6th Bead Soup Blog Hop - Third Reveal and a Giveaway

1 Amazing Hostess (Lori Anderson)
3 Separate Reveal Dates
6th Party
400 Artists, Focals, & Clasps
Thousands upon Thousands of Beads

Let me start with a BIG Thank You to Lori Anderson, our hostess, for another wonderful Bead Soup Blog Hop. I know she's put a lot of time and effort into this all while battling her own issues. She's such an angel. I've made it around through the other two reveals this go-round and I know it's been a success so far. Congrats Lori. It's been lovely and I applaud all your work.

Now. . .I'm so excited you made it here! I know there's a ton of blogs to hop, so let's get to it shall we.
My partner, Karen Mitchell of Over the Moon Designs, sent me a wonderful array. Here's a quick mosaic peek of what I created with it. More detailed pictures are below.

And a reminder of what she sent.

Now to show you the details (clicking on the pictures will bring up a larger view)
Necklace. Soup ingredients used: Blue Raku pendant, rosewood beads, and turquoise Picasso firepolished Czech beads all from Over the Rainbow. From my stash: copper chain, copper spacers, and other beads and charms. The clasp I made myself.
Bangle Bracelet. Soup ingredients used: black cinnabar floral twist beads. From my stash: black annealed wire. I woke up having dreamed this design and had to make it happen.
Wrap Bracelet. Soup ingredients: Copper chain from Spotlight and Greek ceramic spacers. From my stash: found seashells, mixed metal wire and jump rings, and copper lobster clasp. This is a long strand that wraps twice around the wrist.
Brooches. Soup ingredients: Crochet flowers made by my partner at Over the Moon. From my stash: shank buttons and pin backs.
Earrings. Soup Ingredients:Pink Rhodonite beads. From my stash: antiqued brass earwires and jump rings, brass eye pins. I made the textured and patina-ed brass washers.
Necklace: Soup Ingredients: Copper Swirl Clasp. From my stash: vintage mother of pearl buttons and copper chain. I made the antiqued copper jump rings and clasp.
The toggle was altered by inserting a tiny button into the toggle loop and sealing it with ICE Resin. The toggle bar was wired above it.
I still have the fiber, some chain, and a few beads leftover from the soup. I'm sure just as soon as this hop is over I'll have some more ideas. For now, I do hope you like what I created. Thank you Karen for a most plentiful serving. It was a total blast working with what you sent!

I'm giving away the earrings I made. Just leave a comment and make sure your e-mail is attached somehow so I can contact you if you win. I'll draw a winner on Monday, September 10th. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

Below is the list of the other participants. Happy Hopping!!

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
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
THAT'S ME! ---->> Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
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
THAT'S MY PARTNER! --->> Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
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
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
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
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
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 Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

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
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs


  1. WOW! What a brilliant idea, turning the clasp into a focal and I love the black annealed bracelet. Don't you love it when you dream about a jewellery design. I'm so glad Lori paired us up for this swap! :)

  2. Wow, you made an entire collection. Those bracelets are great! I wouldn't dare pick a favorite. I too have dreamed up some jewelry designs. Mine aren't nearly as lovely though. Beautiful work.

  3. Love how simple, clean and elegant that bangle is. My next fav is the button necklace, its so sweet :) And like all the others equally well ;-)

  4. wow you've been busy, love that first necklace and the feather earrings. The button necklace is a joy

  5. The seashells are gorgeous! i got pretty acrylic ones in my soup :)

  6. That is a wide variety of soup! I love the necklace with the raku pendant, just beautiful :-)

  7. i love all your pieces!!! you did an amazing job, hope!

  8. Karen- I'm so glad you're my first commenter and that you are happy with what I created. Your designs are phenomenal as well and I agree that Lori did awesome (as ALWAYS) pairing us up!! Thank you for everything. :)

  9. Love all your pieces, really love the first necklace and the earrings! Great Job!Cheri

  10. The bracelet with the seashells is just wonderful!! I use reclaimed bits to use in my designs and I love that idea. Love what you have made!

  11. Wonderful soup you've got here! I do really like the simplicity of the bangle - that is awesome! and I have a soft spot for buttons ... loving that last necklace :)

  12. Love your vintage button necklace and I love that you re-purposed the toggle very cool. You did a lovely job with your whole soup Hope!

  13. What great pieces from such a wide array of things in your soup. I really like your seashell bracelet. I love seashells. And I like the way you sealed the little button in the toggle clasp and used it as a focal. Very nice. Your earrings in your giveaway are cute, too.

