copper focal bead

Let’s Party Again – Bead Soup is Back!

by Lyn Foley on June 18, 2010

Remember a while back Lori Anderson organized a great on-line party? Artists with beads! How great is that? So great, we’ve done it again. We’ve swapped beads with a random partner, and created a piece of jewelry using the beads they sent us. We didn’t have to use all the beads, however did need to use the focal, the clasp, and at least some of the other beads. My bubby is Rebecca Sirevaag. Here’s a photo of the beads she sent me.

Bead-Soup-Rebecca Bead Soup Rebecca sent me

I played around with the copper focal bead, changed it a little, added some of my lampwork beads to the mix, and  came up with a long adjustable length necklace. I used mostly the beads Rebecca sent me, including the copper clasp.  Jim contirbuted a little oak branch and pine cone  he made in silver from live castings.  I added some other gemstone beads too. The process was really fun and it stretched my creative juices. What do you think?

Check out  what the other party members have made. It may take you a while – there were over 90 of us! Have fun, and

Welcome to the party!

Blog Soup Party Goers

1. Lori, Pretty Things

2. Lorelei, Lorelei1141

3. Norma, Moonlit Fantaseas

4. Beth, EB Bead and Metalworks

5. Katie, KatieBead

6. Kimberly, Bahama Dawn

7. Debbie, Prairie Emporium

8. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa

9. Kate, Tropical Blonde

10. Janet, Singing Woods

11. Julianna, Juls Beads

12. Erin, Treasures Found

14. Jen, Jen Judd Rocks

15. Kella, Me But a Little More In Depth

16. Emanda, Artemisia Studio

17. Marie, Skye Jewels

18. Loretta, Designs By Loretta

19. Stacy, Sissy and Jack’s

20. Joanna, Filcowe

21. Diane, Diane Hawkey

22. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things

23. Anna, The Laughing Raven

24. Marcie, La Bella Joya

25. Lois, Que Onda Q’town?

26. Jayne, Mama’s Got To Doodle

27. Lisa, Alterity

28. Dale, Dales’ Flights of Fancy

29. Melanie, Kookie Designs

30. Christine, A Hot Piece of Glass

31. Nancy, Beading From the Heart

32. Laurel, Rue’s Daftique

33. Sandi, Do Be Do Bead Do

34. Nicki, Nicki’s Reef

35. Virginie, ViviBijoux

36. Janeen, Wild Vanilla

37. Filomena, Pink Velvet Bird

38. Lyn, Lyn Foley

39. Tari, Pearl and Pebble

40. Rebecca, Song Beads

41. Regina, Regina’s Writings

42. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse

43. Whitney, Whitney Lassini

44. Maria, Garden Path Beads

45. Michelle, Life in the Bead Lane

46. Ann, My Critical Eye

47. Lisa, Lucid Moon Studio

48. Nan, Spirit Rattles

49. Amy, Copper Diem

50. Malin, Beading by Malin de Koning

51. Anne, Gardanne Glass Lampwork

52. Alice, Alice’s Beads and Baubles

53. Barbara, Second Surf

54. Amanda, Articulations

55. Heather, Humble Beads

56. Melissa, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love

57. Kate, Organic Odysseys

58. Patti, PJ Clark Designs

59. Stefanie, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium

60. Carol, Carol Bradley Designs

61. Wanda, A Frayed of Fibers

62. Diana, Vintage Blue Studio

63. Marieke, Marieke’s Blog

64. KJ, Silver Parrot

65. Maire, Maire Dodd

66. Shannon, Miss Fickle Media

67. Dana, Dana’s Jewelry Designs

68. Charlene, The Bead Dreamer

69. Elisabeth, Beads for Busy Gals

70. Cathryn, Chile Cats

71. Missy, Melissa Rappaport

72. Cindy, Cindy Dolezal Designs

73. Valerie, Hot Art

74. Courtney, Beads by Breul

75. Johanna, Fire Phoenix Creations

76. Shea, gr8findings

77. Julie, Pryce Designs

78. Jeannie, Jeannie’s Blog

79. Patricia, Verre Design

80. Christa, Adventures of One Beady Woman

81. Heather, My Muse

82. Susan, Night Beader at Large

83. Sonja, Drachenei

84. Jennifer, Glass Addictions by Jennifer

85. Melissa, One-Eared Pig Beads

86. Rebecca, 2SistersBeadwork

87. Karyn, Releases by Rufydoof

88. Denise, Bling on the Blog

89. Doris, Glaszwerg

90. Megan, Churchy & Her Sailor

91. Jo, Daisychain Designs

92. Jen, VanBeads Jewelry and Design

93. Kristie, Artisan Clay

94. Jess, Vintaj

95. Suzann, Beadphoria

96. Sharon, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

97. Michelle, bMichelle

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Kella June 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Stunning as always, so much to comment on but want to say it is a beautiful wearable piece of art.

