Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Big Bead Soup Reveal

Hard to believe it's actually here, wow!!! I'm very excited to share what I've made with the goodies I received from Shelby of SundownBeadDesigns, and you gotta check out what she did with what I sent her, absolutely amazing!!

I didn't even use everything she sent me, I'll save it to play with later. She made an awesome Copper Focal and many handmade components, I used these all in the first piece which is a necklace plus the beautiful Red Coral beads she included. I also through in one of my own Ceramic beads for a flash of fun and whimsy. Here is the Necklace!!

I'm so tickled to receive this Red Coral because I've always wanted to try it but was always a little hesitant to, now I have and I love it!!!

Above is a closer look at the pendant she made.

She also sent me some great lampwork beads and I decided they would be a wonderful compliment to the Bronze Components I've been making lately.

Check back tomorrow, I will share the work of 3 other artists who used my components in their creations AND I will have components available for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Check out all the other blogs and see what they made from their Bead Soup!!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations

6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita

16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air

26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design YOU ARE HERE!!
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
75.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading to Be Done!
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads
80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio

96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
100.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations

106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
 112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
 115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf

116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
 119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass
 124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos
 127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M
 129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies 
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me 
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta

156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color
 159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
61.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra

166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
 175.  Julie Nordine, Julie Nordine  
Credit River Art Glass

176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
79.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux
180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin

186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels
 188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between

196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Ben
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
 202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique

206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!



  1. Kristi, This is special. I love it and the black ribbon just sets everything off. Also love the bronze/lampwork earrings ... gorgeous!

  2. Oh yes, Kristi! Those lampwork beads and your bronze compliment each other so perfectly :-D

  3. Shelby makes lovely components! I like the ribbon with spiral closure hook on this. The ceramic bead is a good contrast with the coral. It's a nice wearable piece. Love the bronze with the lampwork.

  4. Those are awesome! Very fun pieces. Love the coral as well, and especially love the earrings. You made it all work nicely.

  5. Kristi, both pieces are fantastic, love the coral, copper and ribbon combo and the lamp work beads and the broad are perfect partners.

  6. Gorgeous Creations !!!
    Perfect use of that Wonderful focal and coral!!!

    I LOVE you bronze components !!!
    m.e. :)

  7. Perfect! Love your new bronze pieces too!

  8. oh shoot, I left a comment and sometimes it takes too long to show the "secret code" and I lot my message! So I am back because I just love those creations! You did a awesome job. Esp, the earrings. That would go with everything!!

  9. Awesome necklace!! Love the earrings with your bronze pieces. They are super!!

  10. Your piece is sublime, it's just made me think of using ribbons more. What a great idea. Your stuff is lovely!! ^_^ Virginie

  11. Fabulous Kristi! I love what you've done with what I sent you. The bronze really looks great with those lampwork beads. And, the ceramic bead really adds nice flair to the necklace! Great Job!

  12. Pretty pretty pretty! Love the bronze!

  13. I love those earrings!!! Beautiful job!

  14. Really pretty! LOVE your components!

  15. Fantastic components by Shelby to work with, and you worked with them beautifully.

  16. Fantastic! Those earrings really pop and seriously caught my eye!!

  17. That is so cool you got to work with something you have wanted to try! You made a gorgeous necklace and earrings! I will have to say that I love love love those brass flowers you made!!!!!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous, Kristi! That is one drop dead gorgeous necklace! And I LOVE the earrings you made! Those starburst flowers are wonderful!

  19. Those earrings are awesome- love the texture in the beads, and the flower dangles! The colors of your necklace are so bold and fun! I love that you kept the design simple to showcase that focal and the color-beautiful, Krisi!

  20. Beautiful pieces! I love the ribbon and bright red beads in the necklace! And the earrings are to die for! Absolutely gorgeous!
    Have a wonderful day!

  21. Very pretty! Love the bronze as well and those earrings are just beautiful!

  22. Wow, so pretty...feminine! Beautiful!

  23. Gorgeous! I love the colors and textures! I am also loving the bronze components you are making. :)

  24. Beautiful pieces love that ribbon and coral and the way you put it all together - and those earrings - AWESOME!!!

  25. Kristi, I love your designs using the bead soup beads. I also love the look of your blog. I'm looking forward to following you in the future. Cheers!

  26. Wonderful pieces, the coral is great with the copper focal and the earrings are fantastic!

  27. Simple and elegant. I especially love those earrings!! perfect match of your components with those drool worthy lampwork beads!! Love the texture on them. Nice, nice, nice!!

  28. OK wait a second. this ebronze components you are making are AWESOME! I need to get my hands on some. I love the earrings (and I'm not an earring gal) with the lampwork beads and the bronze. The necklace aint to shabby either with that amazing focal. GREAT SOUP!

  29. gorgeous! the earrings are divine. i love the look against the bronze....beautiful work!

  30. I love the black and red and the silk ribbon. Really nice work! Yum.

  31. I love what you did! You and your partner really rockthe house together--and you make great designs!

  32. did my comment get lost? I LOVE your work! It goers with all sorts of beads!!! Really pretty!

