Musings of an Obsessed Jeweler and Former Mermaid

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup REVEAL today!

Today is the day!
My fab partner in soup Elisabeth Auld sent me some cool shiny things to play with.  It was fun using this palette to see what came about.  

You can see Elisabeth reveal here at her site at http://www.beadsforbusygals.com. I am so
excited to see what she made with the goodies I sent her. 

I made a necklace, earrings, shawl pin and just for fun, hair bling.  I tried to solder a ring but sadly the bead on it cracked.  =( 
So, without further adiu~
first, the necklace
 The blue/green swirl focal pendant looks so great with copper, I decided that is where I will start.  I soldered lots of copper but kept the silver showing to give a hot mixed metal look.  My new favorite thing to do right now is to take pennies and hammer the bejeebas out of them and melt silver on it so you get these really funky designs.  I used two of them in my necklace.  One of them I framed in a thick copper ring and the other the ring is below it.  The beautiful color blue stone rondelles were from my soup. 

 The amber glass pony beads are also from my soup.  I added a silver drop from one and the other I kept with the mixed metal theme and used pure silver bead caps from my wonderful and talented friend Tracy Kruse from http://goldkissesart.blogspot.com. Also from my soup I added the oval nut beads.  I had some other round nut beads that I had and thought they looked great together.  The back of the necklace was originally going to be a bracelet but I loved the look of all the colors together on the necklace that I modified it to be part of the clasp. 

Here is the clasp I wrapped in copper to match the metals.  It has a beautiful glass bead made by Elisabeth Auld.  
Modeled here by my lovely daughter Sadie, this is what the necklace looks like on. 
Here is the earrings I made.  I used two of the gorgeous lampwork beads made by Elizabeth.  I went a little crazy with the copper wrapping but I had fun doing this.  It is my first attempt at wrapping in this way.  I really like the way the earrings manifested themselves into this design and the way the copper frames the beads.  The colors go well with the necklace too.

I really needed a pin for my wrap I always wear so I created one using another of the lovely lampwork beads Elizabeth sent me and some 14 gauge copper.  The hanging orange beads just pop with the blue and grey of the lampwork bead. The copper bead caps were again made by Tracy Kruse from http://goldkissesart.blogspot.com.  I made some copper cranberry head pins and hung some crystals bicones to give it a little sparkle.  The pin is approx 2 1/2 inches long by 2 inches tall.  I am happy and cozy now my wrap stays on my shoulders!

...and finally, the hair pins.  I made these for my daughter. 

Here is my sweet heart modeling them with her sock bun.  (yes, she used a sock in her hair)  lol 
So there you have it!!  My first bead soup is over.  I had a grand time and I was challenged in so many ways.  I was privileged of having a talented  partner also.  Thanks so much Elisabeth Auld, http://www.beadsforbusygals.com and thanks so much to Lori Anderson for all her hard work to put this all together and running smoothly even when she wasn't feeling too hot! 

Here is the incredible list of participants.  Click and see what was made!

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 the designs! The earrings are my fav!

    1. Thanks so much Kumi! I normally don't use lampwork beads so this was a change. These beads were just so dreamy!

  2. I absolutely love the necklace, but I'm dying for the earrings!!!

    1. Thanks so much PiPa! I started working on the necklace as soon as I received my soup early on. It really took a long time to make. I just kept adding things. =)

  3. Wow, I am so very blown away! Did you hear me squeal over those smashed pennies? Never would have guessed that, and they look awesome! I love all the things going on in the necklace, yet the color palette is very calm. Then, after squealing, I turned green with envy over your first!! wire wrapping for those earrings! You really did a great job with all your soup, and you have a beautiful model!

    1. =D
      Thanks so much! I do love the way the colors did come out. Wow did I have fun. I went on Nicole Hanna site http://www.nicolehannajewelry.com/ (which if you have never been on, you must, it is too much fun!) and used her intro to weaving to help me with the earrings. I am so blessed to have a fabulous model and she is so sweet too.

