The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party Begins!



Is makin’ me wait

Is keeping’ me waitin’

–from ‘Anticipation’ by Carly Simon

It may be the Seventh Annual Bead Soup Blog Hop, but it’s my first one. In fact, I

started this blog as I waited impatiently for a visit from the postman with my box from my

bead soup partner, Nan Emmett .

When it finally arrived—WOW! What a beautiful assortment of ceramic beads from

Nan’s kiln. I was certainly going to have to break out of my box!

This is what Nan had sent to me!

Nan's soup to me

In my box of goodies was a little white partridge. Hmm…. A little bit of copper wire here, some enamel, a couple of beads and VOILA! I am so pleased with result.  I am entering it in a Show at theDouglasville Cultural Arts Center in May.. It is a bird theme show.  I am sure it will be a hit!

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

But, I still have all those other beads!!! The ceramic focal piece and the clasp.  Gotta get back out of my box.  So my first attempt was, well, okay…. My mind was seeing these lovely ceramic beads with fiber.. Jute? Waxed linen?.. Sari Ribbon?.. There were moans and groans at the bead store that day..The Beady girls were “NO NOT FIBER”!!!  I have not been very successful with fiber..  But I tried it anyway.. Knots in waxed lined are hard to get out… and there was a lot of getting out..I guess the Beady Girls Susan and Sandra were right.. But do not tell them…

I’m the girl who plays with wire and metl and fire… So I got out the Vinja Bronze wire and made a bracelet.  I an much better at wire wrapping than playing with fiber..and I used the clasp on the bracelet. Here is a pic.

Bead soup Bracelet

I decided I liked this much better than the fibers.. so… on with the Beads!!!  Next was the Necklace.. I picked out the large focal and 2 of the peach colored flowers,  I really liked the carved green beads and made some copper caps to go on each side of them.Then the wire wrapping began. I used a number of other beads Nan had sent with the soup  to finish the necklace.  I think it came out well and those Beady Girls, Susan and Sandra were quite pleased I did not use fiber… What do you think?

Bead soup necklace

Bead soup necklace

Next was a pair of earrings to match.. Only 2 more weeks and I can wear big girl earrings!  Woot ..Woot..

Bead Soup Earrings

Bead Soup Earrings

I had a great time with my first bead soup!

Here is what I sent to Nan Emmett.. lets go check what she made with what I sent to her..

bead soup

Let me know what you think in the comments. See you next year!

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70 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. susanbowie
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 15:13:42

    Lee Anne, You know I adore your work!!! The bird necklace is the most beautiful design you have made. It is a work of art. Please leave it to me in your will.


  2. Krafty Max
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 15:40:20

    wow, what an amazing job! I like them all, but the bird sitting on the necklace does it for me!!! WOW!! ~KM


  3. April Grinaway
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 16:41:39

    You have a Lovely style~


  4. Lea Avroch
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 16:57:58

    WOW! What an awesome job on all the designs! Nope, I don’t see the earrings, but I’m sure they’re equally beautiful. Great job!


  5. Beti Horvath
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 17:06:13

    Just beautiful. those earrings are being stubborn, I cannot see them either. But your other items make up for it!


  6. Alenka
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 17:20:14

    Beautiful bead soup and amazing pieces! Love all of them, but can not see the earrings. Great design for the bird necklace, I’m sure it will be a hit at the show!


  7. Perl-eni
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 18:11:05

    Very nice jewelries!


  8. lilruby jewelry
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 19:10:33

    You did a fabulous job with your soup – love all those wonderful ceramic flowers and the sweet bird! And yes, I could see the earrings!


  9. Cindy
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 19:44:34

    Absolutely love the bird necklace! Great pieces


  10. Kathy Lindemer
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 19:52:07

    You created a great set. Well done!


  11. Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 20:29:58

    The Bead Soup you had to work with is really neat! Love everything you did with it!! Thanks for stopping by our blog.


  12. Audrey Bélanger
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 20:43:28

    LOve love love LOOOOVE. Expecially the little bird. Looks like he has a very good home now 🙂


  13. Eleanor
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 21:02:15

    I especially like what you did with the little white bird. The nest is darling. Love, love it!


  14. Mar 30, 2013 @ 21:17:14

    I’m on the 3rd reveal, I’m partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I’m visiting all blogs…
    the soup you received was so gorgeous, and you did a great job with it! lovely pieces, that bird is so cute 🙂
    ciao dall’Italia


  15. Ann Sherwood
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 22:04:54

    Great group of components and you made wonderful things with them. The bird necklace is a great spring reminder. Well Done!


