My bead soup has arrived.

Last week a package arrived in the mail. This was inside! Lots of little packages all wrapped up.


My bead soup from Iveth Caruso! Inside were a wonderful variety of beads, including several possible focal beads, purple leather cord, and two clasps.


There are quite a few possible focal beads- a wonderful large dichroic glass square bead, a peachy pink large lampwork bead with a wave design, a purple enamel rose, and two dotted blue lampwork beads. There are polymer clay buttons, enameled metal, metal, crystal, and a variety of glass beads. The colors are great and I am thinking about a number of different combinations.

It is the eighth bead soup party. This year there are almost 500 participants. We participants got paired with each other and put together and swapped a “bead soup” made from a special focal bead, some coordinating beads, and a special clasp. Now Iveth and I and the other participants will make a special piece of jewelry from the soup.

Here is the “bead soup” I sent to Iveth:


I sent a variety of focal beads and smaller beads, all lampwork made by me. I also sent Iveth crystals, Czech beads, and other glass beads. I hope Iveth likes them as much as I like hers.


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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4 Responses to My bead soup has arrived.

  1. Silvia says:

    I love the soup you received, both gorgeous colors and materials! AND I am so envious you are able to make such beautiful lampwork!

  2. Iveth says:

    I can’t wait to see what you create with this soup!

  3. Monique U says:

    Wow, these BOTH look awesome 🙂 Looking forward to your reveals 🙂

  4. My gosh, that is a beautiful soup!

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