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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring 2012 Bead Soup Party Blog Hop - Reveal Date

Well, here we are finally.  It is reveal day for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party Blog Hop.  I am so excited that this day has finally arrived. 

My partner is Erin Grant.  She has been making jewelry for about five years, but she also knits.  You can see more of her work at her etsy shop.  Just click here ETSY SHOP.  Below is a picture of the soup she sent.  She included a beautiful lampwork seahorse pendant, glass beads the color of the ocean with a beach glass finish, seed beads, a silver clasp, and some wonderful little sea shells.

I must admit that I was thrilled with this soup.  I love working with these types of materials and while I understand that one of the purposes of this party is to push yourself beyond what you are comfortable with, it was easy for me to come up with all kinds of ideas for this soup.  Oh well, maybe next time.   But, I wasn't completely without a challenge -- I attempted some construction that was new and I modified the clasp toggle bar somewhat.

I love the look of "beaded" beads and attempted to get that look by using six strands of small leather cord in complimentary colors of pink, turquoise and sand.  When I pulled them all together with knots, they sort of look like beaded beads.

Here is a close up of the beaded beads.

Another challenge that I faced was when the necklace was completed, the weight of it caused the toggle to pull easily out of the square side of the clasp.  To solve that problem, I used more of my pink wire to wrap around the bars extending them to a length that would hold.  Because it is 20 gauge wire, it is strong enough to hold.

I made dangles of the shell beads and put them on each side.  The only thing I added from my own stash of supplies is the silver starfish charm and the leather cord, three purple pink mother of pearl rounds and pink wire.  I made the seed bead links on pink artistic wire continuing with the "pink" color theme.

I also wanted to challenge myself to use all of the materials that Erin sent.  I did that, in fact, I was a bit short on seed beads so I had to use about 8-10 from my own stash.  I also had just a few of the beach glass beads left over, so I was able to make these "jellyfish" earrings to go with the necklace.

Erin, I loved what you sent and I hope you love what I made with it.

I have narry a bead left of Erin's soup.

Hostess, Lori Anderson
Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer

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
5.  Alesha Conklin and Becki Mendivil

6.  Alice Peterson and Carol Dillman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
8.  Amanda Dittloff and Brandy Thomason McNair
9.  Amanda Tibbetts and Andrea Trank
10.  Amy Freeland and Kay Mallery 

11.  Andra Weber and Christine Murrow
12.  Ann Sherwood and Diane Welte
13.  Barbara Bechtel and Kerry Bogert
14.  Barbara Lewis and Cat Pruitt
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)

16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
17.  Cassie Donlen and Deryn Mentock
18.  Cathie Carroll and Janel Dudley
19.  Cece Cormier and Morwyn Mullins
20.  Charlene Jacka and Christina Hickman

21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
23.  Christine Damm and Deb Brooks
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs

26.  Cindy Cima Edwards and Eleanor Burian-Mohr
27.  Cory Celaya and Rhea Freitieg
28.  Courtney Breul and Dana Hickey
29.  Cynthia Abner and Jennifer Boreck
30.  Cynthia Tucker and Jean Peter

31.  Debbie Goering and Heidi Post
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
34.  Diane Cook and Lyn Foley
35.  Donna Bohler and Lisa Lodge

36.  Donna Millard and Kiersten Giles
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
38.  Elisabeth Auld and Eva Sherman
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
40.  Ema Kilroy and Laurie Keefe-Cecere

41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
42.  Erin Grant and Jean Wells
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
44.  Genea Crivello-Knable and Heather Powers
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)

46.  Heidi Kingman and Lori Greenberg
47.  Helen Kemp and Lisa Wangeman
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
49.  Jamie Hogsett and Jeannie Dukic
50.  Jeanette Ryan and Jelveh Jaferian

51.  Jennifer Cameron and Tania Spivey
52.  Jennifer Justman and Kari Carrigan
53.  Jennifer Tough and Lorelei Eurto
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)

56.  Julie Anne Leggett and Kelley Fogle
57.  Karen Hess and Linda Landig
58.  Karyn Bonfiglio and Kathleen Lange Klik
59.  Kashmira Patel and Kat White
60.  Kat Barron Miller and Kelly Morgan

61.  Kathy Lindemer and Rose Binoya
62.  Krafty Max and Sandra Miller
63.  Kristen Latimer and Pam Ferrari
64.  Kristie Roeder and Lea Avroch
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)

