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August 2012

2nd Reveal for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Just as a refresher, my amazing partner is Barb Fernald, and here's the awesome bead soup she sent me to play with. My initial goal was to use ALL of the things she sent. I didn't quite get around to it, but I did come up with several solid designs that I enjoy very much. I still have a mess of ideas for the leftovers, so be watching for a second helping of soup in the days to come.  ;)

But without further rambling from me, here's the fun stuff I created:

Fancy PMC pendant and matching clasp from Barb. The blue beads and metal hoops are also from her.
Detail shot to show off some of my messy wire wrapping. Twisted jump rings aside, I made every link by hand.

Detail shot of the clasp by Barb. Totally in love with the clasp and pendant. They balance perfectly in weight.
Matching earrings. The bottom focals were made by Barb. The triangles she sent, and I wrapped.
Vintage lucite pendant. I glued in a Swarovski crystal and paired it with sea glass and the cute peanut beads Barb sent.
Detail of the lucite focal. I had been wanting to play with some lucite, too!
Very simple design, but I wanted to show off Barb's super cute little bird. I loooooove this necklace.
Detail shot of the little bird. I love this little birdie so much!
Asymmetrical earrings to match. The blue stone is lapis lazuli.
Simple and elegant at first glance, but what makes this my most complex piece is the focal. I wire wrapped three metal hoops together, and then wrapped glass and smokey quartz rounds inside the shapes.
Close up of the pendant.
And last but not least, another pair of earrings to match.

My design work has differed vastly from my first and second BSBP entries that focused on multi-stranded, weighty madness. These creations were a bit more true to my normal style, but I pushed myself on the wire wrapping to do something that was still challenging. I also didn't make any bracelets this time around like in the 5th BSBP. Definitely going to have to consider making some with my leftovers. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Much love,

P.S. Don't forget to stop by and check out all the other fantastic participants in the 2nd Reveal of the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party! ♥

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream 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 

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 < You're here!
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry < My awesome partner!
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
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
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
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 
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
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 Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
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
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
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
Valerie Norton, Hot Art