Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup Party February 26th, 2011- Genea Beads and Mary Harding

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

 Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not.
Here's what I made!

Hello friends!

Wow, can you believe the day is finally here? I can't! I mean it just seems like it's become a part of daily life. The sneak peeks of beads on our bead tables for bead table wednesday, the posts on facebook as we get our designs together. It's all so bittersweet. I think that is the thing I hate about finishing series like Dexter. You get so attached and then the event is finally there and it's over. Well not completely over, but you know what I mean....

My "Thank-You's"....

So first off I would like Lori Anderson for putting together such an incredible event. I appreciate all of your hard work, Lori. I can't imagine what an undertaking it is to even get the lists started and pairing up everyone along with the reminder e-mails and everything an event like this entails. Thank you so very much. It has been such an incredible experience!

Next I would like to thank my incredibly talented partner, Mary Harding. Mary, it has been such a pleasure working with you. You are so full of light and encouragement. Your art is full of the same radiant spirit. I was overwhelmed with joy from all of the astoundingly beautiful pieces of your artwork that you shared with me.

Your earthy style was the perfect balance to all of my color. Creating pieces to go with yours has challenged me and helped me grow artistically more than you could ever understand. Your pieces challenged me to work with enamels(which I got in my lampworking class from over a year and a half ago and didn't crack open until now.), silver leaf(which I used small amounts of), fuming(which I was totally disasterous at wasting 2 full sheets of silver leaf and then quickly putting it away), reduction frits(which I bought the very first few months of lampworking and just pulled them out 7 YEARS LATER to use for this project!), and breaking out all of the earthy color palette(which I really do love, but don't use as much as bright colors) and organic reactive glass.

You are truly amazing!  I am so glad to have met you and call you my friend, my creative kindred spirit, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To my fellow bloggers and artists, it has been such a pleasure meeting you all and having this experience together. I really have enjoyed everyone's sneak peeks. I will do my very best to get to everyone's blog in a timely fashion. I really can't wait to see what everyone made with their creations!

The Bead Soup...

Ok so just incase you missed the posts, here are the beads I sent to my partner, Mary Harding.

Here are the amazing beads she sent me :D

Ok so I will do my best to keep this part way less wordy since I know everyone has so many blogs to visit! First I will show you the inspirations and then each piece. This piece was the "easy" one that just jumped together the first day!
This first piece I called "Gypsy Forest". The colors and style of Mary's beads are so floral and earthy, and my elements of bells, and assembly made me think of gypsies. This was actually the second picture. If you notice the blue green bar was used in the photo. After creating the bracelet the first time with the art bar, I noticed that I still had Mary's gorgeous Raku floral pendant with NO bronzy colored beads or metal to use in the piece. Since she sent me two toggle bars I decided to use the blue green bar on this one and "save" the "art" metal stamped bar for one of my other designs!

 Here is the first bracelet picture with the "art" stamped bronze metal bar. I wanted to incorporate more color by the toggle so I snipped one of the rings from the chain portion of the blue green toggle to use in the design here. You can see if peeking from behind the "art" metal bar just under the brass bells.

 Now the next design was a little tricker. In the midst of dealing with my horrible widsom tooth pain. I popped my ibuprofen before bed so I could get some rest. I am convinced whatever was in the those things must have finally given me a second of relief and relaxation from the pain to let inspiration into my door of sleep. I SPRUNG out of bed and frantically began tearing through my bead boxes to put beads onto my table and quickly draw a sketch for the ideas I would make the next day. I did this 3 times. lol. Then I HAD to drift off to sleep.
I remembered I had this pendant from Tracee Dock, of The Classic Bead sitting happily in my printers tray on the wall and thought it would be just perfect to add to Mary's lovely yellow and gray round beads.

I decided that I would pull out my enamels and try to make some glass pieces to go with the pendant and yellow beads. As you can see the beads I made turned out, uh, well pretty fugly. Yikes! This was the FIRST time I had cracked out my enamels since my class with Andrea Guarino-Slemmons.

So, strangely enough just after this day of bead making I had yet, ANOTHER idea for those same gray and yellow beads!

