Friday, April 12, 2013

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party® -- Second Reveal

It's here!

The 2nd reveal for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party® has arrived!

Today, over 200 people
(out of a total of 541)
will show you what happens when beaders swap their stash.

(Learn more about the BSBP by clicking here)

My partner for the second reveal is Karin Slaton of Backstory BeadsKarin can do amazing things with any bead you hand her, from seed beads to raw wire. She and I both have a love for Nora Ephron and wish we could write like her, and we both love unusual beads.
(Read more about the beads Karin sent me by clicking here.)

Karin has excellent taste, and while earthtones are not something I work well with, I almost immediately got an idea in my head for a necklace. The more I played around with the design, though, the more I realized I wasn't challenging myself enough, and that's the name of the game for the Bead Soup Blog Party -- working outside your comfort zone. So I decided to try doing some metalwork to spice things up a bit.

I had some stick pearls I thought would add texture to the roundness of my existing necklace, so I decided to make large bead caps and wire the pearls into the depressions. With texture plates and a method from Rings-Things, I hammered a texture into silver disks about the size of a quarter. I then pulled out my three-years-old-but-yet-unused wooden dapping block.  I have both a metal and wood dapping block, but in order to preserve the texture, I chose the wooden block and worked the disk gently with a hammer, moving through three different sized depressions.

I didn't want the disks to be shiny, so I used Novican Black to patina the metal and brushed them with steel wool.  I also buffed the silver on the pendant and the toggle to keep my metals muted.  

(Here I have to stop and say -- wear a mask. I accidentally inhaled and got an unhealthy lung-full of itty bitty steel wool shavings.)

I love using pendants like these, but they often come with huge bails, as most people buy them and put them on an chain and call it a day.  But not us jewelry designers, right?  Sometimes I leave the bail on and run a large jump ring through it, but for this design, I cut the bail off (being sure to put it in my silver scraps cup to melt down later) and attached the toggle with steel jump rings. I also used stainless steel wire for all my links.  Steel is stiff, so be very careful. I have three new gouges in my hand from where my pliers slipped off while opening and closing those babies.  My left hand is full of such scars.

I had some beautiful smoky quartz nuggets on hand to accent the stone in the pendant, and I worked on balance by keeping all the interesting and large beads to the front, using the smaller pearls at the back of the neck, where they would give the most comfortable fit.  Sometimes I get lulled into a zone while designing and then when I put the piece on, all the "cool" components and beads are cattywumpus and out of sight under my hair or gouging my jugular.  This is one of the reasons I prefer to connect my wire linkages with jump rings rather than wiring them directly to each other -- ease of rearrangement.  Beaded chains also tend to lie more nicely and not kink up if you use jump rings, too.

So there you have it -- an elegant necklace with an organic appeal. Makes me want to break into my hoarded stash of pendants (but I'll wait for my next jewelry design challenge, the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!).

I hadn't used the large hammered silver disks or the gorgeous dark silver wavy spacers yet, so I went to my favorite type of bead -- lampwork glass, this time from Firelily.  I purposely chose a color I normally don't work with and started putting it together.

It looks simple, but there's a spacing issue you have to be aware of when using a wavy spacer and beads that are basically the same size.  You can't see them too well, but between a lot of the beads are 2mm silver rounds.  These beads serve to give a bit of breathing room between the waves of dark silver and give the texture room to show off.  When using beads that are the same size, using tiny beads like this helps keep the bracelet from being inflexible.

I used a toggle I've been hoarding from NaBoRow, some leftover pearls from the necklace, and a touch of Swarovski crystal at the wrist. To kick it up a subtle notch, I added charms not only at the toggle (something I do with almost all of my bracelets as a counterweight), but I added a triplet of pearls to dangle partway down the bracelet.  

And those are my pieces! I used all of the bead styles that Karin sent me, and I'm really pleased with the results.

As a reminder, this is what I sent to Karin:

Please visit her blog to see what she made at Backstory Beads

Thank you so much for coming to the party, and below is a list of those participating in the second reveal. A permanent list with direct links will be kept at

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles
Christine Murrow
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson

Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs

Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

 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. Ack...that necklace...LOVE IT!!! Thank you yet again for an awesome party! Luv ya!

  2. Anonymous11:18 PM

    You are a genius. Wow.

  3. Anonymous11:29 PM

    I think the look of the pearls wired in your domes really compliment the pendant well and give balance to the necklace.

  4. NICE!!! It's all good and I like it! The blackened metal really helps the pieces come together with an earthy and raw beauty! Bravo for your work and for running the show! Lori- it's fabulous!

  5. beautiful designs - I love designs that include the toggle in the front.