  14. Are fantastic pieces !How original, I like them !Congrats!

  15. I love beading dreams, I keep a scetch pad in my bedroom these days to capture them. Beautiful work. I especially like the necklace with the Blue Raku pendant :)

  16. Beautiful pieces I especially like the shell bracelet. Soup-er job!

  17. Great pieces. Love the bracelet with the shells.

  18. To everyone else so far, I think I've responded to you by e-mail. Here's my response for those of you without an e-mail connected to your comments.

    RoomForChange- Aren't found objects and reclaimed bits so much fun to work with? I just love to re-purpose! I'm so glad you had a chance to pop in. :)

    AntiquityTravelers- Thank you!! Yes, that bangle was such a stroke of sleepy inspiration. It looks so cool on. And buttons really are a weak point for me too. I had a lot of fun with that piece, but it definitely took me the longest to get just right.

    Penny- I appreciate your sweet words. I struggled with what to do with that toggle. It took me the longest to design that piece and since it was a required element, I knew I HAD to. When the lightbulb hit about using it as bezel, I ran with it at long last. I'm so pleased it turned out the way it did. Thanks!

    EWA- Thank you so much for you kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to come by and comment!!

  19. Thank you so much for the kind words!

    My favorite is the first necklace -- and then you know I love anything with buttons! You did a lovely job and you can tell you put time and thought into each and every piece.

    Thank you for coming to the party!

  20. Love the necklace, beautifu Raku focal bead! The bangle bracelet is really artistic too!

  21. I absolutely love the bracelet with the seashell, adorable. Wonderful work.

  22. You did an awesome job with your bead soup! Lovely creations!! I love how you used those buttons in that last necklace...how creative!

  23. Great bunch of jewelry. The earrings are very cute. Did you find the seashells on the beach and drill them yourself? I really like the way they look on that bracelet.

  24. Great job on all your pieces. The blue Raku is my favorite. It was genius to set the button inside the clasp with resin & use it for a focal. Thanx for a chance to win your earrings.

  25. I have never seen such a gorgeous button necklace! And I would so wear those earrings.

  26. Amazing pieces! I love the shell bracelet and the first necklace. Its wonderful you made so many pieces! Laura

  27. Hope, what beautiful designs!! I would wear them all.... but my favorite one? The dangly seashell wrap bracelet! It is so amazing, I'd be distracted wearing it looking at all of those great shells all day. :-)

  28. The necklace with the blue raku is super yummy!

  29. Well done! They all look amazing!

  30. Toggles can be hard to be inspired by.what a novel way of using one.I love your earrings as well.fusionmuseoffice@gmail.com if you need me .Love and Hugs Tanya

  31. Hi Hope! I've had those design dreams before...it's hard not to just pop out of bed and go do it. Congrats on actually remembering and then executing the design!! Love it! Take care! Jen

  32. I love the first necklace!
    thanks for the giveaway
    ciao dall'Italia

  33. Your collection is so unique and pretty!! I love the raku necklace and the copper swirl clasp/pendant is such a great idea!!

  34. Those crocheted flowers are delightful, and I love how you've altered pieces of your soup here and there - very creative use of your soup!

  35. Here's another mass response for those of you without e-mail attached to your profiles.

    Ahowin- Thank you! That bracelet seemed to just fall together one I gathered the shells.

    Cindy- I'm so glad you like them. It was fun making them, even if they do seem a little eclectic as a collection. I HAVE worn the bracelet and was totally distracted by the movement and just looking at the shells in that bracelet. It's a lot of fun. Thank you for hopping by!

    QHannah- Thank you so much. I do appreciate that!!

    Tanya- Yes, I struggled with coming up with something that would be a great accent for that toggle. When I decided upon the resin idea and found a button that fit, I knew I had my design. Thank you so much for your sweet words and for stopping in.

    Jo- I'm glad you like that necklace. It HAD to be made and went through at least one other version before arriving where it is. Thank YOU!!

    Sweet Freedom- Oh yay! You like the flowers. They are the brightest design in my bunch and I just love how happy they are. I'm so glad you do too!! Thank you so much! :)

  36. Wow, stunning pieces!

    I am glad you made the bangle: it's amazingly beautiful!
    Love the button necklace too And the shell bracelet, oh my!! you are so good!!

  37. How many pieces you done!and all very inventive! congratulations!

  38. I love the bangle bracelet, would wear it every day. Great job with the soup.

  39. Beautiful!
    The necklace with buttons is very interesting! Love it!

  40. Bailaora- I started to do more, but made myself stop! :) I'm so happy you like what I made. Come back by anytime.

  41. Hello, Hope! I love what you created with your soup! You always do such a great job with your jewelry! I'm having fun hopping this time, but didn't participate. Can't wait to see what you do with what you said you had leftover. Have a great week!

