This summer, I'm participating in Bead Soup Blog Party 6 and exchanging beads with Margareta Saari of Mags - koruja, an amazing and gifted Finland artist. The Bead Soup Blog Parties are hosted by the energetic and talented Lori Anderson, who is managing this summer's 400 participants! Artists are paired up to exchange bead soups, and after creating jewelry using at least the focal and the clasp from the soup, everyone's jewelry creations are revealed during a blog hop party. This summer's huge Bead Soup Blog Party 6 will have three parties, or reveal dates: July 28, August 11, and August 25. Margareta and I are in the August 11th reveal. The Bead Soup Blog Party is a lot of fun, and a great way to work outside one's comfort zone and grow as an artist. You can read more about the event at Beading Daily, "Over 399 Ways to Be Inspired to Make Great Jewelry: Bead Soup Blog Party 2012" by Tammy Jones.
For now, here is a look at the colorways I created for the party and sent to Margareta in Jyväskylä, Finland.
Bead Soup First Course:
Bead Soup Second Course:
And, here is a peek at the soup Margareta has created for me. The gentle shades of lavender, blue, and purple -- and the cool patterns and textures -- are intriguing. I love the soft, muted colorway!
Stay tuned as Margareta and I reveal the soups we exchanged, and as the parties begin, check out the inspiring jewelry designs that will be revealed in BSBP6 as 400 jewelry artists share their best beads and finest designs.
Toltec Jewels is an author by day and jewelry artist by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA in a permanent collection of mixed media art and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. A gemstone collector and jewelry lover, her store offers gemstone beads and she is happiest when creating handcrafted jewelry with her entire family. She has won a number of awards for both her literary and jewelry art.
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