Friday, March 24, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party - Partners!

I am participating in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party - Hoarder's Edition.

In Lori's words:
"The goal of this bead swap was to trade with a partner you don't know, giving them a bead or beads you have hoarded, treasured, and loved, sending them out to be worked up into a piece of jewelry or art. Each participant was also supposed to write a note about the beads they sent -- where they came from and why they were chosen."

My partner is Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio and Playing with Clay blog.  Michelle creates beads, pendants, finished jewelry and functional pottery in her home studio, located in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Here are the beads I sent to Michelle - a collection of my own lampwork beads in my favorite colors.  Time to let them go and see what another artist can do with them.

Here are the beads that Michelle sent to me.  The focal was made by Stacy Louise Smith.  The sweet little ceramic bead sets in the center were made by Michelle.  So many fun things here to spark creativity.   

This focal is very different from the components I usually choose and will definitely stretch my creative skills.  So come back on March 25 to see what I and the other bead artists design with the treasures we received.

Ready to create,


  1. I enjoyed designing with your beads, Carol! I am looking forward to your reveal!

  2. Can't wait to see your finished piece!

  3. I love your beads, and I love the Stacy Louise pendant. I have a few and I'm always intimidated because her jewelry is amazing and I finally decided it was better for me to buy her finished pieces and not the components.

    Let me know when you have a finished piece!

  4. Sometimes we need to stretch our creative skills to show 'em who's boss, Carol. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your wonderful treasures :)


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