  4. I had a fun time fantasizing about all the different outfits I could wear that gorgeous necklace with. As you added layers you knew just where to stop, because it's perfect exactly as it is. Really sweet!

  5. Gorgeous designs...love everything about the necklace!

  6. Favorite, so far. Your work is so wonderful. I love every piece and would like to thank your daughter for the sock idea!

    1. Thanks Dee so much! She went on YouTube and they have tutorials there about how to do it. It really turns out looking cool! and it is easy but looks like it took a long time.

  7. So very very very beautiful!! I am completely smitten with your necklace, it has such a delicious amount of texture and color!! I love every piece!

    1. Thanks so much
      So nice you spent time to comment!

  8. ~talent is within the heart and hands of you...each piece is gorgeous and uniquely made...much love light and blessings~

    1. Thanks so much Brandi
      You will never see another piece like
      the necklace because I don't even think I
      can recreate it exactly like that one! lol
      Bright blessing sent your way

  9. What beautiful balance that necklace has! And I really love seeing your daughter wearing the hair pins --they look wonderful in her dark hair :-)

    1. Thanks so much Cassi.
      The color really did pop in her hair. She just loved them so much she absconded them!

  10. I like them all, but those copper earrings...WOW!! ~KM http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2013/03/7th-bead-soup-blog-party-reveal-33113.html

  11. Fabulous. Love the wire wrapped earrings and the fibula pin.

  12. Beautiful work, each piece, but I love those earrings! Great job!

  13. OK...can I just say SUPER CUTE to EVERYTHING!!! Your wirework is amazing girlfriend & that necklace is stunning...Love, LOVE, LoVe it ALL! Great Job !

  14. Your designs ROCK!!! Esp love the shawl pin. I thought your necklace was fabulous in the first photo then, when I saw the photo of it your daughter, it became alive. I love the way it hangs.

    1. Thanks JuLee
      The necklace took a life of its own!

  15. So productive ! I love the earth tones. Very calming and very beautiful pieces :)

  16. Fantastic design. Love the wire wrapped earrings and the necklace, all your work are wonderful!

  17. I absolutely adore the copper wire wrapping on the earrings!

  18. All the pieces were gorgeous!
    I love pounding the "bejeebas" out of
    copper pennies too! And, I love putting solder
    on just about anything that can't walk away lol.
    Good thing my daughter wasn't in the room to see those
    lovely hair pins! I think mine has an entire instagram devoted to her hair buns (sock buns included :)

    1. So funny Shari! Mine does intstagram and gifboom about hair designs all the time. She is so funny! I adore soldering or melting silver on anything copper, just like you! =) Thanks so much for the kudos! I appreciate your comments.

  19. Each piece has so much character. The wrapping is exquisite...especially for a first time. Thank you! I am anxiously waiting for my turn...the second reveal. Happy Hopping!

    1. Thanks so much! I am having so much fun looking at other peoples blogs. I will look for your on the second reveal.

  20. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
    I love all your pieces. the earrings are great, and you gave me a great inspiration on how to use 2 couples of lampwork I have from the past 2 BSBP I took part, thank you!
    too cute the hairpins (I love sock buns!!) :)
    ciao dall' Italia

  21. That's my kind of necklace, amazing work

  22. Absolutely fantastic soup and jewelry you made with it! LOVE LOVE LOVE the necklace.

  23. Love love love every piece, I am speechless!

  24. OOhhh.... AAhhh... I love it all especially the wrap and hair pins!!! New fan!

  25. Wow, you made some awesome jewelry! And that first photo of the soup beads even looks artistic. Ready to be blown up and framed. :-)

  26. I love all of them.... fantastic....

  27. Wow, love everything you did here. Great Soup!

  28. Oh My Gosh! Absolutely Fantastic! So much artistry! Inspiring for a newbie like me!

  29. The bobby pins are just so sweet! Everything else has a wonderful rustic flavor!

  30. The earrings blow my mind. I liked all the surprises in the necklace but the earrings are to die for......

  31. love the livlu swirl feel to your necklace and the earrings are to die for.

