Ninth Bead Soup Blog Party-Bead Hoarders Edition. My bead soup has arrived.


I am participating in the ninth bead soup blog party organized by Lori Anderson. The eighth bead soup party was in 2014. Lori has had health problems and is finally feeling well enough to give it another go.


We participants got paired with each other and put together and swapped a “bead soup” made from a special focal bead and some coordinating beads that we had been hoarding. No shortage of hoarded beads here! Now my partner, Terry Matuszyk, and I (along with the other participants) will make one or more special pieces of jewelry from the bead soup.


Terry has collected and sold vintage costume jewelry for many years. In 2009 she started making jewelry and enjoys using vintage beads. She included both vintage Japanese beads and Czech beads in the soup she sent me. The beads and and colors are fantastic! She also sent two wonderful Raku focal beads made by Harry Wood.






Terry also included a gift of a pair of pretty and unusual earrings that she had made.




Thank you so much, Terry. I love them all.



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Third Annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop- My Partner


I am participating in the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop, hosted by Linda Anderson, for the third time. Again, participants have been paired up with other jewellery designers and each will send the other a package of beads, a clasp, and a focal piece. Participants then create one or more pieces of jewellery with the items received.

My partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson of PyxeeStyx – Traveling SideShow. Kelly lives in Long Beach, California.  She is a mixed media textural artist specializing in eco-couture and artisan jewelry. Kelly enjoys creating whimsical one-of-a-kind pieces, collage style, out of whatever supplies she has on hand. She would like to inspire others to “go green” with her creative recycling ideas.

Kelly uses art beads in her jewelry. For these earrings Kelly used a mix of free-form lampwork glass pebbles, made by Leza Harary, in shades of cotton candy skies and lively Cabernet red. She also used horn beads. All were “stacked wabi sabi atop fruity and festive enameled paddles by Barbara Steffen with murini patterns reminiscent of citrus wheels. Accented with tufts of tattered sari silk in rich Merlot, they hang 3 inches long on handmade copper ear wires.”


Kelly made this necklace using a little heart tin that was a treasured gift from one of her girls when she was a camp counselor at around age 14.
“The little poppy tin has been upcycled and transformed with handmade artisan paper, and Guilder’s Paste. The first coin, a vintage Asian one, is placed within, to begin the flow of prosperity.
Hung on tattered, printed sari silk, knotted with large Venetian glass swirled floats, and chunky vintage beads withe the Chinese symbol for longevity, deeply carved into them. The Kanji for Peace is carved in bone, and guarded by a Chinese Foo dog in the form of a vintage brass casting, with a rich red patina, and accented with antique Chinese silver bells.
An African bronze cage bead, and an African glass trade bead round out the mix. Finishing with a flourish of double red tassels. It closes with a hand formed copper hook and sari silk loop. The beaded silk cord is 30 inches long, and the vessel pendant hangs 8 inches from the top of the center bead down.”


Kelly made this beautiful necklace out of copper.


Kelly’s jewelry is available for purchase on Etsy and Facebook jewelry designer’s open market:

Kelly’s jewelry can also be seen on Instagram.

I hope Kelly will enjoy using the beads I send her. I am sure I will like what she sends me.

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Second Bead Peeps Swap n Hop

This is the second annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. Linda Anderson again organized it. Linda matched the participants with partners. We sent each other beads to create jewelry. My partner is Claire Fabian.

Claire sent me a wonderful soup including some ceramic beads and a copper clasp she made herself. There are a variety of great glass beads, mostly from the Czech Republic. There are also stone and ceramic beads. Claire included some beautiful sari silk and lace.


I made 3 necklaces.

For my first necklace I used many of the Czech glass beads as well as the ceramic focal bead and copper clasp from Claire. I added some of my own lampwork beads and more Czech beads. I made the front of the necklace using a macrame technique I learned from Stephanie Sersich. I first used some of the sari silk for the back, but found it needed something heavier so I used chain. I love this necklace and plan to wear it often.


For my second necklace I made a focal pendant with one of my lampwork beads and a copper and resin pendant by Jade Scott.  A variety of Czech beads from Claire completed the necklace. This is my favorite. It is light and easy to wear.



For my third necklace I used a variety of beads from Claire, a few of my lampwork beads, and handmade copper chain. Claire made the ceramic focal beads.



Thank you Claire for these wonderful beads. I still have some left over. I plan to make earrings with the cool insect wings.

Please visit the other Swap n Hop participant’s creations by clicking on Linda Anderson’s site.

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Terry Henry Electroforming Class

Last weekend my sister, Angelika, and I took a class in electroforming from Terry Henry. The class was fun and informative.

Electroforming lets you take organic objects and coat them with a layer of copper. This allows you to use natural shapes in metal jewelry. Anything you can find in nature can be incorporated into jewelry. Terry provided many materials including an ammonite, shells, flowers, dichroic glass, micro beads, and beach glass. We chose and assembled them into pendants. We applied special conductive paint and placed them in the acid solution. We were able to pick them up the next day.

This is what they looked like before polishing:


Here is my pendant after I polished it:




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Second Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop- About My Partner

I am doing the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop hosted by Linda Anderson again this year.  Again, participants have been paired up with other jewellery designers (from all over the world) and each will send the other a package of beads, a clasp, and a focal piece. Participants then create one or more pieces of jewellery with the goodies. Thank you Linda!
My partner is Claire Fabian. Claire lives in Leipzig, Germany. Claire makes jewelry using many different techniques. She loves to experiment, to try new techniques and materials. She makes some of her beads and components using clay and polymer clay. Besides being a jewelry designer and maker, Claire is also a biologist working in research, especially with a focus on stem cell biology and therapy.
Claire enjoys using art beads in her jewelry. For these earrings Claire used headpins from Kimberly Rogers (numinosity beads) and small beads from Julie Wong Sontag (ugliebeads).
Claire likes experimenting with layering gold leaf and acrylic paint to make jewelry out of polymer clay like these pretty ear studs.
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Claire has created simple, sweet but elegant bracelets using small Czech flower beads and waxed linen.  The colors of the waxed linen cord complements the colors of the flower beads.
Claire made these beautiful pendants out of clay:
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I hope Claire will enjoy using the beads I send her. I am sure I will like what she sends me.
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Stephanie Sersich Class


The lampworking group I am a member of, Silicon Valley Fireflies, recently had a lovely visit from Stephanie Sersich. Stephanie did a demonstration one evening and the next day taught a class in making a Spiny Knotted Bracelet like the one she had made above.

Stephanie demonstrated making off mandrel pendants using Bullseye glass:


The next day we made jewelry using a kit provided by Stephanie. I decided to make a necklace instead of a bracelet using some of my own beads.


It was a fun class. I love my necklace. Some of us had a good time going out for dinner afterwards at El Jardin.


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Whistler Molten Experience 2015


In May I attended Whistler Molten Experience, a bead retreat that included demos and classes. It was held at Edgewater Lodge on beautiful Green Lake.

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The featured headliner was Heather Trimlett.  Heather demonstrated many useful techniques such as laying down a perfect footprint of glass, making twisties, and her famous disk bead.


Beth Williams demoed using dichroic glass.


Melanie Rowe and Deb Tarry demoed using molds.



Alexx Cheng demoed his beadmaking techniques and also talked about his business in Thailand that makes the lampwork beads for Pandora.


There were classes in wire wrapping and glass fusing given by Henry and others. This is my fusing class project ready to be fused.


The Whistler Molten Experience was a lot of fun. I met many nice people and the demos were informative and interesting. I only wished for more torches there to practice on, but I did get some time in. Yes. I will go again some day.


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