Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Reveal

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?
Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)~ Some coordinating spacers or beads
Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.
Here's what I made!

Working with this rose quartz focal was a wee bit harder than I thought it would be as the focal has a tiny hole in the center running front to back instead of the hole going thru the center side to side. Plus it is thick and a bit weighty. But I did finally figure out how to attach the focal to this long necklace. I have posted three more pics on the post below this one.

From my stash I used tiny silver square beads, tiny round clear beads, two sizes of pink pearls, rose quartz flowers, and a tiny sparkly silver star to use with the focal and clasp provided by Menka, my partner, number 176 on the list below. Loved the experience of working with quartz and pearls.

Please take a moment of your time and tell what you think of my design!

Come see what the rest of us made!

1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
3. Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane
4. Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5. Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6. Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7. Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8. Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9. Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10. Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11. Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12. Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13. Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14. Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15. Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
17. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18. Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19. Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20. Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22. Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim
23. Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25. Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26. Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27. Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads
28. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30. Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32. Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33. Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34. Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35. Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36. Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37. Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40. Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41. Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42. Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43. Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya
44. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45. Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles
46. Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig
47. Amanda Davie, Articulations
48. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49. Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50. Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51. Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52. Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53. Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54. Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56. Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio ***you are here!!!***
58. Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59. Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60. Sandi Lee James, Do Be Do Bead Do
61. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog
62. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63. Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64. Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65. Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68. Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69. Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70. Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71. Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72. Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73. Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74. Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77. Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78. Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79. Amy Severino, Amy Beads
80. Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81. Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82. Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83. Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84. Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85. Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86. CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87. Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89. Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
92. Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead
93. Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94. Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio
96. Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97. Cindy Dolezal, Cindy Dolezal Designs
98. Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100. Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101. Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102. Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations
103. Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104. Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105. Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106. Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107. Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108. Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109. Grace Danel, Grace Beading
110. Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111. Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe
112. Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
113. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114. Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
118. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
119. Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart
120. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings
123. Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
124. Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks
125. Hazel Ward, All Those Things
126. Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
127. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128. Anna Denisova, Anita-M
129. Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130. Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131. Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132. Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies
137. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139. Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140. Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141. Heather Pyle, Welcome to My Muse
142. Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143. Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144. Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145. Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
147. Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148. Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me
149. Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153. Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area
154. Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156. Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157. Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158. Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
160. Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161. Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162. Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163. Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio
165. Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167. Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168. Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169. Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171. Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172. Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs
173. Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass
174. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
175. Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine Credit River Art Glass
176. Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog ***partner**
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178. Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179. Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181. Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry
189. Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190. Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191. Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197. Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200. Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201. Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202. Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203. Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204. Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205. Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207. Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209. Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!

A BIG thank you to Lori for all the hard work she has put in to making this a delightful event for all of us!!!


  1. Hi Francy, Happy Bead Soup Blog Party!
    Very nice design, I love the pink quartz flowers. Sorry it was challenging to use the focal but I am so glad that you figured a way out :) Can't wait for your comments on my design!!

  2. I like its simplicity and how elegant it looks. Those pearls are so pretty. Would love to see a picture how you wear it... really nice.

  3. Very elegant and it looks like it was worth the trouble you had with the beads. Gorgeous!

  4. Rose quartz, the stone signifying love. Isn't it fun to work with unexpected materials?

  5. lovely...such a romantic piece. Nice job with the focal...challenging ourselves is what it's all about. Great job!

  6. So feminine and romantic. Lovely!

  7. Very elegant, pretty, and feminine - and lovely!

  8. So pretty in pink - love pink!! :) Very nice design and way to not let the focal stump you!!!

  9. So pretty and romantic! Great job! :)

  10. This necklace is wonderful! I love the lovely statement of elegance it expresses!

  11. Francy, I hopped over from your other blog and found that you were part of the Bead Soup Party. Then I noticed my blog friend, Lanyardlady, follows your blog. Small world! I don't bead but I do appreciate the creativity and craftmanship that beaders have/do. Beautiful work!

  12. Love what you have done with the pinks, very elgant. Nice work!

  13. Loving the rose quartz with the pearls..and you did a great job coming up with a solution as to how to hang the focal piece. Bea-u-ti-ful!

  14. The necklace is so feminine! I love how you used the pearls! Beautiful!

  15. Lovely piece! Great job!

  16. I really like the focal, and like every one else has said it is very pretty and feminine

  17. SO pretty and romantic - your focal solution is perfet!

  18. I think it's beautiful and delicate looking! Awesome job!

  19. So delicate and romantic! Great job!

  20. So elegant and feminine, beautiful!

  21. You did a fabulous job with your bead soup, gorgeous.

    Deb x

  22. Very pretty, very flirty and feminine. Love the pearls.

  23. I love those carved flowers you added. The movement in the piece from the repeated graduations of the pearls is wonderful. Bravo!

  24. I think its a perfect necklace for that focal bead....simple, but powerfully pretty!!!!

  25. It's so elegant! I love the length with the perfectly! Enjoy the party weekend.

  26. Very nice and a very sophisticated design. The pinks and carved flowers are spot on. Great job!

  27. Your design is so romantic! Soft and simple, I love it.

  28. Love your colors and the variety of shapes you used to support the long strings of gorgeous pearls. Very Springy and elegant. The quartz flowers are so delicate looking!

  29. Very pretty and feminine design, perfect for spring!

  30. I just love how girlie your piece is - fabulous job!

  31. Very feminine and elegant, great job!

  32. Francy, this is FABULOUS! Love the soft feminine feel of it. Really beautiful!

  33. Really nice work Francy. Love your finished piece. Very elegant!

  34. so very lovely! very delicate and airy `;~) Great job!

  35. simple and delicate-great job :)


  36. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  37. Love the pink! And sometimes the hardest things to figure out are the best...and it seems like this worked out wonderfully - it's beautiful! :)

  38. Very elegant design, soft and feminine.

  39. What a beautiful, feminine piece... you've done a great job!


  40. You really made the focal work, and adding in the rose quartz flowers with the pearls makes this a totally romantic, sweet piece! I also love that you made it longer; it would work so well over a summer sweater (or a winter one, for that matter!). Nice work!

  41. I am not a pearl type of person....but I could go for did wonders with them...Bravo.

  42. I think you did a wonderful job with the design of this necklace. The pearls set off the focal perfectly, and the staggered design gave it interest. Awesome!

  43. Nicely engineered on the focal! And I love those carved flower beads.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the day!

  44. Very pretty and feminine. Love the pearls and the softness of the whole piece. Great bead soup!

  45. You did a great job finding a solution with that stone. Your design is so feminine and romantic. Just lovely.

  46. Such a sweet and lovely piece. Really nice.

    I would like to thank you for your kind words, it has really meant a lot, specially as I am having a really tough time. You are a star.

    Just So you know, I have left a thank you note on my blog, and I would love you to read it if you have time.

    A big hug your way.

  47. Very sweet and romantic! I have a weakness for (a secret one?) all kinds of pink/rose beads, and I think to combine many kinds in the same necklace like you did here worked out very well. I might give it a try myself actually. It is pretty!

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