Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party - The Reveal!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

This is my first time doing the Bead Soup Blog Party and I am mighty pleased to be here. But I just gotta say, as primarily a jewelry component designer and mostly put a focal on a chain kinda girl, this was challenging. In a good way, mind you.

My partner is Melissa Meman and here's the beautiful bead soup she sent me. There are faceted amazonite and white howlite, amethyst nuggets, and czech glass beads. And then there are the goodies she made herself.... A fabulous copper toggle clasp, 2 enameled beads, and not one, but two focals.  Melissa couldn't decide which focal to send me and I couldn't decide which one to use. Both are beautiful. So I had to come up with a solution.

In fact if you think about it long enough, those enameled beads are bit like focals as well. So now I have not one, not two, but four focals to work with. So this is what I did. I added my own handmade copper bead caps to the enameled beads and then suspended the pendants Melissa made from those beads.

Here's my solution. I had a lentel that I'd fabricated out of etched copper sheet some time ago. It was sitting there waiting for me to make others so I could let this one go. So I made a copper hook at the bottom of it so I could slide either pendant onto the necklace.

I chose to work with the amethyst nuggets and added copper links and czech glass coins to make a chain for the necklace. This is a long long neclace. It's about 22 inches and then add the focals at about 4 inches, we are talking very long!

Here's a close up of the clasp that Melissa made. It is a thing of beauty and I knew from the start that I didn't want to hide this at the back. So now we are talking five focals and for a hang it from a chain kinda girl this was challenging!

I'm calling this necklace "Have it my way" because I can wear it like this.

And if I'm in more of a teal mood, I can wear it this way.

Thanks Melissa for sending me such a fantastic bead soup!

There's a lot of people attending this party. I do hope you get a chance to hop around to see what these many talented designers are up to.

Many thanks to our party host, Lori, and the countless hours she's put into organizing this wonderful event.

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.
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    <<<-----------------You are here
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
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


fireflymyst said...

I love your handmade bead caps. They work well with your bead soup. I really like your necklaces!

Barbara Lewis said...

You clever girl, you! Beautiful, LeAnn!

Regina said...

I like the way you took a long hard look at your beads and came up with this versatile design to incorporate all the elements and show off the beauty of the beads. Wonderfully wearable!

Mags said...

It's a very clever solution, two pendants... And a very charming necklace, all of it :-)

sundownbeaddesigns said...

I love how you can switch the pendant! Too cool! The clasp is so pretty it looks great out front.
Have a great weekend!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

LeAnn - Beautiful job putting those incredible pieces together. Great design work.

Jen V. said...

The longer the better! I think you did a fantastic job stepping out of your "hang a focal on a chain" mode. You had so much goodness to work with and you used it all!!!

maryharding said...

I love the way you made this necklace LeAnn. Beautiful!! I always enjoy the thoughts that go into a design. You are so funny thinking you are a bead on a pendant type of girl!! LOL

Anonymous said...

very cool! love it!

Judy said...

I just LOVE this necklace and the fact you change out the pendant...very clever! Those enamel pendants are just amazing! Beautiful!

Helmitarha said...

What a smart solution! ;) I looove the necklace you created! It's absolutely gorgeous!

Prairie Emporium said...

Great idea LeAnn, its a great design!! I think you are a jewelry designer.

LeeLu Creations said...

Lovely! I just love the copper tones that go nicely with all colors.

Melissa Meman said...

Oh my, LeAnn! You rock! I absolutely adore how you designed this...very innovative and gorgeous! Thanks for being such a great bead soup partner...I had loads of fun!

Marianna said...

Stunning! great detail work and gorgeous soup to work with. This is gorgeous!

EmandaJ said...

Hi LeAnn, It seems quite a few folks are making convertible necklaces or more than one piece -- I love that you made yours changable -- Great job. I hope you get a really good response from the swap/hop -- So much fun!

Artemisia's Studio #95 on the list

Anonymous said...

Well if that isn't a clever and beautiful way to display those little pieces of art! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Spirited Earth said...

gorgeous , love the colors, very clever

rockcreekcreations said...

Very nice! I love it when a piece can be versatile!

Pretty Things said...

CLEVER! I have a necklace that I can exchange pendants on but it's Booooooring. Nothing as gorgeous as thing. I must admit a particular fondness for Melissa's work (I have a piece!) and of course you know how much I adore yours -- the combination is stellar!

Lara Lutrick said...

Beautiful necklace.

Salzanos said...

Whoa! love practicality with being able to choose between two dangles for different outfits!! What a great idea. Totally Awesome thinking and designing!

