Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Bead Soup!

Finally, I'm posting my bead soup!  I had tried to put them in collages, but decided each photo really deserved it's own individual shot, so there's lots of pictures in this post!

I have two partners, Marcie Abney and Rebecca Anderson, because par for the course, I messed up and paired two people who had already been pairs in a previous Bead Soup Blog Party.  And their soups couldn't be more different!

Marcie sent me two soups.  One included two handmade seed-beaded focals, two shades of charoite, and some tiny Czech beads.  The toggle is a terrific geometric piece.

A close up of the frame focals, which are one-of-a-kind made for me by Marcie (lucky me!)

I have absolutely no idea how she does these things with little bitty beads.  I've already made a necklace, a bracelet, and earrings, but that last rectangular frame has me a little stumped.  I like that, though, because it's making me dig into recesses of my bead cabinet that haven't been explored in a long time.

She also sent me an earthy mix -- and this throws me off because I'm not an earthy girl at all.  Again -- this is a good thing.  The entire point of the Bead Soup Blog Party is to be pushed creatively.

Isn't that jasper focal to die for?  There's also some very cool copper rings I've never seen before, Elaine Ray diagonal cubes, and Czech glass beads and leaves.  I love that copper toggle, too, because I've not seen it before (love new things!).

(A note about the props.  The horse picture was a drawing I found loose, like a bookmark, in the middle of an old book, and the vase is from a friend who visited Turkey and brought it back to us.)

Next comes the soup from Rebecca.  Rebecca also sent me a couple of gifts.  She knows I devour books like candy, and this particular book is her favorite.  She also sent me a fun pair of button earrings.

Rebecca described her soup as a soup stock she kept adding to.  I love that, because it's how I mix a lot of my Bead Soups.  She included a clever letter with drawings of the beads and descriptions and sources -- very handy!

This is the majority of the soup.  As I mentioned before, I am not an earthy girl, and green falls into that category.  So again -- work cut out for me -- and I relish that.  The silk cord scares me.  I stink at cord and fiber.  But I'm going to give it my best!

How about a closer look?  She said she tried to use all overseas sources, so click their links to buy your own!

Potential clasps -- a leaf hook, a copper toggle, and a ceramic button.

OMG, the birds.  Love the birds.  
Some may have to fly over to Marcie's earthy mix.
I know you can get these from Ornamentea in various metals.

A lovely handmade glass focal by SowZere Beads.
And can I just say how much I love Moogin Mindy's bead pair? 
I recently got some beads from her and I'm hoarding them.
In the back is a square lampwork bead that is SO COOL by Helen Jewellery.
And then the awesome copper leaves.

A better shot of the square lampwork bead, 

OK.  Does it surprise anyone that Zack stole these?
I have to hunt them down now.
They're adorable baby shoes, aren't they?

And lastly, the beads that didn't fit in the first photo.  
Lots of Czech glass and other pretties.

Did these ladies spoil me?

Heck to the yes.

But they also threw out the challenge, and I hope I can make them proud.
The Bead Soup Party reveal is March 3rd!!!!

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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 is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Anonymous11:31 AM

    Wow,Lori, you received some gorgeous items in your soups. I know my wheels are already turning just looking at the pictures. I"m looking forward to the reveal date to see what you make!!

  2. woooo! You lucky dawg!!! Love EVERYTHING,especially those baby shoes, oh and the butterflies, oh and, well, you ARE going to have fun!!!

  3. Love those little shoes! You can tell your little man he has awesome taste :) Really looking forward to your reveal!

  4. Very cool! All three mixes so different. And those little shoes are adorable - can't wait to see what you do with those and the rest of your soups!!!

  5. WOW! I love all the beads! SO great seletions!!! Wait your solution of jewelry :)

  6. More than have the whole buffet. :D

    Have fun with those goodies!

  7. Lucky you! What pretty soups. I agree with Gallery 13 - you have the whole buffet. Enjoy!

  8. Oh my goodness! What beauties! I cannot wait to see what yo come up with!!!!! Those shoes! Eek! So sweet!

  9. I'm with Zach. I would steal those shoes too. And I love the frames.

  10. I love all of them! You are one lucky girl all right! And I know you'll do them proud. Can't wait to see what everybody does but especially what you're doing with these!

