Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Cup of Bead Soup Mini-Blog Hop Reveal!

If you've been a follower of my blog, you're familiar with my Cup of Bead Soup project.  For the past year, I've purchased beads, sight unseen, from various bead makers and tasked myself with creating things with components I didn't choose myself.  It's been a fantastic way to push my design skills and break out of making the same old/same old.  In essence, it's a one-woman-production of the Bead Soup Blog Party.  I changed it this year to include three additional designers, the same set of beads, and made it a mini-hop.  Each Cup of Bead Soup, you'll have the chance to sign up to participate and be chosen randomly.

To remind you, these are the beads that Barbara Bechtel created:

I made three pieces, and the necklace and bracelet used techniques I'm not familiar with.  I really wanted to try and push myself.

First the necklace:

The ingredients:

* Barbara's key pendant and two of her faceted beads *
* Three handmade lampwork glass beads by me *
* Czech glass beads in pink and purple givre *
* Thai spacers *
* A Mamacita bird bead *
* A Green Girl Studios link *
* A Pacific Opal Swarovski crystal *
* Purple waxed linen * 
* A handmade clasp by me *

I'm definitely not used to how to manipulate waxed linen in this way, especial with the pink beads whose holes would only allow one strand through, not both.  I used lark's head knots to connect any of the rings and made three knots between each bead.  

Now for the bracelet.

The Ingredients:

* Two of Barbara's faceted beads *
* One of Barbara's beads I'd been hoarding *
* A vintage key *
* Oxidized wire *
* Purple waxed linen *
* Teal suede *
* Large link chain *
* Pewter toggle*
* Aluminum jump rings *

I've never laced suede through chain, ever.  I'm not sure I did it quite right and I had no idea how the pros finish it, so I made two triple knots of waxed linen at each end.  I added the key to pull it together with the necklace. 

One of the reasons why I used such heavy gauge wire to link the beads is because the links of the chain aren't soldered, and due to the difficulty of opening and closing edged (not round) rings, I knew I needed wire that wouldn't fall through.  For the same reason, I was careful to use a heavier gauge jump ring to connect the toggle ring and bar.  I connected the key with waxed linen to pull in color.

And now a simple pair of earrings:

The Ingredients:

* Barbara's charms *
* Lampwork drops by Unicorne Beads *
* Sterling silver jump rings and ear wires *

I loved the texture of the charms so much that I didn't want to over do it.  I had these leftover lampwork drops from ages ago, and it goes to show you, leftover beads can TRULY be used even years later!

The other three designers you MUST visit:


Barbara will now be selling a limited number of the bead kits you see above -- 
only 16, and they'll be first come, first served, 
so be sure to visit her store 

Thank you for visiting,
and come back on Monday to comment 
for a chance at the next Cup of Bead Soup
with Nan Emmett


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. love, love, love the first piece! Can't wait to see what everyone else has made!

  2. I really enjoy seeing the different designs made by each artist. Great job with yours. I like what you did with the cord on the bracelet and I think trying different techniques is great. I really like this idea! Fun!

  3. Beautiful, Lori! I think you did very well stretching yourself with a new technique. It's interesting to me that I still see a 'Loriness' about your design. Good to stretch the wings and move out into a new direction and still have that connection with your design.

  4. Beautiful job, Lori! Love your use of the sude! The complementary colors make this so spring - like!

  5. All of your designs are beautiful Lori! I love the blue, purple, pink color combo and your waxed linen stringing. Keep bringing your inspiration to us!

  6. Lori, you did an awesome job on all three pieces. The purple with the teal and pink make a striking combination. I'm glad to see that someone else hasn't worked much with fibers, leather and cord. That is one of my goals this year - to use more fiber and learn how to connect it.

  7. Thank you so much Lori for hosting this. It was such a great learning experience for me and it really pushed me outside my box. I really learned something about how I create by joining in. Thank you thank you thank you! <3

  8. Love all of it Lori, what great combinations and techniques. I saw your picture in Attractions on the way home, we picked it up in Kent Island!!!
    The lampwork is fab, can I order some:-) Hope you are having a great weekend.

  9. I love the colors you put with Barbara's beads! And you did an outstanding job with the new techneques you used in these designs. Everything looks fabulous!

  10. Just beautiful! I love that shade of teal green and adding the purple was very nice. I really like the feel of a necklace done on waxed linen. They are so supple or something. Perhaps you will do more of it now. Great job!

  11. Hi Lori,
    All of your designs are beautiful. I like how you pushed yourself to do something new with the waxed linen and tying the knots.

  12. The mix of colors in your necklace are wonderful, I love the wax linen that you added to the design it added a organic feel to your pieces. The bracelet is so beautiful. Really love everything you did Lori and I think you rocked the wax linen!

  13. Love it! so different and what a great job with the suede and the wax linen. The details and style are amazing!

  14. Wonderful pieces, Lori. I'm glad the cord didn't fit through the pink beads because I really like the purple linen over the pink beads. The color combination with the blue is just gorgeous.

  15. Such a wonderful idea to share your love of art beads with other desginers! I think that this is very fun. I am very impressed with your use of the waxed linen. I have yet to attempt anything with that! And you know I love anything with a key on it! Enjoy the day!

  16. They all turned out great. I love the suede and the large link chain in the bracelet. And the earrings are so cute. Can't wait for the next sign up.

  17. Another beautiful unique finished set. Your use of colors is what brings all the elements together. Easter blessings and bunny hugs...

  18. Wow! All the pieces are so pretty, but the bracelet - pure genius!

  19. Lovely, Lori! That necklace is so prety, and the waxed linen looks great! I think the way you solved the bracelet fiber conundrum worked just fine, too.

  20. your designs are lovely..great colors.

  21. I just love that bracelet! I have started working with the waxed linen and have just fallen in love with it.

  22. I have to say, I squealed when I read on the necklace that you had beads that you made! I totally forgot that you could do that as well, you multi-talented woman! All three pieces are spectacular, but I really, really love that bracelet. Its fun, fresh, and natural. Stunning job dear. Now I'm off to visit the other participants.

  23. Yes, my excuse for hoarding beads is that hey, they never go bad! lol. Love these pieces, especially the necklaces. As a matter of fact, I'm going to go start my own blog just so I can start doing these gosh darn fun looking bead soups/swaps!

  24. Lori, Gorgeous! The necklace has some unexpected colors and the purple cording really brings it all together.
    The bracelet and earrings are perfection and you did a GREAT job on the bracelet. High Five!

  25. Nicely put together, very different group of jewelry. I think this is such a great idea. Can't wait to see the others.

  26. Love all the pieces. My favorite are the earrings! I could totally wear those to work!

  27. Beautiful! I love the necklace, but the earrings are actually my favourites as they are definitely something I'd wear alot! It's been fun seeing what everyone has made.

  28. Love that you are using the waxed linen cord and the leather! You did a beautiful job incorporating it into your designs.

  29. Wow, I love the designs, Lori!!! It's so interesting to see the varied creations that everyone makes with the same beads! FYI - for cord or ribbon run through chain, I've seen it finished off with ribbon crimps, or even some of the larger fold over type of crimps. But, I do like the knots as well, especially with the color, it adds that extra touch! =) Beautiful work as always! =)


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