Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Hop 1st Reveal

Hi all, I hope you are having a good time hopping! 
Before we start, I'd like to request you take a moment to say a little prayer, to conjure up some thanks, send love or light, whatever you do, to Lori Anderson.  She is going through a rough time lately, and still managed to pull off this massive blog hop for us all to enjoy. 

Thank you Lori!!!!  Your heart inspires.
 OK- now for the beads.  My partner is Emily Greer of Gaia Copia.  She does amazing work.  Once again, through the bead soup blog party, met someone I really enjoyed- and clicked with.  I love when that happens.

She sent me a very eclectic bead soup.  I really liked the Bohemian feel it had. 
It was a great mix of beads, a bunch she made herself or embellished.  I also liked the pallette she chose- the greens with the orange colors.  Unfortunately, I barely used any of them, I just had a lot of trouble making it all work. 
The gorgeous bright green stone pendant was the focal she sent.  She embellished it with some gold paint.  I really love it, though its not my usual style.  First of all its bright, and its a shape I was finding it hard to design with.  But I love a challenge.
This was the clasp she made for me.  A handmade heart toggle.  Very pretty.
For the party, we only need to use the focal and clasp.  I tried to use them both in one piece, and I just couldn't make it work. 
So the clasp went into its own piece.  I hope Emily doesn't mind, but I took it apart.  :cringes:  I really LOVED the heart she made, but when the clasp was fastend, you couldn't see the heart at all.  So I broke it up into three parts and used the toggle as closure, and the wire heart and other component as part of the design.  I love it how it turned out, and you can see her pretty wire heart clearly.


 The copper focal is by me ( and the red / black ceramic disc is by Starry Road Studio (
Now, for the focal.  What to do with it?  Well, I turned it upside down.  It really spoke to me soooooo much more then the way the pendant was drilled.  Visually, it just needed to be inverted.  So, with a little metal work, some tab settings and creativity to make it all work (yeah- its all kinds of I got it just how I wanted it. 
  It reminds me of some secret garden.

I used my gemstone pendant from Emily, a fetish bird of blackstone, a copper swirl and turquoise disc, and a copper poppy (by me- copper clay) for the main portion of the necklace.  There is a yellow ceramic disc by Starry Road Studio again, a fern metal clay component by me, a bone bead and more turquoise.  The rest is chain and pearls.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Below is a little something special for you.
 I am offering a special sale to the bead soup blog hoppers this weekend. 
(sorry- just got up and realized the code wasn't working, it should be now- I had to change it a little) 
Use code beadsouprocks13:
 Now make sure to stop by and see what everyone else did too!

Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue


Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday


  1. I don't think it's bad that you broke the clasp at all. You wanted the heart to show, and now it does ! I really love what you did with the necklace, too - especially that little bird ! Amazing work !

    1. Oh, and thanks for the coupons ! Ill go take a peek :)

  2. Wow! Gorgeous creations! Love your work Staci!

  3. Staci - What a beutiful job you did with your 'revisions'! The toggle idea is brilliant.
    And the focal necklace is simply georgeous - every part of it. Beautiful bezel work.

  4. Really interesting to see how you adapted the toggle and the focal. Both pieces are lovely.

  5. That is a gorgeous soup You got from Your partner
    and of course You made fantastic pieces with it !
    Amazingly beautiful and artful <3

  6. I love your work.... very pretty indeed....

  7. Amazing necklaces, love your style!

  8. Great job, I really admire your style Staci, so different from mine and yet I can see myself wearing either of these pieces. Nice Work!

  9. Yeesssss! You pulled it off in true Staci style. I LOVE what you did with the clasp and of course don't care that you broke it up. You improved it! It really works this way and is so much more visible!

    I really love how you made the BRIGHT as hell focal stone work. It's great to see how you took something that you wouldn't normally use and turn it into gorgeous art anyway. You broke down the mental block!

    I love it Staci! Thank you for being a great Bead Buddy and a great friend. I'm so glad I was paired with you!

    1. thanks and whew! I was worried you would be upset, I really did like your clasp, but you had such detail in the heart, and it was totally lost when it was fastend. :) I am glad you are up (early out there, right?) I will hop over to see yours !!!!! sooo excited.

    2. Once the materials left my house I totally had no attatchment to them. They're just beads. And once they got to your house they became your beads anyway. I was fine with you tinting, coloring, altering, whatever you needed to do to make it yours! No worries!

      You were truly brilliant. I actually came back to sneak a peak again tonight. It's like a second surprise! You have such a special knack for pairing textures and materials. The green stone looks really cool upside down and the copper vest and textured copper dishes just give it that something. I knew you could pull off taking that stone and just rocking it! LOVE IT!!

  10. I love how we can trace your process in your post! Love what you did with the focal, the pieces came out great, and you have so much more to play with!

  11. One of the things I like best is seeing creations from people that they wouldn't have ever tried if not for the BSBP! Your designs are amazing!