  6. Yes! Elegant with organic appeal is exactly it! I love the contrast of the pearls againt the metal discs, a perfect foil to the beads. I wimped out from using steel in some ways with my piece - I think I have to work up to it! Can't thank you enough for inviting me to the sandbox and sticking a cool kid next to me to build castles with :)

  7. Anonymous12:28 AM

    Both pieces are great, but that necklace - oh WOW!

  8. Lovely use of colour, as usual! You are great, Lori!

  9. A beautiful soup, Lori - both pieces are very charming! And you've made them under extremely pressure - I raise my hat. The necklace is adorable, such a lovely composition of different materials, fitting together so well. I always wanted to give smithing a try too - you've stimulated my appetite :0)

  10. Gorgeous! I love all the wonderful tips and little tricks you shared about the design process. I always, always have a hardtime accentuating my bead caps or spacers, so next time I'll add some smaller beads in between. Thanks :-)

  11. Gorgeous designs, Lori! I don't often work in earth tones either. You've done a beautiful job. Thank you so much for organising and inspiring us! x

  12. THAT necklace. Oh my, It's awesome in every single detail!

  13. I loved the necklace. It's such a beautiful combination of unlikely elements. Thanks so much for all the work it took for you to do this for us. I really appreciate. Thank your guys for their cooperation as well. I'm sure you depend on their support.

  14. Your attention to details is something I covet for. I love how you can marry different types of beads and make something that is not only unique but so wearable. Your personality can be seen in your creations. Like their creator (who is so kind and considerate), these pieces exude consideration for the wearer.

  15. The necklace is so beautiful! A pearl necklace with an organic look. I love it! I also loved that you added the description of the process - generous as always. Thank you for organising this great Party!

  16. Anonymous6:22 AM

    love that necklace, my kind of style, love how you've worked those stick pearls into the design. The bracelet is a joy, I love the subtly of the wave spacers with the bold lampwork

  17. Beautiful pieces - and 'out of the box' creativity. Especially love the bracelet. My cup of coffee is almost gone - and I've only hopped to three blogs. I could give the word wired a whole new meaning by the time I'm done! Thank you for ALL you do..

  18. Lori you pieces are just freaking gorgeous! I love how you walked through the design of each piece and I love the little helpful hints you gave - especially for the bracelet since we need to re-work the bracelet we made for today's reveal. I am going to have to try what you suggested! Awesome pieces!!!

  19. Wow love the necklace, you certainly rocked that pendant! Kristin Oppold

  20. Love that you forced yourself out of you comfort zone. The discs make the pearls pops!

  21. Love the necklace! Well, both pieces are great! And thank you for all your organising efforts.

  22. Lori, I should just send all my favorite things to you! Amazing how you brought that pendant to life with muted and patterned metals. The depth and contrast of the pearls and discs! Earthy, graceful, so unique!!

    And I'm totally in love with your bracelet - combining some of your favorite materials with the challenge of color - you rocked it!!

    I am SO inspired by your work (and great design tips!) Can't wait to clear all the seed beads off my table and bring on the metal!

  23. Anonymous7:52 AM

    Lovely pieces Lori! About to begin blog hopping.....

  24. As always, Lori, I just love your designs. Both pieces are just gorgeous!

  25. I am in awe of fact you can organize this Awesome Blog Hop and still manage to climb outside your box.
    Your necklace is truly an amazing
    and quite a Splendi-ferous design !!!
    It would be perfect with any hair color too ;)
    Bead-utiful bracelet as well !
    Thanks so much for hosting Bead Soup
    It totally ROCKS!!!

  26. I love both pieces. You are a genius in jewelry design! (not a bad photographer either!).
    Thank you for a wonderful party!

  27. I love love love what you did with those discs and pearls to combine them with the focal! The necklace is gorgeous. I'm encouraged that you got a late start and produce two such amazing pieces. (Yes, I have yet to start on the pieces you sent for my third reveal challenge. OY.)
    Both the bracelet and the necklace are just the inspiration I needed this morning.

  28. Lovely! I like the idea with the dapping block (mine has been in storage for 3 Years as well! Lol. I think you have just inspired me to take it out.) Very pretty pieces Lori. Thanks again for bringing this all together.

  29. ~such a treat to see your mind at work...i think you have us all swooning over your intricate and stunning necklace you created...a true inspiration you are and i am ever so delighted to have been apart of this party...much love light and blessings~

  30. You give a beautiful life to the components of any soup :-D and for a beautiful soup the life is excellent!
    Thank you for this party!

