Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

My partner in the blog party is the talented glass artist Sheila Davis. Just look at the magic she worked with the pieces I gave her. Visit her blog here:

Be sure to check out the other Blog Party Participants as well. There are HUNDREDS of them.

My project is far more simple. I had grand plans for having a canvas painted to mount it on and everything, however that just didn’t come together at all. I am happy with the pieces I have created however. Sheila sent me some beautiful glass beads as well as a few natural stone beads. I don’t recall what they were and I haven’t been able to find the post that said what they were. UGH.

One of the things Sheila sent me was a lamp work toggle that was beautiful. I wanted to have a way to feature it, so I thought I would make it part of the focal. However, as I was attaching the chain, I dropped the toggle bar and it broke. SO SAD. But I still used the hoop in a way that I really like.


Here is a close up of the earrings. I wanted to have them be a little different and not just symmetrical.


And a close up of the pendant portion of the necklace.


30 thoughts on “Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

  1. Becky Pancake

    Melissa, your pieces are exquisite as always. I so enjoy reading your posts and seeing your tutorials. You have taught me a lot and I want to thank you for that. Keep up the great work girl.

  2. Eleanor

    What a beautiful set. I am always afraid I will break a critical piece of soup. You showed us there’s beadie life after tragedy. πŸ˜‰

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Thanks Sheila. I just felt awful that it broke. But I really do like how the set turned out. I wore it today and actually got a couple of comments on it. Thank you again for the beautiful set.

  3. Silvia

    Well it is always important to have (or to create) a good back up plan in case of a tragedy, and yours worked perfectly πŸ˜€ beautiful necklace

  4. Lori Anderson

    I love using the toggle at the front of necklaces! And I also like the topsy turvy earrings — I love things that are fun and quirky yet they’re still elegant, too!

    I’m so glad you had time to do this — thank you so much!

  5. SusanM

    The round lampwork bead is gorgeous and you did a great job of showcasing it. I’m a big fan of non-matchy earrings and yours are very pretty. Plus a nice complement to the the necklace.

  6. Michi

    Very elegant, Melissa. Don’t be to sad, you’ve broken the toggle – I like the way you brought the bautiful focal bead into focus. And I love the soup, you sent to Sheila – beautiful items!

  7. Barbara Fernald

    I like the use of the toggle in the front of the necklace. It really works well with the focal! The earrings are fun with their asymmetry. I think the clean lines of your pieces give them a sophisticated look. Nice work!

  8. Zen

    Hi! Love the necklace! πŸ™‚ I’ve always loved the idea of bead soup swaps but find it difficult to get involved as they are just once a year, especially if your partner doesn’t follow through! Which is why I’ve decided to organise a MASSIVE bead soup where every header gets the same pack of beads- it’ll be cool to see what 10s or even- fingers crossed- 100s of beaders can do with the same beads! πŸ™‚ I’d love for you to be involved πŸ™‚ You can find out more on or get in touch at πŸ™‚ Would love to hear from you! πŸ™‚

  9. Janice

    I had thought I posted a comment a while back but I must not have done it properly. I love how your design turned out but can understand how heartbroken you must have been to break the toggle. I was worried I would break my pendant when I kept fiddling around with it. I’m glad you were able to use the other half so beautifully.


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