Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party

This is my second Bead Soup Blog Party hostessed by the fabulous  Lori Anderson.  This is basically how Lori sets it up: She held sign ups one day for the event and paired people together from all over the world.  There are around 500 participates. Each pair was tasked with sending each other a Bead Soup, consisting of a focal, a special clasp, and some coordinating beads.  The rules are you MUST use the focal and clasp (but not necessarily in the same piece) and that you use all, any, or none of the coordinating beads sent to you. You can make one piece or many.

I was partnered with Pam DeBoer. Yes Pam and Pam are Bead Soup Partners.  Lori was that clever of you or what?  Please visit her Blog at http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/.  Here is what Pam send me as Bead Soup:



Such pretty Gemstones of  Kambaba Jasper, Black Onyx, Adventurine, Ceramic Beads, Kashmiri Beads, Wood Beads, Silver Toned Beads and a Very Large Clasp with enlayed Crystals by Blue Moon.


My 1st Design:






1st design was a necklace using the beautiful Focal Pendant of  Kambaba Jasper and the Kambaba round beads.   I added Brass Beads, Brass Owls, Brass Chain and a Fancy Brass Large Lobster Clasp.


2nd Design:






2nd Design I used the Large Clasp, Silver Toned Beads, and Ceramic Round Beads to make a Choker Style Necklace.  I added Artisan Lampwork Beads, Crystal Spacer Beads (to match the crystals in the clasp), and Glass Pearl Beads.  The Clasp is worn on the side of the neck or could even be worn in the front.


3rd Design: 



3rd Design was a Necklace using the Black Onyx Beads.  I had had this Artisan Lampwork Heart Pendant for the longest time and these Onyx Beads were just the perfect match that it needed.  I added more Artisan Lampwork Beads, Black Crystal Spacer Beads and Black Stone Gemstones.


4th Design:


Introducing one of Little Polymere Clay Owls...my first attempt at working with Polymere Clay




In my 4th Design I made a bracelet with the Kashmiri Beads. They inspired me to incorporate some Vintage Tibetan Beads that a friend give me from her travels.  They include an Ethnic Tibetan Repousse Bead, Nepal Tibetan Beads,  Tibetan Brass Beads, and some that I'm not sure of.  I, also, added  some Yellow Turquoise, a Polymere Clay Owl Bead that I made and a Tassel.

5th Design:



My 5th and final design was a pair of Feathered Earring using a couple of the Wooden Beads.  I added small Caulk Turquoise  Beads and some beautiful Quail Feathers that I collected from some of the Quail where I live in Lake Havasu City.


And here is what I sent Pam for her Bead Soup:


Her Package


Her Soup


A little something extra




Thank you to Lori, my Blog Hop Partner Pam Deboer and everyone for stopping by...Have a GREAT DAY!


Please go 
 here to get the list to visit all the other participants that joined in the fun.                                  








42 comments:

  1. So many beautiful pieces!! You really made justice to your soup, very well done!
    Alenka

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    1. Pepita....Thank you so much! Enjoy the Hop!

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  2. Hello Pam. It's Pam. ;) Awesome. You have inspired me. Thanks for being my partner. LOVE the owls.

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    1. Hi Pam...your are welcome...Thanks for the nice comments and thanks for being my Bead Soup Partner. I loved the Yummy Bead Soup you sent me. Enjoy the the Hop and the Day!

      Smiles, Pam

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  3. Those are all absolutely glorious, especially the Kashmiri bead bracelet. Well done!

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  4. Oh wow, Pam! You are such a talented designer. I love all your pieces --they really are all absolutely gorgeous --but I have to admit to lusting after that first necklace with that focal, those great coordinating beads and those adorable owls! Marvelous :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Cassie "my first Bead Soup Partner". Your comments mean the world to me! Glad you like!

      Happy Hopping!

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  5. All the designs are great but I am totally in love with the first necklace with the second running...well a close second.

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    1. Hi Shaiha...much thanks for your comments! Enjoy the Hop!

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  6. You had a lovely Soup to work with. Your designs are so lovely but I like the bracelet best!!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and enjoying my soup!

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  7. Great pieces! Each one is so unique and gorgeous, I loved the color combinations in each of them...the black and red heart is my favorite though. Great job!

