Saturday, August 25, 2012

BSBP Reveal!

Without further are my Bead Soup goods:
First, I loved up on that big-ass gorgeous focal from my partner, Bianca.  It was a raucously colorful piece, so I wasn't sure exactly which way to go.  I spent a few nights pulling beads out of the stash trying to find the perfect combination, but wasn't satisfied with any of them.  They didn't let the focal sing the way I wanted.
So, while sitting and crocheting with some fat yarn, I realized that I could find some fat yarn to go with the bead.  Then, I could figure out how to make a big, dramatic pin to adorn a hat or scarf.  After wandering through Michael's late on a Saturday night trying to find the perfect background for this glasperlen, I picked this subtle blue that picks out the highlights from the cool colors of the bead and accents the warm colors....
I used a big, blunt safety pin that I found in a hardware store bin.  I think the size of the steel pin is perfect for the size of the focal.  It can be used up on the hat or, if I get another Michael's coupon, it could be used on a matching scarf!

Since the BSBP rules say that I have to use both the focal and the clasp (but not necessarily in the same piece), I went a different direction with the pretty silver heart-shaped hook and eye clasp that Bianca chose...yes.  They're earrings!  I turned the clasp into two cute little pendants and made earrings!!
I snipped off the hook and eye from the clasp pieces, filed off the rough spots, and then strung them with some wonderful lampworked glass from Bianca and another of my favorite artists, Heather at HMB Studios.
So, what do you think?  Did I go far enough out of the soup box?  haaaaaaaaaaaaaa

This is the third of three reveals, so there's a nice list of goodness that you can tour around and see today.  Here are links to all of them!

First, you have to go see my partner Bianca:

Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen

Then, you can head out and see the rest!!!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
** You're here.  :)  Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, HourGlass Studio
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. It's so beautiful what u made with my beads! The Idea to make little Pendants from the clasp... great!
    And I like the wirework-pin it looks fantastic!
    Your such a creative person and I'm so glad that you're my beadsoup partner.

  2. Great to see such a lovely brooch, cute earrings too

  3. Jen your crocheted hat serves as the perfect backdrop for that wonderful focal. Great idea! Love the earrings too.

  4. i couldn't wait to see what you did with that bad-assed glass fish! i love this piece your partner made! you had the perfect idea! it is lovely! great job!!!

  5. Wonderful creativity going on here!!! Brilliant!!!You definitely jumped far enough out of the soupbox!!!

  6. Jen, I love, love, love your lampwork pin! So cool and very outside the box!

  7. what a great idea. I love the pin! and those earrings. love them too

  8. I love how creative you got and that pin is to die for!

  9. LOVE "big ass beads"! And that pin is awesome! I love it, love it. The earrings are clever, too -- I've used toggle rings in earrings before when I totally misjudged size for a project. VERY clever, and I like your hats you've been showing!

    Hope to see you at artBLISS!!!!

  10. Both very pretty & creative pieces. Bravo! :)

  11. Love your bead soup!! You did an awesome job with it that pin!!! Love those earrings too!

  12. Awesome job, loved how you got creative with both pieces!!!

  13. Very clever! I am jealous of your knitting! Perfect color and yarn for the bead! Love what you did with the earrings.
    Laura (BlueAntiquities)

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  15. Nope it didn't say we had to use clasps as changing the clasp into earring..Soup-er cool! Lovely pieces!

  16. That hat pin is AMAZING! The earrings are very fun and girly! The pin is clever and very different, my husband is a lampworker and always looking for a different way to use his beads! Your hat is also cool, looks very soft!

  17. Love the creative bent.Followed soup rules and bingo.Delightful Love and hugs Tanya

  18. Incredibly creative - love the hat pin!

  19. No one did a hat pin, that's a fantastic idea!
    Fits perfect to your hat.

  20. I love that you thought to make a pin! It does go perfectly with the gray.

  21. Very creative, I love both pieces!! Amazing work!

  22. Cool and creative, especially pin!

  23. Cute and very creative pieces. The earrings are darling and the pin is really nice on the hat. Definitely outside the box.

  24. Love the hat clip or scarf clip you created! Love the earrings also - very creative using the clasp for a set of earrings!

  25. What a unique idea for the focal. It's really great. The earrings are cute too and a great way to use the clasp.

  26. I really like that you made a pin, something different and gives me ideas for my beads. The earrings are so pretty and totally wearable.

  27. Scrolling, scrolling and more and more, just so awesome! You sure did get an awesome variety. I so love that earrings the most. Its so chic.
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  28. Very creative use of the focal. Great idea.

  29. Oh my, oh my! I like that you came up with two definite 'out of the box' ideas for your required ingredients. And they both turned out so yummy! Wonderful!

  30. Love your pieces - your hat is perfect with the gorgeous bead! Cute earrings - very creative!

  31. Very creative and very nice pieces.

  32. Oh you nailed it! Very clever idea on repurposing the clasp!

  33. love how you used the big ass! it's huge! earrings are lovely...such soothing colors :)

  34. I love the pin you made with the beautiful focal. I agree, it really needed to stand on it's own. :) The earrings are really sweet too!

  35. very cool idea to make a pin! lovely earring, i would wear them myself :-)

  36. Woos great thinking a pin! Love it and the earrings too!!

  37. Very creative and I love the hat/pin together! :)

  38. Great job, Jen! Love the hat pin (and your hat!) and the earrings are so cute - what a great idea!

  39. You definitely were out of the soup box. Great ideas and creations.

  40. The focal makes a fabulous pin, and looks great with the hat. Great idea to use the clasp in your earrings, works well.


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