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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Soup du Jour!

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!

This was my first BSBP, and I was very nervous at the beginning. Lucky me -- I had the good fortune of being teamed up with the fabulous Beth Bricker of Vintage Sweets. She sent me a ton of stuff - mostly copper, which was something I'd been wanting to work with, but 'til this, hadn't done much. I was also eager to experiment with Liver of Sulfur and this was the perfect thing to use as my guinea pig! Here's what Beth sent me:

She also included some bright shiny copper wire in two gauges. Since the clasp was antiqued, it only seemed right that everything else should be too. So I darkened the wire, the focal, and the Viking braid with Liver of Sulfur and I couldn't have been more pleased with the result. I didn't use everything in the necklace - and the only things of my own that I added were some jump rings, the sari ribbon, and a few copper spacers. Make sure you click on the photos so you can see better detail.

With some of the leftovers, I made a super fun pair of earrings!

And there's still bunches more left over! Thanks Beth - it's been so much fun! Many thanks to the tireless, fabulous, wonderful Lori Anderson who masterminded this whole crazy event. You're the best!

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 ***YOU ARE HERE***
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 
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
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

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  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
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!


  1. Absolutely Wonderful! I never would have imagined this!!! It's great to see how someone else would put together things. Heidi, I just love it. You did a perfect job with the copper.

  2. Goodie! I'm so glad you like it Beth :) It really is fascinating to see someone else's vision like that. I agree.

    Can't wait 'til the next one...

  3. Great interpretation! Love theway you incorporated all those fibers. This piece rocks!

  4. I love the fibres with the copper, looks great, and great photo montage too :))

  5. Fantastic creations, Heidi!! Love the necklace!

  6. Just love the way you've incorporated the fibres into your work - lovely!

  7. Those sari ribbons are gorgeous, very yummy colours!

  8. Beautiful! I love the Sari ribbon you paired it with - such a rich, beautiful colour. And it all works so well with the copper. You've done a fab job but I would expect nothing less from you!!

  9. I love the necklace, ribbons are so flirty and girly :-D

  10. Those are so pretty! I love the copper wire and how you added the blue ribbons!

  11. Such a bold colour combination. I also niticed your wire wrapping is perfection!
    I love the earrings.

  12. Gorgeous elements combined the make a
    Fabulous design!!!
    I Love, Love,Love that necklace !!!
    m.e. :)

  13. ~*Hello Heidi!*~
    Everything is so pretty!
    Cool construction!!!
    & I LOVE the colors and details you added!
    ~*I enjoyed the soup!*~
    Amber Dawn

  14. Yeah ! Soup for another day! Stunning necklace and delicious colors - looks like you had a good time! Happy blog hopping!

  15. Totally hip and wonderful to view. I am really glad I got this chance to see how you create and to enjoy your partner's lovely beads as well!

    jean yates

  16. That looks so fun! I think it is a great interpretation of your ingredients!

  17. I absolutely lovve the bright blue fluffy bits contrasted with the green in your piece. I love funky and you delivered. How cute! smile, Virginie ViviBijoux

  18. Gorgeous! I love the combination of the antiqued copper, green beads and blue Sari silk you added, it really pulled the design together. Just beautiful!

  19. Both pieces are awesome! I just ordered my first EVER bundle of sari silk and I can't wait for it to get here. It's work like yours that has made my fingers itch to get into some awesome fibers! Have an awesome party!

  20. I adore copper and the way you paired sari silk with a Viking weave is really creative.

  21. This is stunning! I like how you mixed different textures from your stash with the Soup ingredients! The earrings are to die for--fun, creative, and wearable!

  22. Heidi - I love your stuff - I will come back to your blog when I am done hopping and try to explore a bit more. Like like like.

  23. Love, love your colors and the ribbon in the design. Very nice work!! Mmmmmm bead soup!

  24. you had some really cool soup to work with! and I love what you made with it !!

  25. Oh, those colors. . swoon!!!
    I love the blog hop/party because it helps me discover more fun blogs to follow (pssst. . .yours is one of them now!)

    oh, and Congrats on the LOS success, I've been wanting to try some out myself.

  26. what a fun the colors and the whimsical feel from the necklace...nicely done...fantastic!

  27. Wow, I just love what you did with your bead soup! That necklace is wonderful and very unique and creative!

  28. LOVE THIS! I really like how you wire wrapped the crystals in and around the copper saucer. The purple ribbon is stunning as well. Great soup. I can;t wait to see what you make using all of those left over beads!