Dana said...

#209 here...WOW love what you did, great beads...great job...

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Beautiful piece, LeAnn!

Cindy said...

LeAnn, your created a real stunner here! Melissa sure sent some beautiful components, especially the enamelled focals. I love long necklaces especially, and with the interchangable focals, you're all set with a beautiful necklace to wear every day of the week (I know I would!).

Raida said...

I love the warm rustic feel of this necklace, just my style! What a wonderful idea to be able to wear it two ways, very creative!

Lisa Godfrey said...

I love your necklace! It's so beautiful and the interchangeable pendant is a fantastic idea! Love it!

Marie Cramp said...

I love what you made LeAnn! It is truly fantastic!! Something I would wear with price and love :)

Hazel Ward said...

This is so yummy - I love the way the wirework swirls and flows, and the multiple part pendant is extremely pretty :D

Beadroe said...

Very very pretty. I love that clasp and actually everything you did.

Beadbug said...

What a fun piece to wear.

TesoriTrovati said...

Ingenious! That is one way to think outside the jewelry box, LeAnn! It was fun and tasty to sample your soup. You should make more jewelry. You have a knack for problem solving in a creative way.
Enjoy the day.

sharon said...

This is fantastic, and I always think you should be making jewelry...imagine where that mind of yours can go!!

Everyday Gypsy said...

What a great job. I love the way you incorporated the copper clasp into the forefront of your piece. There are so many wonderful clasps that deserve the place out front where we can all enjoy them.

cjvierow said...

Beautiful! Love the versatility. CJ

Libby Leuchtman said...

Another favorite of mine. Love what you did.

Birgitta Lejonklou said...

WONDERFUL necklace with earthy colors and a great idea to be able to switch the pendant !
You made it very beautifully Your WAY :)

stacilouise said...

Love how you pulled that all together. The copper and blue are fab together. (your copper bead is really awesome!)

Wendy said...

Beautiful necklace! I love the clasp! :)

stregata said...

Great idea to be able to switch the focals - love it! And I adore that you have one of your gorgeous lentil beads in there - swoon.

steufel said...

Oh LeAnn, so, so pretty. And those them!

Kristen said...

Admiring your work for a long time I have to say you so rocked this soup! I love that you made a interchangeable design and I wouldn't have hidden that toggle either! Amazing!

Francy said...

so pretty. love the copper.

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Lori's Glassworks said...

Wow! your designs are gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

Islandgirl said...

Great bead soup ... love those enameled beads and the clasp you got! You pulled everything together beautifully!

Stacey said...

What a beautiful design! I love your etched lentil...beautiful addition...

Laura Twiford said...

Very creative LeAnn as always! You and Melissa made a good team! Love the colors in both.

Dee said...

Love it!!! awesome job! are you having as much as I am with the party?

Cathryn said...

This necklace is feminine and warm with all the copper! I love that idea of incorporating all the possible focals into one long focal piece that draws the eye toward the face. Lovely necklace--lovely ideas! Thank you and Congratulations!

Penny said...

Love your piece, I really like when something is multij-functional. You did a beautiful job.

Boot ~C said...

I love the way you used copper, nice work

Laura said...

So beautiful! The colors are breathtaking! I adore the wirework.

SueBeads said...

Yummy LeAnn - fantastic job! I love how you can change the focals.

moonlitfantaseas said...

I love your necklace, the focal is beautiful!

My Life Under the Bus said...

First I have to tell you every time I see your little owl avi in blogland it makes me smile!

Second SHUT THE DOOR - your a genius!!! Love the interchangeable focals - beautiful work!!!

Leigh said...

Stunning work! I love the way you combined the copper with the amethyst! Very nice work.

Cherrie Fick of La Lumie're said...

Very elegant. I just made a couple pieces today with your pendants Loved them. I'll be back.

Marcie A. said...

I'm always in awe of your ingenuity and you've once again knocked my socks off! (No, really, my feet are cold...) The ingeniousness of a removable and replaceable pendant is so awesome that I think I'm in love! And, of course, the wirework! Ah!

CraftyHope said...

So imaginative, so cool, so creative. It/they. . .ROCKS!!

jamberry_song said...

This is such an awesome design! So artsy and kinetic! I think it would be a lot of fun to wear with bell bottoms and a denim jacket for a day at an outdoor market or something. It totally has a worldly, eclectic feel to it. :) Definitely something to wear all the time and show off. ;) Wonderful design!

Terri said...

Versatility and gorgeous at the same time...It's a Wow kinda of piece!
Soup-er Cool!!

