Saturday, April 13, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

I'm so excited and honored to have been a part to the 7th Bead Soup Blop Party.  Huge hugs and thanks to our very organized, patient and kind hostess Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  You can read more about the BSBP on Lori's blog, see the link above.  This is a gigantic event to organize with over 500 participants from I don't even know how many countries.  That's is why there were three seperate reveal dates, so you would have time to visit all the fab participants.

Also a great big thank you to my swap partner April Grinaway of the Brooklyn Bead Goddess.  April sent a huge helping of yummy soup for me to work with.  She a is fanastic lampworker and sent me many of her awesome handcrafted beads.  I hope I have done at least some of them justice.  Be sure to visit Brooklyn Bead Goddess to see what she made with what I sent her.

A reminder of the spectacualr soup I got from April.
I know everyone has a ton of blogs they want to visit this weekend so I will try to keep the rest of my post light on text and heavy on pics.
The first piece incorporates the copper focal that April sent and many of her beads, along with some copper tubes I enameled in purple and added some dots of glass to.
Here is the first piece modeled by my daughter.  Aren't those hematite cones cool?
The second piece looks a little square when laid out but because parts of it are strung on SoftFlex it lies nicely around the wrist.  Great lampwork beads by Brooklyn Bead Goddess and also the clasp she sent.
Modeled again by my daughter.  LOVE that yellow bead, note the trapped air bubbles in the purple.
See, it's really not square like it looks on the table, lol.
A simple pair of earrings to go with the necklace and bracelet, or just about anything else really. 
This last piece is a bit of a "fail".  It didn't turn out as I intended or envisioned but after reworking it twice I set it aside as is.  After lots of rethinking on the concept of it's construction, I think I may have actually figured it out.  When I get it right I will post new pics of it here.  Here it is as it sits now.
The "circles" on the sides are not hanging in a nice circular shape as I had planned.  I think I may have a solution figured out though.  I really like this concept, so I'm not giving up on it yet :).  I love these beads by April and I vow to do them justice.  Everytime I look at or play with these beads I keep asking myself  "why don't I own any yellow beads except these?", they are really stunning.
Hope you rested up last night.  There is a long list of fun below, so grab a cuppa someting and get hopping :).
Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles

Christine Murrow
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari

Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs

Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Facebook Participants

D’Arsie Manzella
Claire Brannigan Hasemeier
Robin Showstack
Melanie Lemen Swope
Beccy Peterson
Kelli Nelson
Chris Schlicht
Shelley Cole-Kuduk


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  2. lovely work on the necklaces and great colours in the bracelet

  3. Lovely! I like the las tnecklace as well. It's quite different.

    1. Thanks, still working on re-working that last one :)

  4. Wow! Stunning work Ali!!! I love what you did with the soup I sent to you~I love the Circle of Life Necklace...
    Thank you for being a great partner and friend.

    1. Thank you! I had great soup to work with :). And right back at ya on the partner and friend part!

  5. What a wonderful suite of jewelry! Love what you did with the soup!

    1. Thank you. It was a heaping helping of yummy soup.

  6. Love that bracelet! Congrats on a job well done.

  7. Yum. LOVE that swirly oval focal.

    1. It is a really fun focal, I almost enameled it but then got cold feet, lol

  8. I love how you used April's beads--so creative and unique!!

  9. Wonderful pieces - love the first necklace a lot! Loved how you used those cones in each piece! I can't wait to see how you figure out your design for the circle necklace!

    1. Thanks you :). Still reworking that second piece, but I am determined for it to be a whole lot closer to how I envisioned it.

  10. Super cute pieces, love the colours! Also, the copper tubes you've enamelled are amazing! I'm pleased to have come across your blog in this Party :)

    1. Thank you so much, glad you stopped by :)

  11. I love your "fail" necklace. I laugh that you ever thought that! It looks like bubbles of fun.

    1. Thank you, maybe I will name it "bubbles" when I get it right.

  12. Fun unique designs~ Those purple enameled beads are awesome and totally make that first necklace. Well done!

    1. Thanks! Love playing with glass and flames :)

  13. Gorgeous pieces! Love how you used the copper focal in the first necklace. Wonderful and unique bead soup!

    1. Thank you! It was a wonderful soup to play with.

  14. first necklace is my favourite -delicate and inventive!congratulations!

  15. Lovely pieces, especially the first necklace ! The combo of yellow and blue would have stumped me, I think - but then yellow in general stumps me.

    1. LOL, yellow usually stumps me too, so much so that I don't have any other yellow beads. But after working with these I will be buying and making some!

  16. Your designs are lovely and very wearable. The last necklace is far from a fail!! The concept is very interesting, keep playing. I wonder if you added small beads to the exposed wire if it would round out like you imagined. Nicely done!

    1. Thank you so much! Adding extra beads was one of the fixes I tried, but it didn't help either, lol. Still reworking it :)

  17. Love the bracelet! I love the idea of you last necklace, I think it came out well. I can't wait to see how you change it up.

