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!