  42. You did a beautiful job. Love the mother of pearl button necklace and that sea shell wrap is so cute. Great job!

  43. Where, oh where, do I start? Love the blue raku pendant and necklace that you created. Love the seashell wrap bracelet! So fun and summery, and I'm a sucker for dangles and cha cha! The button necklace is so creative. I love all of your designs.

  44. LeeLu- You make me blush! It makes me so happy that you like what I made. I had fun with the soup I got from Karen and I hope it shows in my designs. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to stop by!

  45. Great job on all the soup..really drawn to the bracelt with the shells...beautiful designs!!

  46. What pretty pieces you made! I love the alterations to the clasp. :)

  47. Rana- Thanks! I'm so glad you like that. I was worried that it would be too weird. I appreciate you stopping in!

  48. Hi Hope,
    I love what you did with your bead soup the first necklace with the turquoise colored flower and dangles and the last necklace with the buttons, so cool that you put a button in the center of the toggle clasp and made it the focal, are my favorites. Oh and the shell bracelet that is my favorite. Um yeah the black bracelet with the cinnabar flower carved beads that is my favorite and last but not least the earrings are fabulous those are my favorite! Humm well that confirms it all of your pieces are my favorite.

  49. Very inventive use of your soup ingredients. Fantastic job!

  50. every piece is so different from each other...i love how unique your touches are!

  51. Marlene- Thank you so much. I had a lot of fun trying to think out of the box and out of my usual mindset. I'm glad you appreciate it as well.

    BeadsbyEarthTones- Thanks! I do try to stay unique as much as possible. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I'm so pleased it seemed to work this time! Yay!

  52. Wow, you did such a great job on all your pieces! I especially love that last necklace with the copper and buttons—I would wear that in a heartbeat! Thanks too for stopping by my blog earlier and leaving such a nice comment! *Ü*

  53. wow! that great soup! i love how you changed that toggle into the centerpiece and added the button! i have a few of those toggles too and what you did with it was genius! they are such pretty toggles.
    i love the necklace with the blue raku pendant too. what a beauty!!! nice fringe too :-)

  54. WOW! You are very creative! I really love the copper and button necklace! I cant wait to make my own with a little "Angi" flavor! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win!

  55. Angi- Oh wow. . .thank you! That's one of the best compliments an artist could hear. I appreciate you taking the time to pop in and take a look at what I made!

  56. Very nice work and a very original use of some components!

  57. Pepita- Thanks so much. I'm glad you like you use of materials. :)

  58. Hope, I knew you would make something fabulous, but you went beyond that. I love the shell bracelet, and that bangle you dreamed about, and the blue and copper necklace.

  59. Oh, my goodness! You were busy in the bead soup kitchen! Such remarkable pieces of loveliness! I especially love your dangly charm bracelet! And you rocked the clasp! How creative ;o}

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such wonderfully positive comments! I hope we can keep in touch!

  60. love the necklace with the blue flower and the seashell bracelet!! great job, well done!

  61. Wow these bracelets are amazing!

  62. Zydie- Yay! I'm so happy you like the bracelets. Thank you so much!

  63. I love how you used the clasp, I never though of using Ice Resin with a clasp, very creative! I like all your designs, good job!
    Lori D.

  64. These are all so much fun. Great stuff. ;-)

  65. Lori- I really struggled with what to do with that clasp because it seemed to chunky to just be on a delicate necklace like the first one. When I made my attempt to 'think outside the box' and came up with the resin idea, I was overjoyed! It pleases me so that you like what I came up with. Thank you!

  66. Love all of your designs! My faves are the first necklace and the charm shell bracelet!
    The bangle bracelet is too cool!

  67. Beautiful job Hope! I love the first necklace.

  68. Great collection of pieces there! I love the black bangle bracelets and the raku necklace too, but seriously, they're all fantastic!

  69. BeadRecipes- Aw, thank you! I really enjoyed coming up with ideas for this go-round of the party. Thanks so much for coming by and leaving such a sweet comment!

  70. Wow, all of your work is wonderful! Love the wrap bracelet with all the seashells!!!

  71. Very nice pieces - looks like you had a lot of fun. I love the way that where you live has influenced what you have made. Love the shell bracelet.

  72. What a great collection of designs. Such a unique idea for your clasp used in your last necklace. I never would have thought to add resin. My 3 top favorites are your first 3 designs. They are all so me. :)

    1. Janice - Thank you! I can't beleive you trudged through my posts to find this old BSBP one. Ha! I do appreciate you kind words so much and you taking the time to stop in :)


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