Welcome to the Eighth annual Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori Anderson http://www.prettythingsblog.com/ organized it and there are nearly 500 people participating. Lori matched all of us up with partners. We sent each other beads to create jewelry. My partner is Iveth Caruso of Creative Atelier. Be sure and check out what she made with the beads I sent her. You can see what she made here.
Iveth sent me these beads:
She included at least 4 focal beads. Right away I made this:
The dichroic pendant and leather cord were made for each other!
I used the metal enamel flower for the focal bead of my second necklace:
I also used many fire polished crystals, the clasp, and enameled metal beads from Iveth. I made some lampwork beads to go with the focal bead. This is my favorite piece. I have worn the necklace twice and have gotten many compliments.
Iveth also sent me two matching lampwork beads. I used one of two beads as the focal of the third necklace I made:
I also used a variety of metal beads, a clasp, and four large polymer clay beads from Iveth. I made lampwork beads with raised dots to go with the focal bead.
I have really enjoyed participating in this event. The necklaces were fun to make. It is wonderful to see the creativity of such a diverse group of talented jewelry makers. I enjoy seeing what they were sent and how they chose to work with the beads to design unique pieces. It was so cool to receive a package of gorgeous and unusual beads! I am glad to have been teamed up with a great partner who has now become a new cross-country friend. I am grateful to Lori for creating, hosting, and organizing the event. A huge thank you to Iveth for making this so much fun. I hope you like what I made with the beads you sent me.
Be sure and check out what the other participants have made with their bead soup! You can see the list here (scroll down to the end of the article). You can also see most of the jewelry creations on Pinterest here.