Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party August Reveal 2012

Today is the big day. The day I get to show you all the wonderful pieces I created with the Bead Soup I received from Melissa Meman. I am thrilled with all the pieces I received from Melissa. I have already decided I am going to keep the necklace and earrings for myself. I apologize to Melissa because I don't think my before photos do her work justice. Here is a quick reminder of the Soup Melissa sent my way.

So off we go...Taaa Daaaa......
Let's start with the necklace

Focal pendant created by Melissa Meman

I decided very quickly in the design process that I had to include the Czech glass beads with the focal Melissa sent me. The shape of the Czech glass beads had the same shape of the focal piece. Carrying this shape into the design of the necklace was a definite. The only slight dilemma was that these cute little glass beads had double holes. I worked out that dilemma fairly quickly and I am very happy with the end result.

My new love is patina'd copper. The patina color is just scrumptious! So I patina'd the rondelles Melissa included. I patina'd my own jump rings and the copper wire I used. I thought Melissa's handmade toggle clasp was too pretty to use on the necklace. I have a lot of hair and the clasp is simply not going to be seen so I used one of my own handmade, less ornate toggle clasps.

Patina'd rondelles and jump rings. Enameled metal beads created by Melissa Meman.

Patina'd copper wire and jump rings. A jump ring bead surrounded by amethyst stones.
Enameled metal bead created by Melissa with an amethyst stone.

My own handmade toggle clasp. Textured and patina'd.

 My new necklace! I LOVE it!

Melissa sent along some other Czech glass beads that I couldn't figure out how to work into the necklace. The colors just weren't working with the rest of the pieces in my eyes. What to do? I think my solution was rather amusing because I ended up creating a bracelet by adding a couple of lampwork beads very similar to the beads I sent to Melissa in her bead soup. After I had sent Melissa's soup to her I realized that I loved those beads, so I made a couple of more beads for myself. I had intended to make a pair of earrings with them. Now they live in this bracelet. The beads work so well with the red Czech glass beads. I added some of my own work, more jump rings, viking knit and this is where I decided to use Melissa's lovely toggle clasp, which I did add patina too.

The beautiful toggle clasp created by Melissa Meman

Lampwork beads by Ema Kilroy. Patina'd rondelles and jump rings.

Viking knit by Ema Kilroy. Czech glass beads received in my Bead Soup.

The completed bracelet

I still had some pieces from Melissa's soup left over. I decided a pair of earrings to match my new necklace would be perfect. I went with a very simple design using the enameled beads and a couple of amethyst stones Melissa sent. The enameled beads are mismatched, different colors and slightly different sizes but I was feeling a little risque. I think they work. And I'm willing to bet no one will ever realize the difference. After all there is a good 5 or 6 inches separating that pair of earrings (otherwise known as my head).  ;)

Lastly, with a few bits left over (a few amethyst stones and one large enameled bead), it didn't take long for me to figure out what to do with them. I added some of my new metal work as a focal for a bracelet, more lampwork beads and jump rings to create another bracelet. I am amazed at how perfectly the colors from all the different pieces just fell together.  

It has a been a very creative day and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a pleasure pulling these designs together by combining my own work with Melissa's soup. Working with Melissa's pieces was so easy! Melissa was so generous, she also sent a package of enameled metal beads as a gift to me. I will be creating another blog post to show what I am going to do with these. I already have design ideas.

Now I'm off to see what Melissa created with all the components I sent to her. You can find out too, just stop by Melissa's blog. Before I begin hopping please allow me to say thank you to Melissa for sending along such a wonderful Bead Soup.

Many, many thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting this wonderful event. This the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party Lori has hosted and it is no small task to take on.

Here is a list of all the other artisans participating in this round of Bead Soup and the August 11th reveal. Stop by their blogs and give them kudos for all their beautiful work.

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!
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
Valerie Norton, Hot Art


  1. The copper and enamels are lovely.Great to see how you were able to make them talk Love and hugs Tanya

  2. Oh wow - I can see why you want to keep that necklace for yourself - fantastic! Love all the elements you incorporated and I love the jumpring bead - just something a little extra. Your bracelets are gorgeous and I love the earrings - a little bit different is perfect! Stunning work with your soup goodies!

  3. What beautiful pieces. The texture and color in the necklace is so pretty. And I love your bracelets. The one with your metal focal is outstanding. I've been wanting to try something similar, but haven't gotten up the nerve. And I love your patina you used on your pieces. Very nice.

  4. Love the colors of the last few pieces, great work!

  5. All of your pieces turned out just beautifully. While they are all great, that first necklace is my favorite. Really splendid job!

  6. Wonderful pieces, all of them!!!

  7. These are all ABSOLUTELY gorgeous -- and I asked Melissa if she knew how to bribe you to send me the beads you sent her because I am in LOOOOOVE!

    1. lol...hmmmmm...I might be able to arrange that. Thank you Lori. That is a wonderful comment coming from you.

  8. I love what you did with all them!

  9. Wow - awesome results from great soup ingredients!

  10. Beautiful pieces! THe last bracelet almost made me drool! :P

  11. I can see why you are keeping that necklace for yourself. It is wonderful!

    1. Indeed Shaiha. I wore it out and about today and just love it.

  12. I have enjoyed every single one of them! Great designs!

  13. I love how you photographed the various elements. What fun pieces. I can't pick a favorite and I love how you put everything together. <3

    Melissa Muir

  14. I love your wire work! Makes me want to reach out and touch your pieces. I love the Viking knit too. I had seen some video clips of it and it is something that I would love to try in the near future. Your creations are so beautiful! Awesome!

