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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

I am so lucky to have Jenny Vidberg as my Bead Soup Blog Partner. I sent and received beads from Sweden, how cool is that? Jenny and I both sent beads in a similar color palette with copper findings. How weird is that? We both work in the school system, and took on this challenge during a very busy time at work. But I would not have missed it for the world, hope Jenny feels the same.
This is what I sent to Sweden. A lampwork focal and matching spacers made by me and some copper accent beads and a copper toggle clasp.Jenny sent to me an amazing group of beads. It was very easy for me to come up with several design ideas. Since this necklace is going to be for me, I chose a design that I will wear often. I made the necklace on the long side, which makes it hard to get it all in the picture. The focal is a clay piece with a subtle wing design. It has a smokey color and the aqua as accent colors with a center of white. I added a few copper bicones as spacers and a copper bail for the focal. I have enough beads left over to try and design a pair of earrings to match. I am so excited to be able to wear this piece. I envision a white turtleneck or blouse and black slacks and maybe an aqua cardigan sweater.Can't wait to see what Jenny designs with the beads I sent her. Please visit her blog Shyme Design and see what she presents. Unfortunately I will be away from my computer this weekend. I am going to try to visit from my new fancy phone.

This is the biggest Bead Soup Blog Party yet and won't be this big ever again according to the hostess Lori Anderson. There are 362 participants from 5 continents and 21 countries. Almost all of the 50 states are also represented. You can visit the official Bead Soup Blog Party page with this link http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/, or you can visit from the list below:

These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

For a total of 362 people making jewelry!