Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Reveal!

First, a big thank you to Lori Anderson for putting this together and a thank you to my partner, Patricia Johnson.  They made this a ton of fun!
I had a ton of fun with this bead soup.  When Patty sent me all of these goodies, my brain exploded with some ideas.  I love copper so the green played perfectly with it.  In fact, you can see all of the fun things I made below. 

This is everything!  Two pendants, one bracelet and a super long 32" necklace.  I tend to love long chains that I can layer with other things.  This is incredibly fun as I've never made a shape like it before. 

Here is my super long 32" necklace.  I used Patty's gorgeous handmade lampwork beads and a few of her vintage beads in a custom setting that I cut and patterned myself.  If you look closely at the dangle at the bottom, you'll get a sweet little surprise.  All of the beadcaps were handmade as well. 
Lesson learned?  USE A PUNCH!  It was a pill getting the circle exactly round with my jewelers saw.  I bought a punch just so I don't have to do that again.  :)
The back of the lampwork focal's setting.  I love the little rosette on the back.  So much FUN!

 Here's the surprise!  I used pennies as the bead cap.  I realized how cool it would be while I was helping my daughter sort her coins and I remembered that pennies made prior to 1982 are pure copper.  These were fun to play with my fire, dremel and dapping block.  Nothing beats stress like playing with metal and tools.

I loved the sari silk and Patty's handmade clasp so I cut the silk in half and braided 4 strands together coupled with a few of her vintage beads and two of her lovely lampworks with some copper chain.  It fits as a cuff beautifully.

I had fun with both of thee pendants each for different reasons.  I don't typically wrap with wire like I did on the left hand side, but it was a fun experience.  I definitely learned a lot.  If you look closely, you'll see I used recycled computer parts to wire wrap some of Patty's vintage beads around.  FUN!
On the right, I riveted a copper blank, washer and sterling heart to one of Patty's silver toned recycled computer parts.  I really love the weight of this pendant.  SUPER fun.  I had a big blast adding a heat patina, stamping and riveting.
I hope you like what I've made.  Run, don't walk, over to see my partner's big reveal.  Remember I sent her this --
I can't wait to see what she's done!  Here are the links:

Take a look at everyone else's blogs for their fabulous designs!  I can't wait to spend some time seeing what everyone else is revealing.  You'll have to either open the page further to see the other blog links OR you can click here.

First and Last Name
Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday


  1. Love that long and gorgeous necklace! Everything is so nice, great job!

  2. Gorgeous design! Love the length...I've been working with seed beads the last few months and this has gotten me itching to get back to wire work!

  3. love the addition of metal, always a bonus in my book! :-)

  4. The penny is such a creative idea! Great pieces!

  5. Love these - your metalwork and wire wrapping looks great! Love the penny bead caps too!

  6. LOVE the use of pennies as bead caps. I never thought that older pennies could be used that way. Cool!!

  7. Wow...I really love what you did. You did me proud girl :). The metal work is so cool and how you used that huge focal. I also love what you did with the recycled pieces. The pennies are a sweet little surprize too.

    Enjoy your first hop!

  8. Lovely design work my friend...I love incorporating textiles in my work & your cuff is charming. Fabulous job!

  9. I am so completely enamored with all that you made (and would wear it all). Your metal work is terrific, and I'm glad you told me that about the pennies, the date of all copper -- good to know! You really, really took time to make this special. Thank you!

  10. I love the pennies ! I wouldn't ever have thought of that. (I am hoarding some pennies, even though they're slowly getting phased out of circulation here)

  11. I love your artistic style. The penny caps are a great idea for using coins that I had never considered.
    Just fabulous!

  12. I totally agree about copper and green. Your creations are so unique and organic looking. Great work!

  13. Incredible, creative work, love all the pieces you've made and cool trick with the penny

  14. Oh, yummy, yummy! I would wear all of it!
    Gorgeous work!
    Happy Hopping,

  15. Beautiful, I love all the copper especially with the green.

  16. really awesome! I'm seeing so much more copper this year, which works for me love the stuff! like your math post too!

  17. Everything you did was so creative, and you used so many techniques. Like your settings for the lampwork. FUN!

  18. The color combo is amazing, I love copper and how you used it!

  19. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
    I love the soup you received and how you used it, I love all your pieces! :)
    ciao dall' Italia

  20. Love what you made! I have to go look again, right now. Great soup!

  21. Loving the steampunk look and the recycled computer parts!

  22. Love your work! You have a knack for copper!

  23. TOTALLY AWESOME PIECES! I LOVE copper and green and love how you put them together with the fabric. Great Job.

  24. Lovely work with a beautiful soup!

  25. I love what you made with your beautiful soup. The penny bead caps were a fun surprise!

  26. .... love your intricate wirework! It really complements the colours and style of your piece - well done!

  27. Great job, just love the penny idea!!! Beautiful creations!! ~KM

  28. Love your metal and wirework skills used to create this beauty! Penny bead fun!

  29. Really fun stuff. The more I looked the more techniques I saw and enjoyed.

  30. Great jewelry! Love the pennies!

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

  31. Beautiful mix and a job well done!

  32. Great wire work, and I also love the penny caps. The bracelet is really nice.

  33. Stephanie,

    Your work is very unique! I love your use of the penny bead caps! So creative! I very much enjoyed your soup!!
    :) Kris

  34. Very interesting design. Love the concept

  35. Wonderfully done!
    I love copper, and using pennies as well, and your bead caps
    are too cute !!
    I also love the sari bracelet and toggle.
    I am off to see what your partner did with the
    beautiful soup you sent :)

  36. Amazing work !
    Very nice jewelries!

  37. I really like what you did with the penny, and your pieces are very nice

  38. i'm loving the mixed media elements of your pieces

  39. Great designs! Beautiful work-loved the penny idea.

  40. Love what you did with the pennies. Gorgeous designs.

  41. These colors are awesome. The penny idea is cool-I've seen where people will enamel pennies prior to 1982 also. Your design totally rocks! Thank you for sharing your techniques and your talents!

  42. wonderful Jewelry created with a fantastic soup.. you are very creative.

  43. Love the up cycled computer bits and the dapped pennies, very cool! You did wonderfully with your soup!

  44. absolutely genius to use the pennies....Love what you did with the entire necklace!

  45. gorgeous piece! I love the detailed explanation of the design process in your post :-)

  46. These pieces are fun different and really cool!! Love your designs!! Have a Blessed day!

  47. Love what you did with the pennies.. great idea.

  48. I LOVE the penny bead caps - so cool!

  49. Your pieces are wonderful. So creative and well crafted. I love long necklaces and layering too.

  50. Great pieces! It looks like you had a blast, too. :)

  51. What fun you had! And what cool pieces you created! I like the fun little secret of the beadcaps on the necklace -- an extra bit of flair for the wearer.

  52. Fantastic pieces! Love the copper pennies!

  53. Great job with your soup. The penny bead caps are cute. I may have to ask my son, who is a computer tech, to save me some computer parts after seen what you did with them I am intrigued.

  54. All of your pieces really are a lot of fun, but that first necklace is so much more. It's really a work of art! And, who doesn't love your penny bead caps, they're awesome!

  55. I'm continually amazed an awed by the creative pieces everyone makes. I'm an certainly inspired! You did a wonderful job!