Friday, August 10, 2012

6th Bead Soup Party: The Reveal

I'm not going to lie.

The first bead soup reveal on July 28th had me scared. Scared as in MEGA intimidated as I hopped from each participants blog soup reveals; I just kept thinking to myself, 'how on earth am I going to compete with THESE?!'

Of course I was supposed to be a part of the first reveal, but my health was not so optimal and I wasn't able to sit in an upright position for more than 5 minutes at a time, let alone sit at my beading station and actually bead.

Thankfully my health started to get better and I finally was able to start on my bead soup courtesy of my wonderful partner, Lori of Lori's Glassworks. Speaking of which, I wanted to give a quick shout out to my first ever bead soup blog party partner-she hasn't been doing the greatest health wise either, so if you have the time, hop on over to her site and wish her well!

Now, with my complete knee-knocking intimidation and my health, start on my soup commenced last Sunday after much procrastination and a wee mental push and a shove from both my mom and boyfriend, who told me just to do my best.

With those words of wisdom, I set to work. For those of you who didn't see my soup, here's what it looked like:

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And here are the 3 pieces I created with it:

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This necklace has many firsts incorporated into it; I've never worked with lampwork beads or focals, so there's number one. I also have never really used wire wrapping techniques, mostly because I never knew how to wire wrap both ends of a bead (and have it look halfway decent), so there's number two! Lastly, I've never used ribbon in any of my work, so there was definitely a first for sure! Number three ^.^

Used was the focal that my partner sent me as well as the copper chain and gorgeous toggle clasp. I also incorporated some of her lampwork beads, round coral beads and wooden beads while I added the gold tone chain, the vintage disk shaped red beads, the ribbon and finally the coin looking medallion beneath the focal.

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This piece is probably my favorite of the three. I've never done anything like it, so I'm very proud and thankful that Lori and her Bead Soup Blog Party, as well as to all you amazing jewelry designers, because you inspired me to take my designs to the next level and explore new techniques!

Used from my partner's soup are the lovely copper clasp with a few links of the copper chain I was sent, the round coral beads used in the necklace piece, as well as some of the wooden beads and the blue lampwork focal bead. Contributed from my stash are those vintage disk shaped red beads used in the necklace and some upcycled cream colored rose beads I dismantled a vintage necklace for because they were perfect for this design!

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Last but not least, a pair of earrings that finish off my 6th Bead Soup Blog Party designs. The gold tone leaves inspired this design which were scavenged from a junk box of bits and bobbles that my mom picked up at a local flea market.

From the soup, you'll see the same round, coral beads used in the previous two pieces as well as the beautiful blue lampwork beads that were used in the necklace.

Granted the wire wrapping of the blue lampwork beads aren't the greatest, but hey, I'm learning :)


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This is a pair of earrings that were fashioned after the second reveal date passed, but I included it here anyway because it still comes straight from the soup my partner sent me and I thought it would only be fitting to include amongst the other pieces!

Everything except the wire used to wrap the beads came from my soup-the blue lampwork beads, the cream and turquoise wooden beads, the round, coral beads and finally the copper chain.

These have already been confiscated by my sister. LOL


If you have some time, please visit some of the other party participants and see what they've cooked up with their bead soups!

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Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear you had health problems but great to see your fabulous completed work. Love the colours in the necklace and bracelet and the earrings are a joy

Francy said...

Oh my goodness! Why were you concerned? All three are awesome!

Wishing you continued good health!

Unknown said...

Mine is still to come and I am at a loss too.Get well soon and Keep in touch.Love and Hugs Tanya

inaurem said...

First is the best! Well done and I hope see you next soup!

get well :)

Kumi Fisher said...

You did great and glad you felt good enough to create beautiful pieces!

coffeeaddict said...

loing the eclectic mix :-) true spirit of the bead soup.

adlinah said...

I'm glad you're feeling better health-wise. Believe me, I was just as intimidated when I saw the first reveal pieces. But you needn't have worried. You did a marvelous job with all your pieces. And it's great that you challenged yourself with a number of firsts. I love the colours of each piece, and my fave is the bracelet.

flyingbeader said...

Having a chronic disease always throws so many obstacles along the road to life's pleasures. U am so happy that you gave felt well enough to finish this lovely project. Just stunning.

Krafty Max Originals said...

AMAZING!!! Your work, as always is so beautiful!!! You did a great job... so glad you joined me!!!

