Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Mix

Look what came in the mail.

Bead soup

  I wasn't sure if I would be lucky enough to get a bead soup sent from Kalmbach, but it appears I was. It was super exciting to get an envelope with the big sunburst sticker.

Bead soup

Ironically, my bead soup came from a bead shop called Heirloom Classics in Indianapolis. While I had never heard of the shop, I recognized the address as a place I had shopped at and taken lampworking classes from JC Herrell and Jari Sheese (the previous bead shop owner) before. The Fountain Square area is a very interesting place with very good food nearby. The building itself is gorgeous and bright.

Bead soup

Here's a close-up of the focal and clasp I received. I LOVE that clasp so much! And I love how the shape of the focal and clasp are rounded off triangles...or fans? I don't think I've ever used that shape before.

Focal and clasp

I already have a few ideas of what I want to do to play off the shapes of the focal and clasp.


Barbara Lewis

Very cool bead soup! Great colors for a fall creation!


I can't wait to see what you do! Guess What I got one too!!!!!

Erin Prais-Hintz

How cool! I look forward to seeing what you whip up with this pretty soup! Enjoy the day, Miss Jen! Erin


That clasp immediately caught my eye! Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Robin Kae Reed

Hi, I just saw the Bead Soup pictures that some people got. I was so disappointed to find the contest was over. Kalmbach books told me to check you out. Maybe I can get in the next bead soup contest. Can I Please, Please, PLEASE!?!?!? I am a beader and own my own small business. We do art and craft shows in the Northern Indiana area. I would be so excited to get in on the next Bead Soup. Thanks Robin


Hi Robin! Lori Anderson is the one you want to contact about the bead soup party, but the next one isn't until early 2013. I would recommend going to this page for more info: http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/ You can also ask to join the fb group Bead Soup Cafe.

Lori Anderson

LOVE IT! I got mine today (with a PINK sticker!)

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