Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's The Bead Soup Block Party 8 Reveal!

Thanks to Lori Anderson the organizer and founder of the Bead Soup Block Party. She tirelessly matches people around the world to trade beads and they make fabulous jewelry with what their assigned partner. Then we have a big reveal date and we get to hop all the blogs to see who made what and with what.

One of the things that I was the most excited about in getting my Bead Soup Partner 


was her love of recycling!!!! 


What Patricia sent me.

 I absolutely adore that about her.  Looking at my soup she has all these components that she pulled out of an old printer and even used some of the enamel in the printing ink to use in the lovely fused glass bowl that I now have on my jewelry desk to hold beads.


What I added to the mix. Plus a little more that I didn't get photo'd.  Just not that organized.

In the spirit of recycling and following Patricia's lead I dug in to my recycling drawer.  Looking for older beads, necklaces etc.....that I can add to the mix of what she sent.  So here is a photo of most of what I added to the mix.  Unfortunately sometimes I don't know what I am going to add until I put it together, so not all beads that I added to my Soup are shown.



I used Patricias lovely large lampwork bead as my color palate for the first set of jewelry I made.  The lampwork had a celestial feel to it, note the galaxy looking swirl in the large lampwork bead.  I took my lead from that.  I just so happen to have a old necklace in my junk drawer with a celestial feel to it.  So I dismantled that and pulled some moon and star shapes out of it.  I added some holes to some of the moon pieces so I could sandwich the large bead in between.  The Chain, Faux Cinnabar, Blue and Red Sponge Coral, Clay beads and Red Coconut Chips are all from old jewelry.  I added some Dumertierite, Kyanite and a Quartz dagger from Dakota Stones.

This necklace hangs asymmetrically and I added multiple dangles at the bottom of the lower moon to assist in its balance.


The bracelet I used her handmade clasp I believe made with aluminum from a printer her lovely lampwork and natural Coral.  I added the Red Sponge Coral, Faux Cinnabar, Metal Beads all from recycled jewelry pieces. The Kyanite I added was from Dakota Stones.

I made the following earrings with Paticia's Lampwork and some Dumortierite and Kyanite from Dakota Stones.



Now the soup got really interesting!!!!!!!  What to do with the gears and those very stiff aluminum sheets.  I just happen to be so lucky to coordinate the look of the following pieces with Stinky Dog Beads.  She happened to email me around the time as I was contemplating my next Bead Soup Pieces and I asked her what she thought of adding to my mix.  I told her what I had left to work with. So she sent me those vanilla Czech Glass Beads and some lovely Greek Mykonos Charms that I used in this piece.


I made a coordinating bracelet with Patricia's gears and at the base for the focal and her lovely lampwork at the center.  The large bead caps were from Michaels and some more of the vanilla Czech Glass from Stinky Dog Beads along with the Greek Mykonos dragonfly.


I had all these really lovely Red Coral and Natural Coral pieces and originally I thought I would use the gears.  I decided to go back to some of my roots as a jewelry designer and make a earthy chunky statement necklace with a messy layering of these beads on chain.  I added the quartz daggers from Dakota Stones and the Red Czech Glass, chunky chain were from Stinky Dog Beads.



I made a coordinating bracelet with bead caps, Coral Chain, Greek Mykonos from Stinky Dog Beads and added one of Patricias Natural Coral beads.  I added the chain and lobster claw to the mix.


I am pleased with the outcome of what I made. Not sure which are my favorites.  I suppose the biggest challenge for me was working with the recycled metal pieces but 
THAT WAS THE MOST FUN TO!


If you are interested in some of Patricia Johnsons Glasswork and Recycled Bits you can find her on Etsy. Just click the below link.


To find my jewelry for sale go to the following link on Etsy.


Want to Hop All The Beads Soup Blogs and see what creative genius is spread across the country.  Got to the following link below.










