The Bead Soup Reveal

I declared 2012 the year I would buckle down and DO things I had put off. Along with a ton of paperwork that included some fun tasks like putting my name in for the Bead Soup Challenge. And now here we are!


My partner Cilla Watkins sent me sweetest soup fixings,a little out of my norm, and while some pieces came right to mind I struggled with how to use others. As it should be.

Bead Soup Necklace

This piece is made with a whole set of fabulous art glass beads and half a strand of turquoise coins. The findings and accent beads are a lovely antique copper. No clay on this baby, so odd for me. And I’m keeping this one.

Bead Soup Experiment

The focal beads I determined I would match up with clay beads which actually ended up much tougher than I thought it would. The little face went together with flowers, as my faces often do. I used a little of some silk ribbon I dyed, bits of brass and wire and pearls. My favourites parts and pieces.

I didn’t quite figure out what to do with the sunburst yet – I know I want it to be the focal on a chunky bracelet with cord – so I’m hoping to catch a little inspiration as I wander the blog hop.

I had a blast with the Bead Soup challenge and there are a ton of us involved so please, please have a look at what other beady bloggers got up to!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed(Kingdom of Bahrain)2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)

3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)

4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman

5.  Alesha Conklin and Becki Mendivil

6.  Alice Peterson and Carol Dillman

7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu

8.  Amanda Dittloff and Brandy Thomason McNair

9.  Amanda Tibbetts and Andrea Trank

10.  Amy Freeland and Kay Mallery 

11.  Andra Weber and Christine Murrow

12.  Ann Sherwood and Diane Welte

13.  Barbara Bechtel and Kerry Bogert

14.  Barbara Lewis and Cat Pruitt

15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)

16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)

17.  Cassie Donlen and Deryn Mentock

18.  Cathie Carroll and Janel Dudley

19.  Cece Cormier and Morwyn Mullins

20.  Charlene Jacka and Christina Hickman

21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski

22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)

23.  Christine Damm and Deb Brooks

24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)

25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs

26.  Cindy Cima Edwards and Eleanor Burian-Mohr

27.  Cory Celaya and Rhea Freitieg

28.  Courtney Breul and Dana Hickey

29.  Cynthia Abner and Jennifer Boreck

30.  Cynthia Tucker and Jean Peter

31.  Debbie Goering and Heidi Post

32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)

33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)

34.  Diane Cook and Lyn Foley

35.  Donna Bohler and Lisa Lodge

36.  Donna Millard and Kiersten Giles

37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)

38.  Elisabeth Auld and Eva Sherman

39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)

40.  Ema Kilroy and Laurie Keefe-Cecere

41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)

42.  Erin Grant and Jean Wells

43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday

44.  Genea Crivello-Knable and Heather Powers

45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)

46.  Heidi Kingman and Lori Greenberg

47.  Helen Kemp and Lisa Wangeman

48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent

49.  Jamie Hogsett and Jeannie Dukic

50.  Jeanette Ryan and Jelveh Jaferian

51.  Jennifer Cameron and Tania Spivey52.  Jennifer Justman and Kari Carrigan

53.  Jennifer Tough and Lorelei Eurto

54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)

55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)

56.  Julie Anne Leggett and Kelley Fogle

57.  Karen Hess and Linda Landig

58.  Karyn Bonfiglio and Kathleen Lange Klik

59.  Kashmira Patel and Kat White

60.  Kat Barron Miller and Kelly Morgan

61.  Kathy Lindemer and Rose Binoya

62.  Krafty Max and Sandra Miller

63.  Kristen Latimer and Pam Ferrari

64.  Kristie Roeder and Lea Avroch

65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)

66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)

67.  Lara Lutrick and Lisa Suver

68.  Laura DeMoya and Lisa Hanna

69.  Libby Leuchtman and Melanie Brooks

70.  Linda Koch and Rosemarie Cowit

71.  Lisa Chapman and Menka Gupta

72.  Lisa Liddy and Marion Simmons

73.  Lori Anderson and Marcie Abney

74.  Lori Bowring-Michaud and Mary Govaars

75.  Lori Dorrington and Maria Rosa Sharrow

76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)

