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March 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party: Bead Hoarders Edition!

Woohoo! It's reveal day! I'm a bit behind the times on updating my blog here lately, and as I put together my jewelry from my Bead Soup my lovely partner, Radel, sent me I realized that I am terribly out of practice. As in... Wow. This was harder than I remember it being the last time I made a complex piece of jewelry. Still fun though!

First off, here are the lovely goodies I received:


Radel sent me two little packages in little organza bags and a card. We were pretty well matched since I also sent her two organza bags of beads and a card. Talk about serendipitous! In the first bag was this beautiful piece of purple agate, some lilac cats eye glass, and some matching seed beads:


The second bag held some fantastic wooden beads. I didn't have time to venture into working with the wood beads, but I have something fun in mind for them. I'm going to turn them into a sun catcher for my kitchen window. I also plan on painting little flowers and designs on the beads (hence why I ran out of time on this particular project). I don't want to paint them solid colors, either. Just little designs on top to allow the nice wood tones to shine through.


Without further delay, here is my BSBP creation:

In the spirit of this being the Bead Hoarders addition, I used the last of my gunmetal wire that I can't seem to find a suitable replacement for. The necklace is kind of two-toned with a darker silver that was supposed to replace my spent spools of gunmetal wire but didn't quite pan out. Either way, I like the dark metal with the purple beads.


The purple agate, cats eye beads, and seed beads I used as spacers were from Radel. The rest was from my collection. I pulled out some Chinese crystal and some amethyst rounds to go along with the natural stone of the agate.


Here's a nice close up of the pendant so you can really see the detail of it. It's the most complex thing I've wire wrapped in quite some time. Something I didn't notice until I started working on this pendant was that the agate was drilled on either end. Because of that, this is probably the most sturdy wire wrapped pendant I have ever made. Makes me want to whip out my dremel and start drilling holes in things, lol.


... and here it is in my hand for a size reference. Sort of a size reference I guess. I have big hands for a lady? It's what happens when your dad is a football linebacker. It's nice and heavy, too!


Purple is kind of a spring-y color to me, so I used this cute leaf toggle clasp. I love toggle clasps in general. Much easier to manipulate.


Thanks for stopping by!

Don't forget to visit the Hostess, Lori Anderson, and check out all the other participants:

Claire Fabian

Jennifer Strehler

Rochelle Brisson

Annita Wilson

Melissa Trudinger

Loralee Kolton

Valerie Tilghman

Mischelle Andrade

Elizabeth Bunn

Marianna DeLuca Wehner

Johana Nunez

Jenny Kyrlach

Elizabeth Hodges

Lennis Carrier

Candida Castleberry

Mary Govaars

Sandi James

Arlene Dean

Kristina Eleniak

Nan Smith

Nadine Edris

Denise McCabe

Donna Marie Hanna

Audrey Belanger

Nicole Rennell

Robin Reed

Gail Zwang

Terry Jeanette Carter

Donna Hoblit

Ann Schroeder

Klaudete Koon

Veralynne Malone

Lorelei Eurto

Ann  Sherwood

Jackie Locantore

Mowse Doyle

Dorit Woldenga

Cheri Reed

Dolores Raml

Palak Udeshi

Laurie Vyselaar

Heather Canepa

Dorothy Supri

Sharyl King

Elaine Robitaille

Heather Marston

Terry Matuszyk

Andra Weber

D'Arsie Manzella

Sooz Anzalone

Karin King

Leona Smith

Tania Spivey

Jasvanti Patel

Danielle Kelley

Shai Williams

Jacqueline Marchant

Erin Kenny 

Becky Pancake

Kelly Schermerhorn

Renetha Stanziano

Rana Wilson

Janine Lucas

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Andrea Glick

Joanne Bell

Sarah Strover

Sam Waghorn

Helena Hatten

Jackie Ryan

Bridget Torres

Inge von Roos

Krafty Max

Iveth Caruso

Rebecca Ednie

Amy Severino

Sandra Wollberg

Blanca Medina

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Samantha Wescott

Christine Stonefield

Silke Groeber

Alenka Obid

Lori Bowring Michaud

April Grinaway

Yvette Goodridge

Kathy Lindemer

Kathleen A Breeding

Joyce Becker

Pam Farren

Divya N

Sherri Stokey

Terri DelSignore

Kate Gonska

Jean Wells

CJ Bauschka

Bonnie Coursolle

Barb Fernald

Noemí Baena

Dana Phillips

Karen Firnberg

Michelle  Escano Caballero

Natalie Ettinger

Valerie Norton

Rachel Mallis

Denise Milward

Bobbie Rafferty

Vonna Maslanka

Elisabeth Auld

Hannah Rosner

Carla Fry

Terri Gauthier

Teresa Fischer

Tanya Goodwin

Barbara Judy

Leanne Loftus

Carrie Stalcup

Lori Schneider

Joelyn Bissing

Kate Dufour

Gail Poveda

Katie Nielsen-Nunez

Pam DeBoer

Dee Elgie

Judy Jacobs

Elisabeth Matouschek

Shawn Elkins

Sally Russick

Susan McClelland

Tracy Stillman

Robin Lynne Showstack

Marianne Baxter

Maria Rosa Sharrow

Therese Frank

Sandi Volpe

Leslie Scholz

Joan Williams

Laura Guenther

Liz Engriser

B.R.Kuhlman <--- You're here! ♥

Bev Breisinger

Radel Vela

Kim Dworak

Carol Dillman

Alice Craddick

Janeen Burlingame

Leah Curtis

Ann Marie Hodrick

Donna Millard

Hajer Waheed Khalil

Lucy Clasen

Michelle McCarthy

Maria Rios

Babette Cox

Natalie Davidson

Brenda Ballou

Christina Hickman

Heather Gunther