Bead Soup Blog Party Day

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal

~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)

~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

Here's what I made!

Terry at Tapping flamingo sent me the orange glass focal bead and several other goodies. I have to admit that I have never made a piece of jewelry with orange as the focal and I don't usually use silver, unless I am making something for someone who wears it, so this assignment was definitely out of my comfort zone.
In the end, I decided to attach the focal bead to a larger wooden bead (actually a pair of clearanced earrings that I took apart!) and make an asymmetrical necklace, with black and silver as the other primary colors.
While I consider myself a creative person, I think what this swap taught me is that part of my joy in creating is the purpose of the item. I admit that I got a little bogged down in the fact that this piece had no purpose, no destination--as I mentioned I make jewelry mostly as gifts for others, and myself to wear. I had a hard time giving the piece an identity because I didn't know its purpose. I want to work a little more on just enjoying the process and not stressing over the purpose.
A big thanks to Lori at Pretty Things for pushing me outside my limits and for taking on the monumental task of organizing a swap with over 200 participants!
Come see what the rest of us made!
1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj,
Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim,
Life In the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo,
Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy,
Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim,
Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan,
Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe,
9. Heidi Post,
Ex Post Facto
10. Cindy Wimmer,
Sweet Bead Studio
11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh,
Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog,
M's Place
14. Mary McGraw,
MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke,
Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland,
Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz,
Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner,
Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer,
MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams,
Chile Cats
21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen,
23. Libby Leuchtman,
Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson,
25. Deb Hunter,
Living On Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski,
Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten,
28. Margot Potter,
The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin,
Beading Arts
30. Courtney Breul,
Beads by Breul
31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino,
My Life Under the Bus
33. Tari Khars, P
earl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel,
Kristi Bowman Design
35. Jayne Capps,
Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough,
Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord,
EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland,
Islandgirl's Insights
39. Barbara Lewis,
Painting With Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto,
Inside the Studio
41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42. Jennifer Cameron,
Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney,
La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes,
Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett,
Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara,
One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey,
Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste,
50. Andrew Thornton,
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks,
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53. Kate Gardenghi,
Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent,
PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning,
Beading by Malin de Koning
56. Shai Williams,
Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman,
8 Second Studio
58. Amy Freeland,
Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy,
Joolz By Lisa
60. Sandi Lee James,
Do Be Do Bead Do
61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62. Stacey Curry,
Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden,
Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld,
Beads For Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers,
Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper,
Glass, and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven,
Rue's Daftique
69. Ingrid McCue,
Wrapped In Silver
70. Birgitta Lejonklou,
Create With Spirit
71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey,
Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan,
Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan,
Silver Lodge Gems
75. Jean Yates,
Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76. Debbie Goering,
Prairie Emporium
77. Valerie Norton,
Hot Art
78. Jana Trupovniece,
Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino,
Amy Beads
80. Emma Thomas,
Fred Beans Nook
81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson,
83. Janet McDonald,
Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85. Kristina Johansson,
Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka,
CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea,
Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson,
Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd,
Glass Migrations
90. Lisa Kavanaugh,
Beading Bliss
91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly,
Jenni's Bead
93. Nally Parfyonova,
Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White,
Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96. Sandy Richardson,
Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal,
Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper,
Park Avenue {{You are here!}}99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100. Linda Landig,
Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers,
Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary,
Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes,
Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe,
Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman,
Turquoise Sky
107. Shelby Foxwell,
Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108. Lynda Moseley,
Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel,
Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon,
Que Onda Quitman
111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo {{My swap partner!}}113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker,
Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier,
The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick,
Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya,
Art With Moxie
119. Ronda Adams,
The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon,
Vintagesusie & Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez,
Jen Judd Rocks
125. Hazel Ward,
All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano,
127. Dee Gordon,
Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova,
129. Margaret Saari,
130. Genea Crivello-Knable,
Genea Beads
131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame,
133. Helena Fritz,
Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose,
Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler,
PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook,
Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride,
Jewelry by J.P.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk,
For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey,
Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre,
Regina's Writings
143. Liz DeLuca,
Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans,
Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen,
Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow,
Havana Beads
147. Amber Dawn,
Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves,
Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln,
Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs,
Coming Abstractions
151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith,
Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska,
Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy,
Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora,
Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller,
Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell,
My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena,
Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy,
Adventures of One Beady Woman
160. Barbara Blaszczyk,
Labotorium Flory
161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser,
Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk,
Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih,
Summers Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham,
Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz,
167. Shea Zukowski,
168. Susan Kennedy,
Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher,
Lisa's Clay Happenings
170. Hope Smitherman,
Crafty Hope
171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff,
Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger,
Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina,
Savon Feutre
175. Julie Nordine,
Julie Nordine Credit River Art Glass
176. Menka Gupta,
Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins,
Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley,
Ellie's Bijoux
180. Molly Alexander,
Beautifully Broken Me
181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote,
The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz,
Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson,
Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank,
Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo,
Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp,
Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel,
Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald,
Organized Chaos
190. Kristi Evenson,
Colie Bug & Co.
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye,
193. Whitney Lassini,
Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler,
The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse,
The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker,
Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney,
Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble,
Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams,
200. Claire Maunsell,
The Next Bend
201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum,
Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon,
205. Jenny Robledo,
La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French,
French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski,
Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman,
Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones,
Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore,
Beads and Bread
The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!


Dana said...

#209 here...gorgeous, love the colors, great job...

Wendy said...

Beautiful necklace! I love the design! You did a great job! :)

tappingflamingo said...

love the asymmetry of the piece. funny how we both were on the same wave link and did asymmetrical pieces.

