Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party

What is a bead soup blog party, you ask?  Well, participants send a special focal bead, some co-ordinating spacers or beads and a special clasp (not just a lobster claw) to their partner.  You do NOT have to send an entire necklace or bracelet kit.

When you get your package of beads, show them on your blog, then make something with them, take a picture, and post it on your blog on the party day.  You must use the focal & the clasp, and if you wish, some of the co-ordinating beads, along with beads from your own stash to create a special piece of jewelry.  Using some of the co-ordinating beads IS encouraged (even if you only make earrings) but not required.

The idea is to help you think outside the box and work outside your normal comfort zone, pushing you into creative directions you may never have gone. You can make one piece, two, three -- you can use the clasp in one piece and focal in another. LOTS to be creative with!

Then on party day, which is March 3rd this time, everyone posts their finished piece to their blog.  You hop around to as many party blogs as possible to see what people have created, leaving comments as time permits.  And you keep the jewelry you made!
Sample Package of Beads

Registration begins today!  Although this is the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party, it's the first time I'm, hopefully, going to participate.  I say it that way because no more than 200 people will be able to take part in it.  When registration closes, a random number generator will pick the group of people.

The organizer, Lori Anderson, had to start limiting the number of participants due to the fact that interest had reached the unmanageable level.  A total of 362 people signed up in September 2011!

To find out more about the Bead Soup Blog Party, click here.  To check out Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things, click here.


  1. Crossing my fingers the random number generator likes you - this party sounds like fun

  2. My registration form was filled out this morning, Lori. I'm in the lottery to participate this time.