Second Annual Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop


Laurie Anderson  challenged us again to use some of the beads we have been hoarding and make some jewelry.

Since last year I still enjoy shopping for beads, but have been spending more time making lampwork beads. I have also been collecting more beads by my favorite beadmakers.

Last July I attended the Gathering of The International Society of Glass Beadmakers in Houston. While there, I purchased a beautiful focal bead by Stephanie Sersich, whose work I have long admired. The bead is very large and did not look right on a chain. I decided to make matching lampwork spacer beads for a necklace. I made the beads out of Bullseye glass, which Stephanie also uses.


I felt such a substantial necklace needed a large clasp. Luckily I had been hoarding a beautiful handmade clasp by Cheri Reed. I received the clasp in a handmade gift exchange two years ago.


Here is the list of the other artists participating. Be sure to visit the other blogs in this hop to see their handmade jewelry:

Lori Anderson  (Hostess)
Audrey Belanger
Jenny Kyrlach
Kathy Lindemer
Lori Schneider
Dee Elgie
Dolores Raml
Rebecca Ednie Http://
Lili Krist
Marybeth Rich
Hannah Rosner
Nicole Prince
Deana Hager
Jackie Ryan
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Mowse Doyle
Evelyn Shelby
Lisa Johnson
Terri Gauthier
Patti Pruhs
Shai Williams
Andrea Glick
K Hutchinson
Marci Brooks
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Jasvanti Patel
Laurie Vyselaar
Lisa Knappenberger
Mary Lindell
Niky Sayers
Sandra McGriff
Patricia Handschuh
Erin Prais-Hintz
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kathleen Breeding
Monique Urquhart
Jackie Locantore
Sheryl Stephens
Becky Pancake
Mona Arnott
Michelle Escano
Denise McCabe
Carolyn Lawson
Sheila Prose
Kim Dworak
Iveth Caruso
Deborah Apodaca
Elizabeth Bunn
Janine Lucas
Kari Asbury
Inge von Roos
Divya N
Debbie Rasmussen
Klaudete Koon
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp
Ginger Bishop
Kelly Schermerhorn
Mischelle Andrade 
Sue Kelly
Rachel Mallis!Blog/c1jlz
Susan McClelland
Mary K McGraw
Tania Spivey
Stephanie Perry
Mitzie Crider
Nicole Rennell
Nicole Valentine
Karen Mitchell
Tammy Adams
Patty Miller
Blanca Medina
Stephanie Haussler
Roxanne Mendoza
Claire Fabian
Bridget Torres
Donetta Farrington
Lee Koopman
Deb Fortin
Susan Walls
Cece Cormier
Heather Otto
Lizzie Clarke
Elizabeth Hodges
Fay Wolfenden
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Nan Smith
Jayne Capps
Robin Kae Reed                                
Melissa Trudinger                            
Regina Wood                                        

About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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20 Responses to Second Annual Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop

  1. Tammy Adams says:

    What a lovely bright happy necklace design. Reminds me of candy.

  2. What a darling little necklace, so bright and cheerful !

  3. Terri G. says:

    Beautiful and vibrant design! Way to go with the un-hoarding!!

  4. Karen M says:

    Lovely necklace! It has a fun Summery feel to it.

  5. Great job… love the red

  6. Ginger B. says:

    What a fun, happy piece. I love it.

  7. Donetta says:

    Your necklace makes me happy…I think any day wearing it would be a great day!

  8. Stephanie has to be one of my favorites and if you saw the number of beads I own of hers, you’d freak. The problem is, she has such a touch herself, I don’t know what to do with them other than put them in a shadow box! Maybe I’ll try what you did and make a bunch of spacers (and practice my sizing!).


    Thank you so much for participating, and don’t forget to post your pieces in the special Pinterest board,, and join the Facebook group (also welcome to your friends) — hope to see you at other hops!

  9. Kelly says:

    Her glass beads are tangible joy. And your glass beads go perfect with the focal. I would think you’ll find yourself smiling all day while wearing this cheerful necklace.

  10. KJ says:

    What a wonderful treat- those colors are eye catching and I just love them. I am sure that wearing this will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

  11. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your work with us. Stephanie’s beads sure are lovely, aren’t they?

  12. Kari Asbury says:

    Love it! So bright and cheerful. It’s always wonderful to see your work 🙂

  13. What a fantastic focal! I love it. I like the way you started with the lighter beads to draw out the colors in the center and then worked into the darker color. It’s a great piece.

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  15. Gorgeous happy colors what a beautiful uplifting necklace!

  16. Hi Inge, Your necklace is beautiful. I am impressed with how many of the spacers you were able to make exactly the same. Great job.

  17. beadlove says:

    This is a beautiful necklace. I love the beads you made to go with the focal – so bright and happy!

  18. What a beautiful pendant and what a beautiful necklace you made with it. So bright and cheerful. All the beads work so well with each other.

  19. Elizabeth Hodges says:

    What a fun, happy necklace!

  20. Mona Arnott says:

    Bright and cheerful!

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