Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party 6 - The Second Reveal!!!

How Lori McDaniel Anderson does it, I will never know... but she must be magic!  With 400 participants and three different dates spaced just a few weeks apart, The Bead Soup Blog Party (in its sixth incarnation) has made its second reveal - of which I am a part. 

From my blog partner, Collette Collins of Firefly Myst Artisan Jewelry, I received two of Collette's beautiful hand-crafted focal beads, a twisted wire toggle clasp, four spacers and three strands of beautiful stones.  What to make... what to make?

I am working on my wirework skills and love the look and feel of rosary chain so I began with the turquoise beads and used some of the black ones too.  Combining this with the silver clasp, the flower focal and some Precosia Ornela beads of my own created a three wrap bracelet that can double as a necklace. 

With the second focal, I made a necklace using the turquoise beads - again making links but from copper wire this time - added leather that just matched the color on the beautiful star bead.  I added another wire-wrapped 'star', a bead 'comet', a few yellow Precosia Ornelas, and entitled this one 'Summer Sky'.   

I believe this will keep me thinking of summer nights long after winter has settled in.

Thank you, Collette, for your lovely creations and for such beautiful Bead Soup!  Now I am off to see what she created with my sendings. You can see all of the Bead Soup Blog Party 6 participants and their offerings to date at . 

Don't forget the third and last reveal on August 25! 

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
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
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. Pretty colour combination. Love both pieces :)

  2. I like both necklaces.The first with the flower pendant is my fav.

  3. Very cool and creative! Thank you so much for playing!

  4. Lovely creations! I love long necklaces and both of yours look great, and easy to wear. Especially like that the first one does double duty as both bracelet and necklace. Wonderful work!

  5. Beautiful wirework and color palettes, I love the design! There is so much work involved in these pieces!

  6. I love what you did with your soup! I really like the first necklace that can be worn as a bracelet! Thanks for being my partner!! Wonderful work on the wire wrapping:>0

  7. Great design and I love the soft colours

  8. I just love your second necklace. Usually you see the leather on the back however it just called out this time to be front and center.

  9. Great work....your wirework looks awesome!

  10. Love the first piece which looks great as a necklace as well as a bracelet.

  11. Your bracelet is a very creative way to use that beautiful focal. Unexpected so that makes it a Good design.

  12. The bracelet is gorgeous and the necklace is great. So pretty.


  13. Love your pieces. You just can't beat wire wrapping. I so enjoy doing it, I can do it for hours. You do beautiful work and the color combinations are really nice. Great job!

  14. You made some great components for these pieces. You put them together in an intriguing way as well.

  15. I love your pieces, great color combos!
    ciao dall'Italia

  16. Great wirework, love the bracelet.

  17. Love the wire work.Great use of the beads and creative way of wearing.Love and hugs Tanya

  18. Great job. A double duty piece is a wonderful idea.

  19. love the first piece! and you made it long!!!

  20. Excellent idea to make a necklace that can be a bracelet.

  21. I love the versatility of a piece that can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet. I love all the wire work ... I think you've perfected your skills!

  22. I love your wire work, both pieces are just gorgeous!

  23. I like both these necklaces the first focal is very pretty lovely work!

  24. I love your chain... beautiful and very time consuming! Great job with your bead soup! It is always fun to think of summer in the midst of winter!! :-) Kris

  25. Both of those pieces turned out great. Your wrapping is looking really nice too. I like how you did the first pendant. I love the wrapped start and comet of the second pendant. Nicely done.

    Melissa Muir

  26. What fun! I love that you challenged yourself with the wirework. Is it just me or is this the reveal of 3 strand bracelets, all beautiful and different - it just suddenly struck me

  27. I love both items you created, especially that first necklace/bracelet combination. I think I'm just a sucker for versatility :) It IS gorgeous though!

    I also love both focals you had to work with :)

    Happy Hopping!

  28. I like how you used that beautiful focal in the bracelet/necklace, very cleaver and your wirework is very good. The necklace is lovely

  29. Great pieces - and multi-stranded is so cool:-)

  30. Beautiful, and the first piece is so versatile!

  31. Two great pieces! Lucky you with those focals, yummy ingredients.

  32. I don't think you need to work on your wire skills anymore, you've got that down pat! What a great piece!!

  33. Love the necklace/bracelet idea! The focal shows up well, worn either way! Both pieces are great!

  34. So much beautiful wire work! Very nice indeed.

  35. So pretty and very creative. Your wirework is great, and I love how the first piece can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet!

  36. Very creative work, Diana! I love wirework but it doesn't love me nearly so much lol. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments!

  37. Awesome wire work. Jealous! lol! You so did a great job with your bead soup! Gorgeousssss!!

  38. I really like the colors you used with the star pendant. Very pretty combinations.

  39. Both of those turned out so great. Your wire skills definitely got a work out and looks stunning with the beads. Nicely done!!

  40. Hi Diana,
    Beautiful pieces my favorite is the first piece.

  41. WOW!, what a great way to use the beads!! I wouldn't have thought of that for a bracelet!! AMAZING

  42. What beautiful focals you received and what lovely creations you made with them.

  43. Your wirework skills are stunning! I love the multistrand bracelet!

  44. Love your wire working !! Great job with the soup! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  45. I love what you did with your soup...gorgeous pieces. I especially like the bracelet.