Stacey said...

Oh love those multi strands........

jamberry_song said...

Awesome! It's got a great old-fashioned Asian feel. I'm loving how exotic it is! Those beads are so large; you were bold and brave putting them all right out front like that, but you totally made it work and it looks fantastic. :D Great job!

Pretty Things said...

I understand what you mean about purpose -- but maybe that's your nudge into starting to sell your things! Someone will love that piece. When I make things that aren't in my favorite colors or styles, those seem to be the pieces that get snapped up first at craft shows. Go figure! But I believe there's a person out there for everything we make.

You did a great job!

Suzette Bentley said...

Love the colors and multi-strand necklace. Great job!

Cory said...

Bold and very beautiful.

Lori's Glassworks said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

LeeLu Creations said...

Very pretty. You had such a great focal to work with. I love it!

ViviBijoux said...

Very classy piece, It must be lovely on with the right top for a night out. Cute! smile, Virginie ViviBijoux.com

Cathryn said...

That necklace you created out of your ingredients is classy, striking, and bold! I love how you made the focal stand out with the three layers leading right to it! Congratulations!

Terri said...

Beautifully done..wow! what a statement piece!!!

Courtney said...

Oh, really nice! Brava!

Dee said...

niiice...love the pop of the orange focal. This necklace definitely has a purpose and that is to be worn by someone..lovely job!

Janet said...

Stacie I have to agree with Lori we never know what someone will like! But this is a pretty pc youve made and you made a Great Soup with what you were sent. I really give you a big kudos lovely Soup!!

Kristen said...

I am glad you overcame that bog but sometimes it is fun and rewarding to just create and that piece is stunning!!!

BluMoon said...

How very inventive, it really works well very nice.

I LOVE color! said...

That is such a lovely piece I can see it with a long black gown Be Blessed

Kate said...

The focal is gorgeous and I love the asemmetrical design you used!

Beadroe said...

Very interesting design. I am sure you will enjoy wearing it.

m.e. said...

Gorgeous piece !!! Bold and beautiful focal !
I can imagine how outstanding this would look with so many outfits.
I see it as a perfect choice for so many occasions!
Maybe jewelry design is like the Field of Dreams...if you make it they will come!!!
Beauty is it's own purpose!
m.e. :)

Elisabeth said...

I love how it came out - and love your thoughts on your jewelry needing a purpose. Even without a "purpose" it's a terrific necklace!

rosebud101 said...

For a piece of jewelry that had no destination, I think you did a great job in your creative journey! I love your piece!

chocoholic said...

Love that glass focal on the wood piece and the asymmetric design. I would love to see it photographed on a plain white or off-white background. I think the red eats it up a little. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am finally learning to create in the zone without a purpose= amazing things happen. Hope to see you next round too!!

Judy said...

I just love a multi layer necklace! Very pretty with great colors!

SueBeads said...

Nice, great focal!

vintagesusie & wings said...

So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
Thanks for sharing...

balanced. said...

that is lovely! well done!!

Heidi said...

I like what you did - I wish I could see the focal super close up though. I agree with jamberry song - it definitely has an Asian feel, which is right up my alley (tastewise, but I don't really show it in my jewelry, which is funny).

Anyhoo, as out of your zone as you felt - you did a great job :)

Regina said...

Love the design, its colorful and bold. It does have a chinese/oriental dragon thing about it, thats a good thing. Have you figured out its purpose yet? Maybe you can donate it as a fund raiser for some worthy cause. I bet it would bring in some good money.

French Elegant Jewelry said...

So cute love it.

Fire Phoenix said...

Love the asymmetric design, and that focal is stunning!

Loretta said...

Wonderful design. I think the purpose of this necklace is to make us all happy looking at it.

CraftyHope said...

This piece is so much fun. I love your asymmetrical design and the layers of chain. Very nice!!

Releases by Rufydoof said...

What a beautiful focal... I love what you have create...the red and black are so striking and I love asymmetry. Well done!


Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful necklace! You did a great job and I'm sure you will find the perfect person to give it to if you don't end up keeping it for yourself. :-)

Holly said...

Stacie - isn't it amazing how looking at things that are different will throw you off? But I think you came through in the end! This is a gorgeous, dramatic necklace!

one-eared pig said...

Great necklace!

Jennifer Cameron said...

love the focal, absolutely beautiful!

roseworksjewelry said...

Hey - you might have been pushed out of your comfort zone, but you rose to the challenge! And that's the point of the whole thing right?

Patsy Evins said...

Well, I think your necklace is beautiful and that's purpose enough!

maneki said...

Very nice necklace! I like the asymmetry and the multiple strands. Really like how you framed the focal.

Jen V. said...

I think sometimes the process actually IS the purpose. :) I say that but have stacks of finished jewelry that should probably go somewhere...haaaaaaaaa
Take care!

Helmitarha said...

Very interesting and eye-catching piece! Great job!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Still working my way through all the blogs. I enjoyed your comments of the purposelessness of your creation and how it bogged you down. Great recovery, lovely necklace

Rebecca said...

Wow! Look at that amazing focal! You've made a really beautiful necklace. PS So glad to meet another city (at heart!) girl! Everyone in Blogsville seems to love and live in the countryside....give me a busy city any day! x

Alice said...

That is one of the things I love about the Bead soup Blog party is what you learn from it. I got these large soft pink pearls I never would have bought but I think my piece turned out nice and as a result I may buy more. I on the other hand like orange and I think you did a great job- It is hard when we are not comfortable with doing something new. Alice's beads and Baubles