  29. What fun pieces your partner sent you! Good for you for being brave and using liver of sulfer to treat your pieces. I love the antiquey feel of her pieces against the bright colors of the silk! Awesome piece :)

  30. Love this design! You found a very creative way to use your Soup beads. Cheers!

  31. Oh my gosh! I would totally wear that necklace!

  32. I am loving that sari ribbon! Such depth in the color. Great job!

    ...And i love your blog header (I guess that what it's called, lol).

  33. Oh wow. Those fibers and the copper. Just love it.

  34. I love the pairing of the blue with the copper. Very nice!

  35. I love the copper and was blown away by the fibers. So creative.

  36. SO pretty! Really so Lovely!!
    I would love to have those earrings,
    really Lovely!

  37. I love copper and am so glad it is gaining popularity and you adding the ribbon was inspiring.

  38. Heidi, I love the pop of purple with that fiber. It amazes me what people can do with wire. That viking knit is awesome. I love what you did with your ingredients. Isn't Bead Soup fun?
    Enjoy the day!

  39. wow, the purple really makes this shine! LOVE all the copper :)

  40. Beautiful and unique necklace! :) Love the colors and how you mixed in the fibers!

  41. Wonderful color combination! Love the antiqued copper... must try!

  42. How fun mixing the viking knit in! I love that wrapped focal! Great work!

  43. Nice touch with the's a beautiful necklace!

  44. Ahhh.....what a gorgeous piece! Love the colors and the fibers/ribbon with that viking braid piece - brilliant!

  45. Great pieces - love those earrings! :) The ribbon is so vibrant and wonderful. Your soup is delicious.

  46. Great pieces! Love the color combo, the ribbon is really nice with the copper parts.

  47. Gorgeous, I love what you have made with your bead soup! Stunning.

    Deb x

  48. I love how you added the fiber! The necklace looks so delicate and beautiful!

  49. oooo, yes! I love this creation!!! The colour on the sari ribbon is devine and the colour of the beads go SOOOOO well with it! L.O.V.E. I.T.!!!!


    hello gorgeous xxx

  50. Such an eye popping necklace! I love the ribbon and it's gorgeous color! You had such awesome pieces to work with and you did it so well!

  51. Looks like you had a ton of fun - great work!

  52. Beautiful - I love the copper and purple together!

  53. Love the fiber with the copper - the color goes perfectly together! Gorgeous!

  54. Totally Terrific!!!The purple with the green and the copper makes for a very strong did a wonderful job...such a statement piece!And the earrings rock too!

  55. When I scrolled down and saw the necklace, I gasped out loud. Gorgeous!

  56. Hey Heidi,first of all love your profile very cute>i am checking out the list one at a time and my eyes are having a blast! I love your addition of the sari silk it really pops out Great! Job! ;)

  57. What an amazing use of the copper viking knit!

  58. what a fun collection you got! Very nice work, I especially like the earrings.

  59. I love the pop of colour and the Byzantine knit,, that is the first wire knit I have seen so far, lovely appealing necklace.

  60. What wonderful beads you had to work with, love the toggle and the focals. The sari ribbon you have added, vivacious! Love the necklace. And the earrings, the abalone and copper, great combination, love them.

  61. Gorgeous piece, love the viking knit and all the colors.

  62. The fibers you incorporated fit so well with the wonderful beads you had to work with. Love that Viking knit piece and how you put the focal on it.

  63. You did an awesome job! I'm glad you got to use a metal you hadn't before (and the LOS, but lordy doesn't it stink up a room?). I love the sari silk, too. My friend Erin gifted me some but I haven't quite got the hang of it yet!

    Wonderful work!

  64. I love the introduction of the fibers - it is so much fun!

  65. Ackkkkk....sari ribbon....covetous! I sooo love your necklace and earrings! They're so very fun and definitely attention getters :)

  66. Those turned out so pretty. Really love the toggle clasp. I love copper, so this really speaks to me. Nice job.

  67. You got some great soup and I love what you made! That ribbon is so pretty!
    PS: I love your description of yourself in your sidebar. You sound a lot like me. ;-)

  68. Sooo fun and flirty! And the earrings are real teasers! ;)

  69. Outstanding! I love the colors you used and the way you tied everything together. Well done!

  70. I reallly like what you have done, very origional and the colors are fantastic!

  71. wow- the color fiber really gave it a pop- I never woule have gone that way - You have made me realize how vibrant blue can give things a whole different look. A job well done!

