Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal - Cue Fireworks!!!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

A Bead Soup Blog Party is a large collaboration project, brainchild of Lori Anderson, for lovers of beads in which 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) and 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.

Here's what I made!

Mistress Boleyn's Necklace

Found object focal, center made with lampwork ruffle bead and headpin by Lyn Foley, stacked on a polymer clay disk and wirework by Stories They Tell

Antique lion drawer pull clasp with hook from old coveralls

My partner was the talented and generous Lyn Foley, who sent me a fabulous selection of items. It was a real challenge to make the flirty, sparkling lampwork ruffle beads work with the steampunk-flavored focal and clasp!

In my blog on Monday, I'll share my inspiration for this piece and break down the construction, and show other photos of the details, as well as the photo of the components I started with. Thanks for visiting!

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 
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

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!


  1. Christine, This is so beautiful! I love what you did with Lyn's focal ... adding it to one of your to make it truly the focus of your piece. So much detail shows great design and craftsmanship. xo

  2. Christine, What a fabulous piece. I love how you worked with the focal and the wonderful lion and how in the end it all went together so well. I will look for your construction post. But right now I am feeling so warm and inspired by that beautiful necklace you made.

  3. WOW! That necklace is wonderful. I Love, Love (have to repeat) what you did with the ruffles, etc. That focal is stupendous. The entire necklace is really a showpiece. I am looking forward to your Monday post where you'll talk about the process. The round beads you made so perfectly complement everything else. It looks like you patinaed the lion - and how inventive to use the coveralls hook as the rest of the clasp. Bravo on the entire piece. Please be sure to send the photos to Lori,your work deserves to be seen and shared in print.
    Thank you for being my partner in the party.

  4. oh WOW Christine, you made something truly amazing here. i love that beautiful wire flower and it sets off the focal beads beautifully. this may be my favorite reveal so far!

  5. This is perfection! I am sitting here and am feeling so small. But in a good way.

  6. Very beautiful work putting those amazing pieces together! Nice detail. Thanks for sharing the close up of the main pieces - they're incredible.

  7. What a fabulous combination of opposites. I love how the bright colors in the focal and bead strand or toned down by the deep red/burgundy bead on the focal and the strand of pearls. What a fabulous creation!

  8. Amazing focal! Those colors setting off the beads are just delicious!

  9. What a cool piece! I love the wire wrapping on the flower pendant! Very creative piece!

  10. Christine, I'm really looking forward to your discussion of process. I've been staying up late to read "The Magician Templar" which takes place quite awhile before Ms. Boleyn, so this clever and beautifully done piece speaks to me of misty, mystical England, treasure chests of gold and gems from Outremer, and perhaps a whiff of incense and spice.

  11. absolutely stunning focal!! I love the colors of this pieces and the finished dish!

  12. This is def. a gallery piece! Stunning in design and function!

  13. Very cool, fabulous and original piece - I love it! The focal is awesome!

  14. Such a unique piece. I love the added detail with the lion drawer pull. So unexpected!

  15. The talent of this Bead Soup Party has totally blown me away and made me thank Lori for bringing such talent into my life! However, this work of art that you call a necklace is awesome and breathtaking! I'm in total awe of your talent, creative design, and artistic nature! Congratulations on a stunning piece!

  16. Christine, I think my jaw dropped when I first saw your stunning necklace. I am really in awe of how you developed such a complex and beautiful design. Your focal piece is out of this world, especially your wirework! You are just brilliant, my friend!
    And what a great idea to show pictures front, then go in to more discussion about the compostion and construction later. I'm looking forward to learning more about how you created your necklace, fit for Mistress Boleyn!

  17. WOW! I had no idea how you were going to work things together, but I must say, you hit this out of the park. I didn't have an idea of scale on the lion, either, and I really, really like how it fits in this piece. The focal -- stunning. And polymer clay and glass DO go together! I just sat and stared at this for a while before commenting.

