It’s Party Time! Bead Soup Day Has Arrived !!!

My soup ingredients:

My final piece…


I tried to incorporate everything, but in the end, I left out the large round cream colored beads… I really wanted to focus on Lisa’s beautiful focal piece, and found that the size of the stone beads was eclipsing the focal. So in the end, I used only three. I cut a heart out of the center of the focal disc, and backed it with a faux bone disc which was colored using alcohol inks. I then riveted it to the brass. The heart was then used as a charm.

This was such a challenge for me! I’ve re-worked the piece 3 or 4 times, and what I secretly want to do…. shhhh… don’t tell anyone, is to just wear the focal on a brass chain 🙂 But this is a bead challenge after all, and that just wont do!

Now…. I’m off to join the Blog Party…..grab my waist and join the conga line!!!!

There are a LOT of blog pages to visit! Here’s the complete list: WOW And please don’t forget to visit my Partner’s blog to see what she made with the ingredients I sent her! Lisa’s Blog


66 comments on “It’s Party Time! Bead Soup Day Has Arrived !!!

  1. joolzbylisa says:

    OMG! It’s beautiful. Wait, that’s not right. It’s breathtaking! I LOVE what you did with the elements. So much visual expression. Thanks for making the etched pieces look so good. Now I’m really wishing I’d used your focal up front.

    The thing I love about how Lori has evolved the party is how much we are pushed out of our comfort zones, which only serves to enhance our skills. I’m smiling big today!

  2. Cece says:

    Beautiful design.

  3. Lynne says:

    That’s great! Love how you put everything together! It matches so weill!

  4. Geanina says:

    What a beautiful fun necklace . The colours go really well together .
    Love your work on Etsy :))

  5. Lynne says:

    What are the weird shaped beads that sort of look like bone or dyed coral they are sort of greyish?

  6. lesley Watt says:

    Brilliant use of the focal and class here with great counter-balance from the beads. Well done Jen.

  7. While it was more work than simply hanging the focal on a brass chain, I really like what you came up with. Much more interesting!

  8. Shiraz says:

    I really liked how you used the pieces you were sent, the incorporation of the ribbon is especially neat!

  9. A unique piece of art, Jennifer! Wonderful idea to cut the brass piece and give it some purple accent! I love your necklace!
    Greetings, Michi

  10. Such a great design! Well done necklace!

  11. vintagesusie says:

    What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

  12. Mallory says:

    Jennifer, that is beautiful!! You did an outstanding job!

  13. Karyn B says:

    I’m in shock – in a good way – that you cut into the focal. I would never have had the guts to do that, and it turned out so fantastic. And that you used the scrap center as a charm! Amazing thinking outside the box. The necklace is lovely. Very inspiring and eye-opening.

  14. I love that you riveted the focal and tied in the color in the heart cut out. As Karen B said above, I would have not had the guts to cut that great piece of etched metal either but I am so glad you did.
    Carrie T.

  15. Oh, Jen! That is just GORGEOUS! I hear ya on the putting the focal on a brass chain and would probably be tempted to do that too. But it sure would be a shame to not have this piece existing in its current form…

  16. Really Pretty, I like those colors.

  17. coffeeaddict says:

    i love the buttons, what a great way to make a piece truly extraordinary.

  18. A lovely, creative piece. Great job.

  19. Maria Clark says:

    Very inventive to cut out the heart and add a backing with colors that complement the ribbon. I really enjoyed the necklace.

  20. Wonderful! You have created a terrific piece of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture and the heart focal bead is fabulous. I’m so taken with your soup ingredients, my favorite colors. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!

  21. That is REALLY clever! I love the stamped metal Lisa is doing and the cut-out is perfect! And the fiber — I love that element.

    I hope you’ll join me next time! The badge and dates will be posted tomorrow, the 19th!

    Love, Lori

  22. maggie says:

    What beautiful ingredients and a stellar necklace! Kudos!

  23. ah! nice cut out heart – so clever!! I would not have thought of that, I would have just layered something on top instead. Fantastic design for the rest of it too, perfectly balanced. Just lovely.

  24. jvvonna says:

    Jennifer! Yum Yum Yummy, and you used buttons too! You incorporated just about every texture I can think of and rocked this design with Lisa’s soup mix!

  25. Lara Lutrick says:

    Amazing! I think the heart cut out made the piece. Just lovely

  26. Ok, I don’t do anything with metal, so what you did with the cutout was awesome to me! And then to hang it as a charm was just great. I really like the length on this piece. Great job!

