Friday, April 12, 2013

Yum...Soup Is On!! 7th Bead Soup Blog Party!

I can't believe this is Lori Anderson's 7th time hosting this terrific Bead Soup Blog Party! I don't know how she does it to bring this entire Blog Party together, I really don't, but I am always thrilled that she finds the time to do this because it is just so much FUN!!  This time around, Lori broke it up into three reveal days, another record number of international participants! WOW! If you didn't get a chance to visit the participating artisans for the first reveal, you can click here to visit their blogs.
My partner this time, is the talented glass artist, Suzanne Fragiacomo. Here is a picture of the wonderful bead soup, Suzanne sent me.

As I've probably said before, one of the most difficult parts of designing, at least for me anyway, is deciding how you plan to use the focal piece and what beads to use that will bring out the colors of the focal but not take away from it. I usually add some of my own polymer clay beads, but this time I decided not to include them. Although, I did make some polymer clay core beads which I covered with seed beads and I must say that they came out marvelous, but they would have taken away from the beautiful glass bead that Suzanne made had I included them in the piece. Here is photo of these beads and you will know what I mean when they are side by side with the focal. 

Suzanne's beautiful glass bead

Suzanne's glass beads and my beaded polymer core beads

So, I didn't use them in this piece. Instead I used some nice wooden beads, ceramic beads, and some czech beads. I also decided to have the clasp on the side rather than the back because it was decorative and I could also hang some of her small glass beads close to the clasp where they could been seen too.

I love these colors, they are so vibrant and happy!! I hope I was able to creatively display Suzanne's beautiful artisan glass art creations!!  I am so looking forward in seeing what Suzanne made with the bead soup I sent her. Here is a photo of the bead soup I sent her...being that it was her first time participating, I thought I would send a nice collection of beads and some polymer clay pieces which I created.

Stamped Polymer clay on a metal blank (The Hoarder's Closet)
and matching polymer clay triangles.

So, sit back and relax and join in on the fun!! Here is the list of artists participating in the 2nd reveal of Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Party. I hope you get a chance to look at all the beautiful designs. I am sure you be inspired!! Thank you, Lori, for all you hard work...bless you!! Thank you all for stopping by and have a fun day! 

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles

Christine Murrow
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs

Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Facebook Participants

D’Arsie Manzella      
Claire Brannigan Hasemeier 
Robin Showstack 
Melanie Lemen Swope 
Beccy Peterson 
Kelli Nelson 
Chris Schlicht 
Shelley Cole-Kuduk


  1. I think the result is gorgeous and those beaded beads are so cool!

  2. Gorgeous necklace !!!
    It Perfectly shows off that amazing focal

    I have a hard time not adding some of my own polymer too... LOL!
    Your seed bead - polymer beads are Great !!! LOVE them !!!

  3. Very charming soup, my dear! You got right in your decision to do it this way, your beaded polymer beads surely demand of beeing a beautiful eye-catcher in an extra piece! Love your necklace!

  4. ~you had such a fun soup to work with...a wonderful creative work you have shared...much love light and blessings~

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments!

  5. love the colorful necklace with the lampwork! Kristin Oppold

  6. Beautiful Lupe,I love it! I really like the look with the wood beads and having the pretty clasp on the side, wonderful!! I hope you like what I've done with your beautiful polymer focal.

    1. Thank you Sue!! I left you a message on your blog! Yes, I loved what you did with my polymer clay focal and it looks so beautiful on your daughter.

  7. Awesome necklace and what a great way to showcase that focal bead!

  8. what a super focal- you did it perfectly!

  9. Love the wooden and glass beads together. They balance and compliment each other.

    1. Thank you, Kathy for stopping by my blog and commenting!

  10. You did a beautiful job! What a fun and happy piece.

  11. I reluctantly agree - your beaded beads would have detracted. I can't wait to see what you do with them, though, because they are fab!

    1. Thank you, Sherri! I am sure I will come up with an idea to use them in time!

  12. I was really excited about your beaded beads. I love what you did with that amazing piece of lampwork.

  13. That glass bead is a real eye-catcher, love it!

  14. Your necklace is so beautiful!

  15. beautiful necklace, perfect for summer!
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I love this funny party!
    ciao dall'Italia

    1. Thank you for commenting! I will be sure to look out for your beautiful creation in the next reveal! I believe, it is my third time much fun!

  16. Lovely vibrant colours beautiful!

  17. When I first started reading and saw that bead (which looks like the circus to me) I said "yum" but when I saw the necklace you made, I think I may have actually drooled on myself a bit. Great job!

  18. Great pieces. Excellent work! Love the very colorful bead. I could see lots of possibilities.

  19. I just love how you brought out the orange and reds in the focal. What a beautiful necklace.

  20. I really love the way that you used your Bead Soup. Nothing is competing with the detailed, colorful lampwork focal bead and the necklace is very harmonious.

  21. Good job using your soup. You accented the beautiful focal perfectly.

  22. That focal really does need to speak for itself doesn't it. I think you did an exceptional job accenting it with just a few pops of color rather than with your gorgeous beaded beads. While the beads you made are fab, they would have definitely drawn the eye away from the focal. Good thinking and wonderful necklace!

  23. LOVE the bright color of the first. All is very beautiful.

  24. Gorgeous creations, great job!

  25. So much colour how fun! I love the beaded beads you created, inspired by your focal is just as great as working it all together. Great job!

  26. Gorgeous necklace! Love how you pulled all the colours together and really like the wood beads. Wonderful bead soup!

  27. Beautiful job with your soup...gorgeous piece. I really love how your beaded beads look so much like the focal in your soup.
    It was also great listening to Summer Place while I was was my mothers favorite.

    Enjoy the hop!

  28. You achieved the perfect balance of highlighting the focal without overwhelming it -- the colors are vibrant, and the whole necklace just says "smile!" I'd love to see what those beaded beads you made end up being part of ...

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