    1. Thank you so much Maybeline. Give the viking knit a try. I love making it.

  15. I've hopped to a few of the blogs this time around that incorporated enamel beads and focals into their pieces and I must say, I think that's what I want to experiment with next!

    I really love all your designs, especially all the bracelets you made. They're so well put together and diverse in the material :)

    I'm also pretty envious of that wire work you did! Hopefully one day I'll be that skilled.

    Happy Hopping!

  16. Love your necklace and your ingenious solution to the two-hole beads--I think I will borrow that idea!

  17. Beautiful, beautiful designs! I LOVE that necklace - the colours are very romantic, and the piece reminds me of sweets (candy) somehow. In fact, all your creations look extremely scrumptious - I want 'em all :-). Marvelous work!

  18. This is why I love this blog hop. Your creations are blow me away amazing. Each and every piece is beautiful, and I don't even like pink. The necklace is so gorgeous.

  19. These are really lovely, I like the first necklace with that unusual focal and the bracelet with the glassbeads especially.

  20. Everything Stunning. You received some beautiful pieces. I love your patined copper.

  21. Your attention to detail is well worth the effort ... the results are stunning! That viking knit bracelet is my favorite ... love the mix of elements ...

  22. Love all of these pieces. Wonderful soup, wonderful jewelry.

  23. Love all you pieces! the bracelets in particular are very inventive!

  24. My favorite is the viking weave bracelet. Great work.

  25. Wow! Love all your pieces. You had wonderful bead soup to work with. Especially love the focal - beautiful necklace :) Love copper too - the bracelet is gorgeous :)

  26. i never knew copper tone could be so versatile! you make it all look so easy... beautiful work and i'm not sure which piece is my favourite!!

  27. Everything is gorgeous. Love the way you wire wrapped those two hole sunflower beads - great idea. And, the viking knit piece is also one of my favorites. As for no one noticing the mis-matched earrings, I sure you will run across some OCD person (I am one) that will be absolutely driven crazy and will probably march right up in your face to check it out. When they do, be kind.

    Great job!

    1. LOL! I will be kind, no worries there. I know there will be some artistic types or "OCD" types that will notice. That is totally okay. I NEVER would have worn mismatched anything 15 years ago. It would have driven ME crazy. But I have changed and feel a little bit freer to just go with it. And so I do. :)

  28. I love all your pieces, totally my style!!
    I love working copper, you did a great job with the pink bracelet!
    ciao dall'Italia

  29. Love the necklace! So unique! And I love the colors in the lavender bracelet!

  30. OUTSTANDING!!!All of your pieces are great. I really like your 2hole Czech links. I even saved a pic of it to inspire me.

  31. love the bracelet and your Czech links. beautiful work! ~diana

  32. I love everything you made. I've not worked much with pink but your pieces are so pretty, I may just have to try some pink pieces. Great job -- I can see why you decided to keep the necklace and earrings :)

  33. I really love what you made, everything is just beautiful, and I love the colors.

  34. Ema,

    I love your beautiful work... Love the jewelry you designed, I would totally keep them for myself as well! Love! Kris

  35. Beautiful work, what a fabulous colaboration!

  36. You made a bunch of really fun pieces!

  37. Great job - love what you did with Melissas amazing soup:-)

  38. What delicious ingredients! Especially the focal. I love that you created sooo many beautiful pieces. Great soup!

  39. You and Melissa definitely make a great team! I adore the patina'd copper as well, it works wonderfully with the purple hues. Your creativity is amazing. I can't even pick a favorite! Awesome job!!

  40. Ema - sorry it took me so long to get here, I wasn't really able to hop this weekend at all! Oh, my! I love everything you created! The necklace is gorgeous! The links you created for the 2-holed beads are cool. One of my favorites is the bracelet with my toggle, the red Czech glass and your viking knit! Amazing! I had fun! So many of the comments on my pieces were how gorgeous your beads are! Hopefully, some new customers will be coming your way to check out your wares!

    1. No worries Melissa. I really do love the necklace. I'm glad you had fun too. You created an absolutely amazing necklace!!! I am waiting for some of those focals to show up in your Etsy shop. I just LOVE them.

  41. Wow! Beautiful work - love everything.

  42. Everything is gorgeous and you rocked the 2-hole beads!

  43. Gorgeous! Love the chunky beads, the copper, and your designs. Perfect.

  44. Great pics and your work is simply beautiful !

  45. Love your pieces, they work so well with your bead soup! I love patinaed copper. I can see why you're planning to keep them. Oh and for the record, I think mismatched earrings are great!

  46. I love copper. I never thought of using pinks with copper. I have no idea why after seeing how pretty they go together, Your pieces are beautiful!

  47. Hi Ema,
    Beautiful pieces! The first necklace is my favorite it is gorgeous.

  48. I LOVE the colors-great patina work!! And the textures!! Oh my! Your soup is delicious, and I love everything you made. :)

  49. WOW, I just love the red bracelet! They are all amazing creations, but that is my favorite!!

  50. I love the combination of the copper with the enamel. I love your copper toggle!!

  51. In love with that last bracelet! Pink and copper, beautiful!

  52. Gorgeous Pieces! I luvvvvv your toggle and both bracelets! Magnifico!!!

  53. For me, beading is ALL about the color....and the combination of that purply pink and the copper is just phenomenal. I love every single one of your pieces, couldn't begin to choose a favorite!

  54. Love the copper wire work! Looks great! I just love the bracelet designs!

  55. All your designs came out beautifully! I especially like your bracelets. Love your lampwork...your beads are gorgeous.


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