Friday, September 16, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party Hop Sept 17, 2011 The Reveal

Hello and Welcome!

My instinct at first was to combine all the elements into one gigantic statement piece. Something I am familiar with. I started thinking about how I should challenge myself.  Keep it simple, design more pieces, push my limits, learn new techniques and just have fun. I decided to do it all!

So here goes I hope you enjoy!

Using a majority of the beads Patty sent to me, this first piece incorporates the focal bee pendant. This necklace is strung on a single strand of Soft Flex heavy weight antique brass wire, the chain is just free flowing leaving it dangle on one side for even more movement. Originally I had planned on incorporating the blue suede cord that Patty sent me, but instead I used vintage brass coils that I had picked up at a bead show I attended last year.

This necklace is simple, asymmetrical and very balanced.

cooking time: less than 1 hour
This necklace is so easy to make, you can make it too!

The size of the clasp I recieved did not work with the scale of the necklace I designed above; and with so many elements left over I was literally stumped for a few days, until the light bulb went off in my head. What lie in front of me is just bead soup so why not get out the cookbooks and start looking for recipes! I found in my stash of books Semi Precious Salvage by Stephanie Lee. This is when I really started cooking.

This bracelet is my interpretation of the "Rooted Cuff".  I knew when I saw this recipe that I had bee fabric. The fabric has 24K gold thread running through and was used as part of a bedroom makeover when I used to work at a Design Studio. I was always grabbing the end cuts of the fabric after the girls had cut out the pattern. Why not? Perfectly good expensive fabric shouldn't be tossed in the garbage bin. I just had to save it! Well, anyway.. I was able to use the clasp as well as the etched brass bee Patty made and sent me. I roughed the bee up a little as I was afraid to punch holes in it. The blue ceramic bead was created by Bonnie Polinsky a friend of mine, she just happened to stop by on her way out of town and I well, she gave it to me.. This bracelet turned out fabulous, light and fun to wear. In fact the a local store has ordered more! The honey dew drop is a serpentine quartz briolette. My first attempt at wire wrapping a briolette. I used antique bronze wire and boy was easy to work with!

cooking time: more than 1 hour

Coming up next you see another necklace which incorporates the book paper my soup was wrapped in. I thought that was so clever! I made my own sterling headpins for these charms too.

cooking time: less than 1 hour for assembly

Back to the recipe book. With my interpretation of the armlet recipe I made the following fun treasure bangles using up more of my soup. The button on the second bracelet is old and lost its luster, so I dremeled the snot out of it! It is now smooth and very rustic looking! The Jasper has the full attention in these. I even re-purposed ribbon from the packages!

cooking time: practice practice practice!

Now this next piece was easy to create. A really long length of that bee fabric, two squeeze on brass connectors and two beautiful serpentine wire wrapped chunk gemstone dangles. Bingo! You have one really long bookmark!

cooking time: less than 10 minutes

Now last but not least... I just finished this piece the night before last. What to do with that suede cord! Oh my... As I was doing some research I came across a flooding of wrapped silk bracelets, now trying to find a tutorial on the internet on how to close these bracelets was a monumental task. Seems you just tie them closed yourself. That did not compute with me. I finally gave up looking. I gave it the old school try and came up with this next and final piece. Is it a bracelet or can it be a necklace! Both.. I am so happy.. Maybe just maybe I'll make more of these!

cooking time: thought process went down to the wire on this piece..

My inspiration not only came from the color choices Patty picked for me but all the ingredients. From twisting, hammering, pounding, weaving, wrapping, stringing, crimping, beading, torching, waiting for the sun to come out, taking pictures, and even pickling! I found this whole challenge fascinating. I have to tell you I am full. 
Thank you Lori for pulling this all together! 
Good luck with your Bead Soup Book!

I can't wait to go look to see what Patty my partner did with my bead!
Visit Patty Gasparino on her blog!

21. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase 
22. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb 
23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign 
24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall 
25. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll 
26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley 
27. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala 
28. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman 
29. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz 
30. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle
31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen 
32. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards 
33. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson 
34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier 
35.  Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander 
36. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye 
37. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock 
38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone 
39. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf 
40. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi
41. Cherrie Fick and Cathie Carroll 
41. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick 
42. Cheryl Roe and Jenny Vidberg 
43. Chris White and Norma Turvey 
44. Christa Murphy and Kathy Alderfer 
45. Christie Murrow and Dana James 
46. Christina Miles and Collette Collins 
47. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford 
48. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis 
49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering 
50. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith 
51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes 
52. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher 
53. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya 
54. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk 
55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young 
56. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent 
57. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj 
58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman 
59. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald 
60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick 
61. Diana Ptaszynski and Kristy Abner 
62. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert 
63. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez 
64. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris 
65. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith 
66. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday 
67. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman 
68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore 
69. Erin Grant and Julie Jones 
70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz 
71. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim 
72. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable 
73. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag 
74. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post 
75. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton 
76. Heather Marley and Terry Carter 
77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride 
78. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller 
79. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley 
80. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson 
81. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor 
82. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen 
83. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman 
84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy 
85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora 
86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg 
87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann 
88. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay 
89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh 
90. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski 
91. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan 
92. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean 
93. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis
94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt 
95. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski 
96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio 
97. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts 
98. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker 
99. Kari Carrigan and Laura Twiford 
100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck 
101. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto 
102. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark 
103. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika 
104. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen 
105. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec 
106. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson 
107. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long 
108. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson 
109. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney 
110. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson 
111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger 
112. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy 
113. Laurel Steven and Mary McGraw 
114. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher 
115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca 
116. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser 
117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse 
118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington 
119. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton 
119.  Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter 
120. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson 
121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir 
122. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank 
123. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks 
124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron 
125. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe 
126. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon 
127. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore 
128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller 
129. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke 
130. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson
131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum 
132. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr 
133. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp 
134. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara 
135. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James 
136. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz 
137. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi 
138. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman 
139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper 
140. Mary McGraw and Laurel Steven 
141. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner 
142. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners 
143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy 
144. Missy Rappaport and Mags Sarri 
145. Molly Alexander and Poranna 
146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell 
147. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry 
148. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson 
149. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna 
150. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers 
151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari 
152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan 
153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag 
154. Pat Haight and Mary Shannon Hicks 

