11 August 2012

6th Bead Soup Bead Party - Bead Reveal

Time flies..! It's already time for the 2nd Reveal of the 6th BSBP! This is my first time participating in the Lori Anderson's extraordinary Bead Soup Blog Party and I had a fabulous time with the jewellery-making challenges this project brought along.

My partner if you remember is Adlinah from DreamStruck Designs. She sent me a beautiful soup but, dear me, these weren't beads or colours I normally work with! I'm a little more used to creating designs using 10mm and bigger beads. Adlinah's soup for me contained more delicate beads.

I fell in love with the antique gold flower toggle clasp and immediately knew I wanted to pair it up with the handmade BLOOM tag. I decided later to create little blooms using the little milky pink and chartreuse rounds. And the rest just came along naturally as I continued making the bracelet. The little bead bundle is made of various beads I found in my own stash including some padparadscha swarovski bicones,  tiny pale pink faux pearls and some Czech round and leaf beads.


The focal pendant was more tricky. I dangled some of the Czech glass flowers at the bottom of the lampwork pendant but set it aside for more than a week deciding how to incorporate other beads in the necklace design. The challenge for myself was to incorporate some of the yellow ab seed beads. I don't usually use seed beads because I find stringing them a pain. But in the end I strung two strands of the seed beads (without a beading needle!!) and wondered what to do with them. It was only last week I had a breakthrough and decided to do a braid of the seed beads, the faux pink suede cord and some really old AB cube beads (accented by pale pink faux pearls). This is my first time using this technique and I'm very happy with the braid turned out (it did take a couple of trials and errors). The other side of the necklace, was simple wirework with beads and a pink organza ribbon to bring everything together. 

I still have a bunch of beads left over and I know I want to create a pair of earrings with the pink ceramic rounds by Keith O'Connor. I'm still stuck for ideas so until I can create something worthy of their beauty they will be left untouched... 

A big shoutout goes to Lori Anderson for hosting and organizing this wonderful bead soup party and my partner Adlinah Kamsir for providing me such a pretty soup. I love creative challenges and making new friends!!

Now after reading my rather long post on this, it's time to do some blog hopping!!! Please go on over to DreamStruck Designs and see what Adlinah created with the beads I sent her. 

If you are a pinterest buddy the pictures of all the bead soup reveals are here: 

And here's the list of second reveal participants: 

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah KamsirDream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto (YOU ARE HERE!!!)
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 
Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Davis, Natural Treasures by Deb
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead
Diana Welte, Lilyweeds

Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Krafty Max, Krafty Max Originals
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae
Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Marcia Dunne, The Alternative Foundry
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place
Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Melissa Muir, Kelsi's Closet Jewelbox
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 
Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

I'll be hopping around throughout the week and hope to see you along the way..!


  1. Carmen, I love what you did with the beads I sent! I'm so glad I sent you that focal - you did it so much more justice than I ever could have done. Love, love the necklace - it's feminine, elegant and gorgeous all at once. And I would so wear that bracelet too! Thanks for being a great partner; I like making new friends too- especially ones that live nearby :-)

    1. i'm happy that you think so highly of the pieces! the bracelet was definitely all due to the findings you packed.. they were an inspiration all by itself..

      if you're ever in kuala lumpur, give me a holler and maybe we can go bead shopping together.. hehe!! :)

  2. Oh wow! You did a fabulous job on both of your pieces. I must say, you definitely did your soup and those gorgeous beads justice :)

    Don't you love when the beads 'speak' to you and the jewelry just constructs itself in your head? That's how I work and I love the whole process.

    Happy Hopping! ^.^

  3. Beautiful pieces. Braiding the beads and ribbon together is a really good idea and the colours look beautiful together.

  4. Wow! Bracelet is beautiful and full of elegance. I'd like to wear it :)
    Necklace is pretty and so sweet. I think about ice cream when I look at them.

  5. Carmen everything looks so delicious. I love it all!

  6. Having seen those lovely beads in the flesh, I must say you have done great! I love the necklace with the flower focal. Lovely braiding of leather with seed beads and pearls. So feminine! I would love to wear it!

