BeadSoup Blog Party Results!!


I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the bloggers to participate in Lori Anderson‘s January 2012 edition of her BeadSoup Blog Party – essentially a jewellery exchange where beadmakers and jewellery designers from around the world exchange a kit of beads and must design a piece based on the kit they receive. I was partnered with Gaea Cannaday, a ceramic artist from California. We have no idea what we will receive so it’s all about working outside your comfort zone and having a bit of fun along the way.


This is what i received (forgot to take a pic before making the necklace) – a wonderful square heart focal in soft red with some coordinating accent beads which i have yet to figure out how to use – a bracelet or earrings maybe? The ceramic beads are all made my Gaea herself and I think the copper clasp as well. I’d never worked with ceramics before so at first i was perplexed.  I considered making some coordinating beads of my own to match and was testing various colours before finally deciding NO, they would compete and it was best to design a piece that really showcased the rich colours and textures in her beads on their own.


Soooo… i went digging through my gemstone stash to see what i could find.  At first i was leaning toward some aquamarine but in the end decided on these serpentine jade tubes with red coral and deep gold glass accents.  This necklace is so fresh and spring-like, i’m quite happy with the result!  The pale green jade really makes the coral and the glaze on the heart pop…  i love red, it’s like an instant pick me up during this long dreary winter.


Here’s what i sent in for the exchange – an earthy goddess, a couple matching accent beads, some agate and citrine nuggets, freshwater pearls and a clasp made from shells. Unfortunately, I had one shipping snafu after another so Gaea didn’t have much time to design her pieces but i think she did a pretty stellar job – you can check out her BeadSoup post HERE to see what she did with my beads.  Can’t wait to see how she finishes one of the oval tabs she’s bezeled in copper to create a pendant…


This is the fifth BeadSoup hosted by Lori and i can’t even imagine how much work it is to coordinate details for such a large group, so just wanted to say:  THANKS LORI!

You can check out the full list 200 participants below – grab some tea and a comfy seat, it takes a while.Image

Hostess, Lori Anderson

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)
34.  Diane Cook and Lyn Foley
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)
42.  Erin Grant and Jean Wells
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday  (you are here)
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)
84.  Nan Emmett and Nicole Valentine-Rimmer (Canada)
89.  Rebecca Anderson (UK) and Lori Anderson
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)

36 thoughts on “BeadSoup Blog Party Results!!

  1. I love your choice of the serpentine to go with the red ceramic! I have been afraid it would go too Christmas with the red and green, but it’s just fresh and springtime perfect. Great job balancing the colors to achieve this effect.

  2. I love Gaea’s beads. You did great with the bead soup she sent. I never know how to use green/red palette without making it look Christmassy. You clearly don’t have that difficulty – your necklace is fun and bright, and doesn’t remind me one bit of Christmas. Great work!

  3. Oh you lucky thing having Gaea as a partner! I love her work. Adding the soft jade green to the red focal was perfect, it works beautifully and brings out all the details in the focal. Lovely work!

  4. I really like your necklace. The pale green DOES make the red pop. The colors remind me of a poppy field. I would have thought that the green and red would look like x-mas colors, but they do not at all. Very beutiful.

  5. I never create with red and green in the same piece out of fear of making a season necklace. You have pulled the colors together beautifully into a stunning necklace.

  6. I really like that contrast of the cool green and bright red. It definitely brings a smile to my face. I think you did an excellent job with the soup you received!

  7. What a wonderful bead soup you had to work with. Love Gaea’s beads and you did an awesome job with the colours 🙂

  8. Oooh, Evelyne, I love that you used the serpentine jade to make the Gaea’s pendant really pop. What a fabulous idea! The color combo is surprisingly and pleasing and most definitely make us dream of spring.

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