Saturday, 10 May 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!

The time has come and I am so excited to share with you my creations for this the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party!  I’m posting a little late, but with so many blogs I hope that will just be a minor detail, and if you are just arriving forget I said anything about it! (If you saw my last post, hang tight giveaway details at the end).

This is my third BSBP and I am so very happy that Lori Anderson has found a way to keep this fun ride going, despite all the struggle.  First time around I was paired with the delightful seed bead wiz Lois Moon de Padilla and you can find that reveal here.  Last year I had the pleasure of being paired with the lamp work artist Cindy Ritchie and I so enjoyed creating with her beautiful glass; that reveal is here.  This year I was excited to be paired with Cindy  Boissonneault who shared that she was in the process of opening a bead shop! Whoa.

I was thrilled with Cindy’s selections for me, as a reminder, here is the group.

my bead soup 8bsbp

The inspiration was fast and furious right from the start.  Those pale blue geode type stones made me want to try to recreate that look in polymer instantly.  I’m still working through that idea and I’ll share the complete trimuph/disaster once done but it was not in time for the reveal.  The large and gorgeous clasp deserved a focal treatment and while I was dreaming about that piece I set to work procraftinating.  Truly, I create other piece of jewelry to procrastinate on the main idea of the challenge.  If you know the cure, please do share!
I love seeing chip beads “en masse” colour blocked if you will.  I grabbed a stunning gumball sized glass bead from Julie Bowen and a short time later – done!

bsbp8 chip bangle A Polymer Penchant
While my head kept on turning over ideas for the main event I opted for some earrings.  First I grabbed a pair of the same polymer beads I had included in the soup I sent Cindy and the daggers she sent me were just the thing.

bsbp8 flower earrings A Polymer Penchant

I love how suited these beads are for each other.  Here I am attempting some full sun photography to show off the sparkly, but I don’t think I really have the knack for it. Bear with me, there are more attempts.

bsbp8  dagger flower earrings A Polymer Penchant

Next I used some of my favourite beads from my last bead soup, along with some of the tiny ones from this soup and some lovely blue birds from blueberribeads.  Just for fun I decided to do them asymmetrical, so it’s like they are having a little conversation almost.

bsbp8 asym bird earrings A Polymer Penchant

Then it was really time to figure out this great big gorgeous clasp. I love the oval shape and when I started thinking about repeating this shape it just screamed butterfly to me.  I spent more time staring at the design trying to figure out what materials to use to attach to the clasp than anything else. In the end, it’s basically laced up with the waxed linen to allow for enough movement to operate the clasp.

bsbp8  butterfly A Polymer Penchant

Initially I had planned two smaller ovals as the bottom “wing section” on each side but as time ticked down I really wanted to be sure those two angular cut stones made an appearance in finished jewelry.

bsbp8  butterfly close A Polymer Penchant

I created the dimpled polymer wings and treated with a variety of iridescent paints to emulate that blue flash of the clasp. It is really such a treat how it changes as you tilt it. I love that kind of jewelry that can be different as you move, each time someone catches sight of it.  Again, the joy of working with polymer I created the oval shape but did not commit to where the holes would be until the very end.  For a while I thought I might top them with resin, but in the end I preferred the contrast.

bsbp8  butterfly side A Polymer Penchant
As I talk about the piece and add photos I realize I didn’t take any with the clasp undone, but I think you can imagine it.  When worn the part you squeeze and release to open the clasp is on my right as I am right handed.  Small miracle that I remembered that as I put it all together.

bsbp8  butterfly clasp A Polymer Penchant

With thoughts of spring birds, butterflies and flowers I turned my attention to the daggers, that I always saw as petals, and the drop shape stone. 

bsbp8  spring goddess A Polymer Penchant

Once I selected her lamp work head (local artist who did not include business card) I saw a chance for the additional challenge of adding some green to this mass of blue.  I think I like it.

bsbp8  spring goddess close A Polymer Penchant

I wired the daggers together and then covered with polymer, textured, highlighted, and turned into shank buttons almost by threading a little chip stone on a silver headpin before curing.

bsbp8  spring goddess full A Polymer Penchant

Similarly, the silver daggers I made into a bunch of little flowers then strung them together and made a polymer cap for either end.  This design really is so different then I had originally dreamt.
Those are the five finished designs I have to show off today. The others in various stages are still all over the studio so I’m sure they will make an appearance in this space soon. Especially those open shape silver tone beads, you know I’m going to fill them with polymer.