68 comments:

  1. Your jewelry are gorgeous as usual, the ones with metallic components are my favorite here, absolutely original.

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  2. You did a spectacular job with some challenging components. Your voice is clear in every piece. Gorgeous work.

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  3. WOW, WOW, WOW. The earthy chunky statement necklace with a messy layering of these beads on chain is 'to die for'. Great work Kristin. I love seeing everyones bead soup.

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  4. I think I'd have panicked with a soup like that, but you really nailed it :) So funky!

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  5. I love all your pieces (as always) but my favorites from this batch are the necklace and bracelet with recycled gears. Clever, beautiful and recycled. Nothing better!

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  6. Oh my gosh - those are some truly drool worthy pieces! Fabulous!

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  7. Awesome designs as always, Kristin! I love your design voice!

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  8. Kristin, very nice job. When I originally saw your bead soup I thought "that's a lot of red." I really like the way you have used just touches of in it multiples pieces toning it with blue and the natural coral. And that "steampunk" pendant from the recycled pieces. What fun! Very nice job on a bead soup well done. Jean

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    1. Thanks Jean!!!!!! I loved your soup, you are a work horse!!!! I can't believe all the pieces you made. OMG fabulous.

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  9. What great designs. You received a very unusual soup and I loved what you did with all of your pieces. I loved the "geared" pendant necklace but I also liked your bracelets. You did an amazing job. I would have been stumped with that soup. I am in awe of your talent.

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  10. Amazing and inventive as always. I so love the beaded eye you created in the saucer bracelet. I love the colours and the structure of the first necklace. All the designs are inspirational.

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    1. Might have to see if I can get a photo of that one on. It lays in an interesting way. Just not enough time to pull it all together the way I want.

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  11. My goodness, so amazing and ( intense ) in a good way! - Each piece has your name on it Kristen.. thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Kristen, I am just blown away with your pieces! You really did nail it! They are gorgeous and so creative...each and everyone! I'm so glad you had such fun with the recycled pieces. It was a challenging soup! You did such an amazing job...Kudos!!

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    1. Thanks Patricia, you made it easy. Loved my soup. Wish I could of squeezed out a few more. You soup is amazing!!!!!!!!! Heading over to comment now as it was taking it on my phone.! Thanks again for being a great soup partner.

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  13. You certainly did that soup justice! You've made some gorgeous pieces from it, I really like the earrings and the last bracelet.

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  14. Can I just say I love your boldness with your design it is beautiful!!

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  15. Your use of the bead soup was so creative! And what a fun challenge. Love all the pieces that you made.

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  16. Every piece is great, and quite different from each other. Good job!

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  17. Awesome designs! I always love your work...your rustic look and asymmetric designs and these are no exception! It great the way you used the gears and stiffer aluminum pieces too.

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  18. Wooooooooow! It's all I can say!

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  19. Very cool, you made some great designs, but my favorite is the bracelet with the dragonfly.....I love dragonflies! THe necklace is great too, but the bracelet is wonderful! ~KM

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  20. Wow! Those are gallery pieces!!! Holy moly! Gorgeous!

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  21. Hi Kristin,
    I love all of Your wild pieces !!!
    Style developed a bit since that pretty picture of You and Your mom <3
    xo B

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    1. Thanks B yes that necklace I was wearing with my mom was my first published piece and the one she was wearing was one of my earliest works.

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  22. As always, I just love your sense of style! All of the designs are so unique and so you. Great hob!

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  23. Your jewelry always makes me think, "What a great, creative idea", and these pieces are no different. The metal necklace is particularly spectacular!

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  24. Well, I really like everything you made, but that necklace using the perforated metal and the gears, etc is really quite imaginative and really cool. I think my favorite is actually the chunky necklace. Really impressed that you did a lot of recycling in your designs.

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  25. I love looking at all the beauty you created! As always, your style is distinguishable and very lovable. I would like to see how the asymmetric necklace looks on. I bet it's stunning!!

