7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Hello! Welcome to my Bead Soup Blog Party revelation!

What’s the Bead Soup Blog Party? Well, it’s a really fun challenge created by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog, where the entrants are matched with a stranger and then they swap a “Bead Soup”. The Bead Soup must include a focal bead, a clasp, and some supporting beads to be used in designing a finished piece. On the Reveal Day (that’s today!), all the participants reveal the beads they received and what they made from it. According to the rules, you don’t have to use all the beads in your bead soup, but you do have to use the focal bead and the clasp in your finished piece. You can add as many of your own beads as you want to make your creation.

I received a Bead Soup from Arlene Dean of A Glass Bash. It featured a large turquoise stone focal bead, a silver leaf clasp, and many stone accent beads.

Beads I received from Arlene Dean for my Bead Soup Blog Party.

I’m not going to lie to you. I found this mix of beads to be incredibly challenging. First off, I’m not a jewelry designer, so this is a bit out of my comfort level in the first place. But my challenge here revolved around the large size and difficult shape of the focal bead and that most of the supporting beads didn’t coordinate with the focal bead. Someone more talented and experienced than me would likely be able to whip something out in no time. But this one really had me stumped.

I set these aside for a long time, taking them out every now and then to move them around, push this with that, trying all sorts of different combinations. Finally, I decided that I would have to use just the focal and the clasp, and use my own beads to complete the necklace. And yes, it had to be a necklace because the focal bead is quite large and heavy.

I created some Rustic Connector Beads from polymer clay in colors to match the focal bead. And I used some jasper beads that I had on hand to round out the selection. I chose to make the necklace asymmetrical (a decision also echoed by Rachél Payne of Creativity Tribe on her recent visit with me). And I chose to separate the clasp elements, using one of the leaves as a charm on the focal bead. I did try to keep with the leaf theme for this. Note the little leaves on the Rustic Connector Beads.

Bead Soup Necklace with focal and clasp, featuring Rustic Accent Connector Beads by The Blue Bottle Tree. Bead Soup Necklace with focal and clasp, featuring Rustic Accent Connector Beads by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Well that left me with a lot of extra beads! I could have stopped here, but I really wanted to push myself to create with the rest of the beads as well. I separated them into like groups that might go together and then paired them with my Rustic Beads and Components.

I really love this bracelet the best. The diamond shaped beads came from Arlene and I added some stone chips to bring out the warm green theme. I used a tribal themed Rustic Bead as a charm.

Bead Soup Bracelet featuring Rustic Charm by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Next was a bracelet that used the dark green diamond shaped polished stone beads. I added some light brown stone chips and used some of the small crystal accent beads from the Bead Soup. In the center is another Rustic Bead that I made from polymer clay. I really like the charm I created for the clasp end. I used a headpin to go through a ring, enclosing a diamond bead in the center. Very cool.

Bead Soup Bracelet featuring Rustic Bead by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Instead of using the turquoise colored accent beads with the focal bead in the main necklace, I instead used them with another polymer clay bead and some turquoise stone chips to make a simple bracelet.

Bead Soup Bracelet featuring Rustic Connector by The Blue Bottle Tree

Now for the grey and green stone barrel beads. Being a lover of blue, I found a way to make blue work here! I’ve been carrying those Delica seed beads around for a decade! You gotta love it when you can use up the stash.

Bead Soup Bracelet featuring periwinkle Rustic Connector bead by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Next is a necklace. I love the focal bead and the colors. But I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to make the beads physically work together. In other words, in a pile on the table, these were gorgeous. But strung together I just could not make this work. I may rework this one if I can get a better idea. But I love the colors.

Bead Soup Necklace featuring Rustic Focal Bead by The Blue Bottle Tree.

And finally we have a bracelet that used up most of the remaining Bead Soup beads. The colors weren’t warm and natural like the others in the soup. These were bright candy colors. The beads are quite large, but put all together on one bracelet they seem to balance each other and it works! I was also able to include the sweet white glass heart accent charm that Arlene included. I felt good about that, because it’s such a nice little hand worked heart.

Bead Soup Rock Bracelet.

And there you go. I learned a LOT. I need to learn more about the structural aspects of making jewelry. I ordered some books from the library and will be doing a bit more with assemblage and wire work in the future. This challenge really opened my eyes to my own limitations (structure and design) and pointed out areas where I am confident (such as color). I really do look forward to Bead Soup Blog Party #8, if Lori chooses to host one. What a fantastic thing this has turned out to be. Thank you Lori!

