Soup’s up – Double Helpings…

The Bead Soup I sent to my BSBP partner Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens in Luxembourg has arrived and I’ve received my mix from her so now I can reveal all…

Maryse told me she had never worked with ceramic jewellery components so I decided to build my soup around that to give her a little bit of a challenge. She also said that she loved flowers, sea greens and muted colour palettes so, after a little thinking I came up with a ‘Seaside Daisy’ collection…


The ceramic focal, bead set and bronze clay heart toggle clasp are my own creations and the bronze wire spiral connectors and twisted wire jump rings were hand made by Lisa Quinn. The sea green crystals and hand dyed chiffon are from Smitten Beads and the little bicone beads are Czech glass but I can’t remember where I got them from.

I really like this mix as it reminds me of walking along the south west coastal path where I
live in Dorset with its sandstone cliffs, deep green sea and abundance of
wild flowers…

And now to the soup mix I received from Maryse – oh boy is it beautiful..? Well here it is see for yourselves…

Just look at this fabulous selection of lampwork all made by Maryse herself…isn’t it glorious! I am totally in love with those little organic rocks lower left and as for the beautiful silver focal and clasp…how spoilt am I!

Now anyone who knows me will be aware that I am more than a little infatuated with the ocean and beach (clue in the picture above) as a source of inspiration for my work. So I am absolutely delighted that Maryse’s soup gives more than a passing nod to that theme in both it’s colour and texture. In fact, I think she may secretly have been in England looking out over the Dorset coastline when she made some of these beads…


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http://www.bbc.co.uk/dorset/content/image_galleries/coast_gallery.shtml?10

Happy with my soup..? you betcha! I already have some ideas buzzing around in my head and can’t wait to clear the decks and sit down to play. Maryse, thank you so much for your wonderful gift and your generosity – If you find the soup I sent you half as inspiring I will be very happy.

See you back here for the big reveal on May 3rd.

Lesley

Bead Soup off to Luxembourg…

For this year’s Bead Soup Blog Party I have been partnered with Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens of Glass Bead Art, a very talented lampworker from Luxembourg. I’ve just sent my soup parcel off to Maryse so I obviously can’t show you it in all it’s glory but here’s a little tease just to get you thinking…

I made most of this mix myself so I do hope she likes it…

Maryse makes the most wonderful organic beads and I can’t wait to get my parcel from Luxembourg and see what she’s sent me. If they’re half as beautiful as these examples of her work I’ll be more than happy…

You can see more of Maryse’s work at her Etsy shop and find out more about her from her blog.

Once my parcel has arrived at its destination I’ll be back to show you what I sent Maryse and maybe give you a peek at the beads I received before I start working with them.

See you then.

Lesley