Bead Soup Blog Reveal!

First, I’d  like to thank Lori for all the hard work she has done hosting the Bead Soup Blog. Lori, I know you have had to surmount a lot of problems in your life, but HEY, GIRL! you’ve succeeded! By doing so, you have set a wonderful example to the rest of us to not give up, even in our darkest days, and soldier on. My hat’s off to you. Hugs and Love!!

I’ve had a lot of fun with the Bead Soup Blog 2013. From dreaming and creating OOK jewelry from the stash I received to learning how to take pictures. I need to get a better camera, but I’m sure you’ll forgive a novice jewelry photographer…LOL

I sent a smorgasbord of items to Diana, my partner. In this hot mess, you’ll see chain, SP head pins, various semi-precious stones, amber bi-cones, amber beads and amber Swarovski crystals, a lovely little SP leaf clasp and even a couple of beads I made myself from Kato polyclay.

I didn’t want her to get bored…LOL


I was so excited when I opened my package from my partner, Diana Gonzolez. She sent it in a lovely little box that she had decorated with Washi tape.

Here’s what I got.


Look at those two mermaid focals. I made two separate necklaces from them. And those sparkly beads! Wow! What beautiful colors. You’ll be seeing them all over the place. Quartz is one of my favorite stones to work with, and whaddayaknow, quartz roundels  Yippee! The brown speckled heishi and the matching seed beads were a challenge. I think they added interest to the pieces where I worked them in. I haven’t used the plastic drops yet, but I’m sure inspiration will hit any day now. The two tiny Day of the Dead beads (posed to the north of the crystal roundels  made their way into my wild and crazy bracelet. More on that later! Let’s get to the goodies!

I am learning metal-smithing and just adore forging different things. Links, chains, beads, focals…the list is endless. Pretty soon, I’m going to brace myself and tackle soldering! LOL It was quite a rush when I annealed my first copper piece as I was working on it. Forming a ball on the end of an earring finding was cool, too. Pickling, throwing stuff into a tumbler with some metal shot and seeing it come out all bright, de-burred and strong is quite satisfying.

THIS is the first item I made from my cache.


I used one of the mermaid focals and some of the AB beads and blue beads she sent. I thought of the sea and its waves and tides. I thought of the Voudon loa (goddess), Yemaya-Mother of the Sea.  Her colors are blue and white. I made a few links that symbolize the wave motion and some more in the spiral to symbolize the eternal movement of the sea. A clasp to close it with and viola! I called it good.

The Second Necklace


Along the same lines, but on a more delicate scale, the second necklace is more ‘sparkly’ with a wider variety of beads and shinier copper.

The THIRD necklace


For my birthday, my partner gave me a lovely silver and black opal dragonfly. I didn’t have a chain to put it on; I wanted to make something and incorporate the dragonfly in a way that kept the pendant from moving around on the chain. I used some of Maria’s AB beads to make the stalk the dragonfly was resting on, jump rings to add more interest, and silver chain. I think it turned out rather well.

My funky bracelet


What to do next…hmmm…I have some memory wire. I’ve never worked with memory wire. Off that bridge I jumped! Seven loops of wire, curl the end, thread on some of her beads and throw in some of my own. See the little Day of the Dead beads? Fiddle around, back and forth, and I decided I wanted some movement. I threw on some crimp covers (since I hadn’t included crimps originally), and mashed them flat. Then, using my crimp pliers and a special set of crimp pliers that turn crimps into beads, I fixed them on the wire so they didn’t move. Now, my sections of beads moved freely on the wire. Yippee! I like sections of the shiny silver wire showing through.

The next day, I had a dinner to attend.  I wore this bracelet and the first necklace I made as a trial run. I got lots of good comments on both, but the beads on the bracelet decided to follow the law of gravity and slid to the lowest point, under my wrist. Sigh. The bare wires didn’t look so good now. So, back to the studio (the half of my bedroom dedicated to jewelry work…LOL) I went. I threw on about twenty more crimp covers, effectively making smaller sections with fewer beads in each to slide around. NOW, I have the movement I want, and the beads are all visible all the time. YAY

This has been fun, and I haven’t even used all the supplies Maria sent me! Look for more pics in the future. Maybe by then I will have honed my photography skills, too.

Visit Maria’s blog to see what she has done with all the fun things I sent her.

Diana Gonzalez

Visit the rest of the reveals, too. Here is a list of names and links to help you get there:

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 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
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
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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 AckerelyMowse 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
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Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
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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
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29 Responses to Bead Soup Blog Reveal!

  1. chris murphy says:

    I loved the first necklace and thought you captured the sea very well in it. I also loved the second necklace and the dragonfly necklace is to die for. But the memory wire bracelet was the best. I would have never thought to use crimps on memory wire like you did. What a great idea!

  2. bailaora says:

    very elegant and delicate projects, my fav is dragobfly necklace!congrats!

  3. dancekam says:

    I love all your jewelry but especially the first mermaid necklace. In factit made my favorites list which will be published tomorrow.

  4. Susie Hibdon says:

    Such a wonderful soup you made..I LOVE the 1st necklace with the mermaid focal! So fabulous, GREAT JOB!!!

  5. Kathrin says:

    Lovely bead soup. And I like the 3 necklaces a lot! Good job!

  6. Silke says:

    Beautiful work. I love the funky bracelet. And the other pieces too.

  7. Beautiful work and great use of the materials!

  8. Kari Asbury says:

    Awesome designs! I am partial to dragonflies so I really love that necklace but the mermaids are great too. I love that you did very different styles with each of them.

  9. pinkchapeau says:

    Very nice, but I think you did an especially nice job with the memory wire bracelet.

  10. says:

    I love the first necklace!
    ciao dall’Italia

  11. Vas Dea says:

    Love the first necklace – well done.

  12. sandra young says:

    I like all of your designs but what struck me was the all the swirls…..they make the beautiful beads stand out and give your designs a lovely light airy feeling.

  13. Donetta says:

    I learned something new today…crimps on memory wire! Necessity really IS the mother of invention! You made lovely pieces from this great selection of beads.

  14. Barb Fernald says:

    I really like the way you used your wire spirals to give the mermaid necklaces a wavy” look. Such cool designs! The crimp beads on the memory wire is a GREAT idea!

  15. lmhk says:

    I love the mermaid necklaces, and the way you designed waves in the chain. Amazing troubleshooting on the memory wire bracelet.

  16. Good job using your soup. Your wirework does look like waves in the first necklace.

  17. Great pieces, very nice designs

  18. christine says:

    Very fun pieces! Love the wire waves – great job!!

  19. I like the mermaid necklaces the best, the copper goes so well with the mermaids’ skin color.

  20. alison says:

    i think you did well with your copper work….complimented the pieces nicely!

  21. Silvia says:

    I love your metal-smithing, every piece is so interesting.

  22. Adlinah says:

    You did a brilliant job with those mermaid focals. I totally get the ‘waves and tides’ of the first necklace.

  23. Alenka says:

    You did a good job with the help of metal-smithing. All the pieces are very nice.

  24. Nice job with your soup! I just love the first mermaid necklace…really cute!

  25. Sam Waghorn says:

    You made some stunning jewellery i love all of them.

  26. Penny says:

    Those necklaces are so delicate and ethereal. Love them to bits.

  27. Marjolein says:

    Lovely pieces!! Love what you did with the mermaids!!

  28. CraftyHope says:

    All of your design are wonderful, but both of your mermaid pieces are real works of art! I love your metalwork on them. They’re divine!!

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