Saturday, August 11, 2012

Enjoy the Party!

This is my third time participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party and I've really enjoyed it every time.

For this round, my partner is Alenka, of Pepita Handmade.  She sent me a generous and gorgeous Bead Soup.

Over the last few weeks I've not only had the pleasure of playing and creating with these little beauties, but I also made a new friend!  Alenka and I have a lot in common and she has shared so many wonderful tidbits about her country, Slovenia.  This round for me was definitely enriched by making my acquaintance with Alenka!

So without further ado - I here is what I did!

In the beginning, I was contemplating doing one piece that would incorporate all the beads.  Unfortunately this direction made me stall like crazy.  I just wasn't 'feeling it' every time I thought about putting them all together.  I finally realized, when I started pairing some delicas with all the polymers, that the red disc beads, were on a different place on the color wheel and it wasn't going to work for me if I combined those discs with the rest of the soup....

So with that in mind, and focusing on that spectacular focal....everything started to fall into place!

I mentioned this when I first revealed my soup, but there are such amazing tiny gold flecks in this focal, it really shimmers and shines in the light. Can you see them!?

I was happy with the result, but then I really liked it so much more, when I saw how it fell on the chest/neckline when being worn!

So then I was left with more beads!!!  And since I was loving up those gold flecks, I decided to tackle the red discs next, because they are also covered in those pretty golden flecks.  I tried a gold charlotte bezel for them.  Unfortunately, it was an epic fail, for when I tried to get around the bezel my needle simply wouldn't go into any of the beads again! Humph!

That gave me a fits, so at that point I opted for a simpler design:

And finally - it was time to contemplate these leftovers!

Yabba, dabba DOOO!!!!!!  I LOVE these beautiful cracked beads, and I just kept thinking of Wilma Flintstone every time I looked at them!  I love the pre-historic feel to them....almost like an archeological treasure has been unearthed!

So the only piece I didn't utilize from my soup was the wire hook, but I will certainly use it in another piece, one day soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by for the party.  Thank you to Lori for hosting this fun event! And thank you again to my awesome partner Alenka!  Please be sure to check out all the other wonderful creations in this party by clicking here, or on their links below!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


  1. I love how you pick the colors for your bead weaving. The necklace looks great! The bracelets look so fun and summery.

  2. Bead weaving is beautiful Love and Hugs Tanya

  3. All your pieces are cute and clever. The colors are so warm and happy. As always your work is great!

  4. Amazing, I am in awe of all the jewelry artists who bead with the little beads...lovely!

  5. Really, really beautiful. I don't know what I like the most, because everything is lovely ;)

  6. I never really worked with polymer clay before, but MAN did you do it justice! Especially that focal; I, too, love the gold sparklies in it ^.^

    I had a few 'fail' moments with my soup, too but that's what makes us great designers; we just chalk it up as a learning experience and move on.

    You did a beautiful job :)

    Happy Hopping!

  7. Fantastic necklace! I like it very much, very inventive! Regards from Poland, Dorota

  8. I really like the way you mixed the two colours in the necklace and what a gorgeous focal! I also love how you made the beaded toggle on" Wilma's" bracelet, too... you really did a great job with your soup.

  9. I love the bright, fiery colours of your creations. I'm guessing that fuchsia bracelet is a show-stopper in person. My fave though is Wilma's bracelet - I can totally see her wearing it. It'd go so well with her white dress and Fred's orange outfit. Wonderful job!

  10. incredible work, love how you echoed the focal, fantastic colours too

  11. Orange you proud !
    Souper work incorporating every bead!!!
    What Happy pieces!
    I Love your fun and fresh designs!
    Delicious Soup!
    m.e. :)

  12. WOW, Amy, I looove what you made with the polymer pendant and beads!!! The necklace is even better when worn than in the first picture. I think I need to learn beadwaving sooner or later ....

  13. AND, the Wilma's bracelet is perfect!!! I'm so happy Lori partnered us for this soup!!!!

  14. my favourite's the polymer clay beads with gold bracelet..! you have some serious bead weaving skills going on.. you must be super patient to weave all those tiny seed beads together!

  15. Amazing bead work! Love what you did with that focal and the "Wilma" piece is great!

  16. You are surely a very patient person to be able to create such wonders with the tiny seedbeads! I admire your talent :-) The cracked bead bracelet is so fresh and beautiful!

  17. Awesome beadwork! I love the orange bracelet!

  18. Beautiful bead work! Great ingredients that lead to yummy soup! Love your necklace.

  19. What a nice soup!!My favorite is the bracelet with polymer clay beads!

  20. Great job with all the components! I can't believe that one focal is polymer clay. I thought it was glass!

  21. Love, love, love the dark pink bracelet. This was a really interesting soup! You made beautiful pieces!

  22. Love the beading components you made , and the bracelet is beautiful!

  23. Wonderful bead soup!! Great colours - love the orange bracelet and the necklace :)

  24. Great colors and the clay pieces are so cool. I love the beadwork dangles you added to the necklace with the focal piece, great work!

  25. Very unique. Your pieces are all attention grabbers.

  26. Wonderful vivid colours you have certainly made the most of them with your designs they are really lovely!

  27. You had a beautiful soup to work with...yummy colors! I can't pick a favorite...

  28. I love the first beacelet!
    ciao dall'Italia

  29. I completely enjoy the crackle beads and I love what you created from them :)

  30. Seeing your lovely work makes me wish I had the patients to weave beads. You made some beautiful pieces.

  31. I love the colors in your soup mix and your creations are wonderful! Lovely bead work!

  32. the necklace you made with the focal is fab, but I love the yabba dabba bracelet! Annita

  33. I wish I had the patience to weave seed beads. Your work is so beautiful and inspiring. I love what you did with your soup.

