Bead Soup…Reveal

So the day is finally here.  This has by far been one of my favorite art experiences.  So to recap, Lori at Pretty Things once a year for the past 8 years has matched bead artists in an ultimate bead swap.  This year, there were around 500 people from across the globe that participated.  What a lot of work for Lori to arrange!  Wow!  This is my first year to participate, and if she has it next year, I cannot wait!


This year, I was paired with a wonderful artist and woman, Kay (KayzKreationz).  Kay lives in Texas with her family and creates unique pieces with glass.  I am in love with her bead pot charms.  Aren’t these adorable?


Kay and I have a ton of things in common; not only do we both work with animals (she is a wildlife manager), we are both love to work with copper, silver and glass. As she is from Texas, she sent me a wonderful soup with a definitively Texas theme…I couldn’t let her down, so I made a set that I thought would be worthy of all the cowgirls in Texas…I hope she agrees…If you do too, you can purchase the pieces here (KatrinaTaylorJewelry at etsy).

To recap, here is the before:


Lava beads, jasper beads, hand crafted copper components and flame patina toggle clasp, suede cord and an orange bandana (not shown…check out Kay’s blog for a great pic though)

I knew immediately when I saw the components the base for this piece.  Well, that is easy to say now…anyway, I knew it had to be a chunky copper necklace.  from there…it took shape.  The colors are very earth tone and I would say a split complementary (throwing the orange in).  This is one thing where Kay and I differ, where I am in LOVE with blues, she HATES it…For her, I didn’t add any blue…well the blue green she sent doesn’t count! hehe

Well enough stalling; here is my first finished piece (click on the photos for a larger version):

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Something was missing.  I starred at that suede cord…although I picked up the color in the enameled beads that I made, I didn’t use the cord.   As I used everything else, this wasn’t sitting well.  Although I wasn’t required to use it; as per the rules I needed to use the focal and the clasp, I found a way to incorporate the bandana…but not a suede cord…that wasn’t making me happy.  So I turned to my stash…and guess what…I had some jasper beads I recently purchased and the earrings took off…

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(Is it me, or did you just notice that I didn’t create mirror image earrings…that will change before I post them. Ugg…)

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But a girl wants options…so I turned to my other love, clay and my newest obsession, resin…the rest is history…

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you like the finished jewelry pieces.  I have to say a sincere and heartfelt thanks to Kay! and of course to Lori for having the patience to pull all of this together.  As the list of participants is HUGE, here is a link to the master list:

I encourage to jump around and go to all of the other bloggers, and if nothing else, please visit my new beading buddy Kay!

~ by vet1999 on May 10, 2014.

59 Responses to “Bead Soup…Reveal”

  1. Great Soup and lovely jewellery!

  2. The necklace is amazing. I love the variety of earrings too!

  3. What a wonderful job you did with the soup. I love the copper and the chunkiness of the necklace. Glad your son let you have the bandana back. 🙂 And the earrings with the teal leather are too cute. I like them the way they are. Your clay and resin earrings are adorable. I have tried clay, but haven’t been happy with anything I’ve done yet. Great job.

  4. What an unique collection of beads and design elements. Love the results, nicely done!

  5. Fabulous work! Looked through your older posts too! Nice blog!

  6. Love what you created with the “Texas” theme – I think you captured it perfectly with your necklace! Love those earrings you created too!

  7. A lot is going on with that necklace and I loved it! Nice earrings too! Good job!

  8. You did “Texas” proud. Great work.

  9. Festive Fabulous creations! Soup-er job!

  10. Good job!!

  11. Beautiful bohemian necklace. Especially like the stripey earrings. Great job. Jean

  12. Oooh funky and unusual! I love it all 🙂

  13. Such lovely work well done!

  14. Such a fun necklace, love the earrings too.

  15. These designs have so much energy and attitude, Katrina 🙂 Love them!

  16. Nice work! Your necklace is amazing and the earrings are genius!

  17. That necklace is amazing and love the collection of earrings.

  18. Love the necklace – so much fun! and your earrings are beautiful!

  19. Gorgeous color and great eclectic look!

  20. Just love the earrings. Such a great variety.

  21. I am completely in love with your necklace…from far it looked like coral pieces, instead it is fiber! So original! so amazingly put together!