MY PARTNER 155. Patty Gasparino
and (me)
Vonna Maslanka 

156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe 
157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain 
158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins 
159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub 
160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya 
161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs 
162. Rochelle Brisson and Teri Baskett 
163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell 
164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams 
165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin 
166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small 
167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner 
168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk 
169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley 
170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley 
171. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman 
172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin 
173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor 
174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa 
175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton 
176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin 
177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones 
178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser 
179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk 
180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager 
181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad

362 people making jewelry! 

The next Bead Soup Blog Party will take place around February, 2012.


  1. Wow, you got some great pieces out of your soup. I think my favorite is the first piece, but they all turned out great.

  2. Hey Vonna!!! Great Job you blew me out of the water with all your creativity - beautiful beautiful work XOXO - ... that bee fabric ribbon it's fantastic. Enjoy your weekend and spoil yourself rotten : ) I want to see pictures of all your creativity when you come back have an awesome time : ) it was a pleasure to be your partner (((Big Hugs)))

  3. Such gorgeous pieces - love what you did with the Bumble Bee focal...your paper bead made me smile because it's such a fun bead and as you said CLEVER. The bracelets are full of texture and details but I have to say that I absolutely love the look and feel of your Suede piece. What a lovely mix Patty sent you and you did it all justice with your unique designs and touches :)

  4. Wow, Wow, Wow - So many pieces and so much to look at. Your creativity knew no bounds on this challenge. I am overwhelmed.

  5. First off, isn't Patty is fabulous partner? I had her the last go 'round and we're still friends to this day!

    As far as the pieces you created with the soup she sent. OMG!! They are all just amazing. You were able to do so much with all that goodness. I love that you even incorporated the paper she wrapped the soup in. Very cool! Beautiful work.

  6. WOW! I am overwhelmed by all your compliments, this challenge was such a joy and so much fun. Whoever has the chance to get Patty in the next Bead Soup party will be one lucky designer. Patty has become such a good friend. Really I had a blast and would participate again in a heartbeat!

  7. OMG, I have to follow you. I love every single one of your pieces, and if you wrote a book with your pieces, I would for sure get it. this is really really cool.

  8. Stunning pieces! I am loving all of your uses for cording, and fiber! Love everything!!

  9. Your Bead Soup pieces are just beautiful.Love every single piece!

  10. Wow!love all your creations

  11. Wow! I love your work!

  12. They are all great pieces! Wonderful job.

  13. I love how the first necklace came together great colors and the focal is gorgeous.

  14. Awesome Job! You were a busy bee!

  15. Patty sent you a really gorgeous collection to work with and you made so many really great pieces from it - wow! A part of me wishes you'd made your original idea of a big statement piece, but then all these others would never have seen the light of day and that would have been too bad too ;)

  16. What beautiful pieces you made with your ingredients! The second bracelet is my favourite, but they are all lovely.

  17. Awesome cooking lesson!

  18. I'm just bowled over by the number of beautiful pieces you've created with your bead soup. I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like the most. Thanks for giving us the cooking time for each... that was a really neat thing to do!

  19. Thank you all again, for the lovely comments, I enjoyed creating all these pieces very much. The blog post took two firings before I was happy with it!

  20. I am drooling on my keyboard....

  21. Holey smokes, you created a lot of GORGEOUS pieces out of your soup! Love them all! I really want to try to make one of the wire bracelets some time soon :)

  22. Wow! I love all the pretty fabric and cord you used in your designs.

  23. Holy smokes! Just amazing, amazing pieces! You nailed it. Love them all. I just HAVE to learn how to use fiber.

    I hope you join me next time!

    Love, Lori

  24. Beautiful jewellery! The first necklace is my fave, it looks just great. Fab job!

  25. Great pieces all but I am really drawn to both the necklace and that last bracelet. I really need to work on incorporating more leather in my works.

