Saturday, March 31, 2012

Collective Creative Canape Reveal

I have found a new addiction. Bead soups.
My lastest one is with Keri Lee from
who I've met via Lori and her Bead Soup party.
She matched me with the talented Elena Gianni from
Her trade mark for design is gorgeous pictures drawn on plastic and then oven baked.
She sent me a gorgeous collection of beads that complimented her main pieces perfectly. So I added on crystal ravoli and made a stunning necklace and bracelet.

Thank you Keri for introducing me to Elena and her beautiful talent.
Roll on the next one.

Here are the rest of the people who played

Keri Lee Sereika

Beth Emery

Niki Meiners

Karan Parker

Liz DeLuca

Lynne Bowland

Judy Turner

Erin Grant

Bryna Lumb

Rochelle Brisson

Linda Youkman

Carmen Lau

Cheryl Foiles

Kelli Jacobson

Elena Gianni

Cindy Muse

Stephanie Woods

Lisa Lodge

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Successful clay firing

My beads already for a firing with their glaze. Some glazed seemed a bit thin and some was thick. A good way to test it out.
Here is what they look like afterwards -

So what do you think?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Collective Creative Canape

Yes I know I have barely finished one bead swap and I am on to another :)

The best part of bead swapping is the element of surprise. You never know what you get.
I always scan my partners designs looking at what their main medium, what they use and their favourite techniques.

I thought I would send something made by me .... So I made some glass pendants and fired some clay ......
Organised by Keri Lee Sereika
My partner is Elena Gianni from

Here is a snippet of what I sent her .....

I can't wait for the preview date of April 1 .......

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bead Soup Reveal

This is my first Bead Soup Blog party. I was feeling very nervous to start. There are so many talented ladies out there, how could I compare. But the satisfaction of sharing your experience, even if its little in comparison, and knowledge is matched with meeting new people from around the world. Listening to them, chatting with them and forming new friendships. I had a ball.

When I opened by packaged from Stefanie it was like Christmas had returned. She sent me 2 focal beads. A glass heart and a clay oval. Along with shells, pearls, ribbon and the most gorgeous paper beads. I have looked at paper beads before and though ... hmm must try that but never have. They are gorgeous and have now been moved up my Bucket list :) So here we go -

The beads

The Bracelet
Using the gorgeous range of paper beads this chunky bracelet has organza ribbon threaded through the black chain. The paper beads complemented nicely with the selection of shells and pearls that match the paper beads perfectly.

The clay focal pendant necklace
The clay pendant was a gorgeous of work to start with so adding something that would capture this was hard. I chose to wire wrap with pearls and then add the ribbon for extra glamour. The necklace is hung on chain and close with the toggle I was sent.

Organza and wire necklace
Using the glass focal heart as the centre piece then adding a dimension with the wire and shells. Then using an assortment of paper and glass beads with the ribbon for added uniqueness.

Full length shot

The earrings
Made with paper beads and discs made out of I assume is polymer clay.
Aren't they just cute.

And a Key chain.
Using the glass, paper and pearl beads with a love charm for a chunky look.

The complete outfit.

A BIG THANK YOU to Lori for organising this and I can't wait to see you book when it's released. Thank you Stefanie for the most divine beads.

Stefanie's link is

Please follow the links on the right to see more blogs from the Bead Soup blog party.

My tease

A collage of what I have made with the beads in the blue dish :)
Details later .....

Where are we from

There are 200 participants in the 5th Bead Soup blog party. They come from everywhere and as you can see I am by myself in little on NZ :)
This map was made by Lori Anderson

You can see her log here -


I am so excited and I can't wait.... tomorrow I reveal my creations and everyone else reveals theirs