  34. I am LOVING orange right now and all your pieces are extraordinary! Fabulous!

  35. Hi Amy,
    Wow you really did your bead soup justice I love all three of your pieces. The first necklace is gorgeous I love the verigated herringbone ropes and the peyote shapped dangles that mimic the beautiful focal pendant. The second necklace is very beautiful, those pollymer clay disk are bigger then I thought, love the red with the gold beads. Your third piece is so funky and cool with the crackled pollymer beads and I can just see Wilma showing this beauty off! Wonderful job!

  36. I'm always amazed at how diverse polymer can be. You set off the focal wonderfully with your bead weaving. Great necklace!

  37. The red and gold bracelet is simply delicious!

  38. It all has such a beachy summery feel. I love the first one with its variegated tones. You have a great eye for this. Beautiful!

  39. I admire anyone who can weave beads. Your work turn out beautifully!

  40. Your beadweaving accents the polymer clay bead beautifully!

  41. Beautiful work! I love that Wilma bracelet!

  42. Great soup creations! The necklace is my favorite but they are all very well done!

  43. That first piece is a stunner, I love the focal. Great job on all your pieces. The colors are wonderful!

  44. I love how you made matching pieces from seed beads to mimic the focal -- that made that necklace extra-special! I'm so pleased with what you made!!!!

  45. so very beautiful. Love your seed bead work. ~diana

  46. I just love that necklace! It always amazes me that people can work with such tiny beads.

  47. I love that orange bracelet! Fabulous work all around :)

  48. I love the Wilma Flintstones bracelet, and orange is a favorite color of mine! Beautiful!

  49. I love the orange/coral/raspberry tones in your soup. And the way you combined them in your necklace - natural and exotic and striking all at once. Have you tried Tulip needles? They can make it through tight places and beads that stymie standard beading needles!

  50. Yay!! You did an amazing job!!!


  51. Love the colors in your did a fantastic job...they are all beautiful!

  52. I do the same thing. I will spend hours trying to pound "a square peg into a round hole" and when I give it up things just fall into place. I love your first necklace and the way your bead weaving mimics the pendant - and yes, we can see the flecks. I also really like the bracelet you made with the last beads. Great job!

  53. What great pieces. That is a really bright set of beads and you have set them all off beautifully.

    Melissa Muir

  54. I love your pieces. I think my favorite is the Flintstones bracelet, but I love everything.

  55. They are lovely designs -- but I do love that last bracelet!! :)

  56. Bright and beautiful! Perfect for summer.

  57. I love the bracelet with the cracked beads--fun!

  58. Fantastic pieces, I really love that last bracelet, so fun!

  59. Your beadweaving goes right along with those designs, great job!! I just love those cracked!

  60. talented little artist who works with TINY seed beads!! wow, what a gorgeous amount of color to work with! fabulous job, as always...i love how your bead weaving encompassed each design :)

  61. These are all really great designs, and I can totally tell how much time, effort, and thought you put into each of them. I adore your 'leftover' bracelet. Fantastic job overall though!

  62. That is some beautiful bead weaving! just gorgeous

  63. Amazing beadwork - love what you've done with the focal bead necklace. Beautiful!

  64. Love the colors and the beadwork. Beautiful.

  65. Love your use of the focal and the clasp! I love your beaded additions to the necklace!! So fun!!

  66. What a colorful bead soup...yum! Your beadwork is awesome and your designs, beautiful...nice job!

  67. Great use of your soup items. The final bracelet is such a great color and fun design.

  68. You created a whole bead wardrobe! Very nice designs. They are all so fresh and pretty.

  69. Rockin designz! Great beadwork!!! I luv them all!

  70. I always admire seed beaders. I love the pink and gold bracelet!

  71. Amy!!! You know how much I love this, right? The Wilma bracelet is soo much fun! Love the necklace, you're right, it lays beautifully. Have to say, my fave is that HOT PINK bracelet! Awesome!!

  72. What great colors!! Beautiful designs.

  73. Great job echoing that focal shap out of delicas, very impressive. I think Wilma would happily wear any of these pieces!

  74. What a gorgeous way to use your soup! I love the necklace!

  75. Your bead weaving is beautiful. I really would have been challenge with all that orange, but you pulled it off. Great job.

  76. Very nice work! I particularly love those two bracelets...simple and yet so unique. I would love to have congratulated Amy on her beautiful pieces as well, but I couldn't get past her Captcha coding :-( so if you are able to pass along my congrats on hers, please do!

  77. Amy,

    Like what you did with the cracked beads. Very pre-historic.


  78. very lovely soup and you did such a great art work with them...I love how you matched the shape of that lovely focal with the gold specks with the two dangles you always I have must respect for artists like yourself that can work with such small beads...yummy

  79. You did a great job, colorful beads make great looking pieces and yours are no exception! Beautiful!

  80. Thank you for showing some of your working process. I am not that familiar with your way of creating jewelry. You did a great job! The second necklace is very pretty and funny in a way. Love it!!!

  81. You beadweavers blow me away. What a cool way to bring the elements together!

  82. gorgeous pieces in gorgeous colors... great job.

  83. I love these pieces. The color combinations are just perfect and these would suit every summer dress. Kudos to you for these wonderful pieces of art!


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