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Bead Soup Inspiration – Glass Headpin Giveaway

by Lyn Foley on October 4, 2012

Lori Anderson, jewelry designer and blogger extraordinaire, has published Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Designers Swap Their Stash. I am one of the 26 designers featured! The book is inspiring, with lots of unusual designs made from a variety of beads. All the projects include juicy step by step details.

Playing Lori’s Bead Soup games inspired me from the first bead soup swap in 2010. My project for this book was especially challenging. Each designer was given a “soup” of beads from another designer. In order to play by the rules, I needed to use at least the clasp and the focal, and hopefully some of the other beads. The idea: stretch your creativity, think out of your own bead box.

I received two druzy gemstones, some pearls, other beads and a sterling clasp. I usually use only my own lampwork glass beads, and my personal signature clasp – so right from the get-go I was challenged. How would I use the two focals? Or which one to choose?

Inspiration struck and I created a main necklace with a center druzy. For the second druzy gemstone I designed a removeable/changeable drop that slides over the clasp and down to the center of the necklace, around the first druzy. The necklace with the drop in place is longer, bolder and dressier. Without the drop the look is more “everyday.” To see the instructions for my finished necklace and 31 other projects, go grab a copy of the book from Lori.

I’ve used a similar idea in one of my long copper and lampwork glass necklaces. There is a lot going on in the necklace, so the focal bead ( by Christine Damm, another designer featured in Lori’s book) is removeable. Watch my site for some other new interchangeable styles.


Bead soup beads I sent for the book. The headpins I give away will be similar to those on the right in the photo. Be sure to comment on this post in order to be in the running for the giveaway on October 9th. To keep in touch with me and receive my newsletters, fill in the submit form – and you’ll receive another free gift, a pdf booklet “Five Tips on How to Display Your Jewelry When You Are Not Wearing It”

{ 99 comments… read them below or add one }

Doris Brookens October 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

The glass headpins are beautiful!

Polly Barker October 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

very nice! I would love to be a winner!

Lori October 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Would love to win

Rene G. Joaquin October 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Wow!! Cool headpins. Would love to win. More beadings to come!!! ;)

susan lloyd October 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

would love to win these

Lisa Dempski October 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Very nice head pins!

Lisa Dempski October 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

The head pins are beautiful!

Barbara Mason October 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Those head pins are gorgeous…very african print animal like….Hope to win them!

donna joy October 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

beautiful headpins-have never seen glass ones before-love them.

Nancy October 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm

These are amazing. Thanks for the chance to win them.


Lee Koopman October 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Gorgeous headpins. I can’t wait to see the book and see up close and personal what you made with your soup. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cathie Carroll October 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I would love to win these headpins – thank you for the opportunity!

jane d October 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Would love to win!

Diane Valasek October 5, 2012 at 1:31 am

Love the headpins! I can’t wait to see what was done with them in the book.

Chrizette October 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

Those pins are amazing – would love to have my name thrown in the hat. Thank you so much.

Shari October 5, 2012 at 4:58 am

The druzy necklace is gorgeous! I absolutely love the headpins!

wendy October 5, 2012 at 5:30 am

Your work is wonderful!

Shelley Graham Turner October 5, 2012 at 6:08 am

Yours are the first animal print lampwork beads I have seen. Or atleast if I had seen some in the past they didn’t appeal to me enough to remember them. :) Yours are very nice! Would love to have the honor of winning similar headpins.

Michelle W October 5, 2012 at 7:29 am

The glass pieces are beautiful! I would love to win the headpins!

Barb Solem October 5, 2012 at 8:22 am

I love your lampwork headpins! Thanks for the chance to win them!

Connie Tucker October 5, 2012 at 8:47 am

Love lampwork head pins. Only problem is I get them and can’t decide what to use them on! Such problems I have!:)

Susan Marling October 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

I love what you did for the book with your bead soup – it must have been fun to be part of this. Love the headpins.

Deb Patrick October 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

Wow.. what an inspiring week of blogs.. can’t wait to get my book and see your creation.

Kristi - CbK October 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

The glass headpins are amazing, and so is the necklaces! I can not wait to see the book! Thank you for the giveaway chance!

Erin Prais-Hintz October 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

Miss Lyn- I have to say that what you did with the soup ingredients that I sent is beyond pretty, it is downright ingenious! I really couldn’t tell that this pendant was removable. I love it! I am delighted to be on this bead soup tour with someone that I admire so greatly! (And your new website looks great!)
Enjoy the day.

Cheryl DiComes October 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

love your jewelry-wear my necklace all the time-can’t wait to see you at Cottonwood

Zan October 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

LOVE your headpins! I have never seen anything like them so many possibilities.
Enjoy the Art Fair and I wish you much success! Wish I weren’t so far away or I would be there.

Patty October 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I have seen these types of headpins but have never worked with them. They are so very striking. Thanks for the opportunity to win

Valerie Norton October 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’m so glad to have found your website through Lori. I have signed up to get your newsletter. Your work is amazing! I have tried my hand at lampworking but it scares me…..I’m afraid I’m going to blow up the house! Thank you for the opportunity to win your beautiful headpins…..hope I win!!

christine October 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Your necklaces are gorgeous! Great headpins, they would be so fun in a design!!

Kimberly F (Bakin' Goddess) October 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Those headpins are drool worthy! They’re so pretty! Thank you for an amazing giveaway.

Kirsten Gustavson October 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Those lampwork headpins are some of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time–thanks for your generosity in offering them!

LiliKrist October 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

It’s so beautiful =)

Pam Traub October 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Anyone who knows me…knows animal print if my favorite! I would be in heaven to win headpins! Soooooo please pick me!

Congrats on being in Lori’s book!!!

Nancy October 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

These are gorgeous! I’ve never worked with head pins like these. Would be lots of fun!

Emma Todd October 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Oh my goodness – I have the book, but haven’t started reading all the details yet (I like to flip) I had no idea that design was removable until just now reading – um AWESOME!

Kari Wilson Alexander October 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

Would love to win some of your gorgeous headpins!!! Thanks so much!

Mary K October 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

Your beads are gorgeous. Would love to win your giveaway.

Przadka October 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

Wonderful giveaway! Oh!I would love to win it so much:)

Johanna Kautt October 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

please enter me!

ShannonC October 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I would love to win. Congrats on being in the book!!

fran October 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Just when I think you can’t create more creative and beautiful work, YOU DO! Makes me smile to wear my (your) jewelry. Thank you.

Tabatha Dinger October 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Your beads and headpins are beautiful!

Mona Baroody @ October 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I would love to receive the headpins and especially the pdf book!

Carolyn October 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Would like a chance to win a set of your headpins.

Looking forward to seeing what you made in the book.


Kayla @ TheEclecticElement October 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I’ve never worked with lampwork headpins like that before! I don’t know if I’d be excited or majorly intimidated (probably both LOL)!

Congratulations on being included in such a beautiful book! From hopping around all week, I must say all you contributes just blow my mind :)

Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway prize!

Alicia October 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I’ve never had the chance to be using lampwork headpins (I have admired them for some time now) – it will be so lovely to win!
Congratulations on your being featured in this lovely book – and thank you for the opportunity to win.

Melissa Trudinger October 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Great idea for a very versatile piece. I would love to be in the running to win your headpins.

chris murphy October 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

I would love to win your gorgeous headpins. I love your work.

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