Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal !!!

Woot! It's finally here! Lori Anderson's 5th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party Blog Hop! Here's a photo of the  very generous bead soup I received from my partner, Amy Freeland. Look at all that treasure!


Here's my first piece. The concept came from my husband, an engineer and former builder. 


My soup contained several clasps, among them a cute little teapot toggle. I just happened to have three more sterling teapot toggles in my stash! I bought them off a clearance rack several years ago when we were living in Tampa. Here's a bracelet I made.


Here's another bracelet.


And another! If you've followed my blogs, the focal in this bracelet is the pink MOP ring that was lost (for days!) and finally found at the bottom of my tool box by my husband. 


And here's the pendant piece:


Any of the bracelets can be attached to the piece with the pretty ceramic pendant. Even the pendant piece could be used as a bracelet if desired. Three bracelets + the pendant component = an approximately 32-inch necklace. 


Add two bracelets to the pendant section for a 24-inch necklace.


 One bracelet + pendant piece = choker. Or any two bracelets make a choker. You could really glam it up with two chokers!


My second piece used the other pendant included in my package from Amy. I just happened to have some cherry quartz beads in my stash that matched it perfectly! I wired my beads along with some from Amy with antiqued brass rolo chain sections. I added the Vintaj dragonfly over the pendant and a sweet little dragonfly dangle at the back of the necklace.




This exchange was an exercise in stretching my "green" envelope -- I rarely use pink in my jewelry. Now that I've tried it, I still have lots of "soup" left that I will use for other creations. This was my first time in the Bead Soup Blog Party and I know I will want to try it again!

Thanks to Jim for the cool idea and for finding the lost MOP ring! Thanks to the Universe for the teapot clasps and cherry quartz beads sitting in my stash until the time was right! Thanks to my "Bead Soup" partner, Amy Freeland, for the great bead soup! Above all, thanks to Lori Anderson for all her work in putting this event together!

Be sure to visit all the participants of this Blog Hop!



1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
10.  My partner, Amy Freeland 
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
34.  Diane Cook and Lyn Foley
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
42.  Erin Grant and Jean Wells
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
 
61.  Kathy Lindemer and Rose Binoya
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
 72.  Lisa Liddy and Marion Simmons
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
84.  Nan Emmett and Nicole Valentine-Rimmer (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

54 comments:

Heidi Post said...

How handy that you had the matching teapot toggles! Love all that pink for spring. Fun pieces :)

Lisa Chapman said...

What a great design! I love the way you created several bracelets that can be worn alone and also combine into a beautiful necklace. You did a great job with the pink color palette!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads said...

A very nice collection ! Congatulation!

Alice said...

I love your 'multiple use' design idea! All the pieces you made are beautiful, and I love how you dove right in and used a color that is out of your comfort zone.

Charis Designs said...

What a great idea! I love the versatility of what you've made- kudos to your creativity :)

Anonymous said...

All of your pieces are just beautiful! I love the dragonfly. These are my favorite colors, also. Great job!

Morwyn said...

Great concept! Love the way your soup came out!

Skylar said...

Ooooh! Love the colors in your creations. And the teapots - how lovely!

Ann said...

Great idea, 4 bracelets make a necklace I really like it. And your other necklace features a dragonfly, one of my favorites. Really nice work.

Lori Anderson said...

OK, now that is REALLY clever! I love the choices you've given the wearer -- very cool!

I hope you'll join me next year!

Kristen said...

Soft and pretty! Not too pinky I love it!

Moobie Grace said...

Thank heaven you found your focal, and your concept of bracelets forming a necklace is genius! I'm loving your dragonfly necklace!! Everything just screams spring!!

Elisabeth said...

What a fabulous idea! Love how you pieces came out.

Michelle W said...

Very pretty! I love the fact that they all go together and you can wear them as a set.

Lisa Michele Creations said...

Wonderful dragon fly piece! :)
Your designs are great..lots of ingredients to work with...

Charlie said...

PInk! I think you just made some beautiful pieces and they would be great for a bridal party!

Amanda's Ramblings said...

Leave it up to an engineer to find multiple uses for a necklace! I love that idea! My favorite piece is the second necklace. I have found that I'm being more and more drawn to darker metals these days. I don't know why, but I like it!

WindDancerStudios said...

Now that's a convertible piece! Very clever!! <3

N Valentine Studio said...

