Monday, October 8, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party - Reveal!

I was SO lucky to receive a bead soup kit, in celebration of Lori Anderson's new book, Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash

My kit was from Thistle Beads in CT, and consisted of a bunch of really cool paper rolled beads, and miscellaneous natural stones, glass, and metals.  

I am still planning to do one more piece with the long pink beads (combined with the pink glass beads and the metals), but here is what I finished this past weekend!

First a bracelet:

I worked a flat herringbone strip and attached the purple paper beads, and the purple glass disks in a zig-zag pattern.  Originally I wasn't too sure about the glass toggle, but the effect while you are wearing it, is interesting because it is see-through!

Next up was a necklace with the creamy colored paper beads.

I was so pleased to find some creamy colored delicas in my stash to make some small beaded beads to go with these gorgeous beads from my soup!!

Thank you so much to Kalmbach and to Thistle Beads for this fun opportunity to participate in the Bead Soup book celebration!   And of course thanks to Lori for dreaming up this idea in the first place a few years ago!  I've had so much fun participating in the Bead Soup Blog Parties, and have made a few new friends along the way. 


  1. Hi Amy,
    The bracelet and necklace are gorgeous! I love paper beads and you did a great job in showcasing these lovely beads.

  2. Loooooove what you did! Makes me wanna make paper beads again. Haven't done that since the 90s.

  3. Very very nice. Great job with the soup. I love the purple bracelet, the clasp is so intriguing but oh so are the beads. So fun!

  4. what great pieces! love the brightness of the bracelet (great toggle too!) and the creamy softness of the necklace.

  5. I love what you did with the paper beads, Amy! The necklace and bracelet designs really compliment and show off those fantastic paper beads! That clasp is so cool!


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