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