  11. My first thought was I can't wait to see your creative **organic earthy** side! I think you will be pleasantly surprised at yourself when you see what comes to fruition! I bet you even sprinkle that design with a bit of purple! You have so much soup, I am getting thirsty looking at it all! All the elements are fabulous and wonderful! -- The seed bead focals are really cool!.. Have a great time with all this Lori! Vonna

  12. Three interesting mixtures. I'm sure, you'll have a lot of fun! Cain't wait, what you will do with all these little treasures.
    Greetings, Michi

  13. Oh how cool! The sets of beads, treats and goodies is/are really nice!
    The handmade beaded rectangle frame- I'd totally create a collage of some sort or find some text and use some glaze to create a "framed work of art" Man oh man you got some good stuff! The little shoes are heart melters! :) I love so many pieces. I am really looking forward to seeing how/what you create!
    ~*Have FUN!!!!*~

  14. The ingredients are yummy, they will make great "caldo."

  15. Lori, what gorgeous and unique soups you received! You've got your work cut out for you, but I know you will make some fabulous pieces.

  16. Two wonderful soups - I wonder if Marci would teach us how to do those frames?

    Just beautiful - all of it.

    Lucky you, lucky you, lucky you.

  17. Wow, two fab parcels! Can't wait to see what you make :) x

  18. What great bead soups! I'm glad your partners decided to spoil you - I think we all need some spoiling once in a while :-)

  19. Wow is about all I can say...beautiful mixes! Can't wait to see what you create.

  20. Those seed bead frames are brilliant.

  21. Both of your bead soups are fabulous! I agre that the beaded pendants are awesome! I love that she made them-makes it so special. Now, I always love your photos, but these are particularly beautiful!

  22. Lori,
    Both Marcie and Rebecca sent you beautiful soup mixes. I'm so looking forward to the reveal day when I can see what you and all the others have created. Have fun playing and creating with your bead soups.

  23. I agree with all of the above - you're one lucky lady to receive so many beautiful sets of beads! But you definitely have your work cut out for you...and I know you are making great progress already! I absolutely love Marcie's beadwork. I have several of her pieces and I love to wear them. The frame is gorgoeous as wel as the clasp! The earthy set she sent is beautiful too - you'll have no trouble with that one. Rebecca's set is so pretty and has so many little treasures...those sweet little shoes jumped right out at me - they are so adorable!

  24. Yes, you have been truly spoiled! And you will spoil all of us with the gorgeousness you make with it all! I can't wait to see! :-)

  25. Oh my these baby shoes are adorable!! Love those. The seed bead frame pendants are amazing! I am in awe of all the sead bead artists out there. Your beads soups are all incredible - how fun it will be to create with them!!

  26. Lori, you got some wonderful bead soups!

    I'm in love with those beaded components. They're out of this world, and I'm anxious to see what you do with them!

  27. Gorgeous pendant! Love it!

  28. Yes they spoiled you , as they should!!! What fabulous soups and the hand made beaded frames are to die for! Love the use of the tile beads! Brilliant. I am following along with this bead soup and I am working with many of the bead artists who I met in the last bead soup. It was such a wonderful experience for me and really opened my eyes to all of the fabulous art beads out there. had to stay away this time as I am fully loaded with stuff to do and my pocket book could not take another assault so soon!! :)
    I know that you will do these soups proud- do NOT fear the Fiber!!!!

  29. Wonderful soups! Love the birds!!!
    Can't wait to see what you do with an earthy theme.

  30. Those soups are FAB-U-LOUS!
    I cannot wait to see what you make with them. I'm sure they'll be just as awesome.

  31. So glad you like the soup! I adore the frames that Marcie sent you too. And glad the shoes have proved so popular! They have a couple of different styles in, those are the baby ones and incredibly sweet, I agree.

  32. What amazing bead soups! The ingredients for each set are awesome. The leaves and leaf toggle, of course, caught my eye as did the gorgeous toggle that Marcie made and the lampworked glass...everything is gorgeous, oh my! I also love the gifts sent along with your soup, so sweet!

    Looking forward to seeing what you create!

  33. Can't wait to see your gorgeous creations! And I may HAVE to have one or two of those ceramic buttons *sigh*

  34. Oh my goodness...bead soup extraordinaire! Beautiful beads and findings. I would have "acquired" those tiny adorable bead shoes too! I can just hear the whirr of your blessed creative mind and how you will ROCK this challenge. Happy beading...

  35. Hi Lori, Catching up after a long absence from blog reading. I love, so much, those little red shoe beads. They are just precious. I would really like to see what you do with those little beauties. I just finished reading all your posts back to this point. Miss stopping by. I have had a lot to do and big decisions to make.
    So sorry I passed on the Bead Soup Party, hope to be able to do the next.


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