Today is the day for Lori's 5th Bead Soup Blog Party, and I couldn't be more excited! I was paired up with Carol Dillman of Dillman's Dailies Blog. She sent me this wonderful bead soup below, and I was determined to use everything, and to use only items from my own stash rather than buying anything new. Unfortunately, I didn't end up using the amazing wire coils as my design just didn't work out. But I'm going to keep trying and hope to have something to show you next week.
Bead Soup I received from Carol Dillman: Her lovely handmade lampwork beads, a bag of accent beads, silver headpins, clasp, chain and beads, and three wire coils.
'Portside' - made with Carol's own lampwork beads, sterling beads, sterling clasp, and accent beads. I added a few of my own sterling spacer beads.
'Let's Go Fly A Kite' - made with Carol's own lampwork beads. The kite focal is from Jade Scott and Vintaj componets.
'Washed Ashore' made with Carol's starfish charm, a bit of chain, and one of her sweet lampwork beads. Also included are a glass disc bead from Twinstar, tumbled beach glass, a couple odd stones, and a plated silver ring.
'Tiny Bubbles' made with Carol's sterling beads (don't they just look like bubbles?). Red lampwork beads are from AlyDan.
'Morning Glory'-made with Carol's accent beads, earwires and headpins, plus my own silver-filled wire. The fifth time is the charm on this pair of earrings. The photo shown is the fourth try, and I noticed they were not quite right in regard to how the top blue beads are situated. It was very difficult to make the wires match, and the curves the same size etc, but I managed to get it to work.
Please check out the other participants listed below.