Friday, March 29, 2013

Bead Soup 7 Reveal!!

Aloha and E Komo Mai!  I signed up for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party 7 and here is my reveal!  For those of you not familiar with Bead Soup Blog Party, the way it works is you sign up to participate and you are partnered with someone from around the world.  Then you put together your Bead Soup which must contain a focal, clasp, and other components.  We all exchange our soups and must wait to reveal what we've made until our designated reveal date.  We must use the focal and the clasp but doesn't have to be used together.  I love the surprise aspect and the challenge of working with materials that you typically don't work with.

I was assigned to Reveal #1 and am so excited to share what I created with the gorgeous soup I received from my uber talented partner Donna Millard.  Donna is an internationally known lampwork artist currently living in Wisconsin.  She has over 25 years in working with various forms of glass and you can purchase her gorgeous work on her website or Etsy store.  

This is the soup I received from Donna!  Each item was carefully wrapped and every time I opened a packet I was in awe.  I must have said "Wow!" 100 times.  So many beautiful glass beads and brass findings!  I am one lucky gal!!

I typically work with metal and wires so working with delicate glass beads was a bit intimidating.  I also wanted to come up with designs that showcased Donna's beautiful beads.  This is what I sent to Donna.

The first design idea that came to mind was using the beautiful flower button.  I made a triple wrapped leather bracelet with 4mm round olivine and purple velvet Swarovski crystals.  I love how the sunlight created a stained glass effect on the wood!   The flower button makes the perfect focal point of this bracelet.  I've always used metal buttons and now that I see how beautiful the glass buttons are, I will definitely incorporate glass button beads to make other wrapped bracelets in the future!

The second piece I made were earrings using the flower, leaf, and rondelle glass beads from Donna.  I used 1mm leather cord to tie them altogether.  The leather gives a branch like look.   I used the brass ear wires she sent me which tied in with the design.  The beautiful glass beads look gorgeous in sunlight. 

The next piece I made was another bracelet.  I love viking knit and decided to use the Vintaj bronze wire to compliment the clasp and charms Donna sent me.  I also added one of the glass leaf bead as an accent.  I threaded three 20g Vintaj wire through the flower focal and braided olivine Swarovski crystals to create the focal piece for the bracelet.  

The last piece I made was a necklace using the focal Donna made with her flower bead with crystals and brass findings.  I lightly braided 1mm leather cords and knotted the leather to secure the lavender and light green glass beads in place.  I added some copper beads as an accent.  Finished the 30 inch long necklace by tying the leather around a Vintaj finding.  

I really loved incorporating glass beads with leather.   I am definitely going to be in the hunt for lampwork beads! 

Mahalo Nui Loa to Lori Anderson for once again taking on this daunting task of bringing 500+ people together to share our love of jewelry making!  

Another big Mahalo to my sweet Bead Soup 7 partner, Donna Millard who gave me incredible gifts of her gorgeous creations!  Donna's lampwork beads will definitely be added to my future collections!  I'm so happy we got to know each other and I hope to meet you in person one day Donna!!  xoxo ♥

Hop on over to all the other Reveal #1 blogs with your favorite beverage and savor the beautiful creations.  Enjoy!!
First and Last Name
Blog URL
Alicia Marinache
Amber Dawn Goldish
Barb Solem
Bev Breisinger
Birgitta Lejonklou
Breana Fry

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Bridget Torres
Carol Dee Myers
Carolyn Chenault
Cassi Paslick
Cece Cormier
Cheryl McCloud
Cindy Wilson
Crystal Thain

Cynthia Riggs
Dana Hickey
Dana James
Darlene Fortier
Deana Hager
Deanna Cox
Deb Brooks
Debra Behrends
Denielle Hagerman
Denise McCabe

Diana Frey
Diana Welte
Dini Bruinsma
DiYana Alcalde
Dolores Raml
Donna Millard
Dot Lewallwn
Duane Clark
Dyanne Cantrell

Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Elisabeth Auld
Elizabeth Owens Dwy
Emily Greer
Enikö Fabian
Erin Grant
Eva Kovacs
Eva Sherman

Gina Hockett
Grace Rotenberg
Gretchen Nation
Hannah Rosner
Heather Davis
Heather Marston
Heather Powers
Ingrid McCue

