My Swap n Hop beads have arrived.

Last week a package arrived in the mail. Inside were lots of items in small zip-lock bags wrapped in colorful tissue paper.

My Swap n Hop beads from Deb Fortin! Inside were a wonderful variety of beads, including 7 possible focal beads, semiprecious stone beads, lampwork beads, pearls, shell beads, branch coral, and a handmade clasp by Deb. Deb formed the clasp out of copper. The possible focal beads were of bronze (from bronze clay) made by Deb, lampwork, and semiprecious stone.  The beads I received are great and I am thinking about a number of different combinations.


This is the first Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. There are around 200 participants. We participants got paired with each other and put together and swapped some beads including a special focal bead, some coordinating beads, possibly some components, and a special clasp. Now Deb and I and the other participants will make a special piece of jewelry from the swap items. Our creations will be shared on our blogs on May 2.

Here are the swap items I sent to Deb:



I sent a variety of focal beads and smaller beads, all lampwork made by me. I also sent Deb crystals, Czech beads, a sterling silver clasp, and other glass beads. I hope Deb likes them as much as I like hers.

Thank you, Deb, for your generosity and wonderful variety.


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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3 Responses to My Swap n Hop beads have arrived.

  1. Wow, I don’t know which set of beads I like the best. Both are wonderful! You will be making some beautiful things!

  2. Marica Zammit says:

    Wow! Gorgeous gorgeous beads. You’re both going to create some exceptional pieces with them.

    Can’t wait to see what you make 🙂

    Bead Lovelies

  3. Pingback: First Bead Peeps Swap n Hop | Inge's Blog

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