Friday, August 10, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party #6!!

*Shhhhhh!! I'm going to post a little early! Don't tell on me! I have to be up at the crack of dawn to go to work, and I just can't wait any longer. Have fun hopping!*

Thanks so much for joining me at my little piece of this HUGE party!

For those who just happen to be stopping by...Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party is now in it's sixth iteration! The premise is....Lori pairs each of us up with a partner; then the partners exchange a "bead soup" which consists of a focal, a special clasp and some coordinating pieces. The participants are required to construct a special piece, using at a minimum, the supplied focal and toggle; but the pieces can and do consist of many additional items from the beader's stash. On our designated reveal date...there are three this year, and this is Reveal #2....we display the piece we have created from our soup, and have a blast visiting the reveals of all the other participants as well. The idea is that we are challenged to create something special from colors/items/techniques that we don't normally use; and are introduced to a beady friend that we may not normally have met.

This is my second BSBP....I participated as well earlier this year, and I enjoyed it so much I knew I couldn't miss doing it again.
My partner this time is Amy Schmidt of Amy's Treasure. I am so thrilled this year to be able to do the exchange with a fellow bead-weaver! Amy just lives down the road from me in Kitchener, ON...and I am hoping that at some point we'll be able to meet! Amy does the most beautiful work...and I can't wait to see what she has done with the soup I sent her; here's a quick reminder of what I sent Amy....

....and what she sent me....

LOL...looking at them side by side like that, I realize they would have made a quite beautiful combination if we'd mixed the two! 

And big reveal!

Normally, I work with the cool side of the spectrum; but as I said to Amy, I really never met a color I didn't like...and that stunner of a focal she sent me was absolutely inspirational! I wanted to do something relatively simple, that would set off the spectacular color of the focal bead. It is quite large...about 3" long...and I wanted to make sure it hung just at the right level when being worn. 
So....I played and I thought...and I realized that it made me think of the beautiful sunsets I see here across our lake country:

I visualized a really simple, full, beaded necklace with a color gradation that mimiced the color flow of the pendant...and I hope that is what I have achieved. I pulled eight different shades from my extensive collection of seed beads, and I strung and I strung and I strung.........

I wanted to capture the necklace at the bottom centre with a bail made of wire, strung with some of the smaller beads Amy sent me as well...but sadly, I was not satisfied with what my wire-wrapping skills were able to produce, so I have ended up going with an easy-to-wear peyote bail in the color of the central sunset shade. I think it works better. 

I've also beaded cones for the end of the necklace, sticking to the gradation theme, in brick stitch; I enjoyed doing these, and will probably make some of these again for another project. The necklace is finished simply with some more of Amy's lovely red beads, and the pretty little silver closure she sent. 

Amy, I hope you like what I've done! Can't wait to pop by and see how you used my Soup!

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to check out the other participants in this reveal! We all love your visits, and your comments. 

Here are the links for the rest of the players:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
YOU ARE HERE Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


  1. Lori dear this is absolutely beautiful.
    So soft and very elegant.Amazing how you used the colours of the pendant into the necklace and the beaded cones are just super cute.
    I really do love what you made.

  2. I love what you made too :-). I can imagine the amount of work that went into the necklace. But the results are stunning. I love that whole ombré (that is what you call the shading into different hues, isn't it?) look. And I never thought of beaded cones. What a great idea!

  3. Really summery! I love anything ocean/summer related, and bead weavers amaze me every single time! Bravo!!!

  4. Stunning Lori, I love it! Wonderful job at mimicking the pattern of the pendant.

  5. This necklace is splendid! I really like the colors you used and this pretty focal.

  6. Wow, the color graduating is amazing!

  7. The color graduation is stunning! It compliments the focal so nicely!

  8. I'm stunned! The hues of colur change perfectly, I love your design!

  9. wow love the dip dye effect, incredible, but such a lot of work

  10. Exquisite necklace !!!
    the color shading is glorious
    Delicious soup!
    m.e. :)

  11. What a amazing necklace! Energizing colour and precision in work! I admire!

  12. Love the flow of the necklace, in particular the cones you made with seed beads.

  13. As beautiful as the sunset that inspired it!! Seed beaders amaze me!

  14. WOW - simply put - WOW! You have some mad beading skills! Love the gradation of the colors! Fabulous!

  15. I simply adore this necklace! The color graduation is stunning, and I am sooo in love with those end caps! You did a fabulous job on this!

