Saturday, April 27, 2013


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! 

Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai
Inge von Roos
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston  
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely

Mischelle Fanucchi
Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman



  1. So beautiful. I love bright colors , and you did a great job with them. LOVE the neon necklace~~~~!

    1. Thanks. The Neon necklace seems to be grabbing a lot of attention. :)

  2. I loved everything you did with you soup. Your earrings are beautiful and I loved the screaming pink necklace but I have to agree your last piece was the showstopper. It was stunning.

    1. Thanks Christa!! I really enjoyed making the soup go far.

  3. I love them all Lauren but the last two are my favorites. The wire wrapping around the green agate focal looks awesome, so simple yet it adds so much! The wine colored silk and pearl really highlight it too. You sure have an eye for color combos!

    1. That's what I hear the most Cory. My color combos seems to be my strong point. Thanks lady. I loved your pieces too!!

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    1. No edit button, sorry :) Beautifully done! I thought maybe the diamond beads looked like seraphenite but a little closer look and I'm not so inclined to think so. Still a pretty bead and a wonderful job using them!

  5. I love,love,love what you did with the soup I sent. The pink fire agate earrings are super!! But I have to agree, the last bracelet is stunning!!! I know I could never have come up with that great combination. Bravo, partner. Thanks for being so kind to me. I really enjoyed you as my partner.

    1. I really enjoyed you too Kathy and I'm really pleased with how my soup to you challenged you. You did a great job with everything. The bracelet with the purple boyfriend beads was pretty nifty!!! :0)

  6. very inventive projects, but bracelets are the best!!congrats!

    1. I'm with you. I think the bracelets are my favorite.

  7. Great bunch of pieces. I love the colors in the first one as well as the clasp. The pendant that you made is also one of my favorites. Love all the dangles.

    1. That clasp is a bit tricky to get into position but I just loved it!! I thought it was so cool! Thanks for the compliment! :)

  8. I really like how you bezeled the green agate focal. It brought out the colour of the focal. The addition of the deep red fabric just adds to it. The wirework is amazing. Your creations are beautiful.

    1. Thank you! That was my first time doing wire like that. I was really happy with it!

  9. All your pieces are BEAUTIFUL! You did an amazing job on the wire work pendant and just let me say if that is your first time wire wrapping, oh my, I can't imagine the gorgeous pieces you'll be creating! I agree with you, I think the last one is my favorite but definitely hard to pick just one favorite. Well done.
    Ema (

    1. Thanks. I've done minor wire wrapping. An ornament, a few pairs of earrings, recently bejeweled a snake frame I made and then this. Never did a class, don't even know if this was done right technically but I was happy with it. I really do like the last bracelet though.. or the pendant... or the swan.. hahah you're right. It's hard to pick one! Heading to your blog soon! :)

  10. Beautiful work on all! The flamingo piece is my favorite. Nice job with your soup!

    1. Thank you! I was really happy with the colors I found for that flamingo. That pendant is just so darn neat!!!

  11. I love all your pieces, I can't pick a favourite! oh, and you are very lucky, I read the post about your boyfriend's beads... they are beautiful!

    ciao dall'Italia

    1. Haha thanks. I did get pretty lucky with that there BF of mine!! He's pretty talented himself.

  12. Those are some wonderful bracelets! I really like your designs.

    1. Thank you Cassi. I was really pleased with how they came out! :)

  13. Wow, I love the Swan necklace. It's great!

    1. Thank you!! Isn't that pendant just amazing! Such a unique find!!

  14. WOW! You did a great job with your Soup. So many lovely pieces!!! Your photographs are also quite nice. Excellent Job :-)

    1. Why thank you kindly!! I enjoy doing the photos, it's almost like a second hobby. I have a mini photo booth that I set up the background and floral props with.. so fun!

  15. I love all of your creations.....lovely designs!
    My faves are the earrings with the chain dangles. the wire wrapped pendant and the last bracelet! You sure made a lot with your soup.....Well done!

    1. People either love that bright necklace or them earrings!! Funny thing... the earrings are my least favorite :/ Don't get me wrong I like them, just wasn't thrilled about them. Just goes to show ya.. you never know what someone will like. :) Thanks for the comment.

  16. All of your pieces came out great! I especially like necklace with the wire wrapped focal and red ribbon. The way you showcased the diamond shaped beads in the first bracelet is very effective too.

    1. Thanks Barb! That bracelet was tricky. I really wanted to make the stone contrast against something.. the Czech peanut beads were perfect!!

  17. Loved hiw you mixed colors and different materials, so beautiful!

    1. Thank you!! I love playing with colors!! It's probably my strongest skill. :)

  18. Oh my gosh - what a soup!!! Your designs are plentiful and beautiful!

    1. Yes ma'am that soup was pretty awesome! My partner was such a doll too. Sending me chocolate and candy. What a smooth move!! :)

  19. Wow great job, beautiful beautiful creations!

  20. All of your pieces are fabulous!! I love your mix of colors and fibers together!

  21. Absolutely gorgeous use of colour and texturs in your pieces.

  22. WOW! Laura all of your designs are wonderful. I like the coiled frame pendant. You are right the last one is the best. The blue/gray with the copper is striking. What an awesome piece. And you have your own source for lampworked beads, how cool is that?

  23. Wow! All your pieces are so very cool! I absolutly love the blue bracelet..just fantastic! Great job!

  24. I really love use of your hand dyed silk ribbons in your work. It is a new technique to me, but I am quickly becoming addicted. Love what you have created. That bracelet is just stunning!

  25. You've got so many layers of awesome in this post I can hardly stand it. All of your designs are stand-outs, but the one that stands out the most to me is the necklace with the green crackle agate. Fabulous, fabulous work!