Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party- Hoarders Edition

The day has finally arrived!  This year's Bead Soup Blog Party has an interesting feature in that you send your partner a Bead or focal that you have treasured and held onto for awhile.

My partner assigned by Lori Anderson was Gail Poveda .  Gail is participating for the very first time in the swap.  Gail is a spanish teacher of K-8.  She started beading about 10 years ago and then started taking jewelry classes to spark her creative interest.  Her true love is enameling.  She made the most beautiful enamel charms that she sent me.  She made these about three years ago and couldn't figure out what to do with them.  As soon as I saw them I knew what I wanted to do.  I hope I did her charms proud!

Here are the charms:

I originally was going to wire wrap this lovely copper neck piece from Kathleen Hamilton but it over shadowed her beautiful texture on the copper piece so instead I took chains as well as some red lampwork beads and made components with the charms, chain and jump rings.

I love how the necklace wears because it has movement because of the chain and the dangles are not too long but I think adds interest.

Here is a close up of the left side and you can see the texture on the focal and the detail on the charms

Here is the right side of the necklace and you can tell the different texture and the different designs of the charms.

 Here is the close up of the red lampwork beads.

Finally the cute earrings also made with two of the charms and copper components by Kathleen.
Love this set and I know I will wear it often.

I am late posting my design because I was out of town my sister passed away.  I hope you will enjoy visiting all the other blogs below. ( This year some designs are on Pinterest)


Lori Anderson :: Hostess


  1. What fun pieces. Love those earrings.

  2. I am so very sorry to hear about your sister. I know the feeling of that loss. My thoughts are with you.
    As for your jewelry, your pieces are stunning. I love the way you incorporated them into the copper pieces. They seem made for each other. Wonderfully done!

  3. So sorry about your sister. May you find strength in your memories.
    I'm glad you found time to post your pieces as they are truly fantastic. Your necklace is at once rustic, industrial and feminine. What a clever idea to match up those pieces! Your earrings are quite fun, too.

  4. I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. Your necklace and earring set is beautiful. They are real art pieces. They look like they will be fun to wear.

  5. Hi Maryann. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm still working my way through all the soupers, was delighted to see your name on the list. We were partners once and I used all of your glass pieces (even the one undrilled).

    I love what you did here with the copper and enamel (both are favorite mediums of mine). Be well, enjoy life and great job on your soup.

  6. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. I lost one of my sisters 7 years ago. It is always a tough thing. Your set is beautiful.

  7. WOAH! Those are amazing! I love love love the copper work! You did an awesome job!

  8. So beautiful! You did a fantastic job!

  9. I am so sorry to hear about your sister's passing. My condolences to you and your family.
    I have to tell you that I love what you did with the enameled charms! Fantastic!

  10. Hi,
    Love what you did!!! Great job!

  11. And sorry for your loss, it's something that I'm experiencing at this moment, too.


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