  12. I just love the way you took your soup and made in your signature style, beautiful!!!

  13. Yes, Lori Anderson is amazing! Your designs are simply beautiful. I admire your style~

  14. I love the necklaces you made - especially one with the bird - very nice!

  15. The rule says we have to use the clasp but it doesn't say we have to keep it intact so all is good. I love the way you think outside the box and create such fabulous jewelry. I especially love what you did with the green focal.......gorgeous!
    Your creations are stunning and definitely one of a kind.

  16. WOW. That necklace with the green stone is really WOW!

  17. Such gorgeous pieces!! And thank you so much for the savings code, even though I completely forgot to use it at check out, lololol!!!! I just love that you were able to use your focal after all, and the way you've worked it it looks amazing - especially with your pearls and components of your own! (I adore your work!!)

  18. Love the necklace with the green focal Stacie. I think you have put together a stunning mix of pieces to create a statement necklace. Your setting for the focal is genius.

  19. WOW, that is just amazing!!!! I love what you did. I SOOO wish I could do wirework! simply beautiful!! ~KM

  20. LOVE what you did with these! The wirework clasp in the first piece was lovely, but separating it made it even better. And I absolutely love the second piece, especially your fern component!

  21. you really highlighted the heart w/ your revisions, nice work. Both your pieces are nice, you really made your soup your own.

  22. I adore both pieces! The 2nd is my favorite...clever way to work around a stumbling block and I love the flow of the piece. But what I love most about both is that you altered what you needed to alter in order to make then work for you. And the result is stunning and clearly your style using something you wouldn't usually use. Clever girl!

    And thank you for stopping by my reveal today! I really appreciated hearing from you about my pieces.

  23. Love, LOVE, LoVe your secret garden necklace!!! All of the elements you've included just make such a statement & the focal point is amazing!!! A divine soup my friend, now I'm hungry for more! :)))

  24. Gorgeous pieces! The secret garden is so cool. I love the design and colors.

  25. I bet she doesn't mind, because both are wonderful. I especially LOVE the 2nd one. They just sing together.

  26. These are beautiful, truly feel like being in a serene garden. Happy BSBP7. I have to wait for the second reveal.
    Having a ball today.

  27. they are just fabulous! you are so creative!

  28. Your designs ROCK! Love the secret garden necklace. I would wear that in a flash.

  29. Two amazing designs from a fun and funky bowl of soup. I like that you altered the pieces to make them work with your vision. The second necklace just has me going back again and again. I could see it on a pedestal at a museum, it's so artistic. Love, love, love!!!!!

  30. I love the strong, fresh colours in both these pieces and I love all the details you've added, especially that amazing bronze fern component

  31. Both of these pieces are stunning. I love the metal work you added, and the way you used the pieces of the clasp worked beautifully.

  32. I just love your creative and artistic vision, and your soup pieces speak volumes about your work. I would wear both of them in a heartbeat! Count me as a fan for life! Gina H

  33. OMG! You are soooooo talented! I love what you created!

  34. I'm certain your partner doesn't mind that you took apart her heart toggle esp as it gave you more pieces to work with.
    I love what you did with that focal stone. I have several that have caused me the same grief and I admire how you turned it on it's head and made such a wonderful pendant.

  35. Wow, you are very creative! I love your designs. Just beautiful!

  36. Oh I dig it! Your decision to break up the clasp was brave and oh so worth it, love how the heart is that much more visible. The setting on the focal is perfect. I agree, it really needed to be inverted. I especially love that fern element up the left, uh your left, hand side. So pretty

  37. Love your work-you are so talented. Thanks for stopping by our blog today, it's very much appreciated.

  38. really enjoyed what you did.. thinking outside the box, thinking upside down and turned around.. excellent!!

  39. Thank you so much for the prayers. :-) <3

    And WOW but did you rock it. I like how you deconstructed the toggle and let it shine, and WOAH but that green necklace -- holy smokes. That is all sorts of awesome and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

    REALLY excellent job!

  40. Wow, both beautiful but the green necklace is one of the most beautiful piece ever!

  41. I agree, the green necklace is beautiful - the colors are magical.


  42. Absolutely beautiful, big case of design envy here!

  43. Gorgeous gorgeous pieces, great job!

  44. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP
    I love all your works, I follow you, you are very talented. in this occasion too you show your talent, great pieces :)
    ciao dall' Italia

  45. I love how you've taken the soup and made it your own. The way you've reinvented the clasp is amazing and shown it off too. I honestly don't know what I would've done with a soup like this. So inspiring!

  46. Staci Love the necklace with the green focal and how you altered it to fit your design sense. The necklace goes together beautifully and looks so cool on. Love the first necklace too and how you worked with the toggle to make it look great.

  47. That's just stunning. Your work is amazing. Love the organic feel of the design and beads. I'm in awe!

  48. just lovely! I love the color combo & this is stunning work.

  49. Amazing soup! I really want to see how you use that unicorn horn! The skull is very cool too.

    I really like your first piece, but the second one is the star. It has a very Atlantis feel to me.
    Love it!

