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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party - July 28, 2012

Today is reveal day 1 for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  Thank you Lori for continuing to host these hops.  You have no idea what you mean to us.

My partner is Judy Turner.  First I want to show you the soup that we exchanged.  As most of you already know, the idea for this challenge is to work outside your comfort zone by designing a piece of jewelry using the beads and components chosen by your partner.

I sent this to Judy:

The focal pendant is by Kylie Parry, the five porcelain beads are by Ingrid Mueller and I sent a fancy floral brass claw clasp.  I also sent wood rondelles, a green jasper nugget, two Czech glass bi-cone beads - green with picasso finish, some bronzy brown sugar beads, (I love these beads and have used them often in my own designs), some fire polished beads in marbled brown and topaz and some topaz orange crackle glass rounds.

Judy sent me all of this:
The star of the show for me was the polymer face pendant that Judy made herself.  She also made the three ceramic pieces along the right bottom of the photograph.  She included a fantastic hand clasp, a porcelain leg, fire polished beads, lucite beads, seed beads, glass pearls, aluminum pink flowers, vintage brass filigree beads, some howlite skulls, bone beads, a couple of really beautiful lampwork beads, and a selection up in the right top corner that she labeled "just for fun."

Even though it was a lot of  soup, enough to feed an army, I challenged myself to use as much of it as I could.  I think I did pretty good with that challenge.

In the order of what I made:

With all of this in front of me, I had no idea what I was going to do.  I don't sketch, and if I did sketch, I wouldn't have known where to start sketching, besides I didn't have a paper and pencil.  I was definitely out of my comfort zone using these materials together, I didn't have any idea of where to even start -- but I ....designed a trooper. First, I put myself into a deep, deep creative trance -- no just kidding.....

I started by making little wreaths out of the green glass pearl beads.  Then I added the three red cube crystals, and a pearl to the centers.  

I began weaving the 8mm fire polished beads and seed beads on green waxed linen.  I connected the flower button and the beaded beads.

I wrapped the top of the leg with sari silk and seed beads on copper wire.  I also wrapped the ring that the hand is grasping with red fire polished beads. 

I used Judy's focal pendant, the leg, the hand clasp, the glass pearls, the cube crystals, the seed beads, plastic beaded beads, her ceramic flower button, a crown charm and some of the fire polished beads.  It's a really funky, funky piece - not something I would have made but for this challenge and having these materials to use.  Everything except the silk bow above her hair came from Judy's soup.

In this Flower Cascade necklace, I tackled the lucite flower beads, the glass flower beads, the aluminum pink flowers and the fire polished beads she sent. 

I made flowers......then I made some more flowers.......then I made more flowers......and when I thought I couldn't possible make any more flowers I made more flowers.......but what to do with them?
I connected them to rows of chain to drape like a bib necklace.

To tie this set together, I used five red lampwork flower beads from my own stash and the vintage filigree beads Judy sent.  I used more of Judy's fire polished beads, two of the three amber glass beads, and the vintage filigree beads Judy has had since the 1970s.

I also added some filigree bead caps and chain from my own stash.  I made one strand of the bracelet using her seed beads tied on waxed linen and used the pink and yellow flower charm she sent.  And, of course, I made matching earrings.

After using most of the beads on the flower set, I went to work making earrings and made four pairs.  The first pair used the beautiful blue lampwork beads with silver foil.  I only added the copper bead caps and wire.  There was no way to photograph (at least for me) the beauty of these blue beads.  They have such depth and are so blue - cobalt blue.

Here I used the last two glass pearls, lucite beads, and seed beads.  I only added the filigree caps.

I added the filigree round discs as a base, but everything else came from Judy's soup.

 All of the glass beads came from Judy's soup and here I used the last of the seed beads.  These two fire polished beads were a bit different from the others - more facets, shinier - perfect for the foundation of these crescent earrings.  I only added the small brass beads.

And, last but not least, the skulls and bones.  I added coco spikes, red, black and blond horn beads, magnesite, and African seed beads.

I made a simple frame from copper wire.

This was my favorite piece, by far.  I think it is really cool.

 But, I still had beads.........

 So I made earrings.

They hang.....

 And, they lay down......
 But, I still had one more bead.....

So I made a purse clip.  I have never had, nor made a purse clip before.  Here is the complete set.

And, this is all I had left of Judy's soup......

I hope you enjoyed looking at what I made with Judy's soup.  I would like to invite you to leave a comment and also to join my blog if you haven't already.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you will return often.

