Saturday, 27 April 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party - 3rd Reveal...

Welcome to the third and final reveal of the 2013 Bead Soup Blog party. Here's a reminder of the fabulous soup mix I received from my partner Silke Grober from Germany who, as you can see makes gorgeous lampwork beads. Silke was incredibly generous sending me not one, but three of her own focals as a matching set and some spacers along with some lovely brass and Rudraksha beads - thank you so much Silke for sending me ingredients that were such a pleasure to work with. I certainly had plenty to play with so I'll get on with it and show you what I made.

I love the earthiness of Silke's beads and they remind me a little of aerial landscapes, autumn seasons and for some reason vineyards. The first piece I made is this necklace using the 'elongated bicone' focal (not sure what the proper name for this shape is) set on a hand made bronze pin and bail.

I particularly like the dark plummy accents on the focal and wanted to try and pick this up in some way so I dug out some lovely matte peanut and seed beads from Smitten Beads and strung them with some of the accent beads from the soup. The Rudraksha beads and the gorgeous brass filigrees add a lovely warmth and although It's a fairly traditional design I think it's very pleasing to the eye.

Next I wanted to do something which incorporated the copper clasp Silke had made which I felt was crying out for a bracelet. I decided to go asymmetrical and fairly casual and went for Waxed linen for the stringing material, randomly adding beads from the soup mix along with a few of my own bronze discs.

I finished the cord tails off with some more of the peanuts beads and that was it - simple but effective.

For my next piece I chose the round focal bead which is probably my favourite but it is rather large so it took some thinking about. In the end I decided on a very long necklace with simple accents to show of the full beauty of the focal. The chunky Vintaj chain is interspersed with lovely sea green crystals (again from Smitten Beads) and both these elements are repeated as dangles below the focal.

I also added one of my bronze flying birds as a dangle and a few matte and shiny peanut beads to the bail to highlight the colour on the focal. This piece did prove somewhat difficult to photograph clearly but I hope you can get an idea.

Last but not least, I used a couple of the smaller lampwork beads to make some earrings which will go with any of the other pieces. The beads are wrapped in bronze wire with a length of chain suspended from the bottom. I added some more peanut beads ( can you tell I rather like these peanuts...) to small jump rings and attached these to the entire length of the chain and finished off with the sea green crystals. These have a lovely sense of movement and texture and I liked them so much I've made some similar styles since.

 All pieces now in my ETSY Shop.

I still have 1 focal, the silk and a few beads left so there will be more to come but for now that is my serving of bead soup - I'm so excited to see what Silke has done with the beads in the picture below which I sent her and I hope you will pop over to her blog too and take a look.

I'd also like to offer  a huge vote of thanks to Lori Anderson and her helpers for organising yet another epic event and being a huge inspiration to us all.

To see the designs made by all the other participants just use the links below and start hopping.
Have fun!


Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman


  1. Stunning! The are all beautiful really, but the first one I just adore! Wonderful job with your soup - cant wait to see what your partner did too

  2. Beautiful Soup - as always, you did a wonderful job. I love the bronze disks you added to the bracelet and your use of peanut beads in the necklace.

  3. Wow, great combo of colors and textures in all your pieces! I wasn't familiar with the Rudraksha beads, but they complement the lampwork wonderfully, especially in your first necklace. Love how your tassel highlights the large round lampwork bead, too.

  4. Oh my! I was expecting fabulous work from you, but these are just breathtaking! Every piece is unique and lovely <3

  5. Stunning, stunning stunning!! I esp. love the bracelet. It is just magnificent. Your bronze clay discs are so well matched with your partner's beads. Such a lovely mix of colors.

  6. Gorgeous... they look like ancient treasures! I love the focals and the beautiful earthy palette you've used.

  7. Woooweee Lesley, what a gorgeous soup, just up your street and as usual you have made some inspiring and beautiful jewellery with it! You really are a clever beader! Thank you so much for using some of my beads and I have to say..... nice Peanutage! I loves it all ;0) Claire xx

  8. Stunning! I think I need all of these pieces just for myself!

  9. Lesley, they all are so wonderful. I can't make a decision what's my favourite. I'm so exited to the different ways to use and combine the beads. I love the colors, I love the design... What can I say: I love it all.

    Thank you so much for beeing my partner and showcasing my beads on this wondeful way.