  31. The necklace is really cool and I love the bracelet, the beads are beautiful.

  32. Beautiful work, as always, and did I see you post that it was all made this week? And did the map? And organized this reveal? Good heavens woman, service above and beyond for sure.

  33. Great designs Lori! I love the metal disks you made and thanks for the links.

  34. Absolutely love the necklace! I am in awe of the talent you have for taking so many different elements and putting them together so beautifully. I want to be you when I grow up☺
    p.s. Thanks for letting me play along♥

  35. ho ho ho!super metall work and uncommon solutions!congrats!

  36. Amazing work as always, lovely Lori :)

  37. Both pieces are really gorgeous...I absolutly love the first necklace! Think I need a wooden dapping block. Beautiful!

  38. Beautiful designs ,your beads soup was very nice beautiful beads and designs ,my favorite is the necklace. I like how you gave us some tips on the work involved in each piece .Thanks

  39. Wow that necklace is devine. Beautiful!!

  40. I always love seeing your designs u always amaze me. Thanks for everything u do!

  41. wow Lori, as always what can I say, you sure know your way around beads, just lovely and thanks so much for letting me play along in the soup blog hop are the best host...

  42. I love earth tones, but same thing don't work with them too much. You are so slick, that necklace came out just perfect.

  43. I love love the necklace, the disks with the pearls take this over the top, gorgeous. The bracelet is also gorgeous - the colors just grab you. Beautiful work.

  44. Lori, thanks so much for putting this all together an putting up with all or us especially with all you have been going through lately :). So very inspired by your domed disc and stick pearl links, sheer genius!

  45. I love the Bohemian look of the necklace. The bracelet is sweet too.

  46. Thanx so much for all that you do to make this hop possible. Your jewelry is always wonderful. I adore the discs with the pearl sticks in them. They really make that necklace pop. Your bracelet is beautiful too. Thanx for the tip on using 2mm between for flexibility.

  47. Love what thought you ut into your soup - especially the re-working of the focal and adding the pearls to the disks. Also like the tip you shared about the 2mm spacers for the bracelet. Those little details like that and those extra pearls by the toggle and the other side make all the difference between good work and yours - great work.

  48. Oh my, such beauties, Lori!! I just love your jewelry designs. Amazing! Again, so many thanks for all you do despite your health problems...hugs and XOXO!!

  49. You make it look so easy - your pieces all have character and appeal. And you're an amazing hostess. I'm once again in awe.

  50. Gorgeous pieces of jewelry, thanks again for a wonderful party, I have learnt so much and just can't get enough jewelry making.

  51. Anonymous1:36 AM

    Love the bracelet, but that necklace ... WOW! What you did with the silver disks and pearls just lifts it to a whole new level!

  52. I am so in love with the necklace! I really love the earthy colors (must come from being a redhead). The bracelet is also to die for and I really appreciate the little tips you have shared.

  53. Really like the necklace. And the bracelet is so elegant!
    I really wouldn't have known what to do with that pendant. It's beautiful, but so visually heavy. I like your decision to remove the bail.
    Lovely work, Miss Lori!

  54. The bracelet is amazing! love the color combination and the beads! Love your style!

  55. Lori!! Your necklace is just amazing!!! I adore the textured discs, and the pearls on top of them - absolutely perfect!!!!!!!!

  56. Wow! Fantastic! Thank you for including your methodology when you are putting a piece together. It is great to get a fresh outlook on things. I have a couple of hoarded pendants and have never thought to cut the bail off. Hmmm...ideas, ideas! I love the bracelet. The flameworked beads were perfect for this. <3

  57. Beautiful! Both pieces are truly lovely :) I love how you challenged yourself to do something you normally wouldn't. You inspire me!! Thanks so much.

  58. Beautiful Pendant! I love the earrings...I have a weakness for chain.

  59. Amazing Lori and what a lovely first experience you have given me. Thank you!

  60. Lori, these are amazing!
    Thank you for explaining
    your design process, and for
    all your hard work on this event! Laura

  61. I love these pieces! I have a lot of those types of pendants and never had the courage to take them off the bail. It looks fantastic with those components you made. The bracelet is beautiful too and your tips for working with the different beads really make me think.

  62. OMG!
    That necklace is wonderful!
    Lory you are great ... Thank you so much for this funny Party!!!

  63. They are both gorgeous, love the necklace especially, the metal and wire work wonderful. Love that you got the toggle in front, works well with the pendant.

