Not only that, but bead soup contains zero calories! Doesn’t that sound impossibly fantastic?
I must confess that I actually stole the bead soup idea from one of Dwyn’s recent Instagram posts, for beadfxbeads (it also posted our Facebook page). She was making a video for the store, but had a leetle beading accident, and ended up with a pile of bead soup! Okay, she didn’t call it an accident, but the story sounds better that way. LOL!
Anyway, one lucky reader quickly guessed the right answer, and ended up with the pile, so all is good!
Bead soup for me, is always a happy accident! Most of you know that I’m an intuitive beader! I bead what I like, when I like, and often in a totally disorganized manner. I’m really not disorganized, but just an intuitive artist. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
I generally start my projects with a colour scheme. Then I source my materials, collect them in one central location, then review the content. Hmm, that sounds too organized! In reality, I pull them out of the stash, pile them on a tray, take stock, then decide what I need to add. BeadFX is the answer to most of my bead gaps, so a shopping I will go!!
I’m a design-on-the-fly designer! I need colour, and I need to see all of my beads, before I start to work on a project. Intuitive bead embroidery, and freeform peyote are two of my favourites!!! Both require a ton of beads! It’s impossible to keep all of those tiny beads in neat little piles, but not to worry! At the end of the project, you just sweep them up, and there you have it! Personalized bead soup!
My recipe for bead soup, is definitely not exact, as I always leave room for artistic license! My base is always size 15, 11, and 8 seed beads. To that mix, I might add Delicas (in various sizes), then perhaps drops, cubes, triangles, bugles, Firepolish (3 & 4 mm), pearls and stones. But what about Dragon Scales, O beads, hexes, wood, flowers, leaves, Czech glass, Uncle Glen mixes, metal, and a button or two? They could add an interesting flavour!
Hint, hint! If you plan to take any of my beading workshops, don’t be surprised if you end up with a messy pile of soup! I’m an enabler, and proud of it!!!
There are other options for those of you that do not share my intuitive bead-style! Beadfx sells both Toho, and our own hand mixed, Auntie Gwen mixes. But if that’s not enough, we also have seed bead, and other glass combos in the Czech line! You could take your colour cues from the mixes, then add a little more excitement, with some of the other goodies I mentioned above! When you cook with pre-packaged food, aren’t you tempted to add a little extra, to make it your own? That’s what puts the P in Pizzazz!!
Homemade bead soup will warm your soul, kickstart your creativity, and keep your coming back for more! Dive right in! The soup is delicious, and there’s sure to be enough leftovers for another day!!