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8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party


Every year, Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) hosts a huge bead soup blog party. This year, over 500 people were partnered up and exchanged beads to challenge each other to make something beautiful out of the beads they receive.

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This is my first time joining the party and I had a great partner as a mentor. Her name is Laurie Vyselaar of Left Hand Jewelry  Please stop by and see what she made.

This is what I sent to her. Some mookaite beads, agates, sunstones, pearls, and amethyst beads.

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She sent me a really colorful ecelectic collection of beads.  I grouped them in the  way I was thinking of using them to create.

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Can you see that big blue polymer heart? That was the first piece I worked with. It was so pretty by itself I didn’t want a fancy clasp or a lot of beads to take attention away from it. I made some double infinity links for my chain and added a few bead units in the deep red beads, made myself a heart bale to hold it on the chain and here it is. Says lots of deep blue love, eh?

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Check out the beautiful lampwork beads from Carolyns beads. I liked them so much, I checked out her shop and bought a set of different beads to make a necklace for my daughter’s Easter Egg. (oops, I got off track). Anyhow, the crisp white and beautiful green made me think of a Bible verse. YES, I know I am pagan but I have read the Bible, 3 times to be exact, cover to cover and I do know a verse or two. Here’s what I thought of.
Matthew 6:28
“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.…

And, yes, I know this is not a lily but it has that same pure white color and frankly, even Solomon in all his glory would have been proud to wear these beads. I made a bracelet using just the green and white beads and some love knots I hand made.

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And last, but by no means least, my favorite thing. I want to know how you like it too. First, let me say that I simply fell in love with that fiber Laurie used to tie up my packages and made up my mind that I would use that as part of my soup.

Did you notice that ceramic focal from Captured Moments?   It’s a bright orange and I believe it was called Candy Apple. Well, when I think of orange and food, I think of SPICE, not candy. And when I think of spice, I think of Creole food. When I think of Creole food, I think of African ladies in New Orleans. When I think of African ladies, I think of one of my most favorites, the talented Angelique Kidjo And when I think of her, I think of my favorite song she sings, Zelie (pronounce it Zell…ee…aay). Zelie is a beautiful, raw and colorful song. That’s how I wanted my necklace to look. Spicey, raw colorful and beautiful. I think I got it down.

WAIT!!! Before you look, could you listen to the song?

 

And now, for the necklace.

 

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Ooops! I forgot to use the clasp, a beautiful clasp she sent. It was too big to use with any of the pieces I made so I had to dream up a piece that would showcase that clasp. I made this gypsy cuff bangle using locker hooking with Sari silk ribbon and some shells and think it does a fine job of focusing on that beautiful clasp.

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 Click here to visit Lori’s blog where there is a list of ALL the participants. 

 

 

 

 

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May 9, 2014 - Posted by | challenges, Jewelry, New Age | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. What a fun idea “Bead Soup” indeed. I doubt that I’ll read all of the blogs, but it was fun to get a glimpse at your work and the bead exchange creation challenge. Nice Job.

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    Comment by Pamela Hollis | May 9, 2014 | Reply

  2. So many different medias, so cool! Love the gipsy cuff, really “boho” and such a new, original idea!

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    Comment by Silvia | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  3. I love what you made! You did wonders with the bracelet! You are truly multi-talented!

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    Comment by laurievyselaar | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  4. Beautiful pieces. I love that you used the fibre from the packaging and that glassworks flower set is simply stunning.

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    Comment by Corrie Lyn | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  5. What a wonderful soup, i love how you used the clasp inspired.
    The flower bracelet is beautiful.

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    Comment by Sam Waghorn | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  6. Hi! Thanks for your comments over at my blog. I will still put your name in the hat for the give away.
    I love what you’ve done with your soup. I listened to the song and it was beautiful, the necklace you made is the perfect representation of it 🙂

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    Comment by theneedtobead.blogspot.co.uk | May 10, 2014 | Reply

    • thanks I’m glad you had time to listen to the song. It’s one of my favs.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  7. I love working with sari silk, these are lovely pieces, great job!

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    Comment by catseatdogs Makes and Bakes | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  8. great pieces, especially the flral bracelet, congrats!

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    Comment by Dorota | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  9. How wonderful! You created such wonderful pieces – and I loved listening to the song as I looked at that incredible necklace!

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    Comment by Mimi SignatureSterling | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  10. Nice work. Good choices for showcasing your soup components and your style.

