Saturday, July 28, 2012

The 6th Bead Soup Blog Party - Reveal!

Yay!  It's gonna be a busy weekend!  Today is the first reveal date for Lori Anderson's wonderful Bead Soup Blog Party!  I had so much fun at the last party!  But this time, I had Lori herself as my partner! For this, I am truly grateful!  I would like to thank (or whatever method of choice she used) for this blessing!  Lori gifted me with this wonderful, abundant assortment of beady goodness:

I will tell you - I do not use fiber (except, recently, I have made many, many bracelets using fiber and seed beads, thanks to the tutorial posted by the lovely and talented Lesley Watt--find the easy-peasy tut here)! That is not to say that I don't have tons of fiber in my stash..... I tried SO HARD to use the red faux suede, the natural colored waxed cotton, and the gorgeous purple cording, but I failed! I am sorry Lori!  BUT, I did have some turquoise colored waxed cotton cording that I did use in one of my final pieces.

Since there are so many other blogs to visit, here goes:

Click on the pictures for a larger view:
I made a handmade, balled-silver head pin, which I wired through 3 of the small, pewter clasps that Lori gifted me (this focal is stunning!)  I attached the 3-pewter rings to a sterling silver curved tube - it made a nice bail, I think.

Lori's handmade (yes...she made them-I am so honored to receive them) turquoise lampwork beads, along with the focal by Juls Cannon match PERFECTLY to lampwork beads I happen to have on hand, made by the uber-talented Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens (GlassBeadArt on Etsy).  It was a match made in heaven, I tell you!  I was also able to use two of the pewter connectors that Lori sent - I punched one hole in them to attach the strand of beads, and the focal.

Lori also made this awesome, clasp - with her bead!  I wanted to "match" the wire work, so I fashioned a clasp - AND, here is where I used the waxed linen cord!  I hurt my head figuring out how to do this, but I think it works!  Here is the entire necklace:

I had two of Lori's lampwork beads left, so I played around with some very heavy gauge silver, some solder, a little wire work, and made these matching earrings (I LOVE this look!):

Next, I used the Czech glass beads, the natural wooden beads, more pewter connectors, and the pewter clasp (love the size of this clasp, by the way) to make a bracelet:

I really love the dangles!  The purple leaves really pull out the purple in the Czech glass:

Finally, I made fun and funky pair of earrings, which I know my niece Rachel will scarf up!

These are quite long, and Rachel looks so good in this style of earring!

So this is everything I made!  I almost used everything...and I learned that I MUST WORK ON MY FIBER TECHNIQUES! 

A HUGE thank you to Lori for hosting this event!  I cannot even begin to imagine the administrative nightmare that must come with her hosting duties!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and your comments are truly appreciated!  Here is a list of the other participants for this leg of the hop!

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 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

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
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
Patti Vanderbloemen, My Addictions ... Handcrafted Jewelry by Patti <-You are here!
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. Great Designs Patti! I love the simple turquoise earrings. I am trying to incorporate fiber into my designs too. I think you did an excellent job including waxed cotton in the necklace.

  2. Patti there is not one item here I would not happily wear - they are all gorgeous. Love the necklace and the use of the connectors and tube bead set it apart as something special. The bracelet is so soft and pretty and works with so much all year round. Both pairs of earrings are gorgeous but for me the simplicity go the turquoise pair makes them so striking and your wire work is so impeccable, they are stunning. Fabulous vibrant creations one and all!

  3. I love all your designs, my fav is the bracelet with the purple beads! Cannot wait to see what you do with fiber.

  4. Gorgeous work Patti and as Lesley said, I too would happily wear all of them. I love the way you have combined your soup ingredients into absolutely beautiful jewellery.

  5. I would so wear these.Lovely pieces Love and Hugs Tanya

  6. The reveal is off to a great start -- your creations are wonderful!!!

  7. These are beautiful pieces Patti! I love how you mixed in the pale lavender with the greens of the Czech glass and the white stones!!! Gorgeous!

  8. Beautiful work. The creativity is just oozing from your pieces. Very well done!

  9. Patti your pieces are beautiful. Your craftmanship is amazing and your choice of beads and colors is wonderful. Love reading your post and seeing your creatiions.

  10. Great designs! Love what you did with your bead soup! Enjoy the hop!

  11. gorgeous soup :-) in true spirit of the soup, pushing our boundaries and confort zones.

  12. Another lovely blue soup and well used. Beautiful designs!

  13. Patti,

    Fantastic designs, I think you fiber work is great!! Have a great day.

