ready to eat? it's bead soup party

Lori is amazing. Since a few years she has created the perfect party. It is huge (200 people joining), it has to do with beads, and the best... you can come in your PJs...... It's the bead soup party, already the 5th one, and I have participated in every single one of them. To learn about the party, hop over to Lori's blog and find out about the rules.

Today I am blogging a bit late (a party yesterday is involved in that story, a flat tire, and a heating that blew up, but that is all for another post). And I need to say I am interpreting the rules a bit, Lori, I hope you are fine with it.

My partner is Kirszti from Hungary, who sent me these beautiful beads.... Lava, wood, copper and mookaite jasper in all different sizes. And such a beautiful copper clasp. And have you seen these wonderful beaded beads? She made those (something I am totally not capable of). And a carnelian cabochon. I told Kirszti that I am taking a metal smithing class, and that I am learning how to make bezels. Since we are working with sterling, I wanted to use the copper clasp in a second piece and set the carnelian in sterling. Now here is the story that made me "interprete" the rules a bit. My class takes place every thursday, and while I got the bezel finished, the whole thing needs to be sent to a guy to actually set the stone. It was supposed to come back on thursday, and it did not. I was really bummed. And my beaded beads and most of the mookaite beads actually go into that necklace.

So I cannot show this necklace today since I did not get the pendant done, but I was lucky enough to get enough beads from Kirszti to also make a bracelet in which I used this beautiful copper clasp and the ring. And the wood beads. And the wonderful red beaded bead from Kirszti. I only added two garnet rondelles from my stash as little dangles. And I really love it.

So I hope you come back to visit my blog when I finally get the pendant back (should be next week) and I can show my other piece. Ah, and are you interested to see what Kirszti made? Here is what I sent her - go hop to her blog and check what she made......

And visit all the other artists, who are also partying today with us (ok, probably not all of them in PJs..... :-) ):

Hostess, Lori Anderson

Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer
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)
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)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
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)
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)

the next bead soup party - what I sent to Kriszti

I have not been blogging in ages. And I know I have neglected a lot of my virtual friends. But the good news is I have good intentions to be back. The main thing that changed in my jewelry life is that I have completely moved to metalsmithing. Since I am taking my class once a week, I really have a hard time to go back and "just" use my beads. I still love them, I still buy them, but for every piece I want to cut and saw and file something... And the other issue is that it just takes longer to make something - so there is not so much to show. In some of the next posts, I will show you a couple pieces that I made. I made my good resolutions for the remainder of the year. So I hope you adopt me again :-).

Anyways, this post is supposed to be about bead soup. I was so lucky to be picked as one of the 200 participants for the wonderful party that Lori Anderson is hosting now for the 5th time. To check out how it works, click here. My partner is Kriszti, and she has sent me some very lovely beads. She is also a very talented designer making lovely jewelry. And she has also written a post about the beads I sent her. Read it here. I will write another post to show what she sent me, but I just realized that I did not take photos yet, and anyways her beads deserve a post by itself. So in this one, you will only see what I sent her. So drumroll.... here are some pictures:

I made this pendant for Kriszti, sawed from copper sheet, filed, sanded. I was thinking for a long time how to attach a hook without destroying the design, but then I though - Kriszti is a seed beader, she will find a way.

I also sent her a copper ring and made a kook for her to use as a clasp. She got garnet chips, purple seed beads, african recycled glass beads and some really beautiful silk ribbon I bought in my very favorite bead store in Paris.

I also added a few different shell beads and wood beads, crystals, and some more copper beads, lampwork beads, and a copper button.

I am having to much fun with this - so stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I show you the beads that Kriszti sent me.