Jacqueline Marchant
Jan Petek
Janeen Sorensen
Jane-Michael Stallings
Jasvanti Patel
Jayashree Paramesh
Jayne Capps
Jean Yates
Jennifer Cameron
Jennifer LaVite

Joan Williams
Jodie Marshall
Judy Riggs
Julie Anne Leggett
Kat Barron Miller
Kathy Lindemer
Kim Hora

Kim Houston
Kim Sparks
Krafty Max
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Krista French
Kristen Stevens
Kristi Harrison
Kumi Fisher

Laren Dee Barton
Laura Bracken
Laura Demoya
Laurie Hanna
Laurie Keefe-Cecere
Lea Avroch
Leanne Loftus

Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Anderson
Linda Djokic
Linda Murphy
Linda Sadler
Lisa Liddy
Lisa Suver

Liz DeLuca
Liz Engriser
Lola Surwillo
Loretta Carstensen
Lori Anderson
Lori Bergmann
Lori Bowring Michaud
Lori Poppe
Lori Schneider

Lyn Foley
Maddison Langford
Magdalena Sikora
Mallory Hoffman
Marcella Austenfeld
Marcy Lamberson
Maria Clark
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Marianna Boylan

Marie Covert
Marti Conrad
Mary Ellen Merrigan
Mary Harding
Molly Alexander
  Nan Emmett
Niky Sayers
Pam Chesbro

Pam Farren
Pam Sandy
Pam Traub
Pamela Gangler
Patricia Buchanan
Patricia Johnson
Patty Miller
Paula Hisel
Peggy Gabrielson

Perri Jackson
Rachel Baron
Rachel Stanley
Rain Hannah
Rana Wilson
Renetha Stanziano
Robin Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Rose Rushbrooke

Ruth Szapa
Sally Russick
Sandi Volpe
Sandra Pendragon
Sandy Richardson
Sarah Small
Shannon Hicks

Shari Replogle
Sheila Daniels
Sheila Davis
Shiraz Biggie
Shirley Moore
Skylar Bre'z
Staci Smith
Stacie Florer

Stacy Pomerleau
Stephanie Weiss
Sumi Rani
Susan Sheehan
Suzette Bentley
Tamera Norris
Tracy Choy
Tracy Stillman
Valerie Norton
Vicki Holliday

A Hui Ho! ('till we meet again)
Kumi ♥


  1. Hi Kumi :)
    I love what you did with Donna's beautiful lampwork beads. Leather-as-branches really was an inspired idea that translated perfectly!

  2. Kumi, sweet dear Kumi, I LOVE everything you made with my beads! It is so different from what I do, I especially love the earrings. Whenever you are ready for that private class, let me know! I'll be right over! xoxoxo THANK YOU for evrything!!!!!

  3. Oh, these turned out just right! All the elements you pulled together beautifully showcase the lampwork beads. I bet they are more stunning in the Hawaiian sun. Great job!!

  4. Beautiful Kumi! What a nice blend of your style with the delicate lampwork beads from Donna. I love every piece, you've made - couldn't decide which one the most.

  5. Wow Kumi, as always these designs are incredible gorgeous, stunning and Elegant.No others words to describe.I love all of them. Très très beau travail, mes félicitations.

  6. LOVE< LOVE < LOVE. You did such a great job with these lovely beads. What an inspiration you are. Love the use of leather with these beads.

  7. What beautiful designs, and 2 lovely soups!
    I love the toggle that you sent to your partner as well!

  8. I love that you have created a unified set, very nice execution Kumi! Looking forward to meeting you this summer!!! :-)

  9. I absolutely adore all the pieces you made! You had a lovely soup and bring it out so lovely!

  10. Gorgeous designs Kumi! I love what you did!

  11. beautiful designs love them all and so fit for spring

  12. WOW!! What great pieces. Love what you did with Donna's beads. What fun. Now I am off to see what Donna did with yours!

  13. How beautiful!! I, too, love the look you have achieved with the leather, dark wire and bright lamp work - just amazing and very woodsy and earthy. So lovely to see your work, and the soup you sent to Donna was gorgeous as well - your leaves are incredible!!!

  14. All of your pieces are gorgeous! I love them all!

  15. the dark color in the fibers and findings really shows off those gorgeous glass beads! beautiful pieces Kumi!

