Friday, September 02, 2011

1st Cup of Bead Soup with Lutka and Co.

Having a Cup of Bead Soup going on at the same time as a Bead Soup Blog Party is what they call insane.  So Lutka and Co. is on through the end of September and I'm pushing hard!

You can read more about the Cup of Bead Soup project by clicking here.

I received these bead sets:

I immediately gravitated to the large purple, white, and pink hollow beads in the upper right.  As in, yanked open drawers to find this ONE piece of Vintaj Arte Metal I knew I had.  

I had a strange idea that I thought would be creative, out of the box, and really super-neat if it worked out. 

I wanted to make a chandelier fan pull.

Can you see it?

Really, it's a super-easy project.   I took a thick piece of twisted silver, double-stacks of large silver daisy spacers, and 8mm Amethyst, 3mm Rose AB2X, and 4mm Violet Opal Swarovski crystals, and adorned the Arte Metal.  Stack it all together, and here you go.  Pretty, pretty.

Very simple, and not jewelry, but oh I love it.  I hung it from the fan in my library and it was a cruddy weather day and I kept falling off the ottoman since I have NO balance so I have a lovely collection of blurry photos and pictures of the floor and my feet, but this will give you an idea:

It looks like I missed some crystals, but I did use a pattern in putting them around.  Equal sides have two crystal sets clustered closer than the other equidistant sets, but putting them all the same distance around took away from the look of the bead.   (You gotta trust me on that one.)

The hardest thing to do was connect the ball chain to the loop on the chandelier.  The TOP of the fan pull hooked in just fine, but I had to do something with the bottom.  I threaded the ball chain through the "pendant" loop, cut a long length of 24ga wire, and started wrapping and wrapping and wrapping up and around and down.  It's nice and firm now, and I didn't bother to oxidize it because the air will oxidize it soon enough.

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of Cup of Bead Soup, and look for more soon!

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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 and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Wow... that IS pretty :) I have a dolphin hanging from my fan..I'm getting rather bored of him and WAS going to stick up my skeleton for a bit instead... but now... maybe I'll make my own :D ty for the idea!

  2. Wow Lori, you are creative! What a neat way to use hollow beads! I have enough fans around the house, maybe this will give me inspiration to make a few more hollows :-)

  3. Wow Lori! You are so creative! I have enough fans around the house. This will give me inspiration to make a few more hollows :-)

  4. very neat and what an elegant fan pull you now have:)

  5. what a neat idea......

  6. That is ingenious!!! I love it! Jewelry for your home!!!

  7. Now that's a classy fan pull, Lori!

  8. Linda's lampwork is really beautiful. I love your totally out-of-the-box idea for a fan pull...and the beads are in the perfect color for you. What a cool chandelier fan pull!
    I love that purple floral bead set in the bottom right - can't wait to see what you create with those.

  9. too cute, I got some of these metal flower looking lazer cut things in Tucson in turquoise blue and purple, I had no idea what to do with them, I thought earrings but now I see there is so much more...thanks for sharing...

  10. What a charming idea Lori, it's beautiful.

  11. That's really pretty! I've used beads to make the handle on my bathroom cupboard and for the light pull - so much better than shop bought ones.

  12. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Love it...Great idea. A nice weekend to you. Inge

  13. those are fantastic! love the dots! (shocking, i know! :)

  14. That is gorgeous, Lori!

    I know exactly what you mean about trying to space things around something circular.

  15. Wow, that's absolutely gorgeous!

  16. I would not have seen the uber creative fan pull you saw in these beautiful beads. This is why you are so amazing my dear! Love love love this. Safe Labor Holiday weekend...

  17. very elegant, and now I cant help but notice how plain my fan pulls are. guess I know my next few projects

  18. I love it! I have to admit that I never thought of using my pretties which is silly. I have even been looking for ways to sparkle up my living areas.

  19. Lori,

    I love, Love, LOVE that fan pull!!! I'm just sayin.... :0)


  20. Oh my, that is pure genius!!!!

  21. Really impressed, good job. Will have to give it a try muself.


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