I decided to start here with this piece of magazine and create a soldered charm. On top you can see a building style bead I tried to make while thinking of this picture and creating beads. It didn't turn out so hot, so I didn't use it, but thought it was cool for you to see the picture with the bead ;)
So off I went to create beads for my new idea. Some of which were these! While making a mandrel full of simple disc spacers I wondered what it would look like if I made a hollow connection inbetween them all! Pretty sweet eh? Nope, I didn't use these beads either, but wanted to get that idea out and explore it at a later time.
 Ah here we go. Maybe you remember this picture from my Bead Table Wednesday post? I cropped out the finished bracelet design you see above as not to spoil the surprise. I don't know how long I thought my wrist was, but as you will notice I didn't fit all of the beads on my bead mat into the finished bracelet.
 WOO HOO! Is this AWESOME, or what?! OMG, it was SO much fun to create this bracelet. I used the soldered charm and Mary's beads as the inspiration to create the shapes and colors in this piece. Here you can see the gray enamels I used on the headpin and triangle bead. I even used some cool streaky cray for the textured disc wheels. I love all of the geometric shapes in this bracelet. I call this one "City of Industry".
 Here is the back side. The bracelet is reversible, oh and it makes some sweet tinkles with the bells :D Ah I just love how the shapes, colors and components flow so well in this piece!

And now for the FINAL piece. This piece is my absolute FAVORITE of them all! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE all of the pieces I made, but this last one... WOW.

 Remember this one from Bead Table Wednesday? See the bronze "art" bar. Yep, I just HAD to use it in this piece. BUT, you know you can't really do anything with HALF of a toggle right? >:D
 Ok so you know asymmetrical designs can be tricky. So if you notice the design is different here than in the final piece. Notice the other bracelets hanging out above my bead mat. I liked keeping my accomplishments there as I created my final piece.
Ok maybe that goes over here, wait, no... over there? Hmm....

 So that other part of the toggle bar, right? Yeah, baby! I sure did make a pretty glass piece for that pretty stamped bar! :D
 Oooo and check out those shimmery weeny weeny hollow beads, and disc beads with bronzy frit!
 See how nicely that bar and toggle go together? Look how pretty they look with the pendant!!
 I just HAD to tie in the special "art" stamped copper bead caps on my very FAVORITE hollow out of the bunch. This one is so silvery and mirroresk. I thought it deserved it's own little accentuating caps :D
Here she is in ALL her glory! May I present "Gold Dust". WOW. I mean, WOW, isn't she BEAUTIFUL?! I got done with this piece and I couldn't believe I had actually made it. I jumped up and put on a brown tank top and admired it on my neck in the closet full length mirror. It's so earthy and so shimmery. Just incredible. Lots of visual appeal, texture, dangles, and CAN YOU BELIEVE THE MATCH? I mean our beads were like they were created from the same master but from different sets of hands. They are just harmonious together.

Thank you for joining me on my creative process and jewelry creations! Now why don't you see what all of the other amazing artists in our group created!  Here is the list....

 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
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
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 (YOU ARE HERE)
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
161.  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  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  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 Bend
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!


hello gorgeous said...

hey gorgeous, wow! what fabulous and cheery creations! ;o) it's been great taking part in this party...can't wait for the next one!


hello gorgeous xxx

Genea said...

Thanks so much! I had such a wonderful time creating with Mary's pieces!

It really has been such a wonderful time!

Me too!


Much love,


GlassBeadArt said...

Wow! gorgeous pieces!!!

Christine Damm said...

Wow, you are one creative lady! I love everything you did with Mary's beads but the final piece is the best. I love the way you expressed how the beads were the product of two different people with one purpose and vision-- lovely thought! I'll be visiting your Etsy shop for sure!

maryharding said...

Good Morning Genea!! What a fabulous journey you have taken me on while reading your post. I totally love each piece you made with my beads. I love how you danced with them artistically and how you came up with such original designs. I am totally blown away. You are amazing!! Thank you so much. I could not be happier!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the last piece especially! Truly amazing to read what this experience is like from a lampwork perspective...

Genea said...

@GlassBeadArt, Thanks so much :)

@Christine, Thank you! It has been such a wonderful creative journey. I am so blessed :)

@Mary, Good morning to you, my friend! Oh good! I'm glad you enjoyed the story telling :) I always do my presentations with everything I show people starting with the first piece and saving the "best" for last ;) I love all of the pieces I made, but the necklace, WOW. I even surprised myself!

You are very welcome! Thank you, Mary! I have enjoyed every minute!

@gr8findings, Thanks so much! Me too! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

rockcreekcreations said...

what a wonderful story and mix of final projects! wow!!!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Wow! Three different but totally awesome pieces - beautiful work!

Pretty Things said...

WOW, you put a lot of thought and work into your pieces! I'm impressed and really pleased at how into the party you got! I love them all, love the stories behind them. I hope to see you again in August!

