Monday, February 10, 2014

Now the work begins

The sign ups are officially closed.  Now I need you to give me some time to work on the spreadsheet with Rick -- fixing any duplicates, checking on those who had trouble signing up, and getting an email message out to everyone that yes, you are officially IN.

After that is over, I will start visiting all the blogs and pairing people up.

The list of attendees will be posted within the week.

The list of partners and partner emails will be out by February 28th.

I don't know what I expected, but sign ups were again epic.  I haven't removed any duplicates yet, but it looks like we have 490-ish people.   Mind:boggles.

For interest, this is the response for "Is this your first time participating"....

Thank you all so very much.  Stay tuned.

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.


  1. Thanks for sharing information on who signed up. It's neat to know that almost 500 people jumped into the party this year, and about one out of five participants are new to the hop.

    I hope all the new BSBParty-goers create soups that contain the following "recipe" for a great bead mix: 1/3 commercial, 1/3 handcrafted, and 1/3 natural.

    That translates easily into: 1/3 rd should be cool Czech and/or Swarovski beads or Fair Trade Beads or recycled beads (the commercial part); 1/3 rd should be art beads they create to sell & are experienced making, or art beads by others (the handcrafted part of the recipe); clasps & findings made of good metals -- no mystery metal clasps or mass commercial stuff made in China -- but rather, clasps made of Argentium, gemstones, gold-filled, artisan made ceramic or artisan made lampwork, copper, brass, and sterling (clasps can be any -- the naturals part if using a gemstone clasp, or the commercial or the handcrafted part of the recipe), and 1/3 rd good quality gem beads (meaning no chips, no glass pearls, no sharp or cheap strands), good quality wood, shell, pearls, and nuts (the naturals part of the recipe).

    I have used this recipe for bead mixes with many swap partners through the years & it works very well. We both end up feeling happy with our swap, and designing great art jewelry is easy with the right ingredients for success! Good bead soup= a third commercial, a third natural & a third handcrafted :)

    I'm impressed so many artists signed up, but not surprised. BSBParty is the coolest bead swap and hop in the world!
    It will be great fun! Thank you , Lori.

  2. I noticed in the Facebook thread that a lot of people were saying it was their first time. That's completely awesome! More people exposed to such a fantastic opportunity :)

  3. I missed the sign up! I am so disappointed! Good luck to everyone, I hope you have a great time, I'll be watching for next year.


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