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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)

New Stuff: Metal Me This and Mixed Metals

I’m not going to start yet another post lamenting the lack of consistency in my posting…

It’s Saturday morning and heading to 98 degrees here today…the start of many months of similar weather reports. Fortunately I have good A/C and my mostly organized studio area to hide out in when the temps get uncomfortable. Gotta love a great deal from Harbor Freight!

I’ve been working on copper and brass Joolz for awhile and sales have not taken off at the same level and positive comments about the new styles. So I decided to start a new Etsy store to list copper and brass (and a few sterling silver) components that I’ve made: etched beadcaps, etched sheet, etched blank shapes (for pendants, etc.), wire-wrapped beads and connectors, along with some very cool patina’d copper items that will also make their way into new Joolz.

Introducing: Metal Me This! Several bead and jewelry friends helped me decide on a catchy name and Susan Sheehan came up with this one. I worked up a banner and avatar that plays off the mixed metal colors and I’ve been adding items every week.

And it’s time for a sale, so in honor of Mother’s Day and all the wonderful women we call “Mom”, all the Metal Me This items are 20% off on Etsy. Etsy has these cool coupon codes that you use at checkout where the discount is applied to the whole order. Use code TAKE20 from now through tomorrow and 20% savings is yours. Lots of cool etched and patinad stuff in there! Take a look and tell your friends (OK, I know we have moved into the shameless realm, but this stuff is too pretty to stay in a drawer in my workbench!)

Lots of pretty copper and brass beadcaps in various textures and etched patterns, with more coming. There’s also various sized sheets of etched copper and brass for those of you who have your own ideas of using mixed metals. (Don’t tell anyone, but I am really hoping to spend a lot of time tomorrow etching more cool patterns!)

Here’s some of what I’ve been doing with the disks and metals that I’ve been cutting and modifying:

Patina domed disk necklace Joolz by Lisa and Metal Me This

These are almost-finished chunky necklaces…the center domed pair is 1 1/8″ wide.

And these mixed metal bracelets have been a lot of fun to make (and wear). The trick is making each disk component a different pattern!  I’ve got 3 all copper, 3 all brass, and 3 mixed metal ones in the works (another Mother’s Day project I hope!)

Mixed Metals Bracelet Joolz by Lisa and Metal Me This

Wishing all the mothers, mothers-to-be, and those who fill that special place in your heart like a mother would, a lovely day tomorrow.

ArtXtravaganza Time!

I’ve been scrambling for a week to tie up loose ends, finish jewelry, get show gear ready and generally the stuff busy women need to do to get out of town for a few days.

Tomorrow I’m headed to Knoxville, TN for several days to exhibit in the Webb School’s annual ArtXtravaganza Show. It’s this weekend, March 6-7 at the school if you are in the area. Stop by…as you can see there are some fabulous artists!

I’ll be exhibiting with my friend Shawn (well, we are both in the show with separate exhibits) and staying with her sister. After the show closes on Saturday night, I’m on my way to Crossville for a few more days of relaxing with bead friends at Casa Ramey. I am so looking forward to a stress-free few days…no drama, no work (well, less work), no worries. Especially after busy days on my feet at the show.

When I get back I’ll focus on loading any extra Joolz on Etsy and also get going with my destashing of excess beads. I’ve not had time to focus on those with the prep for the show and an influx in book design projects. “It’s good to be busy.”

I’ve also got a stash of Melonhead beads from various generous beadmakers and I have lots of ideas for them. It is such a blessing to have their support for my Melonhead Joolz. Once I have them made up, I’ll post pics and links and more personal thanks.

One of those generous beadmakers, Lori Greenberg, surprised the daylights out of me last week…first with a gorgeous set of Melonhead watermelon themed beads (pics later) and second when she emailed me that I won her drawing for FREE BEADS! Talk about walking on air. I’ll have those beads when I get back home, but be sure to check out Lori’s site for some of her amazing work!

See ya later…still have to pack and sort and such.

I’m a Bead Star!

bead-star-logo-72 I’m a BeadStar!


After months of keeping the information under wraps, I can finally announce that I’m a BeadStar! My entry in the Hearts category of BeadingDaily.com’s contest received First Place. The BeadStar contest is sponsored by Interweave Press and BeadingDaily.com. I’m very pleased with not only the necklace, but with the honor and can hardly believe I won in the first beading contest I entered. This could be the boost my creative side needs to get going again with new designs.

Some of you might remember voting online for my Hill Tribe Hearts “Hearts Galore” necklace and my “Golden Animal Attraction” lampwork glass bracelet several months ago. Your votes helped get me to the Finals with other deserving entries. I am grateful to all of you for voting and passing on my request to your friends and family as well.

Here is another picture of my winning entry:


I was thrilled to be chosen a First Place Winner in the Hearts category and one of 9 considered for the Grand Prize (that honor went to Valerie Aharoni from New York for the lovely seed bead necklace that graces the cover of the inaugural issue of BEAD STAR magazine).


My necklace will be featured in the new magazine, Bead Star, that will be in bead stores and book stores next Monday (December 15, 2008) and I’ll receive a $1,000 prize! Not sure yet if it is in the form of money or goods, but WOW! It’s an early Christmas gift no matter how you look at it.

So what happens to the winning necklace?

