Bead Soup Blog Party “The Big Reveal”

 Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
Created and organized by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. Thank you Lori for giving me the opportunity to participate!
I was paired with the very talented artist, Jennifer VanBenschoten of Van Beads, and this is what she sent me:
Jennifer was so generous in sending me such a variety of beads. I was initially overwhelmed, but started getting idea after idea. Rather than making one piece using all the beads, I ended up making three necklaces, one bracelet, and earrings.
And here is what I made:
I used Jennifer’s seed beads and clasp, and made a necklace incorporating a fabric flower I found a tuturial for at Simply Vintage Girl :


This is a pendant I made using Jennifer’s stone tube beads and a hollow lampwork bead that I made:

For this necklace and earrings, I just started twisting copper, and winding the oval stone beads, seed beads, and tiny flower beads from Jennifer and finished it off with some swarovski crystals to add some bling:

I wanted to use the large donut stone in an unconventional way, so I decided to make a cuff bracelet. I had some corduroy from making Blythe doll pants, so I used that and some old lace that I had along with a big vintage rhinestone button and a couple of jet black vintage buttons. I finished it off with the seed beads I had left:

And finally, this is what I have left from the bead soup. Since Jennifer was so generous in sending me so much, I want to pass on her generosity, and send this along with some of my own handmade beads to whoever would like to have them. If you are interested, just leave me a comment, and on Saturday, March 5th, I will pick a random recipient. Thank you for stopping by!

Now come see what the rest of us made! 



1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK’s Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl’s Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack’s
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel’s Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. (YOU ARE HERE)
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue’s Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana’s Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni’s Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally’s Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong’s Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice’s Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H’s Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina’s Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear’s Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta’s Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki’s Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 
160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux
180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana’s Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
The next party’s sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don’t miss it!


  1. Amazing work! That is quite a stash your partner sent you. 😀 What gorgeous things you came up with! I love that first necklace, that style is right up my alley. But that cuff bracelet… oh, my goodness! I think I may have just swooned a little. 😉 It’s so beautiful! They all are, though. Brilliant, brilliant work. Love your style!

    I think it’s a great idea you have to send the rest of the stash on. Many good luck wishes to everyone who enters your giveaway. 😀

  2. Hello,
    What a great supply you had to work with! My favorite it the cuff! Stunning!
    I would love to win your beads! So pretty and romantic.
    You can find my work in my ETSY store.

  3. Chris Haussler says:

    Very nice work! I especially like the necklace with the twisted copper in it. Great texture. And the cuff is interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  4. GREAT job!! Love what you did!


  5. All your pieces are stunning and the hollow lampwork bead necklace is fab, but I love the cuff! I like textile being introduced in jewelry. Fab idea! smile, Virginie

  6. Your pieces are astounding!! I again am in awe this morning!! I bookmarked the tutorial, thanks for the link 🙂 I would love to win your beads of course, but that is certainly not why I am leaving a comment. I really honestly adore what you created!!

  7. Lovely ‘vintage’ and romantic pieces – and that cuff is a show-stopper! How nice of you to send on some beads too 🙂

  8. How lucky you were to be paired with Jennifer. She was very generous for sure. I love your first necklace especially (seed beads are my passion) it is so elegant. And that cuff..yum!

  9. Very beautiful designs. My favorite is the copper necklace, but the cuff bracelet is really awesome. How sweet to share your beads! I’m throwing my name in the hat, and maybe I’ll get lucky!

  10. I love how you incorporate the flower. I do occasional work for a fashion designer, making silk flowers and jewelry. Also, I would love a chance at some extra beads.

  11. You certainly did receive a wonderful assortment from your swap partner. You also have produced some beautiful pieces! I love the twisted copper wire necklace, very unique! I’m gonna be brave one day and try my hand at the bead soup party, but today I am enjoying visiting all those who contributed this time. You are very generous passing your leftovers + some of your own beads for a giveaway, and I would love to be the lucky one to receive such a great prize! Have a great weekend! It’s sunny and warm here, thank goodness!! 🙂

  12. So beautiful!

  13. I also love that flower – I can’t believe how many you got to make!!! Beautiful designs!

  14. All of your pieces are lovely, but the copper set is absolutely terrific! I love it! CJ

  15. Beautiful pieces – all so very different. The cuff is just gorgeous – so unique! You received such a generous mix of goodies….so generous of you to pay it forward!

