Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Hop

Toggle Clasp by Diana Frey

                                   Today is the Reveal of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.  This is the 4th year that I have participated in this long awaited event.  Our host and the originator of the Bead Soup Blog Party is Lori Anderson. Each person who participates is partnered with another beader and they exchange a set of quality  beads which must include a focal  and a clasp. I have always had wonderful Bead Soup partners and this year I have the good fortune to be paired with Diana Frey who is a very accomplished mixed media artist.  She sent me a dream package of  Bead Soup as you can see in the pictures below.

When I began planning what I would make with her lovely beads, I decided to focus in on the purples of the amethyst.  I was looking for a combination of rustic with Diana's sophisticated ornateness.  To achieve that effect I used patinaed copper wire which looks almost black and wire wrapped my handmade ceramic beads in various shades of green and Diana's lovely faceted amethyst and antique brass beads.

For the transition between the wire wrapped beads and Diana's gorgeous focal,  I used a  piece of copper tube that I altered and a piece of antique iron that I  purchased last Fall at a Flea Market in nearby Canada.

I used wire, double balled end extra long head pins that I made and some Wooly  Wire to attach the bars to the wire wrapping and the pendant.  I made a bail for the pendant out of a double extra extra long ball end 16 gauge head pin--a technique I learned from Deryn Mentock's Alchemy of Objects class.
And then to tie all the parts together visually I added a spiral green round bead I made from porcelain to the fabulously delicate dangles on Diana's pendant.

And all the parts together look like this:

Since Diana was SO generous in supplying me with ample Bead Soup,   I decided to make another piece with some of the gold, bronze and purple pearl beads and the handmade silver chain she gave me.  This  piece is done in a free form peyote stitch style.

 I love how those clear crystal beads refracted the light into blue and pink !! Now I hope that you will visit Diana and see what she made HERE..  Below is a picture of  the beads I sent to her.

                                   Diana took this picture and is happy to have me share it here today.

Visiting the other participants is one of the best parts of this event.  I hope you will go and see what they made.   The list is below.
First and Last Name
Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
  Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday


  1. Love what you created my new friend! Both pieces are stunning. The free form peyote stitch piece is amazing. I have so enjoyed getting to know you through this swap. Please let's keep in touch. And thank you again for the beautiful beads!

  2. Love how you combined elements in each design - stunning! Don't know which one I like better. But the free form peyote does leave me speechless. Great bead partnership.

  3. Sunning Designs!
    I expected the unexpected .
    But, these are both extraordinary creations !
    WOW!!!! m.e. :)

  4. Gorgeous! Colors are to die for and so is the bail on the first necklace!

  5. Love the way you paired the rustic elements with your soup, stunning!!

  6. What delicious creations!! I absolutely love both pieces, but the first necklace just speaks to me in such a primitive way, and I have to say it's my favorite. Really wonderful work!!!

  7. Well done. Really like the first piece. But I am fascinated with the free form necklace.

  8. How beautiful! You've done a wonderful job of combining your style with Diana's!

  9. both pieces are stunning, but your free form work just stops me in my tracks! WOW

  10. Fab pieces. I'm glad to have found your blog and etsy shop. So many goodies to choose from that I fear I will be bankrupt by the time the third reveal comes around!!

  11. your style....

  12. Beautiful work! I love the beadwork on the second just flows.

    I am speechless.......... and that does not happen often :-)
    This is ART

  14. I just love the way to attached the first necklace. They are both wonderful, but I really like the first one!! ~KM

  15. Oh wow. I am IN LOVE with the first necklace !

  16. So lovely! I am very, very impressed... What beautiful works of art! :D

  17. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
    very beautiful designs! :)
    ciao dall' Italia

  18. I love your wire-wrapping in the first piece and really love how you re-purposed various bits and pieces. Brilliant and beautiful!

  19. Fabulous pieces especially like the freeform one

  20. Stunning pieces, love the focal and what you did with it on the first one and your free form is awesome.

  21. Oh Mary, your pieces are to die for!

  22. Your work is wonderful, I love the wire work on the focal of the first one, and anything free-form is good with me!

  23. Iadore the transition before the focal. Very unique!

  24. Mary - both necklaces are absolutely divine - love the way you're playing with mixed media. The tassle sets off that pendant beautifully, and the free-form peyote is waaaaay beyond my patience level. Gorgeous!

