6th BeadSoup Blog party results!!


Once again, I’m thrilled to be part of Lori Anderson’s 6th BeadSoup Blog Party where 400 beadmakers and jewellery designers from around the world exchange blind packages to spur their creativity.  This time around my partner is Joanna Matuszczyk, a jewellery designer from Poland. This is the bead soup she sent me:


Quite the lovely variety, huh?  I love the well-coordinated mix of all the different textures and shapes plus it’s in my favourite colour too – PURPLE!!  I’ve never worked with materials like bamboo, ribbon, copper or fabric beads (except the glass beads/gemstones), so it really took me out of my comfort zone.  Now, I tried to use everything but honestly I just could not figure out how to work those felted butterflies in… i think they will have to be separate piece… maybe a fun dangly necklace on a silver chain? We’ll see…


First thing i decided was that i was going to use ALL of those lovely ribbons – it was such a perfect mix of colours, plus i couldn’t resist the lush effect.  Then i turned the ceramic button into the clasp and knotted the loop created from doubling the ribbon strands into the catch with a few copper jump rings (which i made!) to keep the strands in place.  Then, i lightened the edge of the bamboo tube to match the ribbons and wrapped it first with the brown crocheted ribbon (incredibly cool and retro) then with masses of copper wire to create a hook for the dangly mix of glass and gemstones.  Final touch was stuffing the knitted balls into the bamboo tube to create a fun and unusual focal.


I’m pretty happy with this necklace, especially since when i first received the package, i had absolutely NO idea what to do with all that ribbon nor the fabric beads.  But then… that’s the point of the BSBP – to get us all to experiment with materials we normally never or rarely use and discover some new ways to invigorate our own designs… and of course to have FUN!!  

OK… I’m off to check out the other Bead Soups, grab a cup of tea and join me!  There were three reveals this time around (i’m in the 3rd)  – you can find them all here (or by clicking the picture below): http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.ca/2012/06/participants-of-6th-bead-soup-blog-party.html


37 thoughts on “6th BeadSoup Blog party results!!

  1. Lovely colours and what wonderful inspiration!
    I have a second giveaway of a pair of earrings from my blog soup do come on over and take a look and enter to win if you get a minute!

  2. Very creative. Thank you for posting the picture of the original soup again. I spent quite a bit of time reconstructing your focal in my head before I continued reading and found out I was following the process pretty well in my head even without the explanation:)

  3. I am so, so glad to hear you had fun with your soup. Even if you hadn’t said it, I could tell you did just with the great necklace you designed. I love that you altered the bamboo tube to add the green color to match the ribbon. As well, the way you hung the beads from the tube is simply awesome. Overall, it’s a wonderful design!

  4. That is a beautiful necklace! I agree using all the ribbons together gives a very lush look and your focal bead with all the gorgeous dangles is the perfect finishing touch. Great work!

  5. It is absolutely amazing what you did with those ingredients. I’m afraid I would have had to pretend I was having heart surgery or something to get out of it. Wow, just beautiful – what a gorgeous one of a kind. Great job!

  6. Dear Evelyn,
    I would never came up with such a creative idea using those components. You made very unique, one of a kind necklace. I love it! It was a real pleasure to be your partner!
    I wish you head full of creative ideas all the time!

    • That’s so sweet of you to say Joanna! Honestly though it was easy because you sent me a wonderful soup – everything was perfectly coordinated both with the bead sizes, colours and the mix of textures – i was inspired right from the start. Happy beading!

  7. Those are my favorite colors! I’ve been working on that color scheme in my glass beads lately. The hardest part is to find glass that color! Great work!

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