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We’ve reached the end of the second round of Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Party. I’ve really enjoyed my second serving of soup and I’m ready to get the third pot going. I have a bead convention coming up in less than two weeks, so I am very excited to look for something fun for my next partner.

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway from the bracelet pictured in my reveal on Day 3.  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment (one per person please).  Comments will close at midnight PST.

Here is the last helping of soup…


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The party is almost over, which is sad. But there are still lots of lovely blogs to visit today and tomorrow. There are only a couple of days left to win a bracelet by commenting (one per person please) on my piece from Day 3.  My plan is to close the comments at midnight PST tomorrow.

I have an idea in the works for one of the other focals I received from my partner, Kate of Tropical Blonde, but my week has gotten away from me.  I will definitely post when I do get it done.

Don’t forget to visit these blogs today.

Have a good night!

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I meant to update with the links every day, but work has been INSANE this week.  We are a small office and one gal is out on vacation this week. I’ve been bringing work home (since I’m lucky enough to remotely connect to our system) and staying up late to get more done.

Make sure you take a moment to post a comment (one per person please) on the piece I revealed on Day 3. You will be entered into a contest for the bracelet pictured at the end of the Day 3 post.

Bead Soup Party Day 5

Bead Soup Party Day 6

I have nothing intelligent left to say tonight.  I hope you’re enjoying the party!!

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(don’t miss my bead soup from yesterday)

I wanted to start today with a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my Bead Soup piece.  I have loved reading through all the comments. I actually think this is my favorite part of the party.  (Well, okay, cool beads it pretty awesome too.)  I just love getting all of the feedback.

The party continues today, so don’t miss out on some more amazing pieces. I am truly humbled by the talent of the designers in this party!

I promised more pictures of my giveaway bracelet, so here goes…

Here is a closer view of the beads created by Kate at Tropical Blonde. Someone commented yesterday that they looked like candy, and I completely agree.  I wonder what flavor they would be??

The square, brown beads are more of Kate’s lovely polymer clay creations. I added some Carnelian rounds and copper spacers to complete the bracelet.

I made my own clasp for this one too.  I never realized it would be so addicting to make clasps.  I am totally loving it.  If I could find a good toggle design, then I might never go back.  Actually, someone had a lovely stamped one, and I’m considering seeing if I can duplicate it.

So… if you’d like a chance to win this bracelet, then don’t forget to comment (one per person please) on my Bead Soup post from yesterday.

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For this round of the Bead Soup Party (hosted by the lovely and talented Lori Anderson) my partner was Kate of Tropical Blonde. She sent me all sorts of lovely pieces to work with including three focals. I was so sure I’d have at least two pieces to reveal today, but I kept working and working the first piece that I didn’t have time for a second.

I tend to mull over projects for a long time before I start putting them together. One of the three focals surprised me by sticking in my mind. About the same time I received my first package from Kate, Susan Lenart Kazmer of Objects and Elements introduced her Industrial Chic line. The wheels really started turning for a more “industrial” piece.

Here is what I’ve created…

I took Kate’s piece and decided to oxidize it, which was a scary but perfect decision because then it matched the chain. I created my own headpins in three different designs. Aside from the two Industrial Chic pieces and the metal component I put behind the smaller one, I used only the beads that Kate sent.

A lot of the details are really subtle. I took seed beads and 28 gauge wire and wrapped them around some of the links.

I also wire wrapped some beads over the chain.

I did create my own clasp.

I had a lot of fun creating this piece. I feel like I stretched myself to do something that was different for me and I enjoyed it.

Thank you so much Kate for all that you sent! I’m hoping to have some time this week before the party is over to create a second piece. The polymer clay components have been talking to me, and I still need to use your clasp.

Don’t forget to visit the others revealing their pieces today…

Don’t forget to comment. Each comment (one per person please) on this post will enter you into my little contest for this piece…

I’ve talked enough for one day, so I’ll tell you all about this piece tomorrow.

Update 6/27: The contest is now closed, but please continue to comment. I love and treasure all of your feedback.

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There are 97 participants in the second batch of the Bead Soup Blog Party. Last time, we all revealed on the same day, and it was a bit overwhelming.  This time, Lori has split us up into smaller servings, which I think is a fantastic idea.  (If you promise not to tell, I could actually use a few more days because I’m not done yet!)

My plan is to put a post up each day of the soup creations revealed that day.  I’m sure many of us will be doing the same.  My reveal is coming up on Day 3 of the party, which is Monday, so please come back.

To add a little fun to the party, I’m going to be doing my very first giveaway. All comments on the post where I reveal my creation will be entered into a drawing for a piece created with components from the party. Only one comment per person will qualify. At midnight on the last day of the party (June 26th), I’ll be closing the comments.  I’ll pick a winner a couple of days after that.

As for what you’ll win…

you’ll just have to come back on Day 3.  I can tell you for sure, that I have that piece made, so it’s a done deal. 😉

So, here is the list for Day 1.

Have fun seeing what everyone has created, especially my partner, Kate!  And don’t forget to comment here.  The giveaway entries start right now!

11:00pm update: I decided my original contest idea was a little too complicated, so I’m limiting the entries to comments on the post where I reveal my piece.

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My Bead Soup partner, Kate from Tropical Blond sent me some great pieces to work with.  I am in love with copper and was so excited to get two copper focals to work with.

While I’m going to try to make pieces with both focals, I don’t know if I’m going to have the time.  I think I’m already a little surprised by which one is grabbing my attention more.  I’m going to leave that in suspense, but if you knew me and my color loves, you might be a bit surprised with which piece is probably going to get designed first.

Then she sent me this lovely assortment of beads.

This is a fun mix of Rutilated Quartz ovals, 4mm imitation turquoise diagonal cubes, genuine turquoise rondelles, and wooden rondelles.  I think my favorite though are the pale yellow beads that I forgot to get a name for.  I just love them mixed in with the blue and brown.  They make a great third-color contrast.

Then, earlier this week she sends me a surprise email that she’s sending me another package with some of her polymer clay designs.  I’ve never worked with any polymer clay pieces before, so I was really excited.  And who isn’t excited about fun, new beads to play with.

I received that package yesterday, and she didn’t disappoint!  I had a small creation figured out almost right away.

Now I might have my work cut out for me. I really want to make something fun out of everything, but I think I just might run out of time.

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