Monday, January 21, 2013

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party® sign ups are this weekend!

As the sign ups for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party are swiftly arriving (this weekend, Jan 25-27, in fact), I thought I'd tell you more about this exciting, once a year event.  

Detailed information is below, but the basic facts:  

::  I pair you with another jewelry designer.  ::

::  You send each other a quality package of beads.  ::

 ::  You make one or more pieces of jewelry with those beads, 
incorporating beads from your own stash as needed.  
The focal and clasp you were sent MUST be used.  ::

::  You post your creation on your reveal day, 
and you try to visit as many of the other designers' blogs. ::

Dates to remember:


This blog hops has gotten quite large in the past -- 400 people last time -- and it makes things so  much easier for me.  Thank you for your help!

The Details!

:: First, you must have a blog! ::
:: Second, no, you do NOT have to make your own beads! ::
:: Third, YES it is open to International beaders!  ::

I will be taking all who wish to participate. This can make a large blog hop, and not everyone will have the ability to visit all the blogs, but I will make a permanent link for each blog hop post so blogs can easily be visited throughout the year if desired.

(Exception: If you joined a previous party but never posted your creation,
or never sent beads to your partner, please do not sign up.)

What happens next?

When the sign ups close, I will email everyone with their partner 
and list all the Party Blogs here and at

Once you get a partner, email them to learn a little about them.
Then you'll then send that person a Party Pack:

::  A focal  (pendant, large bead, etc) ::
 ::  Some coordinating spacers or beads  ::
 ::  A special clasp (not a lobster claw)  ::


As you will see from past hops, some people will send an amount as shown below, which is PERFECTLY THE RIGHT SOUP SIZE, yet some will send a larger amount just because they want to.  That is OK -- but please do not feel you must send an entire bead store.

When sending the beads, you are not trying to match up with your partners current style.  Send them beads that are first quality, as if you were sending a gift to your best friend.

A good example of a soup to send.
You will use the focal and the clasp, and if you wish, some of the coordinating beads, incorporating beads from your own stash.  The idea is to help you think outside the box and work outside your normal comfort zone, pushing you into creative directions you may never have gone.

You only HAVE to use the focal and the clasp,
(although using some of the coordinating beads is encouraged). 

Examples of soups: 
photo by Carol Bradley

my first soup

When you get your package of beads, show your beads on your blog.  (Do not show your complete creation until your reveal date.)

Then you make something with the beads (or several pieces!), take a picture, and post it on your blog on the reveal day.  Everyone hops around to as many blogs as possible to see what people made.  You don't have to hop all on one day and you aren't obligated to visit all the blogs.  I don't want anyone to stress out over this!

  :::   Make sure lori at lorianderson dot net   :::
is on your "safe list" in your spam folder
as I send out a  few emails to you 
throughout the blog hop period. 

Feel free to tell your friends!

An easy way to keep up with Blog Party happenings?

design by Brandi Hussey

Join me at the

(No need for a blog at the Cafe!  Join it for chat, 
information, bead swaps, and challenges.)

You can also purchase the book the grew from this
amazing blog hop at

photo by Brandi Hussey

I hope to have you sign up this weekend!

(Bead Soup Blog Party ® is a registered trademark  and protected as such.)


Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.


  1. As always Lori mom and I are looking forward to your awesome party! We can't wait for signup! This is going to be a long week!!!!

  2. YAY!!! I'm not too late this time!!! Definitely putting it in my diary and on my phone calender to remind me to sign up :) I am not missing this one!

  3. YAY!!!! I'm not too late! This time I will definitely be signing up! Putting it on my phone calender to remind me :)

  4. yay, it's almost time for Bead Soup... I can't wait!
    I loved the past editions I took part, I'm in this time too!!
    see you this weekend :)

  5. I had to post it my calendar so I don't forget to sign up!
    I really enjoyed Kalmbach's Bead Soup Challenge this past summer/fall!

  6. I didn't make it to the last one in time, I hope I get into this one! I'm already cooking up a soup in my head. :-D

  7. I've heard about your bead soup event but never in time to participate , maybe this is the year.

  8. I'm not going to participate in the swap part, but I can't wait for it to happen so I can hop all of those beady blogs!

  9. Hello Lori :)
    Is it OK to make the pendant one sends and/or clasp from seed beads? I think I will participate in any case, but would like to know.

  10. Found my answer in the other blog :) (Yes, it's OK to make the focal you send from seed beads.)

  11. This will be my first soup party. I see we are to fill out a form but I don't see the form....can you help?

    Thank you

  12. Found the form! Please disregard previous comment :-)


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