It's my first time in this fabulous event organized by Lori Anderson and it has been so much fun.If you haven't heard about it where have you been?Over 500 jewelry designers worldwide are matched up with partners and they exchange Bead Soup that includes a focal and clasp as well as other jewelry making bits and pieces. Each partner then makes one or more jewelry creations using the focal, clasp and any components they wish to add.Then the creations are posted on their blog on one of 3 reveal dates to share with everyone.
I can't imagine how much work this involves for Lori and she does it with such grace and enthusiasm. This year she has been ill through the whole event but has still managed to pull it off in great style. She even took on 3 partners herself! WOW!
My partner is Toltec Jewels from the U.S. who hosts Jewel School Friends and creates stunning jewelry. She sent me the most delicious
bead soup .The colours she sent are not my usual but I love these beautiful beads and colours. I've made 8 pieces and still didn't use everything !!!!
She also sent this yummy dessert!
Now for the fun part but first a giveaway. I'll pick a name at random from the comments to win these cute "Bead Soup" earrings.
The silver plated spoon charms are topped with hematite rings around pewter beads from my soup and hung from my own sterling earwires. Perfect to wear with soup!
The next pair of earrings have 2 of the beautiful charoite beads from my soup and bronzy dangles from Petra of Scorched Earth on Etsy
This carved bluestone bracelet combines copper squares rings and a raku disc from my stash with a single lapis bead from my dessert.
Next I made a multi-strand necklace using the Czech glass beads which are brown with blue highlights that go really well with ab crystal beads from my stash. Those are the Greek ceramic spacers from my soup , with coloured jade beads and antique copper spacers and chain
The last necklace I made is with wine coloured lampwork beads from Crazy Lady with spacers I made using hammered sterling wire on a sterling chain.
Well that's everything and I still have many goodies left !!! Thank you sooo much ,Toltec Jewels, for the wonderful soup. Thank you fellow bead soupers for looking and commenting.And a million thanks to Lori Anderson!!!! Don't forget to go to Toltec Jewels blog and see what she made of my soup.This is my first time at the bead soup party but I hope not my last. Please follow my blog to see what new goodies I come up with.
Here is the list of all the participants in the 3rd reveal. Have fun!!!!