Bead Soup Group

The Bead Soup is a blog that organizes a bead swap.  I rarely participate in swaps.  One of the main reasons I do not is because I usually feel like I  put more in than I get out.  Well, not this time.  My swap partner, Michele Hardy blew me out of the water.

Bead Soup

Bead Soup

In the swap we are supposed to send a clasp, accent beads and a focal bead.  My focal bead is to die for.  I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeealllllllllllllllly love it and find it very inspiring.  After mine arrived, I started to doubt what I sent.  Part of the mission of bead soup is to get you out of your box.  After viewing Michele’s blog I noticed she worked in dark metals and earth tones.  So I made clay pieces using a Mokume Gane technique in bright pink, orange and yellow and added silver findings.  I might be waaaaay outside of the box.  I hope not.  I really look forward to seeing her creation.

About nikimeiners

Friend, Wife, Mom and an all around crafty old soul. Artist, Writer, Creative Director and Style Maker. Lover of old, fond of the new. Craver of excitement, establisher of the calm. My website Bio- Growing up in a small mid-western town, Niki Meiners was surrounded by a modest, resourceful and very entrepreneurial family. Her simple upbringing spurred her "Can do" attitude and gave her the confidence to try any challenge placed before her. She knew there was more out there than just her small town and set off after high school to explore the world. It was through these travels that she discovered her love of art and her desire to make the world a prettier place. It was not until she suffered a paralyzing illness that she realized she wanted to reconsider her corporate career as a Chief Paper Pusher, and her thoughts immediately turned to her first passion, art. In 2003 she began an odyssey that would take her from product design to publication and everywhere in between. She is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Niki is an Idea Architect, easily outlining every project from concept to completion. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional and her in depth knowledge of the industry allows her to produce projects with a specific understanding of both the consumers and the manufacturers. This knowledge has allowed her work to be featured in the industries leading craft and lifestyle publications and manufacturers’ websites. nikimeiners at
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