Pixybug Designs said...

Very nice work! Thank you for sharing.

Genea said...

@rcc, thank so much! It was such an adventure! I had so much fun designing, learning and growing :)

@mlub, Thank you. They all really do have their own unique personality, don't they? ;)

@Thanks Lori. Mary's pieces inspired me so much and pushed my creative boundries, which I totally LOVE!

Aww your compliments mean so much to me Lori, I'm glad I did you proud! I hope this is a compliment to you for putting on such a wonderful event for us all! I will be sending you photos for the book :)

You better believe I will be there!

@Pixiebug, Thank you :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

maneki said...

All your pieces are very pretty, but the last one.. it's just... WOW! The colours, the details in the design, the asymmetry. Love it!

Charlene said...

They are all amazing! So glad to be participating and see work I may never have seen. Wow!

Anonymous said...

AMAZING pieces! They are all so wonderful it is to hard to pick a favorite!

Marianna said...

beautiful! such pretty colors and great design work!

Genea said...

@Maneki- Thanks so much, the last one is my very favorite too :D

@Charlene- Thank you! I totally agree! It's been such a wonderful experience meeting people and seeing their wonderful art!

@runningonink- Thanks :) I love them all for different reasons.

@Marianna- Thank you kindly :)

Marie Cramp said...

Beautiful pieces!!

Loretta said...

Talented lady you are! Beautiful pieces. I love Mary's beads too. I have purchased a few from her.

Sandi Volpe said...

Great and thanks for sharing your design process too.

Kristen said...

I don't even know where to start not only did you have great ingredients it was an awesome blog too! I really love the yellow one the most but if truth be told I WANT THEM ALL!!!!!

Beadbug said...

I love your creation, it's beautiful.

Cindy said...

I totally love that bracelet, yellow is one of the colors I really am not drawn to, but that bracelet POPS, you are so good! I love everything you made. How cool is this? I'm enjoying each link.

Dana said...

#209 here...WOW your soup bowl was overflowing wasn't it...You did a wonderful job...great, great work...

Deci said...

Great work. I am fascinated by the toggles. And i love such a colorful person as you.

Francy said...

cool designs!

Libby Leuchtman said...

Girlfriend you rock! You are so multi-talented and I love your work. Why on earth was I not following your blog sooner! I just realized my mistake and am now a loyal follower!

Genea said...

@Marie- Thank you 
@Loretta- Thank you kindly! Thanks so much I had such a wonderful time
Creating them! I love them too!
@Sandi- Thank you. I’m glad to share the process. It gives people a great
Appreciation and deeper connection with the pieces 
@Kristen- Wasn’t I a lucky girl?! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog! Awww you are
Too kind :D
@Beadbug- Thank you so much!
@Cindy- Thanks! I can’t say that I am specifically drawn to yellow, but I
Do love bright colors for sure! It was fun to work with the bright yellow and the
Very neutral gray and black together. They provided a wonderful contrast!
Thanks so much! I’m very excited you are having a wonderful time reading my post
and sharing the creative process with me.
@Dana- Why hello #209 ;) It sure was! Mary was so generous
Sending me so many gorgeous pieces! Thank you!
@Deci- Thank you! Yeah, the toggles were way awesome. I had fun making
One out of glass too! I have one I need to list and have a few ideas to create more.
Aww thank you! Color is definitely my passion!
@Francy- Thank you!
@Libby- Thanks girlie! So do you! Awww ditto! I dunno, but I’m glad you are
Following now ;) You are too sweet!
*Kiss kiss*

sundownbeaddesigns said...

OK...Those pieces...just gorgeous! Love, love the yellow bracelet, it's definately a show stopper! So happy to find your blog:)

Wendy said...

Wow, beautiful designs!

moonlitfantaseas said...

wow your muse was working over time for sure, great stuff, I love city of industry......

moonlitfantaseas said...

wow your muse was certinly working over time! really great pieces!

Jenni C said...

Thanks Genea for the story of your pieces, I was interested the whole way through. I love how you carefully considered the approach to each piece,all so beautifully executed.
My favorite is the necklace, I remember seeing those items when you received them and thought they were gorgeous then, you did a great job.

steufel said...

All of your pieces are absolutly stunning!

Nicki said...

Wow so much to look at - I need to say that I love the last one but I am really intrigued by the yellow one. Although yellow is not my color. Not at all, but I think this is really cool. You put that together so nicely, I love it.

Genea said...

