6th Bead Soup Blog Party-The Final Reveal!!!

6th Bead Soup Blog Party-The Final Reveal!!!

It has finally arrived!!! Many weeks ago, I posted about a Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson. My partner in beading, Gretchen Nation of ArtFoodLodging and I swapped healthy, delicious servings of Bead Soup, and now we get to reveal what we did with it!! Gretchen was so kind as to send me an incredible array of beady goodness, as well as vintage laces, ribbon and buttons! Not to mention the vintage German dolls! I had so many ideas, and of course, I got frustrated because I couldn’t for the life of me decide which idea to go with. It happens often for me-too many options, and suddenly I freeze, because well, if I do *this*, then I can’t do *that*.. etc. Anyway, I finally overcame that, and am pretty happy with what I came up with:

I call this set Native Chic, and as you can see, it took me back to the basics, stringing beads and bringing them together into a harmonious, elegance. Though I love wire-wrapping and am moving forward into metal work, the gorgeous, strong turquoise focal demanded to be paired with silver and the vintage beads Gretchen sent. Just look at that hunka, hunka burning turquoise!

I paired the turquoise focal with some of the other Soup Gretchen sent: the vintage faceted glass teal beads with gold caps, shiny silver glass beads, and the nifty multi-strand connector that I used unconventionally here by incorporating into my focal piece. I added beads from my own old stock to the mix: faceted glass jet ovals and rondelles, the teal glass tulips, teal glass foil beads, as well as another bead mix I got for free from a de-stash (Thank you, Carolyn!!) that includes vintage looking glass silver beads, and sweet little faceted glass silver rounds! For the earrings, Gretchen had sent the awesome faceted briolettes in the bottom center, I added the bead caps from my own stock, glass teal tulips, two last faceted glass teal beads with gold caps from Gretchen, and topped it with faceted glass jet rondelles all hung on my own ear wires.  All together, the necklace with the gorgeous sterling silver clasp Gretchen sent and the earrings, I was getting a very Native American vibe from the set, and yet instead of rustic that is often seen, I felt the set was more Chic. I pictured someone wearing this with a white button down blouse, tucked into crisp jeans, tucked into intricately tools leather cowgirl boots. Or paired with a soft white, gauzy cotton sundress, tooled leather cowgirl boots, cowgirl hat…
Yes, I often picture ensembles when I’m creating jewelry!

With such a generous portion of Soup, my mind has been racing with what to do with some of the other goodies. I was drawn over and over to the sweet little white feathers and the bone beads from Alaska that Gretchen included. I had never worked with feathers before, so the idea enticed me and swirled around the back of my mind as the days went by. Then I won Magpie Gemstones Free Beads for Fans on Facebook. When I saw what they had sent, I knew right away I needed to make a pair of earrings:

To the Alaskan feathers and bone beads, I added red bamboo corral that I had, and the sweet turquoise disks I won, all entwined in copper, hung on my own made copper ear wires. I loved them when I finished making them, but felt they needed just a little more *something*. The copper was just a little too bright, too distracting. LOS was out of the question, as was Perma Blue, since I didn’t want the feathers to be damaged. Then I remember a technique I had seen used on the Jewelry and Bead Lovers Facebook group by one of the members. Ammonia! I dabbed salt water over the exposed copper, laying it on pretty thick-I could see salt grains in some spots. Then, using Fireline strung through the shaker holes of an old, large spice container on which I hung the earrings, I poured half an inch of ammonia in the bottom of the container and set it on the back patio. A few hours later, I was elated to find the beautiful blue patina-that matches the turquoise perfectly! It’s really interesting to see a blue tinge developed in some spots on a few of the white bone beads, and the feathers took on a slightly aged look. I rinsed the earrings in cold water, rubbing the copper areas clean, and used a blow dryer to dry the feathers. I call them Dancing Feather, because they make me think of Sherry of Sherry’s Jewels. I will let you conjure up your own ensembles for these. 🙂

One interesting little group of beads Gretchen sent were what, in my mind, were “orphan beads”. I don’t know why they made me think of them that way, but they seemed so happy together, similar, and yet each so different… I put half of them aside-they seemed to have developed their own little clique, and therefore didn’t quite fit in with the little group I was focusing on at the time and they will be dealt with later-and I drew my attention to the four remaining stones. I identified two as magnesite, I believe, and the other two, perhaps some type of banded jasper? They were on the largish side, and I loved how they looked together brought together in a line. It seems they were meant to be focal beads. As a group, not individually. And it seems they were going to demand all the attention in anything they were made into, and so I opted to not add any beads from my own stash at all with this necklace-Boho Coils:

