Friday, May 9, 2014

8th Bead Soup Blog Party

It's that time of year again for the Eighth Annual Bead Soup Blog Party hosted annually by Lori Anderson. This year there are almost 500 participants. This is my second year to participate, and I am so happy that my partner is Heather Marston. Heather is a very talented artist! Check out her Etsy Shop where she sells unique supplies for jewelry making. Her designs are showcased on her Facebook Page. Heather also does Torch Enameling, and she is going to be featured in a book authored by Barbara Lewis! Congratulations, Heather!! I loved the soup that she sent, she included a lot of her enameled components. She packaged them up very nicely! Love the fleur de lis!


Everything out of the package!




There are enameled head pins, discs, two focals, two big beads, silk ribbon, and copper teardrops. I loved the 4mm Lapis rounds, green pearls, green enameled beads, brass beads, and some Wooly Wire. I felt special to receive some lampwork beads by Lea Avroch, an enameled hand forged copper clasp, and a few other enameled bits and brass hoops. Wow!!! Do you see the color combo? Blue, yellow, and green to represent the loss of winter and the beginning of spring!

I was able to use almost all of my soup in the following creations:


I started on this one right away. Heather's enameled focal, the enameled big round, the green enameled rounds, enameled headpin and flower on the focal, sari ribbon, a bead from Janel Goolsby, and Heather's clasp that I used some Ranger patina and Gilder's wax on and put in a visible place.



Close up of focal.



The second necklace used an enameled flower by Lea Avroch, as well as some tiny enameled headpins by Lea. I used Heather's enameled headpins to add an accent to the chain connection on each side. The full view:



I also used the Lapis, enameled round bead and a brass lantern bead from Heather's soup, as well as an enameled bead cap and bead from Lea Avroch.



I used Heather's enameled focal, big bead, small round bead, disc drop, and Wooly Wire on this necklace. Two beads by Blu Mudd also made an appearance.





Bracelet with Lampwork by Lea Avroch, Heather's signature enameled fleur de lis, green pearl, and Sari Silk from bead soup.


Earrings using lampwork beads and Enameled Headpins by Heather.




Brass beads, pearls, and Lapis from bead soup.



Mismatched earrings:  Lampwork by Lea Avroch, blue fish beads from soup.



Lapis, green enameled discs, Lapis rounds, brass hoops from bead soup.



Copper teardrops from soup, Ranger products for patina, and brass eyelets.



Use the link list below to hop if you so desire! Can't wait to see what everyone made! The link list failed to load on this page, but you can find the list at:

76 comments:

  1. Beautiful job with that spectacular soup. I love that bracelet!

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  2. Wow! What a great variety of finished designs. I love the eclectic look of the first piece.

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    1. Thank you, Jo-Ann. It is eclectic, isn't it, lol!

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  3. wow, you had some really interesting colors and textures to work with. I've never done anything with wooly wire. I do love the bracelet you made. color and style, it's talking to me. Great job with all pieces.

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    1. Thank you! I tried to comment on your blog as well, but could not find where to comment!

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  4. Great job with your soup! I especially loved the earrings!

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    1. Thank you, Marti! I love earrings more than anything else to wear!

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  5. Boy, you were busy! Love the variety of techniques and all the loveliness of the finished products :) The wirewrapping on your mismatched earrings is perfect. Christie

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  6. Oh, you made so much! Each and every item has so many details and interesting bits. That necklace with the rose is so compelling. I love all the headpin fringe you created around it. And then the earrings, the ones with the fish are my favorites, I am a beach girl at heart after all! You did a really amazing job with your soup.

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    1. Thank you, Hope! I loved those little blue fish, too!

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  7. great pieces, especially the rose necklace, super wirework, congrats!

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  8. What an exciting soup! When I saw that your partner sent you copper blanks and had a supply shop, I immediately clicked over to add items to my shopping cart! I absolutely love what you did with your pieces (that rose is gorgeous!!!) and adding those wonderful Blu Mudd ceramics to the second necklace is the perfect touch!
    Thank you for visiting my party post!

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! I enjoyed reading your post very much!

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  9. Your reveal is beautiful. So much enamel. And, I love what you did with those enameled headpins. You are so brave and you designed like it. Great, great job! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

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    1. Thank you, Jean, for visiting! Much appreciation for that and your comments. You have been one of the most inspirational designers for me for a long time.

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  10. What great designs! They are all so unique. So much enamel which has really given me some inspiration for some enameled beads that I picked up from Leah.

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    1. Thanks, Shaiha! Enameling is definitely on my want to learn list!

