Saturday, August 25, 2012

BSBP Reveal Day

I am so excited to be participating in my first Bead Soup Blog Party and before I go any further, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Lori Anderson for making this happen.  This year is the biggest BSBP yet with 400 participants from around the world.

When I received my beads from my partner, Dawn Pierro, I knew I had a challenge on my hands.  She sent small metal and gemstone beads, several short lengths of chain, fresh water pearls, and a lovely copper focal and clasp.  I've never really worked with such small beads; it took a couple of weeks but the design started coming together.  A multi-strand necklace is what I had in mind. 

BSBP Reveal

I laid out the beads and the longest piece of chain and I loved the look but didn't have enough beads to complete the necklace.  It was either back to the drawing board or figure out how to make this work.  I happened to have some dark olive silk ribbon that I braided for the back of the necklace, and I made a couple of copper connectors to tie it all together. 

BSBP Reveal 2

I'm thrilled with how the piece turned out.  It was definitely a challenge that took me out of my comfort zone but that's what this is all about. 

Thanks so much to Dawn for the lovely bead soup and for getting me out of the box and trying something new. 

I'm already looking forward to the next BSBP!

Please take a moment to visit the web sites of the other amazing designers (links below) and see what they did with their bead soups.

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog

Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs

Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. What a stunning necklace! Love it!

  2. That gels together so well. Well done!

    1. I agree - the colors, materials, and textures blend nicely. It's one of those rare occasions when everything fits perfectly.

  3. Wow love that thick cording really works well with those luscious beads

    1. This is the first time I've ever worked with braided silk ribbon - I was pleased with the result.

  4. Wow!! It is really gorgeous! You found a perfect balance, just love it! I loved working with what you sent me as well. Thanks, partner. Dawn

    1. Thanks, Dawn. Your bead soup was a mix of beads that really worked together. Glad you enjoyed the soup I sent you.

  5. WOW WOW WOW Simply stunning!!! Your comfortzone circle has got a lot bigger!!

    1. Thanks!! Yes, my comfort zone has expanded. In fact, I bought a bunch of freshwater pearls at the most recent bead show. I plan to do more with pearls and small beads.

  6. You should be thrilled with how this turned out. It is absolutely gorgeous. LOVE the copper components and chain. Beautiful.

    1. Thanks so much. I love working with copper -- it's one of my favorite metals.

  7. Well done! It looks amazing!

  8. I love the necklace!!! I would love to wear it, it looks gorgeous!

  9. Wear it with confidence.It is beautiful
    Love and hugs Tanya

  10. I am in love with your artfully design necklace! Those are my colors!

    1. I love the colors, too. I tend to work mostly with earthy colors. I guess that's why I like copper so much.

  11. I LOVE it. Totally my style & colours. love love love...

    1. Thanks, it's definitely my color palette but the style is new for me. I had lots of fun experimenting with something new.

  12. That is lovely. You did a fantastic job!

  13. What a lovely soup, love the focal! Great necklace!

    1. It really was a nice soup and I agree with you, the focal is fantastic. It complements the beads nicely.

  14. Replies
    1. Yes, it definitely is a fall piece. Hard to believe fall is almost here.

  15. wow, gorgeous. it makes me yearn for fall :)

  16. Outstanding!! Your necklace is definitely a statement piece. It is the kind of piece that we all strive to produce.

    1. Wow, Becky - thanks so much for your comments. It's funny how some pieces just come together.

  17. Love the braided back to that necklace! Very creative!

    1. Thanks, Rachel. This is the first piece I've made using ribbon. I didn't like a single strand - it didn't seem sturdy enough so I tried the braid. It worked well and provides a bit more support for the rest of the piece.

  18. You did a fabulous job! Beautiful piece Cheryl :)

  19. Replies
    1. Thanks, Linda. I had a great soup to work with.

  20. What a beautiful piece! Makes me want Fall to hurry up and get here! :)

    1. Thanks, Heidi. Fall will be here before you know it. Hard to believe that summer's almost over. I'm already planning my holiday jewelry!!

  21. Your necklace is absolutely gorgeous!!

  22. What a lovely the design, very autumn! Awesome job with your bead soup!

    1. Thanks, Lupe. It definitely does have a fall feel to it.

  23. Gorgeous! Your design is wonderful. I love the multistrand effect. It add such beautiful detail.

    1. Thanks, Leah. I haven't done a lot with multistrand and I wasn't sure how the connectors would work out but it all seemed to come together.

