To celebrate the release of Lori Anderson's book, Bead Soup, Kalmbach Books is having a Bead Soup Party. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the party goers. From Safire Rose Beads and Things in my home state of Ohio, I received this great soup below .
The soup ingredients included beads in several shades of blue with some silver accent beads, some silver tone findings, some clear seed beads, and a gorgeous, fused-glass focal bead.
At first I struggled with the recipe for my soup - the blue in the focal was just a little bit different from the accent beads and I really wanted to use the focal bead in my necklace. While pulling out some black beads from my pantry, I just happened upon some crackle glass beads in the same shade of blue as the focal. Once I found these crackle beads I was ready to go. I used the gorgeous silver accent beads from my soup and also some of the pearlized seed beads.
There were many design attempts of this necklace before I was pleased with the results. After much stirring, here is what I finally came up with from my soup.
A special thanks to Kalmbach Books and Safire Rose Beads and Things for allowing me to attend the party.