  14. Beautiful necklace Patti - I love how you used the cord and love the shape and feel of the necklace!
    Both earrings are really cool - Love the wire work on the first pair!
    The bracelet is beautiful as well!

  15. Very, Very Beautiful! What a charming design style you have!

    jean yates!

  16. Patti, you totally rocked that fiber! =) I love the purple leaves you added to the bracelet and I love Rachel's new earrings too! Beautiful designs!

  17. That first focal is indeed gorgeous... And oh, oh, oh, such delicious soup, and such lovely pieces !

  18. Marvy, just marvy. I really love the idea for the bail for the focal. Beautiful job.

  19. Beautiful work! Always great to push yourself but know when you want to take more time to perfect the new too. I really enjoyed reading about your work.

  20. Everything looks fantastic Patti Love that beautiful necklace! :)

  21. You did a fantastic job! I have to work on my fiber techniques, too, which is probably why I sent fiber to so many people (and I got fiber for one of my soups, so I have some work to do!).

    I punch holes in those earring ovals all the time! And I LOVE the earrings you made with the leftover turquoise beads! Awesome design!

    I can't thank you enough for all the wonderful beads you sent to me -- thank you so much!!!!

  22. Awesome pieces! Really beautiful!

  23. Your work is always a pleasure to see Patti! I just love the heavy gauge silver earrings, you could make these with so many different beads. Just love them!

  24. Hi Patti,
    OMG they are all so gorgeous! I just love them all, fantastic job!

  25. Everything is just beautiful - and just my style. I too love Lori's lampwork beads. And, I hope your head feels better. Great job.

  26. Patti, I was looking forward to seeing your post - even checked back a few times late last night while I was up working on mine. :-) So cool that you had the Bead Soup Queen herself as a partner in this round! I love the colors that she sent to you - my favorite. Jul's lampwork makde a gorgeous focal, and I really love they symmetry in your design. It is absolutely perfect to wear this summer - or year 'round, and has a great southwestern feel to it. The matching earrings are fabulous! Just love the wirework there, Patti! Your Czech glass and pewter bracelet and earrings are beautiful as well (love those dangles)...such serene colors and put together with a nice composition. Well done, Patti! :-)

  27. Everything is so pretty! I really like the bracelet. The colors are so pretty together.

  28. Hi Patti! ( Zoey the dog says Hi too)
    Like the necklace. LOVE the bracelet. Fun colors and textures. Well done!!!

  29. The focal on the necklace and what you made are fabulous. Love the bracelet.

  30. Gorgeous soup - love all of it! But that necklace is a show stopper! LOVE it

  31. Your wirework is fab! I love how you incorporated the focal and used the tube bead. The clasp you made and the earrings with the leftover lampwork are so wonderful! Love the purple in the bracelet and I bet Rachel will really love those earrings (I would!)

  32. Everything is beautiful!
    Great Designs and they are all gorgeous!

  33. Great use of the soup!! Love the earrings, both pairs :) And - isn't the feeling when you succeed in something you didn't think was "able" to just amazing?

  34. What a beautiful collection! The first necklace is really fantastic-great design elements! I also like the unique design of the light blue earrings-very clever. Love the leaf dangles on the bracelet too.

  35. you really made good use of your lovely soup ingredients..i love that necklace and those first earrings would be the ones i wore everyday..beautiful work

  36. Your wirework is stunning. Love what you did with the focal. And the bracelet colors are divine. Big wow!

  37. Everything is beautiful....I really adore the necklace. And the purple bracelet is so pretty!

  38. beautiful work! my caves are the bracelet & earrings!

  39. So pretty! You did a very nice job!

  40. I really like how you used the large links & fiber in your necklace

  41. I love how you used the fiber, I think there are many of us that feel challenged in wanting to use it, but just not completely confortable with it, yet! Well done!

  42. I love all of your pieces, but I really like the asymmetrical feel to the bracelet.

  43. I really love the pieces - especially the necklace!

  44. Wow! Great job!!!! Thanks for the link to the other tut, too!

  45. Lucky girl getting Lori as your partner. You did an awesome job. Wonderful wire work and the necklace is totally calling my name!

  46. Wonderful pieces! I think you did great with the cording!

  47. Wow, all of your pieces are stunning. I love the subtle purples in the bracelet and the mix of shapes in the earrings. Great job.

  48. The bracelet with the Czech glass beads is my favorite, great work.

  49. The necklace turned out really nice. You really did a nice job showcasing the focal. I love the bracelet it is my favorite although I would be fighting with your niece for those earrings.

