News Day Tuesday: Kalmbach Bead Soup Challenge

My online friend, Lori Anderson,  recently published a book titled: Bead Soup.  It was published by Kalmbach Publishing in August.  Kalmbach is now hosting their own Bead Soup Challenge to publicize Lori’s book.

A group of beaders were selected and paired with various bead shops around the country.  The bead shops contributed beads, a focal and a clasp, which Kalmbach then sent out to the participants.  I was partnered with the Bead Lounge in Colorado.  Here are the goodies they sent me!

Bead Soup from the Bead Lounge

Bead Soup from the Bead Lounge

Before I actually started my design process, I went through my bead drawers and pulled out some good contenders to include in the design.  Here’s the soup bowl with additions from my bead stash.

Bead Soup with additional items from my bead stash

I started with the pendant first.  I knew I wanted this lampwork glass “wing-ding” by Genea Beads to be a dangle in front of the pendant.  I knotted it in place with Irish waxed linen and accented it with 3 small green serpentine beads.

Ceramic, lampwork glass and serpentine bead pendant

Ceramic, lampwork glass and serpentine bead pendant

I decided not use the gold plastic beads that you see in the picture above.  They have a very cool shape, but their size, seemed to overwhelm the pendant.  I saved them for a second project later.

green and brown handmade necklace

Kalmbach Bead Soup necklace

The beads are all knotted on linen-colored cotton cording.  I had some fun playing with the design.  I used green rubber O-rings as spacers.  They go perfectly with the serpentine stones on the pendant.

brown and green one of a kind necklace

Kalmbach Bead Soup necklace

The jewelry challenge stated that we only need to use the pendant and the clasp in our design.  But I still wanted to use the gold three-sided beads, so I created a bracelet on memory wire.  I haven’t used memory wire in years and frankly I was kind of surprised that I liked the results so much!

red, gold and orange 3 strand bracelet.

Kalmbach Bead Soup bracelet

Kalmbach is going to be letting people vote on their favorite designs.  Three winners will receive Kalmbach gift cards. I’m not clear if the voting will take place on Kalmbach’s Jewelry Facebook page or if it will be on the company website.  Follow me on my Facebook page and I’ll let you know where to vote, as soon as I find out.

Red, gold and orange 3 strand memory wire bracelet

Kalmbach bead soup bracelet

To all my readers who are in the path of hurricane Sandy, I wish you safe keeping.  You are in my thoughts tonight, (I’m writing this on Sunday night).


Bead Soup Blog Party – Welcome!

Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party blog hop!  Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is our uber-awesome hostess.  She paired the 200 participants and we exchanged beads with our partners.  I was delighted to be paired with Karen Hess of Monday Musings. Here are the wonderful beads, pendant and clasp which she sent me.

Bead Soup Blog Party

Beads from Karen Hess

The striped heart and polka-dot beads had such a playful nature that I decided to just have fun and make a completely whimsical necklace.  I added a few more black and white beads of my own and here’s what I came up with!

Black and white heart necklace

Whimsical Heart Necklace

At first, when I laid out the beads on my bead mat, I mixed all the black and white beads together, but it seemed too jumbled and busy that way.  So in the spirit of whimsy, I put all the predominately white beads on one side and all the predominately black beads on the other side.  I used white beading wire and some white coated chain that I had left over from another project.

black and white glass bead necklace with a large glass heart

Whimsical Heart Necklace

Black and white glass bead necklace with a large glass heart pendant

Whimsical Heart Necklace

I like the way the white disc bead echos the shape of the black ring on the other side, however that was not my original intent.  I started out with two white glass discs and I intended to make a pair of earrings with them.  I put a large black jump ring through one of the discs and hung it from gunmetal ear wires.  It was very cool looking!  However when I tried to thread the jump ring through the other disc, I found out that it had a somewhat smaller hole.  I pushed just a bit too hard and….. Well you can see the results. 😦

broken glass bead


After I was done with the necklace, I still had some pretty silvery gray faux pearls left.  A friend of mine had given me four 2-hole ovals of rose quartz.  I thought they would combine prettily with the silver-gray pearls, for a nice spring and summer bracelet. The colors reminded me of the gray and pink pussy-willows that are in our yard. I added some silver spacers and bead caps that Karen had sent me too.

Rose quartz bracelet with pink and gray pearls

Pussy-willow Bracelet

Rose quartz bracelet with pink and gray pearls

Pussy-willow Bracelet

Earring Giveaway!

I still had the very cool carved wooden beads.  These are definitely “my style” – woodsy and rustic. I had just recently received an order of orange handmade glass beads from Indonesia, which I was anxious to try out.  They paired perfectly with the carved wood.

black and orange earrings.

BSBP give away earrings

To celebrate the Bead Soup Blog Party, I will be giving these earrings away one week from today!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, to be entered in the drawing.  I will determine the winner using an online random number generator.  Maybe you’ll have the lucky number!

