Thursday, 21 February 2013

Bead Soup Beginnings...

I'm a little late blogging about the forthcoming BSBP 7 and to be honest that's because I was late getting my act together and sending a mix to my partner Silke Grober.  Fortunately we are in the last reveal on April 13th and Silke is from Germany which in the grand scheme of things, is not that far away from me so hopefully her beads will arrive before too long.

Silke is an Engineer by profession but also makes the most beautiful lampwork beads . She is particularly inspired by nebulae and landscapes and you see some of her wonderful creations by visiting her blog Just beads.

Or... you can stay right here because Silke got herself organised much more quickly than me and my soup ingredients arrived on Tuesday, each piece beautifully presented in its own organza bag with a description of the contents - and how delicious they were too...

These rich earthy colours are so me and the whole collection is so beautifully coordinated. I didn't just get one focal either, nor two but three beads with this fabulous organic design in greens and golds with a touch of plummy purple and some reactive silver leaf I think...

To go with these were an equally stunning set of smaller matching beads and spacers...

I'm already feeling very spoilt but there's more to come in the shapes of these Rudraksha seed beads and some little brass beads that I am totally smitten with. They have a lovely weight and quality to them and I've not seen them before so I may have to beg the source for those from Silke.

And last but not least is the pretty coiled copper clasp that Silke made for me and a deep purple silk ribbon which arrived wrapped around a large block of bitter dark chocolate but that is no more! Yum!

I think I could quite happily dive into this soup and start creating without even having to dip into my own stash but one thing's for sure - it's a match made in heaven for bronze...should the need arise!

Thank you so very much Silke - If you like your ingredients half as much as I do these I will be happy. And just to round things off, here's a little teaser of those ingredients and I'll reveal more once I know it's arrived at it's destination.



  1. Looks lovely can't wait to see what you come up with?

  2. Gorgeous soup! Those lamp work beads are amazing

  3. Beautiful!! Does she sell her lovely beads, I looked around her blog a bit and didn't find a shop or website?

    1. Hi Kristie,

      unfortunately I've no shop on the internet right now. Currently I sell my beads personally in my neighbourhood. But I think, it's about time to set up an Etsy Shop. I've planned this since a while.

      If the shop is ready I will announce this on my blog. I need a litte bit time for this. In the mean time you can e-mail me directly at --> Kontakt --> Versuch.

      kind regards,

  4. What a beautiful mix of beads, royal and earthy at the same time. You are going to have fun!!

  5. What gorgeous soup! You've got some beautiful beads from Silke!

  6. Oh Lesley! You are truly a lucky lady. Those beads are gorgeous!!! I know you will make something really beautiful with them!

  7. What beautiful ingredients you have there Lesley! Really looking forward to seeing what you make with them. I'm eagerly awaiting my soup ingredients from Canada!

  8. Beautiful elements and nice architectural color combinations.

    pilgrim jewellery

  9. stopping by all the blogs taking part in the bead soup blog party. cant wait to see what you make!


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