Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal #1

It's finally time for the big reveal.  Group 1 of the Bead Soup Blog Hop is showing their designs today.  This huge event is put on by the fabulous Lori Anderson from  This event has grown to over 500 people.  It's so big that there are 3 separate reveals to make it more manageable.  BTW...yesterday was Lori's birthday so please be sure to hop over to her site and wish her a happy birthday.  It is amazing the amount of work this event takes.  She is wonderful!!

My bead soup was sent to me by Ruth Szapa from Wisconsin.  The beads she sent were wonderful and very thoughtful.

The beads came in a box with Bead Soup hand painted on the top.

And each group of beads was separated by squares of beautiful, colorful fabric.

I finished most of the jewelry pieces but really wanted to do something with the fabric, so I decided to make some bangle bracelets.  I made the bracelets from 10 gauge copper wire and covered them with 3 of the 4 different fabrics and then wrapped the fabric with some 22 gauge wire.  The leaf component on one bracelet came from the bead soup as well as all the beads used as dangles on all the bracelets.   I tied some of the fabric on two of the bracelets so the design could be seen more clearly.  I really like these. 

My favorite beads are these little "cherry" beads.  Many of the beads Ruth sent were representative of Wisconsin.  Some of the beads in the bracelets above are glass and rocks from Lake Superior.  These little cherry beads represent Door County cherries. 

These little cherries begged to become dangle earrings.  I put them on some chain so they would looks like they were hanging from the tree...ready to pick.  Yum!   Yum!! 

The necklace below uses  the lovely red and cream beads (pictured with the cherries above) from the soup as well as one of the tin disk focals.  I added the hook from the soup to the tin piece so it doubles as a focal and a clasp.   I added some mother of pearl beads from my stash and some red glass beads.  I added some leather to one side and some copper connectors I made to the other side.  I added some of my favorite chain to the back.  The necklace can be worn long or as a choker.

On this piece, I used the cute little owl focal piece with the leaf connectors from my soup.  Can you see how the leaf connectors match the leaf designs in the owl?  To keep with a forest theme, I used some wood, seed and nut beads from my stash.   I’ve had some of these beads for YEARS….it was great to use them.  I strung this on some cord I’ve had (again…for years) doing some knotting in between some of the designs.  The toggle clasp came from the bead soup as well.


These earrings use the blue czech glass beads Ruth sent me.  I made the earwires from 18 gauge sterling with patina.

I still have lots of beads left over.  I've already started a bracelet using the Green Bay Packers beads she sent me.  Fortunately, I have a friend that is from Wisconsin and her birthday was yesterday so I can give the bracelet to her.  Being a 49er fan, I certainly can't wear it.  LOL!!

One last picture of all the beads Ruth sent.  And then you can move on to visit all the other artists.
Please visit as many of the other participants as you can.  They are all so talented. 
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Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Bridget Torres

Carol Dee Myers

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud  **you are here**
Cindy Wilson

Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs

Dana Hickey

Dana James

Darlene Fortier

Deana Hager

Deanna Cox

Deb Brooks

Debra Behrends

Denielle Hagerman

Denise McCabe

Diana Frey

Diana Welte

Dini Bruinsma

DiYana Alcalde

Dolores Raml

Donna Millard

Dot Lewallwn

Duane Clark

Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr

Elisabeth Auld

Elizabeth Owens Dwy

Emily Greer

Enikö Fabian

Erin Grant

Eva Kovacs

Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett

Grace Rotenberg

Gretchen Nation

Hannah Rosner

Heather Davis

Heather Marston

Heather Powers

Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant

Jan Petek

Janeen Sorensen

Jane-Michael Stallings

Jasvanti Patel

Jayashree Paramesh

Jayne Capps

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Joan Williams

Jodie Marshall

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Kat Barron Miller

Kathy Lindemer

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Kim Houston

Kim Sparks

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Krista French

Kristen Stevens

Kristi Harrison

Kumi Fisher

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Laura Bracken

Laura Demoya

Laurie Hanna

Laurie Keefe-Cecere

Lea Avroch

Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt

Leslie Schenkel

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Linda Djokic

Linda Murphy

Linda Sadler

Lisa Liddy

Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca

Liz Engriser

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Mallory Hoffman

Marcella Austenfeld

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Mary Harding

Molly Alexander

Nan Emmett

Niky Sayers

Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren

Pam Sandy

Pam Traub

Pamela Gangler

Patricia Buchanan

Patricia Johnson

Patty Miller

Paula Hisel

Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson

Rachel Baron

Rachel Stanley

Rain Hannah

Rana Wilson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Reed

Rochelle Brisson

Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa   **My partner**

Sally Russick

Sandi Volpe

Sandra Pendragon

Sandy Richardson

Sarah Small

Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle

Sheila Daniels

Sheila Davis

Shiraz Biggie

Shirley Moore

Skylar Bre'z

Staci Smith

Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau

Stephanie Weiss

Sumi Rani

Susan Sheehan

Suzette Bentley

Tamera Norris

Tracy Choy

Tracy Stillman

Valerie Norton

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