@sdbd- Thanks so very much! It's so fun isn't it? It was really exciting to be wildly inspired, frantically creating as each new design popped into my head. I was creating the bracelet in my mind while creating the beads with my hands. I even have some extra lampwork beads to offer in these colors :D I'm so happy you found me as well! See you soon!
@Wendy- Thank you!
@mlf- I know! It was SO exciting! I was so happy to do such wonderful things with Mary's gorgeous pieces!
@JenniC- You're welcome :) I always find it exciting to see the creation process from inspiration to fruitation. Awww thanks so much, you are very kind :) Oh mine too! All of those earthy browns/ivory/pale green, with the silver and frit. So exciting! Thank you!
@steufel- Thank you! :)
@Nicki- Thank you! I love the necklace too, but I think that cheery yellow with the gray and black is really intrigueing. Very industrial(hence the name ;) The look of warm yellow light and the gray of asphalt. It was such a fun piece to make. Funny how things that don't normally talk to us still speak to us huh? I have had people tell me that about my lampwork hearts. They would say "I'm not really a heart person, but I love your hearts". :) Thanks so much!

Beadroe said...

Wow, I would be excited to wear this. It is awesome.

stacilouise said...

I love everything you made (especially the first bracelet). Mary's soup rocked!

Genea said...

@Beadroe- Aww thank you! I tried them all on. They really are wonderful to wear!

@stacilouise- Thanks so much. I was really happy with how everything turned out! It did! She spoiled me! :D

Everyday Gypsy said...

Wow is right. You should still be jumping up and down. Your piece is fantastic. I love the way you used the stamped piece as a bar and had the glass ring for the other end of the toggle. Perfectly, perfect.

Regina said...

AWESOME! These are wonderful, creative pieces. You are a very talented beader!

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

"Gold Dust" is GORGEOUS!!!

ViviBijoux said...

Ok, is it bad to say that I looove the beads that you send?! They're so colourful plus I love lampwork and I checked out your etsy shop. Especially the handmade glass pins. Really nice. Love your jewelry, you've got talent girl ^_^ Virginie

Jen V. said...

It's a shame you're not into Asian porn...haaaaaaaaa But I guess that leaves you more time for AWESOMENESS! Love the combinations you came up with!!

jamberry_song said...

These all look so amazing! Jaw-dropping, even! I love your style. :D It's so artsy and Bohemian. Wonderful use of your soup beads and your own innovations. Love, love, love it!

Dee said...

what totally cool and funky designs..i love them both...awesome job!

roseworksjewelry said...

Ooo! I love it! You are so talented!

Jennifer Cameron said...

What a fun and interesting read! I love how you shared the entire process for your pieces and even a few of the ideas that didn't work as you expected. Every design is gorgeous and how lucky to get to work with such gorgeous elements and add your own gorgeous elements for such stunning designs.

Terri said...

Fantastic soup mix was sent...but what you did with it...Your creations are totally awesome....I can't find enough words to describe how Soup-er they all are. You are super uber talented!!!

Genea said...

@eg- I am, really :D I left these pieces on my bead table and walked by them several times a day and smiled :D

Thanks about the bar and glass toggle. I was so excited to use all of the toggle pieces Mary sent. It was so much fun!

@Regina- Awww thanks so much :)

@Pam- Thanks it's my favorite!

@VB- nope, not at all ;)Thank you for your kind words. I love what I make yanno? It should come out in my work ;)

@Jen V. lol

@JS- Thank so much. I'm glad my hippiness shines through my work :)

@Dee- Thank you :)

@rwj- Aww thanks.

@Jennifer- I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think it's important for people to understand that all of our art doesn't come out amazing. That we try thing that don't work as well as things that turn out amazing on the first try.

Thanks so much. I had a wonderful time working with Mary's pieces and creating pieces to compliment hers.

@Terri- Wasn't it amazing?! Mary really hooked me up! Awww thanks so much for your kind words!

one-eared pig said...

I love everything you created!

I LOVE color! said...

Wow!!! I am so totally impressed with your design your piece is very lovely.And your soup reminded me of a circus it looks yummy too Be Blessed

Boot ~C said...

so many fabulous pieces! I want all the bracelets

EmandaJ said...

Hi Genea,

It's day two and I'm having a blast! Your pieces are just fabulous. Very different and eclectic.

Isn't the swap hop fun?!


Penny said...

Genea, you did an outstanding job and I love your story behind your designs. They are all beautiful, yellow is my favorite color and your bracelet was my favorite then I saw the necklace you created.