  16. I am in awe !!! Simply my favorite work so far.

  17. I love it all, but the necklace....WOW!!! Simply beautiful!! ~KM

  18. I love the the beautiful designs, Kumi. I am amazed that you can combine the delicate look of the flowers with leather and make it so beautiful it hurts. You are the bomb.

  19. I love the mix of the leather and lampwork together. Great job!!

  20. I love your soup, all your pieces are beautiful!
    Amazing work !
    Very nice jewelries!

  21. Beautiful, beautiful,beautiful! I love everything you made! Awesome!
    Gina H

  22. Oh my! Such a pretty soup. I love the necklace and actually I love everything :) It has a spring spirit!

  23. Beautiful pieces! Donna`s beads are always beautiful and I believe you did them justice!

  24. Hi Kumi! I LOVE what you have done with your soup, just BEAUTIFUL!!! I also almost passed out when I saw what you sent Donna, holy cow!!! Very cool, and she did it all justice, so great to see both worked out so well :D xo

  25. You did a spectacular job combining the flowers with your metal talents. Such great contrast. I'm in love with the bracelet.

  26. Kumi, your designs are stunningly gorgeous, as always! Each piece is a complete work of art -- composition, color, texture, and craftsmanship. Donna's beads are gorgeous, and you definitely did them justice! A hui ho! :D

  27. I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, I'm visiting all blogs...
    I really love all your pieces, it is difficult to work with materials we usually don't use, you did a great job!
    they are special, very weareable and feminine
    ciao dall'Italia

  28. Beautiful job with your soup. I especially love that first bracelet. The flower bead looks stunning on it.

  29. Lampwork and leather... I don't think it would ever have occured to me... But WOW is the end result AMAZING !!!

  30. Kumi, what a spectacular set! I have to say so far it is my favorite! It is just so beautiful and you used your soup in perfect harmony. I just love each and every piece.

  31. Oh I forgot to add I am just drooling over what you sent her!!!!I cannot wait to see what she did with all that yummy soup!

  32. Your pieces smell like spring, I'm in love with the necklace!

  33. The colors of your bead soup are so beautiful and spring-like. I love all the pieces, and especially the first bracelet!

  34. Oh, love your pieces and the romantic feeling they have!

  35. I just love how you tied it all together with the flowers, so earthy and springy - perfect!

  36. BEAUTIFUL!!! I could see someone(me)wearing all the jewelry together and laying on a beach in Maui.


  37. Love love love your pieces! I think putting the flower on the wrapped bracelet was a great unique!

  38. Wow, what a beautiful bead soup! Always look forward to seeing your work, everything is just beautiful!

  39. Wonderful soup and beautiful jewelry! Love what you did!!

    and I am having a little too much fun playing with the sparkle trails lol Thank you for that!

  40. Love the jewelry you've made. Especially the last one. The colors really complement each other. So pretty.

  41. Gorgeous pieces, love how the leather turned out with the lampwork beads.

  42. Very beautiful pieces. I love how you mixed the lamp work beads with leather. Makes them look modern,fashionable and perfect for daily wear. Fantastic job!

  43. Wow is right - what fun you had using those fabulous lampwork beads.

  44. What a gorgeous collection. I love your work.

  45. Really gorgeous prieces, the use of the brown leather with the floral theme is really fabulous!

  46. Stunningly beautiful creations, I love the green and purple combination and the way you used leather in your pieces.

  47. Stunning! What talent you have my dear.

  48. Your designs are my favourite so far. Love the collection.

  49. Kumi your talent always inspires me to be a better designer. I love everything you made!!

  50. You are an excellent designer Kumi! Love your work..
    I came here to congratulate you for the AJE challenge success.. Keep it up!! :)

  51. You cannot go wrong with Donna's beads and you did them justice! Lovely pieces!


  52. your soup was fantastic aand you used it in perfect way!Flower necklace-hatts off!

  53. All are gorgeous and I can't choose one favourite. They're all favourites! Amazing work!

  54. I love everyone of your pieces. Amazing work incorporating so many different techniques. Bravo!

  55. You did such a wonderful job with Donna's gorgeous beads! I especially love your last necklace and the wrap bracelet—perfect for the Spring (or any season!) *Ü*

  56. that leather wrapped bracelet is one of my favorites in the reveal so far!!