Below is a list of the rest of the participants. 

 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 McCloud,  One Thing Leads to Another
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
YOU ARE HERE:   Jean A. Well, Jean A. Wells Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry
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
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

This is a follow up on my original post.  Today I took another stab at those leftovers.  There is a post ahead of this one where I describe the process, but here is a picture of what I have made from the "leftovers".  

And the picture below is now all that is left.


Beadbug said...

I love what you did with everything but the skull necklace is AMAZING!

Tania Tebbit said...

That is an amazing collection of works - love the ceramic face and the clasp - never seen anything like that before.

Unknown said...

Funky, colourful and so much fun.Lovely Love and hugs Tanya

Anonymous said...

The skullies rock, love it. The first necklace is so witty and has such amazing detail. Plus the earrings are a joy.

la mar de bonita said...

Normally I hate skulls. But after seeing your skullie necklace I've to change my mind - it's the most beautiful skull work, I've ever seen!

Leah Curtis said...

Very creative work! I have to say that leg is creepy, but you've managed to make something beautiful with it. Fab!

Anonymous said...

Nice soup mix...I love what you came up with. I like how you positioned the hand on your first piece and the skull necklace is way cool. Enjoy!

Unknown said...

My favorite is the cascade necklace! I love lucite and the design is just awesome!

Unknown said...

Wow, what a fantastic collection of jewellery. I love all of them but the first necklace is extra fabulous!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

You did a fantastic job! You had such a diverse grouping of beads, but each of your pieces had a theme....really creative and fun! The purse pul - awesome! A pleasure to read your blog this morning!

Unknown said...

There's no other words...I really in love what you creawith your cascade flower necklace ^_^

Unknown said...

WOW. Just WOW. I know someone who will dig the first necklace ;D You are so creative, I would have been stuck with this soup, most likely

Denielle said...

Great work! Each piece looks so different from the others but they all seem to go together. I love them all but I think my favorite is the second necklace.

Unknown said...

Can I just say I have soup envy? That heart, the hand clasp and the ceramic pieces alone make me want to dance! You made marvelous pieces with so many of the elements in your soup, particularly the very first one. That is a necklace to die for! Thanks for sharing, and happy Hop day!

Artisan Beads Plus said...

OMG! You get an A+ for those wonderful designs.... I really enjoyed looking at everything. You were one busy woman.... Beautiful :o)

Marla said...

All of your pieces are stunning, however that being said I really love the girl/leg necklace. It screams whimsy and fun and it is AB FAB! <3

Judy Turner said...

OH MY GRACIOUS!!! Jean you have created some amazing pieces from the soup! I am so in love with the whole collection! fabulous work! Just Fabulous!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

The necklace with the face is my favorite. No,, wait! The skull earrings! No, the flower earrings... No... Too much great stuff!

Cilla said...

All of the designs are great but I love all the earrings the best. I would wear them all!

Unknown said...

I love what you did with my step-mom's(Judy) beads. I was with her when she picked them out and I know we were both excited to see what you would do with it. It is all very neat.

Perl - Eni said...

That is an amazing collection of works!
All of the designs are great!!!

Whimsy said...

So beautiful and so inspiring. You really had your work cut out for you, and did a great job with your soup.

AWJewelry said...

I love everything but the cascade necklace is my fav!

Unknown said...

Wow, you had a huge pot of ingredients and came up with a very tasty soup! My favorite piece is the necklace of little flowers! I love it and the earrings! Great job all around!

Anonymous said...

Just stunning, all of it - but I especially love the flower cascade necklace!

CraftyHope said...

You received a lot of soup and you definitely got a ton out of it! That first piece is a one-of-a-kind showstopper!! The color palette is so very unique. I must admit though that my favorites are your earrings, especially the pair with those blue beads. So sublime. You really rocked this soup and it looks like you had a good time doing it as well! I do hope that's the case.

Klassy Joolz said...

All I can say is WOW!!! What an amazing job you did with all those beads and findings. Your designs are all just wonderful!

I, too, love the Skull necklace!

Smiles, Pam

Unknown said...

So many beautiful creative ideas! I'm loveing that flower cascade necklace!

Lori Anderson said...

I absolutely LOVE these -- audible gasps in particular on the first one! What a clever, whimsical piece! I wish I knew how to make those cute green pearl beaded beads -- love those!

Thank you so much for coming to my party!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

The necklaces you designed are really unique! And wow, look at all those beautiful earrings! My favorite is the flower cascade necklace, beautiful summer piece.

