Saturday, August 11, 2012

BSBP#6 Reveal Day!

 Whoohoo! It's here :) 
 #beadsoupblogparty !

 .. well.. actually, since I'm writing this Thursday afternoon and the reveal isn't until Saturday, it's NOT actually here YET, but by the time you read this... it will'm babbling :D

Check out the close up maps HERE .

This round of the Bead Soup Blog Party marks some big changes. This is the last of the fall editions; from now on there will be just one edition per year in the spring :) This is also the biggest round ever with 400 participants! Having pity on us readers and hoppers, our hostess Lori Anderson has split this round into three separate reveal dates, and then to make things even nicer for all of us, Tanya of Fusionmuse is running around gathering up all the post links and posting them into a special webpage for easier viewing :)

This is the second reveal. Tanya is still busily gathering up all the post links and making the hop page for this one.

If you want to check out the first reveal, here you go ->  BeadSoupParty2012

Now... enough horn tooting and babbling... on to the good stuff ;)

Here's my finished soup!

What..? You want pictures of everything separately?!  *sigh* Oh alright...I guess I can do that for you ...;)

My partner this round was Maria Horvath of Hungary (* edit- Sorry, Maria, I have NO idea where Bulgaria came from... I must have read something about it right before I wrote that >.< *crawls away in shame to think of ways to make up for naming the Country * )   She send me a soup that contained a focal she made and beaded herself, as well as some components her mother-in-law made :)

After taking all the 'before' pictures, I left it all in that little black soup bowl and playing with it every now and then, doodling ideas, or laying things out and taking a picture so I'd remember.

First up  was this... I used one of those orange MOP beads as the focal for this. I was already working on this piece when the soup arrived and gave me the perfect piece to finish :) It was meant for a specific person... but somehow, despite all my measuring, it ended up too small >.<

The large orange beads are from the Pantone mix Solange Collin sent me. The large blue lampwork beads are by Cottage Cove. I keep wanting to put something on top of the orange but so far nothing has jumped out at me as 'perfect'.

That was it...the rest of the soup sat and waited. It wasn't until just a couple weeks that things began to cook.

The start of the muse really getting to work were these two.

Not really surprising that those little dyed magnesite skulls would be among the first to get me going. I'd known what I wanted to do with them for a while. I've worn them several times since :) The other pair with the MOP ovals isn't the original design I had in mind for those... that involved those brass filigree cones... but when it came down to having the tools in hand, the cones were out.

Next came this one. Putting that beautiful dragonfly clasp to use.A design I'd sketched the day my soup arrived, and then changed and altered slightly many times since. Originally it was a three strand, using some of the yarn or tatting worked in somehow, but in the end, that just didn't work. I detoured and did another beaded strand .. but that came out and went to a different project instead. I even tried some blue velvet ribbon... nope. So two strand it is :)

The clasp and the oval Czech glass are from my soup. The white flowers are from Solange's Pantone mix, and all the blue & purple Czech glass flowers I bought from Grace Neff when she had her destash.

This next one is that missing strand from the last one redone. I used up all but four of those little clear rondelles, and that's some of the sodalite chip stone Solange sent me for the Pantone swap we did :) I'd had a different plan for the three crocheted flowers, but then this popped into my head so it became a decorative bail 'cover' for my focal :) 

This piece still feels 'unfinished' to me. I've tried adding  different elements in a second (or third) strand, but so far nothing has worked. I do still have a few ideas to try so maybe I'll have something done to 'finish it off' and get this edited before the reveal.

And then we have the soft and fuzzy  - This was born of a 'need' to use some of this gorgeous yarn and tatting. Shaiha suggested I try kuhmino, and while I still plan on trying that out, I ended up trying a tutorial on finger weaving.  Really quick and simple :) The ends I recycled from a thrift shop find and glued on :)

And then there's this...

Originally to be a blue velvet choker with a vine pattern stitched in and the rest of the bits sewn on. I don't have any ribbon ends at the moment though... and I keep forgetting I can't sew >.< ;) lol  So this may or may not be completed.  For the record, I had a similar design in mind for a ribbon cuff in my last BSBP with some gorgeous stone flower buttons Shaiha sent me... that never happened either ;)

I still have the tatting and most of the brass bits, along with the rest of the MOP beads, and four Czech glass rondelles left over. They'll be used up fairly soon :) I have plans for most of that to be mixed in with some of the other bead mixes I need to use and post about  in the coming month or so :)

Don't forget to visit my partner and see what she made with the soup I sent her! LINK

While you're here, pop over and check out my newest Freebie Friday post, and enter for a chance to win some yummy Fall Pantone Bead Soup :)

Then continue on to checking out some of the amazing talent in the list below :)

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 
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
YOU ARE HERE -> 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

~ Skye


  1. Lovely Color Combinations! I have been seeing a lot of orange with blue lately and yours is an interesting play with color and shapes! I love the yarn bracelet. So lush and thick.

  2. Your skull earrings cheered me up! Love the orange and blue - it'd be great for Halloween. Seriously liking the first bracelet - it's got a romantic, vintage-y feel, and the 2-strand is perfect. That thick braided (weaved?) cuff is cool. Simple but such a statement piece.

  3. My dear!!! These are so cool stuff! I love them all! ou really did a great job. In fact I love the details and the idea of using the flower as a hanger of the pendant!!! Thank You so much for being my partner!!!

