This year I was so happy to be able to sign up for the big Bead Soup Blog Party again, hosted by the amazing and talented Lori Anderson.
Lori matches each participant up with a partner and the fun begins.
Part one of the fun is mixing up a lovely Bead Soup for your partner, containing a clasp, a focal and some coordinating beads.
Part two is receiving a lovely Bead Soup.
Part three is creating something beautiful with the Soup you received.
And Part four is The Big Reveal.
Which is today.
My partner this year is the lovely and very talented designer Natascha Marty from Switzerland.
This is what she sent me.
And these are the pieces I made with this lovely soup.
First the focal from Maya Honey.
I paired the focal with a lovely etched white lampwork bead from Grace Ma for a color pop. I took some tiny soft pink Czech glass beads from the soup and wire wrapped it between both lampwork beads.
I like mixing different metals so I hung the total focal on a large brass ring. The chain is made using the Czech glass beads from the soup.
I’m very pleased with the end result
Next the clasp, peridot, amethyst and pearls from the soup.
I love the combination of purple and green. Makes me think of the lavender fields in France.
I happened to have hoarded a lampwork heart focal from Grace Ma with exactly the same color green as the peridot.
It has gold foil in it, which matches perfectly with the gold plated clasp. It has a purple dot in it, mirroring wonderfully the purple amethyst beads. It also contains some white swirls, a perfect match for the tiny pearls. So, it turns out I have been hoarding this focal for this specific purpose.
I paired all this gorgeousness with some lovely green Swarovski pearls and vermeil daisy spacers. And voila, a very feminine bracelet.
I still had some beads left.
The beautiful rose quartz beads as well as some tiny Czech glass beads found their way into this bracelet. I paired them with a beautiful lampwork bead from Pikalda with has a soft pink heart matching the color of the rose quartz, a couple of lovely ceramic beads from Blueberribeads, an old Nepali Naga Conch shell bead and some old Nepali bodhi prayer beads.
Yep, still some beads left.
The round rose quartz beads as well as some Czech glass beads found their way into another bracelet. They are teamed up with a lampwork bead from Grace Ma, a vintage clear melon bead and more Czech glass beads.
And still some beads left.
I made this bead embroidered pendant a while back, with that gorgeous handmade ceramic cab from Blueberribeads. It was just sitting there, waving at me…please pick me, please pick me. So I did. I still had two rose quartz beads left as well as some Czech glass and amethyst beads. These had just the right colors so the perfect addition for the pendant. I think it has become a very romantic necklace. Can you spot the beads I used from the Soup?
I was determined to use every single bead so the last beads found their way into these romantic earrings.
I think you can tell I had such great fun creating all these pieces.
I hope you like what I have done with the Bead Soup I received and I would love to read your comments.
All pieces are available in my etsy shop.
Now hop over to my partner to see what she has created with the Bead Soup I cooked for her.
And here you can find all the other participants of this lovely party.
Lori, thank you and your friends and family so much for organizing yet another lovely and fun party, although you are battling with health problems. You are a role model to us all: kind, brave, talented and sweet. I hope you are recovering very very soon from all the bad.
It might take me a couple of weeks but I'm determined to visit the blog of each and every participant and leave a comment