  16. I am in love with that cuff! Thanks for the link to the flower tutorial I am big into making flowers right now and I am excited to try this one. Must be because I am in NY and we are having sun today 🙂

  17. I love what you did with the beads. I especially love the colors she sent you.

  18. I think everything you did is fantastic but I LOVE the donut bracelet!

  19. You’ve certainly been busy 🙂 I love that cuff! It’s fantastic! And your lampwork is so sweet.

  20. absolutely beautiful. So elegant

  21. Really beautiful pieces you’ve created from your bead soup! I especially liked the cuff bracelet.


  22. These are lovely and elegant! 🙂

  23. I am simply in love with that copper necklace. Love how everything has such a different look;

  24. They are all lovely pieces but what you did with that twisty is just amazing to me!!! You are a Uber talented lady!

  25. #209 here…very pretty, great work…

  26. I love all of your pieces – but that cuff is really something! Incredible! And I would so love to win the remainder of your stash ’cause I never can get enough when it comes to beads 🙂

  27. I can’t believe how many beautiful pieces you made and how much is still left over…like ‘fishes and loaves’ …lol.

  28. Wonderful job! Loved the colors your partner sent you to work with! ; )

  29. Absolutely gorgeous work. The soup is good!

  30. Norma Turvey says:

    wow, you had some beautiful soup to work with and you made some very beautiful things with it! its really cool that you want to pass on some of the beads you got….give aways are always fun!

  31. You certainly received a lovely soup.
    I really like the very interesting way you twisted the copper with the oval stones.
    And the lovely material flower you crafted is beautiful in combination with the small seed beads. Well done.

  32. That flower bracelet is just gorgeous. I need to try something like that. Wonderful. Would be the next challenge to take on on my list….

  33. Very pretty! My fave is the necklace with the copper doodles.

  34. I love what you did, especially the twisted copper and bold cuff.

  35. Love what you did. That bracelet is stunning ~ a huge sunflower on your wrist. How could you not smile when wearing it.

  36. Your attention to detail amazes me. All of those designs have such great detail! If I had to pick a favorite I think it would be Number one. I love making fabric flowers and incorporating them int jewelry. Ummmmm yeah I wouldn’t mind winning your giveaway either!

  37. Wow! What a lot of beads to work with, I love the flower you made the necklace is so dainty and pretty.

  38. Wow, wow, wow, everything is truely amazing!!!!

  39. LOVE what you did! You had a lot to work with and you did marvelous things with them!

  40. Ann Sherwood says:

    Love these, especially that fabric flower. Love your beads too:)

  41. WOW!!!! what Wonderful creations .I love them all!!!
    I am especially draw to the cuff bracelet, since it is so charming and unique!!!
    Way ta make soup!!! m.e. 🙂

  42. what awesome unique designs. I love all the different techniques you used for your finished pieces. The first necklace and last bracelet are stunning!!

  43. Pat Haight says:

    All of your pieces are gorgeous! I love the flower necklace and the twisty copper necklace and earrings!

  44. Wow, how imaginative! Great beads!

  45. Sally Anderson says:

    I love how creatively you used what your partner sent. But when I saw how much you had left I had to go back to see if you really used any of it! HA! Your partner was very generous and thank you for making the overs available to us! I hope I win. hee hee.

  46. Awesome pieces. Love every one of them!

  47. Wow, nothing ordinary about your creations, they are all so unique, the style, the technique…wonderful. Love what you did with the donut! Thanks for the generous giveaway too.

  48. Very Nice Work!!!

  49. Your necklaces are just so beautiful! I love what you did in with the seed beads in the first one 🙂

  50. Wow! I really love the yellow, amber, brown and black palette. Your pieces are very differen but I think those in that color palette could be worn together. I am in love with the cuff- perfect way to show off that large stone. The copper wire wrapped pieces are lovely too- I especially like the earrings. Very nice soup and lots of it!

  51. You did an amazing job with the beautiful beads you received. It is lovely how you combined more components with the beads you received…I love the cuff & fabric flower, too!

