Bead Soup Blog Party
Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party! Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is the amazing organizer of an event that now spans five continents and 21 countries! This is the fourth Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori has organized and the second one in which I have participated.
Here’s how it works: Lori paired up all the participants. We all sent our partners a special focal bead or pendant, a pretty clasp and some accompanying beads. We could add anything to this “bead soup” that we wanted. We all made one or more pieces of jewelry and today we are sharing what we have created!
My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner
My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner was Lori Dorrington. Lori is a lampwork artist (handmade glass) and a jewelry designer. She has a blog called, “Lori’s Adventures in Etsyland” and she has an online shop called, Lori’s Glassworks. Here is a picture of the wonderful beady goodies that Lori sent me.
Clockwise from the left, we have Lori’s pretty lampwork glass beads, tiger-eye beads and a clasp, some small green pearls and garnets.
My Bead Soup Necklace
I knew right away that I would make one of the lampwork beads into a pendant and that I’d like to have two strands in the front, with the other two lampwork beads serving as a transition from two strands to one strand.
I purchased some little bead caps to add importance to the lampwork and I bought this cool leaf chain that I dangled from the end of the lampwork focal. The lower necklace strand is mostly garnet, with some pearl highlights and the upper strand is mostly pearls, with one cream-colored lampwork bead in the middle.
I’ve been designing this necklace in my head for several weeks now, but last week I suddenly remembered that I had some hand dyed silk in a deep red. I found it in my stash and it was a perfect match!
I’d never finished a necklace with textiles before, so I had to push myself into new territory–which is the exact purpose of this exercise. I added some fine copper chain to give added strength to the ribbon in the back. I don’t particularly like necklaces where the ribbon just ties in the back, so I finished it with copper cones and the clasp that Lori sent me.
The transition (see above) was a little tricky for me. At first I had larger beads where the two strands come together, beneath the lampwork, but it was too bulky and the strands jutted out awkwardly. So I re-strung that portion of the necklace using smaller beads.
I named it the “Spiced Cranberries Necklace“, because the deep reds remind me of the cranberries that grow so well here in the Pacific Northwest, along the coast. And here’s a little bonus: click on the link, if you’d like a yummy recipe for a Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider Drink.
I also made some earrings with the tiger-eye beads that Lori sent me. I placed a copper wafer and a green Czech glass bead above the tiger-eye and then I topped the earrings off with a small mookite bead.
These earrings will be given away as a “thank you” for visiting my blog during this blog hop. All you have to do to be entered to win the earrings is to leave a comment on today’s blog post. You must include your email address, or your link must lead to a blog or other website where is it easy for me to locate your email address. If I cannot find your email address, I will choose someone else. This giveaway will be open until the end of the month. The winner will be chosen using an online random number generator.
The Blog Hop
Here is a list of all the Bead Soup Blog Party participants. Have fun visiting as many people as you can. I know this list is overwhelming, so I want to thank you for visiting my own little corner of the bead blog world. I sincerely appreciate it.