    1. YOu are most welcome Silke - it was an absolute pleasure.

  10. Fabulous pieces love the way they've come together

  11. These are great, Lesley. I really like the long necklace and the earrings. You got some beautiful beads!

  12. I love your style.So many beautiful pieces.
    I have never heard of the bead soup blog party till two of The Craft Pimp forum members joined up this year. Such a wonderful, fun, inspirational, huge heap of eye candy it is.
    Very well done to Lori Anderson for organising it all.

  13. Just wow! Beautiful soup and beautiful pieces! Love all of them, with no exception.

  14. I love them all =) love the the colors the components...

  15. These are all beautiful - I can't pick a favourite! Really love how you put colours together.

  16. You made wonderful pieces from a lovely soup!

  17. So BEAUTIFUL...I love every piece you made with your soup! Just soooo YUMMMMY! Great Job!

  18. All of your pieces are beautiful as always!

  19. Gorgeous! Every time I scrolled down the post, I had a new favorite piece -- they are all just lovely. I really like the way you incorporated your bird and discs into the pieces, putting your own twist on the soup. And seeing the fun ways you used them, I *must* go buy some peanut beads!

  20. great pieces, especially the bracelet, congrats!

  21. Delicious soup! You hav an interesting mix of shapes, colors, and textures. Well done! One of your pieces will be on my favs list which I will publish tomorrow. Can't decide which one??? They all so pretty.

  22. Love your designs! everything is so gorgeous!

  23. Absolutely beautiful, each and every piece. I LOVE! your first necklace. Would wear it in a heartbeat.

  24. All beautiful. A really like the necklace with the chain and the earrings.

  25. Great pieces, the last necklace is my favorite too. I really like the way you accessorized the focal bead to make the pendant.

  26. Really like what you did with your soup.. great colours and designs.My fav is the first one!!

  27. I love the warm colors of your beadsoup and what you have done with it. The way you have finished your first necklace with the two sizes of seedies is really beautiful. I would wear all of your beauties :-))
    Greets Gite

  28. I love all your pieces, that color palette is amazing, totally in my style.
    ciao dall'Italia

    p.s. I'm a new follower, I love your style!

  29. The bead soup you received was exceptionally gorgeous and your designs are amazing! Your color sense and composition totally wowed me!

  30. Wow Lesley! You really worked that soup! I think the bracelet's my favorite, but they're All really beautiful designs.

  31. Oh Wow Lesley, You have done it again hit that bead soup ball right out of the park. Love everything you created, so much so, that I will not and can not pick a favorite. Your creativity is never a disapointment.

  32. You always create such beautiful designs, Lesley. The pieces are all gorgeous!

  33. Oh those are all gorgeous!

  34. Gorgeous! You got an amazing mix and match set from your soup. I would wear all of them. Not all together, of course.... ;-)

  35. Nice reveal Lesley - what a lovely soup you had to play with. Really fab designs.

  36. What a lovely bead soup and simply stunning what you made of it! Congrats!

  37. You made wonderful jewelry of these beautiful beads. The earrings are my favorite, they say "touch me"!

  38. Amazing - love! My fav is the bracelet - would wear that in a heartbeat!

  39. Beautiful creations. I especially love the bracelet....just my cup of tea!

  40. Gorgeous pieces, I love the earthy style...and they all coordinate so well.

  41. I really love your pieces, both colors and constructions are pretty and original

  42. Georgeous as we are used to see here :0) Wonderful warm colours and very special designs, Lesley! I also saw your earrings from your next post - what a great idea! You're so inspiring for me!

  43. Love the necklaces, love the earrings, love the bracelet.....great designs!

  44. Lesley you have a wonderful artistic style of design. I look at your pieces and think why didn't I think of that. I would never have added purple to the colorway, but it is perfect. You prove that it doesn't take lots of components to show fine style. All of your pieces are gorgeous.

  45. What a yummy soup. You did such a fantastic job. Your pieces are really gorgeous!

  46. Beautiful pieces!! The plum with the earthy colors works perfectly!

  47. What yummy ingredients to play with. And you more then did them justice. I am really partial to long necklaces so the last one of my fav.

  48. Absolutely love what you did with your soup! You made such a cohesive collection of pieces, yet each is unique and can stand on its own. My fave is the long necklace but the earrings are close second. Loving peanut beads too.

  49. Not surprisingly, your pieces are all gorgeous! I like the way you accented each of them individually to ring out the beauty of the lampwork. You really made your soup shine!


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