  50. Everything is lovely! Both pairs of earrings are sublime, and you really showed off those yummy beads you got to perfection!

  51. Very cool pieces! For some reason, I like the little blue earrings best - probably because they look like something I'd wear several times a week, lol. You had such a gorgeous selection of beads Lori sent you, so how could you possibly make anything less than fabulous??? Well done, indeed!

  52. The colors that you had to work with are downright drool worthy! So was that incredible soup you got from Lori :)

    I think you did a beautiful job incorporating that cord; it all looks very cohesive.

    I must say though, my favorite is that bracelet! My favorite color is purple, so I bet you can see why I'm drawn to it. LOL

    Happy Hopping!

  53. I like how you mixed the aqua and purple together in the bracelet, it is my favorite piece of the group.

  54. Beautiful! I love the bracelet set especially.

  55. Patti these are so pretty. I just love how they all coordinate with each other, but don't at all look matchy, matchy. Really Beautiful

  56. One of my favorite colors to wear, you did a great job putting this all together!

  57. Don't you love having Lori as a partner???? I was spoiled once also. Love what you did! Your wire work is stunning. Ah, Juls beads! 'Nuf said. :) I am loving your first pair of earrings!!!! Beautiful. Delish!

  58. really beautiful that color combo!

  59. What glorious colors! Love what you have done with the beads, the earrings are divine... love it all.

  60. Absolutely gorgeous necklace! Love the earrings too!

  61. I love what you created, I would definitely wear this. Great use of the beautiful components.

  62. Lovely pieces..! I love them all..! Great work..!

  63. Nice pieces, you must be very proud of what you created! :)

  64. I love your well done. I also just recently started using fiber...I am in love!

    Happy Blog Hop!

  65. I love your bracelet with the dangles my personal favorite but all the pieces are gorgeous!

  66. I just can't begin to tell you how much I love your pieces! They aer unique, fresh, stylish, and gorgeous!!! Love your bail solution, and Lori's clasp is just stunning! That bracelet is awesome, as are the little dangles. Hmm, can I come live in your jewelry box? :)

  67. I truly love all of your pieces! You did an amazing job with your soup! :) I think I love the blue earrings the most of all--stunning!

  68. You did a fabulous job of every single piece - you are a master artisan! I do believe my favorite if I had to choose would be the bracelet because of the earthy colors and leaves keep me grounded. (that's a good thing)

  69. Each and every piece is fabulous, Patti! I love the silver oblong pieces and the way you incorporated them into the necklace. Beautiful work!!

  70. All of your pieces are gorgeous. That necklace is a stunner.

  71. Patti, I really like the way you put these pieces together, they look so classic and cool. I would totally wear them with a white shirt and jeans. Impressive job with your wire wrapping, I totally want all of them :D

  72. Your necklace looks great! Love the pendant and great combination of leather and wire ;-) Have a nice day, Hugs, Doris

  73. Those are beautiful lampwork beads. Love the pendant, looks gorgeous!

  74. Love the bracelet and blue earrings!

  75. For someone not comfortable using fiber, I think the way you used it in the necklace is great! All the pieces you made (you busy thing, you!) are very pretty and highlight the soup really well.

  76. Beautiful pieces, I especially like the bracelet.


  77. Beautiful pieces! Love the colors!

  78. What a wonderful collection of jewellery you have made from your bead soup! I think they're all fabulous, but the first pair of earrings really caught my eye!

  79. Love the turquoise set. The earrings are perfect for just about anyone which speaks highly for the simply elegant design.

  80. Each and every one of the pieces you made is just fabulous. And. . .you did use fiber some. But, these challenges are a great way to learn to recognize what else we want to add to our skill bag. I can't wait to see what else you come up with from here on out!

  81. Great job Patty. I would have a hard time saying which one I liked best, but I am partial to the aqua/turquoise color.

  82. What a great soup. I really like the bracelet. The little leaf dangles are adorable. And the earrings are too cute. Very nice pieces.

  83. Awesome designs!! You did a nice job with all your bead soup! Love them all!

  84. Hi Patty, i had been away on vacation since the reveal and only could check out your post today. AMAZING! I love every single piece!!!

  85. I love the bracelet!
    ciao dall'Italia

  86. That turned out really great. I loved seeing the way you have used all the beads and put the elements together. Nicely done!

    Melissa Muir

  87. great work! i especially love the bracelet

  88. Those are fantastic! I love the clasp on the necklace!

  89. Great soup and great pieces! I would have a hard time with the fiber, too! You really did a great job, though.

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