Lesley said...

What an incredible abundance of unique and amazing designs - fantastic work!

K said...

LOVE you work and your imagination! That first piece ... even if you did sketch it first, it couldn't have more points to draw your eyes on. Wow!

Unknown said...

Fun and funky pieces!

Lisa Chapman said...

I love the flower cascade necklace and all of the earrings! Great job!

bailaora said...

I was wondering what will you do with skulls... What a stylish, wonderful necklace! I admire!

Anonymous said...

Really amazing job. That first necklace looks fantastic. The "witch-doctor" necklace with the skulls was fun too. What a great creative mind you have. I'd love to see a bracelet out of the last of your soup to go with that first necklace.

The Creative Klutz said...

Wow!! Amazing work on everything - the details are fantastic. I especially love the flower earrings =)

AntiquityTravelers said...

WOW you've been busy! what a great soup and collection of pieces! just beautiful ... really loving the skull set - fantastic!

Unknown said...

Great designing Jean - I liken the first one to the Gypsy Fortune Teller. All you need is some wild patterned clothing a crystal ball and you can have a second career!

But you have to know that hands down my favorite is also the skulls. Gosh - I hope you will let me try that design - it's great!

Cheryl said...

You have been crazy busy! What an great collection! Love them all.

Spirited Earth said...

wow, you went wild with your soup all the fun ,funky pieces you created..they are all wonderful

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

perfectly beautiful and so mindfully made!
jean yates

Beti Horvath said...

This stuff is wild and wonderful. Super job!

ChristinaMarieH said...

I adore the first necklace...and how you managed to incorporate so many different elements into it just boggles my mind.

Karyn B said...

My goodness, what a bounty of beads, and what fun, eclectic pieces you made! They're all terrific, but I really love the skull necklace, and I'm not usually a fan of those skull beads. But you made them full of awesome!

Shirley said...

You made a ton of jewelry, and it looks like you had a blast! My favorites are the cascade necklace and the earrings. Great work!!

Hilary Frye said...

Wow! You were very busy! I love the eclectic mix you received. The face necklace is very whimsical and playful. Every time you wear it, you'll have people stopping you to get a closer look! Great work!

Deelitful Boudoir Photography said...

Adorable necklace with the face and leg! Very cute! I loved all of your pieces! The single bead/purse clip could double as a zipper pull?

barbe said...

Well, for not knowing how to get started-you created some absolutely fantastic pieces!!! I think the face necklace is my favorite, but they are all amazing!

jennifers jewels and junk said...

I can't decide which piece is my favorite. It's all so wonderfully different but equally wonderful. You were sent a great soup & the results are so much fun!!!

Angel Whisperer said...

Stunning and playful work !!
The first necklace makes me smile :) it sure is candy for the eye and after looking at all those designs I think the favo is the skull necklace even though I do not really like skulls (we do not use them much over here in Sweden I think we are a bit afraid of them)adding those coco spikes makes it a real Tribal style necklace and I can not resist that for some reason:)

Anonymous said...

You received rich ingredients and you used them wonderfully. I love all the earrings and the draped necklace is great.


TJewellicious by tanti said...

Wooow..! Everything is beautifull..!
Great work Jean..!

Pookledo said...

All amazing! Adding you to my blog reader now :)

vonna said...

O! My!! These pieces are all so fun to look at Jean! I especially like how you embellished the hand from the clasp with the crown charm! Great Idea!

Linda Younkman said...

What great fun pieces. I love, love, love the first necklace. It is so different and colorful.

Alice said...

Whoo Weee Jean, you definately made goo use of nearly the bead soup! I love everything you made, and caught myself saying 'wow' a lot. The designs, colors and textures are fabulous. I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried.

Anonymous said...

So much amazing stuff in your soup, and you used so much of it!!! I love the necklace with the leg...and the skull set is great!!

WindDancerStudios said...

Wow! You were busy!! So full of whimsy too! I loved the wire wrapped earrings but it's all so fun I hate to say I have a fav! :) Such happiness here!

Jewels By Ine said...

Well, you had your hands full! It's a fun beadmix! :) I love the funny bracelet with the little doll head!

Grubbi said...

Wow, that's some soup you had to work with there! Love the necklace, so imaginative!

Andrea said...

You really used your soup to make a feast. Love all your earrings. Check me out during the next reveal at

Shyme said...

