Reveal Day!

The beads I received from Hanna Rossner.


I knew right away I would be making two necklaces with these beautiful flame worked glass bead focals that Hanna made herself. The blue flower bead reminded me of a bell so I decided to use it as one of the dangles from a lariat necklace. The freshwater pearls she sent were really fun and I will work them into something at a later date.  I made sure to use pearls in my necklaces as a nod to the ones Hannah sent.

What I love about a lariat is that it can be worn so many different ways. There is no clasp. It’s like wearing a long scarf made with beads. The necklace is 52″ long so there is a lot of potential for variety. But the length made it a challenge to photograph in different styles of wear.

While I did not use some of the smaller handmade glass beads that Hanna sent, I made sure to add in several other lamp worked beads that I had been hoarding. The little carrot-like beads at the end of another dangle are from an experiment of mine with translucent polymer clay. (I wasn’t trying to make carrots!) The faceted yellow bi-cone beads that Hannah sent were what inspired me to work with the blue/yellow color scheme. The larger yellow bead at the end of the 4th dangle is a ceramic bead from Greece that I’ve had lying around for at least 20 years.  I had so much fun  embracing Lori Anderson’s hoarding theme when using the beads I had on hand.

(That is not dandruff on the mannequin’s black shirt. She has no head or hair! I ran outside to get these last minute photos and it was snowing. March in Maine, oh well.)

The next necklace is actually the first one I made the day after Hannah’s beads arrived. The beautiful glass heart was such a necessary reminder that spring was going to get here eventually. I knew right away I wanted to use some silk ribbon I’ve had  for several years. The clasp is a slider bead I designed from silver metal clay to use with these cords, so it too had been sitting around waiting to be considered again. (Hoarding theme!) The slider bead allows the necklace to be worn at several different lengths. I knew that pearls would really make the flower on the heart stand out so I used some large hole pearls I bought last year. The dark and light pink beads are resin, there are green flame worked beads (in this case not Hanna’s, but only because the holes in these were big enough to accommodate the silk ribbon), the pink and green saucer beads are unakite, and all of the silver beads are ones I made from precious metal clay.

Last of all the little brass dangles. Who doesn’t love a dangle?! I would hoard them too. They said “earrings” to me. I used two more of my translucent polymer experiment beads along with some pearls, glass and some of my handmade silver discs.

What a fun challenge this was. It did exactly what I think the Bead Soup party is intended to do. It got me back to blogging, stirred up some creative juices, and introduced me to new friends who love to design and make jewelry.  Below is a list with links to the other participants of the BSBP. I’ll be spending the weekend browsing through everyone’s work. Starting with my partner, Hanna Rossner, of course! (You can click on her name first too!)

Many many thanks to our wonderful hostess Lori Anderson.  She is an inspiration in countless ways, not the least of which is her ability to stay upbeat and connected while fighting a ferocious battle with Lyme disease. Hooray for her energy to revive the Bead Soup Blog Party!

All the rest of the lovely participants:

Carol Dillman

Alice Craddick

Janeen Burlingame

Leah Curtis

Ann Marie Hodrick

Donna Millard

Hajer Waheed Khalil

Lucy Clasen

Michelle McCarthy

Maria Rios
Babette Cox
Natalie Davidson
Brenda Ballou
Christina Hickman
Heather Gunther

