Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges, Swaps and exchanges

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Here we are, finally, at the 3rd reveal of Bead Soup Blog Party 7! I’ve been waiting impatiently for this date for a couple of weeks now!

Just a quick recap, for those readers unfamiliar with the Bead Soup Blog Party. It’s a giant bead swap and challenge hosted by Lori Anderson, with participants from all over the world. This year (and it’s now a yearly event due to its size), more than 500 beaders and jewellery designers took part. Each of us was paired up with another designer, and we sent each other a bead soup, containing a focal, a nice clasp, and some coordinating beads. The rule is that you must use the focal and the clasp, although they don’t have to be used in the same piece. Then, on the same day, you and your partner blog about your creations! This year, a number of beaders without blogs also took part, using their Facebook page to reveal their work.

The earlier reveals were on 30 March and 13 April—click the links to find the lists of bloggers participating in those reveals. And you can also look at many of the creations on Pinterest here.

My partner for this BSBP has been Jane Pranata Lim, who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. We’re practically neighbours! Jane sent me a wonderful bead soup to play with, showcasing beautiful Indonesian wood and glass beads and focals and a clasp she made herself. Here is what she sent me (the clasp is not in this picture but you’ll see it below):

Bead Soup Collage

Well, where to start? The first piece I made used that gorgeous mask pendant. I knotted it onto some red waxed linen cord, along with some of the lampwork rounds and glass seed beads Jane sent to me. I finished it off with some Vintaj Arte Metal chain and a simple clasp.

Mask necklace collage

The next thing I made was a necklace using the wooden heart focal. I knotted it onto a pretty blue and gold sari silk ribbon, and then strung some large-holed brass spacers and a lampwork bead from Indian Creek Art Glass with the colours from the pendant and the ribbon swirling through it. I finished the necklace with another brass bead to make a sliding closure.


Necklace number three used some of the cute batik-printed wooden beads. I had a red ceramic pendant in my stash that coordinated nicely with the red in the batik print (I think I got it from a destash lot, and sadly I don’t know who made it, so let me know if you recognise it!). I knotted them onto a length of green silk cord and used Jane’s sweet little copper clasp to finish it.


With Jane’s batik fabric, which she had kindly wrapped around copper wire, I made a wrap bracelet, finishing it off with a simple copper S-clasp. I dangled a cute ceramic pendant/charm off it which picks up the blue in the fabric. It can also be worn as a choker necklace.


I had plans to make more bracelets with more of the glass beads but I ran out of red waxed linen and Vintaj chain—it’s on order so I’ll be able to make them in the next week or two!

And then I made earrings. Four pairs of earrings in fact! This set matches the necklace:


This pair I dangled some tiny brass spacers from:


This pair uses some tiny Swarovski crystals to pick up the colours of the floral pattern in the glass bead:


And this one is my favourite, using a pair of beautiful batik wooden beads strung onto some green sari silk:


I have had an absolute ball playing with this bead soup, the beads are really fun! Thanks so much Jane! I only have a few beads left, as well as the steel pendant, which I plan to colour with some of the Vintaj patina inks.

Now, please go and have a look at what Jane made with the soup I sent her. And then visit a few of the 200 or so other blogs from the third reveal! Here’s the list, and you can also find it here on Lori’s website.

Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz

Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair

Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman

Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley

Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn

Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman

Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim    MY PARTNER!!!!

Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough Http://
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt

Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson

Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick

Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham

Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson    OUR HOSTESS!!!!
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina

Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler

Melissa Trudinger    YOU ARE HERE!!!!
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely
Mowse Doyle

Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst

Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson
Rose Johnson

Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac

Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto

Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O’Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman


34 thoughts on “Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal”

  1. Your pieces are all so bright and happy. While I really love that mask focal, your necklace number three really has my heart. Your combination of vivid, fun colors is just perfect!

  2. such a creative soup to work with and your designs work brilliantly with the elements. The mask necklace is stunning, but I also love those sari bangles, great work

  3. Fab jewellery! Your designs are all lovely, but I must say the pink bracelet with the ceramic charm is probably my favourite. And I love that gold and blue ribbon you used for the second necklace. May I ask where you got that?

  4. I remember having been very envious of the lovely ingredients you received from your partner. You used them beautifully. Love the colour combinations!

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