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bead soup – reveal, sort of

This year’s Bead Soup Blog Party challenge is all about love & heart!

Lori Anderson – the mastermind behind Bead Soup – designated the theme of this swap to send something treasured to another, to spread the kindness and love, “… to feel like a true giving of the heart. Paying love forward to a person you may not even know.” What a sweet sentiment.

Our partner packages were to be shipped out on Valentine’s day (Was this a coincidence? I think not!)

So, what did I send my partner? A treasured polymer clay Heart focal piece by Anastasia of Dreams & Elements. I knew as soon as Lori announced her theme, that this was the piece – that it fit the theme perfectly – and that it was meant to be passed on …

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(and included with the polymer clay heart, were a few other little pieces to help get the creative flow going …  some turquoise chips, beautiful wooly wire, twilight cultured potato pearls, tiny pyrite hearts (I sense a trend here!), black & cream lampwork spacer beads by Burnt Glass Studio, vintage tribal tube beads and some vintage khaki glass beads)

 

 

Normally I would have written a whole separate post earlier, to introduce my partner Claire Fabian of Saraccino – to tell you that she loves nature, organic textures and found objects – whose style is tribal and has an ancient vibe – that creating helps her de-stress from her day job doing research in Leipzig, Germany – that she creates the most wonderful, earthy, organic pieces (just one look at her instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean!) … and to share what I had received … but unfortunately, her package to me may have opted to take the scenic route for now … to travel around and have an adventure of it’s own … to see what is to be seen in this beautiful world of ours! My hope is that once it has finished it’s walk-about, it will decide to find it’s way here, to it’s new home, and that I can share it with you then.

 

In the meantime, still wanting to be a part of the party and to play along, I’ve chosen to create some pieces using other items that I have been hoarding for some time … vintage and upcycled coins. They are mostly from around Europe (including some from trips to Germany – where Claire is from), and include some amazing coin beads made by my previous bead soup partner and friend Niky Sayers. Since our pairing in 2014 – I have commissioned Niky a few times, to make clasps for a series of Canadian (and American) penny wrap bracelets, and she has so graciously gifted me special treats (wonderful buttons and beads) along the way – all of which I have collected and admired for years – squirreling them away – waiting for a special moment to use them, and guess what?! This is it! What a perfect opportunity to do them justice.  🙂

 

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I used three of Niky’s coin beads – a Canadian penny, a sweet wren British farthing, and an Irish peacock penny (!) in these colourful tassel necklaces.

Loving the bohemian/gypsy/hippie vibe …  I also made a few more necklaces  …

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… using my old, hoarded coins – German pfennigs, French centimes, a Dutch guilder and a Cuban centavos – doming and hole punching each to create the start of the focal piece.

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I handmade each of the tassels using various colours of embroidery floss, and then embellished them all with a mixture of either rhinestones, amethyst beads, moss agate, aventurine, turquoise, copper or seed beads and brass chain to create a little bit of an accent and add to the folksy feel.

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I just love all of the bright colours (and apparently, so does my cat, Loco – I actually caught him carrying one off after I had set them all up to be photographed and left to get my camera!)

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I have not heard from Claire since she received her goodies, but I hope that she’s had a chance to create – and am really looking forward to what she does with her bead soup mix! Let’s go have a look at her site to find out …   🙂

And to see the rest of the Bead Soup participants (and there are A LOT!), have a look at the end of this (our amazing hostess – Lori‘s) post for the full list  …   or see below ↓↓↓  (you might just want to grab a cup of coffee first, and then sit back, relax and admire all of the awesome creativeness!)

Thank you so much to Lori, for creating, organizing and continuing on with her Bead Soup Blog Party!

Enjoy!

Lori Anderson :: our amazing Hostess

Claire Fabian – that’s my partner

Jennifer Strehler

Rochelle Brisson

Annita Wilson

Melissa Trudinger

Loralee Kolton

Valerie Tilghman

Mischelle Andrade

Elizabeth Bunn

Marianna DeLuca Wehner

Johana Nunez

Jenny Kyrlach

Elizabeth Hodges

Lennis Carrier

Candida Castleberry

Mary Govaars

Sandi James

Arlene Dean

Kristina Hahn Eleniak – that’s me!

