Saturday, February 26, 2011

Party On

And what to my wondering eyes should appear...but lots of bead soup goodies.

Myself and about 209 other people are participating in the largest Bead Soup Blog Party yet! Woohoo! This is Lori Anderson at Pretty Things brainchild. And how grateful we all are for her:) I can't begin to imagine how much work this entailed. So here goes, we were all partnered up and asked to send our partner a focal, nice clasp, and coordinating beads

with the requirement that we use the focal and the clasp

and we could use anything else we wished.

My bead soup partner is Kristi Bowman-Gruel. She sent this beautiful bronze clay butterfly, that she hand crafted, a wood toggle clasp, lovely lampwork beads by AspenHotGlass, wood rondelles, faceted carnelian, picture jasper, and faceted Chinese picture jasper. Lots of beauties!

I knew right away, that I wanted to pair the butterfly pendant with a wonderful springy color. After all, I can't wait until spring to see the butterflies again. I dug through my lampwork beads and found some that were fuchsia with hints of brown and golden, perfect to go with the bronze butterfly, and the picture jasper.

A longish necklace was in order. I broke out the brass wire...that I've never used, blackened it, and went to town creating links, and wire wrapping. This is the first time ever using brass wire, and it was a bit of a learning curve at first. Brass is so much harder than sterling or copper, the heavier gauges really gave my fingers a workout!

Okay...enough of the chatter...

Mariposa - Bronze Clay, Brass, & Lampwork Wire Wrapped Necklace

chain detail

Next up was the toggle clasp. This little sucker gave me a lot of headache! It's big, bold, and golly day, that's a small hole in the middle. The little hole is what caused me much of my frustration. And, let's just say, I'm not a patient person! Normally when something doesn't work the first gets pushed to the back of the bench possibly never to be seen again. However, that wasn't really an option now was it? Finally, after several times of fiddling with the bar, and contemplating drill the hole to make it larger, I had a eureka moment! Ta-Da!

Round Hole, Square Peg

For this bracelet, I also used the carnelian and a couple of the lampwork beads that came with my soup.

I'm thrilled with the necklace, and the bracelet. And, I have plenty of leftovers...yum!...but I'll be sure to use them in another project. You'll see:)

Be sure to see what the other parties created with their soup. And, won't you join me in the next party? Signs up begin August 1-3, 2011, mark it on your calendar! Be there!

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 
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  ------> You Are Here:)
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


  1. Shelby!!!! Awesome!!! I know what you are saying about the brass, but it is beautiful.

  2. hey gorgeous, lovely creations...I had a similar problem with the hole on mhy clasp too...but then I guess if everything was perfect it wouldn't be a challenge really, would it!

    can't wait to see all the other creations ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  3. Shelby, your pieces are stunning! And I'm sure with all its beauty the necklace will lure spring:-)

  4. What a gorgeous assortment of metals and textures Shelby - very cool butterfly pendent!

  5. Wow, they are both gorgeous! The bracelet is breathtaking, love the beads and the colors. Wonderful spring garden... such a happy place! Have a great weekend.

  6. I love both of your pieces. You got spring just right in the Mariposa with your lampwork and the fibers you added. Your wrapping is fantastic in the bracelet. The carnelian and pearl dangles are lucious and look fabulous with the other colors. Bravo!

  7. Knockouts! Glad to have found your blog.

  8. OH MY Shelby you should see me jumping and squeeling, I'm so excited to see what you created and I LOVE it so much!! Doing the happy dance!!

  9. That butterfly is amazing and you did a terrific job of setting it off in your necklace.

  10. I love the set of beads you received. I've never seen faceted gemstones. I will have to keep an eye out for them! You did an awesome job!!

  11. OMG, I LOVE your necklace! I love all of the wire coils you made along with the gorgeous butterfly focal and lampwork beads. What an incredible piece!

    Great job whipping that clasp into shape for your second piece :) It is a WHOPPER of a clasp! I think you did a great job of creating a complimentary design :)

  12. Shelby, I just LOVE both pieces! You had such a great mix to work with. I love the colors and the components you are sooooo talented!

  13. Shelby...I love everything you did here! You rock :)

  14. yum yum yum!! these are beautiful. I absolutely love the colors. The wire work is fabulous in both the beautiful butterfly pendant...fantastic job!!

