Welcome to my Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Reveal!
In honor of the fabulous and beloved Lori Anderson and the release of her new book, "Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash, " Kalmbach Publishing is throwing a bead soup party! Galleries and Bead Shops across the nation gifted beautiful bead soups to artists, and now the designs can be seen at Kalmbach's Facebook page.
I was surprised and honored to receive a bead soup for the event! Being a part of an art-gala-bead-soup-event hosted Kalmbach Jewelry Books is a jewelry designers dream come true.
And no wonder: just look at the beautiful soup gifted to me by the lovely Colleen Ewart of Island Cove Beads & Gallery! The soup I received was full of vivid, rich beads, a hand enameled leaf, ceramic, perfect fairy-sized crystals, and wood. It was exquisite, and full of nature. Colleen Ewart's love of the ocean fills the bead soup with a unique, renewing beauty. Our tropical paradise home, Florida,is brought to life in the colors and creative powers of the beads.
I realized the Island Cove Beads & Gallery was very near the home of my daughter who had just passed in July, and got thrill bumps. Friends commented, too, that the soup was magical.
The dragonfly clasp stood out to me right away. Dragonflies are a symbol for my daughter, and since her passing, have manifested in special ways. As symbols of eternal life and a message of well-being from loved ones who have re-emerged into the non-physical, the dragonfly touched my heart.
The cool enameled leaf pendant is reversible, with speckled blue-purple-copper on one side and color-blocked green and blue on the reverse. At first, I was drawn to the simple blue side of the leaf; then I received the most incredible Pantone Bead Swap package from my partner, Lori Anderson, including beads by Juls Cannon.
|Beads by Juls Cannon, a gift from Lori Anderson for our Pantone Fall Color Bead Swap.|
|"Night of the Autumn Equinox"|
With the dragonfly used as part of the focal, gently resting upon the leaf, I beaded a bead for the toggle clasp. The beadwork is called "angel wings" as the beaded bezels fold together to slip through the clasp, then open up again like a flower, holding the necklace securely. Once clasped, the necklace has a seamless row of beaded beads and the clasp becomes almost invisible.
|The green agate bead gets a colorful sash, the dragonfly moves front & center, the branch is wrapped with both blue and green wire, coordinated with the color-block enamel leaf focal.|
|"Night of the Autumn Equinox"|
Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!