Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party

It is finally here!  The Bead Soup Blog party.  

For those of you not participating, let me fill you in.
We got paired up with someone we did not know, exchanged beads, and had to create something with them (the short version).  
Today is the hop.

I got paired up with Stephanie Haussler of Pixibug Designs.
She sent me the ingredients below.

 We have to use the clasp and the focal, any other beads and such we get are optional.  Stephanie sent me a pretty mix pink / purples and greens, to go with the gorgeous focal her husband made.  She also sent a pretty silver flower clasp.  

I had big plans for that focal, and they were not of the pretty purplish variety.  I figured I'd make two pieces, one to include the clasp and one for that focal, since I didn't see them really going together in my mind.  I like to step outside the box, but also try to keep with my own aesthetic as well.

So for the focal, I made this long, knotted piece using waxed linen, my own carved black donut beads, kyanite, green tourmaline nuggets of the gigantic variety, along with other various beads and materials, like sari silk, and a marsha neal head pin at the bottom.  I had originally planned for this to be a shorter necklace in a sideways sort of collage like I often do.  But it evolved as I worked on it, and this is how it was meant to be.

The other piece I made, a garden party style, is reminiscent of my early pieces.  I loved mixing a lot of different stones and beads into one piece, with none of it being counted out or symmetrical.  So I revisited that for the clasp, using most all of the beads Stephanie sent.

Now- a friend contacted me awhile back and asked if my daughter Julia would like to do a bead swap with her daughter, since they both make beads (julia is 9, sarah is 12).  Of course, we said yes.  So Julia was paired with Sarah.  She received these beads

And made these pieces....a  lovely necklace using the peace sign focal and a bracelet using the flowers that Sarah had enameled.

Julia sent sarah some of her polymer clay beads below

To see what Sarah made with Julia's beads, check it out here.
To see what my partner, Stephanie made using the stash I sent her, click here.

To hop along with the entire blog hop, here is the list below!

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Lori Bergmann                             
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holder                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Cindy Pack                                     
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
JJ Jacobs                                         
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Nancy Dale                                    
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Sonya Stille                                   
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             
Helen Simon                                 

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                           www.Dancingwireandbeads/
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               
Catharine Temaluru                  

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith  ME_You are here                                  
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lesley Lane                                   
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        
Cynthia Tucker                            

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Stephanie Price                           
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd                                  


  1. I love the black necklace! Your post reminds me of my bead soup. I've created a piece with the focal, the clasp and my own glass beads. Then I made 2 more necklaces with the other pieces in the soup. I kept creating and added 2 extra necklaces because I simply love to melt glass and make beads...

  2. I've admired your style for a while, but this piece is a knockout. It so cool that your daughter participated as well.

  3. Your first necklace is amazing!! The colours are gorgeous! But I love Sarah's enamelled flowers!!!!

  4. Every piece is a work of art!! Just gorgeous!!!

  5. Very cool. Love the mix of beads. Especially love your daughter's bracelet! Good work!

  6. Love Love Love that Green and Black one and it looks great on you to!!!!!!

  7. Ditto what Kristin said! That green and black necklace is fabulous! What a sweet idea for the girls to do their own swap. How nice to see the pretty things they've made as well as your stunners.

  8. Wow - fantastic pieces! Really funky and original. ANd your daughter's stuff is just lovely. :)

  9. Love both your pieces. That green and black together is spec-tac-ular!! Julia's pieces are also great. What a great flower bracelet! I guess talent runs in the family.

  10. You wear that green and black number well. It's a great piece.

  11. Your designs are gorgeous! The first necklace is one that just screams 'StaciLouise' to me.

    And I just love the bracelet that your daughter made. Very talented.

  12. That first necklace is a stunner Staci and suits you to a T. Great to see the burgeoning of a a junior bead soup brigade too...Julia obviously inherited her mum's talent.

  13. So love that first necklace you made and it looks great on you too. How fun to get your daughter involved too. She did an awesome job too.

  14. Love the way you took that gorgeous lampwork and made it your own. I would have know that first necklace was yours anywhere. The second piece not so much. It is beautiful and I love it asymmetry, but I wouldn't have recognized it as yours. Your design aesthetic has really evolved. Great job!

  15. What a contrast between the two, but both lovely in their own right. It's so charming with the timing of Mother's day weekend that daughters are included here. love it!

  16. Love your work and love that you used the focal as part of the necklace!

  17. Love both your designs Staci but the first one with the green and black is reeeaaaallllyy fantastic! I love green and black together and your choice of beads and design is perfect! Julia did a great job...I see a future jewelry designer in the making! :)

  18. What an awesome soup! And such a contrast between the two pieces you made, you clearly have a great talent. I think it's fantastic that you're daughter was involved too, you're inspiring the next generation of beaders!

  19. I definitely wowed at your black necklace, so tribal and cool, but all pieces are lovely. Great work with your soup :)

  20. Wow! Gorgeous pieces as usual. :D

  21. You created two totally fabulous designs. Your daughter's work is amazing too. Nicely done, both of you.

  22. Black and green...that one turned out so very YOU. And your daughter obviously inherited the jewelry talent gene. That was very bold of her to put herself out there like that. She did beautifully!

