Thursday, April 25, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party - It's Reveal Time!!!

Well it's been a fun few weeks, looking at all the posts for the largest Bead Soup Blog Party yet!

The first reveal was March 30th! So many interesting creations! In case you missed it, click here

The second reveal was postponed to April 13th. Over 200 people posted for this reveal! Wow! Click here for a look see! You will be captivated.

Now it is time for the third reveal, which unfortunately was postponed twice due to Lori's unforeseen ill health. We all wish her a speedy recovery!   

My partner, Joyce Becker of Peoria, AZ, sent me a wonderful bead soup.
Joyce made a copper S-hook clasp, copper twisty spring tubes, copper ear wires, and copper wire doodles. So talented! She also included a clay polymer lotus flower and an original focal by Emily Claire; The stones are turquoise, lapis, tiny tourmaline spacer gemstones, adventurine, iolite, copper glass beads and a couple of copper beads. Joyce also sent along an extra Tierra cast copper clasp and a painted, imprinted & embossed bird Vintaj disc. With so much to work with, I could not wait to get started!

The focal from Emily Claire's shop & the variety of stones were calling my name, so that's where I started. Of course, copper was the optimum wire! My friend & daughter's mother-in-law, Kay Thomerson of KayzKreationz, was trying out a new tool that bends wire (I forget the name) on my copper wire.

                        So I decided to use that wire & bend it just a little more!

 Next I wanted to play with the beads, so I attached a small string of them to each side of the focal & made another string to place above with a variety of beads. I added a few copper beads as spacers that I had in my own stash.

                          Next came more wire! Woohoo! Never enough wire ------

 And .... more wire in another pattern & design. Ending with Joyce's handmade copper clasp.

Here's the final outcome of the necklace.
Of course, no necklace should be worn without it's accessories! So I made a bracelet & earrings to match. I used the other copper clasp on the bracelet and the ear wires Joyce made on the earrings.
                                 The complete set!
 Thank you Joyce for all the lovely beads & copper pieces. I think I used almost all of them! I still have two items I have planned for a future project - the polymer focal and the bird Vintaj embossed & painted disc. I bought some clay to try my hand at polymer beads that I wish to incorporate with these. That will be another blog in the future.  Stay tuned!

                                                 This is the bead soup I sent Joyce.
(Jasper, agate, shell, tiger's eye, bloodstone, smokey quartz crystals, coral, African trade beads, and a handmade copper toggle & clasp)
I'm excited to see what she did with it! For her creations see

There's so many other participants to check out. Here's the links to the third reveal. Enjoy!

Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai

Inge von Roos
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren Http://
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely

Mischelle Fanucchi

Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson

Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman


  1. Great job, I love the first necklace. Congrats!

    1. Thank you! This was a fun challenge!

  2. Beautiful necklace- I especially love the spiral chain you've made for it. I wish the bracelet photo were better, but I believe it is as beautiful as the necklace. Have a great Sunday, Ana

    1. Thanks Ana! I love working with wire, but I'm not a great photographer. I'm working on it though! Those pictures were actually taken on my phone because I was out of town without the camera. :( Camera pictures are smaller I guess. :) Going to retake some of them & see if I get can better pics. :)

  3. Really lovely necklace - some great wirework too, love it!

    1. Thank you so much! I had a great bead soup to work with & I love wire work. :0

  4. What I can see on your pictures looks nice. It's too bad that the pictures are not bigger.

    1. I'm working on better pictures. Took those with my camera phone because I was out of town. Home now, going to retake with the camera. :) We'll see what happens. Thanks!

    2. Thanks so much! It was a fun bead soup! I'm working on taking better pictures. These were taken with my phone camera & didn't turn out so good. They're way too small.

  5. I'm loving all this wirework, looks amazing with turquoise beads!

    1. Thanks! I've retaken the pictures with the camera. This was a fun project. :0

  6. Pretty pieces, and great wire work!!!

  7. Your pieces turned out great. Love all the wire work on the necklace. And the bracelet is so rich looking. Know your proud of them. Can't wait to see what you do with the rest and the clay.

    1. Thanks Kay,
      I retook the pictures with the camera outside. I think they turned out better. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Karla :0

  8. Beautiful designs. Love the wire work.

    1. Thanks, I love working with wire, especially copper.

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    1. Thank you! I had a blast with this bead soup!

  10. Gorgeous pieces, the focal is so well set off by your design. Great job!

    1. I loved the focal! It was fun working it into a necklace :)))

  11. Lovely wirework. Copper and blue are so nice together. Well done!

    1. Thanks so much! It was fun working with this great bead soup!

  12. Nice soup cooking, Karla! Such a lot of fine wire work for a one of a kind piece!

    1. Thank you! I love wire especially copper. I'm branching out into other areas though. I love learning new things.

  13. I love your pieces! Beautiful design and great color. Fantastic job!

    1. Thanks Patricia, I love working with metal & wire!

  14. Lovely pieces! Your wirework is amazing!!

    1. Thank you Christine, this bead soup just screamed copper wire to me! So..... it was a blast!

  15. Karla you jewelry is truly one of a kind. Your wirework is amazing. You did a great job using your soup.

    1. Thanks Becky, I really enjoyed this bead soup!

  16. Great wirework!! The Copper and Blue are gorgeous together.

    1. Thank you, wire is fun. You can do so many things with it. I'm going to check into textiles after seeing your pieces.

  17. Oh that necklace is so lush! It's exactly the kind of thing I'd love to be able to make myself. Awesome!

  18. It looks like you had a lot of fun with that copper wire! So many designs with it!! It made your set look somehow Egyptian or something. Nicely done! :)


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