Bead soup is an amazing event I think all beaders should take part in at least ONCE in their lifetime. It will be a memorable moment I promise you! The event was created and is managed by the AMAZING Lori Anderson from Pretty Things Blog. Lori is beyond amazing actually. How this woman organizes an event with over 500 people involved as well as manage her other priorities, health and of course her little one, I will never know but bless her for it because it is TRULY a rewarding experience.
How does it work you might ask? Well she picks you a partner, you send eachother a focal, clasp, and coordinating beads. On your reveal date, you show what you've made with the items! So without further adieu.. I give you my bead soup. But first... a reminder of what my partner Kathy Stemke, who I've rather enjoyed being partnered with, sent me!
So here is the first piece I did. Using some of the diamond shaped beads I paired it with some of my own hand dyed silk scraps and Czech glass beads. I also used one of the 2 clasps she sent. I just LOVED this clasp. I found it soooo nifty!!! I think the stone is pale labradorite, but not entirely sure.
After piecing this one together, I moved on to the super cool pink fire agates Kathy sent me. Along with some of the chain, I tied up some dangly earrings!! :0)
Sticking with the earring mode I moved on to another set of earrings, using the nifty carved pink beads from the soup
Staying with the pink, I moved along to the mighty chunky pink howlite/magnesite pieces. These were screaming "PAIR ME WITH SOME NEONS!!" So I pulled out some green and orange glass, paired it with some chain from the soup and VOILA!! A funky chunky necklace that screams LOOK AT ME!!! :0)
Moving right along I set out to do something different with the carved focal I was given. I ADORED this pendant. I had never seen something so neat!!! I really tried to pull the colors out of the pendant using some more of my hand dyed silk and some "beach glass" green beads paired with some creamy seed beads.
I must say I got some nice agates in this soup!! I really liked the green crackle agates from Kathy but wasn't sure what to do with them. I ended up just making a pendant out of the one and I think it turned out to be my second favorite piece. This was my first time attempting a wire wrapping like this so I was really happy with how it turned out.
I've saved my favorite piece for last. I was BEYOND happy with this piece. Using some copper metals to accent the brown edges of the stones, some hand dyed silks, manmade hematite to draw out the grays/blues, and some fire agate to flare it up a bit. Out came this beauty! Never have I been more happy with a Bead Soup piece!
I really enjoyed this bead soup. I greatly enjoyed my previous one as well with Grace Neff of Grace Elements Jewelry. She is such a peach!!
Kathy sent me such an amazing soup! My inspiration flared as soon as I opened all the adorable easter eggs she sent. The chocolate helped through the late nights of designing and made for a great little refuel!! I really really just genuinely enjoyed the event and I hope you who visit enjoy this blog! Head on over to Kathy's Blog and see what she did with the soup I sent her! Browse the blog list below to see the other participants!
Thank you Lori Anderson for hosting another Bead Soup event! Such a treasured time in my jewelry life! I look forward to the rest to come!