Saturday, August 11, 2012

BSBP: The Reveal

**check out the other reveals HERE**

The day has finally come. It's party time! So sit back, drink some tea and enjoy some delicious bead soup.

My partner, Sandra Young, sent me this yummy purple-y, pink soup of beads. It consisted of a Jasper focal, flower clasp and many other lovely goodies. 

 I wanted to use the focal and clasp on one piece. The Jasper pendent looked best by itself. At least I thought so. At first, I put the focal on a silver chain and attached it to the flower clasp but what kind of challenge was that. It was too simple of a design that I scraped it.  Then this piece went through several more changes before I ended up using Amethyst seed beads that I got a long time ago at a bead show. I was going to add some of the faceted crazy lace agate but I didn't like how it went. I thought it best to keep the design simple because that's how I like it. Why complicate it with more beads when it looks great already.

The next necklace I made uses the really cute button shaped freshwater pearls. I love pearls! So for this piece I decided to hand knot the pearls using silk thread. At the ends I used matte Japanese square beads and attached it to a heart clasp that I've been trying to use for a while (the heart shaped was so small most of the beads I used wouldn't fit, therefore the toggle wouldn't go through).

I just love the button pearls. I think they're really cute. It's also very light to wear.

 My next two pieces are earrings. The first pair I used some copper wire and wire wrapped two of the Muscavite brios. Then I added the rhodonite rounds to make it dangle some more.
 These are my favourite pair of earrings. When I first saw these Jasper drops I knew I was going to make them into earrings with the earring wires from Sandra. I love these! It has a little shine to them with the purple crystals.

My last piece is a dangle bracelet with the agate beads mixed with the purple crystals and some silver beads from my own stash.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed that! This is my second time participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party and it has been a blast! I just want to thank Lori Anderson for hosting this year after year. It takes a lot of work pairing everyone up and organizing the hop. Also, thank you to Sandra, my partner for the lovely mix, I got to work with. Come see what she created with the soup I gave her.  

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Another really nice lady, Tanya of FusionMuse Thomas Pautler, created this site which lists all the participants from all three reveals. Be sure to check out some really talented artists.

Now it's time to hop on to Sandra's blog before I go to everyone else's. Have fun!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Davis, Natural Treasures by Deb
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Krafty Max, Krafty Max Originals
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Marcia Dunne, The Alternative Foundry
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Melissa Muir, Kelsi's Closet Jewelbox
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life! <-----My Partner
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs <-----You are here!
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Click HERE to see participants from the other reveal dates!


  1. Sandra's soup is amazing! I love jasper in general but your earrings are tempting me to go in to the studio past midnight and dig out my jasper stash!

  2. Wow! I can see that you really made an effort to pick out seed beads that reflect the colors of your focal. Nice effect.

  3. Tracy you did an outstanding job! I love the simplicity and elegance of your creations! Great job. Wonderful having you as a partner too.

  4. I'm going to echo one of the previous commenters, Sandra, in saying that I love how you came up with understated, elegant designs that let the beauty of the beads do the talking. The pearl necklace really caught my eye - the colours are striking and I know how much work silk knotting can be. Fantastic job!

  5. I love what you did. I am of the simple is elegant school and I think you showed off those ingredient to perfection. NIce job!
    [PS you might want to remove the CAPCHTKA, even for just a few days during BSBH some people won't comment because of it.]

    1. Ahhhh! Thanks for letting me know. Had no idea it was on.

  6. I really like the dangle bracelet! I love working with those colors. It looks so delicate!

  7. A gorgeous bead soup you received! I love everything you made, and I'm jealous of your knotting skills--something I can't seem to do. Of all your beautiful pieces the dangle bracelet is my favorite!

  8. It amazes me to see what everyone does with some fun soup! Great job! And fabulous detail! Love it! :=) Kris

  9. How how busy you've been. I love those muscovite earrings. You have definitely given me ideas.

  10. I'm so glad I got to start the hop with your reveal. I love the simple ease of your pieces. You showed that it doesn't have to be complicated to be beautiful. Every one of your pieces is so very wearable. I'm with you, that second pair of earrings is awesome! Great job!

  11. I'm a purple person, and love your soup. With your pendant, definitely simple is better, and great job with the seed bead color to match. A great job!

  12. Very pretty collection. I definately think you made the right choice with the focal, it made for a lovely piece and those pearls look like a go-with-everything treat. great work

  13. The colors in that jasper are stunning and you showcased them beautifully! I bet those earrings will be getting lots of attention when you wear them! Beautiful!

