Saturday, August 25, 2012

Soup full of Beads

The 3rd and final reveal of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party is finally here which means you get to see what my partner, Andra and I have been up to!
 A quick reminder of what Andra sent me...

 Beautiful, earthy colors.
Lately, I have been teaching myself some metalwork, mostly with copper, so I thought it might be fun to put my new found love to use.  My ideas are always simple, clear cut and symmetrical when it comes to jewelry (I know, boring).  But I thought I just might be able to let these beads shine....

The necklace
Obviously I kept to my true earthy nature...I just can't help myself really. The copper is all my own work.  There are a few rough edges, but I think it just adds to the piece.

The bracelets
Believe it or not, I stepped outside the box for these.  I don't do a lot of bracelets and when I do, there's always chain involved.  I wanted to try a bangle and if this wasn't a perfect opportunity...
Again, there's an earthy feel, but I loved using the different beads to add a little spark of appeal here and there.  They were fun to make, an experiment really, but definitely something I'd like to attempt again.

Oh, and by the way...the clasp Andra sent me, I broke...
I am ashamed, but I am also a tremendous klutz...
A big thank you to Andra for her generosity and thoughtfulness in her selection of beads.  What a fun trip this was.  And an even bigger thank you to Lori for her tremendous ability to pull these parties off every year.  What a lady, I'll tell ya!

I hope you'll run over to my partner's site to check out her creative talent.  
Here's what I sent her...
A focal I created just for her :)

Here's a list of the partiers.
Have fun!!

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
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


  1. Oh WOW! What fun pieces! Those bracelets! You have to do a tutorial on them. I LOVE them.

  2. Beautiful creations! I really like those bangles, too. What did you use as the base, under the fabric?

  3. The bracelets are so gorgeous =)

  4. Fabulous pieces! :) I have a real hard time not being symmetrical too. My inner control freak packs her bags when I try! I am terribly jealous of the focal you made for Andra too, I can't wait to see what she created with it :)

  5. Really cool items. The necklace with the copper work is so cool. Very wearable. The bracelets are indeed gorgeous! Very fun.

  6. Love your bead soup, the you received and the one you gave...WOW!! Such beautiful creations!!

  7. Gorgeous! Love green and copper, winning combination!

  8. Great job! Those bangles are so fun...and the focal you sent to your partner is gorgeous! :)

  9. I love what you did with the necklace, the rings are a perfect back drop for those gorgeous beads! And I love the bangles! I made some for my last soup and think they are just so fun :)

  10. there is nothing boring about your necklace, it's great, love the bangles too.

  11. Well done! The necklace is stunning. I love the earthy colors you were sent.

  12. I LOVE what you've done. The necklace is earthy and beautiful. And great job stepping out of your zone with those bangles!

  13. I would love to know what is under the cloth on the bangle. It is a really cool bracelet. All of your pieces are wonderful. Your partner is lucky to get the gorgeous focal that you gave her.

  14. Beautiful designs! Love those bangles, too! :)

  15. What a great soup. Too bad about the clasp. Very nice metalwork. And I really like your bangle bracelets. I haven't tried anything like that yet, but it looks like fun.

  16. As Shakespear said, "To thine own self be true." If you're the "earthy" type (as you said) you obeyed. I love that necklace and am totally jealous that you worked the copper yourself. I also love the bangles and was just thinking the other day I need to figure out how to do those. Well done!

  17. Sorry for given the comment twice, I skipped a date.
    Very, very, very beautiful work. I especially love the necklace on the first picture.

  18. Beautiful pieces, I love fabric mixed into wire and beads...

  19. Alison, beautiful work! Love the copper. I assume you soldered and everything? I havent' tried soldering yet, but really need to do that. Love your work and that necklace is anything but boring. It's beautiful and interesting and something I would wear for sure. Great job!

  20. I would never be able to tell that you were new to metal work. The copper necklace looks very professional. Great pieces!

  21. I've always loved silver jewelry......but I think you're winning me over to copper.

  22. You've nailed the art of making rustic yet elegant jewelry...great job!

  23. i think created some great pieces! congrats!

  24. Oh my, I love your bead soup and what you created from it is really really original! I love the necklace and the bracelets too, I would wear them all!

  25. Your work is very warm and inviting, I love what you did with your soup.

  26. Alison, first of all, look the new look going on here! And secondly, your pieces are absolutely gorgeous, breathtaking, stunning!! The copper work, well, I admire the metal working ability you are trying out. It suits you well! And I love the fabric wrapped bracelets. What kind of fabric is it? Well done!

  27. Very interesting bangles with fabric! Creative pattern!

  28. Lovely fall colours... especially like the bracelets

  29. really love the diversity and creativity of your designs, lovely!