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  11. You were lucky to receive so many enameled pieces Gina. You did a great job with all your designs. That enameled flower is awesome.

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  12. Gina,
    Love love love your work! It is amazing. My blog will be up when I get home from work. Had some technical difficulties last night trying to get it posted. (Might of been my difficulties since I could not keep my eyes open.). Thank you for including the link to my shop.

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    1. I can't wait to see what you and your daughter did! Had so much fun with my soup!

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  13. Wow! What great variety in designs! I love the eclectic feel to your work and the earrings really catch my eye (all of them!)!

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  14. Wonderful job with your soup, very fun and creative pieces :)

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  15. You are a gifted artist, each piece is so well thougt out and has just the right elements, They are all stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Kepi! Now, will you teach me bead embroidery, lol?? Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  16. Amazing work! I love every piece. Very very nice.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments, and for stopping by my blog!

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  17. Woohoo - great cooking, Gina! You're such a creatice soul - amazing ideas! The necklaces are stunners - so unique!

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    1. Thank you so much! I very much enjoyed reading how your pieces came together--and loved the colors!

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    1. Thank you so much. I loved your designs as well!

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  19. You received a brilliant soup and really made wonderful pieces out of it! My absolute favourite has to be the first necklace. It is so exciting to look at. Would be very proud if this was mine:)

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    1. Thank you, Annica! I appreciate your comments so much!!

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  20. such vibrant eclectic designs! there's so much life in them :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! I loved your designs as well, so feminine and delicate, and beautiful!

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  21. Fabulous pieces!
    I don't know if it was intentional or not ( if you said, I must have missed it or forgot already >.< lol) , but that focal in the first design... with that bead you used, looks lie a cute worm or snake! lol Love !

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    1. Wow, it does look like a cute worm or snake, I never noticed, hehe!! Great creative eyes!! Thank you for your comment!

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  22. I love your little fishy earrings - so sweet and adorable! =)

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Those are some of my favorites as well!!

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  23. Love everything you made. I especially like the very eclectic and bohemian feel of the first two necklaces. Excellent depth and texture. Great use of the headpins to accent the focal.

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    1. Thank you so much! I very much enjoyed reading your blog post, and loved your designs!!

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  24. Gina, it's all beautiful and boho. I love your mix of materials and the use of wire and leather. It inspires me to design out of the box.

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    1. Thank you so much, Louise! Glad you stopped by to comment!

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  25. Very creative. Lovely pieces :-)

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    1. Thank you, Shalini! Loved your work as well!

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  26. What a lovely soup - you really made it sing! I especially love the earrings.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! There can never be too many pairs of earrings, lol!!

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  27. Your pieces are so awesome and different: knotting an dwirework together, how you arranged focals and toggles, I am stunned by your creativity and originality!

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    1. Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun with my soup!

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  28. Oh wow!!!!! I absolutely love your pieces, each and every one of them!!! So original, so unique, so creative, so beautiful. What a great job!

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    1. Thank you! I have actually worn each of them!

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    1. Thank you! I really want to try torch enameling some day!

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  30. You created so many wonderfully whimsical designs with your soup. Well done!

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    1. I love all of your projects!! They are great. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a nice message (bottlecorkandcrystal.blogspot.com) Sue

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    2. You are welcome, Sue! and thank you!

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  31. Beautiful work. The third necklace is my favorite!

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  32. Wow, so fun and colorful - love all of your pieces!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine! So happy you hopped on over!

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  33. Your designs are so cool and Artistic! I'm hard pressed to select a favorite. Really Soup-er!

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  34. Gina, I love how unique and uninhibited your pieces are :) I'd love to be able to design like that some day :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation Monique! Your designs are so beautiful and unique, I love how you used your soup. Glad you stopped by!

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  35. Your pieces are so unique and wonderful ! I love how the little flower on the first piece makes it look like the eye of some little odd critter ! (Or it might be my overactive imagination...)

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  36. Beautiful soup and beautiful work! I love the asymmetry and boldness of the first two pieces, the touches of mixed media and the earrings - the mismatched pair is my favorite!

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  37. You have created so many beautiful pieces, i love how you used you soup. Using the ranger patina on the clasp really tied it in with the beautiful focal.

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  38. Wow, you were one busy chef!!! I love what you did with the head pins. That was an awesome idea...but all your work was just stunning. Great job and great soup, will be back for more!

    veradesigns.blogspot.com

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  39. Expressive, creative, and a great ♥use of ♥colours! Beautiful!

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  40. Love the fun pieces you made with your bead soup! I love your wire work and wire accents. I love the earrings too! Great job!

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