Nan Smith

Nadine Edris

Denise McCabe

Donna Marie Hanna

Audrey Belanger

Nicole Rennell

Robin Reed

Gail Zwang

Terry Jeanette Carter

Donna Hoblit

Ann Schroeder

Klaudete Koon

Veralynne Malone

Lorelei Eurto

Ann  Sherwood

Jackie Locantore

Mowse Doyle

Dorit Woldenga

Cheri Reed

Dolores Raml

Palak Udeshi

Laurie Vyselaar

Heather Canepa

Dorothy Supri

Sharyl King

Elaine Robitaille

Heather Marston

Terry Matuszyk

Andra Weber

D’Arsie Manzella

Sooz Anzalone

Karin King

Leona Smith

Tania Spivey

Jasvanti Patel

Danielle Kelley

Shai Williams

Jacqueline Marchant

Erin Kenny

Becky Pancake

Kelly Schermerhorn

Renetha Stanziano

Rana Wilson

Janine Lucas

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Andrea Glick

Joanne Bell

Sarah Strover

Sam Waghorn

Helena Hatten

Jackie Ryan

Bridget Torres

Inge von Roos

Krafty Max

Iveth Caruso

Rebecca Ednie

Amy Severino

Sandra Wollberg

Blanca Medina

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Samantha Wescott

Christine Stonefield

Silke Groeber

Alenka Obid

Lori Bowring Michaud

April Grinaway

Yvette Goodridge

Kathy Lindemer

Kathleen A Breeding

Joyce Becker

Pam Farren

Divya N

Sherri Stokey

Terri DelSignore

Kate Gonska

Jean Wells

CJ Bauschka

Bonnie Coursolle

Barb Fernald

Noemí Baena

Dana Phillips

Karen Firnberg

Michelle  Escano Caballero

Natalie Ettinger

Valerie Norton

Rachel Mallis

Denise Milward

Bobbie Rafferty

Vonna Maslanka

Elisabeth Auld

Hannah Rosner

Carla Fry

Terri Gauthier

Teresa Fischer

Tanya Goodwin

Barbara Judy

Leanne Loftus

Carrie Stalcup

Lori Schneider

Joelyn Bissing

Kate Dufour

Gail Poveda

Katie Nielsen-Nunez

Pam DeBoer

Dee Elgie

Judy Jacobs

Elisabeth Matouschek

Shawn Elkins

Sally Russick

Susan McClelland

Tracy Stillman

Robin Lynne Showstack

Marianne Baxter

Maria Rosa Sharrow

Therese Frank

Sandi Volpe

Leslie Scholz

Joan Williams

Laura Guenther

Liz Engriser

B.R.Kuhlman

Bev Breisinger

Radel Vela

Kim Dworak

Carol Dillman

Alice Craddick

Janeen Burlingame

Leah Curtis

Ann Marie Hodrick

Donna Millard

Hajer Waheed Khalil

Lucy Clasen

Michelle McCarthy

Maria Rios

Babette Cox

Natalie Davidson

Brenda Ballou

Christina Hickman

Heather Gunther

 

March 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm 49 comments

Bead Soup Blog Party 2017

 

After a short (2 year) hiatus, the Bead Soup Blog Party will once again be in full swing! I’m so excited to be back as a part of the original bead swap, and love what the host, Lori Anderson has chosen as a theme …

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According to Lori,

“The reason I chose this BSBP to be a Bead Hoarders edition is because 2016 was made with not much beauty and a whole lot of horrible. A crazy election no matter which side you were on; horrific events throughout the world; deaths of many icons …”

“… I would like to start 2017 by opening our hearts to hope and beauty and true gift-giving. I don’t want people to send just anything, but something they love and would imagine brightening the day of someone …”

“… I want this to feel like a true giving of the heart. Paying love forward to a person you may not even know.”

 

Especially in light of recent events, I can’t think of a better theme than that!                    Stay tuned for good things to come 🙂

February 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm 1 comment

bead soup blog party reveal

Oh … so exciting!   Today is the day … the BIG REVEAL for all those participating in Lori Anderson’s 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party! I can.not.wait. to see what everyone has designed and created!

My beautiful bead soup (if you’ll remember, from the lovely Niky Sayers) has been simmering and stewing away for a few weeks now.  It has finally finished percolating, having left a delightful aroma and an amazing array of ideas to create with.

{a reminder of what Niky sent me (isn’t it gorgeous!?) Thank You so much, Niky!! }

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With such a beautiful assortment, only a few extra ingredients were added to get things going … and they were;

~ a pinch of Czech glass beads, and copper beads,

~ a splash of leather,

~ a drop of chain,

~ a handful of copper rivets,

~ a pat of fabric bias tape,

~ and a little dash of brass & copper wires.

 

And the end result?

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Similar to last year, with so many pretty components, I decided to create more than 1 piece to give them all the spotlight they deserve.  (and besides that … there were just so many ideas running around in my head!)  The initial reveal date was set for May 3rd, and by that time, I had created 3 different pieces … a mixed multi media wrap bracelet, a fabric and chain double strand bracelet and a prominent focal pendant necklace.

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This mixed multi media wrap bracelet features Niky’s handmade coin clasp up front and centre! It is surrounded by the  polka dot lampwork spacer beads by Laura Sparling, the pearl beads, some added Czech glass trumpet beads and a leather band with copper rivets and accents.