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    Comment by Tammy Adams | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  11. Lee you accented that polymer heart perfectly. The green bracelet is my favorite. Your last necklace does indeed capture the flavor of that song. I would also like to say your wirework is great.

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    Comment by Becky Pancake | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  12. You did a really nice job with your soup. I like the way the heart shaped connector link carries the shape of the polymer heart. And the bracelet is really a unique and pretty way to use that clasp!!

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    Comment by Barb Fernald | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  13. love what you created!! My favorite piece is that clasp and you did a fabulous job with it!! awesome!!

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    Comment by Elizabeth Woodford | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  14. Love what you did with the beads, like the way you attached the heart focal to your necklace. Thanks for the song too… all so beautiful!

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    Comment by Regina | May 10, 2014 | Reply

  15. As we are preparing a move to the Gulf and having lived just outside New Orleans before I’m in love with the necklace’s inspiration. It was a great song! I love pieces with a story. All three pieces are great though.

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    Comment by Ginger B. | May 10, 2014 | Reply

    • Im so glad you understood my thought process on that necklace. Thanks

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  16. Lovely variety of pieces you’ve created. I really like the bracelet.

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    Comment by Karen Mitchell | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  17. I’ve enjoyed reading your post and perusing your blog. I hope I can meet you someday! I love all of your pieces and the thought that went into each one, right down to the cuff for the clasp. Five wonderful courses came from a humble bowl of soup – bravo!

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    Comment by Jami Shipp | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  18. Love what you did with your soup, the designs are so imaginative 🙂

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    Comment by Kitty | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  19. I love your white flower bracelet. Those love knot links look great.

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    Comment by fulgorine | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  20. I really like all your pieces. I like reading about your process. I did have to look up locker hooking to see what the process. Love your use or fiber in your pieces and also your wire work

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    Comment by Mary K | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  21. Good morning and happy Mothers day. I love the necklace and the song you associated with it. It is perfect! What a nice job you have done. Have a great day today!

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    Comment by Sue H | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  22. Very beautiful design! I love the spicey, raw colorful and beautiful necklace.

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    Comment by ahowin | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  23. Thanks for encouraging us to listen/watch that song. It was lovely, really. . .just like all the pieces you made. I can’t pick a favorite, but I love all the elements you put into each of them. Nicely done!

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    Comment by CraftyHope | May 11, 2014 | Reply

    • I was so afraid that people would not have time to listen to that song. This is a huge hop, after all. I’m so glad that many of you did just that. I put a lot of songs with my creations. Music inspires me to get out there!

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  24. Very unique designs. I love the bracelet!!!

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    Comment by Marjolein | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  25. Yep, you got it right – spicy 🙂 I love the mix of all your creations…..soft and springing to hot and spicy – and lots in between!! Beautiful soup!

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    Comment by cris peacock | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  26. Such lovely work well done!

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    Comment by vovsjewellery | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  27. Very nice… I love your inspiration of your last piece, It definitely turned out exactly as you said…maybe you should call it…ALL SPICE..LOL enjoyed the song too…she is awesome!

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    Comment by wingsnscales | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  28. What great designs! And yeah most pagans I know have done more of a study on the bible then folks that use it for worship.

    I just loved the song and your necklace hit it perfectly. Great idea to have us listen first.

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    Comment by Shaiha (@Shaiha_) | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  29. The final cuff really does show off that clasp! Just gorgeous!

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    Comment by Hannah Trost | May 11, 2014 | Reply

  30. Pretty soup, Lee! Love the second necklace!

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    Comment by Michi | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  31. You were right about the song – it was just right for the last two pieces, which have very warm earthy & organic feel about them. The clasp is the jewel of the cuff and the orange reminds of sunset. You’re a master of many techniques!

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    Comment by Rosantia Petkova | May 12, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, Rosantia. I don’t think I am a master, but I do give it a good try!

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  32. I like your necklace with fiber a lot! And the cuff with clasp, clever!

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    Comment by Mags | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  33. What a lot of great pieces you made! Love the bracelet and that fibre necklace is wonderful.

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    Comment by Adlinah | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  34. Lee, lovely pieces all – and what a wonderful repertoire of techniques you have! I think my two fave pieces are the green bracelet and the spicy orange necklace. Well done!

