Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal


As soon as I saw the beautiful fused glass piece, I immediately had a vision of what it would become. From the technique (my favorite-freeform peyote) to the shape and the strap, to it’s happy essence, I followed my intuition. This necklace is the result and I am very pleased! I clocked this one at 19.5 hours.


This is the bead soup sent by my lovely swap partner Judy Robinson. I poured out a small portion of the seed beads for the photo. She also made me a lovely wood turned bowl which I love! I’m excited to use the copper beads in another piece, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. Thanks, Judy!


This is my sketch and the beginning of the necklace. I used the colors of the fused glass as a guide.


Here it is beginning to take shape. It did go through an ugly duckling stage where I hated it, hehe. I kept going and asked the beads where the wanted to be.

There were nearly 500 participants for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, and all the links can be found on the main page here. Please continue to hop and enjoy all the beautiful creations, and thanks to Lori for all her hard work organizing!

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  • avatar Mary K May 10, 2014, 6:09 am

    Your beadwork is lovely. What a way to have honored that colorful fused glass piece. I especially enjoyed that you showed us your sketch.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 10, 2014, 6:48 am

    Thanks for your lovely comment, Mary!

  • avatar Anna May 10, 2014, 8:54 am

    Beautiful necklace!

  • avatar Shai Williams May 10, 2014, 11:15 am

    Beautiful necklace! I also enjoyed the ‘before’ photos.

  • avatar Tammy Adams May 10, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Gorgeous bead work and great color choices for the free-form design.

  • avatar Jo-Ann May 10, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I love how the lines in the focal go into the lines of the freeform beading.

  • avatar Al May 10, 2014, 4:26 pm

    I’ve never really worked with seed beads and I’m absolutely amazed by what you created. It’s incredible.

  • avatar vovsjewellery May 10, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Such lovely work well done!

  • avatar Judy May 10, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Mandi, This is gorgeous. I love the vibrant colors and the texture you’ve incorporated. It is always amazing to see what others “cook” up with the pieces when you have an idea of what you might have done with the pieces. I love how you also take us through the process of how it all came together. Nice touch! To be able to do peyote like that is quite the feat. Love your work and loved the beads you sent me!

  • avatar Marjolein May 11, 2014, 4:52 am

    Gosh, How clever is this! I would not know where to start. Amazing!

  • avatar Laurie vyselaar May 11, 2014, 2:11 pm

    Love your use of colors! Great soup.

  • avatar Bobbie Rafferty May 11, 2014, 5:07 pm

    That is a lovely freeform cradle for your focal to nestle into — so pretty!

  • avatar Martha May 12, 2014, 5:31 am

    You showcased that focal beautifully!

  • avatar Rose Rushbrooke May 12, 2014, 6:35 am

    I like the way you picked up the colours from the fused glass cab. And I also really appreciated seeing the step by step photos. It’s always interesting to see how a piece evolves – and it’s frustrating to keep taking pictures, you want to keep going and not stop every five minutes for the camera!

  • avatar Jean A. Wells May 15, 2014, 8:10 am

    Love, love, love that necklace. I know what you mean about an “ugly duckling stage”. Many of my projects hit that stage and don’t survive. I often wonder what would happen if I kept going and too often it gets worse. LOL You did a great job and I am so glad that you kept going. Beautiful reveal!

  • avatar Jill May 15, 2014, 9:39 am

    This is SO beautiful! I love the way you mimicked the pendant with your “lines” of color. Excellent job, really nice!

  • avatar Marian Pearce May 15, 2014, 11:01 am

    Lovely piece of beadwork. Your photo is lovely too.

  • avatar Jacqueline Marchant May 15, 2014, 12:57 pm

    Well Mandi I think this is mesmerizing and stunning…It has that abstract look that holds a really deep story…I am not a seed beader at the moment either, but once I master all the other techniques I am bleep bent on conquering I think I will relinquish and give it a go. Baby steps right…You work is impeccable ty so much for sharing with us all…bye for now off to hop like a dad gum rabbit …lol

  • avatar Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion) May 15, 2014, 1:32 pm

    I love the exuberance of your creation, Mandi! I don’t do any seed-bead work so I can only imagine the work required to achieve this. Congrats!

  • avatar Lori F May 15, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Another lovely piece, Mandi. I even love it in its “taking shape” form. Nice work!

  • avatar Janaki pethiyagoda May 15, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I think it is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing

  • avatar sheila prose May 16, 2014, 6:10 pm

    I love freeform peyote, but it must have taken you forever to finish it?

  • avatar AlexDFox May 16, 2014, 6:28 pm

    Very nice change to the website, Mandy.

    I love your portrait. :)

  • avatar Jael May 23, 2014, 11:00 pm

    You make me want to learn how to do freeform peyote – any tips on where to go to learn, books? It’s beautiful.

  • avatar Lee May 26, 2014, 7:24 pm

    Such a beautiful necklace. I know nothing about this type of beadwork so I enjoyed seeing the sketch and your progress.

  • avatar Kepi Rasmussen June 9, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Stunning piece, so artistic, great design!

  • avatar Barb Fernald June 13, 2014, 6:53 am

    That is an amazing necklace! Loved seeing your process from start to finish. I am blown away by all of the beautiful seed bead work I’ve been seeing in the BSBP this year. I love the finishing touches of beads on the cord near the clasp. Excellent!

  • avatar CraftyHope June 29, 2014, 7:51 am

    Wow! You’ve definitely got some skill with those tiny beads. I really like how the colors just flow together. What a beautiful statement piece. Well done.

  • avatar Rosantia Petkova July 7, 2014, 7:28 am

    Freeform peyote rocks! I love to look at items made with this technique and this is one of the most beautiful – this very artistic concept ended up as a gorgeous bib necklace!

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