Show and Tell – Bead Soup Reveal Day!


I’m so glad it’s here – the first reveal date for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by the amazing Lori Anderson!  I admire Lori for taking on a project like Bead Soup, and really enjoy being a part of it.

This is my 2nd year, and has been especially fun because of the incredibly generous  soup that was sent to me by my partner,  Gretchen Nation!

Here’s a peek of what she sent-

A strand of fire agates, vintage beads, buttons and more!

A strand of fire agates, vintage beads, buttons and more!

More beautiful beads and buttons, and best of all - Frozen Charlottes!

More beautiful beads and buttons, and best of all – Frozen Charlottes!

The  first thing I made was this bracelet, using some of the lovely fire agates along with a pierced sterling bead and a pewter button. I threaded a length of gypsy ribbon through the oversized rolo chain for a little extra color. The colors and textures reminded me of walking through the woods on a cool, misty morning-

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Next I wrapped brass wire around and through bone circles and these cool Tibetan beads for a pair of earrings with a funky, earthy look-

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This next piece is totally uncharacteristic of my usual style, as I’m not normally drawn to this kind of bright color – but that’s what makes these blog hop challenges so much fun! I call this one “April Showers”-

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The teardrop shaped magnesite beads are the color of new Spring leaves, and are joined by tiny purple garnets and sterling silver, including the beautiful flower toggle that Gretchen sent. The pendant is a rusty metal rose that I “frosted” with Iced Enamels – a new product from the folks at Ice Resin!

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And finally, my favorite! A Frozen Charlotte – well, Charlie, actually – since this one’s a boy – framed by wings that I formed from gears bent in half and coated with Iced Enamels and strung with Czech glass beads, more gears and a beautiful vintage bead in icy blue. This necklace is called “Frozen Angel”.

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Thanks so much for hopping through today, and many thanks also to Gretchen for sending me such wonderful things to work with! I’ll be dipping into her box of treasures again and again. Be sure to visit her blog at

Then visit all the other fabulous blogs in this hop by clicking on the link below:

83 responses »

  1. Yeah, Joan! Love what you made and how you used some of the pieces I sent. It’s always exciting to start the ‘hop’ with a look at my partner’s creations, first -because I have no idea how long it will take to get though the list!

  2. I’m impressed with how you used a great variety of beads and made elegant and cohesive designs. Great work, Joan!

  3. Joan I love everything you did. The Charlie necklace was my fave how you made his wings and used the ice resin on all the gears. Another fave was the earrings using the bone circles and tibetan beads. Love your work and of course you live in one of my all time favorite places ever, the Ozarks.

  4. OOOOOOOH wonderfulness. LOVE LOVE LOVE and the iced enams look FAB! I am getting mine next week and digging right in. You INSPIRE ME! And OH WOW what a great soup was THAT!

    • Thanks, B’Sue – I was very lucky to get such a wonderful soup from my partner – I’ve still got lots left, including 4 more Frozen Charlottes! You’ll love the Iced Enamels too!

  5. I’m on the 3rd reveal, I’m partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I’m visiting all blogs…
    I love your soup, all your pieces are beautiful.
    very creative pieces 🙂
    ciao dall’Italia

    • Thanks Lori! It’s an honor to be a part of your fabulous blog hops – I enjoy them so much and I appreciate all you do. Oh, and yes, the Iced Enamels are lots of fun to play with!

  6. Every piece is unique and beautiful…and yet I see YOU in each and every piece! I absolutely love what you did with the bright greens and pinks…that necklace is a stunner!

  7. I loved your work!!! That necklace – stunning! Its a surprise that it was not your usual palette, you turned it out perfect! All pieces are so beautiful!

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  9. Your bead soup was awesome! The creations that you made were out of the world! I really like the bracelet and the necklace made with the frozen ‘charlie’ was soooooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us!

  10. Frozen Angel is so great (I was going to say that it’s very cool, but the pun was terrible and unintended)! All of your pieces are quite lovely, but that last necklace is a WOW!

  11. All of your pieces are gorgeous. I was anxious to see what you did with the doll and I was amazed. It is a beautiful necklace! Well done!

  12. You know I’m a fan. I love your pieces and your process. You have such a good eye for design and I always like seeing your pieces in your blog, on Facebook, on Flickr or wherever I can follow you around like a groupie.

  13. wow, Joan! (Yes, I am STILL hopping! Going back and forth between reveals. It’s been a crazy, hectic month!) These are Gorgeous designs! I’ve not worked with “ice enamels” — but you’ve made them look very intriguing. I had never heard of “frozen charlottes” (or charlies!) — but that is one awesome design! I love how you combine pieces. 🙂

  14. Your soup made me SWOON! What a bunch of awesomeness, you lucky duck. Of course, what you created with that soup seriously makes me light-headed. It’s all so amazingly yummy. A delicious variety of creations each with their own personality. Your artistry is to be admired. Oh, and that last necklace is to die for!! Thank you for the inspiration.

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