Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party #6 Second Reveal!

The second reveal for the GIGANTIC Bead Soup Blog Party is today. What's a Bead Soup? Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog hosts a hop where partners pick a focal bead and clasp, together with any other supplies they choose, and swap them with their partners. What they've sent is a suprise till it's received, and what they've made is a suprise until the reveal! My partner is Jeannie Dukic, and she sent me a beautiful soup of  her polymer beads, a gorgeous "gin blossom" focal and button, beautiful clasps.
A necklace and bracelet featuring the beautiful focal and button came together very easily-- see what you think.

I strung faceted amazonite and brass spacers, pink opal nuggets and the cherry quartz that Jeannie sent with the polymer focal, and added a brass bee charm buzzing around that blossom.

Jeannie's beautiful hand-made copper clasp on the necklace.
On the bracelet, I added Peruvian opal to the pink, oval amazonite, some fire polished Czech glass, a leaf charm and sari silk. 

I'm pleased with how the pieces came together-- they are substantial but very wearable. This pushed me out of my comfort zone as I haven't worked with polymer focal pieces, and I haven't strung  such weighty stones in a very long time. But they were the perfect complement to Jeannie's floral pieces, and I'd definately design something similar again.

Be sure to visit Jeannie's blog next! Here is the list of the other participants -- you are in for a real treat!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


  1. So pretty. I love these colours and how you put the beads together!

  2. You matched Jeannie's gin blossom beautifully. I just ran across the sand dollars I bought from here, and can't wait to use them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Wonderful soup goodies! Love how you put the necklace and bracelet together!

  4. You may have run out of time, but the necklace and bracelet you did get made are really fabulous. You ought to be proud of how well they turned out. :)

  5. very soft colors,the leaf was a nice addition, lovely designs.

  6. I love the beads you used to accent Jeannie's art beads. Your necklace and bracelet are beautiful.

  7. The soup beads and the ones you provided go so well together. Color yourself proud!

  8. I love the mint and pink together! Jeannie's Gin Blossoms are my favorite of her designs and I have a few still that I'm hoarding!

  9. So beautiful. colors look wonderful and I love that focal!

  10. How very very pretty your finished pieces are. I love the soft, girly colours you worked with. Beautiful!

  11. This is lovely. The mint beads lend to a interesting color palette.

  12. Wow! You have given a different look to Jeannie's beadsoup for you when you added pink opal nuggets and amazonite. Your necklace looks so soft and feminine. Love the colors. I love the little bee too. A nice detail to the necklace!

  13. Jenna, love what you did with the focals. The mixture of the sherbet colored beads with the brass is a sweet mix. The addition of the bee and leaf charms is just the right touch. Very pretty and you are an excellent cook!!

  14. Gorgeous - love both pieces. Very pretty colour combinations - great use of the focals :)

  15. Love your bead soup designs.... super job! Fun to hop and enjoyed your site!!!
    Great job!

  16. Great color combinations! Love the pieces you made:)

  17. Ooh this is a very soothing palette looks perfect for these soon to be last days of summer. Great work

  18. I love the colors you chose in this piece. Nice piece...great job!

  19. Beautiful pieces - love the colors!

  20. Wonderful job, love the colors you chose.

  21. Both pieces are beautiful. It was a great choice pairing the amazonite with the color of her focal. Great job!

  22. You made beautiful jewelry. I love your color choices.

  23. beautifully made and beautifully photographed. You have done an amazing job with the colors and composition.

    Melissa Muir

  24. Lucky you to have gotten Jeannie! I love her polymer and her Gin Blossoms are my favorite. Your color combination is wonderful and I love, love your necklace. Great soup.

  25. beautiful soup and beautiful pieces with it!
    I love the color combo!
    ciao dall'Italia

  26. So beautiful! I love the color combination. Just stunning.

  27. Lovely pieces and your pics are great too!

  28. What pretty colours I really like this!

  29. It reminds me of Easter candy! Cute!

  30. Pretty necklace! Reminds me of Spring!

  31. Very nice creations, you did a great job!!

  32. Very pretty pieces, and the stones you chose complement the focals very well! I do like the bee by the flower focal, nice touch!

  33. I love your color combinations and copper elements. Great job!

  34. What a great bead soup you receieved. Those opal nuggets from your own stash are lucious and work so well in your pieces.

  35. Beautiful colour palette. Amazonite works really well with the focal!

  36. Dreammmmmmy colour palette, and the design is so lush! Wonderful design and beautiful use of your bead soup!!!

  37. Beautiful color palette! Reminds me of a breezy summer day at the beach! Lovely job with your soup!

  38. Very pretty designs! Love the color theme!

  39. A friendly's kinda hard to see the whole piece since many of the pics are so close up (or it might just be me, lol). But, the colors together are gorgeous! What a great focal you had to work with.

  40. I love the colors in your necklace. So pretty.

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