Lori Anderson is the wonderful host of the Bead Soup Blog Party, This year Lori has opened the event to those on Pinterest! This is the Bead Hoarders Edition - It's a pay it forward kind of swap! We box up a "hoarded" bead, write a note telling why it was so loved and send it off to our partner! Thanks Lori! Check out Lori's blog to see what everyone made with their soup!
BSBP REVEAL! This is my favorite piece! I love dragonflies and having been eying this particular pendant! The dragon fly is beautiful with the enameling and rhinestones. I strung it with a loop made of glass seed beads, aquamarine chips, tree jade and a few touches of silver plated beads then finished with a silver plated floral clasp. Thank you Jackie!
BSBP REVEAL! I am not a fan of orange, so this piece was the most challenging for me and it turned out lovely! The vintage orange mother of pearl pendant is strung on a necklace made of coconut palm beads with glass beads mixed in throughout. Maybe I will work with orange again one day!
Jade and a Turtle! I knew right away what I wanted to do with this beautiful jade piece from my partner Jackie Marchant. I did a simple design including the cute little ceramic turtle on a piece of faux suede and am thrilled with it!
BSBP REVEAL! This knotted necklace turned out gorgeous, the copper color of the chain compliments the unakite jasper. I do not do much with gemstones, but this is a beautiful stone, one of nature’s most healing crystals of the heart and mind resonating with the frequency of love, compassion and kindness.
My bead soup arrived in a lovely bag that my partner Jackie Marchant had crocheted for me. I took the liberty of transforming it into a beautiful scarf that fits like a collar, it is perfect for the cold days we have been having!
I am so excited to have Jackie Marchant as my partner, i have so enjoyed getting to know her! These are some of my favorite hoarded beads that I sent to her. I have a special fondness for African trade beads and their history and was happy to share them!
And then there are these gorgeous pendants! The orange on is a pearlized vintage pendant, orange has always been difficult for me to work with, so it is a nice challenge for me. The dragon fly is actually one I have eyed myself before so I am thrilled to have it, it should be easy for me to use - I guess we shall see what I come up with! Thank you Jackie!
Jackie made these copper coil beads for me, I am touched by that - she had no idea that they would brings back fond memories of many years ago when my sister and I learned how to make similar beads. In fact, my sister recently found her tools from back then - we just make have to give it a try again!