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This blog is intended to document my journey into the world of handmade artisan lampwork beads.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal


Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?


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)
~ 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!

I really love this focal and clasp. This is a necklace that I plan on wearing year round. I do not have anything even close to this in my jewelry box. And the best thing of all with any good soup is the leftovers. Look what I still have left to play with.
Thanks Amber Dawn for a wonderful selection of beads. I also wish to thank Lori Anderson http://www.PrettyThingsBlog.com for her endless effort in pulling off this marvelous event. I have been a spectator until now and am really glad I decided to join. I have set aside my weekend to view all of the other blogs.













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


You are here 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


My Partner 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!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Guilty Pleasure

I always feel guilty making a piece of jewelry just for me. I probably should do it more often due to the marketing possibilities. Today I made a necklace and earrings just for me. I bought the copper components about a year and half ago. I bought them at the best bead show that I have ever been to in Portland. They have never been put away, they have just sat on my bench with a lot of others waiting for just the right time and idea. I have no idea what prompted me to finally make something out of them. Then designing the piece I felt guilty because there wasn't any beads in the design originally. Well then I started digging through the spacer bowl and low and behold there were two etched spacers that matched perfectly. That is the beauty of being able to make beads yourself and have an abundance of them everywhere. One of the main reasons I got interested in lampworked beads. And believe it or not, I got the design half done and realized, what earrings would I wear with this piece. So I changed it a bit and dug out two more matching spacers that I had to etch, for the earrings. I had the copper chain in my limited amount of chain on hand, and tumbled it to lighten it and then took my butane torch to it to give it some different colors. Since it is Valentines Day tomorrow, I think I will wear it. It amazingly matches a sweater that I do not wear very often, so that is a good thing. What do you think?I also completed several orders this weekend. Several Cat Paw earrings and a pair of cupcake earrings. I also worked on a display idea for the cake testers for my next show.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Snow Again


Big flakes came down fast. Picture does not do it justice.
Big flakes on Topper's back.
Really pretty snowy sunset.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party

I have not heard from my partner in the Bead Soup Blog Party if she has received her ingredients. It has been a week, so I am assuming she has and it is safe to post a picture. It is amazing to see that her color palette is so similar to the one she sent to me. She had a gold in hers which is not included in what I sent to her. Both have a floral theme. The clasp I have had a while and just could not come up with a design to do it justice. I am sure she will. The flower focals, I had played with this design probably two years ago, I revisited and had forgotten how much I enjoyed making them. I also sent some pink spacers and some etched black with a dragged design that I made to match. The rest are beads from my stash that I thought she might be able to use in the same color palette. Hope she enjoys working with my beads.


I know I have posted pictures of a similar bracelet but I just love it. I have also made two beads this time with two leaves for earrings. I just need to figure out how to handle the top and bottom of the apple. I am going to do the art fair in April and I think this would be a good design to take to that one. I am also thinking about doing home jewelry parties. I need to work out in my head how to compensate the hostess. I think it might be a good addition to the art fairs that I am planning on doing. I could take orders and also have point of sale items. Can't decide if I should teach a jewelry skill to build up a bead clientele in addition to finished jewelry. I could use my same set up that I use for Art Fairs but maybe pare it down a bit. What do you think? If anybody has tried this I would be grateful for any helpful tips.

I also have been struggling to figure out a way to make glass head pins with out using my key mandrel. I think today I figured it out. Hopefully an alligator clip (roach clip) will not melt in the conditions I am going to subject it to. I found some clips that Danny had for models that have a hole in the end and I found in my stash of copper some tubing that just fits in the hole. Wa La . I would like to avoid burning my fingers in this process. I have made a sterling, copper and steel one. There are some design ideas that are running around in my head for these specifically. Maybe tomorrow I can test this new tool. I always love a new tool.