Many thanks to my partner Cindy and our wonderful hostess Lori for this special treat of goodies to play with and a reason to do so.   Thanks to all of you who come by to visit, it is much appreciated! I have been very good all day in holding off running to everyones blogs to see what they’ve made before finishing my own.  Most of all of course I am dying to see what Cindy made with the soup I sent. As a reminder, here it is again.

bead soup

But before I run off for real, there is the matter of a little giveaway to make up for my tardiness, but most of all to thank you dear readers.  At this point if you were thinking blue, boy are you on the right track!  I’ve calling it my soupçon of BSBP because that is exactly what it is.  It’s not a full soup in the sense we’ve used here for the party, but rather a pinch of this and a dash of that that came from me making using my soup.


You will find another pair of those peony type flower beads. Two pairs of beads I created specifically for that butterfly piece yet somehow, didn’t appear. Three polymer disc beads that were still on the bead mat from my entry for the March ABS challenge. The last of the daggers and chips and a few glass beads I grabbed to add but never did. There you have it, one soupçon to win.

Just leave a comment to enter.  If you would like to share through social media, or follow the blog etc for extra entries please feel free – it is always appreciated -  just add another comment so I can count reliably.  The drawing will take place June 10th.  I am going to leave this open for entry for a whole month so that when people make their way around they won’t be disappointed (that’s still more than 100 blogs a week pace – egads!)

Now lets all hop on to the wonderful blogs partying it up today

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                           Pepita Handmade
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                              

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                                   Something to Do With Your Hands
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd                                  


  1. My goodness! So many participants this time! I love each and every piece you made! The beads you received were clearly inspirational and you did creative, wonderful things with them! I'd like to pick some favorites, but don't think it's possible. I really liked each one!

  2. What glorious shades of blue you got to work with -- and I'm really impressed with how seamlessly you incorporated your own polymer work into the beads your partner sent. This was truly a creative partnership! And I look forward to seeing the other pieces as they are completed.

  3. You've been such a busy bee, or should I call you busy butterfly? I love everything you made: each piece is unique and gorgeous in its own way. The soup you received was gorgeous to start with, and you did it justice.

  4. Gorgeous pieces, I really love how you incorporated the clay with the dagger beads to make flowers. Love the touch of green from the cording too.

  5. I am amazed by your creative vision. Each piece is so lovely and unique. I love them all. I'm definitely following. Maybe some of your genius will rub off on me.

  6. Wonderful designs! I am in total awe of your butterfly necklace.

  7. I already follow your blog through BlogLovin'

  8. I shared the post through Pinterest

  9. I also shared on FB

  10. Amazing creations. The butterfly necklace is so original. But my favorite is the last necklace. I love the flowers. Gorgeous.

  11. Love The butterfly it is so original and so well done. Love what you did with the dagger beads too :-).

  12. The butterfly is beautiful, but yeah, I'm a sucker for daisy chains. I love these pieces!

  13. Yea! You did it! They are all awesome. I thought the the butterfly was my favorite...the use of the focal was perfect and unique, but I also love the daisy did a fantastic job on that one too. Thanks for including me in your mix again, those little birdie earrings are adorable ( I am a sucker for birds!)
    Great job Emma!

  14. I love what you have done with the dagger beads - both the earrings and the flower necklace. Please enter me in the giveaway - I love those peony beads.