  33. This is such a Simply Lovely sweet..I Love it!
    The earrings are stunning wow! Your Soup is so Savory!

  34. Very pretty design, Kristi! That copper focal is great.

  35. Love, love, love the necklace. The pop of red is fantastic and the copper pendant is awesome and I love the black ribbon that sets it all off! The earrings are great and I love your bronze components with the glass beads.

  36. Nice job but my eyes kept gravitating to those earrings WOW...great work!!!

  37. Those lampwork beads you used to make the earrings out of are gorgeous - haven't seen anything like them before. I love the texture on them. Grear soup all round :)

  38. Really love those earrings!! And the necklace is totally great - fun!

  39. Snazzy :) Both pieces are great - but I love those earrings!

  40. I love these pieces, really beautiful.

  41. Kristi, I love how you took these gorgeous pieces and turned them into something so specifically "Kristi"! I can tell these are your creations from a mile away, even with using things that you've never used before :)

  42. Love the little Golem bead tucked in there. Special touch!
    And I am so crushing on those earrings. Want.Them!
    The bronze flowers are bee-you-ti-ful!
    Enjoy the day!
    P.S. See? Your components are crush-worthy! ;-)

  43. love them all and your new components I am off to check out your etsy shop.

  44. The necklace and the earrings and all the beads and components ... absolutely stunning! Love them all, great pieces.

  45. You have made some very interesting and unusual pieces, just lovely!

  46. Beautiful job! I especially love the coral.

    The pieces you had your friends use to create a design are stunning. I'll have to visit your shop.

  47. Not sure if my comment went through due to a computer hiccup (stoopid computer!) Anyway, the bronze is perfect for those beads and the earrings are darling. The pendant and coral and how you put everything together is so gorgeous.

  48. Just amazing -- I'm in love with them all! You're so talented!

  49. awesome..i love the coral design..beautiful. Wonderful job!

  50. Beautiful! I like both pieces but I am in LOVE with those earrings! Those lampwork beads are to die for and they look amazing with your bronze dangles. So pretty!

  51. Love those earrings~ definitely something I would wear every day!

  52. Great job! I'm especially fond of those earrings. So cute!

  53. Striking and stunning! The earrings are my favorite--being an earring junkie--but the necklace is dramatic and moody. I love the blending of the different textures!

  54. I love the focal --it's stunning and I think the way you incorporated the rest of the beads is fabulous! Well done.

  55. I want these earrings...really! These are luscious and yummy. I need this soup. Let me know if you are selling. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

  56. Hi Beth, I couldn't see any contact info other than FB so I sent you a message. The earrings are listed in my etsy shop, the necklace was sold to a friend who came over and bought it on the spot! THANKS!!

  57. Your creations are beautiful! I love what you did with the components and the focal is stunning. Glad to be in this group with you!

  58. Both pieces are beautiful!!! And I love your new metal clay components too!

  59. You did a fabulous job creating w/ your soup, Kristi! Love both pieces!

  60. Great soup, fabulous job on your pieces.

  61. Love the necklace and the red really stands out. Great job.

  62. So beautiful friend, I love this necklace set & what you did with your SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
    Thanks for sharing...

  63. Excellent job! I love how you brought out the beauty of the lamp work bead with the copper.

  64. Love what you did with the necklace, and those earrings are fantastic!

  65. I love both the neckalce abd earrings. The ribbon of the charcoal with the red is delicious! And the earrings are very oceanic.

  66. They are both gorgeous - I love the way you used both color and scale.

  67. Lovely lovely....and earrings too....great job.

  68. Both pieces are just beautiful! I love those bronze components your making, lovely!

  69. Wow I love both pieces but I especially love the earrings... those beads are just gorgeous and they look great with your bronze components. Well done!


  70. beautiful! I love everything you did here. The ceramic bead is very sweet with the coral& I would totally wear those earrings!

  71. Those earrings are lovely! I haven't had much luck with the bronze clay... looking at your pieces I think I may be working too thick!

  72. I like your necklace design, but love your earrings. Wonderful

  73. Beautiful pieces! I LOVE the earrings. The lampwork beads are beautiful and I LOVE those flower charms.Yum!

  74. Kristi, you made some gorgeous pieces from the bead soup. That red coral necklace is stunning.

    I think I might like to join this event next year... it's been awesome seeing everyone's creations.

  75. Lovely! I really like the colour combos in both the necklace and the earrings.

  76. Absolutely gorgeous. I *love* those earrings!

  77. Both of your pieces are a ton of fun, but I know I would totally wear those earrings. They're awesome and unique. Love it!

  78. Wonderful creations! Love the earthy, organic look of the earrings! The red coral & black ribbon is wonderful in the necklace!

  79. Very pretty necklace, love the uses of ribbon. I really like your earrings and the little bronze flowers. Great soup!!!

  80. Kristi, you certainly did receive a yummy soup from your partner, and you have done wonders with it!

    I LOOOOOOVE the earrings, definately very high up on my favorites list. Your brass links are gorgeous (I would like to buy some … ) and they work so perfectly with the also gorgeous lampworked beads. And the necklace is also very beautiful.