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    Comment by Christine Hansen | May 13, 2014 | Reply

  35. LOVE those links on the green bracelet but that Zelie necklace is spectacular. the fibers just set off the pendent beautifully. What an awesome bangle for the clasp too. GREAT JOB

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    Comment by alainnjewelry | May 13, 2014 | Reply

  36. Love how you layer elements. Very nice work!

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    Comment by Sheila | May 13, 2014 | Reply

  37. I really liked your designs, the blue heart was really beautiful and I like the way you focused on that. I loved the bracelet and the necklace in the oranges was really cool. i think I love the bracelet the best!!1 Great Job! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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    Comment by Robin Kae Reed | May 14, 2014 | Reply

  38. Beautiful eclectic pieces. I love your attention to detail like the beautiful infinity links and love knots that quietly compliment the components they are connecting. And I absolutely love how you used that stunning clasp. Gorgeous cuff/bracelet.

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    Comment by Penny | May 14, 2014 | Reply

  39. Love that wrist wrap – so cute- fab pieces, looks like you really had fun.

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    Comment by Vas Dea | May 14, 2014 | Reply

  40. So many and so beautifully different pieces! I like the cuff with ethnic style, but the white flower bracelet, too. I could not have guessed they are made by same person.

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    Comment by Susanna | May 14, 2014 | Reply

    • Susanna, I think I have different personalities who come out and work on different projects. LOL

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 15, 2014 | Reply

  41. Love the green flower bracelet, I have a pair of earrings that would go perfect with it! 🙂

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    Comment by Dana Hickey | May 15, 2014 | Reply

  42. I really like your green bracelet design- the links are fabulous. What an awesome music piece-and the necklace is a perfect interpretation-LOVE it!!

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    Comment by tari kahrs | May 15, 2014 | Reply

    • I am always glad when I can introduce Angelique to someone new. She is really awesome and does a lot of charity work. So happy you enjoyed the music.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 16, 2014 | Reply

  43. I would agree with you that you nailed the vibe of the song with the design of your necklace. Wonderful job! Each of your pieces is gorgeous – what a great variety and nice use of your soup. I love to listen to music when I sketch & make jewelry, and I’m sure it influences what I create. Love the bracelet.

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    Comment by Kelly | May 16, 2014 | Reply

  44. So many beautiful things – I think your wirework is some of my favourite ever.

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    Comment by Sarah | May 16, 2014 | Reply

    • Why thank you! I love wire work! I especially love making links. Cindy Wimmer’s book Missing Links is like my Bible.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 16, 2014 | Reply

  45. That song was a great accompaniment to reading your post, Lee! While all these pieces are beautiful, my heart belongs to that last bracelet… absolutely adore fibre and metal together 🙂

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    Comment by Monique U | May 16, 2014 | Reply

  46. I LOVE YOUR WIRE WORK—– Great job

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    Comment by Natalie | May 17, 2014 | Reply

  47. Beautiful reveal. Great job.

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    Comment by Jean A. Wells | May 17, 2014 | Reply

  48. Thank you for the song, I didn’t knew it before. Your necklace in orange blue is the perfect interpretation. I love it.

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    Comment by Silke | May 17, 2014 | Reply

  49. absolutely love the orange pendant and the fibres. I have not heard of Angelique Kidjo. before this. I have been listening to Africaan music since i first heard Johnny Clegg and and his group Juluka . My fave group is LadySmith Black Mambazo. You have captured the essence of their genre of music. Liquid velvet.

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    Comment by Deb Fortin | May 17, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you! And I am so glad I could introduce you to Angleique Kidjo.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | May 18, 2014 | Reply

  50. Lovely pieces. I specially like the work you have done on the heart necklace. Well done 🙂

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    Comment by Shalini | May 18, 2014 | Reply

  51. Beautiful pieces Lee, I love them. The cuff is a nifty way to show off that clasp! And the Zelie necklace is gorgeous!

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    Comment by mtrudinger | May 18, 2014 | Reply

  52. So many wonderful creations. Amazing work!

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    Comment by jlwoolverton | May 20, 2014 | Reply

  53. Great song. She has a beautiful voice. You managed to capture the feel perfectly in your necklace. Love your use of fiber in it. Also love the woven bracelet you made to showcase the toggle.

