Friday, December 05, 2014

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!

This blog hop was popular last year and I thought we'd try it again!

How often do you take a look at your bead stash and realize you have a LOT of artist beads, or a ton of pearls, or every crystal color known to man, but you haven't made a thing with any of them yet? (Raises hand).  Sometimes I'll collect beads knowing full well I'll never make a thing with them but set them out on display instead, yet after a while, it can get ridiculous and dusting becomes impossible (ha ha... as if I dust...)

For this series of the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop, I made several pieces. The first is a necklace specifically made for a tunic I own (photographed with the necklace), but all of the beads came from random places.  The focal is an amazing bronze owl by TheaToo.  The lampwork beads had been collected from various batches and set aside because I thought they looked cool together, but I wasn't sure about the red. Best leave everything together until I get everything together, I thought (quite profound).  And then I found an antique (they said) Tibetan bead, and things started coming together.

This is a LONG necklace, and if you can believe it, I had originally tried to make it a double stranded piece.  Um, no.  Often I use large beads in my work, and people are always asking, "Is that thing heavy?" and I can honestly say, "Not once it's on."  However, not only did the necklace not hang properly as a double strand, even with average sized lampwork beads, I could have used it as a weapon by whipping it over my head and slinging it across the room like I was in The Hunger Games.  

I linked each bead separately, knowing some wouldn't be used, but I had no idea which beads would "win". I also kept putting it on to make sure the pendant hit just where I wanted and the large tribal bead didn't get lost in the back of my hair.

While the necklace looks quite simple, it took stinking forever to put together. This bead color was too close to THAT bead color, now THAT bead is too low -- I had to let this sit alone for a while so I didn't lose my temper.  But it's easily one of my favorites that I will not sell.

The next pieces are bracelets.  Since I've been talking about larimar on Facebook, I thought I'd show you the bracelet I made myself way back when I had a ton of larimar beads on hand. If I want, I can add a couple of larimar rectangles to the ends and turn it into a necklace. I've considered selling this bracelet when I've been short on money, as these always sell, but I owe it to myself to actually OWN one of them myself.

Of course, I'm happy to make one similar to it as long as I have beads (which isn't going to be for long) and they start at $250, just so you have an idea. I've worked with larimar for a long time, but I just can't afford the good stuff any more (quality beads are going for $800/16" strand, no thank you) and be careful when you buy to read closely. "Larimar agate", "Larimar crazy lace agate", and "reconstituted" Larimar are a big NO. If you're going to invest, get the real thing.

Another blast from the past. This bracelet actually stopped the vendors of White Cloud, who made the large Turkish silver beads, when I wore it to a show. The toggle was made for me by an awesome guy who designed several styles for me but no longer works in silver, so it's very special.

These beads are BIG. My suggestion for wearing large beads is to wire them with thicker wire, not string them. This gives you a bit of "give" and less "chunk", if that makes sense.  (And no, it's not heavy once it's on.)  :-)

I made this bracelet with beads made by an old friend who quit lampworking a long time ago.  I held onto everything she made, and decided I had to do SOMETHING with at least one set, if not more. This is one of my favorite styles to make, linking the lampwork beads with large jump rings and dangling charms from the jump rings.  Swarovski crystal, jade, silver, and a special (and also hoarded) Thai silver toggle makes this one of my favorites for jeans.

This next piece is how I managed to take two relatively expensive bracelets, cut them in half, and make one that is even better. 

I had made a Half Persian chain maille bracelet with large rings, nice and substantial. Then I bought the lampwork beads from Kris Schaible and I decided to mix the two. Once again I used a special lobster claw clasp made by friend (COME BACK AND MAKE MORE SILVER!!!!) and a tassel from White Cloud (again -- not cheap. But I knew I'd use it).  This bracelet now has more interest than just a chain maille bracelet on its own, and I got to highlight the three beads from Kris.

Finally, another bracelet in one of my favorite styles (I guess I know what I like!) with more beads from Kris Schaible.

OMG, right? I added dangles of purple and red glass flowers adorned with whimsical silver flowers, flat vintage Lucite flowers with pale Blue Azore Swarovski crystals, and smaller Thai silver cubes, cut on the diagonal, also adorned with very pale blue beads.  

Why blue?

