Bead Soup Reveal May 2014

I have to say a huge thank you to Lori Anderson from for organizing this great Bead Soup adventure again. And then to my amazingly generous partner Monique Urquhart from New Brunswick. So here are the first ones that are done. I received so much that I will also post a couple more pieces later this weekend.IMG_6234Remember the amazing packages that came……


Well inside were these:



So the first project was to use the focal from Monique.  I also used a handmade bronze toggle as well as the amazing picasso beads.  Then I through in some of my brass stash bits.


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Next came the cool blue porcelain focal, blue buttons and silver ring links.  I added some of this cool leaf chain that I had and here it is.20140509-221037.jpg



Joanne sent me a tiny package of silver birds and bird links (see them in the bottom run the middle  so I made this set.







She also sent me some green type spacers and this link of ceramic type tube beads.  This really stretched me as I don’t often use leather or ceramic beads but I was happy with the outcome.20140509-221135.jpg

Stay tuned for the last piece using the tiny ceramic houses.  These were just too precious so they deserve their own post.  Also I have a really cool set of jewelry I made with all the mother of pearl that she sent me (spoiler alert it has an Egyptian revival theme!!)

Happy hopping and be sure to stop back to see the house pieces and some Egyptian inspired pieces.



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  1. Jo-Ann
    Posted May 10, 2014 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    What an amazing variety of creations. Great work as always.

  2. Posted May 10, 2014 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    What amazing creations! They are all so different and beautiful.

  3. Posted May 10, 2014 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    A great use of your soup I love the way you have used the buttons.

  4. Posted May 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Very fun pieces. Enjoyed your pictures and descriptions.

  5. Posted May 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    OMG it is such a thrill to see all the beautiful pieces you were able to design, Cheryl. I knew that a fair bit was different from your usual fare, but WOW did you rise to the challenge! I am hard-pressed to pick a “favorite” (that would be like asking me which of my children is my fave LOL), but the first design really tugs at my heart, probably since making focals is a new experience for me. You used so much of what I sent in new (to me) and unexpected ways, a great inspiration to me as a developing designer. Thanks so much for being a great partner and making my first BSBP experience so wonderful, Cheryl… and I can’t wait to see the rest!

  6. Posted May 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Yes it was a stretch but definitely in a great way. Your generosity was so appreciated. Thanks again partner!!

  7. Karin
    Posted May 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    You created beautiful pieces from your great soup. I love how each design is different and unique.

  8. Posted May 10, 2014 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    You made such a variety of lovely things from your wonderful Soup!

  9. Posted May 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Lovely lovely designs. Nicely done.

  10. kepirasmussen
    Posted May 10, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous pieces Cheryl, I don’t think I can pick a favorite, I love the first necklace, but then I am partial to blues, that leather wrap bracelet is so cute…..all gorgeous!

  11. Posted May 11, 2014 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Such lovely work well done!

  12. Posted May 11, 2014 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Beautiful designs! I really love the first necklace with it’s rustic feel and the large beaded links that seem to mimic the metal links you used.

  13. Posted May 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    All of your designs are great. I am especially fond of the blue necklace. I like the asymmetry and your use of buttons.

  14. Posted May 12, 2014 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    So many beautiful creations! I especially loved the asymmetrical design for the blue porcelain focal necklace!

  15. Posted May 12, 2014 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    What a great selection of designs. I like them all. But that wonderful blue necklace and the pearls are just plain yummy!

  16. Posted May 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Monique sent along a beautiful soup and you created spectacular jewelry with it! My favorite is the bracelet and the necklace with houses in your update 🙂 Delightful!

    Happy Hopping,

  17. Posted May 15, 2014 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Sweet necklaces! Love the one with the blue focal, and my fav of ALL is the bracelet..

  18. Posted May 23, 2014 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    All of your pieces are really lovely! That blue necklace is great. Are those buttons I spy just above the focal!? I love me some buttons and your use of them in that necklace worked out perfectly.

  19. Gina Hockett
    Posted May 26, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I loved all of your pieces, and think your soup was to die for! I loved the updated post with the houses, how unique and adorable! I think that is my favorite piece. Gina H

  20. Posted May 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    those are fabulous pieces Cheryl, you did a wonderful job with your soup! I just looked at the other post as well, and I love those pieces too! Especially the necklace and bracelet with the little houses!