Genea said...

@oep- Thanks!

@ILc- Thanks so much! Yay! I'm glad it made you think of a circus too! The same to you!

@BootC- Thanks :)

@EmandaJ- Me too! I have had the BEST time checking out everyone's creations! So much fun!

Thanks so much! Ah eclectic :D My favorite word :D


@Penny- Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the process :) Yay! Yellow is a very cheery color. Lol, yeah, I think that has been the over all consensus ;)

Elisabeth said...

Wonderful all of them - but I really dig that last one - WONDERFUL!

Sally Anderson said...

WOW is right, Genea! These are wonderful pieces and I really loved reading your process. You've really inspired me. Thank you for that!

Kate said...

I love them all but Gypsy Forest and Gold Dust are AMAZING! Gorgeous pieces. I really like the reversible concept though...they all are great.

Genea said...

@Elisabeth- Thanks! Me too! It's probably because it has the most lampwork beads on it and just matches so incredibly well with Mary's pieces ;)

@Sally- Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. After hopping through the blogs I felt bad that my post was so long. I get so wordy! Glad to inspire you! :)

@Kate- Thanks so much. Yeah, the reversible thing was really exciting to me to figure out. I need to do another reversible design I have had in my head for awhile. So much to create, so little time ;)

SueBeads said...

Good Lord Genea, you are a machine! LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you made! Fantastic!

Genea said...

@Sue, lol, na, not really. I'm just one girl ;) Thanks so much :)

Courtney said...

I love that you made so many pieces! Beautifulness!

Clayworks by Lisa Boucher said...

Great work with Mary's beads - really nice finished piece. Love the Very fun beads you sent Mary as well. Love your work ~

Genea said...

@Courtney- Thanks! I had so much fun. Mary sent me so many wonderful things! I still have lots of yummy left-overs ;)

@Cwlb- Thanks! I had a wonderful time creating Mary's beads, working with Mary's beads and posting about my experiences :)

KayzKreationz said...

They all turned out so fantastic, it's hard to say which would be my favorite. But I'm really tempted by your first one with the teal/blue bar for the toggle. Nice job with all of them, though.

Genea said...

@KK- Thank you :) Isn't Mary's toggle beautiful? I love the bar done by Miss Fickle Media as well :)

Janet said...

You do some beautiful work with feeling! Very lovely!!

vintagesusie & wings said...

So beautiful friend, I love EVERYTHING you made & what you created with your BEAD SOUP! Simple Stunning!!! ;)
Thanks for sharing...

balanced. said...

my goodness. the beauty is overwhelming! very impressive!

Shirley said...

Wow, and Wow, and WOW!!! These are over the top fantastic! Love the thought processes, and the awesome explanations behind them. They are all beautiful, but I really love the last one. Great stuff!!

Genea said...

@Janet- Thanks so much :) I love for my work to express my passion.

@VSW- Thank you kindly :)You are very welcome :) I have had a wonderful time sharing!

@balanced- Thanks so much!

@Shirley- Thanks it was quite an exciting journey!

Cyndi L said...

All of your pieces are smashing! I really love how you just embraced the challenge and came up with so many different styles!!

BluMoon said...

You certainly made some beautiful bracelets with your beads.

Lisa Godfrey said...

Oh my gosh... that necklace is AMAZING!! I mean, all three pieces are gorgeous but that NECKLACE!! I think I'm in love!
PS: you are very talented!

Susanm said...

Yellow is not a colour I wear but I love the bracelet - funky and fresh.

Genea said...

@Cyndi- Thanks so much! It was such a wonderful artistic growth spurt creating pieces to compliment Mary's work!

@Blumoon- Thanks so much!

@Lisa Godfrey- Thanks!! It is such an awesome piece! Just dripping with handmade beads and awesome! Aww thank you!

@Susanm- Yeah, I don't wear a ton of yellow(love all bright colors though), but really love how the design worked out :)

Cory said...

Love your work...Love the colors.

Marian Hertzog said...

Wow! All so different and unique! My fave is the first one! All are very pretty!

Genea said...

@Cory- Thank you :D

@Marian- Thanks so much! They were lots of fun. I love them all for different reasons. It's nice to dive outside of your creative box once and awhile. It lets you know just how creative you can be :D

Patsy Evins said...

I love all of the designs! You have been an inspiration to me to push my boundaries!
Love the soldered charm. How did you do it? I paint and would love to incorporate a sketch in my jewelry.

Rebecca said...