See those tiny bits of aqua in the lampwork beads?  I wanted to bring them out just a touch, but not TOO much. I experimented a bit, and this was the result.

I hope you enjoyed the trip through my hoarded beads (and, by the way, thse are all in my personal jewelry box now.  And in full disclosure, that's where they were when I took them out to photograph them because I couldn't make something new. Here's hoping I can make more jewelry in 2015!)

To visit other amazing artists and to see what they made with their hoarded beads, please grab a cup of something hot and yummy and settle down to look! (Please hop around, give the people at the bottom some early love, and some people will be posting on Sunday).

Lori AndersonPrettyThings  (Hostess)

Audrey Belanger
Toki No Hourosha
Jenny KyrlachWonder and Whimsy
Kathy LindemerBay Moon Design
Lori SchneiderBead Addict
Dee ElgieCherry Obsidia
Dolores RamlCraftyD's Creations
Rebecca EdnieEclectic Endeavors

Marybeth RichA Few Words from Within the Pines
Hannah Rosner

Good River Valley

Nicole PrinceBeading for Healing

Jackie RyanKydo Jewelry
Elsie Deliz-FonsecaEliz-Eliz and All That Craft
Mowse DoyleMowse Made This
Evelyn ShelbyRaindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn

Terri GauthierBlooming Ideas

Shai Williams

Shaiha's Ramblings

Andrea GlickZenith Jade
K HutchinsonJumbled Hutch
Marci BrooksThat Nothing Be Wasted
Jo-Ann WoolvertonIt's a Beadiful Creation
Jasvanti PatelJewelry by Jasvanti
Laurie VyselaarLefthand Jewelry
Lisa KnappenbergerLiRaysa Designs

Niky SayersSilver Nik Nats
Sandra McGriffCreative Chaos
Patricia HandschuhThe Color of Dreams

Maria Rosa SharrowWillow Street Shops

Monique UrquhartA Half-Baked Notion

Sheryl StephensThe Babbling Beader
Becky PancakeBecky Pancake Bead Designs
Mona ArnottBijoux Gems of Joy
Michelle EscanoCabby Craft
Denise McCabeCabewoman

Sheila ProseCats With Beads
Kim DworakCianci Blue

Janine LucasEsfera Jewelry
Kari Asbury

Hippie Chick Design

Inge von RoosInge's Blog
Divya NJewels of Sayuri
Debbie RasmussenA Little of This, A Little of That
KJKJ's Beadacious Beads

Ghislaine Kruse-van ErpKruse Art
Ginger BishopLilmummy Likes
Kelly Schermerhorn

Meandering with Kelly

Sue KellyMid-Life Greater Expectations
Rachel MallisMint Monarch
Susan McClellandMistheword
Mary K McGrawMK's Creative Musings
Tania SpiveyMoobie Grace Designs
Stephanie PerryMustard Seed by Stephanie Perry

Nicole RennellNicole Rennell Designs

Tammy AdamsPaisley Lizard
Patty Miller

Cabari Beads

Blanca MedinaMediBeads

Roxanne MendozaRoxi Designs
Claire FabianSaraccino

Donetta FarringtonSimply Gorgeous
Lee KoopmanStrega Jewellery
Deb FortinStudio 24

Cece Cormier

The Beading Yogini

Lizzie ClarkeThe Need to Bead
Elizabeth HodgesThe Whispering Seas
Fay WolfendenTorch Fairy

Nan SmithNanmade Jewelry
Robin Kae Reed                                          Willow Dragon
Melissa Trudinger                                      Bead Recipies
Regina Wood                                                  Gina's Designs

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing. 


  1. Incredible designs! I have always loved your bracelets and I really want to see a pic of that necklace being worn. It's so beautifully tribal.

  2. Oh, those bracelets just jump out at me. Truly beautiful. I fell in love with your bracelets some years ago...necklaces are beautiful but I can't enjoy them unless I face a mirror. Bracelets, on the other hand, I can see on my hand. When I worked at the elementary school for 5 years, kids loved the bracelets. Their most favorite beads were the moon/sandscape ones, they were just amazed at the little world pictured there. Many of my bracelets had lovely little dangly bits -- just touching them made both the fidgety kids and me happy. Nice memories!

