Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hop hop hop...its 5th Bead Soup Blog hop

Welcome to the 5th Bead Soup Blog hop...

For this blog hop, I got a rich bead soup from Lisa Chapman, my partner. The soup included a good mix of faceted Amethyst, Tibetan, dyed Magnetite and glass beads. The focal was a very beautiful purple and orange lamp bead with bronze clasp and charms.

I was very fascinated by the focal bead which had purple base with orange and black flower with yellow and black spots making it very pretty. When I started thinking of the designs, I knew I wanted to use the color combination such that I bring up the different colors from the focal but not overpower them. So I decided to make a two strand necklace with a little twist.

Using orange Magnetite on one strand with black Onyx and Carnelian on the second along with tear drop black glass beads and Amethyst enhanced the orange in the focal and black round Onyx for the single strand helped balance it. For the earrings, I dangled the bronze charms with orange Magnetite and Amethyst.

I loved the almond shaped ear wires that Lisa had sent to me. Tibetan beads with bead caps made a wonderful pair of earrings with those ear wires. I also made a simple pair of earrings with black tear drops.

Now its time for me to start hopping and I will do it with Lisa's blog!

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
5. Alesha Conklin and Becki Mendivil
6. Alice Peterson and Carol Dillman
7. Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
8. Amanda Dittloff and Brandy Thomason McNair
9. Amanda Tibbetts and Andrea Trank
10. Amy Freeland and Kay Mallery

11. Andra Weber and Christine Murrow
12. Ann Sherwood and Diane Welte
13. Barbara Bechtel and Kerry Bogert
14. Barbara Lewis and Cat Pruitt
15. Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16. Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)
17. Cassie Donlen and Deryn Mentock
18. Cathie Carroll and Janel Dudley
19. Cece Cormier and Morwyn Mullins
20. Charlene Jacka and Christina Hickman

21. Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22. Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
23. Christine Damm and Deb Brooks
24. Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25. Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs
26. Cindy Cima Edwards and Eleanor Burian-Mohr
27. Cory Celaya and Rhea Freitieg
28. Courtney Breul and Dana Hickey
29. Cynthia Abner and Jennifer Boreck
30. Cynthia Tucker and Jean Peter

31. Debbie Goering and Heidi Post
32. Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33. Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
34. Diane Cook and Lyn Foley
35. Donna Bohler and Lisa Lodge
36. Donna Millard and Kiersten Giles
37. Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
38. Elisabeth Auld and Eva Sherman
39. Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)
40. Ema Kilroy and Laurie Keefe-Cecere

41. Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
42. Erin Grant and Jean Wells
43. Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
44. Genea Crivello-Knable and Heather Powers
45. Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
46. Heidi Kingman and Lori Greenberg
47. Helen Kemp and Lisa Wangeman
48. Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
49. Jamie Hogsett and Jeannie Dukic
50. Jeanette Ryan and Jelveh Jaferian

51. Jennifer Cameron and Tania Spivey
52. Jennifer Justman and Kari Carrigan
53. Jennifer Tough and Lorelei Eurto
54. Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55. Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
56. Julie Anne Leggett and Kelley Fogle
57. Karen Hess and Linda Landig
58. Karyn Bonfiglio and Kathleen Lange Klik
59. Kashmira Patel and Kat White
60. Kat Barron Miller and Kelly Morgan

61. Kathy Lindemer and Rose Binoya
62. Krafty Max and Sandra Miller
63. Kristen Latimer and Pam Ferrari
64. Kristie Roeder and Lea Avroch
65. Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66. Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)
67. Lara Lutrick and Lisa Suver
68. Laura DeMoya and Lisa Hanna
69. Libby Leuchtman and Melanie Brooks
70. Linda Koch and Rosemarie Cowit

71. Lisa Chapman and Menka Gupta
72. Lisa Liddy and Marion Simmons
73. Lori Anderson and Marcie Abney
74. Lori Bowring-Michaud and Mary Govaars
75. Lori Dorrington and Maria Rosa Sharrow
76. Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
77. Lynn Bennett and Mandi Ainsworth
78. Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
79. Mary Harding and Shannon LeVart
80. Mary Jane Dodd and Stacey Curry