Jenni C said...

Great versatility, really thinking outside the box there, that's a beautiful enameled pendant, I also love the addition of your etched copper bead.

ViviBijoux said...

The clasp at the front like that is such a great idea, and you had nice beads to play with. You did really well ^_^ Virginie

Courtney said...

What a great piece. Very creative, I love the interchangeableness of it! :) Your work is always yummy!

I LOVE color! said...

Wonderful, wonderful design those beads are to die for and I am so pleas3ed that you are using copper Be Blessed

Rebecca said...

Love what you've done here! The beadcaps you added are gorgeous and the fact that it's reversible....genius!

Jennifer Cameron said...

So much for just hang it on a chain. LOL! Gorgeous components, design and I adore versatility. That's awesome.

Kate said...

LOVE the interchangeable pendants! I know what you mean about the BSP challenging you. I love that about the BSP. So glad you joined this round!

Steph L. said...

Great necklace, I love the idea of wearing it with two different focals!

Lisa said...

Love this eclectic look!

Lisa said...

Love this eclectic look!

Shirley said...

Oh, I want a "Have it my way"! That is such a gorgeous necklace. The design is stunning. Love the way you incorporated all those beautiful elements.

CAG- Crafts said...

Love your design and that you can change the focal, great idea!

Anna Lear said...

Hi, LeAnn-
This is just beautiful; it looks quite versatile, and I can just imagine wearing it with a flowing skirt and simple top on a summer outing. What a great idea to make the pendants interchangeable; thank you for sharing this technique and your whole process with us!

Andrew Thornton said...

Beautiful and opulent! Nicely done! You've made a really stunning creation!

Janet said...

Oh now this is a wonderful and beautiful necklace!! I cant say enuf how its just so nice. What a clasp! Really great job.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

this is lovely! i love the way you can change the pendants!

Palimpa Lim said...

Beautiful!! Such a clever way to use your ingredients! And I love the pendants Melissa sent to you.

Emakaye said...

Scrumptious colllection of soup goodness. You created some beautiful pieces of art.

KayzKreationz said...

Those turned out gorgeous. I love the way you used the clasp so it would show. And that you made the focals interchangeable. And copper is my favorite metal, so this piece really calls to me. Nice job.

Bobbie said...

I love your creative and beautiful solution to having two pendants you wanted to use! That was a tasty serving of bead soup!

Janea aka Naya said...

I love your solution, two interchangeable focals. And your copper bead is to die for, it really brings together all of the pieces into a cohesive unit. Great Job!

Michelle said...

Lovely! Just so simple and could be worn with jeans or for dress up!
Bead Happy!

vintagesusie & wings said...

Fabulous BEAD SOUP Friend!!! I love what you designed with all your components... Beautiful work!Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

Patsy Evins said...

What a stash to create from! Love your idea of interchangeable focals! Wonderful necklace!

Loretta said...

Love your "Have it My Way" necklace. Good soup!

BluMoon said...

Very nice what a lovely clasp.

maneki said...

Very nice necklace! I really like how you made that decorative soloution for making the pendants interchangeable.

Shaiha said...

I love that necklace! Since I tend to live in tunics and leggings, I am always on the look out for the longer necklaces. heck that is why I started making my own.

Fire Phoenix said...

Wow, I love it! This is one of my top favourite pieces from the hop i think. Great colours, really rich. I am totally in love.

m.e. said...

that is the COOLEST IDEA!!!
I LOVE this design in all it's different modes!!!
m.e .:)

Releases by Rufydoof said...

Gosh what beautiful "soup". I adore what you have created. I love the focal and the other beads and you have put them together beautifully. Well done!


French Elegant Jewelry said...

wow love your design and the handmade toggle. Beautiful

Cory said...

Very clever and very beautiful.

Genea said...

Wow you got an awesome soup! I love what you made! Very cool!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

What a wonderful assortment of bead soup goodies! Love what you did with the goodies too! Fabulous!

chocoholic said...

Estremely stunning piece. I love the length, the design the amazing focals and that clasp- Ah!! I am singing this to the tune of "That Kiss" !! Very wonderful soup so glad I have made it this far down the list to see your soup.
PS I hope you can work everything out with your family because you are obviously extremely talented and deserve some time to create too. I will be sending positive energy your way.

Christine Damm said...

Congrats on pushing yourself to make such an earthy and creative piece! Bet you had fun!

Creative Arty Facts said...

What gorgeous findings you had to play with! I especially love the copper findings and how you've used them in your pieces...stunning!