Monday, April 21, 2014

Some helpful hints to get you ready for Bead Soup Blog Hop day

**  I will have a list of participants, with links, very soon.  You don't have to post the entire list on your site, but can have it link back to mine.  The permalink is

Of course, this will not be active until the day of the hop, but some people don't like to have almost 500 links on their page!  Also, at the last minute there are invariably people who have to bow out and my list will be the most up to date.

** PLEASE consider taking your blog Captcha comments OFF, at least for a few days of the party.  You will get SO many more comments that way.  Especially for people hopping via phone and tablet, it's a HUGE help. 

Thank you to Laura Bracken for showing us how right here:

** Are you like me and are just getting started making your pieces?  Never fear, you're in good company!  Hopefully these ideas might help get your creative juices flowing.

** Are you having a hard time incorporating your clasp into your design?  Consider using it as a pendant bail.

Ceramic beads by Earthernwood Studio, clasp and chain by Miss Fickle Media

**  Create a pendant bail for a large bead with micro-macrame.

Bead by Lori Greenberg for Beads of Courage

** Try layering a focal with metal or other materials for a new look.

** When you write about your piece, feel free to talk about your process, any lessons learned, and any challenges you encountered.  However, be careful how you write this. Please never use words like "ugly" or anything disparaging.  That will only cause bad feelings.

Here I described the beginning steps of what ended up being a totally blinged-out necklace.  

**  And finally, a word about Soup Envy.  I seriously doubt there's a one among us who hasn't seen someone else's soup and gone, "OH MAN I wish I had that!", even if your soup is the bee's knees.  That's OK!  But try to focus on your artistic ability to work with ANYTHING.  You are all great designers, whether you've been doing this for a month or ten years.  I know you can do it, and if you need help, please message me.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I'm still more off the computer than on but will do my level best to be available.  Also feel free to post questions at -- lots of Bead Soup veterans there!

Have fun!  One more weekend and then we're there!

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 such a reassuring post, Lori! The tips are priceless!

  2. How funny, looked today to see if anything was posted from you...hope you are well.

  3. As always, great advice and inspiration!! I am so excited to see everyone's creations!! :) ~KM

  4. Thanks for the link to blogger help . . . easy to follow and all set up now for the big event! I am among those who haven't started making yet . . . the dreaming / designing part is way too much fun! I want you to know that I pray for you daily and am always so happy to see your smiling face pop up in a FB message. Never give up Lori . . . love & hugs ~ chris

  5. Great ideas Lori, and beautiful pieces. Every last one of them.

  6. Really excited! Can't wait to see everyone's designs!

  7. Great tips, thanks! I am struggling with my focal but one of your pics might have given me an idea....

  8. Great post Lori...fantastic tips! Can't wait for the reveal!

  9. I am having so much fun with my soup! I am trying new things and having a blast!!! Hope you have a Blessed Day!


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