Judy Jacobs

Elisabeth Matouschek

Shawn Elkins

Sally Russick

Susan McClelland

Kathleen A Breeding

Joyce Becker

Pam Farren

Divya N

Sherri Stokey

Terri DelSignore

Kate Gonska

Jean Wells

CJ Bauschka

Bonnie Coursolle

Barb Fernald

Noemí Baena

Dana Phillips

Karen Firnberg

Michelle  Escano Caballero

Natalie Ettinger

Valerie Norton

Rachel Mallis

Tracy Stillman

Robin Lynne Showstack

Marianne Baxter

Maria Rosa Sharrow

Therese Frank

Sandi Volpe

Leslie Scholz

Joan Williams

Laura Guenther

Liz Engriser


Bev Breisinger

Radel Vela

Kim Dworak

Denise Milward

Bobbie Rafferty

Vonna Maslanka

Elisabeth Auld

Hannah Rosner

Carla Fry

Terri Gauthier

Teresa Fischer

Tanya Goodwin

Barbara Judy

Leanne Loftus

Carrie Stalcup

Lori Schneider

Joelyn Bissing

Kate Dufour

Gail Poveda

Katie Nielsen-Nunez

Pam DeBoer

Dee Elgie

Helena Hatten

Jackie Ryan

Bridget Torres

Inge von Roos

Krafty Max

Iveth Caruso

Rebecca Ednie

Amy Severino

Sandra Wollberg

Blanca Medina

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Samantha Wescott

Christine Stonefield

Silke Groeber

Alenka Obid

Lori Bowring Michaud

April Grinaway

Yvette Goodridge

Kathy Lindemer

Sooz Anzalone

Karin King

Leona Smith

Tania Spivey

Jasvanti Patel

Danielle Kelley

Shai Williams

Jacqueline Marchant

Erin Kenny
Ann Schroeder

Klaudete Koon

Veralynne Malone

Lorelei Eurto

Ann  Sherwood

Jackie Locantore

Mowse Doyle

Dorit Woldenga

Cheri Reed

Dolores Raml

Palak Udeshi

Laurie Vyselaar

Heather Canepa

Dorothy Supri

Sharyl King

Elaine Robitaille

Heather Marston

Terry Matuszyk

Andra Weber

D’Arsie Manzella


Becky Pancake

Kelly Schermerhorn

Renetha Stanziano

Rana Wilson

Janine Lucas

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Andrea Glick

Joanne Bell

Sarah Strover

Sam Waghorn

Marianna DeLuca Wehner

Johana Nunez

Jenny Kyrlach

Elizabeth Hodges

Lennis Carrier

Candida Castleberry

Mary Govaars

Sandi James

Arlene Dean

Kristina Eleniak

Nan Smith

Nadine Edris

Denise McCabe

Donna Marie Hanna

Audrey Belanger

Nicole Rennell

Robin Reed

Gail Zwang

Terry Jeanette Carter

Donna Hoblit

Claire Fabian

Jennifer Strehler

Rochelle Brisson

Annita Wilson

Melissa Trudinger

Loralee Kolton

Valerie Tilghman

Mischelle Andrade

Elizabeth Bunn





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52 responses to “Reveal Day!

  1. Liz

    Your creations highlighted the beautiful beads you were sent just perfectly! I absolutely love lariats and agree photographing them is hard. So many possibilities. Your photography is wonderful. The silk softens the heart necklace so perfectly. What a beauty! As a fun little aside, I’m Hannah’s second partner :-)
    Liz at Bead Contagion


  2. All lovely – but oh, that lariat!!

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  3. Elisabeth Matouschek

    Very beautiful your creations – and you are right, lariats are so many ways to wear.

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  4. Hi Barb, I love your lariat. The blue flower Hannah made attracted my attention first. It is beautiful and you did it true justice. I like blue and yellow together. The green heart necklace is fabulous. Using the slider as a clasp to make it adjustable lengths is genius. It is my favorite of your designs. Kudos to you for using so much of your hoarded stash. Your transparent polymer beads are wonderful. The beads that you chose for the coin dangle earrings are perfect.


  5. The heart necklace is the prettiest thing!

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  6. Both of your necklaces and your earrings are beautiful. The second necklace definitely brings to mind spring. I love how you used the lampwork “bell” and the metal bells along with your super cute “carrots” in the first necklace. So pretty.

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  7. Love the colours in both your necklaces. The lariat is stunning. It was snowing when I took my photos too – spring can’t come soon enough.


  8. Love the colours of your necklaces! They look so clean to look at, as in that the make you feel relaxed ( I hope I make sense). As for the snow, we have been having snow as well these past few days, and I live in Spain!!


  9. Love those unique beads in the earrings, and the heart necklace is very sweet. That lariat, though! How amazing is that? And I laughed out loud about the dandruff comment — Rick and I want to retire to Maine (even though we’ve never even been there!) and I love snow.

    Thank you so much for participating again!

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    • Thanks, Lori. I love living in Maine, but it does get harder with age. Where we are spring won’t show up until the mid to end of April. Daffodils then!!
      (Make sure you visit before you decide to retire here!)
      Thank you so much for hosting the blog hop again. I think this has been my favorite time out of the 4 I’ve participated in. I love the bead hoarding theme, and found I kept using beads I had hoarded to make the piece with the beads my partner sent.


  10. Everything is so beautiful. I love lariats, and yours is gorgeous…the colors, and the treatment on the ends. Perfect! I love the softness of the heart necklace, too.

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  11. Maria Rosa Sharrow

    Both pieces are beautiful. The lariat necklace has so many points of interest I could just look at it for ages and discover something new. But I adore the necklace with the heart focal. It reminds me of spring it’s the colors of peach tulips and daffodils! Makes me long for warm weather and my garden to bloom! Simply beautiful.