  3. Hi Lori, You have such a wonderful sense of style. As I looked at each piece I thought I like that one best. You made great use of lots of your lovely hoarded beads. It is awesome to see you back to making jewelry again. Thank you for hosting this fun hop.

  4. These pieces are gorgeous - my favourites are the the silver tassel bracelet and the one with the owl. I did this challenge slightly differently though - by using up my old and inexpensive beads

  5. Hi Lori,
    Gorgeous pieces, as always. I can't pick a favorite, as they are all equally beautiful.
    Thank you again for hosting this blog hop.
    And I hope you are having a wonderful day with Zack at your zentangle class. I hope you show us your creations.

  6. Hi Lori,
    Gorgeous pieces, as always. I can't pick a favorite, as they are all equally beautiful.
    Thank you again for hosting this blog hop.
    And I hope you are having a wonderful day with Zack at your zentangle class. I hope you show us your creations.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful creations, I absolutely adore your sense of design. And I actually had to laugh once the "no, it's not heavy once it's on" came up for the second time. This should be a running gag. *laughs*
    I think my favorite of the pieces is the third-last bracelet, the one in silver, dark blue and green. The colors work so nicely together, and it's a color scheme I would never have come up with myself.


  8. Hi! I'm glad to hear that these beautiful designs are all in your personal jewellery collection now, I think so many of us make something pretty and then give it away and don't end up with anything in our own jewellery box!!
    Great stuff :-)

  9. Oh my, so many wonderful pieces. You must have an amazing stash.

    They are all of course lovely, but that red lamp work bracelet just stands out. (Could be because red is my favorite color.)

    Hope you had a great time at the Zen Tangle class. Thank you for hosting.

  10. OMG, Lori. SO many beautiful pieces. I don't blame you for keeping them all. Your blog was my first on the hop stop. Can't wait to see all the rest. So glad hubby went hunting today. I have ALL DAY to relax, bead, and hop!
    And thanks for making me LOL about the necklace. Hunger Games. HAHA.

  11. Lori, thank you so much for coordinating another blog hop! I know this has been a really rough year for you. I love each piece that you made. As a larger person I like pieces that have big beads.
    I can't decide which is my favorite because they are all fantastic!
    I am hoping that next year is your best year ever!
    Thank you again for coordinating this blog hop!

  12. I love all of these pieces so much; I would not be able to decide which I like best. They are just so much fun to see! Thanks for hosting this hop. I'm going to have such fun seeing all the beauty!

  13. So beautiful! Love the necklace and the story... oh the times I've had to walk away! Love every single one of those stinking bracelets! :-) I almost bought a Laramar pendant at a gem show recently as it had such a gorgeous cab, but it was expensive and I didn't know what I should be paying. (I hate that!)

  14. Gorgeous designs, as usual! Your designs always inspire me so much --they make me want to get right to beading :-)

  15. Your designs never disappoint. And they always look like "you." Whimsical and elegant. I adore the bracelet style with the beady links. It's wonderful how the whole look of that design changes depending on the beads used. Thanks for having me at your party.

  16. That owl is super cute, I love him. All of your pieces are fantastic as always! I have so much stuff and I should have participated but being able to concentrate on only looking is going to be fun. I'm impressed by all of yours and am off to see some others.

  17. Love the designs - I can definitely see that you like the wire wrapped look, and you do it so well! I had to go look up some info on Larimar - I hadn't heard of it before. There are so many amazing and fairly rare stones that aren't "gemstones"! Tiffany stone is one I like - it's mined in Utah and often crushed for its beryllium so there isn't much of it available either.

  18. /paws at all the pretties *u*

  19. Love all the designs. What a lot of time and effort you put into making those jewelry pieces! Very inspiring to me. Thank you so much for hosting the blog hop.

  20. Wow Lori, they are all amazing, just wonderful pieces. This is one of my favorite hops and I'm so glad you decided to have it this year.

  21. I just adore all the different lampwork beads you used in your necklace! It goes so well together (and I probably would not be able to stop looking at every single bead if I would have it in my hand ^^)


  22. One piece is prettier than the next. You use great beads and components. Your designs are terrific. I am glad you are putting them in your personal jewelry box. You deserve to wear only the best. Thanks for putting this blog hop together.

