Saturday, April 27, 2013

7th Bead Soup Party - The Big Reveal

Today is the 3rd and final reveal of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party organized by Lori Anderson. With each passing year, the party is getting bigger and the number of participants is increasing a lot. With over 500  jewelry makers across the world participating this time, the party had three reveals with amazing work displayed by very talented artists.

Originally me and my partner Lena Adams were a part of first reveal but with lots going on for both of us, we  asked Lori to put us in the third reveal and Lori being her, always helpful and supportive, agreed and accommodated our request.

Lena had sent me a very delicious soup. I have never used silk and leather before so I knew it will be interesting to play and design with them.

When I started thinking of the design the first thing on my mind was Mosaic Aqua Jasper focal and I was so fascinated by the silk that I knew it has to be a necklace with it for sure.  I created a dangle with a silver bead and green yellow glass beads over the focal and extended it with two flat silver ovals. 

As it was my first time to use the silk, I was not sure whether to use one strand or two and ended up almost tearing it when the necklace was in very last phases. I guess using two strands is better. I kept the original unfinished look of the dark green silk and wire wrapped four pairs of dangles to keep it simple. I was happy with the look of the necklace when I wore it and can't wait to show it off.

Lena sent me two focal beads so with the second focal I came up with this necklace with spring colors. For this one, I used the silver toggle clasp and Jasper Turquoise beads from the soup and added few Carnelian, Agate and snowflake beads from my stash.

 And here is the pair of earrings I made which can go with both the necklaces.

 I still have to come up with a design using the suede. Hopefully soon, I will share it with you.

God has been testing Lori and Lena lately with illness/surgeries and many other difficult happenings in their lives. I really hope and pray that things get much better for both of them soon. Its my pleasure that I got to know them through these bead soup parties and I wish them good health and happiness always.

Now its time for me to start blog hopping...will you come with me?
I can't wait to see what Lena designed with the bead soup I sent her so let's start with her blog and then hop to the other participants.

Adlinah Kamsir
Agi Kiss
Alenka Obid
Alison Sachs
Amanda Tibbetts
Amy Sims
Ana Cravidao
Andra Marasteanu
Andria Poole
Angela Perkins
Anja Schultz
Ann Sherwood
Anna Nordeman
Annita Wilson
Arlene Dean
Astrid Boyce
Barb Fernald
Betty James Hoppensteadt
Birgit Klughardt
Bonnie Coursolle
Brandy Thomason McNair
Brenda Sigafoos
Carmen Lau
Carol Wilson
Caroline Dewison
Cassie Donlen
Catharine Temaluru
Catherine Turrell
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Warzocha
Christa Murphy
Christina Hickman
Christina Stofmeel
Christine Hansen
Christine Stonefield
Cilla Watkins
Cindy Cima Edwards
Claire Lockwood
Colleen Vinthagen
Dagmar Liebisch
Dana Fowler
Danielle Kelley
Deb Fortin
Dee Elgie
Denise Milward
Diah Anggreni
Diana Gonzalez
Diane Valasek
Dita Basu
Donetta Farrington
Doris Stumpf
Elizabeth Bunn
Elizabeth Drake
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Stolarczyk
Ema Kilroy
Erin Kenny
Evelyn Duberry
Fay Wolfenden
Francesca Watson
Gen Smith
Ginger Davis Allman
Giorgia Rossini
Hannah Annear
Heather Otto
Heidi Kingman
Ildiko Jarai
Inge von Roos
Iveth Caruso
Jackie Locantore
Jacqueline Keller
Jane Pranata Lim
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Tough
Jenny Vidberg
Jessica Klaaren
Joanna Matuszczyk
Joyce Becker
Judith Johnston
Judy Riley
JuLee Wolfe
June Butt
Karen Mitchell
Kari Asbury
Karin King
Karin von Hoeren
Karla Morgan
Kathrin Lembke
Kathy Stemke
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic
Katy Heider
Kay Thomerson
Kelley Fogle
Keren Panthaki
Kimberly Idalski
Kirsi Loponen
Klaudia Tóth
Krista Quantrill
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Kristina Johansson
Laney Mead
Lara Lutrick
Laura Guenther
Lauren Potts
Laurie Vyselaar
Leah Tees
Lena Adams
Lesley Watt
Leslie Wayment
Linda Kropp
Linda Newnham
Linda Younkman
Lisa Boucher
Lizzie Clarke
Lora Bright
Lorelle McIntyre
Lori Anderson
Lori Finney
Lucie Bouvier
Malin de Koning
Marina Dobrynina
Marina Kosovic
Marion Simmons
Marita Suominen
Marjolein Trewavas
Marsela Schroth
Martha Aleo
Mary Govaars
Mary K McGraw
Maybeline Tay
Mea-B. Uebler
Melissa Trudinger
Menka Gupta
Merja Sundström
Merja Syrjämäki
Michelle Buettner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Michelle Escano
Michelle Wigginton
Milla Hope
Miranda Ackerely
Mowse Doyle
Mrs M Makes
Nan Smith
Natalie Davidson
Natalie Moten
Natascha Marty
Nikki Banham-Hall
Noemi Baena
Norma Turvey
Pam DeBoer
Pam Hurst
Patti Pruhs
Penny Houghton
Penny Mills
Rachel Van-Walsh
Rebecca Sirevaag
Regina Santerre
Regina Wood
Roberta Fauntroy
Rosanagh Watson
Rose Johnson
Rosemary Cheslock
Rossana De Gaspari
Sabine Dittrich
Sam Waghorn
Sandi James
Sandra McGriff
Sandra Wollberg
Sandra Young
Shai Williams
Sharon Palac
Sierra Barrett
Silke Gröber
Siobhán Keogh
Stefanie Teufel
Stephanie Stamper
Sue Hamel
Sue Rennie
Susan Kennedy
Susan McClelland
Susanna Lehto
Suse Stelljes
Susie Hibdon
Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tara Plote
Terri G.
Terry Carter
Terry Matuszyk
Theresa Frank
Tina Bosh
Tina Noonan
Toltec Jewels
Facebook Participants
Audrey Allen
Cindy Wimmer Muse
Cynthia O'Toole
Deb Floros
Debbie Jensen
Erin Honeycutt
Kaushambi Shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison
Mary Jane Tanner
Valerie Tilghman