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  26. Super challenging and super fun!

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  27. Oh what fun! I love how you combined the recycled elements but it all still looks like jewelry you would make, so true to your style. I think if I could marry kyanite I would, so I really love the earrings which sounds a bit silly with all the beautiful jewelry you've shown us :)

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    1. Thanks.....I wish Kyanite looked better on me. Not a fabulous color for me but I love it.

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  28. I love that Patricia sent you some printer innards to use in your mix. You made fantastic use of them. I totally agree that the large focal has a celestial look to it and that you embraced that and added some wonderful pieces to compliment that.

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  29. Kyanite earrings are my fav!!!

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  30. OH my, I just don't know where to begin! LOVE them all. The reds are super cool, but I'm really lovin' the one w/the gears and that's just so unlike me, but it's really awesome!! Great Soups!

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  31. Love your designs, Kristin - I was wondering what I'll see from you, and I wasn't disappointed: such creativity and uniqueness! The pop of red here and there is brilliant; and I love the accents of blue.

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  32. Super creative and phantasy full, ♥stunning♥ And those kyanite earrings, wow... !!!

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous pieces, Oh my gosh I love them all.

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  34. Woohoo - great soup, Kristin! Not one piece I wouldn't wear with proud! Never thought recycled printer components could look so amazing, that's too cool! Like your jewelry style, you rock this party!

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  35. I LOVE the Soup you received with the recycled bits. It works well with your Tribal Bohemian Style. I love all the things you made!!!!! Your style is soo unique.

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  36. Wow, so great designs! I love the earrings but especially the necklace with with the recyceld printer gear. Thats amazing!

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  37. I am always so amazed to see the beauty emerge in your recycled components, Kristin :) Fabulous and witty statements!

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  38. Love the upcycling of your creations!

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  39. Really like the colorful and unusual styles! The chunky beads are so cool! Nice soup and nice creating

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  40. Kristin, I always enjoy seeing your work and you have definitely branded yourself with a style that can be recognized. They way you incorporated the beautiful soup received is consistent to your brand and represent your work beautifully! Keep on rocking girl!

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    1. Thanks Kumi!!!!!!!!!!! You are a dear.

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  41. Hi Kristin, You have a wonderful eye for a design. The first set is lovely. The second set is very creative and unique. It is my favorite even though I am not usually drawn to metal pieces. The red in the third set makes the natural coral really pop.

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  42. Bohemian, funky, nature-inspired wonderfulness! Clever use of everything. I feel as though I could see any of these in a high-end catalog or around the neck of someone in a lesser traveled foreign country. I love everything you made, truly.

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  43. Hello Fellow Minnesotan! =) I love your designs and style. You have a great sense of color and flow. I love the first bracelet and the clasp just made my heart sing. =) Well done!

    Linda A.
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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    1. Hello back at you fellow Minnesotan!!!!!!! Thanks!

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  44. You made such an outstanding variety of pieces with this soup! I really love the way you used the recycled printer pieces to make that focal. It's too cool. And, that last bracelet really calls out to me. Fabulous!! All of it!

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  45. so very very creative!! each and every piece has real character, seriously good job! I especially love your first necklace, hmmmm!

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  46. Love your sense of style girl! Such fantastic pieces, and I adore the one with the metal pieces! That last bracelet really calls my name!

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  47. The recycled creations are just to my taste - bold, beautiful, statement and they do not look recycled! Recycling is good but it should not be done just for the sake of it - it should look good and yours does! As for the other creations - beautiful designs, color combos and assemblage!

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  48. Wow.. I hardly know what to say other than I want every piece and there are not many people in the world with your unique style and talent. You truly went all out and I appreciate your enthusiasm so MUCH!

    I'm sorry for my horrendous delay..being this sick stinks. But I'd still wear every piece you made in bed with my pajamas!

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    1. Hahahaha Lori you crack me up!!!!!!!! Thanks for the great HOP!

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