  25. Two amazingly creative designs. I'm VERY impressed with your skill and talent.

  26. Beautiful necklaces, the mixed elements in the first one are wonderful and the second has a real organic spin that feels as much of a piece of art as it is something to wear. Great Soup!

  27. Beautiful pieces! The first necklace is right up my alley... :D

  28. You made 2 incredibly cool necklaces, love your style!

  29. Anonymous31/3/13 07:50

    Beautiful necklaces..... love them

  30. I think the most interesting part to me is the inclusion of the antique iron piece. I love your beads, and your palette. I am fond of the Romantic/boho style evoked in the locket and tassel. But the iron grounds the piece, IMHO, and keeps it earthy, not too sweet. Lovely.

  31. Oh man, how super cool are these?! Home run!! That first one is my fav because it's so unique, but that second one is just delisciously beautiful!

  32. What a beautiful soup. And what you've done with it is even more beautiful.

  33. what gorgeous pieces.. Love your work.

  34. Nothing less than spectacular and surely expected! Fabulous work Mary, as always!

  35. You did such a fabulous job with both of your pieces! Love them both! :-)

  36. Great job on the soup!
    Very nice jewelries!

  37. loved how you made the bail with wire and objects, that makes the whole piece.. that 1st necklace is my favorite!

  38. I love what you did, everything is just beautiful.

  39. beautiful work well done!

  40. Great designs-loved what you made!

  41. the first necklace is spectacular!!!

  42. Unique and fun designs! Congratulations!

  43. I would wear either one of these with pride! Your technique and use of color is fabulous.

  44. Gorgeous creations! You are an amazing artist and love your beads too!

  45. They are beautiful, both. I love the way you connect the Focal to the wire wrapped beads.

  46. Beautiful!!! The first one is particularly special!!!

  47. It is not always easy to combine two styles, but you succeeded beautifully with Diana´s soup. The amethyst and clay necklace has very nice color and rhythm.

  48. I love both of your necklaces - beautiful!

  49. Just gorgeous pieces -- the first one is so lush and elegant, and the softness of the purples and greens against the textures of the metal make it look like an ancient treasure that you've unearthed. And as a seed beader, I'm a sucker for freeform, so the second piece is a real winner in my book!

  50. Beautiful designs Mary! I love the freeform piece.

  51. Beautiful pieces - I am more partial to the first one, there is something that attracts me a lot :) I love its texture, the way it flows, its organic and elegantly rustic feel. I don't handle seed beads very well - so I am always impressed with people who can do that, so beautifully!

  52. Stunning creations of beaded jewelry! I love your creation. All are amazing and unique. I design many amazing, different jewelry, bracelet every day.

  53. Anonymous3/4/13 01:11

    Fantastic pieces! I love the mixed textures and materials in the first piece, especially. The second one is simply amazing in color, too. :)

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  55. super freeform beading, im impressed!

  56. Mary your first necklace is outstanding.

  57. You certainly did justice to the delicious soup!

  58. Anonymous4/4/13 08:56

    Wow! I love your pieces! The freeform is my favorite!

  59. Wow stunning pieces. I just love what you didwith that rusty hardware! :)

  60. That's a very interesting pendant, and your designs are fabulous!

  61. Oh you aren't kidding that you got a good soup! LOVE your work, and combined with her beads, you rocked it out. That first piece is my particular favorite.

  62. Soup-er Cool designs!!

  63. Beautiful and I love how you integrated what we learned in Deryn's class!! You have such amazing talent!

  64. WOW, what a tasty soup to work with! I love what you did with that first necklace, GORGEOUS!

  65. Beautiful! I love how you took the first necklace and mixed the styles - very well done.

  66. Beautiful, love the bail on the necklace!

  67. Beautiful beautiful necklaces! That first piece is fabulous - LOVE the colours and the ingenious transition from chain to pendant. You're an amazing designer and jewellery artist!

  68. Yes, the soup you received was just scrumptious and you totally met the challenge head on with that simply divine first necklace. It's wonderful. Of course, the second one is also lovely, but I'm just smitten with that first one. Excellent!!


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