  57. Gorgeous! All of them are beautiful.

  58. Oh Kumi. Kumi. Kumi. Kumi! Sooo gorgeous, just LUSCIOUS!! I even had to have my husband see what you did! I mean of course Donna's beads are beautiful, that's a given but you just amp'd them up 1000x!! Wonderful job!

  59. Beautiful work. Each piece looks so delicate and have a romantic feel.

  60. Your pieces are wonderful - I love your style!

  61. Those beads are amazing and you did awesome! Love the idea of the lampwork with leather!

  62. Beautiful pieces! I would never thought that a leather cord could compliment so well lampwork beads!

  63. Kumi, I love ♥ all your pieces. They bring the Sunshine in :-)

  64. Wow, Kumi! I love all your dreations. The combinations with Donnas incredible lampwork beads are really gorgeous.

  65. Really beautiful and I love how all of the pieces go together.

  66. OMG, your soup was delicious I love everything you made, I so want it all. Fantastic job!

  67. Your pieces are beautiful. Lucky girl I love Donna Millards beads. They are so fitting for your aloha pieces.

  68. Very nice set! It is not easy to make a work of personal style, when the materials are dominating, but you have succeeded beautifully.
    (And so exiting to visit a blog in Hawaii!)

  69. Beautiful - love your beads and everything you did with them !

  70. Beautiful! Love the flowers and the composition in your design!

  71. Big Mahalo from the heart for all your kind comments! It means so much to me! xoxo!

  72. You did such a beautiful job with your glorious soup. Congratulations! I love how you made each piece so earthy and inviting!

  73. You were so lucky to have Donna as a partner! And boy, did you do her beads some major justice! I love the leather with the lampwork, and that necklace is a show-stopper!

  74. Kumi, your creations are as gorgeous as Donna's lampwork - you were incredibly lucky to have her as a partner! I love those flowers - and I simply love each piece you have created. Absolutely stunning!

  75. Beautiful designs! Love the glass and leather together!

  76. You certainly rose to the challenge, all of the pieces are just perfect!

  77. Kumi your designs are awesome! You showcased Donna's wonderful beads perfectly.

  78. How pretty all of your designs are! They are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

  79. I love all of your pieces! You really did an amazing job with incorporating a vine feel into each one. Great work!

  80. Lucky you, getting to work with Donna's beautiful beads - and you made such delicious things with them! The mixture of the delicate lampwork with the metal and leather was just perfect. It kept the delicate beauty of the beads, but grounded them enough that they didn't look fussy. Gorgeous work!

  81. Your pieces are really beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  82. Love all your pieces! Can't pick a favorite! Nice proportion and pretty colors.

  83. I can honestly say that so far, your pieces are my FAVORITE for over all use of bead soup items. Great job here!! They are beautiful!

  84. This is a gorgeous set! I LOVE the wrap bracelet -- I'd like to try my hand at that style one day. This is so spring-like. Truly beautiful

    Thank you for participating!!!

  85. I am glad I didn't give up looking at the blogs. It was a long, long list and I'm so glad I made it to yours. The way you put leather and glass together is heavenly. Your designs are delightful, each and every one.

  86. Each of your individual pieces is lovely, but as a set - wow! Really creative use of different materials and techniques.

  87. You have turned some beautiful components into some absolutely stunning pieces of jewellery. Love the designs.

  88. Oh, my - I love ALL your pieces. Just beautiful.

  89. Gorgeous beads- spectacular creations. Absolutely beautiful!

  90. I saw the soup Donna sent you earlier, and was really excited to see what you'd made - I am not disappointed! You have such a unique creativity style, I really like your designs :)

  91. Kumi,
    I cant believe I had not followed your blog!
    What is wrong with me? Wow, What can I say, my mouth has dropped to
    the floor! Such beautiful work and I love the contrast of the glass and leather,
    really stunning! So pretty Kumi! Your amazingly talented!

  92. Your pieces remind me of a secret garden full of vines and trellises. So beautiful and summery!

  93. I am sure I left a comment on your post but looks I just drooled when I first saw this :-)

    Stunning summery pieces! (and I don#t even wear pink!) Very nice!

  94. Oh, goodness. . .all of your designs are so pretty! It's great how you were able to use ingredients that aren't your typical style and make pieces that still seems to carry your style. How funny that you and your partner both used viking knit in a bracelet! Ha! :)