Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup 2017

After avoiding the studio most of the winter, it was great to be forced back into it with this Bead Soup edition.
My partner, Maria Rosa Sharrow, has an addition to Labardorite!  She sent me some amazing pieces to work with, and it was a challenge since it is not something I am usually drawn to.  Also in her soup, she included some vintage crystals.  As you can see in the picture, I have a vintage lamp in my dinning room and the kids made sure I realized that some of the crystals matched!

Also in my package were 3 strands of labradorite, each unique and fun to work with. Rosa also included 2 cabs and 1 focal bead.  Since I am not good with bezel setting yet, I have not used the round cab yet.  I have some ideas, but need to practice soldering first.

You can see Rosa's Etsy show here
Her shop is called Willow Street Gifts. Since I live in Lancaster County, PA I am close to the town of Willow Street, so I was slightly confused when I saw her shop name.  I was thinking she might live close to me!  lol

I also love vintage!  I used a vintage finding to create this necklace using the large bead and drops.
I love this new app I found to edit pictures. Isn't it cool?
A different view of the necklace.  Brass chain, wire and findings. 
Here I enameled some filigree beads to show off the sparkle of the vintage crystals.

This is my favorite piece. The only problem is the one tab snapped off while I was setting the stone.  As a result, I had to add the wire wrapped to hold the bead in place.  I was thinking of redoing the setting, but ran out of time.  I love how the bail came out.

To check out everyone's work, here is a link back to Pretty Things.  

Lori Anderson :: Hostess

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


A friend of mine recently relocated back to the area, her hubby got a new job. She is a certified yoga instructor and wanted to start a line of jewelry. She and I sat down together and hashed out some ideas. Here are some of the first pieces that I made. 
So what do you think?  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Painting With Fire: Split Complementary Colors

Over a year ago, I was contacted by Barbara Lewis to create a piece for her new book!  Of course I jumped at this opportunity. 
Want to order the book? It is now available on the Painting With Fire website.

My assignment was to create a piece using split complementary colors.
Defined as:
Split-Complementary Relationship One hue plus two others equally spaced from its complement.

This was quite a challenge!

Above was my first attempt at creating using split complementary colors.  Not happy with the results so I moved on. 

Next I tried a different combination.  I was happy with these colors, now I needed a design for my piece.
I laid out some vintage copper pieces, available on Etsy

After I chose my pieces I decided what color to enamel each piece.  I ended up using my "experiment" piece in my final necklace.

So what does the final piece look like?
Notice anything different from the design I started with?

Heather Marston 
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NYC Bead Babe Field Trip

Have you ever wanted to shop for jewelry supplies in NYC?
Have you ever wanted to explore the hidden warehouses, but didn't know where to start?
Don't want to go it alone in the big city?
Want to go with a bunch of crazy jewelry artists types that will understand that glint in your eye when you find the exact color of vintage lucite you've been searching for?

You are in luck!  Join us Sunday - Tuesday, August 24-26 for a NYC Bead Buying Binge!

Our general plan:

Leave Bead Fest on Sunday and travel to NYC. 
Arriving by train, early evening. 
Check into our hotel.
New York Manhattan Hotel
Explore the area and grab some dinner. 

Shop 'til we drop!
Places we are definitely going to:
Metalliferous, York Beads and CJS Sales.
Who wants to come with me?  CJS Sales: Secret NYC Jewelry Supply Warehouse. This is JUST the chain room — a must for jewelry designers in or visiting the city!
The Chain Room At CJS

Other places we want to check out:
Beads World, M&J Trimming, Toho and Mood Fabric
Plus any shop we want to stop into as we go from place to place. 

More shopping 
Return to places we didn't have enough time at. 
Hit the places we passed but didn't stop. 
Go to the places on our list we didn't get to. 
Leave the city by 3:00

Can't come for the entire time?
Meet up with us just for the day!

Want more info?

My Pintrest NYC Bead Board.
Has pins to lots of amazing places in NYC to buy supplies and beads.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bead Soup

Better Late Then Never!

Finally got the kinks worked out and the pictures and blog are ready to go! 
By partner is the amazing Gina Hockett.  She sent me a HUGE soup, enough for a family of 6!

The  soup I received is amazing!  Each box was individually wrapped in plastic boxes.  

I sorted the soups into color families and put together beads and focals that I thought would go together. 
The lampwork focal is such a unique piece and has amazing colors. It was created by Laurie Ament.  I wire wrapped individual stick and green square pearls to create a chain to show off the focal.   
After creating the pearl necklace, I got sidetracked by some bracelets.  I love creating and wearing these wrap bracelets.  I used the Czech glass beads in one and Blu Mud beads in the other.  

After making a bunch of bracelets, I dove back into the soup. I laid out a design using a whole bunch of beads from the soup and the sari ribbon.  I love the lampwork beads by Carolyn Collins. 

My plan was to make a focal with the lampwork beads.  Below are pictures of the finished piece.  As you can see, it is not quite like the original design I laid out on my bead board!

The Earrings
The soup I sent Gina

The Soup Sarah sent Julia above.  The soup Julia sent Sarah, below.  

To check out what Julia made, check out her mom's blog at:
 Sarah made a few pieces, but then took them apart!  I will post pics when I convince her they don't have to be perfect - it is art after all!

I am out in the woods camping with a bunch of Girl Scouts. I hope my blog posted correctly!  If not, I'll take care of it when I get home on Sunday.
Happy Hopping!

Lori Anderson, Hostess

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Evie and Beth McCord              
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Giorgia Rossini                             
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Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
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Birgitta Lejonklou                       
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Eva Wills                                         
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Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
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Noemi Baena Roman                
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Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
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Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
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Lisa Johnson                                 
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Laurie Ament                               
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