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    Comment by Kelly Hosford Patterson | May 20, 2014 | Reply

  54. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comment. You made some really cool things with your soup I love the green and white flower bracelet especially it is so pretty!
    Jackie

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    Comment by Jackie Ryan | May 20, 2014 | Reply

  55. Wonderful creations! I love the bracelet, indeed Solomon would have been veru proud to wear those beads! They’re very beautiful and the simplicity of the bracelet to enhance them was a very good idea! I love the last necklace, indeed it’s very Zelie! And the bracelet: wow, great idea to using the clasp in this manner! looks wonderful!

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    Comment by Andra Marasteanu | May 21, 2014 | Reply

  56. Cool jewelry and super cool music!

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    Comment by dancekam | May 22, 2014 | Reply

  57. I really enjoyed reading the stories and listening to the music that went with your beads! My favorite of the group is the green and white “lily” bracelet.

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    Comment by Christina | May 22, 2014 | Reply

  58. love the green and while “lily” bracelet. You did a wonderful job on all your projects. Thanks for stopping in my blog for a visit!

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    Comment by sue | May 23, 2014 | Reply

  59. Lee – thanks for coming by my blog. Of course I had to come and see what you did for the Bead Soup party. My favourite is the first necklace using the polymer heart because I love the heart bail you made. The whole piece works. Rose

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    Comment by Rose Rushbrooke | May 24, 2014 | Reply

  60. Wonderful creations! I love your wirework and the way you’ve used fibre. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.
    Have a great day!
    Ana

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    Comment by Ana Cravidao (aka ACBeads) | May 24, 2014 | Reply

  61. That clasp caught my eye right away and I wondered how you’d use it. How cool that you decided to use it as such a showpiece on that cuff bracelet. Great imagination!

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    Comment by Ginger Davis Allman | May 24, 2014 | Reply

  62. The last necklace is my absolute favorite!!! Well done!
    Alenka

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    Comment by Alenka | May 25, 2014 | Reply

  63. Very nice! I like the fiber necklace.

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    Comment by Sheila | May 27, 2014 | Reply

  64. You made magic the way you combined chain with other elements. Lovely~ (And thanks for the musical interlude!)

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    Comment by Eleanor Burian-Mohr | May 28, 2014 | Reply

  65. Nice job! I particularly like the flower necklace and the bracelet you dreamed up to showcase the clasp. Your wire work is really cool. I’m glad you were able to include it in your designs.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. =)

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    Comment by Rebecca Sirevaag | May 29, 2014 | Reply

  66. Arrgh I went back and looked at your wirework again, and realized that lovely flower piece is a bracelet- NOT a necklace. Oooops… I still like it. =)

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    Comment by Rebecca Sirevaag | May 29, 2014 | Reply

    • LOL, Rebecca, no need to explain. It happened to me more than once, but I hope I caught it each time before I hit submit. So much reading and so many photos and a lot of thought going into what you want to say, your head is reeling. This is a huge undertaking, isn’t it? Anyhow, thanks for your visit.

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  67. Wow, great pieces, all of them!! I love the way you made a wire heart to hang the heart pendant, but I’d have to say the last bracelet and the spicy necklace are my favorites! Thanks for the song too!

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    Comment by Beth Petricoin | May 29, 2014 | Reply

  68. You are a talented jewelry maker for sure!! I like the song and the vibrant colors in your pieces. Great Bead Soup.

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    Comment by Karen | May 29, 2014 | Reply

  69. What a wonderful collection you have! My favorite is the white, it’s beautiful in it’s simplicity. The Zelie necklace is outstanding! I’m sure Angelique Kidjo would love it too. You definitely nailed it.

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    Comment by Janice Bergeron | June 3, 2014 | Reply

  70. Beutiful work, that orange necklace is stunning, but that green bracelet calls to me. Great job!

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    Comment by kepirasmussen | June 4, 2014 | Reply

  71. What a beautiful♥♥♥ green bracelet with the ☻love♥ knots, great job! Thanks for the video too (-:

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    Comment by Dini Bruinsma | June 11, 2014 | Reply

  72. My favorite is the green bracelet and the orange necklace with the fibers. Love your wire work and how you put all the pieces together, Great job!

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    Comment by Bev B | June 17, 2014 | Reply

  73. Gorgeous work! Really Soup-er! Yep I’m still hopping! Don’t want to miss a thing!

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    Comment by Terri G. | June 23, 2014 | Reply

  74. The white green flower/lily s cool! 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 https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/bead-soup/) 🙂

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    Comment by Hapiness, Everywhere | July 13, 2014 | Reply

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