  14. Simple, elegant, romantic - I sey 'Yes' to that. Stunning jewellery. Well done.

  15. I really love that last bracelet piece! Lovely!

  16. Sometimes simple is just perfect. that's what you have here. Lovely!

  17. Lovely. I think I like the pearls best, but your second earrings are soooo something that I would wear. Hard to choose. Good work.

  18. Like the copper with the purple and pink.

  19. I totally agree, when beads are particularly patterned or colorful or special, why mess with that? That's why I redid my bead soup two soups ago -- I messed with it too much and redid it to a three strand simple and now I wear it all the time!

    Thank you so much for participating, and I hope to see you again in Jan/Feb!

  20. I would wear that jasper pendant necklace constantly, I love what you designed!

  21. oh my goodness what absolutely gorgeous color scheme!
    I love the creations that you designed with your soup.
    The earrings are gorgeous!

  22. Gorgeous pieces.My favorite is the first necklace

  23. very nice work !
    Love your designs!
    Delicious soup !
    m.e. :)

  24. Hi Tracy,
    I love all your pieces they are all beautiful. My favorite piece is the first necklace. I love the simplicity of the design it is gorgeous.

  25. Love those beady goodness you received! The designs are simple and elegant and look like so much fun to wear! Stunning work!

  26. Such rich colors, love what you have done with the rectangle focal, your color mix of beads is perfect... simple is superb. The dangle bracelet is very lovely too!

  27. Beautiful pieces. I think the first necklace is my favorite. I think your design choice was spot on for this pendant. Simply perfect.

  28. Beautiful pieces! Love the earrings! I love the use of colors in your first necklace. Stop by my blog for the last reveal

  29. Beautiful pieces! Love the earrings! I love the use of colors in your first necklace. Stop by my blog for the last reveal

  30. Your designs came out magnificent! I love the simplicity of the knotted pearls. Very timeless and elegant. Great work!

  31. I love how you went simple with the first necklace and it turned out fabulous!

  32. Yum, jasper and agate, what a wonderful bead soup! Love everything! You were right, the pendant speaks for itself, pairing it with the seed beads was perfect.

  33. What a great soup! You made great pieces. Simple and stylish. The colors are beautifully displayed.

  34. YOur pieces are lovely.You managed to get the best from the colours without overwhelming them and so many beautiful pieces.
    I also want to say Thank You so much for your mention of the site I did for everyone.I have logged in about 150 hours so far and there is still one reveal to go.I did it for all you lovely people who have such talent and are so wonderful.Thank you.Love and hugs Tanya

  35. WOW, you made some amazing creations!! I just love how you matched up the beadwoven strap with that focal, perfect fit!!

  36. Very pretty! Love the necklace with the jasper focal!

  37. Gorgeous necklace and all the pieces are beautiful.

  38. Love the clean lines of all of your pieces. The match of seed beads with the focal is perfect!

  39. beautiful soup and your pieces are just lovely, loved them al!

  40. TThose Jasper drop earrings are to die for! Great job:)

  41. Your bead soup is yummy...that Jasper focal bead is even yummier! Great job...such beautiful creations!

  42. Great Job!!! Luv all ur designs! You totally rock'd it grrl!!

  43. All beautiful and elegant pieces!!! Great work!!

  44. Great choice to use the coordinating seed beads to highlight the pendant and your bracelet is too cute!

  45. Goodness gracious! Every single one of the pieces you made are just fabulous!! I agree that that first necklace just needed something simple to let it shine and the beads you selected really did just that. In fact you did a wonderful job highlighting all the beads in your soup. Just super!! :)

  46. Looking at each picture I was thinking "that's my favorite" and I must say they are all wonderful and I love each one equally. Beautiful work ~

  47. Your work exudes beauty in simplicity! Lovely!

  48. Just beautiful! You are so right about that first necklace. The seed bead strands are perfect for that pendant. I call that color purplink! Great job.

  49. Wonderful job, I love your creations - they are all beautiful.

  50. I like your designs. Very creative.

  51. Lovely designs I especially like the first necklace its very elegant.

  52. Lovely soup. I agree the simplicity of the first necklace really lets the focal shine. I like how the strands are made from different colours of beads which all match the focal. My other favourite is the 2nd pair of earrings - especially the purple dangles.

  53. A very pretty set of creations, love them all!

  54. Love all your pieces! Very classic. I love the colors in your soup.

  55. Great job! I love the colors you picked to go with the focal...beautiful!


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