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Did Someone Say Soup? Bead Soup, That is!

It’s here!

Bead Soup Reveal Day…and I made it by the skin of my teeth…again. But no one wants to hear about that. Bring on the party!

My partner, Marion Simmons, of Shade Tree Studios sent me some yummy ingredients. Here’s a recap:

Bead Soup 2012 The focal is this huge 2″ x 3″ copper filigree piece that Marion wired an equally large copper flower onto. It sparkles with fairy dust and has a beautiful ruby center. You can also see copper round beads, bead caps, rose/taupe glass beads and a delicate copper toggle. Lots to work with!

I had some luscious rose beige freshwater pearls that I’d been hoarding for the right moment. It was time. The colors were perfect! And I had some interesting copper chain…

It took a few starts and stops to arrive at something I was happy with. That’s the way it goes. I ended up with two pieces. The necklace you see below that uses the centerpiece, copper rounds and the toggle, along with my pearls and chain.

Here are a couple of views:

It’s got a very romantic feel to it, and I thank Marion for sending me ingredients that took me in that direction.  Here’s another look…the full necklace. It’s two strands, one of the pearls with the copper rounds breaking up the strand and one of the cool copper chain. I decided to hang the focal vertically.

The second piece might change…It’s sort of where I was going. About 90% where I want it. And a totally different look than the necklace. It uses the tiny glass beads from Art by Lisi, a gorgeous dyed silk ribbon from Julie Mitchell, and a couple of my own etched copper disks. The glass beads add some movement and the bracelet ribbon wraps around the wrist and ties.

Here’s a look at it tied on my wrist:

Thanks for stopping by. There are 199 other participants…the links are below or you can get there from Lori Anderson’s site too. Enjoy visiting the wonderful creations from all over the world. Thank you, Lori, for continuing to be the hostess with the mostest!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer

1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

TTOTW: Smooth Curves Ahead

It’s still barely Tuesday and so you’ll forgive the boring title? ETA: I thought of something semi-interesting before I got to paragraph 3. Go me!

Can’t believe I didn’t blog since last TTOTW? I know I meant to. I thought I’d have my Bead Soup to blog about and I’m sure it will be here this week so stay tuned. And I meant to blog about the new Wirework magazine which features a necklace from the Joolz by Lisa side of the house, so that will be coming this week, I promise. But apparently I have gone a whole week without a post…and you all have survived. 🙂

So, “Smooth Curves Ahead”? What’s that all about? First the “smooth” part:

These nifty sanding blocks come from my local (as in right around the corner) Foothills Ace Hardware store and they are about $7 for 3 (fine, medium, coarse). They are Ace products and called Block Shape Sanding Sponges and they are perfect for hand finishing different metal projects.

You can see I’ve not given the coarse one much workout, but the other two have made up for it. I’ve even used the fine one to fix a snagged nail, though after a session of etching, hammering, patina, and steel wool, it really is pointless.

I love my local Ace for a couple of reasons: It’s a locally owned store run by a dear friend and her husband (Go Lindy and Kevin!). Their employees don’t look at me funny when I come in with some strange idea pertaining to metalwork and jewelry. My other favorite product here is the steel wool.

Anyway…onto the “curves” part. I found these metal shears on Etsy from Romazone…almost by accident. Wasn’t sure why I needed them but they came in straight and curved and they were only about $19 each so I figured “why not?”  Why not, indeed! They make cutting freehand curved shapes a piece of cake! I have to remember to keep the handles away from the meaty part of my palm or I’ll pinch it occasionally, but otherwise these are a dream to use. I have been cutting etched 20g wire with them and have no complaints (even though I see they say up to 22g). You can see in the last photo how I used them to curve the ends of my etched cuffs (and then used the sanding blocks to smooth the curve).

Next batch I’m going to cut the ends first so I keep that nice finished pucker from the etching bath on all sides. Live and learn.

Has anyone seen the straight-edge metal shears? Last time I saw them they were on that cool magnet bar from IKEA…and now they are nowhere to be found.

TTOTW: What’s on the Wish List?

Welcome to Tuesday Tool of the Week.  Today’s tool is actually a pair of tools that are sitting in my wishlist on the Rio Grande website.

I need to move them out of there and get them on my bench as I know they would make the process of making these metal cuff bracelets much easier.

Can you guess what I’m talking about?

I’ll tell you: a bracelet mandrel and forming pliers (there’s a few other things on the wish list but then aren’t there always?)

The bracelet mandrel is holding me up at the moment because I can’t decide on oval or round and steel or cast iron…thoughts, comments, suggestions, jeers?

It’s clear that I need one as I’ve got big plans for these etched metal cuffs…just need to decide and order.

The forming pliers have intrigued me for awhile and isn’t that enough reason to have a pair?

What’s on your Tools Wish List?

Dog Days of Summer (Sale)

I’m running a sale on Etsy for the next two days and instead of calling it “Christmas in July”, I opted for “Dog Days of Summer” as a tribute to my little Maltese, Nash, who scurries from the studio the minute I sit on my red stool. He does not like hammering! (This photo is from a couple years ago on a particulary bad hair day!)

After posting about the sale various places, I had this thought: “What if the ‘dog days’ aren’t until next month?” (It was late, I was tired…) So I went to Google and found this information on Wikipedia:

Dog Days” (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. In the southern hemisphere they are usually between January and early March. The actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather.

So…as it happens, we really are in the dog days here in Phoenix and will be til mid-October most likely…but, it’s a dry heat! And I hope you’ll stop by Metal Me This and take advantage of the sale sometime today or tomorrow. Brass and copper bead caps and etched metal sheets are on sale.

Renovations under way…

Welcome to the updated blog…there’ve been some changes and probably will be more. Change is good, right? (The graphic designer in me can already see I need to make my header image more transparent…it never ends!)

So what’s been going on?

  • Reconfiguring the office/studio for more metalwork…new tools and work areas and a nice shiny red stool! This isn’t a current photo but it will do until daylight. The shelf organizer is now on the left wall and a guillotine cutter is on the right end of the bench. I’ve got plans for a second smaller bench in an “L section” once I figure out what to do with some of the stuff behind the current configuration.


  • Started making and selling original etched metal sheets and bead caps
  • Lots of work on the new Etsy store: Metal Me This
  • Created a new Facebook Page for “Metal Me This
  • A Joolz by Lisa project will be published in WireWork Magazine next month
  • My friend (and awesome beadmaker) Deanna Chase is publishing her first book this month and I worked with her on the layout and cover. Great to incorporate about 4 combined aspects of our lives together! Look for Haunted on Bourbon Street this month!

So does all this focus on metal components mean the end of Joolz by Lisa?

  • Not even close! Just working within the challenges of the economy while expanding my interests and skills. Look for some new Joolz in the coming weeks.