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Friday, May 9, 2014

The Bead Soup Reveal 2014 is Here!

Today's the day to be dazzled by some incredible jewelry designs. Lori Anderson is our hostess. She says this blog hop will take a rest after this year. So enjoy it while you can. Basically, Lori pairs up designers from all over the world to swap bead soup. Each bead soup consists of at least one focal, a clasp, ribbon, and coordinating beads. Each partner creates jewelry with her bead soup and supplies from her own stash. The results are incredible! Here is a map of last years participants to give you an idea of the scope of this event.


For a list of this year's 500 participants from all over the world go to Lori Anderson's bead soup blog: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/2014/05/8th-bead-soup-blog-party-participant.html

I have an incredible partner this year, Lori Bergmann. She has over 400 projects published in numerous books and magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Paper Crafts, Bead Trends, The Flow, and Bead Style (formerly Bead Unique).  She likes to experiment and use a wide variety of artistic mediums and techniques in her work. She has written a book on Creative Painting, teaches workshops, and designs and consults for several companies.  She's currently "obsessed" with making her own handmade glass beads and metal clay charms, and incorporating them into her gorgeous jewelry designs.
Here's the beautiful soup Lori Bergmann sent to me!


Turquoise and copper is my favorite color combination! The focal bead located near the lower right hand corner is actually a small bottle with a cork and everything. You could put secret charms, a lock of hair, your pet's ashes or even perfume in that precious bottle. I couldn't miss making some fine jewelry with these fabulous ingredients.

Unfortunately, Lori has some physical problems right now and was not able to create her bead soup designs in time for this reveal. She has promised to create them when she is well. I do recommend that you visit her blog, facebook page, and shop to see more of her incredible work.

www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com  
https://www.facebook.com/LoriBDesign
https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoriBergmann

Ta-Ta-Ta-Dum       Here are my designs!




Firstly, I worked on the focal which you see to the right. I ended up tweeking it a little later on.




Then I put my first necklace together!
I used more of her gorgeous beads and some of my hardware finds. I finished it off with chiffon ribbon for comfort and ease of wear. I love how it turned out!



 
In the next necklace more of Lori's handmade beads decorated the copper dragonfly I fashioned. The ribbon she sent along with a copper chain I added for strength and durability finished this piece nicely. I'm pleased with how this necklace turned out as well!

Because I still had a few beads and that beautiful clasp left over, I decided to make a bracelet that would work well with either necklace.
That's all folks. Be sure to visit the other designers in this hop...you'll be glad you did. Go to this link:  http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/2014/05/8th-bead-soup-blog-party-participant.html

55 comments:

  1. What a lovely colour combo. I love what you did with the focal and the dragonfly is awesome!

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  2. My post won't be up for a couple hours yet, just noticed your was and thought I'd come get a head start!! Love your dragon fly!! Pendulum is pretty nice too. Looks like you had fun :)

    Dana

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm visiting our international friends now to get a head start too.

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  3. So many lovely pieces! You did a wonderful job with your soup!

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  4. I love your color combination and the dragonfly is wonderful.

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  5. How exciting to receive that little bottle pendant, what an interesting component to get to work with. I love your dragonfly necklace as well. Great stuff :-)

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  6. wow!!!! stunning beauty and lovely workmanship. Kathy! I am enthralled by your hand fashioned dragonfly--how versatile you are in your design work! love, jean

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  7. First I loved the focal of the first necklace...then I saw your dragonfly! It is amazing!

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  8. As a copper and turquoise fan, I especially appreciate your pieces. Oh, and I'm partial to dragonflies too! Love your work.

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  9. This is one of my favorite color palettes! Your dragonfly is amazing. I love the way you used the ribbon. I'm still resisting fiber in my designs. And I absolutely love the focal you created with that fun little bottle.

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  10. Love how you have used your soup and that dragonfly is amazing.

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  11. Copper and turquoise - I really love this comination. All of your pieces are wonderful but I really love the first focal with the little bottle.

