Friday, August 10, 2012

Pretty in Pink - Bead Soup Reveal #2

It's time for Bead Soup Reveal #2 and I'm really excited about my humble offerings today.  My exchange partner was the amazingly talented Dot Lewallen.  Dot makes exquisite chokers and dolls out of seed beads, and you can see more of her work here including the two beautiful pieces she made from my ancient seaglass beads for this Bead Soup exchange!

Here are the shots I took of my finished works -- they're photographed on top of one of my big canvas paintings which I hope do not distract from the finished pieces too much.  I tried a variety of backgrounds and lights and finally settled on the almost neutral background of "Autumn Leaves are Falling."

Dot supplied me with an exquisite Raku owl pendant and some
creamy pink jasper beads along with some gold pearls and pink
beads.  The clasp on the bracelet is absolutely beautiful - gold
pearls are inside the silver roses.  I used one of my own lampworked
beads on the bracelet -- it's the free-form pink/black one on the left and
matches the other free-form pink bead on the pendant.

Isn't the silver flower clasp unique?  I wasn't sure how to use it and hope
I did it right......I truly love the combo of the soft pink with the golds and
silver metals.  I had to throw in some crystals for good measure!
Of course I had to add a pair of my asymmetrical
earrings.....these stone beads from Dot are beautiful!
Here's a closeup of the Raku owl pendant.  I used a bronze necklace
that I had lying around and added 4 strands of mixed beads with pinks,
golds, bronze and ivory to go with the pretty little iridized shells.  The
lampworked bead at the top is one of mine and is etched to give
it the creamy look that I love so much.  I couldn't get the camera
to show off the lovely iridized glazing on the owl - but it's there!

I had a lot of little beads left over and wanted to make another pendant with
a bunch of "hangy-dangys" on the end.  I used a sterling pounded metal
circle as a holder and added 4 charms that included 2 of my lampworked beads.
I'm so grateful to Lori Anderson for her continued patience and incredible creativity.  I partake in several exchanges throughout the year, but Bead Soup will always be my #1 favorite.  I am eternally indebted to Dot for opting to be my exchange partner after my first candidate had to back out; and want to thank my very first Bead Soup partner, Karen Williams for surprising me with another set of beads too.  Doing
two Bead Soups this year is truly a treat, and I'm looking forward to learning some more techniques between
now and the next exchange!

Check out the links below to see more eye candy from this week's Bead Soup participants:

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
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

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
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. Love, love, love! Your necklace is awesome as are the earrings and bracelet.

  2. Beautiful beads, I especially love the bracelet and the silver flower clasp.
    Deb x

  3. JJ EVERYTHING looks so delicious. I am so glad you like Duane's owl. You made it look as if he is sitting high up in a colorful shrub watching the world go by. Bracelet and earrings are just lovely. It was do much fun being your partner in Art

  4. such a rich an vibrant palette :-)

  5. Love the owl necklace, love tonal colours plus the dangle necklace is delightful

  6. lovely designs!
    such a pretty color palette !
    Delicious soup !
    m.e. :)

  7. I'm not at all a pink girl but I love the colorway you chose with the owl :-D

  8. Love that all your pieces could be worn at the same time. The shells are a great accent to the owl piece.

  9. Beautiful! Great design combining the chain and beads. And that owl is simply charming. What a wonderful set.

    And I love your choice of backgrounds - using your painting was inspired! It really added to the story of your work (something I'm thinking about a lot at present).

  10. Wonderful use of your soup goodies - love those asymmetrical earrings! The owl necklace is fabulous and love the bracelet! All look like so much fun to wear!

  11. Beautiful pieces, you did such a great job with this soup! I love the colors:)

  12. That owl looks awfully smart at the end of that beautiful necklace! As for those lovely asymmetrical earrings ... one of these days I'm going to be brave enough to give that a try. I think I can, I think I can ... =) Lovely pieces!

  13. That owl pendant is amazing and I love the necklace! You did a wonderful job! Thanks for playing!

  14. I love the unevenly built sides of the necklace. Great design!

  15. Gorgeous creations! I love the owl pendant and you did that beautiful focal justice.

  16. I'm not a pink person, but I love the soft pinks in all your finished pieces. Absolutely love that owl necklace - it's darling!

  17. Dot is one of my favorite beady peeps! LOVE that Roku pendant - very nice piece. And LOVE the earrings - very ABSTRACT!

  18. I have a soft spot for asymmetrical anything! I love the necklace and the earrings. You really captured the mood of autumn with your necklace. Love it.

  19. wow! Great pieces. That owl focal is to die for and you've really shown it off nicely!

  20. Gorgeous necklace. I love the owl and the color combo is just lovely!

  21. You worked the Owl in beautifully.

  22. Gorgeous - love the bracelet with the beautiful pink jasper beads! The owl focal is adorable and you did a great job of working it into your stunning necklace!

  23. Each of your pieces came out so very well. I especially like that leftovers necklace. There's something so simple, but so well executed that just makes it sing to me. Nice!!

  24. I love your designs... the owl is amazing and I really enjoyed your finished designs! A lot of fun hopping with you!!
    :-) Kris

  25. That owl is gorgeous and you really made it shine with that necklace. Love the rich bronzy colors of it. Great job.

  26. What unique soup you got! That clasp really is pretty and very fitting for the lovely bracelet you created. Great work!

  27. beautiful work! i love bracelets and yours was great. loved all of your pieces. ~diana

  28. What a great focal, and I love your asymmetric designs. Lovely!

  29. Great job on all your pieces. I love your color choices.

  30. Oh my favorite is how you worked the chain on the owl necklace. But I do like them all. Beautifully done!

    Melissa Muir

  31. I love your owl focal!!! The pinks and browns are so soothing and fun. Yummy soup!

  32. I love all your pieces, just my style!
    ciao dall'Italia

  33. Hi JJ,
    Beautiful pieces I love the Owl necklace it is gorgeous!

  34. You made some beautiful pieces and I do like that owl pendant very inspirational!

  35. Those are gorgeous! I just love the owl necklace.

  36. Very pretty!! I love the necklace!

  37. Your creations are amazing!! I just love the owl, what a great bead soup!!

  38. Fantastic pieces, these just might be my favourites so far from this reveal!

  39. Gorgeous Pieces! Luv the necklace (really kewl design!!!) and the bracelet is sooooo me! Really creative and artist pieces! Magnifico!!!

  40. Lovely work! I love the asymmetrical design in the necklace and earrings!

  41. What a gorgeous owl focal you had to work with!

  42. Lovely pieces. I really love the piece with the owl...nice job!