  64. Gorgeous pieces as usual.. Hope you feel better soon. Hugs.

  65. Cattywumpus.....what a brilliant word!! Haven't heard that one before, and I'm glad I have now. Love both pieces, but the necklace in particular is completely stunning. A fantastic job as always Lori! Thanks so much again for being such a brilliant host :-)

  66. Anonymous8:55 PM

    Amazing jewelry Lori, I love the metal work you have incorporated.
    I must thank you for this wonderful idea, BSBP is a wonderful community, such support and love in all of the comments. Thank you thank you. Clare x

  67. Thank you Lori! Both for creating and hosting this ginormous Bead Soup Party, and for the generoisty of your posts.

    Your work is always so beautifully designed, and I appreciate your sharing process hints. Having worked with wire for one of my pieces this time around, I wish I'd thought of your hint to put jump rings connections between your wired pieces. That would have saved me sooo much grief! :)

    Take care, and thank you! - Karen

  68. Your pieces are beautiful! You did the soup justice. Thank you for all your hard work in organizing this hop, it has been so much fun!

  69. I'm totally in awe about this necklace. What a beauty!

  70. just finished to visit ALL on this group :)
    what fun, a lot of inspiration!
    thank you so much for this Lori!
    your necklace is totally stunning, I love it :)
    see you on next saturday, finally my turn ;)

  71. Well, I'm thinking organic is a great fit for you dear, cause those are awesome. I love hearing your process, and why you do what you do. I have several necklaces that are, um, rather uncomfortable at the back of the neck! And a few bracelets that irritate me by spinning around so you lose the view of the focal. Gotta go back and read about that dapping part, cause I do love those circles!

  72. Anonymous11:01 AM

    Beautiful necklace and bracelet. I love what you did with the stick pearls.

  73. Thanks for the tip about the little beads between the big ones on the bracelet. I had never thought about a flexibility problem before.

  74. Melissa your idea of 5 separate bracelets that can be wore together is wonderful. Including pieces memorable to you is way cool.

  75. Lori, how you manage amidst all your health problems to make such beautiful jewelry, but more important, to be such an example and an inspiration to the rest of us is beyond me. You are an amazing woman! Please take good care of yourself because we need you, no we NEED you back. This community would be lost without you in it. And, as for the necklace your partner made with that elephant bead, well I'm trying to talk her out of it. Wish me luck!

  76. Never thought to use domed disc like how you used them. Thanks for the inspiration! Love everything you made and look forward to your third reveal! Thanks for all you do for us! xoxo

  77. Great work even being sick! I love the bracelet. Thanks bunches!

  78. Jaw-droppingly beautiful, as always! SOOOOO lickable!

  79. Love everything you and your partner did. I think you're right with the small round spacer between the wavy discs - I just bought some copper ones and really appreciate the tip before I start playing with them! Thank you, hope you're feeling better each day!! ~~T

  80. Lovely pieces. I especially love the necklace and how you treated the discs and pearls. What a great idea and what a beautiful piece. Thank you for organizing this event. What a wonderful hostess.

  81. I love them both but that necklace is gorgeous, Lori. I love the colors, materials, design, length--everything. I would wear that in a heartbeat!

  82. Beautiful designs Lori, just beautiful. I especially love what you did w/the pearls in your gorgeous necklace - super wow!

  83. Lori, there is no question as to why you are the Bead Soup queen (besides the fact that you thought it up an all). You pieces are amazing and you've included so much valuable information and links in this one post, it's awesome. I apologize for getting over here so late and am so sorry you've been feeling so rough. I can't tell it by the beautiful execution of your designs. Here's hoping you'll be feeling better in no time!

  84. I love what you did with the discs. All of your pieces are wonderful!

  85. Beautiful pieces Lori! I love the way the pearls are nested in the dapped discs!

  86. I love both of the jewellery you have designed. You are an amazing artist. Your job in this party has been enormous and I´m very thankfull of being part of it. I´ll hope of my heart all good for you and that you´ll get better soon.

  87. No wonder you are queen and the host of this party! What wonderful jewelry you created here! I just bought a few SS and stone pendants and in my younger days I would have put them on a SS chain and been perfectly happy! Now I want to design something using them as a focal--of course! No way I could/would "steal" your ideas, but you've certainly inspired me that there are cool things to be done with these pendants now!

  88. I love how beautifully Karin packaged your bead soup and what she sent you! The pieces you created are stunning. I especially like the textured bead caps with the pearls that you made for the necklace. You really made the soup she sent you shine!

  89. Oh, my goodness. I always know I'm in for a treat when I come to see your creations, but this time you just knocked me down. I've been (VERY slowly) working my way through the reveal, and could have sworn I left a comment earlier, but obviously I was so stunned by what you made that words failed me. And that, my friend, takes some doing. The domed pieces you made are a perfect echo of the caps on the amber, and the pearls on them reflect the two little bumps on the focal pendant. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!


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