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  12. Everything is lovely, but I adore the shaping on that first necklace! :)

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  13. I am glad I stopped and visited your blog, your work is great. Love it. Hope you had fun with this, I did.

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  14. copper and turquois was a color combination I never considered before. What great copper beads!

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  15. I love all the greens and copper. In the earrings and the bracelet are those light bulb ends or bullet cases? I love the industrial vibe they give no matter what they are. Oh those little copper tubes are in your main necklace too. I just love them.

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    1. I got the copper tubes at the hardware store! I'm not sure what they are for??? I love using industrial and found objects in my jewelry. I create a lot of steampunk!

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  16. Love that dragonfly and the colour combinations.

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  17. Cor! Look at that dragonfly pendant! What beautiful wirework! I love all your makes but your dragonfly takes my breath away.

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  18. Fabulous! My kind of colours :-)
    LOVE the dragonfly.

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  19. Thanks everyone...I guess my dragonfly is a hit! Hugs.

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  20. OMG, those are some beautiful creations, but.....dragonflies....my favorite! And I love how you did the clasp in the front...terrific!! ~KM

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  21. Wow, you did so much with your soup! Each item is very nice and love the colors. We can keep out fingers crossed that maybe there will be another next year???

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  22. Sweet! I love the shape of the first wire necklace and that dragonfly is fabulous!

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  23. Wow - your pieces are amazing! I love the curvature of the first necklace and the dragonfly on your second necklace is stunning! Awesome work!

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  24. Awesome soup! Beautiful pieces! Great work!

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  25. I really like the way you used the wire around and in the focal, what a ingenious design! Ditto what Ginger said about the copper tubes. They are great! I get copper tubing and cut them, but they don't have the ridges like these. I like those ridges! Anyway, I like all your work, such imagination and skill! It has been a pleasure visiting!

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  26. so cute dragonfly necklace!!!!! I'm impressed!!!!

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  27. I'm in love with the dragonfly you made! Wow that is crazy good!!

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  28. Very special♥ jewellery pieces, all of them :-) love it!!!

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  29. I adore your first necklace. The talisman-style pendant is just too cool. Nice work!

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  30. Beautiful pieces, love love love the green bracelet.

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  31. How lovely! What a wonderful mix of color and textures--and how clever to use some hardware in there, too! I would have never guessed if you hadn't said something. Everything is simply beautiful!

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  32. I love your designs! The dragonfly necklace is fantastic!!

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  33. What lovely things you made. Lovely "flask" focal!!

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  34. I love seeing your creations. You are an wire artist- that dragonfly is to die for.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Ana

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  35. I love your wirework, the focals you created are absolutely gorgeous and love how you wrapped wire around the fabric rope in the butterfly necklace, so clever and gives the right contrast to the piece

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  36. Wow, Kathy! You did such a fantastic job and I love all your designs! I'm so sorry I wasn't able to participate after all, but hope to share what I can with the soup you sent me in the near future. Hope you had a wonderful time on the blog hop too! :-)

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  37. I love the shape of the first necklace and the earrings are perfect in every way!

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  38. Kathy, your soup was amazing, but you made it even better with your design sense :) Love everything, but that dragonfly is divine!

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  39. OMG! I love love love the dragonfly necklace♥ Genius!

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  40. I know everybody's saying it, but the dragonfly is absolutely amazing!

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  41. Wow! What a gorgeous soup! And you certainly did fantastic things with it.. Both necklaces are gorgeous and what a great bracelet to go with either one.

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  42. It looks like you had a fun time with your soup. Very creative and pretty designs!

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  43. love your necklace - it's so romantic and sweet. the colors are just stunning!

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

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  44. Gorgeous creations, copper and turquoise are so lovely together. I really love the dragon fly you've made out of copper wire and beads. Really creative designs, good work.

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  45. Your dragonfly is so cool!! What a stunning statement piece. Fabulous job.

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  46. Lovely work, I've always thought copper and blue look great together.

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  47. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I'm still hopping! Don't want to miss a thing!

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  48. I like all your designs but the dragonfly pendant is absolutely fantastic as is the whole necklace! Wow!

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