Wound in copper with coils, each bead received special attention, and stands out on its own. They are brought together with heavy 14 gauge jump rings. I chose to use two strands of chain-an antiqued copper and an antiqued brass, which are joined to the beads by means of figure eights I also fashioned. The piece ends in a heavy duty, hand forged clasp. I added a light patina and buffed. I didn’t realize at the time that my pictures of this piece weren’t clear. I’m not sure what happened there, so I apologize. I think this is my favorite of the two necklaces I made, and I have a feeling it will get tons of wear! I see it dressing up my usually slovenly appearance of jeans, faded teeshirt and running shoes by adding a touch of bohemian class.

Thus concludes my Big Reveal. I still have plenty of goodies to horde  play with all in good time, and will share here the things I make. Many, many thanks again to my wonderful Soup partner, Gretchen Nation and to our wonderful hostess, Lori Anderson. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of such a huge Blog Party, and I am very glad to have new-found friends and comrades in beads.  May we all go forth and create! =^..^=

Please be sure you check out the rest of the participants’ Reveals, and especially Gretchen’s blog!
I cannot wait to see what she’s whipped up with the soup I sent her!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin’
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann’s Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution

Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems

Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth’s Blog

Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda

Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels

Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
You are here—>Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope

Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez

Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul’s Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo’s Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce’s Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads

Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road

Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi’s Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts

Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color

Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny

Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca’s Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee’s Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog

Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin’ of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs

Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


41 Responses

  1. Ooo — Drooly, drooly! I LoVe those feather earrings and the orphan bead necklace! And the “hunka hunka burnin’ turquoise” — hahaha. Loved it. 🙂

  2. Oh you made some beauties! I’m swooning over that first pair of earrings. . .that almost make my mouth water they’re so yummy-looking. And, I am really drawn to your last piece with the wire-wrapped stones. It’s such a unique and stunning design. Wonderful work all in all!

  3. Everything is beautiful, but I love love love those feather earrings. And the last necklace is gorgeous!

  4. I can see from your last pieces why you use wirework, you do it beautifully. The strung necklace is very pretty too. The ammonia did turn the copper a fantastic blue, very interesting effect.

  5. AWESOME work! I love the feather earrings. And love the necklace with the chunk of turquoise… beautiful. thanks for coming to the party!

  6. Beautiful work. I especially like the earrings. You actually patinaed them after assembly? Great job, Did you you a sealer on the patina? These are awesome.

  7. Your turquoise necklace is beautiful and the coils on the “orphan beads” really make them stand out!!

  8. I just love the wire wrapping on the second necklace and I am with you. I think that it is my favorite and would so perfectly fit my style.

  9. Outstanding job with your soup. All of your pieces are very creative. Can I say I am lusting after the earrings? LOL Seriously your stuff is awesome & it’s great that you make your own components. That makes your pieces one of a kind & very special.

  10. Thank you, everyone!! I had so much fun, and hope to be a part of Lori’s future hops.
    I plan to do a tutorial here on my blog, with step by step pictures of the ammonia patina, if anyone is interested to check back when we return from our trip to Oregon (I’m hoping I’ll have it posted the second week of September)
    Gretchen, if was great being partners! Let’s keep in touch (FB makes that SO easy!), and if you ever do come to Austin, please let me know! I wish my brother was getting married in Portland! 🙂

  11. They are all such cute pieces, but I love those feather earrings. I love organic things and feathers. Those turned out great. I’ll have to re-read how you did the patina again. I haven’t tried that yet.

  12. All of your pieces are perfect!!! I especially love the necklace done in earth tones with the wire coils. Just my style. You’ve had a very successful BSBP.

  13. The dancing feathers earrings are GORGEOUS!!! Love how you coloured the metal turquois to match the stones. And the rest of the creations are fabulous as well.

  14. Heather! I love, love, love what you created! So inventive how you used that silver piece, too. I will have to try the salt water shading, in the near future. Coiling is another thing I have never done, but I just got the Rusting Wrappings book, yesterday, and after seeing how you’ve used on the last way cool necklace, I am giving that one a try tomorrow! You have been a great partner, thanks so much!