Saturday, April 10, 2021

Bead Soup Swap 2021

What to do when you were gifted this fabulous  
Beaded embroidered Owl?
Jodie Marshall is an outstanding bead artist.
From her lampwork beads to her beaded embroidery.
Amazing !
I wanted it to balance and compliment the size of the owl.
In my mind it needed what I did to have  
a certain amount of heft.
I wanted it to lay high on the neckline so it 
would not bounce around like a longer necklace would.
Multiple chains came to mind. 
But once you add the focal it would pull it down.
Not the look I was going for. 
I wanted it to keep a slight curve. 
Then I thought I could make a simple wire bail.
Then the aha moment came ....
Wire wrapped the beads on the bail.
Simple and clean.
So what to do with the beaded chains
 I had created.
Make a coordinating bracelet & earrings with beads 
from the bead soup that was sent 
and my stash.
Lampwork beads are from 
The Beaded Gift 
and other lampwork miscellaneous beads 
from my stash.

S.S. Leaf Toggle
I used two of Jodie’s small misty green
 lampwork spacer beads.
I think my beads were just waiting 
for her beads and beautiful toggle clasp 
to make this bracelet complete.
Inspired by some earring pins I found on Pinterest.
Did not see a necklace version. 
So that’s what I chose to do.
Using Jodie’s copper focal ring and miscellaneous 
Chezh glass beads.
 I did some wire wrapping and beaded chain.
Using Jodie’s heart lampwork bead 
I paired it with emerald and clear rondel crystals
Swarovski Triangle Crystal and setting
And a soldered drop crystal.
I made the simple loop beaded long chain.
Miscellaneous orange Chezh glass beads and Jodie’s 
orange spacer lampwork beads.
Grace lampwork beads paired Jodie Marshall’s 
black spacer lampwork beads.

Thank You to my awesome swap partner.
Jodie Marshall!
I just loved what you sent me. 
And I have some items left. 
I have a few ideas rolling around in my head for them.
Link to Jodie’s FB Page.

Thank you Lori Anderson for hosting this swap. 
Knowing what I know about you...You put so much 
heart and soul in to this.
Please rest up when you can.

Link for list of participants: 

For visiting and for leaving a kind comment.
I will be visiting you soon.

Friday, February 19, 2021

 My bead soup arrived from Jodie Marshall yesterday.

Looks like it went through a lot to get here.

But inside

Was a Beautifully wrapped package.

With all the yummy soup contents.

Just look at that bed embroidered pendant! 


All the lampwork beads were made by Jodi. 

The copper ring and ball headpins handmade. 

This is one talented lady!

Copper chain,

Czech and Chinese glass beads along with Sterling beads 

and toggle clasp help round out this soup mix.

Delicious 😋 

Thank you so so much!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

 My bead soup swap partner, Jodi Marshall received her

Bead soup that I sent today. 

So it is safe to now share the pictures I took of it.

Polymer clay faces I made some time ago,
Accented the ribbon on her package.

The ceramic focals came from an artist I found on Etsy. She lives in Spain.
 I was sweating it out that they would arrived on time. 
They did with one day to spare for the shipping out deadline.
I was going with a Bird theme since the reveal will be in April.
Spring time when the birds return.
The clasp is a Green Girl bronze toggle.
I added miscellaneous Czech beads, Toho seed beads, 
Angelite rondells, copper beads and findings, 
Looking forward to seeing what she creates!

Friday, January 15, 2021

 It has been a few years since my last post. 

Life got overwhelming and somethings had to be set aside. 

I am excited to be participating in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Swap & Create.

Testing this link out to see if it will take you to my jewelry board on Pinterest 

So check back in periodically to see sneak peaks and 
then the reveal of the final creations. 
Not only mine but my swap partners and 
the others who participated in this fantastic swap. 
It is sure to be a treat for the eyes!