Oh my. You have done an *amazing* job here! I'm totally impressed by all your hard work and creativity - you and Mary truly were an inspired match! They are all such wonderful creations - some of my favourite I have seen on the whole hop so far. Gorgeous!

Andrew Thornton said...

You've definitely got the WOW factor going. Nicely done. You have such a unique sensibility and I think you've tackled this creative challenge masterfully. Great job! The pieces look FABULOUS!

GraceC said...

Your pieces are some of the most interesting and labor intensive ones in the whole soup. That you fid all that while struggling with tooth pain - which is the WORST - is just a testament to your talent. Well done.

Genea said...

@ Patsy- Thanks so much! Awww you are too kind! I'm glad I could inspire you! Thanks! Actually... the tutorial I made will be in Glass Pattern's Quarterly's next issue!! That would be a wonderful idea!

@Rebecca- Thanks so much! It really was such a wonderful experience! We are, aren't we? I'm so lucky we got paired up! Awwww! What a wonderful compliment. Thank you so very much!

@Andrew- Aww I should have know such a wonderful compliment would have come from you, Andrew. You are very kind. Your compliment means a lot to me coming from a very talented artist!

@GraceC- Oh thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to say! I am very touched :) Ugh.. isn't it? It's some of the worst pain I have EVER felt! Awww thank you very much!!

m.e. said...

wow! so many gorgeous pieces!!!
LOVE your designs!!!!
m.e. :)

Genea said...

@m.e.- Thanks so much!!! :D

Claire Maunsell said...

I love your thought process ( and the 'will investigate later sidelines'...). Your finished piece is incredible ( and your soup ingredients too) and I am so glad I could comment!

Genea said...

@Claire- Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it :) I did get an awesome partner and soup! Yay! I'm glad you could comment too!

SueBeads said...

I don't know if my first comment went through, but I keep looking at these saying Holy S&*# they are amazing!

Genea said...

@Sue, Umm... I think your first comment went through?

LOL, you're awesome! Thanks so much ;)

Lyn Foley Lampwork said...

You have outdone yourself. It is probably not fair to have a favorite for this party (and I haven't been to every site yet, I have to admit), however, that said your last piece is over the top and way far my favorite of everyting so far. You are right, your glass beads and Mary's beads are a perfect match. Way to go!!

Genea said...

Lyn- Awww thank you! Thanks so much for your kind words. I was very lucky to get Mary for my partner :)

LeeLu Creations said...

Such fun pieces! I especially love the yellow bracelet. :)

Genea said...

Hey Leelu! That is my beloved Aussies name :D Thanks so much! I am really happy with the way the design turned out :) Thanks for stopping by!

Heather said...

Love your bead soup bracelets but the necklace is my favorite. So many interesting ingredients, the neutral colors and all that texture and variety are amazing. Best of all the toggle you created with the art bar and glass ring- Genius!!

Genea said...

Heather- Thanks so much! I just got everything all figured for my BSP jewelry and I'm listing them in the shop! I wanted to keep the necklace for me, but so many people love it I wanted to offer it up.

Thanks so much :) Wasn't that cool creating a glass ring to go with the bar?! I was impressed too! lol I needed some more bronzey items for the pendant for sure. I LOVE the way it turned out! :D

Mags said...

Everything is really awesome! The colours, the designs!

Genea said...

Thanks Mags! :)

alice said...

Hope you get mentioned in the book Lori is working on as you for sure deserve it- You way outdid yourself. I wish I had that much talent- Love the yellow!!!
I have been wanting to do a yellow piece but am afraid- just need to jump in and try. Alice's Beads and Baubles

Genea said...

Awww Thank you Alice!

Me too! I was really happy with all of my pieces! I just sent off my photo cd to Lori.

Aww thanks so much for your kind words.

Isn't yellow cheery? :) I love to look out my upstairs studio window at the yellow house across the street :)

Don't be afraid! Just hop in and do it. That is usually when the best pieces come out. Send some pictures when you make something :)

Cindy said...

Genea, your bead soup pieces are ALL incredible. And I agree, Mary's pieces are amazing and fantastic to work with. Wow, you really went to town making several pieces of art-jewelry! Can you send some of that creativity my way?? Your final piece is my favorite as well.

Genea said...

Heya Cindy!

Thanks so much :D They really were so much fun. I love her earthiness!

Yep, Ok are you ready. It might tingle just a little, but just go with it. :) Better?

Thanks so much. It's sooo pretty! It really is awesome on too :)

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