Friday, March 29, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party--First Reveal

It's time!! It is finally here!! I have my party hat on, do you???? The First Reveal for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party has arrived!! Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things put together this annual party where two people are partnered and send each other some bead soup that includes a focal, a clasp, and some beads to mix with their own stash, create something beautiful from the "Bead Soup", then blog about the whole experience. The party then commences as everyone visits everyone else's blog! A person can make one or many creations, but the only hard and fast rule is that the clasp and the pendant must be used.

My partner is Marianna Boylan of Star Girl Jewelry. Marianna makes the most beautiful jewelry and she is an awesome lampwork bead artist as well! I love Marianna's creations! You can see what delicious soup that Marianna received on her blog, and discover what she made with the bead soup that I sent to her.  The bead soup that Marianna sent to me:

There were two lucite flowers, blue and green, as well as a beautiful lampwork  bead set, two lampworked glass flowers, and a sweet yellow lampwork bead,  She also sent some copper drops, brass earring drops, a strand each of shell and coral beads, some yellow and green turquoise, an embossed copper pendant, some copper chain, and three clasps..a brass clasp, a gorgeous crystal locking clasp, and a gunmetal toggle clasp. Look at those focals! The red and black scarab is from Earthenwood Studio, and the red and blue glass set in brass is by Marianna with matching headpins!

As soon as my soup arrived (the first one had a mishap!) I started thinking about what I could do with these gorgeous beads. About the same time, I received an order of Gilder's paste, and the wheels in my mind became ferris wheels, with the ideas just rolling in on top of each other! But wait....I had to have a Total Knee Replacement in the meantime, and I was hoping that wouldn't interfere with all the creating that I needed to do. So what did I do?????

The first one was simple, using the key embossed copper pendant from the soup, adding my own "pasted" key and lock, then adding the chain and copper beads from the soup, and stitching it together with leather.

I then made a necklace using the scarab pendant from Earthenwood Studio, adding my own scarab beads, red and black seaglass, and black jade chips with silver chain, using the gunmetal clasp from the soup.

I wanted to use the beautiful crystal clasp, and a bracelet came to fruition:

Next, came three pairs of earrings from the soup's coral and shell beads, and the copper and brass components that I painted with Gilder's paste:

But the one that took me the longest, inspired by the lucite flower beads, lampwork flowers, and my own Gilder's paste altered brass and copper components, was the piece below. This necklace seemed to take on a life of its own as it grew into something more than "just a necklace".

Used with the brass clasp:

Well, it seems that time has run out to stir anything together from the other lampwork beads that Marianna made and sent to me. I have some great ideas, so stay tuned for a further update on what kind of Soup I mix up and serve with those very special beads. Thank you so much, Lori, for hosting the awesome Bead Soup Blog Party, and allowing me to take part in all the fun! In the meantime, take a look at how everyone else served their Soup by going to the First Reveal List for BRBP7 or linking from the list below. Have fun!!!

First and Last Name
Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan --My partner's reveal

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
  Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday


  1. Wow, you really knock it out of the park! what great colors and fun jewelry you created. Good soup!

  2. Wow, you made lots of pretty things with your soup! I love it all!

  3. LOVE the necklace!!! I would so wear that, :-)

  4. You did all this WHILE having knee replacement? Wow!
    LOVE the floral necklace!

  5. Wow - so much beautiful work!

  6. Very well done - especially the last necklace! It's an eyecatcher - very well done!

  7. Especially like the earrings - and what work on that flower one.!

  8. Love the first earrings and your use of colour!

  9. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
    I love all the earrings :)
    ciao dall'Italia

  10. Awesome - especially that necklace! I think my favorites are the purple earrings, though....

  11. Great job on the soup!
    Very nice jewelries!

  12. So many pieces, and a lot of work for the last necklace!!! Well done! My favourite is the second pair of earrings!

  13. I think the flower necklace is my favorite. It's just blooming beads! Very cool.

  14. I really love the earrings you made, the hammered drops and the other pairs :-)a.o. The greenish-copper colored rings are my favourite, but... the flower necklace is great too ♥

    Greetings from The Netherlands

  15. wow loving the show stopper necklace and the earrings are darling

  16. Wow weeeeeeeeeee...Love your work!

  17. Dang, that necklace ! Definitively a piece to be seen ! Especially love the bracelet, too.

  18. Lovely creations! I love the variety.

  19. Great jewelry! Love, love, love the earrings! Just had my ears repierced so I'm drawn to earrings right now.

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

  20. love your necklace, very cool earrings!