  23. LOVE that black and green necklace! So happy you included a shot of it being worn, so we could see how gorgeously it hangs!

  24. OMG love it all !! the organic style is really wonderful and I have to say that I love the pictures on the top of the blog too :) What a great idea to get the kiddo's involved too!

  25. You managed to incorporate the glass bead in your style perfectly, love that necklace! And I also love the colorful one, it's so happy and cheerful!! Wonderful use of your soup, Staci!
    Congratulations to your little one, too!

  26. That Black necklace is really stunning and it looks great on you!! Love it !! Your carved black beads are amazing!!

  27. I think it is terrific that you involved the young ladies in their own swap !! What fun for them !!

  28. I really really love your first necklace... so awesome! The second one is lovely too! And your daughter's pieces are so sweet, especially love her bracelet! What a great idea to have the younger ones join in the fun!

  29. Totally love the drama of the black components with the bright glass, Staci. And that sweet garden of flowers... beautiful! Thanks for including Julia's wonderful designs :) She is keeping the creativity circle expanding!

  30. Your designs always surprise and inspire me and this reveal was no exception. I totally expected to see that focal bead dangling down with some of your handmade elements, but you put it up on the side of the necklace. What a neat idea! I also like that you went really long with the 'focal' of the necklace as well. It's just great. And, your other necklace absolutely looks like a garden party; so bright and fresh!
    As for Julia's piece. . .that bracelet is too, too cute. So professional! Did she do the wire wrapping for the dangles on the peace sign? She is totally rocking the jewelry skills!! You're definitely going to have some competition in the house before long.

  31. Love both your pieces and your daughter's. You're both very creative and your designs are fresh and unique.

  32. Staci, as a bead maker myself I am always so inspired by your work. I love how the first necklace came out with the mixture of light green and black. I also think Julia is lucky to have you for a mom. She has certainly inherited your eye for design!

  33. Staci! I love what you designed with your ingredients! The necklace you produced with the green and black bead is wonderful! I would never have thought to put it in the design that way! The garden piece is also very pretty (far more like my designs) and I am so glad you enjoyed the ingredients we sent. I love that the girls also participated, really like the enameled bracelet your daughter made!

  34. I really LOVE the first one. So creative!

  35. That black and pale green combo is really effective! I like it a lot!

  36. I love both necklaces - both very different in colors and styles, but love them both!

  37. That first necklace is so cool, and so you. Looks perfect on you. The pink/purple/green gemstone mix in the second necklace is gorgeous. And Julia, I love your bangle. Very cute. I see that you have definitely inherited your mom's talent. Can't wait to see what other wonderful things you do in the future.

  38. You have so original style! All creations are perfect!

  39. Wow, i can't beleive what you did with that first necklace, seeing that pendant I could never have predicted the finished necklace. Its so beautiful. Your daughter is following right in your footsteps. She made a sweet little bracelet too.

  40. The first necklace is so inspiring! I love the collage mix and the way it hangs. So wonderful - and wearable!

  41. Hi Staci, I like the green with the flat black. You chose your colors very well. The garden party necklace is my favorite. Great job using your soup. It is easy to see that Julia gets her talent from her Mom. I really like her bracelet. Thanx for including her in this post.

  42. Wow, the pieces you made are fabulous. I take a minute to think what I'd do with the beads before I look to see what was done with them and I never even get close to what the artist does! You did a great job with these beautiful beads!

  43. that garden piece is freaking amazing! so full of life and color! i also liked the first piece and how you listened to the piece to hear it saying to be longer. i really like the assym of your pieces. and your wonderful! =) great job!

    Linda A.

  44. Long necklaces with big chunky beads - reminds me of my early work too . Your daughter has done a wonderful job - love that bracelet

  45. I love the first necklace. The combination of pale green and black is just as beautiful than the great combination of different shapes. Normally I don't like much multicolored pieces but your garden party is really fun. :-) Your daughter did a very geat job, I really like both pieces.

  46. Staci, that first necklace is so you! I love it! The second one is quite a departure from what I recognize as your style but so pretty and colorful. Julia's bracelet and necklace are great. It's wonderful that she's carrying on the Bead soup tradition.

  47. Love that first necklace! The style, the big ole pieces, the focal right in the best spot in the house! shows it off perfectly. Your garden party piece is a lot of fun, splashes of color and totally not organized. Perfect summer bash! Your daughter did such a good job. I think it is so fun that she joined you. What a great experience for both of you.

  48. What a fortunate coincidence, I'm late with coming here to your blog ;0) So I was able to find your recent blog posts too! You're a stunning artist, Stacy! Your work is incredible, I've to add you on my bloglist. So, back to the soup party - the green necklace is a beauty, the light green lampworkbead and your black clay pieces are so harmonious! I like the way you're mounting several beads for a long collage, it's an eyecatch!

  49. Pls., pls. forgive me Staci ..... for the "y" in my last post ...... I was to fast!

  50. Wow incredible artistic designs. love all your pieces so beautiful!

  51. Truly inspiring! Two completely different unique and artful pieces! And your daughter is very talented :)

  52. Your necklace is so cute on! Wonderfully done......and the little Miss did an awesome job too! Love love love Julia's bracelet!

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