7th Bead Soup Blog Party


This is the second time I signed up for Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. There are 500 people in this blog party! Lori is spending hours dividing up the group into partners. The partners will send each other beads and then we have about 3 months to make jewelry out of the beads that we received. I will be showing what I made on April 13.

I spent all week making beads to add to my existing stash. Each Bead Soup must contain:

:: One focal ::

::  One special clasp (not a lobster claw) ::

::  Some coordinating beads (no need to send a million) :

I’m sending a variety of focal beads for my partner to choose from.


About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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3 Responses to 7th Bead Soup Blog Party

  1. Stopping by all the blogs taking part in the beadsoup cant wait to see what you make!

  2. Munmun Nishi says:

    thanks a lot for sharing this article.Munmun Nishi.

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