  27. I absolutely LOVE this necklace!

  28. You had a gorgeous color palette to work with…and you photographed the beads beautifully! Your design is lovely!

  29. Wendy says:

    Oh this is gorgeous! I love it!

  30. That is absolutely beautiful – definitely one of my favourite bead soup pieces!

  31. Tracy says:

    Earthy, yet pretty and feminine at the same time…it’s a gorgeous combo and design.

  32. How gorgeous is this?! I love that you cut the heart out of the focal!

  33. Ann Sherwood says:

    That was a really clever use of your focal and I love the way you used the fiber too. Fantastic piece.

  34. Wow! What a beautiful necklace! I love what you did with the focal, and the use of fiber is perfect – the added texture and color is delightful!

  35. Kay says:

    What a perfect piece. I love the way you cut out the focal and backed it and then used the little heart cutout as a charm. Your backing piece compliments the beads so well. And the way you draped the ribbon through and around the chain is just so pretty.

  36. wow that’s gorgeous! Love the colors and the metals and everything works together so perfectly!

  37. I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
    Be blessed to be a blessing

  38. Doris says:

    that is so beautiful – i love it !!!

  39. Tracy says:

    I love the colors and design, it’s so much fun to see what everyone has created.

  40. love how you cut the heart from the focal and then used cut out as a dangle. I love the punch of colour that the pearls added and the few buttons…altogether a very beautiful soup.

  41. Jo says:

    I LOVE this! Words cannot describe how much i love this. Definitely up there with my favourites from this party!

  42. Jennifer says:

    Oh my oh my! What a fantastic and unique and stunning piece! Gorgeous!!

  43. Beadaholique says:

    Jennifer, I really love this necklace! I especially love the way you wove the chain and the ribbon together. Bravo! 🙂

  44. christine says:

    Beautiful! Love what you did with the focal!!

  45. Maria Rosa says:

    Beautiful. The colors are amazing as well as what you did with your lovely soup mix!

  46. Terri G. says:

    Fantastic soup and what a wonderfully artistic necklace you have made. The fact you were able to use most of the soup is a testament to your amazing artistry and design skills. What a beautiful color palate you had to work with.

  47. Lyn Foley says:

    Creative as always. Love how you cut out the heart and added the tinted bone, and used the cutout as a charm. Fund necklace (and later you can put the focal on a chain.)

  48. Kari says:

    Love it! I love how the whole piece flows so well. Cutting out the heart, using the inks (on the faux bone disk) to bring in the color of the ribbon and pears was a fantastic idea!

  49. CraftyHope says:

    First off, the soup you received was absolutely luscious.
    The necklace you created is really fabulous. I’m in LOVE with the buttons you sewed onto the silk! As well, the texture you created with the weaving of the chain is really great. You’ve crafted something spectacular!

  50. Bobbie Rafferty says:

    Far. Flipping. Out! This was a piece that really made me stop, look, look again, and then wipe off my keyboard because the necklace was just so darned mouth-watering. What a fabulous idea to cut out the heart from the pendant and then use the cutout as a charm. I’m in love with this piece…

  51. Boot~C says:

    wow, I love the alterations to the focal, this is a beautiful piece. As to wanting to put it on a chain? one of the other Soupers did that & I liked it?

  52. Jenny says:

    Beautiful necklace!!

  53. Shay Stone says:

    Gorgeous piece! I love how you made it your own. It’s stunning 🙂

  54. Gloriously soft and beautiful, in colour anyway. Clever work with that artful addtion to the focal that pulls the whole necklace together. Absolutely lovely…

  55. christine says:

    this piece feels like home…cozy, warm, comfortable, and beautiful 🙂

  56. Hahaha! I’m on the conga line, and still having fun! You did a great job with your soup, and the challenge looks like it was effortless for you! Lovely necklace!

  57. What a lovely soft necklace! I really like how you altered the focal and added colour to tie it together with the beads and ribbon. Speaking of ribbon, it really adds to the soft feel of the piece. Fab job!

  58. Your necklace is so free flowing and romantic!!! Love what you did with your soup.

  59. Davinia says:

    So you actually cut the disc to match the color scheme perfectly.
    Cool, like that a lot!

  60. pinkchapeau says:

    What beautiful soft colors! The necklace is gorgeous.

  61. stacilouise says:

    I just LOOOOVE your piece! And what are those chunky wood looking beads, I love the texture they add!

  62. chicandfrog says:

    I love the cut out work you made with the focal. I wish I could do that!


  63. Heather Pyle says:

    Very nice soup! Love the pinks and lavenders with the brass, the ribbon woven in the chain- very beautiful piece.

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