    Simply stunning.

  18. OMG! I actually gasped when I saw this Christine, and a tear of joy may or may not have trickled down my cheek ;-)
    That lion is outstanding. A buckle from overalls? Brilliant! (Just be sure your husband's pants aren't falling down when he works in the garden ;-)
    But that focal... SWOON! You amaze me every single time I come here.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Enjoy the day!

  19. I have several lamp worked ruffle beads that I've never quite known what to do with. Your solution was brilliant.

    Such a fun mix of media and styles that absolutely works!

  20. Wow, I'm speachless...I hate to use this word because it is so overly used...awesome!! But this necklace is awesome!

  21. Wow! How challanging a selection of beads and how well you did. Kudos!

  22. Fantastic -- everything works together beautifully because of what you've added! Pieces like this are why I love this event so much; I'm so inspired!

  23. That's bright and pretty! Make sure you send a post out on the yahoo group when you put up your construction post so we know its here :) Don't want it to get lost in the insanity of the blog hop!

  24. Hi Christine, I decided to start at the bottom of the list (I'm in the middle at #95). I hope you get a really good response from the swap/hop -- So much fun!

    I have to say I am bowled over by your gorgeous piece. I see the Tudor Rose in your pendant -- faublous!

    Artemisia's Studio

  25. You are so talented...great soup recipe!! This has been so much fun...can't wait for the next party to begin:)

  26. I love it! The lion was a fabulous addition.

  27. This is a lovely creation! So unusual.

  28. #209 here....Gorgeous...great work...

  29. Very pretty indeed. I love what you did with everything. Love what you did with your Bead Soup.

  30. oh, NICE! The whole thing is lovely, especially the focal, but I love that lion. Great piece!

  31. This is absolutely awesome. Good cup of soup!

  32. Honestly, you can do no wrong. You've created another gorgeous work of wearable art!

  33. Amazing focal element in the first piece (and the lion is stunning!)

  34. Love what you did with the lion focal! You are very creative and your designs show it.

  35. Beautful! the focal and the clasp are amazing!

  36. Excellent Christine! I totally LOVE the focal and your use of the lion is SO creative!

  37. What super goodness you prepared with your soup...that focal was probably both fun and challenging to work with! I will be back to hear all the details *wink*!

  38. What a delicious soup you created. I love the ruffled effect on the focal piece. It must have been so much fun to have something so wonderful to work with and admire while doing so.

  39. So totally and completely you. wow.
    I love the lion and...well..everything about this necklace. This has got me into the making groove, can't wait to make something with you and Rebecca1

  40. Why have I never seen your blog before? OMG! This piece is freakin amazing!

    Love, your newest fan. I promise I won't stalk you...very often ;o)

  41. Very delicious piece! I love the lion and coveralls clasp!
    Shannon C

  42. Christine, I'm keeping a "Top 5" list of Bead Soup reveals, and yours is way up there! You get the prize for most ingenius use of clasp, for sure! I absolutely love the lion head! Awesome design. Congratulations!


  43. I just love everything about this piece.

  44. Interesting collection that you made work together -- but I must say, the lion is my favorite part. So cool!

  45. The absolute uniqueness of this piece amazes me. Wonderful!!

  46. Congratulations on your Belle Armoire feature. I saw your work in there last night at the B&N and knew immediately it was yours, the pieces had your signature. The colors that you use in your claywork are always perfectly chosen. They were gorgeous on the pages of the magazine and you can add this new one to the gorgeousness. ;)

  47. Absolutely amazing focal - love how you layered it!!! And the lion clasp is just delightful - such a fantastic idea!

  48. Beautiful and so creative! Love it! :)

  49. Amazing!! You've made a real stunner here.

  50. Just one word... Magnificient!

  51. How very regal! All the elements come together to make something befitting a queen!

  52. I love the layering, and the clasp is remarkable.

  53. I love the green disc & wirewrapping. The lion's head clasp has given me a little lust over here, I have to tell you

  54. omg, the clasp!! that is genius!
    beautiful, beautiful piece!!