  15. I've shared the giveaway on facebook too. :)

  16. I love what you did with the dagger *beautiful*

  17. Great soup and you made beautiful things with it. Go you!

  18. Gorgeous pieces! Love the butterfly necklace, so inventive to put the components together like that!

  19. I love all your unique and gorgeous jewelry. I want that first pair of earrings with the daggers and polymer clay focals...spectacular! The butterfly is outstanding too.

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I shared this on google and twitter as well.

    Hugs, kathy

  20. Your designs are all gorgeous, but that last necklace with the flowers is absolutely a work of art. It's amazing!

  21. Beautiful creations. Love the butterflyes

  22. All your designs are great! I love the butterfly piece, and how you created flowers from the daggers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I tweeted your blog post as well!

  24. Love the the flowers!

  25. Gorgeous pieces. Especially I like the bird earrings and the flower necklace. The butterfly necklace is amazing, I love the wy you used the clasp.

  26. Beautiful creations, Emma! Love each of them, but I think my favorite is the last necklace.

  27. I love all your creations. They are beautiful. Love the moonstones and other stones you have used in creating the butterfly and flowers. Would love the opportunity to win your gorgeous beads to use to create with. thank you for the opportunity. sue

  28. Emma your designs are outstanding. The lampworked bead in the first bracelet really shines against the blue chips. Both pair of earrings are cute. The birds talking to each other made me think of a life experience I had. Your butterfly is wonderful and it sure spotlights that gorgeous clasp. The daggers make great flower petals. I would not have thought of using clay for the center. Thanx for the inspiration. I may have to try that. It is very generous of you to have a bead giveaway. Thanx for the chance to win some beautiful beads.

  29. Look at all those blues!!!! What a gorgeous soup you were sent! I am partial to lapis but the necklace tassel you created with that faceted teardrop took my breath away. I am really enjoying all the different techniques I am seeing in individual pieces and you have such a great sense of style and design. And that butterfly focal, my goodness, that is clever and beautiful! I had to laugh at your comment about it being a miracle you remembered which side to put the clasp on, I struggle with this and often have to undo work so it isn't awkward to take on and off, lol.

    I would be honored to create with the items you are offering in your give-away, thank you for the opportunity and please count me in!

    Thank you for visiting my party post!

    1. So many beautiful pieces combined and so very lovely for this time of year.

  30. Emma I tweeted about your bead giveaway.

  31. I posted your bead giveaway on facebook.

  32. I love all the creations! And what a creative way to make a butterfly necklace! Just gorgeous!

  33. It looks to me like you were right on-time with your creations! I love your butterfly!..and what a great way to use dagger beads to form an earring! Perfect! Lovely work, all around!

  34. Lovely earrings with daggers... and I love the most the necklace with blue long focal, green cord and several cutely pretty daisies made with dagger beads. Awesome!

  35. Absolutely breathtaking pieces, my dear ! Love the first two set of earrings !

  36. Beautiful pieces! Wonderful and different from each other. I especially like the last necklace - what a statement piece!

  37. I love your creations, especially the dagger flowers, they're stunning! The bird earrings are really sweet too! I wonder what they're talking about?

  38. Most excellent creations! I love how you created wings for your moon stone pendant and I really love the use of daggers in your floral design. I think people are really intimidated by the dagger shape so it's nice to see a wonderful design with them. Hopefully this will inspire others to check them out. xo Genea

  39. Beautiful work! The two necklaces are both very charming! Great!

  40. I thought what you did with the clasp was really creative and loved those little bird earrings but then I scrolled down and saw the necklace you made with the daggers and I am overwhelmed. It is so cool, pretty and kind of edgy at the same time. Will you be selling it?

  41. Your pieces are simply amazing. You mix polymer and beads and so many techniques in such an interesting and personal way that I could not choose a favorite. They're all beautiful.