  26. WOW!!! WOW!!! You are so insanely creative! Look at all that! *bows to a master* Beautiful!

  27. Such creativity and skills! Wonderful work - enjoyed reading about it!

  28. Wow! You were really cooking up a storm! Love the first and last necklaces especially, but all the pieces are great!

  29. Wonderful! You have created several terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture in all your designs. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!

  30. Vonna, that material with the bee's on it is so lovely. You did an amazing job with your soup your pieces are a real inspiration of what can be done with bead soup.

  31. Amazing and intriguing your designs and all of them lovely. Your soup pot overflowed! Beautiful!

  32. I'm in love with that bee fabric. Thank goodness you saved it. All your pieces are just gorgeous!

  33. Great group of pieces you really made great use of the ingredients you received.

  34. Wow... you have been busy! Nice work!!

  35. Ohh. Some lovely beads in there. I love how creative you have been. :o)

  36. A long time for getting a whole menue. But it tastes good ;0) Good recipes and a big portion of Vonna-spices make a great meal! Love all of them!
    Greetings, Michi

  37. Stunning creations! Love them all! Awesome work! Love what you received in your bead soup!

  38. Amazing, Unique, them all! This was a mix that kept on giving. Delicious!

  39. Stephanie LaRosa1:30 PM

    great job with your soup, I love that second bracelet!

  40. Love all the pieces but the top necklace is my favourite - I adore your soup! ANd I really like the way you set up your post! Very creative :-)

  41. Spectacular! All of the pieces came out beautifully. I love your design esthetic and sense of balance. Truly great!

    Julie & Andrea

  42. Holy cow, what a smorgasbord of soup you created! They were all great, and I love that you even used the paper!

  43. Very creative and artistic and clever! I love that you even used the paper from the wrapping, that paper bead really adds a special touch. Also loving on the brass combined with blue, that's a combo I never used (I have plenty of blue beads but only ever use them with silver).

  44. yeah, the paper thing is ingenious, but most of all I am amzade at how many pieces you made and how versatile your designs are. Wonderful!

  45. Your necklaces with all of their creative use of materials, LOVE that you used part of the book for a bead, are outstanding. Your bracelets blow me away! I was excited when I saw the first one and then the second one had me wanting to reach out and grab it!

  46. You did such a fantastic job with your soup mix! Semiprecious Salvage is one of my very favorite books and chock full of inspiration. I LOVE your interpretation of the projects. Great job!

  47. Wow, fantastic and creative!

  48. Vonna, those are SO pretty! I am amazed at all of the beautiful goodies you created.

  49. Oh heavens! I need to come ride around in your brain for a while, cause you have too much creativity, and you need to share some! You even used the packaging!! Who does that? Creative genius you are!! I can't even pick a favorite, cause they're all awesome. Ok, since I can't live in your brain, I guess I'll just become a new follower! Thanks so much for explaining your creative process!

  50. Vonna! I've been here before, but don't know what happened to my comment (patty sent me right away :))...I *love* what you've done with all of the wonderful soup that you received! All of the designs are just lovely, although I have to admit your "Rooted Cuff" is my fave :) Great work!

  51. Vonna,girl you have been busy! I especially LOVE the first necklace! Great job on all the other pieces as well. I hope you had a good blog party!

  52. Awesome pieces! My faves are the bee necklace and the bookmark.

  53. Wow, you made so many pieces! And made such good use of fiber...sigh, I'm afraid to use fiber. Must learn! Nice work!

  54. Lovely soup designs, interesting to see the cooking times too.

  55. Anonymous6:38 PM

    You did an incredible amount of amazing work in these pieces. I love the bracelets.

  56. Amazing! Rustic, eclectic and romantic all rolled out together! We’re all being pushed outside our comfort zones — with amazing results!

    Enjoy the hop,

  57. Wow! You really went all out, and challenged yourself in many ways. Thank you for sharing the process on all the pieces too. Good job!

  58. I can't pick a favorite they're all my favorites! I love what you did!

  59. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Everything is absolutely stunning!

  60. I love your bracelets that feature the golden and beige ribbon with metals and that one pop of a turquoise bead. I'm including your work in my Bead Soup faves blog tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your pieces!

  61. I love everything so much I don't think I can pick a favorite. Beautiful! I can't believe how many pieces you got out of your soup.

  62. Thank you again all so much for visiting my blog and writing all these lovely comments. I still am trying to visit all of the participants..

  63. Gorgeous pieces!!!

  64. what an absolutely wonderful collection! you make gorgeous jewelry!

  65. Good heavens you were busy! What great ideas you have also. I love all the materials you have used and how you have brought all the elements together in such different ways, but still highlighting your style. It is a lot of great eye candy to view! Keep up the great work!


  66. You are like a master chef will all those recipes you cooked up! Good to the last briolette! Beautiful!

  67. Wow! Every piece you made is such a great design piece and so different Love the wrapped briolettes with the suede, the paper in the necklace and the wonderful use of fabric..the bee one is so cute! Just beautiful.

  68. Anonymous2:38 PM

    There's so much texture in your first necklace, I think it is very beautiful. And I would definetely wear the last necklace as a bracelet, it has grat colours.
    Ah, using the book paper that wrapped your soup in was really genius!


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