Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Full of Flavour and Nicely Spiced...Soup's here!

I don't usually do two posts in one day but my bead soup arrived today and I just can't wait until tomorrow to share it with you. Just look at all those gorgeous little packages - I actually made myself a cup of tea and sat and looked at them for a while...and then I ripped into them!

If you don't know Jen Cameron, she is a glass artist who makes amazing lampwork beads and uses them in her own jewellery designs. She's also a very clever lady because she's put together a soup that combines items that are right up my street, with things I've never used (and in some cases don't know how to use) and are going to challenge me big time. That really excites me and I can't wait to dive into the unknown.

Unsurprisingly there was too much in those little packages to get into one shot and anyway, you'll want more than one spoon of this tasty soup - so how's this for starters...

Not one, not two, but four gorgeous lampwork focal beads and one of Jen's 'lampworkified' keys. I love earthy organic beads and these are no exception and that key, well that's a fun challenge I'm really looking forward to. Then we have a good handful of colourful enamelled beads, again by Jen, Czech glass beads, Vintaj chain and yes, some Sari silk. From our e mail exchanges, Jen and I discovered that we had quite a lot in common one of which was finding Sari silk hard to work with. We both love it in other peoples work but always think it looks awful in our own. So she's set me another challenge here and since I noticed that she used it very successfully herself in a challenge piece last weekend, I guess I'm just going to have to rise to that!

Here's a better look at those lush focals...

I somehow managed to miss these lovely little pearls when I took that first picture.

And now we come to the unknown element, the materials I've never worked with and design styles I have never attempted - Steam Punk, found objects and vintage...where these are concerned I know nothing but I'm so looking forward to changing that.

So here we have my lovely vintage crystal clasp, some big wooden buttons, a glass vial, Steam Punk gears in wood and metal, vintage Swarovski flowers, Mica sheets and washer beads, some cute little brass star beads, a Washington DC bus token and a vintage fabric measuring tape. I am a little nervous when I look at these...the only thing I've ever done with a Mica sheet is slump glass on it but as I said, there is a certain frisson of excitement at the thought of working with materials I have no preconceptions of and the freedom that entails.

So there you have my bead soup with all it's depth of flavour. This will be sitting on my worktable for the rest of the week and hopefully sparking my imagination until next week when the fun will begin.

This parcel got to me in the UK from Indiana in just 4 days and hopefully Jen's soup will arrive with her soon too. If she likes it half as much as I do this - I'll be very happy.



  1. Look like a fab selection of beady soupness, can't wait to see what you come up with x

  2. I love the goodies that you got. Have fun!

  3. Awesome mix of things to work with. I love the vintage clasp and all the lampwork. I look forward to seeing what you might come up with using the rest since I've never attempted the steam punk look myself but admire what others do.

  4. Awesome soup! Can't wait to see what you make with the Steampunk and found object elements. I have trouble with Sari silk also. It just never seems to look "right" when I use it.

  5. My goodness, you hit the motherload of beady goodness, didn't you!! That key is fantastic! I would not know what to do with it, but I would have fun trying! Her lampwork focals are awesome...but her enameled beads are drop dead gorgeous!!! Love them! Enjoy your soup...knowing you, your designs will be fabulous!

  6. A fantastic Bead Soup! I know you will do it justice, and I can't wait for the reaveal date!

  7. Wow! I am excited for you! How beautiful and what a varied mix of items!

  8. Oh wow! This soup is beautiful! I am so excited to see what you will create!

  9. Wonderful beads! You will have fun.

  10. Wonderful bead soup kit!
    I'm so curious to see what you will create!

  11. What a generous and fabulous collection...something very wonderful will be coming from this eclectic mix. Love so many bits of it.
    Lucky girl!

    1. Wow - just gorgeous - and so many!!! I am sure you are going to turn them into some fabulous items. The steampunk would be my challenge also - can't wait to see what you do with them. Have fun.

  12. That is really wonderful soup! I can't wait to see what you make and what you sent Jen.

  13. Hi Lesley,
    Yummy ingredients I can not wait to see what you cook up with these lovelies.
    Have fun creating.

  14. Wow! Wonderful ingredients for soup! The steampunk would be a huge challenge for me! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  15. Oh my gosh! 4 days?? A miracle! I'm still waiting for my bead soup from the Pantone swap to arrive in Italy....6 weeks later! *cries* I'll die if it's was so purty!! OK...pity party over...what a gorgeous, challenging soup!! I can't WAIT to see what you both make!

  16. Oh my! what an amazing soup! I just found a whole stash of old skeleton keys my mother-in-law had tucked away in a forgotten drawer! What fun!

  17. Great Soup, AWESOME blog and wonderful sharing.Love and hugs Tanya


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