77.  Lynn Bennett and Mandi Ainsworth

78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)

79.  Mary Harding and Shannon LeVart

80.  Mary Jane Dodd and Stacey Curry

81.  Melinda Orr and Molly Alexander

82.  Melissa Meman and Michelle Escano-Caballaro

83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)

84.  Nan Emmett and Nicole Valentine-Rimmer (Canada)

85.  Nancy Boylan and Suzette Bentley

86.  Natasha Lutes and Patti Vanderbloemen

87.  Pam Hurst and Rebekah Payne

88.  Patty Miller and Sara Rhoades

89.  Rebecca Anderson (UK) and Lori Anderson

90.  Rebecca Sirevaag and Sharon Driscoll

91.  Rochelle Brisson and Shannon Chomanczuk

92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde

93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick

94.  Sandi Volpe and Sarah/Saturday Sequins

95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)

96.  Skylar Brez and Theresa Buchle

97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)

98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

99.  Stephanie LaRosa and Vonna Maslanka

100.  Terri Wlaschin and Wendy Blum

47 Responses

  1. Elaine, what a splendid set! Very romantic designs, I love both of them. For the sun focal – I would try to make a toggle bar (copper / gold) and use it as both a focal / clasp, I am sure you’ll find / make the matching beads for it 🙂

  2. I just love what you made!!! I would keep the first necklace too. It is beautiful! I want to get more coin beads now so I can make a necklace. Thank you for being my partner. I just loved playing with the beads you sent me. I see you have new flowers listed. I see I am going to have to place an order now that I am hooked! Thanks again!

  3. I love the art glass beads. The strand of turquoise beads was the perfect companion for them.

  4. A beautiful bead soup! I love lampwork beads, and I love how you used them in that sweet necklace. I can see why you would want to keep this beauty. And I love how you used your own polymer creations in that second piece. They went nicely with the focal. Nice job!

  5. Those lampwork beads are beautiful, I love orange and turquoise mixed together. The lovely little flowers on your second piece are so pretty. Great soup.

  6. 2 fantastic necklaces. The first is so bright and cheerful and the second is beautifully subtle. Love them both.

  7. I love the necklaces you created! You polymer clay work is amazing … I also love the soup you sent to Cilla! You’re very talented!

  8. Both are gorgeous Elaine! The sleeping face in the flowers looks so peaceful and perfect with your clay work. Good luck with the sunburst, I’m sure you’ll dream up something fabulous!

  9. I love both. The first is so modern, and bright, and I adore those beads together. Very cherry and chic. And the second, the little face in the flowers reminds me of something you’d find, like a lost artifact in an old garden, or something. Wow, it’s late and I’m getting fanciful. LOL. Great soup!

  10. That second necklace I instantly fell in love with! Amazing piece of artwork. I love your face and the ginko leaf. Great idea!

  11. The turquois goes wonderfully well with the pop of orange. Love the way you put it together with the copper too. Its beautiful and I can see you want to keep it!! Love the cute flowers!!!

  12. Both necklaces are so pretty. I love the ginko leaves,flowers and use of fiber in the second necklace! The first is super bright and cheery.

    ~Maria Rosa

  13. Both pieces are wonderful. I really like the second piece with the face and flowers.

  14. I love the straightforward simplicity of the first design. You let the lampwork shine and the color just POPS Awesome! I’ve also become an instant fan of your poly clay flowers and have already been to Etsy to bookmark your shop as a favorite and pick out some goodies for myself.

  15. Two beautiful pieces. The first, vibrant and strong, the second, calm and serene. I like them both equally but for different reasons. Beautiful work 🙂 x

  16. Both of your necklaces are really beautiful. In fact, I can’t decide which one I like better. . .they’re that good! Congratulations on conquering this challenge!

  17. Your work is beautiful. I prefer the second necklace. I can’t really tell you why because the first one is gorgeous with those lampwork beads and the turquoise. I really like beads that overlap like that. Great job.

  18. You have done fabulous And your clay beads are great, I have not had much luck with clay, but it has been years, maybe its better now! 😉

  19. Jean, a lot of the brands are much easier to use these days + there are so many more useful resources out there than there were 15 years ago when I started!