Monday, July 18, 2011

2nd Cup of Bead Soup with Lisa Boucher of Clayworks

Today is my second showing of work made with ceramic beads by Lisa Boucher of Clayworks.  You can read more about the Cup of Bead Soup project by clicking here.

I think this is my favorite pendant of the group Lisa sent.  This necklace came together quickly and with very little thought.  I love when that happens!

I used bronze jump rings to connect the pendant to links of, of all things, an inexpensive chain I found at Ben Franklin.  Where I live, Ben Franklin is the closest thing to a Michaels there is.  I usually never buy beads or chain from either one, as they've knocked off bead-maker friends of mine, but sometimes they have things that I groove on.  In this case, it was a large-link antiqued brass chain that I knew I could take apart and use as links.

I used the smaller accent beads Lisa sent and dangled them in the center of the textured rings.  This is where I say I LOVE Vintaj 3" head pins. Yeah, yeah, I know -- way more wire than I need.  But I always make wrapped loops, and I like having plenty of wire to "crank" around the neck of the wire.  I also used Vintaj wire to link together the bone beads (again, a Michaels find).  Teeny tiny wood beads I rescued from a vintage necklace accent the ceramic beads.

I finished the top of the necklace with faux suede cording from Barbara Lewis.  I don't like large chain at the back of my neck because it annoys me and I'm always fiddling with it, and besides, I love how the color blends with the colors of the ceramic.  The clasp is another Vintaj piece.

I'm much happier with this piece than my last one.  And I REALLY appreciate the suggestions I received via post and email.  I think I'm going to rework it and add another strand of something to the linen.  I really DID want suggestions, and I'm glad you guys took me up on it.

Stay tuned for the last piece, coming soon!  In the meantime, please visit her at the following sites:

Happy Creating!


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. I love this one Lori. I need to go look at Lisa's site, great pendant.

  2. Like it a lot. I got a clasp from Lisa and had to get a pendant as well. They're beautiful and I'm really glad you featured her.

  3. Absolutely beautiful! I love all the different elements you put into this one.

  4. Lori - I'm just going to say I think that came out fantastic. Great combo of the metal rings and Vintaj pieces with the stoneware beads. Love the way you incorporated the smaller beads in the rings. I think I need to get some of those cute little wooden beads. Such a cool way to finish the piece with the purple faux suede. It all just goes together so well - the whole piece is wonderful! :)

  5. Now this necklace I really like. I just wish that you would take some pictures on a person or a dress form so I could see the drapes

  6. Very cute, I love the color combinations. This look like it took a long time to make. How do you usually get your inspiration on how to go about with the necklaces?


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