Welcome to my blog

I'm a mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend. I'm a self-taught potter. I make beads from clay and jewelry from my beads. Follow me on my online journal as I toss around ideas from my life and from my studio.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Party Big Reveal Day

Thanks to Lori for organizing this whole Bead Soup Party. This is my second one. I got some great soup from Mallory. She is a great glass bead artist. This Soup Party is huge. I think 210 participants. That's 210 Blogs to visit. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I'll just show you. Here's what she sent me.

Mallory made the glass focal heart and sent lots of coordinating glass beads, a silver metal clasp which I love the shape of, and a button which I think is mother of pearl.

And here's what I made.

I used some very cool coated wire that I actually found at the hardware store and I just loved the color. It was just the color of some of the colored pearls she sent.  I kind of nested the heart with the wire. I love this necklace. I wear it often and always get compliments. I used Mallory's focal and the clasp and lots of her beads in this necklace. I still had lots of her beads left and that great button. So I made:

this bracelet. I added one of my ceramic beads ( had to get ceramics in there) and some glass beads I picked up from Jen Velasquez' destash shop. I thought that was fitting because she was my last Bead Soup partner!! Okay, I know you have lots more to check out. Go!!!!!

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.

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

75. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!

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

100. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings

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

175. Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine
Credit River Art Glass

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

182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog

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


  1. you have some really cool bead soup! I really like the necklace

  2. Lovely necklace Cindy. That heart pendant is super. You are so inventive to find that wonderful wire at the hardware store. I love the way you used it.

  3. I like your soup, and I like what you made of it :-D So lovely necklace <3

  4. I'm totally digging the different sections of the necklace--it makes it interesting all around! Plus, don't you just love a good hardware store find?! Makes my day! Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog-surfing day!

  5. It turned out great Cindy. I love Mallory's beads too!

  6. I love the necklace - so in and the beads are just beautiful!!

  7. Beautiful! Beautiful! I love how you used that clasp!

  8. Beautiful--I love the bracelet! So something I would wear.

  9. Cindy! WOW! What you did with the beads I sent is AMAZING!!!!!!! I would never have had the vision to see what you saw in that Bead Soup! It's truly wearable art. When I say that, it's a compliment to your artistic nature!

  10. Both pieces are stunning and go together so well. I love how you honored your previous partner too!

  11. I love that wire and I love hardware stores. So full of copper and brass.

  12. I love the use of chain and everything else. What a nice design.

  13. Excellent job with the pendant -- how clever to nest it! And I like that you put the toggle down closer to the pendant.


  14. Love the nested pendant too! Beautiful necklace - and I loved that you used leftover soup from last year! LOL

  15. #209 here...very pretty necklace, great work

  16. Pretty and creative designs! Great job!

  17. You got a bunch of really cool beads. :D They're unique and I think your design suits them. Very chic and industrial-artsy. :3 Nice!

  18. Pretty design and LOVE the focal!

  19. Wow! It's gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  20. I love the idea of a mother of perl button for closure on the last piece. And isn't it great to be able to make your own beads to fit a special need in your piece?! fantastic ^_^ ViviBijoux.com

  21. Both pieces are lovely..but my fav is the bracelet. You did a great job with your soup mix!!

  22. Love the wire work! Very pretty design on both pieces.

  23. Very nice! Your pieces are great - love that bracelet.

  24. Looks great the heart pendant looks like it's nestled between two giant green roses!

  25. Your necklace is really Pretty and a def converstion pc. I cant see how someone would not comment on it. Its lovely!
    Really great Soup Cindy!

  26. what a very cool mix of soup to work with..fantastically designed...all pieces...great job!

  27. You did a wonderful job with your soup. I really like pieces that let the focal bead and the clasp be seen from the front. Wonderful designs...

  28. Great pieces you did a good job.

  29. Love it and the wire is awesome - love hardware store finds! The bracelet is pretty awesome too!

  30. I love your wire accents on the focal and the button closure on the bracelet is super cute!

  31. Very nice bracelet with the button clasp. I also love the necklace. Great Heart focal.

  32. I always love seeing non-jewelry elements become jewelry !Cool hardware store find!!!
    Perfect Design to show off the lovely heart!!!
    Beautiful bracelet too !!! Great Soup!!!
    m.e. :)

  33. Hi Cindy i really love your design the way the clasp is at the front & the asymetrical design nice job with your soup ttfn

  34. Love the colored wire with the focal. Great job!

  35. Tres Chique!! Don't you just love what you can find at a hardware store. I like how modern city your necklace looks. Reminds me of skycrapers and buildings with lots of glass and metal like the new city center here in Las Vegas. Very nice design.

  36. Great pieces, I love the closure on the bracelet!

  37. Now this is great! I love how you made all three coordinating pieces so they can be worn together or separate! I really, really like how bold and striking everything is without a lot of drama! Congratulations!

  38. I forgot to add--I love how you wired the focal inside a nest! Speaks volumes of symbolism to me about how our hearts need homes. :)

  39. I agree with Cathryn I really like how you wrapped the focal in a nest and I really like the color of the wire too. Great soup.

  40. Great pieces Cindy! I like how you used the button as a toggle of sorts.

  41. So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  42. Love. what you did with your Bead Stash. Great job

  43. beautiful! love the chain,wire & beading combo

  44. I love the wire wrapped nest on the pendant. I really different and cool alternative to headpins! You've got some great creativity.

  45. That's a very nice set with a modern feel!

  46. Really like both your pieces! The tornado of wire at the top and bottom of the focal is wonderful. I can totally see me wearing that bracelet...a lot!

  47. Beautiful job! I Love the wire you used.

  48. Oh, that necklace does look like a lot of fun to wear. However, there's just something so very elegant about your bracelet. In general, both of your pieces are STUNNING!

  49. Love the asymmetric design, really showcases the focal. great job.

  50. Fantastic pieces... I especially love the bracelet though. Well done!


  51. Nice asymmetry! Goes well with the beads.

  52. Such beautifully balanced asymmetry! Very nice work!

  53. That wire really complements what you did with the necklace. What a fund project.

  54. I love this necklace! What you did to accent that heart is way cool :)

  55. So pretty! Mallory and I took a lampworking class together at Bead and Button last year and she is a wonderful person. I love hardware store finds! Beauty at a great price ;o)

  56. Very pretty :) She send you great soup and you did a great job with it!

  57. Love the eclectic components you incorporated into this gorgeous necklace. Love the wire work around the focal! Wonderful design!

  58. Beautiful! I especially love the bracelet. Gorgeous ingredients!

  59. very pretty soup and lovely pieces. I like the bracelet- could see me wearing it often.
    The party was alot of fun. Alice's Beads and baubles