  52. Great work, I especially love the necklace with the twisted copper!

  53. I love that twisted copper wire necklace with the beads. Copper is my favorite and that just calls me. I’d also love the chance to win the rest of your stash. Your pieces all turned out great.

  54. Nice use of color and design.

  55. you did wonderful!! those are all so creative and unique!!

  56. Wow beautiful I’m going to have to go check out how to make the flower pendant. I loved them all and you have lots of beautiful leftovers.

  57. I have to say you had a glorious stash to work with. The cuff was my favorite I think. The way you incorporated that donut into a more victorian style cuff is wonderful. Great Job!

  58. That cuff is so fun and whimsical~ love it.

  59. What an amazing group of pieces! I can’t pick a favorite.

  60. So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! 😉
    Thanks for sharing…

  61. Wow! The first necklace is sooo cute! And I’m in love with the bracelet, too! Great job!

  62. chris murphy says:

    Oh my, I loved all three pieces but the cuff bracelet is to die for. You got a great stash that you really made work for you.

  63. Truly outstanding pieces, the cuff is gorgeous.

  64. WoW! Awesome job!

  65. What stunning work you did with the copper piece as well as all the others! Wonderful and creative.

  66. Susan McClelland says:

    I love fabric flowers, especially anything with a true vintage feel. I really like how you incorporated the flower into the necklace.

  67. Susan McClelland says:

    I really like how you made a “vintage” flower and incorporated into the necklace.

  68. WOW! I love the braided strands. You’re pieces are very pretty!

  69. Such lovely creations, and all of them with a different style/feel! If I had to pick a favourite it’d be the copper necklace, love the swirling and meandering copper vines. And the flower in the first one is so pretty (I enjoy making that type of flowers myself also — they’re fun, easy, romantic and with lots of potential).

  70. I really love all the cool soup you got. My top fave has to be the twisted copper necklace. That is such an awesome piece.
    You are very generous to pass along the extras. Thank you for that opportunity.

  71. Very nice work! I just love that flower you made. So pretty!

  72. Wow you were really busy, great designs and so much left over. I would love a chance at the leftovers.

  73. Wow what stunning pieces you have made. I love the necklace you have created with that awesome fabric flower… gorgeous! Well done!


  74. When I saw that soup I was drawn in by the warm tones. You made so many different pieces from those humble ingredients! I especially love the tangle necklace with the wire. Very nice!Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!

  75. I can’t believe you took those autumn-y tones and turned out so many yummy spring-like pieces. I love that necklace with your hollow bead. . .so simple, so stunning. You’ve done a lovely job on each of these pieces!

  76. All your pieces are stunning. I especially like the cuff bracelet! Wonderful work!

  77. Ooh! My favorite piece is the cuff. So unique and awesome!!

  78. jean yates says:

    I love everything you designed! You have talent to SPARE!!! whoo hoo!

    jean xox

  79. Holy moly! You made some absolutely gorgeous pieces with your bead soup. I thought the first one was going to be my favorite, but I love that copper wire one too and everything else was so amazing that the more I scrolled down, the less sure I was about the 1st one being my favorite. Fabulous job!

  80. Nice work!

  81. I love your bead work on the first necklace! Lovely! And thanks for the tutorial link on the beautiful flower! I also love the wire work on the 2nd necklace. Very creative!

  82. Everything you did is wonderful but the twisted copper necklace ROCKS! I had to click on this to make it bigger so I could see all of the detail and work that went into this. AWESOME!!!!!!

  83. I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing not only your Bead Soup creations, but also your own beautiful lampwork beads in previous posts. I am amazed that you made 4 separate and distinct pieces from your Bead Soup!! I love the length – right at the neckline – that you chose for your necklaces. I am so amazed at the detail from using seed beads to that incredible winding copper wire necklace. And the cuff is fantastic – the use of the vintage buttons really sets it apart.

  84. really beautiful pieces, you got a great vat of ingredients for your Soup

  85. beautiful! I love your soup. The cuff is *so* cool!

  86. Very pretty!

  87. Your blog is gorgeous! I just spent some time browsing and seeing birdies and drawing and colors and awesomeness. My fave piece from your soup creations has to be the bracelet–it’s so cool and unique and fun!!
    It’s great to be here. 🙂

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