Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bead Soup?

Besides painting and fusing glass one of my other art addictions is making lampworked beads.  Tonight I joined a fun challenge called "Bead Soup" where lampworkers from all over the world put together a set of their lampworked glass beads paired with other findings and ship them to another participant.  Once you receive your set of "Bead Soup" goodies you use the beads and other items included in the package to create a unique piece of jewelry or ???  Everyone posts the finished masterpiece on their blogs and share the experience in a central blog.  Sound like fun??  I'm excited and am now inspired to go out and fix the broken element in my kiln so I can make some beads!!

This will be the first time I've ever felt confident enough to submit my beads into one of these lampworking exchanges.  Truth be told there are some amazingly talented bead artists out there and I feel my beads are just barely adequate enough to be included.

I'll post the set that I'm going to ship out once it's made and will then post the set I receive when I receive it.  Shortly afterwards there will be yet another posting of the finished product.  Wish me luck!!


  1. Love the beautiful beads! How long does it take to make one?

  2. Thanks for the comments, everyone!! I've been paired with an extremely talented bead artist named Karen Williams from Seattle, WA and can't wait to see what she sends me to transform into jewelry.

    @Red Studio -- my more intricate beads can take up to an hour to make....but my usual ones take between 5 - 20 minutes to make depending on how many colors I use or how large I make them.

  3. This sounds like such a cool challenge. I'm sure your creativity will be fired up with this! Can't wait to see the results.

  4. Oh, and by the way, your beads are gorgeous!!