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This fabric and chain double strand bracelet features the pink (possibly rose quartz or jade?) round beads surrounded by Liberty of London fabric (in a nod to where this soup originated!) and added natural brass chain & findings.

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This prominent focal pendant necklace features the stunning lampwork focal by Moogin Beads, Niky’s own fancy head pins tripled up with the focal bead and also used as a design element & connector for the Roman glass bead on top surrounded by an added natural brass ring, and copper findings.

 

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Since, the reveal was postponed a week – until now …  a bit of extra time was granted, which gave a little incentive to create a few other items, so for this year’s celebration …  5 pieces materialized out of  my beautiful bead soup (I guess I just wanted as many of the beads to get to go to the bead soup blog party!)

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The newest editions were the butterfly dangle earrings, centered around the beautiful lampwork head pins by Earth Shine Beads, and paired with copper butterfly beads and simple natural brass ear wires.

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And lastly, another multi strand bracelet (hmm … I’m sensing a trend here!)  focusing around Niky’s lentil coin bead and featuring square czech glass beads, liberty of london fabric, purple leather and a mixture of copper and natural brass wire and findings.

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Participating in an event such as this is so incredible.  It is beyond amazing to see the creativity of such a collective group of talented participants – to see what they were sent, and how they chose to work with that to design truly spectacular pieces. It is also so wonderful to receive a package of gorgeous goodies that one would not ordinarily find, and to have been teamed up with a fantastic partner who has now become a new overseas friend 🙂  I can not thank Lori enough for creating/ hosting/organizing such an extraordinary event, and for choosing such a perfect partner to work with! And a huge Thank You to Niky for making this so much fun! I hope you like what became of your beads!

 

Now … I can’t wait to see what Niky came up with, from the soup I sent her!  Interested?  Let’s go check out Silver NikNats …

 

Need more!?  To see a list of all of those participating, and their amazing creations, please visit our lovely host – Lori Anderson’s site

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2014/05/welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party.html

Have fun!

May 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm 143 comments

coffee & some (bead) soup

And … we’re off!

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The 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party is officially underway, and international partners have been assigned!

(If you’ll remember from last year’s post … the Bead Soup Blog Party is a wonderful once a year event, partnering participates from all over the world, who in turn send each other an assortment of beads and other goodies with the hopes of challenging their jewellery design skills and encouraging them to “think outside of their normal box” when it comes to creating pieces of jewellery. All of this is the brainchild of the amazing, one and only – Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog!)

I have just *met* my partner from the U.K. (hand picked by Lori, herself) and I must say … Niky Sayers of Silver NikNats and I must be kindred spirits! From her being a self proclaimed “lampwork bead addict”, to her taste in art, to her love of colour, the British show Sherlock & all things vintage-y – her contradiction (favourite word!) in style is as eclectic as mine! I’m very excited to see where this year’s soup will take us 🙂

Stay tuned to find out …

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** Update:  the Blog Party has been pushed back a week, and will now begin on May 10th! **

March 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm 3 comments

bead soup blog party – revealed!

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.

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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 …


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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.

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

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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 … http://torchfairy.blogspot.ca/2013/04/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal.html to find out!

* to see a list of all of the 3rd reveal blog participants … see Lori’s Pretty Things blog here … http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.ca/2013/04/welcome-to-3rd-reveal-of-7th-bead-soup.html

April 26, 2013 at 10:00 am 37 comments

Bead Soup Party

What’s for lunch?  How about some Bead Soup?

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I’m pretty excited to have signed up and be able to participate in my first ever Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Party, you may ask?

It is a once a year event hosted by Lori Anderson on her blog Pretty Things – where lucky participants get paired up with other jewellery designers (from all over the world) and each sends the other a package (a bead soup mix!) of beads, a clasp, a focal piece and perhaps some assorted other goodies.  You then create one or more pieces of jewellery with those goodies, and can incorporate beads & findings from your own stash, bearing in mind that the focal piece and the clasp sent to you are requirements, and must be used.  Isn’t that a perfect way to stir up your (possibly dormant!) creativity? (Especially since you may receive items that you would not normally work with).

It was announced on the weekend, that I have been paired up with a glass & metal artist from Kelowna, Canada – Fay Wolfenden of Fay Wolfenden Designs and you can check out her blog – here!  I can’t wait to see what she will do with the pieces I’ve sent her.  I’ll be sure to post a picture of what I sent (and what I receive, too!) once I know she’s received her package (have to keep it a secret until then, don’t cha know!).  There will also definitely be photos of what becomes of it all as well!

Creations will be posted on their “reveal day” (with so many participants, there are 3 separate ones!) which in my case is April 13, 2013.
Let the beading begin 😉

February 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm 4 comments


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