Bead Soup Blog Reveal!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!

(Chinoise Copyright Margot Potter 2011)

What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.

Above is a pic of the bracelet and matching earrings I made! I'm of two minds when it comes to design, either simple and striking or totally over the top, this time I went with simple. I really wanted to let this focal bead be the star of the show. I used the focal bead, the cinnabar beads, the ceramic caps, the frosted rondelles, black onyx rounds and the glass tipped copper head pins. Since I sent my partner, Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads copper, I decided to do something unexpected and use copper in my design too. So that meant I didn't use my clasp...which means I did not follow the rules.

Quel suprise.

Silver or gold would have been more obvious choices, but I love the way the warmth of the copper contrasts with the black, white and red pallet of the other beads. I used 20 Gauge Artistic Wire to make the clasp and the links. My grandmother, Cissy, loved all things Chinese in decor and painted any piece of furniture that came into her path a lacquered black accenting it all with red and white. This palette combined with Asian inspired design always reminds me of her and her crafty DIY decor! Unfortunately the lighting gods were not with me, so this pic is not as crisp as I'd like it to be, but you get the gist of what I'm throwing down, n'est pas?

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 YOU ARE HERE!
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
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

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!


Unknown said...

Love the contast of colors and the lampwork bead is gorgeous!

Round Rabbit said...

It's beautiful Margo! I was paired with Sue in the first Bead Soup party - she's the best! :)

Vicki said...

Very pretty, Margot! My favorite part is the dangly tassel of beads where the clasp joins. I love dangly things on bracelets!

m.e. said...

A Gorgeous focal does deserve to be the star !!! You created the Perfect design to show it off!!!
m.e . :)

My Life Under the Bus said...

Love the poppy focal and the red and copper together ! YUM : )

Patsy Evins said...

Love your creation! I can feel the Oriental influences and I think your grandmother would love this necklace!

ViviBijoux said...

What a classy piece. you did really well!! smile, Virginie

ViviBijoux said...

What a classy piece. you did really well!! smile, Virginie

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

LOVE what you created! You always surprise, delight amd charm when you design, Margot!
xoxox! jean

SueBeads said...

LOVE Margot! I love what you did with the bead caps! Copper looks really good with it, which I didn't expect!

earthlyjewels said...

Very pretty!

Kristen said...

Great colors together! Beautiful!

charlene said...

I love the color palette - beautiful design.

Cathryn said...

Talk about striking and dramatic! Black and red always works for both! Incredible--I am drooling over your Soup Creation!

Unknown said...

Red is Chinese lucky money color, very good, and superb with the black. I love the copper clasp too, glad you went with it.

Kate said...

I totally relate to the "simple and striking or totally over the top" thing. Love what you did here. Cinnabar always pulls at me. Have an awesome party!

Marie Cramp said...

How fun! I love the feel of the Orient I get from your piece!

Unknown said...

Love it! What a fun piece!

Islandgirl said...

Really like the black and red! So pretty!

CraftyHope said...

Your so right, any metal would have gone with those beads, but the copper just makes then GLOW. I don't know that I would have had the gumption (balls) to try the copper with them. You did it beautifully!

Anonymous said...

This is a really dramatic piece, the colours are intense and they have a great sense of vibrancy

Unknown said...

Nice work!!


Stacey said...

The colors - gorgeous. love the copper....really beautiful pieces!

Wendy said...

Love it, you did a great job!

Unknown said...

So lovely!! The copper really brings some snap its beautiful!!

Heather said...

Nice piece, that is a beautiful lampwork bead and your dangles are interesting.

Lisa said...

Lovely work, Margot!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, very dramatic.

ladynoble said...

I have seen so many fantastic copper elements in Soup Party designs today. I like that you decided to go simple to show off the focal, and your copper is wonderful. Great Soup!

BeadsByEarthTones said...

very pretty...those are some gorgeous beads!

N Valentine Studio said...

What a wonderful cheery piece! Stunning work the dangly bits on the bracelet are pretty cool!

Courtney Breul said...

I love the black, red and white. Great job.

CraftyHope said...

Gracious, my last comment was so full of grammar FAIL that I had to come back and let you know that I do indeed know the difference between your and you're. I think I was just excited about the blog hop. I apologize, please do not think less of me! (hanging head in shame!)

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! My favorite colors!

Terri said...

cool beads..classic colors add to the drama of your creations!

moonlitfantaseas said...

love the colors

SummersStudio said...

I do like that copper with the black and red. It's gorgeous!

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Lovely! I like the contrast with the red focal and there rest of the beads :)

rosebud101 said...

Margot, you work wonders with color! I love what you did with your bead soup!

Margot Potter said...

Thank each and every one of you for your kind and thoughtful comments. I am ever humbled and inspired by the kindness of creative people.

