Today I get to join on on chatting about Lori Anderson's new book during this book tour from all the contributor's to her book.
The process was started over a year and a half a go when I got an email from Lori asking if I would like to participate in the book. "Heck Ya" I said. That is a total non brainer. So after a few emails back and forth, I learned that I would get to work with Libby Leuchtman's bead soup. All I can say is that when I opened up my pack of soup, I was jumping up and down. Have you seen her Lampwork pods? They are incredible. I had always admired them in photos but to see them in person is a revelation. This thing is big, bad, and bold. It measures at least 2" tall. Truly fabulous, and I couldn't wait to design with the awesome collection. Working with a large focal can be intimidating to me because I'm never sure what to do with it besides the obvious of just stringing it on a chain.
When I sat down to create with the soup, the design just came together all on its own and there was zero struggle or conflict in the designing process. I do remember thinking that I'm not a big fan of the color peach so I'm going to use the pink as my accent color since or course it is my favorite color. Don't you love it when you have one of those "on" design days?
Here is a teaser photo of the necklace. There is also a matching pair of earrings. The full photos are in the book.
Honestly, Libby's pod beads are drool worthy. You can find them and her other cool beads on her Etsy store.
There are some fabulous creations in the book and each project is written as a tutorial so that you can follow along and make a similar creation or using them as a spring board for creating your own jewelry designs.
Here is the soup that I put together for the book. It includes one of my red Lampwork Hearts that I attach to a hand sawn and shaped sterling silver heart. Lori ended up using it for one of her several bead soup projects. You will have to see the book to see the cool necklace she created with the mix.
So.... For the Give Away....
Just leave a comment here and on the morning of October 9, I will draw a winner and make the announcement of who won. I think Lori will also place the winners on her site too. There will also be one grand prize winner that Lori is hosting a gift for that will be for everyone who posted on any of the Bead Soup Contributors' blogs during the book tour.