Friday, August 24, 2012


I love Lori's Bead Soup Blog Parties!  They are fabulous.  A party right in your own house, where you can cozy down with hot chocolate and beads. What could be better?  Maybe getting to create something with a wonderful bead soup!

I love the reveal date, too.  I get to show off what I made, and I get to see what other people have made.  And today is the day!

So, just in case you don't remember, here is the faboo soup that my partner, Rose Binoya sent me.

Now, I have to be honest with you.  I loved the soup, but I had absolutely NO idea what I was going to do with that focal.  I've never worked with key-holes, and I am not a bead stitcher.  I was worried and fretful, and really wondered what I was going to do.

I thought and thought and thought, but was completely flummoxed until 2 weeks ago.  I was laying in bed dozing off when suddenly an idea came to me.  Fully formed and with a surprising amount of detail.  Just so you know, dear reader, I do not create that way.  Mostly my creations are as much the process as the end result.  I tend to kind of discover what I'm making as I go along.  I might have a general idea, but I rarely go into projects with them complete & fully formed.  So, I lay there for a couple seconds thinking, "Will I remember this idea in the morning?", and came to the decision that even IF I did, I probably wouldn't remember every little bit.  So I scooted out of bed, came downstairs and drew it.  My drawing leaves MUCH to be desired, but I still want to share the picture.

I sometimes draw a picture of what I'm going to make, but rarely does it end up looking the same.  I am delighted at how much my necklace looks like the picture.  I had a lot of fun putting this piece together, and got to use a lot of different techniques.

I don't have access to the metal-smithing shop during the summer, so I chose to create the heart from polymer clay.  I painted it, and glued the key-hole to it.  Then I used a pre-cut metal shape and stamped the words "Set it free" into it. I went over the letters with my black Sharpie, and used alcohol inks to give it texture.

I backed the metal with leather, and then wire-wrapped the birds, the key and the mint crystals from Rose with some green ones I already had.  I am very pleased with this piece.  And I had so much fun making it.  Thank you, Rose!  I would never have made this piece without your soup!
Next, I LOVED the beautiful button toggle Rose sent me, and I needed to use it.  I wanted to create a fun bracelet.  My sister had found an explanation of how to create button toggles, but I hadn't yet jumped into making them.  Now that I've seen how cool they are, I want to make some myself.  I used the purple crystals from the soup and paired them with green crystals, stones and a few wood beads.
I loved this little garden bracelet so much I ended up with another picture of it from a different angle.

Then I used those fantastic Lucite flowers and created a pair of wire-work earrings.  These look like some earrings I made over the winter, but I think this new pair is more fun.  I used glass pearls in the ones I made before, but Rose sent me some little tiny Lucite flowers, too.  I layered them with the pearls, and I really like the end result.

Finally, I only had two of Rose's lovely purple crystals left, and I wanted to make a pair of earrings with them.  I still had the lock and key image running around in my mind, and these reflect Rose's key-hole focal.
I enjoyed playing with this wonderful soup, and am delighted with how many pieces I was able to create.
Thank you, Rose!  You sent me a wonderful soup.
Thank you, Lori!  You throw the best parties.
Also, for you, dear reader, I have a give-away!  Yup, freebies!!!
Leave a comment, and next week on Saturday, the 1st of September, my girls will help me select one lucky beader to receive a pair of my hand-painted polymer butterfly charms!
And off you go, to the next reveal!
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart *My sister*
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope, LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place *YOU are HERE*
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog *My Bead Swap Partner*
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog

Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs

Solange Collin, Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


indigo heart said...

i love your creations, sweet sister!!! that necklace is swoon worthy, the earrings are fun, and the bracelet is adorable. much love, beth

Cheryl said...

Great job, Becca. All of your pieces are great -- my fav is the first necklace with the heart focal.

tappingflamingo said...

such pretties! I love those flower earrings, and the button bracelet. nice work!

Shiraz said...

I love what you ended up creating with the keyhole focal. A beautiful piece!

Loretta said...

I love your creations. Your idea for using the keyhole focal is wonderful. I love polymer clay.

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Congratutaltion ! They are wonderful !

AllesPerle said...

Becca, all the jewellery pieces are lovely! I especially love the earrings.

Shai Williams said...

It seems as most of my ideas come to me just as I am falling asleep and I can only hope that I remember them as I know if I get up then I will never get back to sleep.

I just love the idea you came up with as you were falling asleep. It is gorgeous!