Jenni said...

You didn't need to stress! A beautiful job on all pieces.
Keep on creating.. and I hope your health improves soon.

Amy S. said...

Kayla - these pieces are so pretty!!! I love the soup you had to work with. THe earrings are also quite precious with the leaves!!

bailaora said...

All pieces are very, very interesting!

Amy's said...

You didn't need to be intimidated :) Your first is amazing ! Love the earrings too.
Wish you good health

Jennifer S. said...

This is the coolest thing ever! I have never heard of bead soup! Your pieces are gorgeous. Sorry you weren't feeling well, but you have some real talent that shines through regardless.

m.e. said...

what yummy ingredients!
I LOVE the colors
Your designs are GORGEOUS !
Delicious soup !
m.e. :)

teenybod said...

Kayla these are gorgeous! So sorry you weren't feeling well but glad to hear you're doing better! :) I wish we lived closer so we could help when you're having down time. :/

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

I hope you are feeling better! Seriously, your pieces are gorgeous and no stressing was needed! Wonderful bead soup creations!!!

Jo-Ann said...

WOW!! They are all fantastic pieces!

Colette S said...

So glad you got to feeling better so you could participate and share your beautiful talent!

I love this bead soup idea.

At first I thought it said Bread soup :)


Sandra said...

beautiful pieces, great work!

Rebecca said...

how cue i want to learn to do that one day make jewelry it looks fun

Moobie Grace said...

Definitely one of my favorite color combinations! Awesome!

Pretty Things said...

I am SO impressed with that necklace (want it, want it!) -- you did an outstanding job with everything!!!!

Regina said...

They are beautiful pieces, love the colors. And I particularly like the falling leaves earrings. Wishing you good health and hoping you are feeling better.

Lola said...

Your designs are absolutely gorgeous! So glad you are well enough to participate in the 2nd reveal. Wishing you continued good health.

Shai Williams said...

I have no idea why you were so intimidated. All of your pieces are wonderful especially the necklace.

Anonymous said...

amazing work and those earrings are just so sweet!

Unknown said...

You have no reason to be worried, your designs are just beautiful and you had an awesome soup to work with!!

Ema Kilroy said...

Oh my! That focal is just gorgeous and you created a beautiful piece to serve it well. All your pieces are oh so beautiful.

Shirley said...

You did a great job on your pieces, and I really love that bracelet! Hope you are feeling much better!

Michelle said...

Really pretty:)

Unknown said...

OMG! I'm really in love with all of your works.... the earrings are my fav!

Karen Mitchell said...

So glad to hear you're feeling better. You've done an amazing job with your soup. Love the coin in the necklace!

Unknown said...

The focal in your soup is amazing and the earrings you created are show stoppers. Beautiful work.

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful works,lovely colors!Congrats!

Shyme said...

Wonderful work!!

Linda Younkman said...

Super cool pieces. I love red and aqua together and you did a great job with that wonderful focal.

The Jewelry Larder said...

Great that you are on the mend. I know what you meant. I was totally blown away when I hopped from blog to blog of the first reveal. But you did well in yours! I LOVE all your pieces especially the necklace. Nice addition of the coin. The earrings are lovely too with the autumn leaves.

Andrea said...

I am sorry you were sick. But you pulled it off. Beautiful creations. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

I think the earrings are my favourite (bit it's so hard to choose).

I also got intimidated after seeing all the wonderful things in the first reveal, but after all this is a party not a competition so I decided to just have fun.

Kris Lanae Binsfeld said...

Super cute designs... love your bead soup! fun to hop with you! :-) Great job!!!

Krishenkas Treasures said...

Kayla what great pieces you have created why on earth were you concerned:) The leaf earrings are beautiful as is everything else and I hope you feeling better today.xx speak soon mon amie xxx

A Polymer Penchant said...

Sorry to hear about the health issues, I hope a long upswing and healing for you. You sure did a great job with your soup! I think I agree with you and like the bracelet the best, but ya know it's a tough choice

Jewels By Ine said...

I love ALL the pieces!! Especially the earrings, I love the combo of leafs and tiny beads..

Kepi said...

You had nothing to fear, your work is incredible.

Lilyweeds at Augusta Kent Studio said...

your jewelry is so lovely. beautiful work! hope you are feeling better. ~diana

elisabeth said...

Beautiful results! I love the earrings especially!

