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.