Now remember, this was a swap. So the other half of this is what Arlene made from the Bead Soup that I sent her. Here is what I sent to Arlene.

Collection of beads featuring a focal bead, a clasp, and supporting beads.
This is the Bead Soup Mix that I sent Arlene. The focal pendant features my own Holo Effect design. I also created the headpins and the spacer beads to match. I also sent some fossil bead, crystals, stone squares, and those cool green illusion beads.

You probably noticed the Rustic Beads and Components that I made from polymer clay. If you work with polymer clay you might want to check out my tutorial, just released today, where I show how to make them.

Now I hope you don’t mind, I’m going to go pour a nice tall lemonade, put my feet up, and go visit all the other bloggers in the 3rd Reveal. Here’s the list of other bloggers (200 of them!) that are revealing today. Enjoy!

Adlinah Kamsir www.dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com
Agi Kiss http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alison Sachs www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com
Amanda Tibbetts http://www.amandamade.com/blog
Amy Sims www.amysimsdesigns.com
Ana Cravidao http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Andra Marasteanu http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Andria Poole www.Jewelleryartiste.blogspot.com
Angela Perkins http://jeweledinspirations.blogspot.com
Anja Schultz http://anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de/
Ann Sherwood http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/
Anna Nordeman http://annas-adornments.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Astrid Boyce http://astridboyce.blogspot.com/
Barb Fernald http://barbarasfernald.com/
Betty James Hoppensteadt www.tybetastidbits.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Brandy Thomason McNair www.bellavitajewelry.blogspot.com
Brenda Sigafoos http://brenda-sigafoos.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau http://littlemake.blogspot.com/
Carol Wilson http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/
Caroline Dewison http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Cassie Donlen www.cassiedonlen.blogspot.com
Catharine Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine Turrell http://fairysketches.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri Reed www.creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha http://colorsofshae.blogspot.com/
Christa Murphy http://adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
Christina Stofmeel www.fengbeads.com
Christine Hansen http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com
Christine Stonefield www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins www.tellyourgirlfriends.com
Cindy Cima Edwards www.cindycima.com
Claire Lockwood www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/
Dana Fowler www.blogjunepur.blogspot.com
Danielle Kelley http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/
Deb Fortin www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Denise Milward http://milwardstorysofar.wordpress.com/
Diah Anggreni http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com/
Diana Gonzalez www.arteypoemas.com
Diane Valasek http://dragonflyclose.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Doris Stumpf http://glaszwerg.blogspot.de/
Elizabeth Bunn http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Drake http://mutteringsofacrone.wordpress.com/
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk http://elizabethsart.blogspot.co.uk/
Ema Kilroy http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog
Erin Kenny http://beadifultherapy.blogspot.ca/
Evelyn Duberry Www.ShebaMakeda.com
Fay Wolfenden www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson http://francescawatson.com/
Gen Smith http://gennysworld.blogspot.com/
Ginger Davis Allman www.thebluebottletree.com
Giorgia Rossini www.joyblonde.blogspot.com
Hannah Annear www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Heidi Kingman www.Heidikingman.blogspot.com
Ildiko Jarai www.sviroalkotasai.blogspot.hu
Iveth Caruso www.CreativeAtelier.net
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Jane Pranata Lim http://cherryeve.blogspot.com
Jennifer Davis http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Tough http://jenniferbeads.blogspot.ca
Jenny Vidberg http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se/
Jessica Klaaren
Joanna Matuszczyk http://filcowe.blogspot.com
Joyce Becker www.joycesjoyfulgems.blogspot.com
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley www.threeredbeads.blogspot.com
JuLee Wolfe www.thepolymerpenguin.blogspot.com
June Butt http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz/
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com/
Karin King www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Karin von Hoeren www.creativeideen.de
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathrin Lembke http://allesperle.blogspot.de/
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Kelley Fogle www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Kimberly Idalski http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Kirsi Loponen http://peikkonen.blogspot.com
Klaudia Tóth http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu/
Krista Quantrill www.cornucopiaofcrafts.blogspot.ca
Kristina Hahn Eleniak www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kristina Johansson www.wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick http://www.lutrick.blogspot.com/
Laura Guenther www.blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Lauren Potts www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Leah Tees www.mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Lena Adams http://mommaslilbirdiesblog.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Leslie Wayment www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/
LiliKrist http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Linda Kropp http://lindasartbarn.blogspot.com/
Linda Newnham http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
Linda Younkman www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Boucher http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com/
Lizzie Clarke www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com
Lora Bright http://fandangling.wordpress.com/
Lorelle McIntyre http://beadyart.blogspot.com.au
Lori Anderson www.PrettyThingsBlog.com
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca/
Lucie Bouvier http://www.carlosbeadstore.com/blog/
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se
Marina Dobrynina http://savonfeutre.blogspot.fr/
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Marjolein Trewavas http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/
Marsela Schroth www.marselita.de
Martha Aleo www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Mary Govaars www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Maybeline Tay http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg/
Mea-B. Uebler www.glasorakel.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Menka Gupta http://menkag.blogspot.com
Merja Sundström http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/
Merja Syrjämäki http://helmiriippuvuus.blogspot.fi/
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Michelle Escano www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton http://adornedonadelaide.blogspot.ca/
Milla Hope www.Lbcreativeart.com
Miranda AckerelyMowse Doyle www.mirandack.com