Keep on beading in the free world!


Paige said...

What a beautiful bracelet and earrings!! Great work!

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

very elegant - nice job!!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Sue makes the best beads and components and you definitely showed them off with that gorgeous set!

Unknown said...

#209 here...beautiful great work...

Dee said...

lovely finish..great pulling it all together..your other work is fun to view as well. great job!

BluMoon said...

Very nice set the colours go so well.

Helmitarha said...

Oh, wow! So chic and elegant! I think I'm in love! ;)

Loretta said...

Lovely pieces. You truly did capture the Asian design that your Grandmother loved. The Soup is good. Is that Wonton Soup?

rockcreekcreations said...

i love the design with the focal and cinnabar bead!

Pretty Things said...

I love the color palette, and the random choice of beads has always been a favorite of mine -- make it more interesting! I think copper was a great choice!

Laura said...

Love the pieces you made with your beads. Very nice that you went "simple." I went... the other way. It's nice to experience some basic, well-made charming pieces as well.

Juli Cannon said...

Beautiful ingredients, beautiful bracelet!

Francy said...

so pretty. Love copper. BTW where did you get the copper rings you sent sue?

Maneki said...

Very pretty set! I like your choice of metal: not the one most people wouldv'e chose for the colours and therefore it makes it more intersting. And I really like those cute bead caps.

Georgene Lockwood said...

Uh oh. Breaking the rules. You rebel, you. I can see why you did it though and from one rebel to another, I support you! I'm going to sign up for the next one. I've never done anything like this before, but I like the idea so much I'm going to try it with my own weekly studio group. We all have such different styles it should be fun to see what develops.

Coming Abstractions said...

Very pretty!

Margot Potter said...

Francy I bought those in Tucson several years ago and I can't recall the vendor...sorry!

Margot Potter said...

Georgene please do come and play! I love the Waterhouse painting in your banner, one of my favorite artists!

Nicki said...

I love simple - that focal bead is really cool. I think you made it really shine.

Raida said...

Very pretty! Love the color combination and the copper looks great!

Third Eye Gypsy said...

I agree! Great contrast with the copper against the red, black and white. Simply lovely.

Valerie said...

Beautiful yet simple. I love it! The focal is gorgeous and the copper is perfect with it. Glad to be in this group with you!

Anonymous said...

simple yet stunning. You have got the Asian influence naile here. Gorgeous.

Beadbug said...

I am in love with the black and white, you are right about making the focal the star of the show it is sure a piece of art.

Holly said...

So beautiful! Subtlety is sometimes the name of the game, I agree - and you nailed it with this! And yes, copper, black and red is luscious together!

Jess Italia Lincoln said...

Beautiful contrast of colors with the copper wire! Love the Oriental feel and your inspiration from your grandmother's passion for Asian decor :)

fireflymyst said...

#161 here:0

Love your designs! I especially love the earrings and the way you showcased the focal. Perfect!

Leigh said...

I really love the Asian feel you captured here. Great design.

Julie said...

Really beautiful, Margot.

Unknown said...

Very nice design Margot that focal is gorgeous.

Dana said...

Wonderful bracelet.

Everyday Gypsy said...

I really admire the way you worked around the focal bead. You are right and sometimes the focal just needs to stand on its own. You created a piece that did that, but had supporting elements that stood out also. Great work.

VS said...

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

Sarabeth aka Sarita said...

i'm in love! i love the tassel of beads-reminds me a little of my twilight love :)

great job with your soup!


Cyndi L said...

Oh, how totally fun, Madge!!

jessememan said...

Love SueBeads...this is very the asian flavor :)

Serena Trent said...

I like the bracelet, excellent job!

BookBubbe said...

What a great soup! Delicious!!

Karyn said...

Absolutely gorgeous. The red and black together are just so striking. Well done!


LeeLu Creations said...

Love black and red together!

Lisa Godfrey said...

Very nice!

Stacie said...

My favorite color combination--love the copper choice!

Cheryl K Roe said...

Very interesting pieces. Really liked the earrings.

TesoriTrovati said...

Totally crushing on that focal bead! I have something very similar in a new old stock vintage set of beads. And some of that cinnabar too! I think that your piece is so lovely and wearable. I love that it evokes your grandmother. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy the day!

Regina said...

What a stunning piece, love the colors! Great design!

Marian Hertzog said...

Very pretty! Love the red and black with copper!

Rebecca said...

Oh man! YOu got some really delicious soup here. And have made some lovely pieces with it. I want that bracelet!

one-eared pig said...

Nice! I love the composition!

Cindy said...

Margot, your bracelet and earrings are gorgeous and have a classic appeal. I enjoyed the hearing how they brought back memories of your Grandmother and her interest in Asian-inspired furniture. Sure makes your Bead Soup that much more special!