  30. I love the bracelets! They are so amazing!

  31. Love the colors in your soup. You did a fantastic job! Perfect for fall...really beautiful pieces!

  32. I LOVE the addition of that chain to the necklace -- perfect touch! And I haven't made bangles like that yet -- I just got some blanks but had an idea for something else. I would never have known you hadn't made those before -- perfect!

    I really want that soup you sent your partner, by the way!

  33. Out of the box is all good.Love and Hugs Tanya

  34. Very nice job with your soup. I really like the copper you added to the first piece and the bangles are lovely.

  35. Simple, classy, wearable and very beautiful :)

  36. Lovely pieces! Love the bangles!

  37. You did really well. I just adore those bangles, too. ;-)

  38. I love your bangles.
    ciao dall'Italia

  39. Very cool designs! Love the silk wrapped bangles!

  40. Alison - that necklace is positively SPECTACULAR!!! I love your new love of metal work and you seem to be really mastering it. I am loving the use of fiber in this piece as well. The bangles look great. I love the wire wrapping and how you incorporated the beads. And finally - I am DROOLING over that gorgeous focal you sent to Andra!!!

  41. You're a wireworker for sure! Great job on the necklace! I love the wrapped bangles! Very unique pieces!

  42. Love the necklace and the bangles are beautiful. I have not tried these yet, but they are on my list of things to do. Great job and beautiful soup you sent your partner! Cheri

  43. aliosn: WOW!! You amaze me, you are so good, you have such a beautiful taste and sense for colour, shape and texture!
    The necklace is simply amazing, perfect and stunning!
    And the bangles, oh my, to die for!!!

  44. you did a great job with your soup! And i love the Bangles.. a wonderful idea to wrap them like this!

  45. Love the necklace, love, love the bangles!

  46. fabulous creations...i love your bracelets...what technique did you use...

  47. You did a wonderful job with the bangles - they look terrific!

  48. The bangles and the necklace are just perfect! Love the colors ! Soup-er cool!

  49. Love all that you made, but the bangles... Just yummy!

  50. Fabulous job! I am lusting after those bangles.

  51. I love them both but the copper rings in that necklace are just divine. And I don't think symmetry is at all boring. It's the way you handle it that makes all the difference and I like what you are doing.

  52. Beautiful pieces! I love your copper chain and how you added the little beads here and there, giving the necklace some great colors and depth. And the bangles are wonderful!

  53. I love earth tone jewelry love your necklace and the bangles wrapped are just beautiful.

  54. Very nice! Love the necklace and the bracelets!!

  55. Very nice!! Love what you did to make the necklace and bangles!

  56. very nice!! love the necklace and the bangles. the colors are so cool and you did such a nice job on the copper links :)

  57. Beautiful necklace and bangles! I love the rustic look you have there.

  58. I simply love your bangles you made.. wonderful job.

  59. Love these! The bracelets are so fun!

  60. Clearcut and symetrical are never boring!! I love what you made!

  61. I LOVE those bracelets! So cute.
    Symmetrical is okay. =) I often end up with very symmetrical pieces, and yours looks fun.
    I have just started working with polymer and I'm amazed at the focal you created for your partner. So pretty! I want to make pretty things, too!
    Good job!

  62. Very pretty, extremely wearable! Love your work!

  63. Love love love! I can see myself wearing everything you made!

  64. Beautiful designs, perfect for fall!

  65. What a wonderful collection! I especially love your necklace design, as that color green is one of my favorites. Great job! *Ü*

  66. Love the bangles, they are so soft and easy on the eye. And the soup you sent to your partner is just stunning!

  67. I really love what you've created here. The rings on your necklace are perfect and those bracelets are yummy!

  68. Amazing necklace!
    But the most beautiful piece is your own focal, got to go and see what your partner did with that beauty!

  69. Great job with your soup. I like your copper work & your bangles are kool.I really like the focal that you sent your partner also.

  70. Very beautiful use of your soup ingredients, I love both designs.Cheers!
    Lori D.

  71. Incredible work. I love how the copper chain and beads play together. And I agree, you need to do up a tutorial for those bangles.

  72. Love the pieces! I could totally see how your were inspired to create earthy designs. The soup your partner got was stunning, too! I will definitely look for more of your designs!

    -Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  73. Sorry for the delay in commenting, but brother who lives with us not doing well. Love the Sari Silk. Great Soup!

  74. Great job, Alison, your soup from your partner was great and the one you sent was great too!

  75. You did such a great job creating texture and dimension with your soup!

  76. The beads you sent your partner are amazing. I'd love to have a set. They are truly gorgeous!!!! Contact me at www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot com