Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Soup Ingredients...Bead Soup, that is!

I'm finally getting around to showing you the beadsoup I received and sent for this Fall's Bead Soup Blog Party extravanganza!

As I mentioned before, my partner is Mary Ellen Parker of BeeTreebym.e.  She creates wonderful nature-themed polymer clay components.  Without further ado, here are the selections she sent...

Lots of copper beads (those smooth round ones are going to be enameled, I have a feeling!), an African brass leaf bead, faceted quartz (I think), shiny smooth fancy jasper nuggets, Swarovski crystals in a lovely copper shade...check out the tiny ones strung on matching thread, a handmade clasp from MissFicklemedia, and the focal, a lovely polymer clay leaf pendant.  My photo does not do it justice!  I have some ideas, but actually haven't started work on anything yet...stay tuned!

Wait....what did I send to Mary Ellen, you may be wondering?

I started with the focal - a mixed metals pendant that I created with brass, copper, a brass stamping, and leadfree solder.  I decided the clasp would be in the same style, with a swirled hook in brass added to the mix. 

With a mixed metal focal and clasp, my color pallette was wide open...I had these gorgeous red Czech glass faceted beads in my stash...they have a cool finish that has a tiny bit of turquoise and a metallic color, so in they went.  I decided the pyrite lozenges would complement the rest nicely.   I had already decided to enamel a few beads to go with and I think these turned out great. Last, but not least are some turquoise Czech glass beads with a metallic "Picasso" finish. 

I can't wait to see what Mary Ellen creates with them!  Please remember to mark your calendars for the big reveal on September 17th!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. gorgeous soup...both sent and received! ;o)


    hello gorgeous xxx

  2. Two delicious bowls of soup!

  3. Wow the beads she sent you are Gorgeous!! I KNOW you are going to make probably some of the best Soup in this challenge with them Melissa! I think what youve sent her is lovely too!

  4. Great soup mixes, can't wait to see the results, i know you'll do something incredible!

  5. wow - the beads you sent a fabulous and the ones you received are gorgeous, too!!

    I love both sets of colors - It's gonna be fun to see the beautiful designs you both create!

  6. Yummy looking soup! Such interesting 'ingredients'. Really looking forward to seeing what both you and Mary Ellen create with your gorgeous collections of beads!

  7. Awesome! I can't wait to see what you two make!

  8. Melissa, what a beautiful exchange! I know you're going to create something fantastic!!
    P.S. Happy Belated b-day!

  9. Great exchange indeed.
    The beads you sent are all pretty same as what you have received.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Software

  10. Both soups are beautiful! Love the colors!

  11. visually striking! I love the focal

  12. Love what you created with the soup beads!


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