Jewelry pieces marked “Auction Item” in the magazine have been donated by their designers to auctions in March 2009 to benefit the American Heart Association’s women’s heart-health initiatives. All auction items will be on display at Bead Fest Santa Fe, March 12-15, 2009. Interweave will host a silent auction for five of the pieces live at the event on March 14 and 15, while the rest of the jewelry will be auctioned on eBay from March 6-16. Look for the symbols “Auction Item – ebay” and “Auction Item – Bead Fest” throughout the magazine to see which pieces can be bid on to benefit this worthy cause.

More Details From Interweave

The Bead Star contest kicked off back in April 2008 with a call for designs made with simple stringing, crimping, and wireworking techniques. The Bead Star editorial offices received more than 1,000 unique entries, which the editors of Stringing and Beadwork magazines culled down to 180 finalists—20 per category. From there, nearly 10,000 Beading Daily members voted on their favorites in each category, which ultimately made it into this all-star publication.

A first-place, second-place, and third-place winner and two honorable mentions were awarded in each of nine design element categories: Crystals, Seed Beads, Glass, Pearls, Stones, Metals, Plastics, Designs Under $25, and Designs with a Heart. All first place prizes are valued at $1,000, second place prizes are valued at $500, and third place prizes are valued at $250. All honorable mentions were sponsored by Interweave and winners received a complimentary one-year subscription to an Interweave jewelry magazine of their choice—Beadwork, Jewelry Artist, Step by Step Beads, Step by Step Wire Jewelry, or Stringing.

Information and contest rules for next year’s Bead Star 2009 contest will be posted on the magazine’s website, BeadStar.com, on December 16.

Here’s a complete list of winners:
Valerie Aharoni, for her seed-bead necklace “Gild & reGild,” sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads (Prize valued at $5,000)

Kirsten Salem: 1st place sponsored by K. Gottfried, Inc.
Bonnie Hjerppe: 2nd place sponsored by Step by Step Beads magazine
Tiffany Quint: 3rd place sponsored by FusionBeads.com
Kristal Wick: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Abi Collins: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave

Samela Dorey: 1st place sponsored by Beadaholique.com
Susan Shannon: 2nd place sponsored by Stringing magazine
Andrew Thornton: 3rd place sponsored by Step by Step Beads magazine
Erin Strother: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Patricia Dugmore: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave

Lisa Liddy: 1st place sponsored by Beadwork magazine
Heather Powers: 2nd place sponsored by Shipwreck Beads
Debra Kallen: 3rd place sponsored by VenetianBeadShop.com
Cassie Donlen: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Tracy Van Voorst: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave

Ann Marie Hodrick: 1st place sponsored by The Bead Goes On
Jennifer Cunningham: 2nd place sponsored by Monsterslayer.com
Ann Marie C. J. Crosmun: 3rd place sponsored by Vintaj Natural Brass Co.
Susan White: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Melissa Fortner: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave

Christopher McLachlan: 1st place sponsored by Merchants Overseas
Steph Kexel: 2nd place sponsored by Beaded Impressions
Mary E Dawn: 3rd place sponsored by Stringing magazine
Heather Powers: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Samantha Kilgore: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave

Bonnie Hjerppe: 1st place sponsored by The Beadin’ Path
Darlene Jones: 2nd place sponsored by Step by Step Beads magazine
Doris Coghill: 3rd place sponsored by Natural Touch Resin Beads
Carina Moreno: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Amanda Klimek: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave

Valerie Aharoni: 1st place sponsored by Miyuki Glass Beads
Kelly Jarvis: 2nd place sponsored by Tambrook Bead & Trade
Lola Surwillo: 3rd place sponsored by Jane’s Fiber and Beads
Susan Shannon: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Carrie McMahon: Honorable Mention sponsored by We got the Bead

Ann Marie Hodrick: 1st places sponsored by Lima Beads
Wendee Brandenburg: 2nd place sponsored by Zarlene Imports
Meredith Duers: 3rd place sponsored by Cherry Tree Beads
Marcella Austenfeld: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Edna Lucille Hendrickson: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave

Myra Fierro: 1st place sponsored by Beadalon
Christina Rondeau: 2nd place sponsored by Step by Step Wire Jewelry
Darlene Jones: 3rd place sponsored by Beading Daily
Erin Beutel: Honorable Mention sponsored by Interweave
Lori Mendenhall: Honorable mention sponsored by Interweave

Holiday Jewelry/Joolz?

Last year I wrote something about holiday jewelry and how I didn’t do a lot of it for a couple of reasons mostly related to cost of my Joolz and length of time most people wear very seasonal jewelry (though if you look at the stores, you wouldn’t be out of line thinking you could bring out the December holiday jewelry now! I’m still waiting for the temps to drop below 95 here).

I haven’t talked specifically with my favorite beadmakers about their plans for making holiday-themed beads, but I know based on the economic conditions, I’m not in the market for much along that line this year. In fact, I was thinking the other day that I have a handful of bracelets and a couple of necklaces in reds/greens that are due for an overhaul. I’m going to take them apart and see what new direction they take. (OK…I know that is exactly what I said I was going to do last year…and never got around to…I seem to remember a saying about “roads to somewhere paved with good intentions…”)

I have a show coming up the end of the month in Tucson (Girls Night Out) so that will be my incentive to rework a few of the holiday pieces. It’s been a nice show for me with repeat customers.

This set remains one of my favorites and I’m about to list it on Etsy. It is very non-traditional holiday jewelry (as in year-round wearability really!). Beads by Melissa Vess. Maybe it will strike someone’s fancy there!