  15. I NEED THAT BRACELET!!! :) Hehe.....gorgeous! both pieces are gorgeous!

  16. Shelby, both pieces are absolutely gorgeous. Your wire-wrapped spirals are awesome and both pieces have such yummy textures. Great work!

  17. Wow, the colors are so beautiful, I love what you did with both pieces. Very nice!

  18. Both your pieces belong in a 5star Bead Soup menu!! Fantastic!!

  19. Oh if that is what you make just learning.....WOW! I also love how you made the clasp work! These are YUMMY Yum YUM!

  20. I love your wire work and have added your button to my blog.

  21. I love what you have done with your soup, beautiful colors.

  22. Oh, these colours! I LOVE the colour combination here.
    Both, the necklace and the bracelet, are amazing in their own way. Stunning.

  23. that necklace is really special - nice wirework. I love to work with wire and you made a really nice piece.

  24. Stunning ! That is one delicious soup you got there!!! Love all the wire work you did.

  25. Oh my, both the necklace and the bracelet are scrumptious! I love what you did with that big clasp, and that bronze butterfly focal is accented perfectly by that way cool chain! Such fun, isn't this blog party?

  26. #209 here...WOW, great job...

  27. Wow! Both are just gorgeous! :)

  28. I am so in love with them both -- but that bracelet, the colors sing to me, and they're not the colors that usually do the singing around here! You really did some magic!

  29. Oh, beautiful! I'm loving both pieces. They are absolutely gorgeous! You are very skilled and it shows here, with your bringing together of so many different kinds of techniques and materials. Great sense of design, too. :) I love these pieces! Wonderful work!

  30. Both the necklace and the bracelet are incredible!

  31. You really listened to this soup mix and let the beads create a stunning necklace and bracelet.

  32. I like the rich colours of your designs! The neckpiece with Kristi's bronze focal is just stunning, love it <3

  33. Beautiful work, Shelby! You really rose to the challenge. Love the colours in the bracelet, just wonderful!

  34. Shelby! You sure made two amazing pieces...and I'm not surprised at all. Your wirework is always so incredible and steals the show. Your long necklace is beautiful...oh I'd wear it in a heart beat. And the bracelet!!! What a fantastic idea - I don't think I would have ever thought of it. The whole design is fantatic. I loved seeing your Bead Soup today.

  35. I LOVE both pieces. love the bronze butterfly with your lamp work beads and wire coils, the colours are GREAT together.
    The carnelian, soft green beads go so well with the wooden toggle (good job to enlarge the hole there) and the touch of brown in the bead with the toggle, yes I just love it all. My favorite so far.

  36. Your pieces are so elegant and professional, your wire wrappings skills impeccable. I had a look through your last posts and fell in love with your rainbow bracelet but it's not in the shop anymore. Gorgeous work, should be in the BSP album! smile, Virginie

  37. Both pieces are STUNNING! I absolutely love them. That bronze butterfly is to die for! Beautiful!

  38. This is soup mix done what talent!!!I'm truly inspired by both of these pieces!!!

  39. Wow! Your designs are gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your soup beads. Cheers!

  40. I loved your pieces. The bronze wire and the lampwork beads really brought out the bronzed butterfly. Beautiful. Hopefully spring is on its way....

  41. wow I love that butterfly focal! and love how you incorperated it into your design, both pieces are bold and beautiful!

  42. Both pieces are gorgeous but that bracelet is really out of this world. Love it!

  43. Hands down my fave necklace of the day. You worked that lovely butterfly just perfectly!!

  44. Very nice texture and wire work. Love them both.

  45. I really, really love your designs and your soup was yummy as well. Be Blessed

  46. Both pieces are exquisite but the butterfly necklace is really inspiring me!

  47. Hi Shelby, very very pretty jewelry great job!!

  48. Oh, Wow! You did a beautiful job! I love both pieces!

  49. You did an awesome job! I love them, too. How did you do that w/ the clasp? Did you drill holes in it? I'm amazed by how great it looks!

  50. love both your pieces! great textures in the pendant, love the colors in your bracelet.