  23. As always, your work is wonderful. I love the wire beads. I bought some round ones at Beadfest but I didn't see any that were the longer shape.
    I wish I had participated in this hop, I will participate by visiting as many blogs as I can, and maybe next time around I'll be able to jump in!

  24. Your creations are fabulous as always, but the one that stood out the most for me is the one with blue lampwork beads(made by the friend that doesn't do it anymore) because you stuffed the swarovski's into the beads to stabilize them. Ingenious!!!! I'll have to try something similar, part of the reason I have trouble with lampwork beads is the hole size. Also your owl necklace is also incredible. Great work!

  25. I always enjoy your designs, your stories behind the beads and your narrative about making each piece. I appreciate your tips and knowing that I'm not the only one who has those "'s hanging wrong!" moments. Everything is lovely, and I would like to see the necklace in person. It has so much texture. I'm also very drawn to the last bracelet. The glass beads are gorgeous. Your design perfectly compliments them. It looks as though it would feel good to wear. Hope you're enjoying your Zentangle class with Zack.

  26. Thanks for hosting this again,
    Lori... I love all your stunning designs :)

  27. All of those are such beautiful pieces, and I don't blame you for keeping every one of them! I don;t keep many of my pieces, but I do have a select few that are just never leaving me :)

    Big beads tend to intimidate me... I usually end up using one as a focal. I tried a necklace with a bunch but ,.. eh.... lol Not for me to work with.

  28. Wow Lori! What a wonderful stash of beads and absolutely stunning pieces you have created. Truly eye candy! Thank You so much for hosting this fantastic hop!

  29. Lori, you never cease to amaze me with your talent and your creations - wow!! Such beauties!! Love them all! Especially drawn to your bracelet with the reds (and touch of blue) - reminds me of cherry blossoms:). Peace, Sue

  30. Gorgeous designs, Lori! I can see why you host this hop if these are examples of your hoarded beads! So much beautiful bead candy and now you have so much beautiful jewelry! I though when you were destashing that you wouldn't have much left but I obviously have no idea of the size of your hoard.
    Each piece you created is wonderful but I'm very partial to the first necklace. I love all the colours and the brass accents.

  31. Wow. I mean...just WOW! Just like Becky, each one became my favorite. And in the end, I can't pick a favorite...each is spectacular and I wouldn't let go of a singe one, if I were you. Lori, you've come back better than ever!

  32. Thanks for hosting yet another creative kick in the pants. I need these from time to time. Your collection of beads is amazing and your creations only enhance their beauty. Bravo!

  33. I love to see you making things again! These are all fabulous! I'm especially smitten with the first necklace. The brassy metal and lampwork beads just pull me in. Of course, all your pieces look wonderful. Oh, and thanks for the heads up about the larimar. I've never heard of it for some reason, but I'll keep my eye out for it now.

  34. Thank you for hosting this bead hop. It was fun and motivating...yaahhh! I enjoyed reading your story behind the pieces after all that us what makes handcrafted jewelry so special...the journey of the artist! I chuckled several times especially in reference to the first necklace. The necklace is stunning! Every piece is beyond lovely but that red bracelet is gorgeous!

  35. Beautiful. I love the chunky piece you made, my friend, but also love the "blasts from the past.?" Good idea for blog posts. I always learn from reading your blog, as well as enjoying myself.

  36. I love everything you designed especially the first and last piece ,beautiful beads and colors.

  37. So many beautiful pieces! I love that you were able to create so many lovely things for this hop...always wonderful to see your jewelry :)

  38. Oh I wish I didn't leave under a rock! Or a pile of beads as the case - I would have loved to play along. Each piece is stunning. I really love your owl piece and hope you enjoy wearing it with your tunic. And the silver tassel on your chain maile bracelet - that's some sexy stuff! Looking forward to checking out what everyone has been up to lately.

  39. Beautiful pieces Lori...You've give my little owl a very fine plumage indeed... :0)

  40. Wow !! Each piece that you have created with your bead stash is fabulous . And the way in which you`ve combined beads is truly and amazingly lovely .
    Loved hopping over to many blogs in the list but have to still some more to visit and drool over :)

  41. Love everything single piece you created. But I especially love the owl necklace and the half chainmaille bracelet. Gorgeous! And I am in awe of how you managed to make such beautiful jewelry while being in so much pain.

  42. Everything you make is just gorgeous! The first necklace is especially impressive. When I combine "like beads that are not of one set", I call them orphan necklaces. I have made quite a few of that type and as I wrap each bead, I marvel at how each one represents a piece of art. That is a beauty you have there!

    While all your bracelets are beautiful, the Larimar, paired with the pearls, is my favorite. I knew Larimar was expensive, but whoa! One would feel like a queen with that on the wrist - truly a stunner!.

    I would be remiss if I did not mention how much I love the tiny bit of blue that you pulled out of the lampwork beads in the last bracelet. It is that attention to detail that makes your art recognizable!

    Hoping you and Zack are feeling a bit better - so sorry you missed your Zentangle class! Hugs to you both!

  43. You presented us with some beautiful eye candy on this blog hop. They all are so gorgeous and so special.

  44. Wow what knockout pieces. That necklace is gorgeous. I would wear it in a minute and I don't even wear necklaces. Thanks for hosting and everything you do!

  45. oh Lori, its a good thing to know what you like. Your taste, design and execution is impeccable like always,

  46. What beautiful designs! I am speechless - and that doesn't happen often. I have some pieces my husband refers to as having some "heft," but I tell him I am woman enough to carry it off! Thank you for another wonderful blog hop!

  47. Really beautiful collection Lori! I especially enjoyed reading about your creative process behind the necklace (too funny about it being a weapon)!

    I also have quite the "collection" of beads. What fun would it be not to save a few or several for ourselves! ;)

  48. I love everything you created. Especially the first necklace! It's all stunning! Enjoy wearing them!

  49. Oh wow where to begin! You have such amazing taste in beads. Your owl necklace is beautiful, you have mixed up the colours beautifully and it all goes so well together!
    Gosh the Larimar and pearls, what a beauty a really stunning piece and the clasp on the next bracelet AMAZING I love what you have done with it.
    The next lampwork bracelet the beads are stunning and you really have worked wonders with them, the charms enhance the beads perfectly you have an amazing knack of putting beads together to make them even more beautiful.
    I just love your chainmaille, and the clasp is beautiful, I once made a 24 inch half persian chain for my other half, I even hand cut the rings, never again, it took FOREVER!
    And your red bracelet is wonderful again loving the charms and how well thought out your pieces are!
    Thank you for hosting this great blog hop Lori I have really enjoyed it!

  50. The long necklace is inspirational and I love the chunky bracelet with the silver beads! The idea about such a blog hop is a blessing for many artists, I believe. It is good for inspiration revival and I hope to join one day when I have more art beads in my stash :)

  51. Absolutely gorgeous work, the necklace is stunning and I wouldn't part with it either - so perfect for a tunic and somehow I know it's the perfect necklace for you. The larimar bracelet is beautiful and larimar is my favorite too and yes only go for the real thing. I have a couple of pieces and treasure them dearly. I love all your bracelets, they are classic and absolutely "Lori". Thank you for being you!

  52. You made so many gorgeous pieces. I particularly love the bracelets with all the dangles, it seems I have a new love of bracelets recently especially for traveling.

  53. Anonymous11:24 AM

    I love all your pieces, especially the necklace. I don't wear bracelets so I'm partial to necklaces and yours is beautiful.
    Thank you for hosting this fun blog hop. I finally got to make the necklace that had been in my head.

  54. Hi Lori,
    All your pieces are so well created.
    I love them all, I am glad you are keeping them all.
    Thank you so much for hosting this hop once more, I had a lot of fun making my pieces.

  55. Thank you so much for leaving me a kind comment.
    Stunning array of bracelets Lori! I love the silver one and the larimar with pearls looks great, I still have some larimar I bought from you. The necklace works really well as a single strand all the interesting beads show beautifully. I usually try on some of my necklaces at various points of construction just to be sure everything is where I want it and hanging just right!

  56. Thanks for hosting again. Glad that you were able create some beautiful pieces. Love that necklace with the owl focal. Enjoy wearing it. (Profound realizations often happen for me at the work desk too). Take care my friend.

  57. I so love your work Lori and I appreciate that you put all the hops together for us. I am really enjoying meeting new designers and beaders...Thanks again and Hugs...

  58. This is what I call, a pure work of art! This is riot of colors accompanied with some thing really intricate and classically retro.


I appreciate comments! Thank you for contributing to the conversation.