  55. Wow! This is amazing!!! You had such interesting pieces to work with, and what a fantastic piece you created.

  56. OMG! That focal is just INCREDIBLE! I love the lion too! Wow you are so talented! What a gorgeous, gorgeous piece!

  57. What an a amazing piece. Love, love, love it!

  58. OMG All I can say is I WANT THAT!!!!!! YUM YUM YUM!!!!!

  59. You rocked that challenge!! I love love love the stacked amazing focal that features a Christine-Lyn combo!!

  60. Wow! Your work is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  61. I will be back on Monday to see the process. Your talent is amazing. The focal is so unusual, and you totally showcased it. Can't wait to see the process.

  62. What a great piece! Love that lion knocker.

  63. My favorite piece so far. I love this it's truly an artistically beautiful necklace. I will be back tomorrow to read all about it.

  64. wonderful, fab, beautiful. Love it.

  65. This is one amazing necklace, a work of art! I can not wait to learn how you created this. See you on Monday!

  66. Outstanding and truly brilliant. Love every part of it. Certainly fit for royalty.

  67. what a stunning piece, you did a brillant job, it is very innovative and unique, definitely should be in the BSP album, smile, Virginie

  68. Really breathtaking piece! The colors and styles really complement each other. Fantastic!

  69. Interesting necklace... will check back later today for the story!

  70. The lion clasp..the chain..the focal This is an incredible piece..I've liked so many but this is definitely among my favorites!! Gorgeous!

  71. wow your necklace it very fun and funky, and the clasp is very unique! good job!

  72. Wow you really took a Soup and made Filet Mignon!! I cant say enough for what you have made..her focal and your polymer clay is just Awesome!!

  73. wow! This piece totally rocks :) I am in awe of the focal piece with the cool wire embellishment, as well as your use of found objects! I'll be back :)

  74. Breathtaking!! I love what you did with the focal!!

  75. Wow, this is spectacular! That clasp is amazing. I've never seen anything like it! Your piece is a true work or art!

  76. Can someone please pick me up off the floor? I'm afraid this piece knocked me out totally....gah. I *love* this. Utterly.

  77. This is so awesome, colorful, and unique! I love that type of drawer pull, so when I saw it here it made me so happy. ^__^ I love the way you mixed techniques and materials here; it works fantastically together for a very whimsical and magical look. It reminds me of the magician from "The Last Unicorn" somehow; love it!! <3

  78. very artistic. love the focal and your style of using the unique clasp...amazing work!

  79. Love what you did with the ruffled focal bead. The polymer and wire work is amazing!

  80. This necklace is stunning! Jaw dropping awesome. Love the title too!

  81. What a beautiful piece. The focal is spectacular, and the entire piece has so much texture and layering - I love it! The colors you included in your handmade beads work perfectly with the glass and other components Lyn sent to you. Gorgeous!

  82. Just gorgeous! I love every element you chose, and the layering is divine!

  83. How perfectly spectacular! I love this.


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

  85. Fab necklace! Lovely colours and textures -- and that clasp was just so cool. Really like how you created a layered focal.

  86. What a really lovely necklace so much inspiration!

  87. wow, you've had some amazing components to work with and your piece really is a statement necklace.

  88. I think you've definitely made the ruffle bead work, and still be sparkly, amidst the steampunk-themed necklace. If anything, it makes it yours, and makes it better then any other steampunk item! You should be proud :)

  89. Stunning necklace! I love how the focal and all the other components came together.

  90. Still working my way through all the blogs. You did an awesome job in designing this necklace. And I enjoyed your comments in a later post regarding your thought process.

  91. Christine, I finally made my way down the list to your blog. What a beautiful necklace! I love what you did with the focal, which definitely would have given me pause. Beautiful!