Sweet Freedom said...

Your pieces are wonderful, especially that delightful necklace! Very creative, and I love that you incorporated a variety of techniques to get your end result!

Sheila Davis Designs said...

I love the necklace!

Unknown said...

really nice the heart.

Lupe Meter said...

Love your creations! You did an awesome job with your soup...great designs!

Alice said...

Beautiful pieces! I love how you transformed that focal in the necklace! And the garden bracelet is darling. Love the button clasp you made for it.

Karen Williams said...

What fun! Thanks for sharing your design process for your necklace too! Loved reading the little details. :)

Giorgia Rossini said...

great job with that focal!
love the necklace!
thanks for the giveaway, I hope to be lucky!
ciao dall'Italia

Terri said...

Love the polymer heart you made to show off the Keyhole focal..the rest of that necklace it assembled beautifully! As is the bracelet and earrings!! Soup-er job!

Unknown said...

I love all the pieces, especially the necklace! And the earrings, ohh they're a dream!

LeeLu Creations said...

I love how you worked the keyhole into your necklace design!

bailaora said...

fantastic pieces, the first earrings are the best!congratulations!

coolmoon said...

Very unique. LOVE the cute little pastel bracelet....

KayzKreationz said...

That little bracelet with the button clasp is sooo cute. What fun. But I love the way you used the keyhole focal and then stamped a metal piece with the saying. Did you rivet the piece to the leather. I missed how you attached it. I've never been able to make anything with clay that I thought turned out nice. I'd love a chance to win your butterfly focals/pendants. What fun.

bwheather said...

Oooh lovely. I'm so glad you finally found inspiration. ;-)

Kumi Fisher said...

I absolutely love the first necklace!! What an incredible design and use of your ingredients!

roomforchange said...

You created such lovely things form your soup. Very pretty. The bracelet is gorgeous!!I love the idea of the button clasp. I have to find out how to make them. Great fun!!

Sandi Volpe said...

Love that first necklace, well done!!!

Becky Pancake said...

Inspired!! Your "set me free" necklace is Spectacular!! All your pieces are very creative. You truly used so many techniques that I have been wanting to try & you did them beautifully. Thanx for the chance to win butterflies from you.

Lori Anderson said...

WOW! I would never have thought. You did a remarkable job with your beads and you should be SO PROUD of yourself!

Joanne said...

Beautiful pieces ~ all of them. I can't decide if I like the necklace best or the last pair of earrings. Adorable :)

Linda Younkman said...

Lovely job. Beautiful pieces.

Covnitkepr1 said...

Such talent.

Just checking back for any new posts you may have written.
I’ve been a follower on your blog for a while now (actually one of your first)and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

Jean A. Wells said...

Wow, that necklace truly is inspired. I'm so glad you got up and wrote it down just in case you would not have remembered it. It is beautiful.

Maria Rosa Sharrow said...

Love the necklace and the key earrings are so charmingly cute. Fantastic job!

Unknown said...

The pieces are lovely.Started wonderful and got better down the page.Love and hugs Tanya

Unknown said...

I love all pieces!!!but meaning of the necklace.....form of ART!!!

CraftyHope said...

Oh how I adore what you've done. I like that you broke out so many different materials to make that first necklace; the leather and metal and clay and wire. It came together so beautifully! And the bracelet. . .what a wonderfully sweet piece. It's so delicate and elegant. As well your earrings are both FABULOUS. Love, love, love it ALL!!

Janeen said...

It is amazing when the creative mind works. I think it's right about when we stop pushing it! I'm amazed at what you put together here. I would have had no idea what to do with that keyhole focal either, but you used it beautifully. The quote is so appropriate and the bird. It's just lovely. Great job. Really like the other pieces too. The button clasp is unique and cool.

Anonymous said...

I love how the mind works just before we fall asleep! I, too, have jumped out of bed to sketch an idea that just can't wait til morning! Im so glad you did, your design is a work of art! I love the bracelet and earrings too!

CreARTelier - Jacqueline Keller said...

you did a great job with your soup!
my favorite is that wonderful bracelet!

Unknown said...

This hop is soooo long, out of breath trying to get through it! Love the lucite earrings. Great job!

Kepi said...

Very beautiful work, great job!

Elizabeth Beads said...

Lovely work, especially love the bracelet and earrings!

Anonymous said...

The bracelet is so pretty, and I love the creativity of the necklace!

Christine said...

Beautiful pieces - love your heart necklace!!