Ever have one of those days.  You know the kind - when the beads you have chosen will not play well together and the crimps!  Well they just won't crimp.

This was my experience this week as I was getting ready for all the fun today.  You see, I just wanted to give the Beads my partner, Sarah, sent me, some love through good designs. 

It all began when Lori Anderson, amazing hostess with the mostest, decreed that she would once again host the Bead Soup Blog Party!  So awesome because I did not get to participate in any previous Soupy Parties.  I sat on the sidelines and oogled at everyone's creative contributions. 

This time, I was in!  Our hostess determined that this time would be a Bead Horders Edtion.  This meant that all we had to send was a special, horded bead in a pay-it-forward gesture of kindness to our partner. 

Lori paired me up with Sarah Strover of Beaupepys.  Sarah is from Conventry, England. 

I hmmed and hawed about what to send - because as you can imagine, I have a few beads lying around here:

Eventually, I sent Sarah some horded lampwork, some Kazuri beads and 2 of my own metal beads, made several years ago:

You can head over to Sarah's blog to see what she did with these. 

Sarah sent me some lovely beads, each with a fantastic story.  I hope I did the pretties justice. 

First, what Sarah called "the random lampwork ovals".  Sarah describes these beads as her lifeline to joy - starting her out on her beady journey. 

I was happy with the colour palette of the little lampworks as I have a couple of lines of jaspers that are perfect matches.  One of my self-imposed rules for this Party is to use up all those horded beads and bits of chain and whatever else I can find hidding in my stuff!

The jasper turned out to match nicely.  Then I found a vermeil connector and voila "instant" bracelet.  Well, ok, not so instant since I had to string and crimp things twice to get it how I wanted it (darn crimps anyways).  I am pretty pleased with the outcome:

The spacer beads are all brass that I got at a bead show - grab bags with 10-12 in each for $1.  Great deal!  The clasp and jumprings are Vintaj brass pieces. 

Here's a close up where you can see the glass beads blending nicely with the jaspers:

Next up, the lovely seraphenite drops.  Apparently, seraphenite is a strong healing stone that may help with healing and spiritual enlightenment.  Pretty cool.

I put the seraphenite with some copper and bronze stick beads that I made.  They used to be part of a statement necklace that broke.  They were hanging around, waiting for their new opportunity (something I have experience with...).  All are simply strung on some beading wire, to make a multistrand wire necklace. 

Next up is the green lampwork focal.  The colours are so spring like!  Perfect timing for winter weary folks. 

Sarah says she got this bead from the Beadfairy awhile back.  Beadfairy is on Etsy and has her own website as well.  I love the rustic, crusty beads in her Etsy shop!

I wanted to keep it simple.  I have paired this with a small lampwork round made by my friend Lori at Dragonfly Organics here on Vancouver Island.  Lori has an orphan bead dish out at all her shows and I snagged a bunch - which I promptly hid away for a rainy day!  I also have a couple of her lentil focals hiding in my stash too.  Sigh...

Anyway, this is on a long sterling chain and a fringe - which seems to be the popular style right now. 

And last, but certainly not least:

Isn't it pretty?!!  Sarah made this dodecahedron.  It's Swarovski around a read agate and it really sparkles.  This is special to Sarah as making these helped her to grow as a beader, designer and maker! 

This needed some supporting cast to highlight it's shine and the red agate inside.  Out came more of Lori's lampwork, lovely red ones this time, and more horded silver chain.  I really love how this one  turned out. 

You can purchase all of these in my shop HERE

A Super - Duper Big THANK YOU!   to our hostess, Lori Anderson. 

You can read all about BSBP 2017 over at her blog, Pretty Things.  You can also find the list of participants over there. 

Also, I am destashing beads (and perhaps supplies later) in the sister Facebook group to Bead Soup Cafe - so head on over and have a look (please be patient as you will need to be approved to join): *****NOTE: Destash Coming Soon*****

Bead Soup Cafe Sales and Destash

The Destash is a forerunner to bigger news - I am rebranding!  More on that later, but it means goodies and deals for y'all here at Silver Lynx Studio.  This site will remain up and and open and will likely have old, unclaimed pieces for sale.

And Pretty, Please visit all my fellow BSBP participants - Go to Lori's Blog, Pretty Things, to hop through the list!



Leona Smith

Thanks, Lori! So glad you made this possible.

Bobbie Rafferty

Oh, my gosh, that seraphinite necklace is just gorgeous - eye popping and drool-worthy, for sure! I love that the gemstones found such a perfect home with the metal sticks you had made.

Leona Smith

Thank you Bobbie.


Well finally finished with tax season, so now I can hop. Those are stunning pieces...I love the last one. I am all about sparkle. And the jasper necklace is really cool!

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