Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cup of Bead Soup with Miss Molly's Designs

What is a "Cup of Bead Soup"?

Well, I wanted to continue the exciting challenge of the Bead Soup Blog Party, but this time for myself, challenging my skills by working with one artist a month.  I receive a package of beads each month, sight unseen, and then I create with them.  I blog here about the creations for a month, explaining techniques, thought processes, and obstacles I meet along the way.  It's also a great way to introduce you to new and exciting beads!

This month I'll be working with some lovely enameled beads from Molly Alexander of Miss Molly's Designs.  When I opened the package of beads, I was overwhelmed by the ideas that exploded out of the box and into my head.  For now, I'll show you all the lovelies, and stay tuned on this page for the month of June to see what I make!  (Don't forget to become a Cup of Bead Soup page Follower so you don't miss a thing!)

For some reason, this set makes me think of "American Pickers" on The History Channel -- maybe because last night, Rick and I watched the Civil War episode and these beads evoke thoughts of the American flag.  Now, that doesn't mean they'll end up in a piece like that, but one never knows......

Good Golly, Miss Molly, but you know what I like!  Purple and green -- it's going to be hard to let anyone else have a chance at whatever I make with these beauties.

I LOVE this color combination so very, very much.  But I'll let you in on a secret -- when I love something this much, I worry the most about doing it justice.  (Hands twist together nervously....)

And finally, these two very lovely pendant pieces.  The one on the left has a cool gradation of purple in it, while the one on the right is more muted.  I am feeling like pairing ceramic with one, polymer clay with the other -- hmmm. Lots of possibilities.

Molly made a bunch of awesome beads and findings for you and posted them in her store today (and hurry -- FREE SHIPPING!), so please click the links below to not only visit her store, but to visit her blog.  By the way, her jewelry?  Divine.  I own several of her pieces, in fact!

Stay tuned!

Molly Alexander

Shop:  Click here
Blog:  Click here

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.



  1. Wow - what a lot of lusciousness (is that a word - and did I spell it right?) LOL.
    I love the light purple ones.

  2. I cannot believe I missed this post. WOW!!! Love all those goodies she sent you. I really like the last photo of the two pendants, awesome!


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