  42. Amazing designs! Love what you did with all those goodies and that clasp. Also, what a delightful surprise to offer a giveaway treat :)

  43. You've created some beautiful pieces with your soup. I love how you were so creative with your drop shaped focal bead and the daggers stones on the spring inspired necklace, simple yet bold - Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

  44. You created some awesome pieces. I love the colors and how you pulled them all together and the number of pieces you did make. Very nice! Thanks for the giveaway also!

  45. Soup-er creative! Truly unique pieces. Blown away by the butterfly!

  46. Blue is not at all my color, but your pieces make me smile! Your first bracelet is so fun and I know I would totally wear it! Opalite is one of my favorites so, I can't help but love your blossoming peony earrings—your polymer flowers are too sweet. And oh wow! what a fabulous way to keep that stunning clasp front and center in the butterfly necklace. I thought you were done amazing me… and then your daisy necklace—so delicate and also bold in details. So yeah, blue and I don't get along well, but I so love everything you made—you made that blue shine in amazing ways!!

    And yes, I would love to add a few of your pretties to my hoarded stash of art beads—please enter me in your giveaway! :-)

  47. Love the blue color scheme and your designs. Great job!

  48. WOW just WOW I love what you did with the daggers how super cool are they!! All of your designs are stunning!

  49. Let's see... where to start!! Love the birdie earrings! And the way you used the clasp was so creative! And that spring necklace looks like so much fun! Great job!

  50. Those earrings! Wow!!! Mind blown...and then i scroll down to see how you made flowers out of those daggers!!! Already blown mind blown again! Hats off, Emma!! This is jaw dropping gorgeous!

  51. Emma, I love those earrings they are so unusual I like those peony beads. The spring daisy necklaces is charming you have made stunning use of your soup, and I would love to be included in your giveaway, thank you.

  52. I amazed at what you did with your soup. Looking at it I did not see butterflies and flowers. I enjoyed reading how each piece was created.

  53. I am truly in AWE of your talent. Your butterfly necklace is outstanding, not only did you think of that idea but were able to execute it admirable.
    I love those dagger flowers and sprinkled slog the cord just makes me think of daisies in a field.
    the way you altered the stacking on your wee bird earrings I bet half the viewers never notice they are opposing. I do that a lot with my own earrings but not the ones i make for sale . I guess i feel that most folks wont get it.
    I can't believe the silver pieces you made are polymer clay. they look so real and so heavy and so perfectly suited to your designs
    I'm so glad i stopped by again, was sad you hadn't posted Saturday but you're forgiven , such a feast for the eyes.

  54. Love the cute little birds earrings ... love all the pieces you made with your soup!

  55. I love all of your pieces. I especially like the earrings that you made. They are all very creative. Congrats on a job well done!

  56. you're a master at combining components to achieve such creative and original designs <3

  57. wow, very clever designs...i would NEVER have thought to do what you did. love looking at everything. the flower necklace is my fav!

  58. Beautiful creations. I love the blues and the necklace.

  59. I am agog and awed by your talents. I love everything which you made. You are so in tune with the beauty of the season! :) jean

  60. I love your soup and the pieces you created with it are amazing. The colors are beautiful - I love love love blue.

  61. Absolutely in love with your treatment of the daggers into flowers, so soft and feminine. Love the designs! Awesome work.

  62. That second piece is a stunner! Thanks for the oppportunity to win a taste of your soup. By the way also impressed that you were able to get the list up, blogger would not let me do it no mater how I tried, lol.

  63. I was smiling as I read your blog and looked at your designs, and then I saw it..My favorite design of the entire challenge. You "dagger" flower necklace. It is amazing. I love it!!!

