The Big Reveal!!! This Has Been Fun!!


Well it’s finally time to post pictures of what I did with the bead soup that Cheryl Foiles sent me. At first I was trying real hard to do something super different and fancy. After pondering on it i decided to make something that I would love to wear and that is usually more simple and straight forward. I love the feather pendant and all of the beads she sent, especially the czech glass and agate. I decided to make a long lariat using all of the beads she sent me and a few of my own. This is what I came up with.

I also had the beautiful carved tree agate from Cheryl and I wanted to really show it off. I kept it simple and wire wrapped stones all around it and added 2 types of chains and the spiral clasp that Cheryl sent me. So here are a few pictures of that. I haven’t been doing as much beading as I used to do but this was really fun. I have never before taken part of any kind of bead swap, soup, exchange or??…. I have enjoyed this a lot. I definitely know what I would do differently/better next time. That is, send more goodies to the recipient…. and be more varied on said goodies!! Anyhow, it’s been an interesting and fun challenge. I hope Cheryl had fun with what I sent her, can’t wait to see it! Thanks, Cheryl, and a big thatnks to Lori for all of her love, information and support for everyone that has taken part in this! What an accomplishment!! Awesome, girl! I hope to do this and other challenges in the future!


About turtlemoondesigns

Sky watcher, dreamer, seeker, stone hoarder.... Finding a love and growing passion for metalsmithing happened as a later in life discovery. I taught preschool for 23 years, but started doing metal work as a hobby about 13 years ago. All I can say is that I get lost and found in it. Three years ago I "retired" from teaching, I'm way too young for that! Now I follow my muse, and feel more filled up in my heart and soul than I could have ever imagined, but I do miss those sweet little faces too!! What a truly amazing thing this has become, my life! Please feel free to contact me with questions or for custom work.

32 responses »

  1. I love what you did with the beads, Dawn — you certainly haven’t lost your touch. I’d happily wear either of these pieces. Thanks for being my BSBP partner.

  2. I like both of your designs. I tend to wear simpler designs too, even though I love designing on a grander scale. Great job using all of your soup beads. I haven’t made a lariat yet but, I’m thinking about it.

  3. It’s always a good idea to make something you’d love to wear. If you love it so will others. Great job on your first soup reveal.

  4. Your first necklace is something I would totally wear too! I love that it has those pops of all different colors, that’s what seals the deal for me. I’ve never made a lariat, but you really make me want to try!
    Your other necklace is also quite pretty.

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