List of Participants

Here is a list of all the participants.  Be sure to check both sides of the list, as people are listed in pairs.  Have fun!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Kingdom of Bahrain) and Hajer Waheed (Singapore)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen (Canada) and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Bead Soup Blog Party Teaser

Tomorrow is the Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!  I spent most of Friday working on several pieces of jewelry, using the beads sent to me by my lovely blog partner, Karen Hess. I’m excited to show you what I’ve made, but restraint is called for here.  I can only show you a teaser today…..sorry!

teaser photo of Bead Soup Blog Party jewelry

But wait…there’s more!  I will also be giving away a pair of earrings to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment on my Bead Soup Blog Party post.  I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner one week later, on Sat. March 10th.

200 people are participating in this challenge.  I’ll have links to everyone’s blogs so you can hop around and get your fill of beautiful, beady eye candy!  I’ll see you tomorrow!!

Bead Table Wednesday: Bead Soup Goodies

BTW: Bead Soup Goodies

I am thrilled to be participating in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party for the third time. Lori pairs up the participants and we swap beads. In “beader-talk”, bead soup is a mixture of different beads.  The bead soup we sent to our partner had to include:

~ A focal (pendant, fancy bead, center of attention)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)

The challenge then is design something(s) using the beads you were given.

We’ll photograph our creations and we’ll all post the results on March 3rd.  This year’s group will include 200 participants.

Here’s the necklace I created for my first Bead Soup Blog Party.

Blue Iris Necklace Linda Landig

Blue Iris Necklace

This year I was lucky enough to be partnered with Karen Hess, a beader who is a retired teacher like me.   I encourage you to check out her shop and her blog, Monday Musings.  She is a wonderful designer and I’m glad to get to know her a bit through this partnership.

Karen sent me a delightful bead soup, that arrived beautifully packaged.  Each of these little plastic containers has a gorgeous handmade lid decoration – and no two are alike!  I love it that even after our blog hop is all over, I’ll be able to reuse these lovely containers and they will always make me think of Karen.

beads in containers, from my partnerOpening up those containers reveals this gorgeous bead soup!

Black and white beads from my partnerHere’s a close up of the unusual and fun heart pendant.

Bead Soup Blog PartySome of my favorite beads in the soup:

black and white beads from my BSBP partnerAnd here’s the frosting on the cake!  In this pretty envelope was a postcard of the old Olympia Brewery.

When I was a kid, this was the biggest brewery in the state.  It is now defunct and the buildings sit mostly empty.  The brewery is located in a beautiful park-like setting on the Deschutes river.  When I was a kid, my family would drive there from Seattle on special occasions.  I remember rolling sideways down the grassy hills, watching the salmon climb the fish ladders on the Deschutes river and then concluding the day with dinner at the  Falls Terrace Restaurant.   The restaurant and the park are still lovely. I now live only 20 minutes away from the old brewery.  We celebrated my father’s 80th birthday there, 6 years ago.  I wonder how Karen got this postcard?  Check out the groovy bell bottoms on the couple in the picture!

So now it is time for me to get to work/play!  I’ve got a few ideas rolling around in my head, but I’m not yet sure where they will lead me.  Come back on March 3rd to find out!

My 2nd Bead Soup Blog Party design:

Lampwork and garnet necklaceP.S.  This is my 200th blog post!


Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their  bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Soup Blog Party – Welcome!

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.

Beads from Lori Dorington

Bead Soup from Lori Dorington

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.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Focal Bead

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.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

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.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

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.

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

Spiced Cranberries Necklace

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.

A Giveaway

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.

Tiger-eye, glass copper and mookite earrings.

Bead Soup Giveaway Earrings

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.

These are the partner pairs.
The Hostess with the Mostess (!), Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
You are here!     118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
For a total of 362 people making jewelry!

Sneak Peek and a Giveaway!

Bead Soup Blog Party Sneak Peak & Giveaway

This is it:  My necklace!

Bead Soup Blog Party Necklace

What??? You don’t find it amazing and beautiful???  Uh, well, I guess you’ll have to come back on Saturday, when the big “reveal” takes place.  Over 300 people from 5 continents were paired up, swapped beads and have been busy as beavers creating original jewelry designs with the goodies they received.  On Saturday we’ll show it all off to the world!  Please come back!

And to entice you to do just that, I’m offering a little giveaway. I’m giving away a pair of earrings that I made using some of the beads that my Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Lori Dorrington,  sent me.  All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment on Saturday’s blog post.  The drawing will be open until the end of the month.  I will use a random number generator to determine the winner.  You must either leave your email address with your comment, or your comment must have a link to a blog or other website where I can easily find your email.  If you don’t leave an email address or I can’t locate it, then I’ll choose someone else.

So I’ll see y’all right back here on Saturday, OK?

Bead Table Wednesday: Owl Be There!

Little Owl Bracelet

I can’t really show you what is on my bead table today, because I’m working on a necklace for the Bead Soup Blog Party.  It has to remain a secret until the reveal date on September 17th.  Be sure to come back then, because over 360 people are participating and that’s a whole lotta handmade jewelry eye candy to be seen!!!

In the meantime, I will share a bracelet I made earlier this week. I first showed you this cute ceramic owl connector  last Wednesday. I couldn’t wait to put it to use!  Here are the results!

