Friday, August 10, 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party®, 2nd Reveal

So what is the Bead Soup Blog Party?  It's a huge blog hop and beading challenge (click here to see the map of participants) put together by Lori Anderson. that has become so popular there is even a book coming out in October! This is my third time participating and I can honestly say, each time has stretched me creatively.

Here's what my partner Astrid Boyce sent me...she must have known I have a thing for blue....thanks Astrid!
And here's what I did....

On the left is a sweet little Swarovski heart to which I added a cobalt blue bottle topper link and hung it on a shaggy link chain for a fun yet classic look. 

The center piece has an antique gold and sapphire clasp which was so beautiful, I wanted to feature it as the focal. I accented the clasp/pendent with gold squiggle noodle beads surrounded by tiny gold swarovski crystals on a delicate gold chain.

The lamp work bead on the right was created by Astrid and I added a cobalt blue bottle topper link to it to accentuate the beautiful colors of the hand made bead.

The rest of the beads seemed to want to become earrings so I cooperated..... :-)

And don't forget to check out the rest of the participants in the 2nd Reveal here...

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners
Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 
 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads
Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


  1. I love blues like these.So jump out and get you.Love and Hugs Tanya

    1. Thanks Tanya, one of my fave colors, among many! :-)

  2. Great idea on using that gorgeous clasp as a focal! Beautiful work!

  3. Eva your work is always so unique & feminine. Just si delightful to view

    1. Thanks so much, sometimes I like delicate, sometimes I like jewelry that can be seen from a galloping horse, depends on the day... :-)

  4. Wow, 5 great pieces. Love the simplicity of your pieces.

  5. Oh Eva, you did a gorgeous job, I love it all! I especially love the cobalt blue links, those are so cool! Thank you so much for being such a lovely partner (and my friend on FB). :)

    1. Thanks so much Astrid! I had a great soup to work with and I truly enjoyed swapping and getting to know you!!! Continued good luck in your lamp work endeavors, my friend,

  6. Seriously gorgeous pieces - love the use of the bottle toppers in your pieces! Love how the soup goodies spoke to you :)

    1. Thanks so much, I am in <3 with bottle toppers and put them everywhere! :-)

  7. Wow! That was my first reaction when I saw that yummy soup! You really create some pretty pieces with those beautiful colors:)

  8. These are all really pretty! Nicely done.

  9. Delightful! You make it look easy to "listen to what the beads want". I'm still struggling to speak their language instead of trying to boss them around!

  10. Great work! Simple is good in so many ways. Thanks so much for participating, and I hope you play again!

  11. Pretty blues, I like what you did with the clasp.

  12. I just love what you did with all the of the pieces. Simple yet they really stand out.

  13. wow! love those beads...and what you did with them :)

  14. so nice of you to cooperate with those beautiful earring it all.

  15. Charming pieces! I love when beads clearly call out what they want to become. Great job with your bead soup!

  16. Lovely pieces. Your right...I think the blue rings did help pop the colors. Nice job.

  17. You showcased the beads you received beautifully!

  18. Eva,

    The bright blue colors are so fun and refreshing! I love it! As always, your designs are exquisite! I have been enjoying your fold forming pics as well! Beautiful work my friend! So thankful to have met you at B & B!!


  19. wonderful pieces that really show off the great soup ingredients - awesome!

  20. Beautiful collection Eva! Love the addition of the cobalt bottle toppers; perfectly compliments the beads Astrid sent you!

  21. So many pieces and pretty designs.

  22. Very pretty designs and love the focal :)

  23. Beautiful collection of jewelry. That is a beautiful shade of blue and you really used everything so that it could shine. Great job!

  24. Great job putting these together. The middle pair of earrings is my favorite.

  25. I love the earrings!
    ciao dall'Italia

  26. Beautiful job with your soup. Everything looks wonderful!

  27. Always listen to what the beads say. They misbehave so when you don't. I think they told you good things :) great job

  28. That clasp is freaking amazing and I think you did the right thing by putting it front and center. what a great soup. I love love love cobalt blues in beads and baubles. Beautifully done, as always my friend.

    Melissa Muir

  29. You know, a lot of people might look at your pieces and say, 'Oh, that's simple, I can do that', but truly, it takes design skill to make something simple look great. You definitely have that skill. I love all three necklaces, and would wear them A LOT. You have really made it look easy, and I am thrilled over the result. Great job!

  30. I like the nice clean lines of your pieces. And using the clasp as a focal was brilliant!

  31. You received an awesome soup and I really love what you did with it! If you keep them, I'm sure you'll wear them often, I would :)

  32. Love your designs. Beautiful work ~

  33. Love the blues! Great necklaces and great earrings too!

  34. Hi Eva,
    Beautiful and unique pieces.

  35. Beautiful blue you used in these pieces I do love blue and you have made such lovely things!

  36. Love the earrings and necklaces. Beautiful!

  37. I just love the elegance of your necklaces!

  38. LOVE! Your pieces inspired me to jump right up before I even commented and make a pair of earrings from my soup!!! Great work, as usual, Eva!

  39. What great creations... very nice!!

  40. I love the blue framing the focal pieces it works perfectly!

  41. to all my fellow blog hoppers and bead artists; thank you so much for your kind comments and encouraging words. I truly enjoyed this challenge and so appreciate Lori's hard work, to which I attribute the great success of the BSBP. And Tanya, thanks also for putting together the short cut list, not once, but twice. That's dedication!!! I am still hopping and if I have not gotten to your post yet, I promise I will, but from what I have seen, super job everyone, give yourselves a hand!!!

  42. Wow gorgeous pieces luv the earrings! AMazing work! Magnifico!!!


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