bead soup blog party – revealed!

April 26, 2013 at 10:00 am 37 comments

Are you ready?!  Well, it’s finally that time!  Time to reveal just what exactly was created with the lovely assortment of beads & findings that Fay of  Fay Wolfenden Designs sent me – back in February for Lori Anderson‘s Bead Soup Blog Party!

With so many pretty handmade components, it was trying to figure out the best way to show them off, that was quite a challenge.  I decided to go for not 1 design, but 4! to showcase each bit of uniqueness!

1st up – (and my favourite!) – a hand forged black steel and leather bracelet.


The twisted wire was actually meant to be a focal pendant adorned with a bead dangle, but as soon as I saw it, it just screamed bracelet to me!  I wire wrapped some of Fay’s pretty little lampwork beads with her glass bead headpins and some extra black metal wire to give it a bit of an edge – and to go along with the leather cuff of the bracelet – which was riveted to the large jump rings she hand forged.  I fashioned a hook clasp from more of the black steel wire and wrapped onto one of the large jump rings, to attach it all together.  I just love it 🙂


2nd & 3rd reveal …  are some dainty little lampwork bead earrings & a wire framed large lampwork bead necklace …

bead soup earrings-and-necklace

Fay made the beads & head pins used in the earrings (which are paired with some bits of my personal stash of natural brass components), and she also made all of the glass lampwork beads in the necklace, including the focal piece in emerald green (Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year!) and ivory.  Her beautiful beads are paired up with a faceted silver bead dangle and black steel wire to match the gun metal chain she had also supplied.

And finally, the last (4th) piece … with so many pretty components still left untouched, I chose to make another statement necklace, using part of Fay’s “U” shaped metal clasp as a focal dependant ~ with multiple lampwork bead dangles hanging off of it, a bit of a lampwork bead/hand-forged metal jump ring chain and then attached (via wire wrapping) to a silk cord.


All of the above jewellery pieces came from this bead assortment …


It was easy to get creative when given such pretty pieces to work with! Thank you so much, Fay for your bead soup mix – it’s been a pleasure to work with 🙂

And now, I can’t wait to see what she did with the mix I sent her!  Let’s go have a peek at … to find out!

* to see a list of all of the 3rd reveal blog participants … see Lori’s Pretty Things blog here …


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37 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lutrick  |  April 27, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Wow, what wonderful items, the bracelet is just lovely! Earrings are super cute too.

  • 2. Maybeline  |  April 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Your pieces are pretty and so wearable. I am partial to the beautiful bracelet!! Nice

  • 3. sjmcclelland  |  April 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

    All your pieces are lovely – nice use of design elements and colour. The bracelet – wow!

  • 4. Susie Hibdon  |  April 27, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Such wonderful wire work girl!! Lovely job, all of your pieces are so fun & full of design elements, GREAT JOB!

  • 5. bailaora  |  April 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

    very elegant and delicate projects!congrats!

  • 6. Kristin Oppold  |  April 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Super cool and hip! I love your work.

  • 7. kathy stemke  |  April 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Love all your jewelry. The bracelet is my favorite and has made my favs list which I will post tomorrow.

  • 8. Kari Asbury  |  April 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Great designs! The bracelet is fantastic!

  • 9. Fay  |  April 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Kristina: Love what you made with my Soup!!.. the dark metal really shows off the colour of the beads.. I especially like the bracelet
    and all the wire work..GREAT job

  • 10. Kathrin  |  April 28, 2013 at 1:11 am

    The first one is my fave too. Congrats!

  • 11. Alenka  |  April 28, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful pieces! My favorites are the earrings, but I like very much all the other pieces as well. You’ve found some nice solutions in the design.

  • 12. Cassi  |  April 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Gorgeous! I love the first picture with you(?) wearing both the necklace and bracelet. I love the dark metal paired with the colors of the beads.

  • 13. Lisa Boucher  |  April 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

    That .bracelet is a prize winner, and I absolutely love the earrings as well! Nice work on the wire focal. All of your pieces came out great Kristina!

  • 14. Ana Cravidao (ACBEADS)  |  April 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I love the two pieces on the 1st photo: the necklace and the bracelet – they just shouldn’t go separared. Great work.

  • 15. Vas Dea  |  April 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    You have created some lovely pieces – really love them.

  • 16. Silke  |  April 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    What wonderful wireworked pieces! I love the bracelet, beautiful combination.

  • 17. wirednan  |  April 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Beautiful creations! I love the first 2 pieces. Pretty with an edge! Love your style and vision.

  • 18. Linda Younkman  |  April 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Lovely job. I love the leather and wire bracelet. How clever. The second necklace is really beautiful. Great job.

  • 19. Julie  |  April 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Super chic! I LOVE the black and turquoise together. Really fun pieces!

  • 20. Ann  |  April 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Very clever use of the beads to embellish the wire components. My favorites are the earrings and the first necklace. Really wonderful job on all 4 of them though!

  • 21. pinkchapeau  |  April 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Really, really creative. Love the metal and leather bracelet!!

  • 22. Kirsi the Troll  |  April 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

    The bracelet is my favorite, too, but all are beautiful and perfectly executed!

  • 23. Silvia  |  April 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Your wirework is just amazing, I love every piece here!

  • 24. sandra young  |  April 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I love how you made that focal your own! Beautiful work.

  • 25. Kepi Rasmussen  |  May 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    beautiful pieces, love the wire work. Great designs.

  • 26. Michi  |  May 2, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Cool creations, Kristina! You’re a very talented wire worker – I love the first bracelet in combination with the leather. But also the other pieces are one of a kind. Great cooking!

  • 27. christine  |  May 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Creative designs!! I love the first necklace – that focal is so cool!!

  • 28. Becky Pancake  |  May 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Kristina all of your designs and wonderful and very creative. Your wirework is amazing. My favorite is the necklace with the wire framed focal.

  • 29. Marjolein  |  May 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

    You have such a unique style. Your designs are fantastic!!

  • 30. Penny  |  May 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Just gorgeous and very unique. You certainly did your soup proud!

  • 31. CraftyHope  |  May 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I really, really love all your bead soup designs. That first bracelet is so unique with its almost-punk feel with a soft edge. As well, the rest of your designs I could see me wearing in an instant. Awesome job!!

  • 32. Lori Anderson  |  May 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    ABSOLUTELY stunning! Terrific attention to detail, too (I’m ALL about the details).

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