Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party REVEAL!

It's been a very busy month and a half since I last posted, working as an admin on the Jewelry Designer Open Market group on Facebook, as well as making work to sell in my trunk shows there. I've also been in overdrive making lampwork to sell in my trunk shows in the sister Facebook groups Artisan Open Market: Lampwork Glass and the Glass Bead Open Market. While that has cut down on a lot of my play time I am pleased to share what I made with the stash I got from my partner Jennifer Van Horn.
Bead Soup Blog Party 8 Bracelet

This bracelet used the bulk of the beads I received from Jennifer and was inspired by the mix of long center-drilled quartz beads and the smaller, but also long, rectangular peridot beads. I knew they'd be perfect for a bracelet, but I wanted to find a way to balance the larger amount of smaller peridot beads with the larger quartz beads without it getting too bulky. Though stringing isn't necessarily the most creative technique, I was pleased with the half-multi-strand effect of this bracelet using a creative wire-spiral-covered knot connection between the two halves of the bracelet.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 Bracelet

I still have the owl and leaf ceramic beads and the square toggle clasp she sent to make something with. And while I haven't fabricated it yet, I'm thinking of expanding on the design idea I used in this lampwork owl bead design with fabricated sticks, stems, and leaves, forming the back of the necklace - where I can also use the ceramic leaf bead - and a layered, pierced-and-sawed metal tree pendant in which I will set the owl bead.

Since Jennifer was never able to share with you what I sent to her, I think I am finally free to show you myself:
The Soup I Sent To Jennifer

Her blog is

I wanted to send a huge thank-you to Lori Anderson who, despite frightening health issues, has continued to invest a massive amount of effort at the helm of the Bead Soup Blog Party. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! To return to the full list of participants in the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, please see her Bead Soup Blog Party blog.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Letting My Soup Stew A Bit

Today's mail was super exciting today because I got my bead soup from my partner Jennifer Van Horn
Bead Soup From My Partner Jennifer
Of course I tore into it immediately. Such pretty packaging to tempt me!
Bead Soup From My Partner Jennifer
Bead Soup From My Partner Jennifer
Bead Soup From My Partner Jennifer
I think it's safe to say that everyone loves Gaea's work! And here's a sweet complement of stones, crystals, and copper - in honor of Arizona's rich copper (and silver!) mining tradition!

It's a great selection to start with! They are different colors, sizes, and shapes than I normally use, so it will be a good challenge, but those peridots and coral/copper colors are lovely. So, now I'll have to ponder and sketch a bit to think about what I want to create.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cooking Some Bead Soup

It is that wonderful time of year again when, having signed up for Bead Soup Blog Party 8 and getting matched with a partner, I get to serve up some bead soup.

This year my partner is Jennifer Van Horn from Jennifers Jewels And Junk. I read through her blog to learn more about her and her style and I found these lovelies:

Photo Credit: Jennifer Van Horn

I asked her to tell me a little bit about her style. She wrote back:

The earrings are very me. I love pastels but also black & brights but usually don't work in primary colors. I like earth tones if i can slip some pink or aqua in there. I use wire, silk, cords, leather, no gold. I haven't found my niche but am working on it.

Jennifer sweetly assured me that she'd love the soup I sent. Cross your fingers with me because I definitely sent some challenging materials ... not completely on purpose. I made everything before I knew who I would get. Do you think no really means no? Hopefully it's not wrong to hope there's some wiggle room there!

Want to see what I'm sending? Here's a taste ...

Teaser 2

Those aren't actually *quite* as primary as they might look ...

Packed Up

All packed up ... and heading to Arizona!

Ready To Ship

I'm certainly excited to hear what she thinks of her soup and to see what I get to work with in exchange! Are you excited to see what we'll make? I hope so! I know I am! :)

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