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    1. >.< Eek.. sorry! I knew that to..I have no clue where that came form...EDIT!! lol

  5. You had a a lot to work with Sandra, great job on making it all happen. I too like those bright earrings, I've never been a fan of orange but seeing it everywhere this spring & summer has opened me up to its cheerful happiness.
    Good work!

  6. The bracelet is oh my...a lovely vintage, but the most I like necklace with this magnificent focal! I want to have it!

  7. so cool!!! I especially like the scull earrings...;-))

  8. So many wonderful things. I love the fuzzy bracelet.

  9. Love the finger weaving. did that last year with old tshirts. That first bracelet is stunning! I do love the softness in the clasp bracelet, and great innovation on your bail!!!

  10. You kinda went on a creative binge didn't you!? So much made and so much to like. My favorite is that bracelet. It's sweet and feminine. Very nicely done!!

  11. oh my I lost count - you sure did get lots out of that soup - so far. I think the two strands of the bracelet really work, I'd stop there too, very pretty. That tatting turned bail is genius!

  12. I am so impressed with the variety of your creations !
    I am partial to that woven bracelet!
    "souper" soft and comfy looking
    Delicious soup!
    m.e. :)

    ps :thank you very ,very much for sending my pendant and toggle as part of your soup mix :)

  13. You are very creative!Congratulations!

  14. Fantastic variety from a great looking soup!

  15. Wow, great job on your soup! Love all of the elements and really enjoyed the velvet piece... You made a lot of pieces! So much fun!

  16. I really loved the purple piece!

  17. Oh my, you did have fun. I love that you are so thoughtful in your design process.

  18. That's brilliant to use the crochet as a bail! And as for the bracelet that is too small, you can make up for that by making your own handmade clasp and a few jump rings!

    Well done!

  19. Woow...the idea of the crocheted bail is amazing:) Very creative pieces you made.

  20. Oh my Skye you did a wonderful job! I love, love, love your use of the crochet piece as the bail - ingenious I say! I so suck at measuring (that is why I have mom) so I feel for you about the bracelet being too small, but I just love those colors! I love what you did with the yarn and finger weaving - I remember doing that as a kid. I had lengths and lengths of finger weaving with nothing to do with - so wish I was into jewelry as a kid :) You made some fabulous pieces from your goodies!

  21. Love your bracelets......too bad the blue and orange won't fit me!

  22. The skull earrings are great. And maybe my wrist is small enough for your gorgeous bracelet - they are so my colors :)

  23. I love all of your design, beautiful colours combination, bravo Sandra. You did a great job:) (Lol)

  24. Beautiful necklace - such a great pendant and using the crochet as a bail is so unique.

  25. I love how you used the crochet and I love those skull earrings, those are awesome. Lovely work!

  26. Beautiful--all of them! You have a knack for putting together colors, and I love your use of texture, especially in that 'fuzzy' bracelet.

  27. I love, love all the pieces! But my fav - the skull earrings!! You should wear them when you go to beadfest :)

  28. I love the dragonfly clasp and the bracelet you created to go with it. The sugar skulls are great. Can't go wrong with skulls. What a great write up up too. I've really enjoyed this visit to your blog.

  29. I love what you came up with especially that fabric bracelet. It looks so cozy and I am so into textiles right now.

  30. you really a wide design range, so many different gorgeous pieces :-)

  31. Beautifully Done. Love the soft and fuzzy being the mixed media junkie I am

  32. Love all your ramblings and your designs. Mop earrings are my favorites. Thanks for providing all the info too.

  33. Love the orange and blue and the focal is beautiful.

  34. great work! i especially love the dragonfly clasp bracelet.

  35. The dragonfly bracelet is my favourite. It makes met think of a beautiful garden.

  36. Love that orange and blue! And I really like soft and fuzzy. :)

  37. What a lovely lot of soup pieces.Delightful and well and hugs Tanya

  38. you did such a great job with such a diverse bead soup. beautiful work! ~diana

  39. Awesome job! I love your beautiful creations! That beaded cab is gorgeous!

  40. What a fun and colorful collection! Well done!

  41. So many creative design elements! Beautiful!

  42. Hi Sandra,
    All of your designs are beautiful! My favorite is the blue necklace with the bead bezeled focal.

  43. Everything is beautiful. I've been wanting to try that fingerweaving too - your bracelet is beautiful. That yarn does look fuzzy - it'll be a comfort this winter. Great job!

  44. Woo Hoo. Great blog ( love your colors) and your jewelry style is outstanding !

  45. Beautiful job, I love your colors and the pieces you created with your soup.

  46. Sweet! I like how you used the crocheted pieces!

  47. Wonderful job on your soup. The crochet bail cover is kool. The bracelet that is too small can be added onto maybe a bit of wirework? I'm glad I found your site. I am a new follower. You sound like a very fun & creative person..

  48. Luv the pieces! Super creative! Like how you used your crochet pieces and the fingerweaving is kewl!

  49. What a lovely collection you have made with your soup, that dragonfly clasp is so pretty nice work!

  50. Sorry I am so late, I have been having computer issues! Very nice creations, I really can't just pick one, I love them all!

  51. Lovely pieces, I like what you have done with your soup!

  52. Love the earrings and the second bracelet. Great job!

  53. I love the fireflly bracelet!
    I'm still hopping,sorry I'm late!
    ciao dall'Italia