66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
67.  Lara Lutrick and Lisa Suver
68.  Laura DeMoya and Lisa Hanna
69.  Libby Leuchtman and Melanie Brooks
70.  Linda Koch and Rosemarie Cowit

71.  Lisa Chapman and Menka Gupta
72.  Lisa Liddy and Marion Simmons
73.  Lori Anderson and Marcie Abney
74.  Lori Bowring-Michaud and Mary Govaars
75.  Lori Dorrington and Maria Rosa Sharrow

76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
77.  Lynn Bennett and Mandi Ainsworth
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
79.  Mary Harding and Shannon LeVart
80.  Mary Jane Dodd and Stacey Curry

81.  Melinda Orr and Molly Alexander
82.  Melissa Meman and Michelle Escano-Caballaro
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
84.  Nan Emmett and Nicole Valentine-Rimmer (Canada)
85.  Nancy Boylan and Suzette Bentley

86.  Natasha Lutes and Patti Vanderbloemen
87.  Pam Hurst and Rebekah Payne
88.  Patty Miller and Sara Rhoades
89.  Rebecca Anderson (UK) and Lori Anderson
90.  Rebecca Sirevaag and Sharon Driscoll

91.  Rochelle Brisson and Shannon Chomanczuk
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
94.  Sandi Volpe and Sarah/Saturday Sequins
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)

96.  Skylar Brez and Theresa Buchle
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)
99.  Stephanie LaRosa and Vonna Maslanka
100.  Terri Wlaschin and Wendy Blum


maryharding said...

Beautiful necklace Jean. I especially love the knotted cords and the beaded beads look. I love how inventive you are when you bead!!

adlinah said...

Cool necklace! I'm seeing lots of cord and other fibres in this BSBP. I think it's great - your jelly fish earrings are fun!

Kristi Bowman said...

My first viewing of this Bead Soup, I'm not disappointed. I knew I'd love what you created anyway Jean, love your work!! On to more soup!

Erin's Creations said...

OMG that necklace is gorgeous!! i absolutely love it. I would of never thought of doing that with those beads. that was worth the month long wait :)

Elisabeth said...

I love your pseudo beaded beads - what a fab idea. Your necklace is really wonderful!

Spirited Earth said...

i love your take on Beaded looks great.

Cytherea Bijoux said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! I admire it so much!

Anonymous said...

It's like an ocean treat Jean. I can see how you hopped right on making it - the colors are inspiring. I'm sure Erin is delighted with what you did, because it is way COOL. Sharon

roomforchange said...

I really like the way you put the knots inbetween the beads. I definately has the feel of the sea about it. Lovely!!

Lori Anderson said...

LOVE it! I like those knots of cord between the beads -- AWESOME.

I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

Wendy said...

Very pretty and totally unique! Love the beach theme! :)

khess136 said...

You've truly carried me off to the sea with your creations! They are so original and them!

Cory said...

WOW...this is one beautiful necklace, love the little knots.

Shaiha said...

I love how you knotted the leather. It really adds a great touch


what a beautiful necklace, brava!
ciao dall'Italia

Beads2Die4 said...

A treasure chest of a necklace chockful of surprises. Just lovely!

Ann said...

Very clever of you to make mock beaded beads like that. It was a very innovative idea. It's a beautiful necklace, I love the colors.

Shanti Johnson said...

Wow serious creative genius! Being Seashore Livin grrl it's safe to say you've stole my heart! This design beyond rocks out & earrings are to die for! Amazing design & big thumbs up for "knotty" luv!!

jojosbeads said...

Gorgeous! The colours of the beads pick out those on the seahorse perfectly. And thos jellyfish earings... too cute! :) x

Krafty Max Originals said...

Just love the 'off center' design! Great job!! ~KM

SwallowtailJewellery said...

Beautiful necklace - love the asymmetry and the seahorse focal is amazing :)

Cindy Cima said...

Beautiful necklace. My designs were ocean theme too! The earrings are too cute!
Great job!

Perlendschungel said...

It's fun discovering all the different parts and styles in this stunning necklace! Using the leather cords gives a unique touch to this wonderful work of art.
One can see that you had fun creating your jewelry.
Keep rockin'

Molly Alexander said...

Wow Jean - your necklace is a masterpiece! It is so interesting to look at (I went back a few times to look at the details again), and has so much texture. Absolutely beautiful!

Rebekah said...