  64. Your designs show such creativity! The first pair of earrings have to be my favorite though, so beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win a little soup from you...what a lovely treat! :)

  65. Love the bracelet - the gumball bead just makes the whole piece pop. Your designs are very creative and unique.

  66. All your pieces are beautiful, but I especially love the daisies in the last one - wonderful!

  67. Love the butterfly theme and what you did with the dagger beads, beady awesomeness!

  68. Oh wow u r truly an inspiration for me. I have such a problem stretching my imagination and pushing myself to just go for the gusto and let my creativity take over and u just seem to have it all . And it seems to flow effortlessly from your amazing mind. I love what you created and how each piece tied to the other and sorta told a story. It is like a whimsical stroll through spring and that first piece is like the gazing ball in the garden.....I think it all is just truly amazing ty so much for sharing with us all

  69. Charming soup, Emma! The last necklace is a stunner - such an eyecatch, beautiful work!

  70. (attempt to comment #3, user errors) Beautiful work. The idea to create a butterfly with the clasp and large nuggets is inspired. And I really love how you incorporated your polymer clay work into the designs. Following your blog so I won't miss what you do with the rest of your soup.

  71. Wow - all your designs were stunning! I agree that the dagger beads really matched the polymer flowers well in your earrings. I loved the creativity in the labradorite butterfly necklace! And I thought the daisy chain was gorgeous - it could have been made from real flowers! What an inspiration!

  72. I love how you worked with the beautiful blues, that color would have been a challenge to me. It's great how you incorporated your polymer skills into the pieces. I especially love the butterfly necklace and the insect look earrings.

  73. ...and I forgot to mention, I already follow you, have been for about 8 months. It's very nice you're offering a giveaway.

  74. Beautiful pieces - I particularly like the first pair of earrings where the dagger beads look like wings and the last necklace with the "daisy" flowers. So cute!

  75. Stunning pieces...i never know what to do with the daggers and you tackled that beautifully.

  76. Fantastic designs ... I especially love that dagger flower necklace - makes me think of daisy chains I used to make as a kid =)

  77. I really like the daisy piece! And the peony beads (charms?). VERY pretty!

  78. Crappity-crap, lost my novel when I clicked to go back to look at something....but, briefly....soup envy!! I have been wholly enamored of moonstone for the last several months, and have been completely unable to find any nice pieces that are large enough to see without a microscope; and there it is..all in your soup! And you did it proud! That butterfly necklace is amazingly creative, and I adore both sets of earrings...beautiful work!

  79. You had a gorgeous soup.Your designs are so organic. Those earring had an amazing bodied insect look to them

  80. Oh my goodness, so much lovely eye candy! I especially love the whimsical daisy necklace! Brings to mind a summer day playing the "Loves me, Loves me not" game with the petals!

  81. I really love your designs. The butterfly probably the most but the last one that looks like daisies is amazing as well!!! the one with the drop pendant is wonderful, and I love the earrings too!!! Great Job! Have a Blessed Day!

  82. Absolutely love the blue bracelet, I would love to wear that, All your pieces are so well designed, the flower necklace stunning, the birdie earrings so cute, and the butterfly-beautiful!

  83. Oh my. That blue/flower necklace is my favourite. That stone was used wonderfully. Great job.

  84. Everything looks great. The flowers you made from the dagger beads...genius! That necklace is my favorite piece. I also really like the blue bracelet. Nice job!

  85. Love the asymmetrical bird earrings! Then the show stopper at the end was AMAZING!!! I love how you used the daggers to make a whole flower and also made the smaller bud profile piece. So did I understand correctly- you embedded the dagger beads into polymer clay forming a shank button?! Brilliant!!! Absolutely brilliant! It turned out absolutely beautifully.

  86. I'm always excited to see your creations! I love both necklaces, the butterfly is awesome but I like the flowers even more :-)

  87. I have been having a major crush on bluish purple beads recently and done seem to find them locally, how I would love to win some :) The dager earrings and purple butterfly is really very beautiful. The daisies are whimsical and the technique really brilliant

  88. Following you now and tweeted about the giveaway

  89. This is a wonderful post, each creation is so beautiful - I love the butterfly necklace and those earrings are so gorgeous, but it was the daisy necklace who brought me here from Pinterest! I guess it is so springy, I can't help it!

