Bead Camp December, 2017


In December I attended Bead Camp in Nokomis, Florida.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Ninth Bead Soup Blog Party-Bead Hoarders Edition. My bead soup has arrived.


I am participating in the ninth bead soup blog party organized by Lori Anderson. The eighth bead soup party was in 2014. Lori has had health problems and is finally feeling well enough to give it another go.


We participants got paired with each other and put together and swapped a “bead soup” made from a special focal bead and some coordinating beads that we had been hoarding. No shortage of hoarded beads here! Now my partner, Terry Matuszyk, and I (along with the other participants) will make one or more special pieces of jewelry from the bead soup.


Terry has collected and sold vintage costume jewelry for many years. In 2009 she started making jewelry and enjoys using vintage beads. She included both vintage Japanese beads and Czech beads in the soup she sent me. The beads and and colors are fantastic! She also sent two wonderful Raku focal beads made by Harry Wood.






Terry also included a gift of a pair of pretty and unusual earrings that she had made.




Thank you so much, Terry. I love them all.



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Third Annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop- My Partner


I am participating in the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop, hosted by Linda Anderson, for the third time. Again, participants have been paired up with other jewellery designers and each will send the other a package of beads, a clasp, and a focal piece. Participants then create one or more pieces of jewellery with the items received.

My partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson of PyxeeStyx – Traveling SideShow. Kelly lives in Long Beach, California.  She is a mixed media textural artist specializing in eco-couture and artisan jewelry. Kelly enjoys creating whimsical one-of-a-kind pieces, collage style, out of whatever supplies she has on hand. She would like to inspire others to “go green” with her creative recycling ideas.

Kelly uses art beads in her jewelry. For these earrings Kelly used a mix of free-form lampwork glass pebbles, made by Leza Harary, in shades of cotton candy skies and lively Cabernet red. She also used horn beads. All were “stacked wabi sabi atop fruity and festive enameled paddles by Barbara Steffen with murini patterns reminiscent of citrus wheels. Accented with tufts of tattered sari silk in rich Merlot, they hang 3 inches long on handmade copper ear wires.”


Kelly made this necklace using a little heart tin that was a treasured gift from one of her girls when she was a camp counselor at around age 14.
“The little poppy tin has been upcycled and transformed with handmade artisan paper, and Guilder’s Paste. The first coin, a vintage Asian one, is placed within, to begin the flow of prosperity.
Hung on tattered, printed sari silk, knotted with large Venetian glass swirled floats, and chunky vintage beads withe the Chinese symbol for longevity, deeply carved into them. The Kanji for Peace is carved in bone, and guarded by a Chinese Foo dog in the form of a vintage brass casting, with a rich red patina, and accented with antique Chinese silver bells.
An African bronze cage bead, and an African glass trade bead round out the mix. Finishing with a flourish of double red tassels. It closes with a hand formed copper hook and sari silk loop. The beaded silk cord is 30 inches long, and the vessel pendant hangs 8 inches from the top of the center bead down.”


Kelly made this beautiful necklace out of copper.


Kelly’s jewelry is available for purchase on Etsy and Facebook jewelry designer’s open market:

Kelly’s jewelry can also be seen on Instagram.

I hope Kelly will enjoy using the beads I send her. I am sure I will like what she sends me.

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Second Bead Peeps Swap n Hop

This is the second 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 Claire Fabian.

Claire sent me a wonderful soup including some ceramic beads and a copper clasp she made herself. There are a variety of great glass beads, mostly from the Czech Republic. There are also stone and ceramic beads. Claire included some beautiful sari silk and lace.


I made 3 necklaces.

For my first necklace I used many of the Czech glass beads as well as the ceramic focal bead and copper clasp from Claire. I added some of my own lampwork beads and more Czech beads. I made the front of the necklace using a macrame technique I learned from Stephanie Sersich. I first used some of the sari silk for the back, but found it needed something heavier so I used chain. I love this necklace and plan to wear it often.


For my second necklace I made a focal pendant with one of my lampwork beads and a copper and resin pendant by Jade Scott.  A variety of Czech beads from Claire completed the necklace. This is my favorite. It is light and easy to wear.



For my third necklace I used a variety of beads from Claire, a few of my lampwork beads, and handmade copper chain. Claire made the ceramic focal beads.



Thank you Claire for these wonderful beads. I still have some left over. I plan to make earrings with the cool insect wings.

Please visit the other Swap n Hop participant’s creations by clicking on Linda Anderson’s site.

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