When I started my blog, one of the things I was particularly looking forward to was participating in blog hops. Well, this is my first blog hop and I’m starting with one of the biggies – The Bead Soup Blog Party. For those who don’t know about it, the Bead Soup Blog Party is a huge, international blog hop, now in its seventh year. There are over 500 beaders from all over the globe who have been paired up by the marvellous organiser, Lori Anderson. The partners swap ‘soups’ – bead mixes, including a focal and a clasp. Then everyone reveals what they have made on set dates – there are now three reveal dates, owing to the large number of participants. I went for the third reveal date, a choice I’m very glad I made now, as I haven’t started making any jewellery yet and I received the soup from my partner some weeks ago…
So, my partner: Kathrin Lembke, of Alles Perle is a lampworker based near Hamburg, where she sells her jewellery and her lovely beads.
I just love lampwork beads but I can’t always afford them, so I was very chuffed to find I’d been paired with a lampworker. I was rubbing my paws in anticipation, looking forward to receiving some glassy goodies. I wasn’t disappointed.
I do like this mix of colours. I’ve had a bit of a thing for purple and orange recently, so I was very pleased to open this selection. There’s a number of potential focals in there. Along with these, there was a generous mix of antique brass beads and findings, including a dinky toggle clasp. I also received a pretty combination of pearls, floral ceramic rounds and mother-of-pearl drops.
There are some unusual (to me, at least!) pieces in the brass mix. I particularly like the linked hoops and the large saucers. I’m not sure what I’ll make yet but I have one or two ideas in mind. Here’s the soup in full – Thanks again, Kathrin!
So what did I send? Well, I started by looking for a focal on Etsy. When it turned up I was really quite tempted to keep it myself and search out a different one. But, I resisted – just… It’s a gorgeous porcelain and glass pod, made by Lisa Stevens of Seapods. I was a bit stuck on what clasp to send but then I remembered this vintage casein button, which sits rather nicely with the focal, being quite pod-like too. So I sent that along with a black metal hook.
I wanted to include some of my own beads, so I improvised a bit and came up with a pod set in red and white. As regular readers will know, I’ve made quite a lot of pod sets since then. I added a mix of vintage glass, freshwater pearls and a scattering of seed beads, and I had my soup.
I have been a bit bothered thinking that I should have sent more. Still, there’s nothing I can do about that now. I just have to wait until 13th April to see what Kathrin makes with it!