Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party...Revealing the Soup!

 Well, it's finally here...The big reveal!  I think this has been a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience as a designer.  Many thanks to my talented partner, Lara Lutrick, for the colorful soup including her beautiful lampwork, and to Lori Anderson for being a most gracious host. 

Please check out my partner Lara's blog to see what she's up to at  
And you can shop in her etsy store for beautiful lampwork beads at

As a reminder...Here's my original soup from Lara...


First of all, I love the lampwork that Lara sent.  It's so pretty and the colors are like a fiesta to me!  That being said, I found my challenge was using the slider ring.  It was hands~down my favorite soup ingredient, but I had never worked with one before. 
 (Kind of like someone who'd never met garlic before...whoa...this stuff is great!) 
I messed around with all kinds of things and ideas before I came up with my seed bead bail idea that incorporated the lampwork bead that went with the focal.

I experimented with different beads and found myself with less and less space to work in...
Do any of you do that?  I'll clear my spot, and an hour later I'm working in three square inches of space...Aagghhhhh!!!!!!!!!

 I adore wire, so I felt compelled to add a little wire work in, since I just happened to have the right color...

 Well, my fellow bloggers... I ended up trying a new color combo, and a  new bead shape.  I got a new perspective on the blogging world.  The best thing is connecting with fellow artists, getting to know all of you, and sharing our creativity.

Thank you again to our gracious hostess, Lori, and to my BSBP partner Lara...May the beads be with you!

For links to all of the Bead Soup Blog Party participants, please visit Lori's blog at  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

40 comments:

  1. Love Love Love what you did with your soup!!! The colours zing.

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  2. Wohoooo, I love that necklace! Fiesta indeed - I'm sure it's a wonderful necklace for a sunny summer evening, wearing a long orange skirt, a white ruffle neck blouse and a yellow sombrero hat!

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  3. The combination of colours makes for a bright and cheery piece. Good job!

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  4. It turned out beautiful Lisa! You're so talented...

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  5. Lisa, I was loving the beads you sent Lara and having a hard time dragging my eyes off of that color feast of beautiful beads you made! And then I come over to your blog and get to enjoy Lara's pretty color combo...you made a beautiful fiesta out of these beads into a playful necklace. LOVE! Finding two new fave blogs, my color-compadres!

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  6. Thanks everyone! I am really happy with how the necklace turned out. I'm off to check out my fellow BSBP artist's creations!

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  7. What fun designs. The colors are great-reminds me of a sunny day in the summer! Love the focal you designed, very clever.

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  8. What a fun necklace and earrings! You did great with the colors!!

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  9. Whimsical, and fun! perfection!!

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  10. Thank you!!! This is so much fun!

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  11. What a fun set - it invites you to party, indeed! I can hear music and I want to dance; bright and happy, just as I like jewelry :)

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  12. What a fun necklace! How could anyone be in a bad mood with that thing hanging around their neck? Or looking at you wearing it. I love it.

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  13. YOur jewelry made my smile! I love the colors and that cute focal! :)

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  14. I love what you did with that slider ring - such a smart idea! Your pieces are fun, fun, fun. Great work!

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  15. Fantastic design. Loved the use of the focal. Bet you can't wait to wear it.

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  16. I LOVE THIS! I'm all about bright colors and the way you made the pendant part of the necklace is just wonderful.

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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  17. Lovely and colourful! The necklace design looks great, love how you suspended that focal. Fab job!

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  18. Fabulous colours! Realy bright and beautiful :) x

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  19. The colors are awesome, you made some beautiful pieces with them too. That set is going to be great fun to wear, they'll always make you smile.

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  20. Wowee - par - ty time!!! I just love what you created and the process you used to get there. Also, love and get the story about clearing space and an hour later having 3 inches of space to work in. The use of the green coiled wire really kicked it up a notch. Kudos!

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  21. Really happy colors for a very fun necklace!!

    oh and thanks for FoodGawker! bookmarked!! :D

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  22. What a fun necklace! Love the bright colors and how you used the seed beads and wire coils! Great job! :)

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  23. Lisa, your necklace is wonderful! I love the vibrant colors and the movement you gave the piece with dangling the focal off the wire pieces. It's a very cheery piece!

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  24. Absolutely delicious and the colors are so yummy

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  25. From one Lisa to another, you did great! Love the beautiful bright colors. The seed bead bail was a super solution for the focal. I was chuckling about your "three inches of space". The same thing always happens to me!

    Lisa at Pine Ridge Treasures

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  26. I love this, so cheerful! Great job!

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  27. I always end up with no space when I design! I hear you! -- What a fun and festive design.. This is fabulous!

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  28. Lisa, I face the same challenges using those fantastic sliding lampwork beads. You sized up this soup perfectly when you said "fiesta". That is exactly what it looks like and your necklace is beautiful. You made a fantastic use of all the materials sent to you. Great job!

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  29. I love what you did with these bright, happy colors! Wonderful!

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  30. What a bright, cheerful design you have created! It spells springtime for sure! Beautiful job!

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  31. Beautiful fun necklace. Love the earrings too!
    Great bead soup.

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  32. Fiesta! Definitely party worthy! So vibrant and lovely!

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  33. very colorful! I like the different structure of the piece, gives it lovey texture!

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  34. I love how bright that piece is! It is so gorgeous :) I think you did a stunning job with your creation.

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  35. I love the colors and the shape. It makes me happy to see. I'm sure it's a real joy.

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  36. A very happy piece. I love what you have done. Its great colors and a great style!

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  37. Love those colors and the way you out it all together. It's so Carnivale!

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  38. Fiesta is the perfect word to describe that color palette!

    You did a fantastic job working with it and really accentuated the beads as well as your own skills. Really well done!

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  39. What a great bunch of colours! I love how you've used the focal bead. You've made a beautiful necklace.

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  40. I love the pieces you made...they are so fun and make me feel like it is summer! I love how you made the bail for the focal.
    Sonya

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