Friday, July 27, 2012

My Bead Soup - Revealed at Last!!

Here are my "soup ingredients" from Karen Williams

Karen gave me some exquisite glass beads along with this beautiful
stone disc (Jasper?) which I embellished with a green hollow circle bead
and added a lampworked bead of my own at the bottom  With all the
wonderful beads, I also made two pairs of matching earrings and a
bracelet that I added some more of my torched beads to.  I love to
make things that don't match and go for the unsymmetrical look!

Here's a closeup of the focal bead with the matching earrings - and below is what I made
with the creamy stone and one of my lampworked bead skeleton keys!

Here are my Bead Soup offerings from my exchange with the wonderful and talented Seattle bead Queen, Karen Williams .  Karen was my first ever Bead Soup partner and we've remained email friends and "bead buddies" ever since.  I was so excited about my first Bead Soup project that I signed up for it again the next year.  When the time came for that particular unveiling, the partner I had been given didn't post and I have to admit, I was disappointed.  I tried to get into the next exchange, but there were so many participants that Lori had to do a lottery, and my name wasn't chosen.  No problem - I had already had my share of fun and I was happy to follow those who were lucky enough to be selected.

This time around, my exchange partner had to back out at the last minute and I felt like I had Cooties!  Not wanting to miss the fun again, I turned to the Bead Soup Board on Facebook and was quickly rescued by Dot Lewallen, an amazing bead artist from Ohio.  Karen had also heard of my plight and surprised me with a fabulous and unexpected package of goodies too!  I went from having no partner to having two fantastic and generous friends who helped assure me that I truly did not have anything contagious or icky.

So it looks like I've got two bowls of soup to serve and I am so excited!  I have already started working with the ingredients from Dot for my second bowl of soup, which will be served on August 11th.  I went from "starving" and having no soup ingredients to having lots of bead candy on the soup menu, thanks to Karen and Dot!  I am truly a lucky girl.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Soup recipes from the talented list of jewelry artists below:

Hostess, Lori Anderson,
Alice Craddick,  Alice's Beads and Baubles
Alicia Marinache,  All The Pretty Things
Amanda Tibbetts,  Amanda Made
Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul
Annita Wilson,  AW Jewelry
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Birgitta Lejonklou,  Create With Spirit   
Candida Castleberry,    Spinning Spun Sugar
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle
Cheryl McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Hendrickson,  Clamworks
Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends
Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream
Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs
Cris Peacock, Cris' Page
Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things
Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close
Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni
Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto Jewelry
Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life
Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads
Jennifer VanBenschoten,  Jewelry, Art and Life
Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me
Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry
Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston
Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead
K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch
Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch
Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles
Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe
Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon
Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly
Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade
Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat
Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut
Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork
Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist
Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox
Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess
Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This
Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio
Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design
Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry
Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads
Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Mowse Doyle, HoCArt
Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs
Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart
Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs
Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft
Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink
Patricia Johnson, Patricia L. Johnson Glass Art
Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky
Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media
Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks
Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads
Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance
Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic
Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs
Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
Tammy Jones, Jewelry Making Daily
Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau
Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna


  1. Jumps off the page.Wow!!! Love the way you put the colour together.Love and hugs Tanya

  2. Very creative use of the focal ! I don't think that would have occurred to me at all.

  3. Lovely and so different, I would gladly wear all of them

  4. Lucky you - two soups! You've done a great job with this one!

  5. Great job on a wonderful soup!

  6. OOOOOOOOO pretty, pretty pretty!

    jean yates

  7. I love what you made with your soup. And, two soups! You are a lucky girl. Love that stone disc bead. Love that bead that is hanging by your beautiful lampwork key. Great job!

  8. Very eclectic and fun! Love what you did with the focals in each necklace.

  9. What a colorful soup you received! You did a great job with the luscious beads!!!

  10. I think your pieces are very colorful and creative :)

  11. Love what you created with your soup. Can't wait to see your next one.

  12. Love that the earrings aren't matchy-matchy--very cool!

  13. You are a lucky girl..nice soup! Love your pieces. Very eclectic, creative and fun creations.

  14. I'm so glad you get to participate not once but TWICE in this round of soup. How fun!! Your pieces came out so very nice. The pops of color are a lot of fun.

  15. You don't have cooties! :-) I love the vibrant pieces you made, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next reveal, too!

  16. Oh boy, did your bad luck ever turn around. I love it when things work out like that. Great work! See you next time and hey the next one will be lucky number 7 so you should be safe :)

  17. Lovely colorful and fun pieces!

  18. Colourful happy them

  19. Plyfully colorful - LOVE IT! I love your ingenuity... delightful!

  20. Wonderful how things turn around like that isn't it :)
    Love the little house pendant as drop - it just feels like a fairy house that way. Very whimsical!

  21. your pieces are funky and whimsical and full of spunk!!!

  22. You do asymmetrical VERY well! Can't wait to see what you do with the next soup.

  23. Lucky you!! Nice job with your bead soup! Such cool creations!

  24. so fun! great job
    ciao dall'Italia

  25. Fun and eclectic designs!!! =) Great job!!! =)

  26. Love the first necklace and earring set!

  27. Oh, such a touching story - I am glad it ended up so well for you!
    All your pieces are gorgeous, very happy and full of life. I like the idea of asymmetrical designs and earrings, and yours are cleverly designed to match the set perfectly!