Wednesday 19 March 2014

Soup's up - Double Helpings...

The Bead Soup I sent to my BSBP partner Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens in Luxembourg has arrived and I've received my mix from her so now I can reveal all...

Maryse told me she had never worked with ceramic jewellery components so I decided to build my soup around that to give her a little bit of a challenge. She also said that she loved flowers, sea greens and muted colour palettes so, after a little thinking I came up with a 'Seaside Daisy' collection...

The ceramic focal, bead set and bronze clay heart toggle clasp are my own creations and the bronze wire spiral connectors and twisted wire jump rings were hand made by Lisa Quinn. The sea green crystals and hand dyed chiffon are from Smitten Beads and the little bicone beads are Czech glass but I can't remember where I got them from.

I really like this mix as it reminds me of walking along the south west coastal path where I live in Dorset with its sandstone cliffs, deep green sea and abundance of wild flowers...

And now to the soup mix I received from Maryse - oh boy is it beautiful..? Well here it is see for yourselves...

Just look at this fabulous selection of lampwork all made by Maryse herself...isn't it glorious! I am totally in love with those little organic rocks lower left and as for the beautiful silver focal and spoilt am I!

Now anyone who knows me will be aware that I am more than a little infatuated with the ocean and beach (clue in the picture above) as a source of inspiration for my work. So I am absolutely delighted that Maryse's soup gives more than a passing nod to that theme in both it's colour and texture. In fact, I think she may secretly have been in England looking out over the Dorset coastline when she made some of these beads...
Happy with my soup..? you betcha! I already have some ideas buzzing around in my head and can't wait to clear the decks and sit down to play. Maryse, thank you so much for your wonderful gift and your generosity - If you find the soup I sent you half as inspiring I will be very happy.

See you back here for the big reveal on May 3rd.



  1. Is this beautiful... both of your soups are amazing. I ♥ ♥ ♥ those colours! Have lots of fun with creating your very special piece of jewellery...

  2. Two beautiful soups - I can't wait to see what you both create from them. Your new daisy pendants are lovely Lesley, so summery.... And I love the way you have used those wonderful photographs of the coastline which tie in with the beads :)

  3. Ohhh, both soups are lovely! You're both spoiled! Can't wait to see what you create!

  4. Wow, both soups are absolutely gorgeous Lesley, I can't wait to see what you both make with them.

  5. Wonderful ingredients, Lesley :) I am anxious to see what is created with these, and excited for May 3rd (my first BSBP... hooray!)

  6. Both soups are fantastic and beautiful! Wow!

  7. Both soups are wonderful. I would find inspiration in both of them. I can hardly wait to see what both of you make.


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