Hungry for Some Soup??

Dig in!!!  This is the weekend of the big reveal , where you can view not only my bead soup creations, but slightly more than 200 of my closest friends.

The Bead Soup Blog Party is hosted by Lori Anderson.  This is a true labor of love for Lori, and I have been fortunate to be a part of this several times.

My partner for this round of Bead Soup is Natalie Moten.  Natalie was primarily a quilter, who recently discovered jewelry making as another creative outlet.

Here is the soup I got from Natalie.


Front and center, you can see the gorgeous focal that Natalie made for me.  I wanted to use this , of course,  but it was a bit tricky to come up  with something that would showcase Natalie’s flower without overpowering it.  I am happy with my design, and I am looking forward to wearing this with my summer clothes.

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I decided to go with an asymmetrical design, and I split the toggle clasp that Natalie sent. I used the ‘dogbone’ portion with one of the “D” shaped turquoise beads, and used a free form wire wrap to attach the “D” bead to the chain.  I knotted teal blue silk cord for the portion behind the neck.  For the matching earrings, I used some malachite chips for the darker stone because the dark blue ones were a bit large for the earring dangles.


For my second piece, I used another of Natalie’s handmade focals. This time, it was the birds nest.  I paired it with the small crystals that Natalie sent, and used vintage Czech seed beads from my stash, as well as a gunmetal toggle and earwires that I had on hand.


A better view of Natalies bird nest, next to the matching earrings I made.


For my last piece, I used the pink/fuchsia beads in a stretch bracelet.  I love these bracelets, but I hardly ever make them, and I don’t know why that is….they are easy to make, and they are good sellers.  I should make more of them!!


I wanted to make one other item but unfortunately ran out of time…however, I did get the focal piece made, and I was so excited about it, I wanted to share that, even though the necklace is uncomplete.  I took the round part of the toggle, and paired with one of the crystal beads that seemed to fit perfectly in the hole.  I wired it in with a bit of 28 gauge wire.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations, and I hope my partner Natalie is pleased with what I made.  Please be sure to go visit her blog, and take a look with what she made with the beads I sent her.


Please be sure to visit our lovely hostess, Lori’s  blog also, and show her some much deserved love.

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43 Responses to Hungry for Some Soup??

  1. Tara P says:

    Love all your pieces, Terry! You got a great soup and did some amazing things with it!

  2. Your creations are beautiful Terry!

  3. Marjolein says:

    Love what you did with the toggle part and large bead. It counter balances the fantastic flower. A lovely necklace to wear this summer!

  4. Maybeline says:

    You were given a fun focal and you made an eye catching piece with it. I love how you use the clasp too! Very creative. I love the bracelet too. Pretty!

  5. Alenka says:

    Lovely pieces! And the first necklace is so perfect so a summery outfit!

  6. Lisa Boucher says:

    Very nice Terry! Thank you for that refreshing breakfast soup. All your pieces are colorful and lovely.

  7. Agi Kiss says:

    Lovely jewelry! I don’t wear pink often but that bracelet is so beautiful! Great job!

  8. Barb Fernald says:

    Wow! I love the way you balanced the clasp and the focal. Your pieces are bright and fun!

  9. chris murphy says:

    I really like how you made the focal shine in that first necklace. It is simply stunning. I loved the bracelet and the earrings and I can’t wait to see what you do with that last unfinished necklace.

  10. JuLee says:

    Very well done, the way you used such a unique focal … highlighing it yet not allowing it to overwhelm the rest of your necklace/

  11. Ann says:

    Very clever use of the toggle, hopefully you’ll post on FaceBook when you’ve finished what you’re planning with it. I also like what you did with that unique focal. You’ve really highlighted it, it will look great with a simple dress or tank top.

  12. What a great way to use that large focal. I can see how it was a challenge (though it is awfully pretty). I think your solution worked nicely.

  13. Susie Hibdon says:

    You’ve created a delicious soup my dear & I ALWAYS LOVE a birds nest! GREAT JOB!

  14. Adlinah says:

    How great that you weren’t intimidated by that big focal. I can see the green necklace being worn several times over in summer :-). And I have to say – that hot pink bracelet is scrumptious!

  15. Fab stuff – particularly the first necklace and the pink bracelet.

  16. Beautiful design on the flower necklace, it’s gorgeous. Love all your pieces, very pretty.

  17. Very cool designs – love the birds nest! Great job with your soup!

  18. kathy stemke says:

    Very nice job. That necklace makes a statement.

  19. Silvia says:

    I really love how you changed the toggle in the first necklace, so clever and it looks beautiful. Lovely pieces all of them!

  20. What a wonderful soup! I love the first necklace, how fun! I like the way you have balanced it out with the toggle. Pink is one of my favorites! I would wear that bracelet all the time. Great Work!

  21. says:

    I love the first set!
    ciao dall’ Italia

  22. I love that you switched up the toggle by using the pieces separately – very creative! And your pieces are wonderful – can’t wait to see what you do with that wired crystal piece!

  23. Doris says:

    Love all the pieces but this big flower is my favorite! You did a great work! Hugs, Doris

  24. Penny says:

    I am green with envy! You have done an awesome job. Wonderful bright and almost whimsical pieces. So yummy!

  25. Silke says:

    What a nice little bird’s nest! Love the wire work.

  26. bailaora says:

    what a woderful floral necklace, so inventive!SUPER!

  27. Kitty says:

    Love the asymmetry of your main piece 🙂

  28. Beautiful pieces. I love that first necklace.

  29. Kaybree says:

    Such a pretty, delicate necklace with the large flower focal! Love it. I can’t wait to see what you do with the toggle focal…

  30. Karla Morgan says:

    Terry, love your creations! The necklace with the large flower focal is fabulous! Can’t wait to see what you do with the toggle focal. :0

  31. manekibeader says:

    Lovely jewellery! The creative use of the turquoise as toggle clasp and the toggle ring as pendant is fab! Great job!

  32. NataschaM says:

    Wonderful soup and great creations! I love your inventive way to use the materials!

  33. sandra young says:

    Beautiful pieces! Love the asymmetrical design with that gorgeous huge focal!!

  34. Kay says:

    What a great job you did with that large flower focal. You set it off very nicely. And I love your pink bracelet. Very colorful. What your doing with the rest of that toggle clasp is great, too. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  35. Terri G. says:

    Bold and beautiful is what immediately came to my mind!

  36. sjmcclelland says:

    Really like how you used one predominant colour in each piece. Both focals are really unique and you’ve showcased them both really nicely in your design. Love the pink bracelet – my favourite colour – so fun.

  37. Lizzie says:

    You’ve made some beautiful pieces here. I love the turquoise asymmetric flower necklace, how nice to have the earrings to match as well 🙂

  38. So wonderful and nice! I love Your work and the bird nest is my favorite!

  39. Really great job with your soup. You did a fantastic job with that focal…lovely pieces!

  40. Very pretty! I love the assymetry in the first piece and how you’ve put the colours together.

  41. Terry your designs are wonderful. Good job using your soup.

  42. Lori says:

    Oh, wonderful job with that flower focal, and the toggle..very creative!

  43. CraftyHope says:

    So much yumminess in this post! I especially like what you did with the flower focal. The asymmetry is cool and the offset focal really works for it, especially with the neat way you worked the clasp. Oh, and the pendant you created with the other part of the toggle clasp is really great too!

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