Oct 22, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party!

The people at Kalmbach are holding a Bead Soup Party to promote Lori Anderson's new "Bead Soup"
book.  They enlisted several artists to send a stash of beads to people who asked to participate, and these people would design and make a necklace.  Once made 
a picture of the necklace was emailed to Kalmbach for posting on Facebook and Pinterest, and the necklace will be entered in a drawing for gift certificates to the Kalmback store www.KalmbachStore.com.

I received this bead soup from Janis at Bead Lounge
www.beadlounge.com, and created my necklace.

Here are the soup components.

And here is the finished necklace.  I added some greek leather to complete the design using the bead soup.

Aug 25, 2012

Third Reveal of the 
6th Bead Soup Blog Party

The time is here to taste the "Soup".  Lori Anderson has done it again.  Putting together 300 plus artists who exchanged beads and then created beautiful pieces of jewelry.  Get ready for a fun taste!

My Partner is Lisa Chapman of Beach Cat Beads and this is what she sent me. 

and here is my first design

The Heart Focal is a Lampwork Bead made by an artist in New Smyrna, Florida, where Lisa lives.  There are so many beautiful colors in this bead, but I was drawn to the blue.  I added small sodalite beads to compliment and finished with the little dragonfly charm.  The chain is brass and is a long 33".  It will be nice for layering with other pieces.  Here is a picture showing the length.

My next piece gave me a little trouble.  I wanted to use the Toggle Clasp as my focal piece and I wasn't sure where I was going to place it, so I went into the bathroom to look in the mirror and immediately dropped the toggle part down the drain.  In trying to retrieve it with pliers I pushed it further down.  Now this is not an easy under the counter pipe that I could remove, it is a pedestal sink with all the plumbing inside that pedestal.  Fortunately my husband came to the rescue and saved the day.  Here is what I designed.  I should call it my "Wayward Toggle" necklace. :)

I wire wrapped the azurite, rutilated quartz, dyed red quartz and jasper on one side, and completed the necklace with the brass chain.  Once I got it together I felt it needed some balance, so I threaded the silk ribbon through the chain and finished with a bow at the top, and then added some dyed red quartz as dangles.  Here is a close up of the toggle clasp.

Lisa sent me so many beautiful things that I just kept creating.  Here are the earrings I made with the little turtle beads that she sent.  I love the Trinity Brass ear wires.

Last but not least I wanted to try something a little Bohemian.  I have a new fun book  called "Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry", and used that for my inspiration.  Using the white hemp cord, and some Greek leather I fashioned a bracelet with some Golden Tornado Beads, ceramic beads and jasper.  I think it's fun, and very Bohemian!

Thank you for visiting my blog and now you will want to continue on for more soup with the other artists.  Here is the list

 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
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

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
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
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 - you are here!
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
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

Jul 12, 2012

Ladder Bracelet

Yesterday happened to be my daughter-in-law, Maria's, birthday, and I always enjoy making something special for her at this time.  The ladder bracelet design shown here was made popular by Chan Luu, who makes and sells beautiful bracelets, and I found a very good free tutorial at www.beadshop.com so that I could try to make one.  I like how it turned out.

My Bead Soup Is Here!

Bead Soup is here and I can't wait to start cooking!

Lisa Chapman, my partner from Beach Cat Beads, was so generous.  The colors are beautiful, and my mind is spinning on what to design.  There will be more than one piece for sure. :)

When I opened my envelope I received this fun package.  I lived in the Palm Springs, CA area for 20 or so years, so the Palm Trees are very nostalgic for me.

Then I opened the package and  was thrilled to find this

I have dyed quartz, rutilated quartz, azurite, impression jasper.  The heart focal is lampwork made by an artist in Smyrna Beach, where Lisa lives.  Caliente Glass made the four "Tornado Beads".  The ceramic beads are by Firefly Design Studio in Port Charlotte, Fl.  I love the Nunn Toggle Clasp and the brass earwires and floral rectangle tags.  I can't wait to get started.  Check back on 8/25 for the big reveal.

Jun 29, 2012

My Bead Soup Partner

As I mentioned in my last post, I am participating in Lori Anderson's, 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  I'd like to introduce my talented and interesting partner,
Lisa Chapman.  Lisa lives in Florida, and told me that she and her husband settled there after a sailing sabbatical.  I'd love to hear more about that, Lisa.  She has been designing and making jewelry for about 12 years, and you can visit her blog here, and her etsy shop here.  Please come back on August 25 to view the big reveal of our designs.


6th Bead Soup Blog Party

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

Its party time again.  Lori Anderson is sponsoring her 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.  They are so much fun to participate in.  We get to trade some yummy beads with our selected partners (I'll tell you about mine below) and then on the "reveal" dates we get to show what we have made with these yummy beads.  Below are the reveal dates, and if you click on Lori's link below you will see the 400 artists that are participating this time.

1st Reveal - 7/28

2nd Reveal - 8/11

3rd Reveal - 8/25 

Apr 9, 2012


I apologize for the ads that are appearing in between my posts.  I'm at a loss right now on how to remove them.  If anyone has a clue please let me know.  Thanks.

I'm ready to start playing in the clay

I've been on a little forced vacation and am anxious to get back playing in the clay.  With arms loaded I missed a step coming our of our Travel Trailer, and landed on a nice hard cement driveway.  One shining black eye and a fractured right wrist set me back a few weeks.  I have one more week in my brace and am ready to get to work.  Come back soon to see what I am doing.