Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bead Soup No. 6

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Whoohooo!! I'm so excited to announce that I'm participating in another one of Lori Anderson's wonderful Bead Soup parties! This time, I've been partnered with Barb Solem, who is a very talented interior designer, jewelry artist, and art retreat event planner. Her style is vintage and mixed media, which are two elements that have always appealed to me, and it turns out we have a lot of other things in common too!

After a few emailed "interviews" so that I could get a feeling for what Barb likes, here is what I sent to her:

Most of the beads I made myself (glass, of course!), in some of her favorite colors and with a "Miriam Haskell" vibe that we both love. I gave her two different color sets so she could pick and choose which one she might like to work with best. (The only requirement of Bead Soup is that each partner needs to use at least one focal and the clasp provided, but can add in their own mix of elements if they prefer.) I also included some freshwater peacock pearls, silver toggle clasp, fun nest beads, and some of my favorite tiny flat discs covered in fine silver.

And this is what Barb sent me:


… and utter DELIGHT!!! 

She sent me a wonderful collection of lovely goodies in warm brass and caramel tones, and sparkly vintage rhinestones. Some of these type of items are things I've loved seeing in other artist's designs, but haven't tried myself—so I'm really looking forward to this challenge to think outside of the box. The creative wheels are turning and I can't wait to get started on my design(s)! Our reveal date is the last one, which is August 25—so you'll have to wait until then to see what I end up making with this great stash! ;-D

It's a good thing I have some time to work on this project, since I'll be attending the ISGB Gathering conference all this week—including learning from the amazing Robert Dancik in a three-day workshop! I might even bring this big focal piece into the workshop and see if I'll be inspired to do something extra special with it? I'll share more photos and news of this fun event later this week too! *Ü*


  1. Good idea,i can DIY a necklace for my Mom,as a birthday

  2. Lori, I love both what you sent and what you received! Looks like you both will have a lot of fun with your soups. Can't wait to see what you come up with.


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