  51. Wow you took reg (pretty) beads and made them into super stars! You brought out the dynamo in your Necklace by all of the interaction and wire wrapping! This is just Lovely! I think you did a GREAT job Shelby!

  52. What lovely things you have made the butterfly necklace is unusual and I love the little coils which look like a bit like ammonites!

  53. OMG!!!! STUNNING!!!!
    I am in LOVE with them both !!!
    Amazing color,design and workmanship !!!
    True ART!!!
    m.e. :)

  54. Miss Shelby, they are wonderful! I love the second bracelet with the wood bead!

  55. So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  56. both pieces are great, but man o man I want that bracelet!

  57. Very nice work Shelby. Really beautiful finished pieces!

  58. I absolutely love jasper and carnelian. Both pieces turned out fantastic.

  59. Amazing designs, I love them both and could see them in my jewelry collection.

  60. Wow, I love what you made with your bead soup, beautiful!


  61. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your wirework! I'm just starting to work with wire, and I must say it's very addicting. Great pieces!

  62. Great pieces! I am in love with your copper wire work. :)

  63. I love the butterfly pendant, and your wirework is amazing! I used brass wire on mine for the first time too, and I agree, it is a bugger to work with! I couldn't move my fingers the next day! Great job on both designs!!

  64. Still hopping...your solotion to the wood clasp is amazing. Love how the wire contrasts with it. Both of your pieces are stunning. Great job!

  65. Good golly! Both of your pieces are simply beautiful. You did a fantastic job! I especially like the earthiness of the bracelet.

  66. Oh, that's my type of soup :o) Marvellous!

  67. great fun post and the pieces you designed are total stunners! jean

  68. love love all that you made and such georgous beads!!

  69. Oh, I want that butterfly necklace! It's great :D love the other one too. Very very nice work!!!

  70. Really nice pieces, Shelby. (Yes, I'm saying that to everyone, but I really mean it here.) You seemed to have ventured a bit and the results were grand. You totally lost me on the clasp thing though. Wish I could figure out how you fixed the problem, but however you did it, it turned out great. Took a little poke around your blog and Etsy shop while I was here too. Very nice, the lot of it. Carry on with the good work.

  71. What great ingredients you had to work with and you made some beautiful pieces from them!

  72. Oh wow, both of your pieces are stunning. I love the colours. And that bronze butterfly is gorgeous! I want one!

  73. Colors are great and fantastic wire work

  74. That is a stunning focal piece and you used it well. I love both of your designs. Glad you were able to fix your clasp problem.

  75. I always admire your wire work! Love those scrolls that you do....wonderful pieces!

  76. Oh what beautiful soup you received.. that bronze butterfly is gorgeous! I love what you have created. I love the wire links and components you have created... the pieces have a definite natural organic (I hate using that word but everyone seems to use it nowadays!) feel to them... Well done!


  77. Hi Shelby, thanks so much for swinging by and leaving a comment. Appreciate it. Look at this bead soup, how fun! Love the pieces you made, wonderful.Take care, Riki

  78. What awesome pieces you've created! I love the earthy vibe and the striking loveliness. Good job. You pulled together everything so well!

  79. I am just over the top in love with the first necklace, there is something about the colors, the glass, the wraps and that awesome butterfly. Extremely nice design and choices. The bracelet is cool too- love the big toggle! Really swell soup!

  80. Oh, I want that necklace! Gorgeous!

  81. Gorgeous! I really like the colours in both of them, but especially those lovely hues in the butterfly necklace. So pretty!

  82. Both pieces are incredible! I would have been challenged by that wooden toggle too!

  83. Wonderful creations and great inspiration for me!!

  84. But what to my wondering eyes should appear- but 2 beautiful pieces!
    I absolutely LOVE the buterfly- what great soup you have- but it would not been OUT of my comfort zone. Great job
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

  85. Gorgeous creations!!! The necklace took my breath away!

  86. Very beautiful. I love the butterfly necklace the colors you paired with this are just perfect. The bracelet...well it just speaks to me. Stunning with the carnelian and lampwork, just wonderful!

  87. Both gorgeous - I *love* the necklace especially! Beautiful lampworks and I love all of those links you have made.

  88. I love them both! That clasp would have given me pause, but you did awesome!