This party involved sending a hoarded bead or beads. That meant sending a bead that was special to you, sending something you really loved, giving it to someone you didn’t know, as a gesture of goodwill and in a sort of Pay It Forward. I sent beads to my designated bead swap partner, and she sent me a lot of beads to work with too. We were given about a month to design something pretty with the beads we were given and could use some of our own too if we wanted to.
I received this mixture of beads from my SWAP partner Therese Frank http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/.
Here’s the first necklace that I created from her beads and some of mine:
Therese made this cabochon herself … and then did the wire wrapping around it. Quite the talent, wouldn’t you say?
I created this second necklace from her large gift of bead goodness – – –
Therese told me that the great lampwork bead was created by Juli Cannon of Studio Juls. That special clasp was made by Melinda Orr of ORRTEC. I was very pleased with this necklace … plan on wearing it to my husband and my 50th Wedding Anniversary in April this year.
This was my first time participating in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Party – and I’m really glad I did. Creating these necklaces really stretched me … I don’t usually work with copper – so that was a first for me. AND making a necklace with randomness was hard. I guess I remade this last necklace 5 or 6 times before I got it like I thought best.
Please take a moment and check out the other participants in the 2017 Bead Soup Party! You don’t need to start at the beginning – just hop around. Be warned – better grab a cup of coffee and settle down for awhile, there are a lot of ’em. You’re gonna love this!
Lori Anderson :: Hostess