Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bead Soup #7: 3rd Reveal Group

First, I would like to welcome you to my first time participating in a Bead Soup Blog Party Hop. I am also one of the new trial run Facebook participants. It just so happens that I now have gotten a blog up and running to participate in more blog hops. I hope I can keep up with you seasoned bloggers! Second, I must invest in a camera that can handle what I want it to do. Frustration was getting the best of me after having so much fun with creating with my Bead Soup. I've done my best to try to describe what's going on but great pictures would have been better. Less typing for me anyway! After many hours of  loading and previewing this blog I was fighting the tears but I am sure it is all in the aggravation of not knowing what I am supposed to be doing to make this an easy process. And of course the pictures......again. Thanks for taking the time to visit. I really did have a blast and am ready to get my blog hop on!

I knew where I wanted to start right from the beginning. My partner, Erin Honeycutt, had sent some of the white freshwater pearls that were left from when she made her wedding jewelry 10 years ago. From my stash, I pulled some tiny green colored freshwater pearls to complement. Now what? There were some clear cut glass or crystal beads in the soup so I went with the clear, natural and green, Peridot chips. Then I saw the sweetest single little Hematite bead in the soup and knew I had many various shapes and sizes that I could add. There, I had the beads ready, just wanted to see what clasps I had yet and then I would be able to start some designing. Looking through all my little snap boxes wasn't too bad as I am pretty organized. I just hadn't seen them for awhile. Ohhhh, ahhhh, I love dragonfly's! There was a dragonfly toggle and some tiny dragonfly beads to add to the bracelet to tie it all together. I used beading wire and crimp tubes to connect everything. I must admit that crimps scare me sometimes. I just don't trust them as much as wire wraps. The bracelet is a combo of one link going into three with three embellished paddles hanging near the toggle.

The Green Dragonfly

Now that I've gotten my feet wet, I had best get moving on more pieces! I was so happy with my first Bead Soup Jewelry piece that I ever made that I needed to snap back to reality fast. You see, I hadn't used the focal or the closure sent in my soup mix yet. That is a must in the rules. Well, at least when I sorted the beads for the bracelet, I had grouped the rest of the beads to where I wanted them. One of the challenges for me with the soup was that I wasn't used to working with very small beads. You can see I pretty much got over that with the Green Dragonfly bracelet. Where you have small beads, you have equally small holes...... Now, that was a challenge! The darker oval shaped beads are a amethyst color and vary in sizes. I paired them with smokey gray crystals to pull the gray tones from the toggle. Here comes another first, wire wrapping with copper. I'm a silver girl, but I keep my granddaughter in copper. I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I used just a little. The white beads I used in this were parts from a broken necklace. If I have this right it was one of a two strand necklace, given to Erin and made by her best friend. She still wears the other strand often. I'm so glad to have her as a part of my new bracelet, too. Then I just ended up adding some brassy pewter beads for length and did all my wire wrapping and curly q's. The toggle needed to blend in with all of that a little bit more so I went fishing again for some thinner copper wire and just added it for continuity. Another one done and I am feeling a sense of accomplishment!

Copper Dangles Bracelet
Goodness, I am having fun! Now on to the wonderful focal Erin has created just for me. I wish you could all see it in person. The pebble she picked up in Lake Erie and drilled herself has tiny little sprinkles of shiny in it. It sparkles when the light hits it, so more silver seemed appropriate. Erin had incorporated garnet and amber with it and wrapped it with sterling wire as well. What a wonderful choice! From her soup, I had five amber color beads, one lone white bead and four red glass beads left from the broken, best friend necklace, that will look great in there. I laid things out on my board and started the task of filling in the spaces while trying to keep the soup pieces towards the front of the necklace. Let me just make one thing perfectly clear. I am glad I am a bead hoarder! Whew, that felt good to confess...... It really is convenient to just go shopping in your own studio. So I pulled out the SS wire, SS jump rings, and pewter beads. Then I added some golden amber discs, dark amber roundels and two really dark coral beads. I didn't really have a "plan" but I knew what feeling I was going for. The start was to make the focal drop down a little more. After that I added the long beads to branch it out similar to a Y necklace. The soup mix beads came next to stay close to the front. I made some chainmaille knots and linked them together for a little dimension. I decided to do a couple sections with beading wire, amber discs, spacers, seed beads and crimps. Then I did a couple more sections using the amber roundels the same way, mainly because I wanted some interest up in the length. I linked them together with the wire wrapped coral and pewter. To finish the length off, I just did simple jump rings in a two-one-two pattern to a simple lobster clasp. And Ta-Da, done!

Erin's Erie Escape

I had planned on a pair of earrings to use the paper beads that Erin and her kids made out of old National Geographic Magazines. Unfortunately, I need to find the perfect beads to go with them. I may NEED to go shopping!!!!!

Now please go visit my partner Erin Honeycutt to see what she's created with her Bead Soup!

Here's the list of participants & links to this 3rd part of the Reveal of BSBPH #7

Agi Kiss
Amanda Tibbetts
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christine Hansen
Cindy Cima
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Danielle Kelley
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis
Heather Otto
Ildiko Jarai

Inge von Roos
Jackie Locantore
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica KlaarenHttp://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Judith Johnston
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin von
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Kristina Hahn
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Lena Adams
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Lisa Boucher
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Mischelle Fanucchi

Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood

Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rossana De Gaspari
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman


  1. Wowee it's obvious how much fun you had, you can see it in every piece. And what amazing pieces they are. I love the colours, the styes and they way you've put them together. I am drooling with desire!

  2. Love that dragonfly bracelet design! And wow you have accomplished a lot for your jewelry with a new blog, FB page, etc. Don't worry about the camera issues. Most of us are learning as we go with that. Just keep practicing and reading all the hints from others. I am new to this also so I hope you will come visiting at
    What is your FB page address?

  3. Lovely pieces, especially the first one, it is so much fun! :)

  4. Beautiful. You got so much done! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Beautiful♥ Dragonfly bracelet♥ It turned out very well, your challenge with the little beads! Have a nice summer!