  18. Love that copper focal bead in the first necklace, your wire wrapping is so perfect in all the designs! Don't give up on the last necklace, it is really different and pretty with the glass beads!

  19. Oh wow I love all your pieces. I wouldn't know which one to wear so much for sharing them with us all bye for now and Happy beading...

  20. Very nicely done- the first piece looks almost tribal. I love the mixed metals as well!

  21. Ali, nice work. LOVE that big focal & I really like your concept for the last piece, I'll bet once you work out the kinks it will be especially cool~ Great job

  22. Nice work with a beautiful soup. Keep working on that last one - I can see your vision, I think, and I think you can make it work. Don't give up on it. Great job!

  23. Great job! Those were interesting beads you had to work with. Very creative.

  24. Very nice pieces! I'm sure you'll work out well the last necklace.

  25. Wow!! I would have procrastinated worshiping that soup! Beautiful pieces of jewelry. The "not round" aspect of your necklace on hold, doesn't bother me. Looks sweet...and those beads!!!

  26. What great pieces.. I really love the last necklace.. great job.

  27. what funny designs!
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, what a fun :)
    ciao dall'Italia

  28. Love your work. You have a very inventive mind.

  29. I really like how you used the cone shaped beads. Keep work on the last design, maybe a few more beads on the outer circle will help them hold their shape.

  30. Great job with the cones - they definitely would have stumped me. I love that last necklace, too - I think it's perfect the way it is!

  31. The cones are so cool, I love what you did with the soft flex, so unique. Great designs.

  32. lovely, I like the way you hung the beads in the last necklace...

  33. Love the bracelet. It's such a cool colour combo!

  34. You did them justice for sure! Nice job!

  35. What a nice bead soup! Nice job on all the designs as well as the wirework! Amazing designs!

  36. The bracelet is my favorite, i love those yellow beads you received..!

  37. Love them all, but I really like the lampwork beads, and the bracelet - the extra links will make it move....amazing!! ~KM
    1st reveal -

  38. You have made some lovely things I love the blue and yellow together great combination!

  39. Very pretty, I love what you made. I really like where your going on the second necklace, would love to see how you finish with it!! Going to subscribe so I won't miss it!

  40. All of your pieces are so much fun......they all bring a smile to my face.Great cooking of your soup!

  41. OOOOH fun and unique!
    I like your first necklace!!

  42. Great job Ali!!!! Love all the pieces you made. Adding your beautiful enamel tubes was just the right touch! One of these days I have to make them. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  43. You did such an incredible job!!! Gorgeous creations!

  44. Great pieces, love the copper wire contrast!

  45. Beautiful work, simple and elegant.

  46. Such fun pieces -love the idea of the last necklace- very fun!

  47. I like what you did with your bead soup.

  48. You've made beautiful and modern pieces. I love the way you've used the hematite cones. My favourite is the first necklace - it captures the spiky trend on jewellery. Great work.

  49. Love how you used the spike beads as an added design element! Very cool!

  50. Hematite and copper. I would have never thought to put them together. Very clever Ali. Good luck getting your vision for the last pieces into existence. Those I really work at turn out to be favorites. Hope the same is true for you.

  51. Your designs are unique *like it*

  52. So many beautiful pieces, fantastic! Now the last picture you shared is going to haunt me :) lol I'm very guilty of designing away with everyones soups in my head. I love the direction you have already with it and can't wait to see what comes next. perhaps emamel some scroll like shapes (thinking russian onion dome type shapes) something rigid that wouldn't give way like the circles do when gravity takes hold. exciting!

  53. I can't wait to see what you end up doing with the last one to make those circles more round. :)

    Everything ROCKS! Beautiful job!

  54. Those hematite cones are really cool. And I like the approach you're taking with the necklace - can't wait to see what your problem solving comes up with!

  55. I like how you used the cones. Nice work!

  56. Gorgeous soup and I simply love what you have done with it. And I'm intrigued with the last necklace!!

  57. The necklace modeled by your daughter is my favorite. I love that you combined components made by you with your Bead Soup items.

  58. Great pieces, love the copper focal!

  59. The first necklace is lovely - the purple enameled tubes are a great touch. And I like the direction the last necklace is headed in. It would be fun to see it when you get the reality to match the picture in your mind (isn't that sometimes the hardest thing?!?)

  60. Some fantastic ideas I would never have thought to use the cones the way you did!

  61. Really nice work on these pieces Thank You for sharing with us.

  62. You certainly had a lot to work with. I like the first set with that copper focal.

  63. Stunning work. I loved all of them. Yay You !!

  64. Great job Ali. Your designs are wonderful. Love the copper focal and the hematite spikes.

  65. I'm totally digging your first necklace and the bracelet. That necklace especially is so unique and fun. It just stands out. Very cool.

  66. I really like the first necklace and the bracelet. They look so comfy and unique on.

  67. Your necklaces are so creative! I love that copper focal and the pieces you enameled are wonderful!

    Thanks so much for participating, and I'm so sorry I was late to my own party.


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