Little Owl Bracelet

Little Owl Bracelet

I named it the “Little Owl Bracelet” in honor of the light green ceramic owl connector by Marti Conrad of MartiC.   Two lampwork glass beads by Jenelle Aubade of Beads and Botanicals highlight one side of the owl.  On the other side, I added a little brass spiral, near the clasp which fastens to a loop on the side of the adorable little owl.

The “Little Owl Bracelet” was featured on this Monday’s Beads Of Clay (BOC) blog!

Little Owl Bracelet

Little Owl Bracelet

I love how this turned out.  In fact, I was so delighted that I went back to Marti’s shop and bought another little owl.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but here’s a sneak peek!

MartiC Etsy

Sand and Sky Owl Connector


I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Table Wednesday: Bead Soup Goodies

Bead Soup Package Arrived!

My goodie package arrived this week from Lori Dorrington, my lovely Bead Soup Party partner.  Lori is not only a jewelry designer, but also a lampworker.  Can I tell how excited I was when I read that on her blog?  So I had my fingers crossed that she would send me some lampwork goodness and she did!

Everything in her package was all neatly labeled.  Just look at all these goodies!

Bead exchange with Lori Dorringer

Bead Soup Goodies

I love the way the garnets pick up on the garnet color in the lampwork.  I can hardly wait to get to work with these!

lampwork, tiger eye, garnet and pearl beads

Bead Soup Beads

So that is what is sitting on my work table today.  Thank you Lori!


I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group

Bead Table Wednesday: Custom Lanyard

BTW: Practice and Patience

Custom Lanyard

My next door neighbor saw my Blue Iris Necklace when she was at my Artisan Home Party a couple of weeks ago.  She asked if I could design a lanyard for her, using a similar design.  “Sure, no problem.”, I said.

Blue Iris Necklace.

Blue Iris Necklace

The  Blue Iris Necklace had been part of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party, where participants had exchanged clasps and a pendant with another beader.   Stringing the lanyard in a similar design was easy.  The challenge came, unexpectedly, when it was time to create the clasp.  My Bead Soup Blog Party partner had been Elisabeth Auld of Beads For Busy Gals.  Elisabeth had made the clasp and pendant herself.  But, really, I thought, how hard could the clasp be???  Meanwhile 5 clasps later…

This is the loop end of Elisabeth’s clasp.  I wired on the iolite briolettes and the Swarovski crystals.

Blue Iris necklace, clasp close upI tend to get impatient when I can’t master something as easily as I think I should be able to.  The tricky part in this clasp, is that the hook portion has two parallel wires–or rather they are supposed to be perfectly parallel.  Mine weren’t!

Over the years, my impatience has been tempered somewhat by the realization that what was once infuriating, becomes easy or at least easier, with repeated practice.  Some of the things I do now, without a thought, such as making wrapped loops, were once formidable learning tasks.  So, I made about 5 clasps, several of which got cut up and tossed in the waste basket.    Here’s the final clasp.

handmade hook and eye claspHere’s the lanyard this morning, just before I attached the clasp.

lanyard design, just before completionAll Done!

Lanyard of rock crystal, iolite, lampwork beads and glass

Custom lanyard. Lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals, rock quartz, iolite, Swarovski crystal, glass

I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group


After The Party

 Thank you!

I wanted to thank everyone who visited my blog for the Bead Soup Party Reveal.  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone’s creations and reading the comments you left on my blog.  It means a lot to me that you took the time to leave your thoughts here.  I felt encouraged in my creative efforts. 

I also was greatly pleased that several people commented on the quality of my photos.  That was a surprise that really delighted me.  Photographing my jewelry has been hugely frustrating to me, but I’ve just had dogged determination to get it right–or at least better.  Ask my husband about the huge hissy fit I threw about year and a half ago when he was trying to give me photo tips and nothing was going the way I wanted it to.  For awhile after that he kept a safe distance from me whenever I had a camera in hand!  Bless him!

Obviously too much partying can lead to  a hangover and although the Bead Soup Party didn’t involve any adult beverages, I still felt pretty wiped out the next morning.  I slept late and had trouble accomplishing much all day.  By Monday, I had a cold and although my sinuses feel better today, I’m still really dragging. 

Nevertheless, I did manage to add a few new earrings to my Art Fire Studio.

Blown Glass Earrings
Blown Glass Earrings

I love these striking cobalt blue earrings.  They are hollow, blown glass and have pretty sterling silver bead caps on the bottoms.  They would make a statement with jeans and a sweater and would also be striking with dressier attire.

Black glass bead earrings

I love the warm color of copper and paired with these black and copper beads, you have a winning combination.  I love the curved copper wafers at the bottoms of these earrings!

Sodalite, Amethyst and Sterling Silver Earrings

Sodalite, Amethyst and Sterling Silver Earrings

Sodalite is a navy blue stone that is sometimes called the poor man’s lapis lazuli.  I paired it here with lovely faceted amethyst roundels and tiny glass accents.  These earrings are so pretty and versatile that you could wear them for almost any occasion.

I hope you have an awesome weekend.  On Wednesday, we are looking forward to a visit from my brother, who will be up our way, from L.A., on business.