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    1. Klaudte...much thanks for the nice comments...the Red/Black Heart is my favorite, too...hope you are enjoying the Hop

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  8. Beautifully done. I can't choose a favorite, but I am partial to the first necklace, because of the little owls.

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    1. Hi Tammy...thank you! I know I like owls, too. Enjoy the Hop!

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  9. I love the variety in your designs. The little owls particularly appeal to me. What special, creative touches you added to each.

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    1. Thank you so much Mary Ellen...glad you liked my designs! Enjoy the Hop!

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  10. you brightened that jasper, it pops with color

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  11. Wow so many gorgeous pieces! The jasper necklace is just stunning!

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  12. I see that I'm not the only one who likes owls in jewelry! I like how you enhanced each piece with beads from your own stash. The glass spacers & the glass heart pendant make those particular pieces sing, but they are all truly lovely.

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  13. such wonderful soup you received . fabulous finished pieces you made. Love the Kambaba Jasper, It is one of my favourite jaspers. that glass heart is to die for. and luckily you had saved it for just the right black beads. Lovely.

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  14. After the choker, the owl bracelet. I love the subtle glow and versatility of the choker. But the bracelet stole my heart - the owl bead is so cute, especially on the second picture. Good job on the choice and combination of beads and colors. The tassel is such a finishing touch!

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  15. Love how you used that gorgeous clasp as a focal element! And your poly clay owl is adorable!

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  16. Beautifull executed pieces, I love the little owls in the pieces so cute. The first necklace is my favorite what a gorgeous focal, and I love the bracelet with the tassel.

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  17. Love your clay owl! That bracelet is beautiful. Love everything else you made!

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  18. These are all SO gorgeous, Pam! That little owl is a heartbreaker, though, and so well disguised he looks like he is camouflaging himself LOL. Beautifully realized in every way :)

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  19. Everything you made is beautiful. That jasper pendant is breath taking. Loved the use of the clasp in the bracelet. And that red heart is gorgeous too. A very nice reveal. Great job.

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  20. Beautiful semi-precious gems: I love the Kambala jasper necklace with the brass owls, they accent it very nicely. Second design, Gorgeous with the clasp and ceramic beads, love the touches of glass and rhinestone rings... I guess I just love them all, better and better!

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  21. Jasper necklace-my fav! so elegant!

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  22. The 1st one is definitely my fav! Simple nut beautiful and an amazing focal!

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  23. love love love those little owls in your pieces, the brass? ones and the ceramic? just sooo cute! All of your soup pieces are just wonderful!

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  24. Wow, so many beautiful pieces! The first necklace is simple but so elegant! My favourites are the bracelet and the feather earrings. Love the colours and the designs. Very very nice.

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  25. Hi Pam, All 5 of your pieces are awesome. The Kambaba jasper looks wonderful with the gold accents. The lampworked spacers are the perfect touch to the beautiful choker that you made. The black and red together are striking. A real attention getter. Kudos to you for trying polymer clay. Your owls is cute. He fits really well with the other beads that you chose for the bracelet. I like your quail feather earrings. I too have a shoebox of feathers I have collected.Great job using your soup ingredients. The bracelet bar that you sent your partner is wonderful. Who made it and are there more of those available?

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  26. Adore that wonderful stone focal in your first necklace. Great work!

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  27. The jasper piece you made is STUNNING! I gave a pendant to my bff because that jasper reminds me of Van Gogh's Waterlillys - which is her favorite painting. It's one of my favorite gemstones and you did a great job of highlighting it! Beautiful!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  28. Lovely soup, Pam! The second necklace, the bracelet and those pretty earrings are totally my taste. Love the use of the trim tassel - very creative! And these beautiful feathers in the earrings - they fit so well with that turquoise and the copper!

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  29. Everything is so pretty but I think I got a "thing" for that first piece.....the stones just talk to me.

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  30. Your designs are indeed classy! I'm especially eying that first necklace with the big stone focal and the little owls. I like how elegant it feels so the little owls feel like a sneaky surprise while still keeping it so professional. All of your pieces came together wonderfully.

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  31. Wow! Those are all such great designs. That tassel is the perfect little finishing touch on the bracelet. I especially like the first necklace and that you chose all of the brass to go with the kambaba jasper. It sets off the stone beautifully. The owls give it a mysterious energy!

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