  90. Love what you created and really love the shades of blue!

  91. WOW I LOVE LOVE LOVE Everything you made! Great stuff!

  92. Aren't you clever making Daggers into flowers. I love the Dagger flowers, green/blue combo and Long length of this piece, simply beautiful.

  93. That butterfly is gorgeous! Mad inspiration here!

  94. Lovely work. The colours are gorgeous.

  95. Lovely last necklace. Green and blue work perfect toguether and the flowers give it so lovely air.

  96. I think I love that last necklace! And what a super clever way to use the chunky nuggets and clasp on your other necklace. I would never have thought of using them that way, but as soon as I saw your design I knew it was a perfect use of those components. Greatly done!

  97. Oh! I love those dragonflies earrings (that's the first thought I had when I saw the picture), and flowers you made! The last necklace is simply stunning!

  98. Your pieces are really gorgeous! Love the bracelet and the texture on the wings....I thought they were metal and eye-balling them when I read Polymer....wwwwhhhhhaaaaat!! Great job with your soup! :)

  99. I cannot begin to express how much I LOVE that necklace you made with the focal. It's exquisite!

  100. What you've done with that focal is fantastic! All of your creations are so out of the box and unique. They're a pleasure to see. Christie

  101. Love the flower necklace! Looks like you were out picking flowers and instead of making a crown you draped them around your neck, very sweet.

  102. I'm loving the little daisies you have made for your necklace. Lovely

  103. Love the butterfly!

    I'm now following you on Pinterest, FB and subscribed to emails (some or all are under my real name Selfridge instead of Rhose-my author name), plus this comment. Is that four entries to pl/artists!ay? I love winning things and supporting other bloggers.

  104. Well, it ate my first comment. lol

    I love the butterfly! I followed on Pinterest, FB and by email, plus this comment. Is that four chances to win? :)

  105. Oh- drat- I meant to say I followed some under my real name, Selfridge, (vs. my author name Rhose).

  106. Beautiful designs! - I especially love the daisy chain necklace - my favorite. I also really love your use of silvers and blues paired with the opalescent beads. Your designs are very summery and fresh, they remind me of a prairie. I also like the wings you designed - beautiful. I think it is interesting that your designs have the little hints/suggestion of winged creatures/beetles - butterflies.

  107. I really love the Daisy necklace! When I first saw your soup, I thought the piece with the clasp would wow me the most. It did wow me, the but the Daisy necklace has the retro 70's made modern vibe that I just LOVE. It is so on trend! And the green just makes it. LOVE!

  108. Brilliant work! Your butterfly necklace is gorgeous! How clever to turn that clasp into a focal - and what a beautiful focal it is too. Loving the birds earrings as well - really cute!

  109. Great work. Innovative and fresh. Must say I'm partial to the flowers necklace. Just lovely.

  110. Gorgeous soup ... and you did a gorgeous job with it!! Oh what a wonderful giveaway... I'd love to have a chance to play with those goodies!!

  111. I love everything you made, Emma! I can't pick a favorite but if forced i'd say the butterfly necklace wins but the other necklace, the earrings and bracelet are also wonderful. Great use of soup and lovely soup you sent your partner, On my way there now.

  112. I *knew* someone was doing a giveaway =) I came back and glad I did.... great pieces - LOVE the daisies with the daggars - brilliant! =)

    Linda A.

  113. Oh my gorgeousness, Miss Emma! I adore the color palette and the ingredients. But what you did with them makes them come alive! I think those little daggers turned into flowers is pretty genius. And turning that clasp into a butterfly? Brilliant! Thank you for sharing your talents with the Bed Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

  114. I came for CC7A but I may as well comment here, Emma :) I am slooowly making my way through BSBP but hadn't made it "up" to yours yet. This may confuse me LOL.

