Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

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My first year participating in Lori McDaniel Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. For those not in the know a Bead Soup is an event where partners send selections of beads of their choice to each other and then we make a piece of jewelry using their soup.

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Here is my soup from ceramic artist Michelle McCarthy made in her studio Firefly Design Studio. She has the most amazing beads and nature is her inspiration. So when I received her soup I fell in love with the Tree of Life pendant. I’ve never used ceramic beads in my design and I have to say I’ve found a new love. Michelle has a way of bring nature alive. The colors and textures are so pretty. When ever I wear a necklace I tend to play with it all day. This is going to be one of those pieces as Michelle has made it come to life.

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Using all the lucsious ceramic beads here is my necklace that I call “Birds of Life”. The little copper birds were just meant to be added to this design, it bings the earthy greens and browns of the ceramic beads to life. Love how the birds seem to be flittering among the beads and copper chain.

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I love how this piece turned out and is now among one of my very favorite I’ve ever created. Hope I did justice to Michelle’s beautiful ceramic pieces. Be sure to stop by Michelle’s blog at www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com to see what she created with the bead soup I sent her. Plus be sure to stop by Lori McDaniel Andersons page and browse through all the bloggers in the reveal. Thanks Lori for having be in the 8th Annual BSBP. Now I'me off to browse the other bloggers.

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Simple Summer Elegence

Summer fashion means sun dresses, sandals, strappy tops and tees, plus lots of shiny, jingling jewelry. For me though it seems when I buy new summer outfits I can’t always find just the right jewelry pieces. This year I set myself a challenge to make up some really fast fun simple and elegant pieces.

First a trip to my local Joann’s Fabric and Craft store, straight to the jewelry aisle. I turned the corner and what did I see, a gorgeous display of Blue Moon Beads chains. So envision this, a grown woman standing in the bead aisle with their mouth hanging open (I’m sure I drooled a little). Got my chain, grabbed some jump rings, clasps and headed home to create. Now to challenge myself and see how long it will take to make some stunning summer jewelry.

Love this gold chain necklace, time to make: 5 minutes

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Measure out enough chain to make your necklace, place it around your shoulders, decide where to add your Blue Moon Bead pendant (love this one with the beads and chain dangles), add a clasp (I used a pretty Blue Moon Bead toggle clasp). Five minutes and a pretty necklace that you made in no time.

ImageThis snake chain also from Blue Moon Beads (comes in different diameters) is even easier and took 5 minutes. Glue on the end caps that come with the chain (thanks to Blue Moon Bead for including the end cap with the chain). Add a jump ring and clasp and wrap it around your wrist (wrap bracelets are a big trend right now). Added bonus with this bracelet its convertible and can also be worn as a necklace drapped double.

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Last project uses this luscious sparkly black cup chain and fancy black chain with. Time spent 15 minutes.

Measure your chain (about 7 inches) snap on the end cap and gently squeeze closed, add jump rings and a clasp and your done. I added another Blue Moon Bead pendant for more blingy fun and movement.

You now have 3 pieces of gorgeous, blingy, sparkling summer jewelry. The hardest part of these pieces is hanging on to them because all our friends are going to want them. Which means your next summer get together is going to be a jewelry making party. Anyone need a good Margarita recipe for the girls night jewelry party?

All products are Blue Moon Beads and the only tools used were two pairs of chain nose pliers and E6000 glue. Don’t forget you can find all these components at your local Joann’s Fabric and Craft store.

Bling up the bag

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We women wear jewels in our ears, around our necks on our arms. So how about adding jewels to our other accessories. The one thing nearly every woman carries is a purse, so why not bling it up with this Purse Charm.

To make this piece I pulled a large lobster claw style clasp from my bead stash and added Blue Moon Beads silver plated chain.
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Then pulled out some Blue Moon Beads black shell beads, mixed metal rondeles, Blue Moon Beads Mud Pie bead mix from their Blue Sky Line and Blue Moon Beads Lt Pink Pearls.

Using silver plated head pins I made dangles for all beads and added them in a random pattern to the Blue Moon Bead silver plated chain. Really easy peasy project that will add lots of charm to your purse.

So go ahead and bling up you bag.

BMB mix mtl gls shl blk beads #zb-002-00170
BMB Blue Sky silver plated chain 30″ Mtl Curb
BMB GLS Rnd Prls 8mm LT Pink BMB25239
BMB Mix Mtl rndl beads
BMB 12″ BD Acr Blk/Gray #ZB-002-00050
Silver plated head pins
Silver plated jump rings
Plaid silver flower pendant
Medium heart lobster claw clasp
BMB Bead mix Mud Pie
Give your bag a little bling!