LOVE the dragonfly piece, you did a gorgeous job with it! All your soup pieces are very cool!

Copper Diem said...

You did such a fantastic job! and so many great pieces! Love it! Thanks for being such a fun partner!

Anonymous said...

Your necklace had turned out wonderful - great job!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Great job! I'm so impressed that your husband takes an interest! Mine will only ever offer an occasional "that looks nice" (though he did try to help me make a balled end copper headpin - didn't work, I need to get a different torch). I think it's so great the multiple ways you can wear your creations!

Doris Stumpf said...

You did a good job and create wonderful sets! Have a nice day, Yours Doris

Loris Glassworks said...

Your design is very versatile, I like that you can wear the jewelry many different ways. Good Job! Have fun hopping around.
Cheers,
Lori

Jo said...

What a fantastic design! I love how you've put everything together, and how versatile it is.

Kay said...

Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback!

Shaiha said...

I love the idea of your interchangeable necklace bracelet set. And well I love dragonflies.

LoriF said...

What a great concept! Does your hubby hire out?? *g* Beautiful work!!

Krafty Max Originals said...

Wow, you made some amazing creations, even with all the 'issues' you had trying to get ready!! Great job! ~KM

Mariposa said...

I love what you made with your beads!
Very clever concept and very lovely!

Andra said...

What fun! An interchangable necklace/bracelet, a wonderful idea. I love what you created.

Milla Hope said...

a sweet little dragonfly ...made a big difference! Well done!!!

fulgorine said...

The mix and match bracelet/necklace is a fantastic concept. I love the finished piece.

Stacey said...

Absolutely LOVE that you can mix and match all those pieces to create multiple looks...very clever!! Fantastic work on all of it!

Jenn said...

You really stretched your stash into a gorgeous collection! Thoroughly enjoyed reading through and looking at your goodies.

CraftyHope said...

What an ingenious necklace that first one is! Nicely done!!

CreatingCures said...

What a great idea with the bracelet/necklace! And dragonflies are my favorite - all of it came out really beautiful!

By the way, I've nominated Lori for the Force of Good Awards, please stop by my blog at creatingcures.blogspot.com and read a short post.

Be Well ~~T

adlinah said...

What a fantastic idea to have a design that works in so many ways! Smart husband you've got there :). Your pieces turned out wonderfully, I think you totally succeeded in working outside of your 'green' comfort zone.

Emakaye said...

Fantastic!!! So much versatility in the pieces, you are so very clever to create all these interchangeable pieces. I just love it. The final piece is beautiful. I love your addition of the dragonflies. You made really great use of your soup.

jojosbeads said...

Oh so pretty and so many options! Very clever and Fabulous :) x

Maneki said...

Very pretty jewellery! Love the versatility with the different pieces that can be combined in various ways. Great job!

Patti Van said...

I love the versatality of your pieces! I especially love the multi-strand bracelet! The colors of your bead soup are so fresh! Beautiful job!

MIXIKIM said...

All of your pieces are great. Nice use of color for not using that color! Love ALL your bracelet and coversion ideas!

roomforchange said...

Wow what a fantastic idea!!! Soo many wonderful combinations. Your husband with his ideas and you being able to make them happen.
What a combination!!!!!

Lilyweeds at Augusta Kent Studio said...

Lovely jewelry and some very inspirational ideas! Beautiful work!
~diana

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I just love that you made the necklace and bracelet to be able to combine for so many different looks...very creative. Really great job!
Sonya

Jean said...

love it all the different ways to wear!! cool!

Cindy Cima said...

Your husband came up with a great concept! Love all that you made!

Jean A. Wells said...

What a great idea! This is like the ultimate convertible! Fantastic and gorgeous to boot! Congrats on having Jim. I'm afraid I can't even let my husband have an opinion on my jewelry. He always tries to be so deep and it makes no sense in my head although he seems to think it is genius in his head. Great job!

Cynthia said...

Very pretty pieces. I just love the mixture of pinks.

Lea Avroch said...

So many lovely creations!

Kat BM said...

pretty in pink! great job cooking your soup!

Alicia said...

This is such an original idea! combining braceletes made with the same beads, but different feel to make various size necklaces - absolutely fantastic!

Sabrina said...

I like what you did with your soup:) great job;)
Lovely greetings
Sabrina

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