Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Muse Was In a Stylish Box of Beads - Now Serving Bead Soup

I really look forward to Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Parties and this 6th incarnation was no different.  I marked the date for sign-ups in big pink letters on my calendar so I wouldn't forget.  I really enjoy the process of these swaps.  For me, there is no better way to get my juices flowing -- to wake up my muse.  Speaking of my muse, she had been asleep or visiting somebody else for quite a while.  I was hoping that the process of going through my entire bead stash (the first step in the BSBP) would tickle her fancy.  So, back to the process, I go through my stash and find, first, the perfect strand of my handmade beads to send to my partner.  (This year my partner is the lovely and talented Rossana De Gaspari.)  Then match up that strand or pendant with other beads and findings from my stash to send to Rossana.  The rules say to send a focal bead and clasp along with a few coordinating beads and when you receive your beads, you must use those components in your designs.

Here is a reminder of the focal pieces and one of the clasps that Rossana sent to me -- mind you she sent me an entire stash of lovely beads, strand after strand of wonderful inspiration.  I usually design a neckace with the BSBP beads that I've been sent in the past.  Maybe a bracelet or a pair of earrings to match, but always a necklace.  Not this time.  This time I was all about the bracelets.  In fact, I made more than one.

The first bracelet that I made, I used only the pretty orange stones that were in the stash box that Rossana sent.  I have had that hollow glass bead, that my good friend Amy gifted to me, for years.  I've been keeping it for something special.  These orange stones (I'm not sure what they are, maybe some type of marble?), fit that bill.  I just did simple macrame with the leather cord from the stash box around the beads, which I wired up the center for a bit of strength.  It came out great, don't you think?
Next, still on the macrame kick, I used the ceramic focal, lampwork and ceramic rondelles from the stash box, along with some chocolate brown waxed linen (along in the stash box) to create this bracelet.  I used a simple lobster clasp for a closure here.

I wanted to make as many pieces as I could without adding much from my own stash for the reveal, today.  With the huge selection that Rossana sent me, I was able to make another bracelet.

I used the wonderful Glass Addictions bead from the stash as the center point.  I wired it to two large jump rings from the box and then linked two wired strands of Czech glass (one from the stash box and one from my stash) that I coiled around each other then linked those to one of the clasps that were in the stash box.

Last but not least, are these two pair of earrings that I made. For the earrings, I'll admit to having used some beads from my own stash, the turquoise donuts in the dangling pair and the ceramic disks in the hoops.  (I made three, but had a terrible time photographing the earrings.  Thus, only photos of two pair.  After all of these pieces, I still have enough stash left over to make many, many more pieces.  In fact, come back in the next couple of days -- I plan to post a few more of the pieces that I made, one featuring the other copper clasp from Rossana's generous stash of beads.

Now, continue on and visit the other lovely designers who have contributed to this wonderful party.  Start with rdegas blog, my partner, Rossana's blog and then you can visit them all:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
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
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
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
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, HourGlass Studio
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 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
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. Love, love the macramé look. My favorite is the focal bead with the blue beads and brown macramé!

  2. Beautiful pieces. I especially love the orange bracelet.

  3. I really love that second bracelet especially! Lovely job with your soup.

  4. I always have a heck of a time making bracelets but yours turned out wonderfully. I especially love the second one which is one that I would be proud to wear.

  5. I absolutely love what you did with your bead soup!!! You made some amazing bracelets and earrings! I especially love, love, love what you did with the Glass Addictions focal bead! It has been a pleasure having you as my BSBP partner!

  6. very interesting bracelets - the macrame gives a nice texture! My favorite is the one with the ceramic focal, which is gorgeous!

  7. Those bracelets are delightful and the macrame detail is wonderful

  8. Love your creations and your macrame work is awesome! Nicely done! Beautiful creations!

  9. You had some nice soup and made some really lovely pieces! The ceramic focal, bracelet is wonderful, the macrame complements the rustic feel to this.

  10. All your pieces are lovely, but that first bracelet is my favorite. I love the simple design which lets the beauty of the stones show. And the hollow glass bead is the perfect finishing touch!

  11. very creative designs, elegant and funny! comgratulations!

  12. I'm totally addicted to your bracelets! so glad you made them! They're gprgeous!!

  13. Beautiful pieces, and I especially love bracelets!! Love the blues with the darker, rustic colors! I'm hopping around this time, not participating, and having a great time! Have a great week!

  14. What a fun collection of beads you had to work with! Looks like your muse definitely came to visit! :)

  15. These are great, well done. ;-)

  16. Love your macrame work with beads! Beautiful creations!

  17. Love the use of macrame, it gives the pieces a bohemian look. Fantastic!!

  18. Love the bracelets and waxed linen is so much fun!!!

  19. Very pretty! I've been trying my hand at macrame myself. Lovely!

  20. Great job with your soup. I like all of your pieces.

  21. Love your soup!! The macrame is perfect for the beaded bracelet

  22. Gorgeous work.I love the 2nd bracelet :)

  23. Very nice pieces. Love the macrame.

  24. Wonderful bracelets and earrings. You did a really Soup-er job with your bead soup!

  25. Love the bracelets and love the macrame. It's great how old techniques are still being used in new and creative ways. Great job!

  26. that first bracelet is my favourite which I'm surprising myself by saying since I'm not much of an orange fan, but it's really quite charming

  27. Very creative and very beautiful.Love and hugs Tanya

  28. All of your pieces came out so nice! I especially like the bracelet with the ceramic focal. Very well done!

  29. What great pieces. My favorite is the second bracelet with that great ceramic focal, the waxed linen and the beads. but they're all nice.

  30. I love that you did bracelets. I am all about the bracelets too. Love the colors in the 2nd piece. Great job with your soup!

  31. the second bracelet is my favorite. you did a lovely job with your soup. well done!

  32. Beautiful bracelets, thanks for showing them!

  33. Great bracelets! I especially love the one with the ceramic focal!

  34. Pretty pieces!! Love the two turquoise bracelets!

  35. I love the bracelet that you made from the bead sent by glass addictions.


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