  1. That necklace is just stunning! I love all of your pieces but oh my the necklace just grabs hold of your eyes and makes you want to touch it. Great work!

  2. Oh, I so love your first necklace!!! The colors are great and reminding me our Soča river...

  3. Terrific job with the silk for not having used it before! Lovely work on your pieces!

  4. Lovely designs. The first necklace is gorgeous!!!

  5. Great Job...I LOVE those earrings, beautiful!!

  6. I adore the mosaic jasper necklace. It will be on my favs list tomorrow.

  7. Lovely designs. That sari silk looks great with the focal!

  8. Gorgeous pieces! That first necklace is my fave, but they are all gorgeous!

  9. Amazing - that mosaic Aqua Jasper focal is so pretty. I love what you did with the silk. So lovely.

  10. I am SO happy with what you did with what I sent Menka! I would never have thought of placing the beads on the silk sari like that, or the silver connectors to lengthen it! The earrings are awesome and cool that they do dual purpose!!!, and the colors that just jump out of the second necklace ROCK! It was great having you as my partner :)

    1. Thanks Elena. I am glad that you liked the designs I made. Thanks again for sending me a soup that made me think beyond my usual style.

  11. Lovely work Menka. Love what you have done with the silk.

  12. Great jewellery! Especially the first necklace with the green silk, it's gorgeous!

  13. Good use of the silk. I like the addition of the dangles to give it a bit more interest.

  14. All your designs are great/ Really like how the green sari ribbon looks with the Jaspar focal and really like the earrings.

  15. I love the first necklace, great design and colors.
    ciao dall' Italia

  16. great use of fabric! congratulations!

  17. I still haven't been brave enough to use silk and one of my partners even sent me some. Great job!

  18. You had some gorgeous focals, love that you used sari ribbon!

  19. Very nice work! I love the earrings. So lovely.

  20. Beautiful designs! Love the first necklace especially...great job for your first time with the silk :)

  21. Love your designs! I especially like the first necklace...great job using the silk ribbon :)

  22. I love all designs. My favourite is the necklace with the jasper pendant - I love the structure you've created - the central dangle, the oval rings, the silk with the little dangles. I'm now a follower to your blog. Have a nice week. Ana

  23. You wouldn't have known that you had never used silk ribbon before - love your designs!

  24. Lovely jewellery! Beautiful designs, all of them -- well done!

  25. Beautiful - love all these pieces!

  26. Thanks All for visiting my blog and liking the design. I feel very much encouraged by your comments.

  27. Love your creations, gorgeous happy colors.

  28. What lovely pieces, I like how you have put all the colours together - so pretty.

  29. Lovely colorful designs, perfect for spring and summer.

  30. Menka you did a great job using your soup. Kudos for trying the silk. My favorite piece is the first green necklace.

  31. Great job with your soup. I just love the green silk piece! Fantastic job with your soup!

  32. Lovely did a great job with the sari silk. That necklace is very pretty.

  33. Very lovely designs. I like the carnelian jazzed up that necklace nicely.

  34. I really like the way you used the silk. It's lovely. and those earrings are just too cute. And, the other necklace. . .Well, you just did a wonderful job with your soup ingredients. Well done!


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