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Bead Soup Blog Party 2013 Underway!

by Lyn Foley on March 30, 2013

Today is the first “reveal” of the Bead Soup Party. If you haven’t read my blog or been to the party before, learn about it here.   My partner in the game, Eva Sherman, sent me these beads:  For the first first of two necklaces that I made using the beads, I created a set of my “unearthed” hollow lampwork glass beads. I strung those beads and used the largest Roman Glass bead as a focal. I created chain links, and fabricated accents using an assortment of dangles. The copper handmade clasp is the one Eva sent me in the soup. I discovered the Roman glass can be fragile, as a couple of pieces broke. I used wire to string it, feeling that any other stringing material might frey due to the sometimes sharp edges of the old glass.

For the second necklace, I used an assortment of the Roman glass as a tassel. Above the round Roman glass and the tassel I put an “unearthed” lampworked bead of mine, and another of my beads I wire wrapped into a tee bar. The entire pentant is suspended from nephrite jade rondelles.

The Roman Glass beads were already drilled with two holes in each bead. In some cases I used both holes in others I simply ignored the second hole. I ground the edges of one last piece of Roman glass smooth (underwater with a diamond drill bit), and made it into a button for a clasp. Voila’,  an impressive make a statement piece is born, with old and new glass. As I was making both pieces I felt the energy of the old glass, and wondered what the pieces came from ( a bottle, a vase, or plate?) and who make them. A bit of research told me they could be  as old as 2,700! No wonder they are fragile!  I think I captured the rustic, old world look I wanted that was inspired by the ancient glass. What’s your vote?

Be sure to see what Eva has done with the beads I sent her – and follow this link  to start hopping to all the other participants. There are LOTS of us this year, so the reveals will be spaced out over a few weeks.


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Barb Solem April 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

Beautiful! I love the ancient glass Eva sent – I wonder what its story is….

You did a fabulous job of marrying your earthy lampwork beads with the ancient glass. The copper wire was a perfect choice for the organic nature of the pieces!

SusanM April 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Your designs are totally unique – both necklaces are stunning.

Terry Jeanette April 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

lovely pieces!!!!

Kristin Oppold April 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Fabulous designs…. Lucky girl to get that roman glass. Wonderful!

CraftyHope April 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

That Roman glass is so awesome and you really worked beautifully with it. I like how well your lampwork beads complimented it in the first necklace, but that second one leaves me drooling all over my keyboard. It’s extraordinary!

zen July 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

The necklaces r cool! I’m actually organising a mass bead soup where all the crafters get the same set of beads :) i think it ll be really cool too see what 10s or even 100s of people make with the same beads! planning to send out the beads 2 aug with designs revealed end aug. Would be cool if u d like to take part (details on :)

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