Saturday, August 25, 2012

BSBP 6: The Reveal

So, today is the 3rd reveal date for Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP). As always, Lori is a superstar! She's so patient and kind, even when all four hundred of us BSBP participants are throwing eight hundred different, yet the same questions at her. :) 

Also, I did something weird-like copy too much code or something when I was copying the link list-and my formatting is a little wacky. I tried to look at the HTML code but it was like Greek and it's 3 am, so let's just go with it. K? UPDATE: After a few hours sleep, I was able to fix my blog! :)

My partner is Becky Pancake over at Becky Pancake Bead Designs.  Becky knows that I love all, well, most things vintage so she dug deep in her stash and sent me a bunch of vintage treasures. How about that awesome handmade clasp that she sent me??
Drum roll, please......
Actually, I just jumped right in and the first piece I made was the pair of earrings. That's backwards from how I normally roll but the bead gods spoke, and I listened.
 I really like the white vintage beads that have a carved design on them. I paired them with clear Czech glass beads and the cutest little bead caps. I actually won the bead caps from Lori quite a while back. :) They are super cute. Between the earrings and necklace I used them all. To make the necklace, I created links using the Czech glass, the carved ivory beads, and the orange beads. The orange beads almost glow. They make me think of tigers eye the way that they glow in the light.
Since I ran out of those super cute bead caps this is just a simple necklace with only a few links. Sometimes simple works better, i think. It is on a long, silver chain that just slips over the head. I couldn't find a silver clasp in my stash that I wanted to use so I just made it a long necklace.
A closer look...

The second necklace I'm showing is my favorite piece. Of the two necklaces, I actually made this one first. When I looked at that floral focal, I kept seeing nature and the outdoors...picture a magical forest, if you will. :)  I set the floral focal in a brass setting and paired it with a dragonfly from Patina Queen and super cute owl from Tree Wings Studio (did I say super duper cute?) and a large filigree piece from Paloma Antigua. I also added a vintage glass jewel thingy that hangs from the dragonfly's tail. After all, I'm sure he's a magical dragonfly since he's in a magical forest. I used some sari silk that I bought forever ago but have been afraid to use. I used the handmade clasp that Becky made and wire wrapped the ends. My wire wrapping needs a little practice but I like the messy look. Again, simple, but I really like how fun and whimsical this piece turned out.

...and a closer look.

I've still got a lot of beads to play with, so while I'm doing that you guys run on over here and check out what Becky made. I've already taken a sneak peek over there and she's got some cool things going on.
When you're done over at Becky's blog, check out what everyone else did!

Hostess with the Mostest, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, LeeLu Creations (You are here!)
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs (My partner...Hi Becky!)
Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems

Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog

Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. Love those rich Autumn colours in that second necklace

  2. Interesting pairing of the whimsical owl with vintage focal. It definitely makes the necklace stands out and a lot more interesting! Love the use of ribbon too!

  3. Two lovely necklaces! I especially like the second one. I tried to picture a magical forest.... the super duper cute owl helped. A job well done :)

    p.s. I have Sari Ribbon that I'm scared to use too :/

  4. Love the variety of the pairings, especially in the last necklace. Both pieces will be great for fall, and the owl is adorable :)

  5. Whimsy and fun at the same time, great job!

  6. A trio of great pieces! Love the Magical Forest!

  7. I love the vintage beads! You did a great job with all the designs, but I really like the sari silk necklace. I find designing with fiber challenging too.

  8. Wow amazing designs and I love the vintage beads!

  9. Such a great use of vintage and new style.Love and hugs Tanya

  10. Beautiful pieces - the sari silk works perfectly with your second necklace!

  11. Wonderful job with the soup that I sent. I'm glad that you liked my clasp. I have just started making my own & I am enjoying it. What a coincidence that we both chose similar colored silk.

  12. That sari silk necklace is my favourite too :-). Love the pieces you made. Great work!

  13. very pretty. I especially like the cameo necklace. I love to work with vintage beads and you did such a nice job with them all!

