Fourth Bead Peeps Blog n Hop

Welcome to the fourth Bead Peeps Swap n Hop! My partner, Linda Anderson, organized it. Linda matched a group of jewelry designers with partners. We sent each other beads in order to create jewelry.

Linda sent me a wonderful bead soup (assortment of beads) including a ceramic focal bead by Michelle McCarthy. She also sent Czech beads, semiprecious stone beads, silver components, some sari silk, and glass pearls. The colors of the beads is fantastic. I love the turquoise with brown and gold.

I made two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a bracelet. I used everything except the sari silk and silver components.

Before starting I made lampwork beads in the same and coordinating colors. For many of the beads I used techniques I had learned in a recent class by Lisa Fletcher. I ended up making a lot of beads. I used a few of them in my first necklace. I strung a combination of my lampwork beads and beads from Linda, adding a copper clasp and handmade copper chain. The owl is by Michelle McCarthy.

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I used many of my lampwork beads in the second necklace. A variety of Czech beads and glass pearls from Linda completed the necklace.

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For the bracelet I used all the faceted beads and a semiprecious stone bead from Linda along with a few of my lampwork beads. The silver clasp is from Linda.

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The earrings were also made using a combination of my lampwork beads and Czech beads and glass pearls.

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I love how all my pieces turned out.

Thank you so much Linda for hosting this blog hop and for the beautiful beads you sent me!

Please visit the other Swap n Hop participant’s creations by clicking on Linda Anderson’s site and to see what she made with the beads I sent her.

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Fourth Annual Swap n Hop-My Beads Have Arrived

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After a delay, thanks to the landslide on our road being fixed, I finally received a wonderful package from Linda Anderson.

This is the fourth annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. My partner, Linda Anderson, organized it. Linda matched the participants with partners. We sent each other beads to create jewelry.

Linda sent me a very pretty variety of beads and other items for making jewelry. She included some beautiful silk, pearls, Czech beads, tiger eye, and some square crystals. The focal piece is ceramic, made by Michelle McCarthy.

I love the colors of turquoise, brown, gold, and a little silver. I see a bracelet for my cousin in my future. She loves bling and bracelets. The square crystals are perfect for this. The ceramic owl will be a great focal of a necklace. There are plenty of beads for earrings for my sisters. I am not sure what to do with the silk. The reveal will be on March 26. I need to get busy!

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Fourth Annual Bead Peeps Swap n’ Hop-about my partner

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I am participating in the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop. This year Linda Anderson, the host, is my partner! Linda has done all the hard work of pairing the participants with other jewellery designers. We will send our partner a package of beads, a clasp, and a focal piece. We will then make jewellery with the items received.

Linda Anderson lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. She is a jewelry artist who makes all types of jewelry including beaded, crocheted, multi-strands, hand knotted pearls, and chainmaille. She enjoys creating pieces that go with more than one style of clothing and are unique to the individual wearing it.

Linda uses art beads in her jewelry. She made this beautiful necklace using a handmade copper butterfly and Swarovski crystals.

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Linda also used crystals to make these earrings.

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This piece was featured in Beadwork magazine. Linda has had jewelry pieces published in several magazines.

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Linda made this bracelet using a handmade ceramic bracelet bar.

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Linda’s jewelry is available for purchase on Etsy and Facebook jewelrymakers open market:

Linda’s jewelry can also be seen on Instagram.

I hope Linda will enjoy using the beads I am getting ready to send to her. I am sure I will like what she sends me.

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Bead Camp December, 2017

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In December I attended Bead Camp in Nokomis, Florida.

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The teacher of the 5-day class was Corina Tettinger. Corina demonstrated many techniques including ones from from her seminal book “Passing the Flame”. She was generous with her time and in the evenings taught us more fun techniques such as making ribbon cane, leaves, and fish.

Here are some of the demo beads Corina made during the class.

The fabulous hosts of Beadcamp were Marley and Jetze Beers. We all stayed on their properties. They provided breakfasts, some dinners, and rides to class, meals, and the beach.

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Now that I’ve experienced Beadcamp I would love to return. Unfortunately, this is the last season as Marley and Jetze are retiring.

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Third Bead Peeps Swap n Hop

Welcome to the third annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. Linda Anderson again organized it. Linda matched the participants with partners. We sent each other beads to create jewelry. My partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson .

Kelly sent me a wonderful bead soup. The picture doesn’t do justice to the fantastic raku cabachon made by WondrousStrange. It is more detailed and has a muted gold shine. Kelly also included some beautiful sari silk, pearls, and a copper key-shaped finding.

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The fun of bead swaps are that you are placed out of your comfort zone by working with colors and/or materials you are not used to. Sari silk was challenging for me as I have rarely worked with it. Incorporating the pearls with the sari silk was also challenging. I didn’t know how I was going to set the cabachon.

I ended up making a necklace. I used everything except the copper key. I also made lampwork beads in coordinating colors. I started the necklace by chemically bonding a bail to the cabachon. I strung it on to the sari silk. I made small circles of the pearls with copper wire. I strung those and my lampwork beads on to the sari silk and made knots in between beads. I bought the interesting clasp from a local bead shop, Sew Beadazzled.

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I love how it turned out. I wore it yesterday and was complimented.

Thank you Linda for organizing the swap!

Thank you Kelly for these wonderful beads!

Please visit the other Swap n Hop participant’s creations by clicking on Linda Anderson’s site. Be sure to also visit Kelly’s site to see what she made with the beads I sent her. Kelly and another jewelry maker made jewelry with almost the same items as she sent me. What fun!

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Ninth Bead Soup Blog Party- Bead Hoarders Edition

Welcome to the Ninth Bead Soup Blog Party! Lori Anderson organized it.  Lori matched all of us up with partners. We sent each other beads that we had been hoarding in order to create jewelry. According to Lori “I would like to start 2017 by opening our hearts to hope and beauty and true gift-giving. I don’t want people to send just anything, but something they love and would imagine brightening the day of someone. The beads do not have to be expensive, but should be exceptional in some way”.

My partner is Terry Murphy Matuszyk. Terry sent me this gorgeous and exceptional bead soup including two raku pendants by Harry Wood along with an assortment of vintage Czech and Japanese beads. I love the colors of these beads.

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I made two necklaces using each pendant as the focal.

I made a silver wirework necklace using the heart focal with the vintage Czech and Japanese beads from Terry and a few of my lampwork beads. I am happy with the necklace, but plan to apply a patina for a more rustic look.

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I used the house pendant for the second necklace, which is my favorite. I strung a combination of my lampwork beads and beads from Terry, adding a copper clasp and chain.

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Thank you Terry, for these wonderful beads! They truly are exceptional and I enjoyed using them very much.

Be sure and check out what Terry made with the beads I sent her. You can see what she made here. Please visit the other Bead Soup Party participant’s creations by clicking on Lori Anderson’s site.

 

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Third Annual Swap n Hop-My Beads Have Arrived

When I arrived home yesterday I found, to my delight, a package from Kelly Hosford Patterson.

This is the third annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. Linda Anderson again organized it. Linda matched the participants with partners. We sent each other beads to create jewelry. My partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson.

Kelly sent me a very cool variety of beads and other items for making jewelry. She included some beautiful sari silk, pearls, and a copper key-shaped finding. The focal piece is raku, made by WondrousStrange.

This wonderful assortment presents several challenges for me. How shall I use the sari silk? The focal piece is a cabachon. How will I turn it into a pendant? How will I use the key-shaped copper piece? The reveal will be on April 8. It’s time to get busy!

 

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