My Bead Soup - Hoarder's edition   My astounding last-minute partner Ann Sherwood (see her amazing blog at http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/) sent me the most amazing beads to work with!!!    I'm so glad that she shared her hoarded treasures with me (handmade by Nan Emmett) - they made me dip into my hoarded treasure of chain to actually USE this sterling filigree chain I've had for years.  It seemed like it was MADE for the fine detail on the focal bead!

My Bead Soup - Hoarder's edition My astounding last-minute partner Ann Sherwood (see her amazing blog at http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/) sent me the most amazing beads to work with!!! I'm so glad that she shared her hoarded treasures with me (handmade by Nan Emmett) - they made me dip into my hoarded treasure of chain to actually USE this sterling filigree chain I've had for years. It seemed like it was MADE for the fine detail on the focal bead!

I started working on the soup & was called from my desk.  I returned later to find that I liked the simplicity of just putting the focal on an elegant chain.  I wore it like this for a few days, to see if I want to keep it like this - or do something else with it.    I really want to do something else with it...but love the way it looks right now!

I started working on the soup & was called from my desk. I returned later to find that I liked the simplicity of just putting the focal on an elegant chain. I wore it like this for a few days, to see if I want to keep it like this - or do something else with it. I really want to do something else with it...but love the way it looks right now!

So excited to participate this year! It will be hard to part with some of them, but I am sorting through my horde to see what goodies I can send!

These two leftover beads are crying out to be part of something else...  I think these beautiful hand-dyed ribbons from Jody Poesy will be part of it!

These two leftover beads are crying out to be part of something else... I think these beautiful hand-dyed ribbons from Jody Poesy will be part of it!

I paired these beautiful ceramic beads with sterling filigree chain and a matching clasp.    I originally had opal Swarovski crystals in the chain, but I changed it to AB crystals.

I paired these beautiful ceramic beads with sterling filigree chain and a matching clasp. I originally had opal Swarovski crystals in the chain, but I changed it to AB crystals.

Right now, it's 24" long - with a 1.5" focal drop.    I prefer my necklaces shorter, but I like the balance of this piece longer...

Right now, it's 24" long - with a 1.5" focal drop. I prefer my necklaces shorter, but I like the balance of this piece longer...

I think I like it better shorter..  I'll wear it long for a few days & see what I think...    There were so many options for these beautiful beads - I thought I knew what I wanted to do with it when it arrived, but as I continued to work with them, it evolved into something else!

I think I like it better shorter.. I'll wear it long for a few days & see what I think... There were so many options for these beautiful beads - I thought I knew what I wanted to do with it when it arrived, but as I continued to work with them, it evolved into something else!

...such a long story behind how these beads ended up to be mine...  CLEARLY, they were meant to be - they perfectly match the sweater I'm wearing!!!

...such a long story behind how these beads ended up to be mine... CLEARLY, they were meant to be - they perfectly match the sweater I'm wearing!!!

An amazing assortment of beads from my Bead Soup partner Ann!    Be sure to check out her blog at http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/

An amazing assortment of beads from my Bead Soup partner Ann! Be sure to check out her blog at http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/

I came home from an extra-long day at work to find an AMAZING package from Ann Sherwood!  Most of my work uses lampwork / pearls / gemstones, so this is a stretch for me - BUT - I can immediately see what I want to do with these amazing beads!!!

I came home from an extra-long day at work to find an AMAZING package from Ann Sherwood! Most of my work uses lampwork / pearls / gemstones, so this is a stretch for me - BUT - I can immediately see what I want to do with these amazing beads!!!

Tail of hoarded bead  :)

Tail of hoarded bead :)

Lampwork focal bead, sent to my partner Miranda Ackerman - I've hoarded it WAY too long & am eager to see someone incorporate in a piece!

Lampwork focal bead, sent to my partner Miranda Ackerman - I've hoarded it WAY too long & am eager to see someone incorporate in a piece!

Preview for my bead soup partner of a hoarded bead!

Preview for my bead soup partner of a hoarded bead!

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