81. Melinda Orr and Molly Alexander
82. Melissa Meman and Michelle Escano-Caballaro
83. Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
84. Nan Emmett and Nicole Valentine-Rimmer (Canada)
85. Nancy Boylan and Suzette Bentley
86. Natasha Lutes and Patti Vanderbloemen
87. Pam Hurst and Rebekah Payne
88. Patty Miller and Sara Rhoades
89. Rebecca Anderson (UK) and Lori Anderson
90. Rebecca Sirevaag and Sharon Driscoll

91. Rochelle Brisson and Shannon Chomanczuk
92. Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93. Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
94. Sandi Volpe and Sarah/Saturday Sequins
95. Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
96. Skylar Brez and Theresa Buchle
97. Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98. Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)
99. Stephanie LaRosa and Vonna Maslanka
100. Terri Wlaschin and Wendy Blum


  1. Menka, your pieces are gorgeous! The orange beads brighten up the dark necklace and make it a happy sunny place to be. I love the asymmetrical design too. The earrings are just delicious! You got yourself 2 pairs to make 2 different sets with the necklace - wonderful idea.

  2. Love how you worked the colors together so nicely to accent the focal :-)

  3. Very colorful. I like how you went from one strand to two. Very nice work.

  4. Nice! I like how you gave the necklace a twist. Such a fun piece - the orange really pops against the black beads and complements the colours in that Lampwork bead so well.

  5. great color palette, I love it!
    ciao dall'Italia

  6. Hi Menka, I really love how you used the Donna Millard focal. I would never have thought to string it off center. I absolutely love it! Isn't it funny we both used double strands in our necklaces? Your earrings are great too! Thanks for being my bead soup partner!

  7. Awesome design!! I love the asymmetrical nature and the two strands coming out from the focal bead- that was smart! Fashionable piece you can wear forever!!

  8. I have been blog hopping all morning. Yours is one of my favorites. I like the brightness of your pieces despite the offset of the black beads. So many of the blog soup pieces are gorgeous but so intricate and layered I could never wear them without poking an eye out. THIS necklace is one I would wear often without fear of injury:)

  9. Lovely pieces. You really showcased that focal!

  10. Simply gorgeous! I love your 'two strand necklace with a little twist' idea. Inspired :) x

  11. Such rich colors, I like how you used the focal asymmetrically and created such an eye-catching necklace. Love all your earrings too. Great job.

  12. Your pieces are lovely, but those tribal styled earrings are stunning! I would wear those daily!!

  13. The way you brought the necklace together is perfect, your earrings are very pretty too!

  14. Strong, bold colors, I love that necklace!

  15. That turned out BEAUTIFULLY! You really did the focal justice.

  16. Gorgeous necklace, I love the way the focal looks offset like that.

  17. Menka, everything is so pretty! I love the rich colors of that necklace, and all the earrings are so lovely! Nice job!

  18. Hello Menka...I must say you have an incredible eye for beautiful composition. I never would have dreamed up a necklace that flows so well is so eye-catching and blends all of the colors with the focal so nicely. It looks like it is from the pages of a magazine like Stringing or Bead & Button! The earrings are great as well. I love how you pulled together all of the components from your bead soup. And you really did have such a sweet partner - I saw the wonderful NASA souvenirs that she sent! :-)

  19. Those colors are dynamic and I like how you split off the necklace. Lovely!

  20. I love how "well-balanced" your asymmetric necklace is! So very pretty!

  21. I love your design and how you worked those colors together! Beautiful!

  22. That is a great design - I love the focal on the side of the necklace! Truly beautiful beads to work with! Nice job!

  23. Nice work and great choice of colors. love your beads and the design you came up with. Dita

  24. Oooh, I think your necklace is fabulous! I love the one to two strands! So beautiful :)

  25. Very pretty designs. Love how you used the focal bead on the necklace.

  26. great design, gosh this was so much fun !!

  27. Your semi-two strand necklace is really cool. I like the transition from the one strand into the two and the black background you gave it to showcase that pretty bead. Fabulously done!

  28. I love the contrast between the dark and bright beads. You did a great job. I love the teardrop earrings :)

  29. Great designs and use of colors! The necklace design is so creative! Well done!

  30. Wonderful! Using the beautiful focal on the side is perfect!

  31. I think it is really cool how you put both strands in to the focal, really great job!

  32. Great job! Love the way you have defined the strands of your necklace.

  33. These jewelry are looking cool and fancy, i really like it and thanks for given this blog.
    jewelry boise


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