  24. Love the multi-strand,colors and design, beautiful!

    1. Thanks - I like the multi-strand too. It took me awhile to figure it out tho.

  25. Beautiful necklace! The color combination and design is really eye-catching. Great work!

  26. That necklace is gorgeous! It looks like fall. Love it. Great job.

    1. Thanks, Jean. It's definitely a fall piece :)

  27. Stunning necklace. Great use of color and design. I love it!

  28. such a beautiful, bold statement piece!

  29. The necklace is TDF! Stunning peices of jewellery.

    1. I had to think for a minute to figure out TDF -- LOL. Thanks for the compliment!

  30. Such a stunning and bold and awesome necklace!!

  31. I really love this necklace, lovely design and color cmbo, feminine and elegant.
    ciao dall'Italia

    1. Thanks, Jo - I appreciate the compliments. ciao

  32. What a great fall piece. Love the multistrand focal section that you did.

    1. Thanks, Linda. I had fun working with the multistrands and the ribbon.

  33. I absolutely love what you did with your soup. The necklace is gorgeous.

  34. WOW!! It's fantastic, I adore it!!!!!

  35. I absolutely love what you came up with! Such a wonderful eye in creating the three strands.

    1. It's funny how a design will just pop into your head and then other times it's a struggle to come up with something. Three strands seemed to be what the bead soup called for :)

  36. Beautiful piece! I love the design and the colors are great! You did a fantastic job with your soup!

  37. This is beautiful! Luscious and perfect for fall :) Christie

  38. I LOVE this necklace! The colors, the leaf! The overall EVERYthing!! Perfect!

  39. Wonderful necklace - terrific job!

  40. Beautiful! I love the leaf, and how you used all the elements together!

  41. Fantastic necklace, it would be fun to wear!

  42. Oh Cheryl, it is so, so beautiful! Interested in selling it?

  43. This is beautiful! I love how you set out to do something out of your comfort zone, had a firm vision, and made it work! The end result is fabulous, great texture, great color... perfect for fall! Love it :)

  44. This necklace turned out so amazing! Gorgeous. One of my favorite color palettes. Really Soup-erb!

  45. so pretty!, i love the earthy colors!

  46. This is gorgeous. I really like the earthiness of it. The multistrands leading up to that great leaf focal really make it shine. And I love the ribbon braided as the back of the necklace. I'm into fiber/ribbon right now and I like that look. Great job.

  47. That's beautiful and is so autumn ready. It will look great with any fall outfits. Great job on your first soup.

  48. an absolutely outstanding necklace! i love the autumn feel of it.
    great job!

  49. Wow you should be thilled about this piece because it turned out fabulous! I love all the warmth and movement in this piece. It has a wonderful autumn feel to it.

  50. Out of your comfort zone or not, it turned out splendidly! I love the links you created as well as the braided ribbon. I'm sure that ribbon will make the necklace wear comfortably on the neck. It's sure to be someone's favorite necklace in no time! Beautiful!

  51. The necklace is so striking and beautiful.


  52. Really beautiful. The colours are subtle yet really striking at the same time. ;-)

  53. Absolutely gorgeous! I think you did a wonderful job!

  54. I love the autumnal style of your necklace!

  55. Beautifully designed and perfect for fall!!

  56. cheryl, this is so beautiful! i just love it. isn't it great to be challenged?

  57. WOW but that's gorgeous! I love multistrands and dangles and it's all so beautiful! Well done!

  58. I think that I am in love! That necklace is stunning.

  59. WOW, your necklace is simply STUNNING!! I'm a sucker for pearls anyway, but I really love how you combined them so well with the gemstones and brass chain! *Ü*

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  61. Oh my Gosh! Your design is simply stunning! You did such a good job using your soup ingredients. I love the color pallet. Cheers!
    Lori D.

  62. Beautiful design and the detail is amazing!

  63. I love the leaf, I love the entire piece...the necklace is just gorgeous!

  64. Oh Wonderful, I love that necklace you have made a really stunning design, you work well outside your comfort zonhe!
    I have a second giveaway of a pair of earrings from my blog soup do come on over and take a look and enter to win if you get a minute!