  72. I love how you introduced the blue, makes it really pop!

  73. Wow!! Love your design with the Sari ribbon!

  74. Really inventive way you used everything -- love the Viking braid and the purple fibers-- fabulous!

  75. That necklace is LUSCIOUS. Lovelovelove it. Wonderful job, Heidi!!

  76. Lovely necklace and very pretty earrings! I really like how you mixed the viking knit piece with ribbon.

  77. Lovely mix of materials, especially with the Viking weave. And how gorgeous is that clasp - I'm in love!

  78. Beautiful job! I like the use of the fibers with the metal. The leaf clasp is wonderful! Glad to be in this group with you!

  79. So pretty....especially those earrings.

  80. I love the yarn and the ribbon that you added to the necklace.

  81. I love the balance of metal elements with the soft fiber elements.

  82. Love how your paired the viking knit with the sari silk, very unique and interesting design.

  83. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace & what you did with your SOUP! I adore the fiber you added & the amazing viking wire...just stunning! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  84. Hi Heidi! That focal is awesome! I also like the way everything turned out when you darkened it! I'm really digging fiber lately and I love how you combined it with the viking knit length!


  85. gorgeous colors and i'm loving that sari ribbon!!!! great job with your soup!

  86. Love the way you used the braided piece and the fibers.

  87. Heidi, what a fabulous partner you had - Beth of Vintage Sweets! I love your bead soup, especially the viking knit...something I have no clue how to do myself,so working with it would have been fun for me. And just look what YOU created! Your necklace is vibrant and perfect for Spring! The earrings are great too - a pair you could wear with everything!

  88. Wow! I too haven't worked much with copper, but this party has shown me the light. And your piece is no exception. I really love the way you used the viking knit to showcase the focal. What a fabulous creation.

  89. I always admire the integration of fibers and ribbons with beads! Your necklace is just gorgeous :-)

  90. absolutely yummy! I love the colors and fibers! Very sweet pieces :)

  91. Love the copper and blue fiber together. Great necklace.

  92. I browsed through some of your older posts and I love all the fiber! I never think of pulling out that drawer of goodies...maybe it's time for me to start! Love your soup designs. :)

  93. Wow what a gorgeous soup mix. I love what you have created and love the addition of the fibre. Well done!


  94. I simply love the color combination of your pieces, and the silk absolutely pulls everything together beautifully! Gorgeous!

  95. Beautiful colors and supercool concept, and way to push yourself to try some new things on thsi piece. Also, the black bracelet a couple posts down is just fantastic. You do great work. Keep at it.

  96. Love the textures. Isn't working with copper fun?!? Job well done.
    Bead Happy!

  97. Just beautiful! The viking knit is a genius addition!

  98. Wow Heidi - you have a natural talent. Your pieces are all really unique and turned out awesome. Love the extras you added. Fantastic photography as well!

  99. Ooooo. I'm really liking the fabric and viking knit combo. :D The textures go so well together for a very ancient, mystical character. The understated focal is a nice touch, especially since it sits on the viking knit part and is reminiscent of the Norse practice of showcasing small sets of beads on a hammered loop. The earrings turned out really pretty, too. They have such a nice, natural quality to them. Beautiful work. :)

  100. Love the colors! The fibers and the viking knit rock!

  101. Beautiful...great mix of textures.

  102. Still blog hopping, and wow! love that necklace! The intense purple is stunning. I love purple anyway, and teamed with the copper is a great idea. So glad you showcased the beautiful Viking knit right up front. Awesome!!

  103. Love what you did with your soup. I really like the way you incorporated the fiber! Very pretty!

  104. I ditto many of the other posts - the fabric really made the necklace pop.

  105. What a beautiful necklace and earrings. I really love the clasp.

  106. Stunner necklace. The fabric is making it so pretty.

  107. I literally gasped when I scrolled down and saw your piece. Just lovely!

  108. This was so much fun wasn't it? And, that is what is was REALLY all about...trying something we hadn't done before =) Great job!
    And, your earrings are "swinging"!

  109. You received some pretty delicious soup!!! Love the viking knit. The silk is so beautiful in your piece.

    I also like your "pain in the neck" butterfly necklace. It seems like my face gets closer and closer to my beading table...then I realize how ridiculous I must look!

    Thank you for commenting on my creation for BSBP...


  110. beautiful..Love what you did with your soup


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