  7. Very creative bracelet! I like it!! Regards from Poland, Dorota

  8. Oh so pretty! All you work is so delicate. Love it!

  9. Both designs are sooooo pretty 1
    LOVE the bracelets !
    Delicious Soup !
    m.e. :)

  10. Really lovely pieces. Love the bracelets.

  11. A lovely braided part in your necklace, all design of it is so charming!

  12. Wow - love both of your pieces - gorgeous! Love the braiding technique you used on the necklace! Stunning work!

  13. Those pieces are gorgeous! I especially love the bracelet. So beautiful!

  14. Beautiful pieces ! I really like the use of fiber - you did that brilliantly!

  15. Both pieces are gorgeous ! Love the colors and the combinations, great job!

  16. Sooo pretty. You did a great job!

  17. Wow.....Such a delicate ,elegant jewelry.Both pieces are amazing

  18. What a sweet bracelet!! Love the spring colors!

  19. Beautiful design from this sweet candy soup!

  20. Such nice pieces! You did a great jobb with your soup!

  21. Carmen, this goes to show that even beads that at first appear the "wrong" colour or size, can be quite spectacular with a splash of inspiration and a positive attitude. Congrats on creating "designs within the design" particularly with your crystals and seeds... so feminine and pretty!

  22. Awww, both of your pieces are so super sweet. That bracelet just makes me smile it's so pretty!

  23. Gorgeous! Love how you grouped the beads on the bracelet. The necklace is beautiful - particularly like the way you have woven the ribbon in :) Great bead soup!

  24. Such lovely colors and delicate designs.

  25. They're both beautiful but I'm particularly fond on the bracelet!

    Thank you so much for coming to the party!!!!

  26. Nice job, I really love the bracelet design!!

  27. Very beautiful creations and I especially love what you did with the bracelet. This is my first BSBP too and it's been so much fun!

  28. Looking at your gorgeous creations one couldn't tell that you were working outside of your comfort zone. Just gorgeous!

  29. I wasn't a huge fan of ribbon but you have converted me. Your work is gorgeous.

  30. So sweet! I really love that :)

  31. Very pretty, especially love the necklace!

  32. Both pieces are very pretty. The necklace would be a perfect necklace for an Easter outfit. I used to work with bigger beads too, but recently have enjoyed working with smaller beads. Just keep the leftovers in front of you and the ideas will come. Great job!

  33. That is a great soup and I LOVE how you made the little flowers. You did a beautiful job on both of these. <3

    Melissa Muir

  34. A very nice collection ,beautiful works,lovely colors! Congrats!

  35. I love the soup you received, and I love your bracelet!
    ciao dall'Italia

  36. All of your pieces are very pretty! I really like the necklace. Your asymmetrical design really highlights the delicate focal. Great work!

  37. Really nice color combinations. I especially like the necklace! That braiding is cool!

  38. Love what you made with your soup! Your bracelet is very pretty and the necklace is beautiful!

  39. I love the braid that you created with the suede and seed beads!

  40. so sweet!! Love what you did to your bead soup...;-))

  41. Beautiful! I really love the bloom bracelet!

  42. Wonderful pieces...I'm thinking spring now. The bracelet is super sweet and I love the braid on your necklace.

  43. Beautiful pieces, I love everything you made.

  44. Love what you made with your bead soup...beautiful creations!! Nice job!

  45. The bracelet is pretty and the necklace sweet. Your pieces are very beautiful.


  46. I love what you did with your soup... despite your hesitation... love the bloom bracelet and love the focal and how you used it! Super fun! Kris

  47. there is a lot of great soup in this reveal but so far I think this may be my favorite.
    Am I aloud to say that :)

  48. What a sweet set you've made! I love the bracelet and the necklace is great!

  49. What sweet and delicate designs you've made. Yummie:-)

  50. What a beautiful set! I really like the bloom bracelet, and I don't normally care for gold toned pieces. Your little blossom is perfect with it. The braid on the necklace was a great idea, it looks soo neat and pretty. Awesome!!!!

  51. Oh so pretty! Love the beaded flowers!

  52. Adorable! Everything you made is beautiful, but that bracelet is so sweet.

  53. I'm a bracelet gal and I am in love with yours! Gorgeous!

  54. The necklace is lovely....but that bracelet...It's my favorite!!

  55. Luv ur work and what a kickin soup! So yummmmmy!

  56. I love your bracelet that's a sweet toggle but the necklace is such lovely colours and it works so well with the focal!

  57. Oh how pretty! That braid section is lovely, and the bracelet so charming. great work!

  58. Hi Carmen,
    Beautiful bright cheery pieces.

  59. wow, I just love the way you did the ribbon with the beads!! Great job!!

  60. Lovely! They make me long for the cool temps of Spring!

  61. Gorgeous pieces! I love the necklace it seems so springy!

  62. Beautiful designs, soft colors, so pretty.

  63. Love both your bracelet and your necklace! The technique for mimicing flowers in RAW worked very well! Love it!

  64. Very lovely design and fresh colors. Congrats on your pieces!


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