  14. The cameo piece is so stunning! Totally my style!

  15. You did really well. Great stuff. ;-)

  16. Just lovely! the second necklace is my favorite with the different added elements and ribbon. beautiful job!

  17. I like them both! Lauren likes the top one-she's into coral now. Might be having to get together soon and go shopping! ha!

  18. Lovely pieces! The first set is so sweet and pretty and the second necklace is very fun :) Bravo!

  19. All pieces are stunning. I love the difference in styles.

  20. What yummy beads you got! And I love the sari silk in the necklace--it's perfect!

  21. I love the last necklace. It is such fun and the colors are wonderful!

  22. All great pieces, but my favorite is your second necklace. The focal is gorgeous and I like the way you layered all the other components with it. It really makes it stand out and accentuates the nature theme. The silk with it is great, too. And I like the messy wire-wrap look, too. LOL

  23. Sweet designs! I like the layered pieces in the second necklace, too. ;)

  24. It is, actually, a good idea to start from earrings....Lovely "soup"

  25. Great bead mix, your creations are very pretty!

  26. Like it all but have to agree with you on liking the second necklace best. It could be because I really love both dragonflies and owls, they are soooo cute. Looks like you had lots of fun. congratulations.

  27. Beautiful work. I don't use a lot of crystals in my work, but those crystals in that first necklace are gorgeous. Love the second necklace too. It looks so sweet and romantic. Great job!

  28. Love them both. That 2nd necklace makes me think of crisp autumn days, beautiful!

  29. Such lovely creations!! Nice job!

  30. The first necklace is my favourite!

  31. what lovely fall colours....nice work

  32. VERY cool second necklace! I like them all but your favorite is also mine!

    Thanks so much for participating and please come again!

  33. BEAUTIFUL work, love how you put it all together. I really like the very Autumn look of the second necklace. I really like ribbon and the way you used it in your design.

  34. Nice work :) I love the simple elegance of that first set :)

  35. Lovely pieces...great job with your soup. I really love what you did with the different!

    Happy Hopping!!

  36. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT, great job on the necklace. I have had my eye on one of those owls. Seeing it in a piece makes me want it more :)

  37. very pretty. love the second design!

  38. The second necklace is a killer!

  39. love the second necklace!
    ciao dall'Italia

  40. The owl necklace is my favorite! Great designs!

  41. Great job! I like the second necklace best and it's always fun to try new techniques. I think that's what this party is all about. Have fun hopping around this weekend!
    Lori D.

  42. Love, love love!!
    The second piece is stunning!

  43. you did a great job with your soup! i love the first necklace it is very classy!

  44. That gorgeous rust-colored sari ribbon really sets off your design. nice!

  45. Love how you combined the focal's on the second necklace for a more eclectic look and the silk ribbon ... Delicious!

  46. I really enjoyed reading your process, along with your designs! I have a Love/Hate thing with fibers in jewelry love all that I see, hate trying to get it to work! :) I Really like what you have done with your last necklace.

  47. I love the colors of that first necklace. Very elegant! And the 'super duper'owl in the second piece is so sweet!!!!

  48. So elegant! Love the pieces you created!

  49. Simple is definitely best. . .sometimes. You totally rocked simple though and that necklace and earring set is really sweet. Like you, I'm partial to the second necklace though. This is especially true after you brought up an enchanted forest, with that you stole my heart and imagination. Nice job!

  50. You did such a great job on all your pieces—they're all very pretty! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier too—I appreciate your compliments! *Ü*

  51. I love the earrings!

  52. The second necklace is simply stunning!

  53. Love the designs. The first set is very elegant and the second very rich yet whimsical.

  54. Look at all those vintage lovelies! Your designs are beautiful, and I especially love the design with the cameo. Kudos to you!

    - Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  55. Sorry for the delay in commenting, but brother who lives with us not doing well. Love the orange and ivory set. Great Soup!

  56. Love the vintage bead look, you have made such pretty necklaces and earrings with your soup.
    I have a first giveaway of a pendant from my blog soup do come on over and take a look and enter to win if you get a minute!

  57. The Sari silk and the filigree piece is the perfect backdrop for the rich color in the cameo. Nicely done.

  58. Very good job. Great use of the focals in that sari necklace.

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