  16. Ruth
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 22:36:59

    I love your Home Sweet Home necklace! The copper perch makes a wonderful nest! Awesome


  17. Shirley Moore
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 23:27:41

    Oh Lee Anne! What stunningly lovely jewelry! I adore that bird necklace, and I’ll look forward to hearing that it stole the show in May!
    The bracelet and earrings are lovely. You certainly have a way with wire. Awesome designs dear!


  18. Robin Kae Reed
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 23:40:51

    I loved all of your pieces! The ceramic beads are wonderful and I love the colors. I think the bird “on a Wire” LOL is my favorite. I can see the earrings! Great Job!!!


  19. gretchen
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 23:44:59

    Love your Home Sweet Home piece! great soup, Lee Anne!


  20. Kym Hunter
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 00:12:25

    All are lovely pieces! Love the colors of your Bead Soup necklace!


  21. Cindy Anderson Wilson
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 00:20:21

    Love all the pieces you made, but I really like the “Home Sweet Home” necklace!


  22. Lee Anne
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 00:21:21

    Thank you all so much for the lovely comments…:)


  23. nan
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 00:26:17

    Lee Anne..I love what you did with that bird..and everything else is fabulous, as well..thanks for being a great bead soup partner.


  24. Kathy Maresco Matthews Stemke
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 01:27:59

    The bird necklace is to die for!! Love all that you designed.


  25. Sandra Pendragon
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 01:51:42

    I do love your bird necklace. Hope it wins! Your necklace and bracelet are really lovely! I adore what you sent to your soup partner.


  26. Cory Tompkins
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 02:14:34

    WOW, I love your work! That bird nest with the wire and enamel is really fabulous!!


  27. Maria Rosa Sharrow
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 02:47:46

    Gorgeous soup but even more gorgeous are the pieces you made with it. Absolutely beautiful.


  28. bev b
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 03:24:43

    Love your pieces and how you incorporated the bird with your wire work!


  29. Michelle
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 05:55:26

    I love the pieces you made with your soup. What a very springie (did I make that one up?? lol) collection. I would so wear these 🙂 great job.


  30. Silvia
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:18:10

    Lovely pieces you made, I love how you used your soup!


  31. NataschaM
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 11:11:38

    Beautyful bead soup and gorgeous pieces!


  32. Dana Hickey
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 14:19:36

    I do like the bird 🙂 and the bracelet and 🙂 Wonderfully done!


  33. Mary Ellen Merrigan
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 14:27:26

    I laughed when I read the beady girls warned you off fiber. It kind of calls to me these days. Great, clean line, wearable jewelry.


  34. Kepi Rasmussen
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 16:52:14

    I love love love “Home Sweet Home” absolutely gorgeous. Great job on all the pieces – really beautiful work.


  35. laurabracken
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 17:21:06

    You made such spectacular creations out of your bead soup mix!


  36. vovsjewellery
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 18:20:26

    beautiful work well done!


  37. bailaora
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 19:22:11

    very elegant, good work!


  38. Kristen
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 19:56:04

    What a glorious soup! I love all you created with it!


  39. paula hisel
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 21:14:19

    i just love the flower bracelet and necklace. can’t stop looking at them


  40. kmkern2013
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 22:09:18

    I love what you did with your soup.


  41. Shelley Graham Turner aka TORI SOPHIA Designs
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 22:32:02

    Lee Anne, all the pieces are beautiful! I am sure you will WOW them at the art show in May!


  42. Kumi Fisher
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 23:55:28

    Love love love the birdie necklace!!! You are such a talented artist! Beautifully done Lee Anne! xoxo


  43. Tara
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 03:45:44

    Great beads and what you did with them was amazing!


  44. Ewa
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 08:54:54

    Fantastic pieces!Congrats!


  45. Silke
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 10:32:18

    Love the matching set with the ceramic beads. It looks like summer.


  46. Heidi Kingman
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 18:00:19

    I think we are all in awe over that adorable birdie necklace — you knocked it out of the park! 😉


  47. Shae
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 22:49:27

    Sweet, just light and feminine.


  48. sjmcclelland
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 01:56:08

    All your Bead Soup creations are lovely.


  49. Cynthia Riggs
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 18:06:49

    I really like your little bird necklace, although, everything is really nice!! Well done!


  50. Cheryl Gangle
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 22:31:23

    The flowers are so cool and what you did with them is awesome! I love the necklaces with the flowers, but I have to say, they are all beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!


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