  22. Fun, fun, fun!!

  23. oohhh.. ever so lovely!

  24. oOOH, i love the addition of the blue enameled beads! I like fun necklaces like that quite a lot (and my brother in law lives in Texas!). You did a GREAT job with the simple suede and wired bead necklace (I’ll be that style would be a great seller for you) and the rest are great, too. Thanks for participating to wholeheartedly!

  25. What an amazing necklace! The blues lift it to a whole otherdimension. Wild, free and crazy happy. Deeply in love with your polymer clay beads by the way.

  26. Amazing chain work! Love the bold colors! How fun!!!

  27. You definitely created a “big as Texas” design delight with that necklace. Great work.

  28. I’m not sure what I would have done with your soup – what you created is perfect!!

  29. great job! I love the necklace especially, very spunky piece!

  30. Look at all that wirework! You did have fun doing this one, didn’t you? And isn’t it great having polymer clay at your disposal, you can make things to match whatever you’re working on. The colors you chose are perfect!

  31. I love the necklace! It’s a party waiting to happen! So fun!

  32. Love the wire work…such pretty designs!

  33. That is a knockout necklace, the way you put it together is great. And I really like all of the earrings !

  34. Love the creativity

  35. Very funky.. love the turquoise & orange together

  36. Beautiful artistic designs, the earrings are all so fun. Lovely pieces all.

  37. nice batch of components, I like how you mirrored the swirls in the swirly beads with metal wire swirls. That clasp does say TExas, too.

  38. love the eclectic design of your necklace and the spiral wrap earrings!

  39. Love how you brought it all together – so fun!

  40. I’m always a bit taken aback when someone doesn’t like blue… I mean how is it possible?! But seriously, you sure did a great job creating with your soup and being inspired to use the palette with clay and resin (I’m with you, love, love, love!). Great work!

  41. Terrific and brilliant …I really like the earthiness of all the pieces….You def. brought out the Texas in those beads… Ty so much for sharing your brilliant designs

  42. So many pretty pieces, but the necklace is really unique and particular! Love it!

  43. super mixed media designs!

  44. Great job. Love that you combined clay&resin. And the texas necklace looks like a lot of fun.

  45. I love what you did with your soup. That necklace is a real show stopper! I also think how you brought in the suede in the earrings is a great touch.

  46. I LOVE your necklace. I’m all about bright happy colors, and your use of the bandanna in it is just brilliant.

  47. Oh wow! these are just wonderful what great pieces you have made with your soup, I love the necklace stunning!

  48. Your soup and results are gorgeous! Definitely wearable art!

  49. Love the way You use wire in your works!

  50. I love what you created, especially that awesome necklace!

  51. All beautiful pieces. Love how textural that necklace is.

  52. Stunning, I can look at the necklace for a loooong while! Great clasp and focal, all materials and colours come together! I love this ♥chunky one…

  53. Great design, I love how it all works together, the texture is wonderful and I love the colors!!! Great Job! Have a Blessed day!!!

  54. I love chunky jewelry! Your necklace design is very complex and has a lot of tiny colorful additions to fill in the “blanks” of the large ring chain! The earrings are properly modest but not simple and not without a pop of color. And the last pair of earrings are all about color and playfulness – did you make those ear wires? Great!

  55. What a fun and funky necklace. I haven’t used fabric yet but this design makes me want to give it a try real soon. I’ve just played a little bit with polymer clay and have so much to learn. Your earrings are fabulous.

  56. What fun pieces you made. The chunky copper necklace is my favorite. Nice job with your soup!

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