Kim said...

Great job, I love what you did with your soup!! They are all beautiful, but I think I like the leaf earrings best.

Jean A. Wells said...

Wow! Everything is just beautiful. My favorite is the necklace. Love those colors together and the ribbon really looks good here. So glad you are feeling better. Great job!

Tammie T Everly said...

Lovely job with your soup, glad you were able to incorporate many 'firsts', I think that's one of the best things about BSBH is working outside the box!

Becky Pancake said...

Beautiful jewelry. You didn't need to be nervous.

Unknown said...

So glad to see your being under the weather didn't stop your creativity. Great designs!

april grinaway said...

I just love your work. Great job !

one-eared pig said...

So many wonderful goodies! Great job!

SwallowtailJewellery said...

Beautiful creations!! You had a wonderful bead soup - great colours. Love the earrings - so pretty.

JuLee said...

I am so glad to hear that your health is getting better, You have no need to be trembling in fear with the BSBP any more... your creations are lovely. I envy you those earrings.

Melissa said...

Oh, I really like your soup and you have come up with some wonderful pieces. I also really like the names you have come up with for each of them.

Melissa Muir

Giorgia Rossini said...

I love all your pieces, I lvoe your style!
ciao dall'Italia

Courtney Breul said...

You did an amazing job! I love the color combinations, some of my favorite. They are all wonderful, but those earrings ROCK!

Unknown said...

I think you did an amazing job!! The bracelet is my favorite piece too, but I'm not gonna lie, I'm digging the earrings XO

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Kayla,
Glad you health is improving and you were able to participate your designs are gorgeous!

CraftyHope said...

You had no need to be nervous, each of your creations turned out amazingly. And it's good to hear that you got to try some new techniques/materials too. It all turned out so well. I'm especially drooling over those earrings. They're yummy!!

Cindy said...

Kayla, you are amazing! It's so hard to believe this was your first BSBP - your a blogging pro already and your photography is fantastic...and the jewelry! You sure made beautiful pieces with that great bead soup of yours. I sure love the color palette you had to work with. And I can't believe you're not a seasoned wire-wrapper - it looks like you are indeed. Your necklace is just stunning (love how you incorporated the ribbon) and the bracelet is so sweet with the dangles and all. The earrings are really pretty as well - I'd wear all 3 any day! :-)

Heather said...

I love the necklace and the leaf earrings!! Oh my!! Very nice!

Terra Heck said...

You did a very nice job on the jewelry.

Anonymous said...

Great pieces Kayla, glad your health improved enough to get them done (it must be very frustrating!).

Mary K. McGraw said...

Glad you were feeling well enough to get all these lovely pieces made. They are all beautiful. Making jewelry helps us take our minds off of the pain.

baymoondesign said...

You did a fabulous job especially considering you used a number of new techniques. You should be very pleased with yourself!

Unknown said...

Omg, Kayla, you did a phenomenal job on these pieces, they are absolutely DIVINE and to die for! I'm speechless, really I am. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for you when you're not well enough to do the things you enjoy.... so glad your health improved enough for you to design these pieces. You must have been positively elated when you saw your results. :-)

Also, I'm blown away at the number of participants in the soup party... WOW!!!

Your wire wrapping looks marvelous -- I've tried some wire wrapping. I actually think I would enjoy wire work, if I ever found the time to get into it more. One bummer for me.... I need to wear readers now when I do any jewelry. LOL. Getting old sucks.

At any rate, fantastic job, and I can understand why your sister has already stolen your stash!

fireflymyst said...

I love all your pieces! Great work! Love especially the Falling Leaves earrings:>)

LeeLu Creations said...

Wow, what a gorgeous soup! I especially love the bracelet and both pairs of earrings!

Lisa said...

You did a beautiful job with every piece you made! I saw your earrings on the Pinterest 6th Bead Soup Board and had to come see what else you created. :) You should never doubt your creative ability, but I understand how you felt. I participated once, was having back problems so bad I couldn't sit or stand for more than 30 min at a time, so it was the most frustrating and I'll have to say, the most intimidating thing I had done in a long time. I may try again one day, but for now I will enjoy all the beautiful things you all can make out of little bowl of 'bead soup'!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful designs. I love the earrings!!

Unknown said...

Kayla, you did an incredible job, I love everything you fit right in with this group of designers!! Don't doubt your talent, it is shining through girl!!