  50. Love the pieces you have created! I especially like the second piece with the green arrowhead focal. I love the way you teamed all those interesting copper components - I love the nested copper discs in the middle ...

  51. I really dig how you made the green focal work by flipping it and adding the tabs....and deconstructing the toggle to let that heart shine is perfect!!!!

  52. Major WOW!!!! You have so much inspiring Art technique and a great sense of design!

  53. Fabulous, wonderful, exciting, and did I say fabulous?! Like children you can't have favorites, but yours is my favorite soup reveal so far. I am so inspired. Good decision to take the heart clasp apart, and love triple time the pieces you made and added. Standing up clapping!

  54. Loved it and was surprised by your combinations and treatment of the focal. Good Stuff~

  55. Both are very beautiful pieces. Way to think outside of the box with the heart clasp. I'm really digging that skull and what looks like a unicorn horn in your soup mix!! Very cool beads.

  56. VERY creative use of your materials! Love them!

  57. I really like the tab setting for the inverted focal. With the metal clay flower thru the hole as embellishment and security. The sheild shape and the tribal style together are a win win.

  58. The bird necklace is exquiste!! You took a spectacular pendant and made it even better. Bravo.

  59. Great work! Your style is so particular and you made really spectacular pieces out of your pendant and clasp. The heart is really beautiful and it would be a pity to hide it.

  60. Fabulous! I love your style!

  61. Oh Wow! LOVE both pieces to the max, but the last one - you really made that focal pendant bead just pop - it makes the entire piece look amazing! I love the colors, textures and design of the first one a ton, too!!

  62. Both necklaces are great, especially love the second one! Congratulations!

  63. Staci,

    I love your work and really enjoyed how you honored the heart clasp by designing the necklace around it. Beautiful wire work (from a wire addict!) Love both designs! Gorgeous! :) Kris

  64. i love what you created with this fabulous soup mix..especially how you changed around that big piece of love

  65. What a great design! Both pieces are gorgeous. I really love it :-)

  66. Gorgeous! Great design and amazing work !

  67. Stunning work - both necklaces! But especially the second one won my heart immediatly!

  68. i love how unique both pieces are. such interesting components to work with and the results are stunning

  69. Staci-YOU ROCK! Your uniqueness is so beyond anything in the world...and the way you execute your designs is art in motion. I watch your blog on a regular basis (not stalker, hee-hee) and I am always in awe of your talents. You have a very special ability to create works of ART! Love, love, love them both. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  70. I absolutely Love what you did with your soup.... FANTASTIC

  71. Love the necklace with the focal! It's one of those pieces where what I thought you might do I completely missed on, but now that I've seen it I can't imagine it any other way. Wonderfully done!

  72. WOW! your pieces are stunningly gorgeous, I love your bead soup and what you have done with it. Beautiful.

  73. Very creative pieces!Great colors, amazing work!Congrats!

  74. WOW WOW WOW !!! Stunning and creative designs

  75. I like your rustic but feminine style, especially the green necklace.

  76. I love both necklaces and how you enhanced the green focal. Great work!

  77. Both pieces stunning and so creative!

  78. LOVE LOVE LOVE your soup and what you made with it!

  79. I love them both. Very gorgeous.. Going to go check out your store now :)

  80. A big applause and a major WOW, I really love the 2nd necklace ♥

  81. I really love both pieces, beautifully designed !
    The copper clay beads you made went so well with the focal color.
    Great work!

  82. Very original!!! Love the color, the movement and the texture!! I really love the way you put things together!! Really a great job!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  83. LOVE these! The changes you made with the toggle were perfect, and really worked to show the whole thing off much more effectively. And the second necklace? Swoon...

  84. The second necklace is just gorgeous!!

  85. I love them both! Great designs, so earthy, which I love.

  86. Both necklaces are gorgeous. I can't decide on which is my favourite, I'll have to pin both to pinterest ;)

  87. Way to break out of the box! Gorgeous pieces! :)

  88. I love what you did with the second necklace just beautiful. And breaking up the clasp really got to show off all the pieces, better.

  89. I love what you did to change up the toggle and the focal. That's why I'm glad there are no rules when it comes to this type of thing! You're free to be as completely creative as you want!

  90. Your pieces came out fabulous! I love what you did the clasp and the focal necklace is AMAZING, love it!

  91. I really love what you did with everything - you definitely owned it!

  92. Fabulous work! I love how the green pendant turned out!

  93. Both pieces are just incredible! I especially love the green necklace. Really amazing work!

  94. I freaked out a little when you said you took the clasp apart. I thought you meant you completely dismantled it, destroyed it, clipped it into pieces. AHHHHHH! I was relieved to learn that I misunderstood. Whew! Now that the confusion is cleared up, I'm so happy you were able to get the focal and clasp to work in with your very distinctive style. It all turned out exceptionally well!! (Oh, and turning that focal on its head was genius!)