Wednesday, April 18, 2012

~*Lori Anderson's BEAD SOUP and Pretty Things!*~


When I first started hosting Charm Swaps several years ago, 
I met a very kind and talented designer named Lori Anderson
I fell in love with her and her work right away!
If you are not yet familiar with the designing style of Lori Anderson, 
I encourage you to check her work out!

You may already know her by many articles, interviews and beautiful jewelry, published in international bead magazines and books or by her own personal blog where she hosts BEAD SOUP jewelry events.
 Some know her as the designer of my favorite bracelet to wear. It's crafted with encased floral lampwork beads, shimmering pearlish pink hand sculpted polymer clay rose beads (made into charms), mica coated lampwork beads, sterling silver beads, handmade sterling flower connectors and lovely sparkling pink, blue and crystal AB Swarovski beads.
 Every time this bracelet was worn, it was admired and complimented!
Lori is a pro, composing visual harmony with beads and findings!


~*I love it!*~


If you haven't yet heard,
Lori authored a new book coming out, at the end of September!
It's all about the Bead Soup blog event(s) which Lori so kindly organizes and hosts.
Here is some info and a link to see more about the book!

http://www.kalmbachstore.com/64421.html

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"What happens when one energetic jewelry-making blogger and 26 talented beaders connect through social media and end up swapping their leftovers? You get a mélange of projects busting with every flavor imaginable. Each designer was given a focal bead, a unique clasp, and coordinating beads, and was charged with creating a recipe for a dynamic piece of jewelry. Sample the distinctive taste of each artist through diverse projects that offer beaders simple techniques, full-color photos, and step-by-step instructions."

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There is everything from art beads to buttons to "regular" beads in this book.  There are more than a few designs that have lots of dangles.  Here are two photos of soups that will have dangles:  






*Doesn't this look yummy?!*



Lori says:
"I'll be selling the book myself as well, autographed and with two extra tutorials, taking pre-orders in June."

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She will also be giving away a big bead soup for Charm Day! 
Keep your eyes on her blog for the chance to win!
If you are a beader, why not join in on her next Bead Soup blog party?!



INTERNATIONAL 
HANDMADE 
ART CHARMS!!!

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This is a bracelet I made using charms from the first 
International Handmade Art Charm Exchange that I hosted in 2007. 
Lori's charm is the pretty yellow/multicolor lampwork bead 
with silver accents and a turquoise colored crystal!















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