2012!)

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
(You are here!)

2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginie Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Bead and Bread

Friday, February 25, 2011

Soup's On....

The soup is nearly done.....

Bead Soup, that is!  Enough for the huge party THIS SATURDAY!

Click here to see the blog hop list.

Click here to see the amazing world map of partiers.

Click here to see what you can win if you visit me on Sunday!

Did you miss out on this Bead Soup Blog Party?

Email me by clicking here to be alerted of sign ups for the next party.

(Sign ups will be August 1-3, so mark your calendars now!)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where is Everyone Coming From?

As this Saturday's Bead Soup Blog Party grows nearer, Stephanie of Pixybug Designs came up with a GREAT idea and I spent a chunk of last night implementing it.  

With 210 participants sending beads to partners, and those 210 participants making jewelry with those beads (all to be revealed on their blogs this weekend) -- just where exactly have they come from?

Well, take a look.

In addition to all over the United States, we have Canada, Australia, Russia, Spain, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Germany, England, and Ireland.  Isn't that AMAZING?   

(As an aside, I've been to Italy, Luxembourg, and Germany.  I have a lot of catching up to do to meet my bead-loving friends!)

Don't forget to mark your calenders for this Saturday, February 26th, to start blog hopping - I promise it will be worth it.  Print a list of the blogs, because I know 210 is a LOT to do in one day!  But some will have giveaways, some will have posts that match your personality, some may be written by people right down the road from you.

You just never know what you'll see. 

A hint as to what one of my pieces will be incorporating!

See you then!

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