Wonderful pieces! You have made so many totaly different and wonderful pieces!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Pardon me if I'm duplicating my comment - having connectivity issues here - but I couldn't miss saying congrats for getting all this work done. I saw your "leftovers" first and couldn't imagine there was already so much. wonderful!

Cassie Donlen said...

Oh my goodness. What an incredible collection. I love a.l that you made. That face focal necklace is so so cool and I also love the skull necklace. Great job on going ahead ad making the dart into a necklace also

Anonymous said...

Amazing set of creations. The skull necklace (and earrings) are super-cool, but I really really like the wire wrapped earrings.

LeeLu Creations said...

Wow! Especially love the first necklace but all your pieces are stunning.

Alice said...

wow you got lot and lots of stuff from your soup, I think you did learn that from your mother after all. I think of everything I like the earrings and the tribal took set- It is creepy and fun! The body parts is too out there for my style but hey a lot of people go for that and I saw a
beading gallery book that had a piece with body parts and it was accepted over alot of other pieces so heh. You did a great job!!

kjramstack said...

I think using those skulls would have been a real challenge for me but I love what you did with them. Very tribal!

Rachel said...

Those necklaces are just too much fun!!

Unknown said...

I am so late getting around to all the blogs that I'm almost embarassed. If anyone could work magic with that big selection of beads, it would be you my friend. You are the master of good work and magic you did perform here. I love it all. It just makes me happy!

Becky Pancake said...

All of your pieces show true creativity. Great job. I really like the links you used in the crescent earrings

Lupe Meter said...

WOW, what a huge bead soup and you really did an awesome job using the majority of it...good for you!! All your designs are beautiful! Nice work!

Pepita said...

What a collection you made!!! I like all of the pieces, each one is unique!

Heidi Post said...

Holy moly you made a ton and a half with all those goodies! Real show-stoppers too. My fave is the skull necklace - it's so cool!

Perri said...

You were sent such a rich and eclectic set of beads - you rose absolutely beautifully to the challenge! Every piece is just too wonderful. Of course, the main funky necklace is to die for. I don't generally go in for this style - but I love the way you communicated with those components> But I gotta tell you that the earrings made from the metal stampings where you attached those little beads just swept my heart away - it is just a thing.... we have something in common - I made a little skull zipper pull just like that for my granddaughter - I guess great minds think alike... LOL Most Excellent Work!!! Party On!!!

Giorgia Rossini said...

love all your pieces, the second necklace is my fave, but it's so hard to choose!
ciao dall'Italia

Creative Moon said...

Everything is SO Amazing!!! I love every single piece you did!!! That is such an awesome creation with the bones and skulls!!! And that second necklace of doo-dads! Simply wonderful!!! LOVE THEM!!!

baymoondesign said...

The flower cascade necklace is awesome!

LoriF said...

Omigosh Jean, you're amazing!! Very, very creative and fun. I absolutely love the funky first necklace and the earrings!...and I think you HAVE to do something with that pink apple clock and the crown (together).

adlinah said...

Gosh, you sure were productive with your bead soup. Your designs are amazing! There's such boldness and joy in your creations. That first necklace is awesome. I was sold when I saw the little leg :-)

Adaptable Kay said...

Goodness say you utilized that incredible soup would be the understatement of the year. LOL

I can honestly say I don't think anyone created just as many pieces with their soup as you :)

All of which are incredible by the way; especially the first necklace-I'm pretty sure I'm in lust with it!

Gorgeous, gorgeous job :)

Happy Hopping!

Margareta said...

You made so many awesome pieces! I love the first necklace with face and hand and foot :-D It's stunning!

Cynthia Wainscott said...

Amazing designs, truly!

Cindy Cima said...

Wonderful! All of them!!!

Sweet Freedom said...

Checking out your reveal after your kind comments on my blog - I had to LOL, because I didn't mean to sound cavalier about the enameling. If you read back through my blog, I had some really bad experiences with it at first, and was >< close to throwing in the towel on it! Lots of hard work and hours of practice have left me with a lot more confidence and skill!

You did a fantastic job with your soup! Busy busy! I love your flowers - the earrings, and the necklace with all the flowers. And the bracelet you altered (a subsequent post, maybe?) is gorgeous. That face and the skulls would have sent me running - those creep me out! Congrats - everything is beautiful!

Loris Glassworks said...

What a fun collection of soup ingredients! You did a fabulous job using what you received. I love the first necklace, the focal is really interesting and I like how you used linen cord and metal wire. Cheers!
Lori D.