These are beautiful Jean! The cord in the sea horse necklace is a fabulous addition! Wonderful job!

Steph L. said...

So pretty, love those beaded beads!

Saturday Sequins said...

What a creative way to make beaded beads! I love it. :)

LoriF said...

Another beaded bead lover checking in! :-) Your beaded beads, and your necklace are really special! I admire your ability to work with the fibres; I love them but have to use them more to get comfortable. Great work!

Michelle said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!! I love the colors and the textured feel.

T Mok said...

I love that seahorse!

Stacey said...

Awesome that you used every bit of your bead soup!! Love your ocean-ish style necklace!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful! The necklace design is wonderful, very unique and seaside inspired! Love the artistic pattern created with the beads.

Loris Glassworks said...

I love the necklace and your earrings. I really like the knots you added. Great idea.
Lori D.

Alice said...

I just love that necklace! It's gorgeous and most certainly could be worn by a mermaid!!!!

I'm amazed that you were able to use all your bead soup beads!

Bead-Mused said...

Great focal! And I love that you have no beads left!!

pam ferrari said...

I am so glad I found your blog. Your necklace is outstanding. I was having fun looking at all your other designs

Patti Van said...

I love how you "tied/knotted" your strands of beads together - that is such a cool, awesome look! The earrings are dreamy, too! Beautiful job!

Maneki said...

Very pretty jewellery! I love the knotted cords in the necklace. Cool way of adding a design element to it. A very nice mix of materials and colours, too, and the asymmetrical design feels very balanced. Great job!

Penny said...

Jean, thank you for stopping and leaving such wonderful comments, it really means alot to me all the kind people there are. I love your necklace, the elements that you have added and the techniques that you used in your piece are so great. I love all of your other pieces too, very great eye for detail.

Kat said...

I really love the earrings you made with your bead soup. What a great bead soup!

Charlie said...

I absolutely love your bead soup and what you created with that. What a stunning necklace!

Anonymous said...

What fun whimzical necklace. Great job.

JeannieK said...

Beautiful. They look mystical sea like. The earrings awesome

Cindy said...

Jean, what a gorgeous necklace. I was eager to see how you would complement the sea horse focal and you really knocked this design out of the park! I love all of the interesting twists, turns, and additions. It looks very complex and full of detail. This is one of my favorite pieces of all the bead soup party. And I love you designed earrings to go with the ocean theme too!

Diane said...

I love how you added the cords, and the different look of each strand is truly intoxicating =) And, what a focal! Beautiful work =)

Charis Designs said...

This is so whimsical! The use of cords to create faux beads is wonderful- was each knot done separately, or how did you keep them from coming apart? The jellyfish earrings are a great addition- and so fun!

alankarshilpa said...

love what you did with that awesome yet challenging sea horse. Very good idea and I love the way you finished it, the color combination, the asymmetric design. Overall you took me to the ocean. nice job, Jean and nice knowing you. Dita

Alicia said...

Such a lovely necklace, Jean - the idea of the false beaded bead is brilliant, and the use of pastel leather is so pretty! Definitely makes me think of a beautiful day on the beach! The earring complete it perfectly!

Cynthia said...

Just perfect for the beach. I like your idea of the knotted cords. A very pretty necklace and those earrings are just adorable.

DIAS Jewelry said...

Definetly Lovely Knots!!!! You made fantastic job!!! Yay!!!

Kat BM said...

your necklace is so much fun!! I love how you got all the colors and beads worked in.. fantastic!

Kari Carrigan said...

Beautiful! Love what you created and that you tried to use all your soup in one piece. :)

Morwyn said...

What a great soup you had to play with! Beautiful design work!

Genea said...

What a beautiful necklace! I love that you strung your beads on cords and then knotted them all together! Love the earrings as well!

Great work!

CraftyHope said...

It sounds like you had a good time with your bead soup! I really like the idea of your pseudo beaded beads, they're inspired! It sounds like you had a hitch or two along the way, but your necklace came together nicely!

Anonymous said...

I too like the look of your "beaded" beads. You might get the reward of using practically all your bead soup in once piece! It's a beautiful necklace and the colors are some of my favorite!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Gorgeous pieces! Love the "beaded beads" on the necklace and the way the earrings flow :)

Lisa Michele Creations said...

Your Sea Horse necklace is amazing! Beautiful!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Great soup and your necklace is beautiful. I love the way you made the beaded bead look with leather, and that you were able to use all of the beads you were sent.