  12. CJ Bauschka

    Wow both pieces are wonderful, the heart necklace is my favorite, love the colors a lot. Beautiful work.


  13. Gail Collier

    Very creative use of all the beads, Barb! Great job!!!!!

    Love, Gail



  14. What great use of the beads. The first necklace is so lush, I love all the blues. It reminds me of Greece where I currently live: blue sea, white houses with blue roofs, the beach, the mountains. Your second necklace screams spring: the soft green of leaves, the soft pinks of blossoms, pure bliss.

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  15. jv

    Hannah’s beads are amazing and you showcased her work beautifully. The green heart is my favorite but wait… I would so wear the lariat too! Goes with bluejeans and I have plenty of them! :) Thanks for sharing.

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  16. mixedmayhem

    Wow! I so love what you created, Barb. Lariat necklaces are so a favorite of mine. They really are like necklace scarfs. I’m also loving how you used the ribbon for the green necklace. I have a friend with a metal allergy and I was trying to think up a creative way to make a necklace for her, and that may be how I go about it! Beautiful work as always. ♥


    • Hi Bee. Thanks so much. It would be easy to find a wooden bead or resin bead or something non-metal to use as a slider on some ribbon. It seems to hold well. Always fun hearing from you.


  17. Wow! Your pieces are all absolutely gorgeous! That lariat is amazing… I may or may not have some necklace envy going on over here. ;)
    Seriously, though, I love everything you made. Those are colors that I don’t normally work in, but you made them sing! Beautifully done! :)

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  18. sam waghorn

    What can i say except Wow! love how you used all your beads and am a little bit awed by your stunning work.x

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  19. pearlyqueenbee

    Oh these are just beautiful you certainly were inspired I love both the necklaces the blue and yellow works so well and that green heart is just gorgeous and even some beads left for earrings, Wonderful creations.

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  20. I love the lariat! All of your pieces are beautiful!

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  21. Wow – I really love the blue/yellow necklace! It’s perfect – I may try my hand at something similar!

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  22. Ann

    Those are both great! My favorite is the heart one, it does scream spring something we’re all waiting for.

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  23. Patricia Boissevain

    woah Barb!!! what an amazing bunch of bead hoarders!! I can spend hours looking through all the photos. What a fun, fun project and LOOK at all those people that are involved! wow. A huge group. I saw Hanna’s pieces too and your beads are always REMARKABLE. Thanks for including me on the email.

    Love it.


    On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 8:45 AM, Barbara S Fernald Jewelry wrote:

    > Barb Fernald posted: ” I knew right away I would be making two necklaces > with these beautiful flame worked glass bead focals that Hanna made > herself. The blue flower bead reminded me of a bell so I decided to use it > as one of the dangles from a lariat necklace. Th” >


    • Trish! So glad you stopped by to look. It really was a fun project. I’ve spent most of yesterday afternoon and this afternoon looking through everyone’s work. People have such talent. I love when I see something really unexpected from a humble pile of beads. I still have more to check out.


  24. All your pieces are great. My favorite is the green necklace.

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  25. I love both your necklaces and earrings. You did a fabulous job!

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  26. Terri Del Signore

    You have been very busy and wonderfully creative with the beads you were sent! Nicely done!!

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  27. Your designs are so fun! Lovely work!

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  28. I love lariats and yours is so interesting and colorful! Love the other projects too.

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  29. Beautiful work! The color combinations are lovely.

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  30. Your pieces are all so lovely. I’m stricken with your lariat though. I love all the different ways you showed it could be worn. It makes me realize that I’ve never once made one. Yours is a real beauty!

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  31. joyce becker

    Great description of your journey. I both necklaces (you had such wonderful ingredients to work with) but esp love the lanyard – SOOO fun. I’m an earring nut, so of course love them too. All is wonderful.


  32. Okay, so I fell in love with the first lariat necklace and then you pleasantly surprised me with the second necklace which has a perfect color palette. You are so right that it looks just like spring. The lariat is fun in how many ways it can be worn but also in the multitude of individual beads – so interesting to look at! Terrific all around.


  33. Bobbie Rafferty

    Your pieces are all lovely, but that pink and green necklace is just the breath of spring I needed today, so thanks for sharing your talent so beautifully!


  34. Your necklaces and earring are amazing!!!
    I love the long necklace!!

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  35. Fabulous! Love your creations…you are one talented lady!


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