Mrs M Makes www.mrsmmakes.wordpress.com
Nan Smith www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz/
Natalie Moten http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com/
Natascha Marty www.sommerlicht.ch
Nikki Banham-Hall http://jewellerymakingblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Noemi Baena http://blog.noemibaena.com/
Norma Turvey http://moonlitfantaseas.blogspot.com
Pam DeBoer http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/
Pam Hurst www.pamhurst.blogspot.com
Patti Pruhs http://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com/
Penny Houghton http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au/
Penny Mills www.cobblestone-lane.blogspot.com
Rachel Van-Walsh www.balancedcrafts.com/blog
Rebecca Sirevaag www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy www.thevirtualbeadsociety.wordpress.com
Rosanagh WatsonRose Johnson http://ring-a-ring-a-rosie.blogspot.co.uk

Rosemary Cheslock www.glasseyebutterfly.tumblr.com
Rossana De Gaspari http://rdegas.blogspot.com
Sabine Dittrich www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreations.tumblr.com/
Sandi James http://www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Sandra Wollberg http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com/
Sandra Young http://gypsyroadbeads.blogspot.ca/
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Sharon Palac www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com/
Silke Gröber http://just-beads.blogspot.com
Siobhán Keogh http://vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie/
Stefanie Teufel http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com
Stephanie Stamper www.Skwds.blogspot.com
Sue Hamel http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com/
Sue Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/
Susan Kennedy www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Susan McClelland http://mistheword12.wordpress.com
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes www.pearlify.blogspot.de
Susie Hibdon http://vintagesusieandwings.blogspot.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson www.BeadphoriaBlog.com
Tara Plote http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com/
Terri G. http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com/
Terry Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com/
Terry Matuszyk http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com/
Theresa Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/
Tina Noonan www.wingedimp.blogspot.com
Toltec Jewels www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
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49 thoughts on “7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal”

  1. I live very much your pieces, specially the first necklace. It is great you can make beads from polymer clay to match any material you have to work with, isn’t it?!!!

  2. I really like the way you created your PC beads to work with the bead soup elements. Your necklace makes quite a statement, and the “candy” bracelet is a lot of fun.

  3. Ginger, my head would have exploded had I received that stash of beads you got from Arlene! You did a remarkable job considering what you started with! The necklace is groovy even though it’s not my style, but I especially like the bracelet you made with what you call the “candy colors.” I’d buy it! You were far too easy on Arlene (though you couldn’t have known the prank she was gonna pull on you when you sent those); I hope she felt properly guilty when she opened *your* package! 🙂

    1. Well Binky, the beads she sent weren’t all that bad, they just didn’t work with the focal. And the problem for me was that I’m moving into a more rustic and grungy mode with my own jewelry making so those polished stone beads didn’t hit it with me. But another person would look at this pile of beads and see a million ways to make cool things. And the really funny thing is that I know Arlene has been struggling with the beads I sent her…I don’t think she liked them very much. But that’s what this challenge is supposed to teach us. To get out of our little comfortable ways and think through the eyes and mind (and choices) of another person. In that case, mission accomplished. I’ve been duly stretched!

  4. I love the way you separated the clasp elements to enhance the large focal bead. The necklace looks spectacular. The bracelets are each so unique and so pretty. You really stepped up to the challenge!!

  5. GInger … I think you did remarkably well. I, too, am not what I would consider a “jewelry Designer”. That is why I started doing the bead soups in the first place. They are such a fun way to stretch our creativity in different directions, I particularily like the turquiose and polymer bracelet.

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