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    1. Thanks Susan! Sorry, I was not able to reply directly...but I do certainly appreciate your comment!

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    1. Thanks Dana! Really appreciate your comments!

  18. amazing necklace, just gorgeous!

  19. Love the ombre shading! Very rich!

  20. Simply gorgeous. I love everything about this necklace -- all of the little touches make for a stunning piece.

  21. That is a stunner! I love how you did the different strands together. That will make one necklace that will really get attention

  22. Your necklace is stunning! I love those cones that you created. I have seen anything like that.

  23. My goodness that is one lush necklace. The bail is perfect! The cones so impressive. Awesome

  24. What a beautiful necklace! Oh the detail involved in creating this so perfectly!

  25. A very unique necklace !Very spectacular works!Congrats!

  26. I love the beaded cones! You totally brought out the colors of the focal. Wow!

  27. THIS beautiful work of art just jumped to the top of my favorites list! Gorgeous - LOVE the flow of color..

  28. Such fire....Wear it on days you need some.Love and Hugs Tanya

  29. Oh my gosh, your work is so intricate... beautiful. Love the color selections both of you chose! Fun, fun bead soup!

  30. I love the gradient effect you have created on the sunset piece. I especially love the cones on the end. Very beautiful necklace.

  31. I love, love, all the rich red tones. Perfect for summer, but this necklace would also be very fashion forward against fall's gray, black and white fabrics. And those beaded cones - what an unexpected and inspired way to finish the ends of the neckstrap! Just noticed - the soup you sent Amy matches your blog colors - which I love!

  32. One of my favorites that I have seen!!

    1. Thank you Polly!...and thanks for your visit!

  33. that necklace is amazing! beautiful work! ~diana (ps. your beaded beads are exquisite!)

  34. Wow! I am blown away at your amazing blending of colors - beyond stunning!

  35. Those beaded cones are spectacular! The whole necklace works so well. I am really impressed with your use of color and the seed bead work. Nice job!!

  36. Just Lovely, you seed beaders have my admiration, I have the patience of a gnat. I think you did a beautiful job with your soup.

  37. Stunning necklace and beautiful design!

  38. Gorgeous! I love the graduated colors and I love your end caps. I've been meaning to try that with my kumihimo ropes.

  39. absolutely stunning creation! I love the finish cones to complete it... wonderful work!

    1. Thanks for your nice comments Karen! Was not able to reply in person, but I do appreciate your visiting and leaving your comments.

  40. This is a stunning necklace. What you did with those seed beads! It is beautiful. Wow! Great job.

  41. Wow, I adore how you have used those beads and made the necklace. That is really cool. I also love love love the end cones. Beautifully done!

    Melissa Muir

  42. I love your necklace, perfect for summer!
    ciao dall'Italia

  43. Stunning! Your beadwork is amazing! I love the fiery colors and those bead cones! Amazing.

  44. What you've created is awe-inspiring. I love the progression of colors along the chain of the necklace. and totally see the sunset in the way you made it. You definitely have an eye for color and the talent to execute wonderful designs!!

  45. Whoo Hoo that's a gorgeous piece! It certainly represents your lovely lake sunsets, and the beaded cones are to die for!

  46. OH my what a stunning necklace I love the focal you have really captured the wonderful colour shading and those bead caps are gorgeous, I love it!

  47. I am at a lose for words, simply beautiful!!

  48. That's absolutely beautiful, love the ombre look and it does match the focal well!

  49. Very beautiful. Your necklace belongs in a gallery or a beading contest. Linda

  50. Oh I love these colors! and the way you graduate the colors is amazing! Thanks for stopping by my soup, and saw your note on a tutorial. Sorry for the delay! I've been traveling. I'll try to post something soon and I'll let you know when I've posted :)

  51. Oh my gosh-seed beaded cone! Just incredible pieces!

    1. Kathy, unable to reach you directly; thanks so much for visiting and for your kind comments!

  52. Awesome necklace! The how you used the seed beads! Wonderful color!

  53. Love the graduated color and your beadwork is fantastic...beautiful piece!


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