  32. This is absolutely stunning! Beautiful work!

  33. Stunning wirework! Lampwork wire-wrapped earrings are my favorite! Congratulations!

  34. Gorgeous! Love the colors and your wire work!

  35. Amazing metal work. I love the necklace most and would wear it daily. Just my style. ;)

  36. Sandra,

    I enjoy your gorgeous metal work. Fabulous job with your soup! It is all Beautiful, I especially love your hair accessories and the pin... Joyful! :) Kris

  37. Your jewelry pieces are really lovely! I especially love the hair pins..too cute!

  38. I lovelovelove the necklace and the earrings are so clever :-D

  39. Your work is wonderful, love that necklace, it's really neat!

  40. Beautiful jewelry creations. The wire wrapped earrings are fantastic. I love your penny idea.

  41. gorgeous pieces!! i volunteer to wear them any time you need a model :)

  42. Love them all. What great work with mixing the copper with your beads in that necklace. Cute hair pins and even more adorable model.

  43. OH MY GOSH! Love the colors-love the beads-love the soup! And what you did with the soup mix is the best of all-I only wish that I had a pinky finger worth of talent compared to the full blown jewelry artist that you are! Thanks for sharing.

  44. I love the color and the combination of the different materials. The wire wrapped earrings are generous.

  45. gorgeous! love the shawl pin and the hair clips, these are so original!

  46. Your pin is lovely! And the earrings, and...

  47. Love your pieces!!! All of them! However, the earrings and the necklace are my favorites!

  48. Completely in love ♥ with the pins! And ooooo, the rest is so beautiful too!

  49. I love love love your work... the pins rock.. great job.

  50. All your creations are lovely, but is especially like the funky design and the bold colours of the shawl pin.

  51. So beautiful. All of them. Great colors. Love those earrings with the copper coiling best!

  52. Oooooh, I love them all, and all for different reasons! The necklace is a visual feast with all of the different textures and treasures mixed in. The earrings are luscious with all the copper wrapping hugging the lampwork. The pin is elegant,and would tempt me to find a wrap to wear daily. And the hair pins are just sweet cute fun!

  53. I really like your style, the colors, the texture, the movement, the fun and the obvious love you have for your craft!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  54. Love what you did and especially those earrings are to die for!

  55. Wow, these are all fabulous designs! My favorite is that awesome necklace and I would love to try that penny technique myself one of these days! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  56. Fantastic wire work and designs and Elisabeth sent you a great soup...the earrings perfectly frame the beads!!!

  57. Those earrings are amazing
    That wirework is WOW! Also really like the hairpins -very cute!

  58. Great designs. Love the wirework on the earrings!

  59. Sandra you have a good eye for design. I like all of your pieces. Great job trying new things with your soup.

  60. love the soup mix,and what you created, all are fabulous..especially love the fibula

  61. I love the design of the necklace! Great work!

  62. Oh WOW but I love these! The necklace is awesome, the fibula beautiful, earrings divine. You did a terrific job! Thank you!

  63. That necklace is gorgeous but those EARRINGS, oh my, swoon! I love what you made!

  64. Amazing! I want to know if you are going to list these in your shop???? What a design eye you have. You are always so Courageous in your art! Kiss kiss

  65. Wow I really like what you did...stunning pieces! I just love the copper pennies...think I'll have to try that. Really beautiful pieces fantastic job!

  66. I love all of your pieces. Great cooking with your bead soup!

  67. so many little incredible details. What a stunning great amazing necklace. wow..... and your earrings...... makes me speechless
    have to take again a look

  68. Your soup was indeed yummy and you made some delicious items with it. That necklace is really fab, but those earrings are outstanding! Your wire wrap skills are killer!!

  69. We are a huge fan of your earrings! Very clever with your designs and usage of materials.