    These are just brilliant, girl. I was needing a little blue inspiration as I am about to embark on Ocean 2014 and it is 100% blue! Your butterfly, well, what can I say, I love butterflies and this guy is awesome :) You are so clever! The daisy is very Euro-hippy, I love that one also. OK like I said Love them ALL and now I am starting to babble so time to say goodbye!

  115. The first necklace is my favorite, but those earrings are just wonderful. I would love to win that soup!

  116. I would say you were cooking up a storm! I totally love the first piece. I would never, never, never have thought to make a solid color bracelet with one focal creative...I will have to file that away to remember in the future. You make a great hat off to the chef!

  117. I love what you made! And I am crazy about your polymer clay pieces! You did a beautiful job with your bead soup! Thank You for the chance to win this little prize what a great treat this would be for anyone !!! I am also following you now. Very nice blog!!!

  118. The butterfly was quite inspired, and your use of the daggers was absolute perfection. Excellent results from a nice soup!!!

  119. Where do I begin?!? Your soup and added ingredients were stellar! I love the nature theme that seems to be playing with the wonderful blues. The earrings are gorgeous and the butterfly and floral necklace designs definitely pleasing to behold! I love it all :)

  120. I love those earrings! Both pairs, but in particular I like those cute little birdies having a conversation. =)
    And the long necklace with the dagger flower makes me smile. Lovely work.
    And I crave your prize!!! I've wanted some of your amazing polymer pieces for a while.

  121. I love those earrings! I like them both, but in particular I love those little birdies having a conversation.
    And your long necklace with the dagger beads wire together into flowers makes me smile. Lovely work.
    And I crave your polymer prize! I've been in love with your work for a while, but am too poor to buy.

  122. Lovely, Emma! I really like the two pairs of earrings, and also the necklace with the dagger flowers (to me they look like daisies).

  123. Beautiful beads - I would love to win them!

  124. Those are some gorgeous soups!!

  125. Well, with over 100 comments, I know I have a slim chance on winning, but please toss my name in as well. I simply adore your creative genius girl! Love, love, love the butterfly wings! And I'm so glad you explained the process on the dagger flowers, they are so seriously cool! I don't really do asymmetrical, but those birdie earrings might make me try, they are just cute! Well done dear!!

  126. absolutely loved everything you made with your bead soup, wonderfulness!!! i am in awe at the bird nest focal, thanks for the inspiration...

  127. I was wowed by your creations out of your beadsoup, the birdnest focal was really sweet,... thanks so much for the inspiration, such beauties....

  128. Love how you used that beautiful clasp! it made a wonderful butterfly!

  129. As usual you create such lovely pieces. I especially like the bluebird earrings but all of them are dazzling.

  130. Love what you have done with all the pieces in the lot, truly inspiring,

  131. Gorgeous pieces, I too love the earrings and also the necklace that looks like you made daisies out of the beads.

  132. I would be most honored to be chosen for th giveaway!
    You're pieces are fabulous! What a great job if working w/what you rec'd

  133. What pretty pieces. Love what you did with the clasp.


  134. Love what you did with your soup. I,m still slowly hopping too
    Love your beads in your giveaway too

  135. The beads you made and added on to the soup designs were as impressive as the actual soup you were sent.

  136. I really love the shades of blue and your designs are beautiful!

  137. Oh, your designs are simply divine. Your butterfly necklace made me swoon a little as soon as I scrolled down to it. It really is spectacular. It blew me away. Awesome, awesome work!

  138. Even though the chips bracelet is my favorite because I just can't resist the colors, I have to admit how impressed I am with the expert "construction" of the focal-clasp - this necklace is unique! And the polymer clay shank flower buttons you made using the daggers - brilliant!

  139. The necklaces r amazing! :) i like the butterfly shape u made! I'm actually organising a mass bead soup where all the crafters get the same set of beads :) i think it ll be really cool too see what 10s or even 100s of people make with the same beads! planning to send out the beads 2 aug with designs revealed end aug. Would be cool if u d like to take part (details on :)


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