Sunday, October 28, 2012

Falling Leaves.... Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

I was one of the lucky ones to be able to participate in Kalmbach's Bead Soup Party as a tribute to the original bead soup parties held by Lori Anderson and her new book about them.. I received my cup of soup from a local bead shop Your Design LTD Bettendorf IA.   Happy Birthday to them too!  Fran and the girls are celebrating their 8th birthday with all kinds of fun stuff!  It is about a hour trip for us but we love going over to the Mississippi River  so a stop is always included for me to bead shop. The ladies are always so helpful.  I so  wish I was closer because they offer the best classes and other fun parties.   I had to think hard on this one....these beads are not something I would normally work with. Yet the whole purpose of bead soup is to make us think out of our normal routines.

First I mixed up a fresh batch of LOS and let my copper components soak for a few minutes to oxidize them. Next I started free form wrapping the glass with my copper wire and added small accent beads to give more fall colors.

                          Crack agate beads of greens and gold with the daisy bead caps made up my next component.

  The focal was created with one of the wrapped glass beads, the copper disc with a Czech glass bead and finally a beautiful antique brass leaf. 

  the clasp with the leather cord

I did try to mix in the pearls...they were very bright and I finally decided to save them for another project.

I have to include my helper.......
I think she is telling me I have a messy bead table


  1. I love all the layers you created in your components and how your design remains so well balanced. The focal is perfect and I must find some crack agate - they're so interesting. And yes, you must do another project with those gorgeous bright green pearls!

  2. Oh your piece is gorgeous! Love the textures. The copper. LOVE! and your cat actually looks like she's exhausted from looking through all your stash! cute!

  3. I always love your posts. Your jewelry is gorgeous! And Kitty looks like he wore himself out helping.

  4. A gorgeous necklace! I love the beautiful colors of your bead soup and you certainly did it justice. That focal cluster is fabulous!

  5. Oh! I simply LOVE the wire wrap with the green glass! It has such a great Fall-rustic look to it! Fantastic!! the whole piece is really just beautiful and lovely. I could use a helper that actually organizes all my messy beads too!

  6. Wow! You just never cease to amaze me! This is just wonderful. When we get together next month, can I bring you a pile of stuff and have you turn it in to awesomeness? Lol!! And speaking of LOL, I actually did LOL at the picture of your kitty! Cute little pink tongue - I bet this one is a big helper on the bead table!

  7. Wow Kim,
    I love your necklace it is gorgeous! You did an awesome job on this piece. Oh yeah and those are my colors love, love, love!

  8. Beautiful! You did a great job with your soup. Your fur baby is pretty darn cute! Hope you are well! <3

  9. Kim, you sure made an amazing piece with the bead soup you received from Your Design. That's great that they are within driving distance from you! Your necklace really imparts an image of falling leaves, with the rustic copper wrapped around like tendrils. This is another gorgeous KimmyKats design!! :-)

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