  21. How lucky you were to be paired with Marianna, she's my cousin so I am a little partial to her and her work! What a great mix that was sent and by far that last piece is a show stopper. It's like venturing into an english garden! Beautiful,beautiful,beautiful.

  22. Great pieces! You were busy! That flower necklace is a work of art!

  23. Holy moly! I'm totally blown away at everything you created! Amazing work Gina! That statement necklace is a total show stopper and I am totally loving how you worked your magic with gilders paste, sooooo cool!!! Thank you being such a wonderful partner. I'm so happy we got matched up! You are such a wonderful person and so talented!

  24. WOW what a stunning necklace you made!!! All pieces are beautiful, but that one rocks!

  25. You turned your Soup into a thick and bubbly Stew that served up 7 gorgeous things. Excellent job!

  26. Your work is amazing and intricate and detailed! How do you do that? Lovely work!

  27. Wow - I can't believe how much you made! That statement necklace is a real showstopper! The earrings are my favorites, I think!

  28. wow. you did an excellent job. i love your comment its "more than just a necklace..." its fantastic!!

  29. What a garden of a necklace? Love the earrings, such a great boho style!!!

  30. Wow Gina you filled a whole jewelry box! All very very nice, but the earrings are my favorites! Enjoyed seeing all your work, great job on this challenge Gina!

  31. WOW - you were busy - love everything you made!

  32. You win the prize for the most pieces :-) Anyway, love your work, but I particularly like your earrings.

  33. You did a wonderful job with your soup. I am curious what you attached to flowers to and how you got them to face forward instead of drooping.

    1. Becky, I made a wrapped loop on the back side of each layered flower, and used 24 gauge copper wire to wire wrap them to an 18 gauge frame. The frame was made so it was vertical waves, and I just covered it with the flowers, then made some drops and attached them to the bottom loops with jump rings. Thank you for asking!

  34. You really used up your soup, all of your pieces are awesome!

  35. Very nice job of using so much of that tasty soup!

  36. Great pieces and I love your final floral necklace. Wonderful job!

  37. awesome pieces. the earrings are to die for!

  38. I really love your floral necklace, it's absolutely gorgeous!

  39. Great pieces, lovely designs!

  40. Amazing pieces, that necklace is a knock out

  41. WOW! What a great soup and what fabulous pieces you made with it! Great job!

  42. Pretty soup! Your jewelry shows the soup off quite nicely!

  43. Fun and colorful, great designs! Great job!! :)

  44. Nice job with your soup. The black and red necklace is very cool!

  45. Oh my, they are all wonderful, but the one at the end..... WOW!! I just love the hidden dragonfly too!! PERFECT!! ~KM

  46. Wow! I love the last one! Hope your surgery went well.

  47. I love the colors of the bracelet and the first pair of earrings...but, every single piece is fabulous. You are a very talented jewelry artist and thank you for sharing your talent.

  48. oh my goodness! You really saved the best for last! That necklace is amazing!!

  49. Fun pieces, all of them! The last necklace is a showstopper, for sure, but I really like the earrings also!

  50. You sure got busy! Lovely pieces - all of them: cheerful, happy, fun to wear. I love the last necklace, I am very partial to pieces who have their own mind and aren't afraid to speak it :)

  51. So many interesting pieces! Great job with your soup for six!

  52. Love that statement necklace! I have absolutely no idea how to even go about making one. And that crystal clasp is WONDERFUL!

    Thank you so much for playing!

  53. What a great soup and I just love what you made with it. The earrings really look fun to wear.

  54. Your work is exquisite and these are certainly exceptional. Thanks for sharing these special pieces.

  55. The flower necklace is stunning - it looks like you've captured an entire flower garden.

  56. Yes I agree, the flower necklace is killer. You did an awesome job!

  57. Love the dangly earrings !! Great work with your soup mix

  58. You did wonderful work with your soup !

  59. Gina!!! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I didn't even know you were involved with this project! So I found you on the 1st reveal and so loved looking at all your creations. You have such a unique, artistic point of view which emanates from your pieces. Bravo you!!! My daughter has already "borrowed" the incredible un-birthday jewelry you sent me!!! I guess I need to reserve a turn to wear it!!! Hope you are feeling stronger every day! Hugs . . .

  60. I can't stop staring at your garden necklace! Beautiful collection!

  61. Wow! You created some really magnificent pieces. I really like your floral necklace. It is one serious statement piece. ♥

  62. That floral necklace really makes a statement!
    I also love the earrings with the violet guilder's paste and the crystals. It's sparkly and funky at the same time. Lovely job altogether!

  63. Awesome pieces, girl after my own heart with the Assemblage Piece. love it.


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