Jayne June 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

beautiful, I love the copper.

Janet McDonald June 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Oh I just love what you did with the focal its really first class! Your necklace is vibrant and alive a bit spicy! Really like this.

Nicki June 22, 2010 at 12:59 am

The pendant is gorgeous, and I love how you strung all those large beads together. I can never do it (turns out awkward for me), but I love it when other people do it. Very cool and wearable necklace. Seems totally right for me. ;-)

Lisa June 22, 2010 at 5:27 am

I love the warm colors and the combination of turquoise with them! There are so many details to this necklace, it’s hard to catch them all…I would love to see it in person! Great job with your Bead Soup!!

Norma June 22, 2010 at 5:39 am

very nice, love all the color and the copper!

Nancy June 22, 2010 at 6:02 am

What gorgeous colors! And I love what you did with the pendant – very lovely!

pearlandpebble June 22, 2010 at 6:13 am

Love it! The copper pendant is fabulous. Enjoy!!

Megan C. June 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

I love this necklace! I’m really liking copper this season. Great summer piece that could easily go into Fall.

drachenei June 22, 2010 at 7:21 am

Wonderful design. Very lovely.

Carol Bradley June 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

I love the necklace, but I can’t see the focal. That part of the pic is cut off.

Jennifer Cameron June 22, 2010 at 7:43 am

gorgeous necklace and I love how you put everything together. Lovely.

Emanda June 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

Absolutely stunning. Organic and elegant.


Courtney June 22, 2010 at 8:25 am

A stunning piece. Love the color way.

Michelle June 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

What a great earthy necklace….the colors are fabulous!
Bead Happy!

cindy dolezal June 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

Very warm. Lovely Soup.

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp June 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

Looks great! I could not see the entire piece on my pc however. I seem to be missing the end with the focal in it. But I still love it!

Lyn Foley June 22, 2010 at 9:25 am

Sorry some of the picture is cut off. I don’t really know why – on my computer it looks fine. I have resized the photo – hope this helps. If anyone knows how to fix this problem, please (!) let me know

Lori Anderson June 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

WOW but that is amazing! I agree, the pendant looks so good with the etching showing! And the castings are great! What an awesome job!

ViviBijoux June 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

It’s funny, it’s got a real native american feel to it. Piece of art for sure! smiles, Virginie

Cathryn June 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm

This is warm and lovely! I love what you did with the focal and it makes it pretty earthy–something to wear at work or at play!

Erin Prais-Hintz June 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

What a beautiful soup! I love the little leaf and acorn. Those are special touches. These colors make me happy, like a fall walk in the woods. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

Laurel June 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Lovely necklace! I would have liked to be able to see all of it!

Cindy June 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Lyn, you’ve created another master piece!!! Your jewelry is always in a class of it’s own. I love the combination of colors, texture, and movement in this gorgeous necklace!

Loretta June 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I love the design. It has a real primitive feel.

Debbie / Prairie Emporium June 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

What a special necklace, I love what you did with the copper pendant and the combo of colors.

Kate June 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Love the color combo and I love your connectors. I really can’t see the focal, your picture is cut off on my screen for some reason but it looks awesome! Congrats on the sale!

Regina June 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

The warm colors, the copper, it is beautiful! Very earthy and fiery! Love it..

Christine B June 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I love love love all the colors with the beautifully warm copper! Just fantastic!

heather June 23, 2010 at 8:57 am

I love the mix of metals and the colors!! That deep blue-green with the shiny copper is fabulous!

Jo Tinley June 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Beautiful warm colours! I love how you’ve used the pendant.

Anna Lear June 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Wonderful design; your beading set off the focal piece just perfectly! I especially love the “danglies” from the pendant.

KJ June 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

It’s beautiful! That copper focal is perfectly balanced by the rest of the materials and the design.

Denise Yezbak Moore June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I love how you added the turquoise with the oranges. I really like that color combo. The focal piece is very cool. You created a beautiful design!!!

Charlene June 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I love what you did and the resulting design – beautoful!

Janeen June 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I love what you did with the focal! Great finished piece. So lovely and great colors.

Marieke June 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I love the necklace, all the different details sure makes it into a gorgious piece of jewelry

Rebecca June 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Lyn- I finally got to stop by- got a bit of time today.
I love the warmth of the piece you created.
No worries about the size of the bead! I was delighted to work with something new. Thank you, partner!

Patti July 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

WOW!! Love the focal!

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