I’ve always got some clay work in the queue even if it’s just a bowl of beads that needs holes, little critters that need that last dot added to their eyes or canes that need their centres. The beads above are some representatives from the: drill me and varnish me dishes, respectively. And yes, there are little bowls with labels on them in my studio.
Canes are a drawn out process in my studio. I often bribe or bully my kiddo into making blends for me and she’ll work her way through a few pounds worth. This makes a fair number of canes (I can small for a production crafter) over the next week and months. These are finishing up the box of blends she did for me in November. I just need to find where I put the cane flower centres down…
Valentines Tinies… the littlest beads I make. These are straight cane slices. I reduce the canes, score cut lines into them, bake and slice while still warm. Then I drill holes in the poor things. Sometimes it’s hard being a bead. This is the last of this cane bunch so I’ll have to make new cutesy bead canes for next year.
So my saga starts with how I decided I would open a shop… and still do all the other things I do most springs. This may not have been the most sensible thing in the universe and as a result I’m playing catch up. I luckily ended up with the patient and talented Allison Fitzpatrick (who lives pretty darn close, comparatively). She also has an Etsy shop at Polka Dots and Paisley.
While I was dragging my feet and going a little nuts she sent me a cute box filled with nice soup:
All the nicely arranged colours and shapes… it didn’t take much figuring to whip up a couple of necklaces which my patient sidekick helped model:
This one was a cluster of big chunky soup bits, a length of chunky chain and a key charm from my pile. It just worked, instantly. The next piece was a little daintier one with a few of my flower beads and some of the smaller elements from the soup:
The kiddo prefers the smaller necklace because it hangs where she likes her necklaces to hang. I think they both worked pretty well… picking colours was a breeze since Allison put together some super combos.
The big turquoise nugget is waiting for me to find my drill bit in the new shop space so that I can ream the hole a bit… it will be wonderful strung on leather cord with some of the silver and glass from the soup.
Despite all of my bumps this time around I managed to squeak in. This is my fourth Bead Soup Blog Party. You can see year one with Cilla Watkins here, year two with Judith Johnston here and year three with Michi Pabeschitz here.
As always, tons of thanks and credit goes out to Lori Anderson who arranges and runs this every year. This year was particularly trying and she still pulled it off!
Here are the other soup swappers: