Fourth Bead Peeps Blog n Hop

Welcome to the fourth Bead Peeps Swap n Hop! My partner, Linda Anderson, organized it. Linda matched a group of jewelry designers with partners. We sent each other beads in order to create jewelry.

Linda sent me a wonderful bead soup (assortment of beads) including a ceramic focal bead by Michelle McCarthy. She also sent Czech beads, semiprecious stone beads, silver components, some sari silk, and glass pearls. The colors of the beads is fantastic. I love the turquoise with brown and gold.

I made two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a bracelet. I used everything except the sari silk and silver components.

Before starting I made lampwork beads in the same and coordinating colors. For many of the beads I used techniques I had learned in a recent class by Lisa Fletcher. I ended up making a lot of beads. I used a few of them in my first necklace. I strung a combination of my lampwork beads and beads from Linda, adding a copper clasp and handmade copper chain. The owl is by Michelle McCarthy.




I used many of my lampwork beads in the second necklace. A variety of Czech beads and glass pearls from Linda completed the necklace.



For the bracelet I used all the faceted beads and a semiprecious stone bead from Linda along with a few of my lampwork beads. The silver clasp is from Linda.


The earrings were also made using a combination of my lampwork beads and Czech beads and glass pearls.


I love how all my pieces turned out.

Thank you so much Linda for hosting this blog hop and for the beautiful beads you sent me!

Please visit the other Swap n Hop participant’s creations by clicking on Linda Anderson’s site and to see what she made with the beads I sent her.

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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15 Responses to Fourth Bead Peeps Blog n Hop

  1. Wow! Such beautiful colors….Love that owl necklace!

  2. Hope Smitherman says:

    That color scheme is just dreamy! I adore the beads you made to match it. And, I can’t resist an owl! You created some real treasures for this challenge, and made it look easy!

  3. Linda says:

    HO-LY WOW! You kicked butt and took NAMES! Your pieces are STUNNING! I can’t decide which necklace I love more….AB-SOL-UTELY GORGEOUS! 🎉🍒💞

  4. Kari Asbury says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS Inge! I love all your designs but that owl with your stunning beads is just divine!

  5. jewelsofsayuri says:

    That chain is fabulous. I love how the rich reds go with the cooling blues of your beautiful lampwork beads

  6. Nadine Edris says:

    One of my favorite color palettes and your lampwork beads are magnificent along with that owl focal. Lovely pieces!!

  7. Love Michele McCarthy’s beads and love how you used her owl! You make awesome lampwork beads!

  8. Wow! Those necklaces are simply stunning! Using all that lampwork along with the goodies that Linda sent really made for some jewelry that really catches and holds the eyes.

  9. Beautiful pieces, love the colors, especially the earrings

  10. Gasp!
    Your pieces are stunning! The work and care that you’ve put into them really shines through. From the coordinating lampwork beads to the hand made chain. A true artisan.

  11. The necklace with the owl focal is so beautiful, your beads complement it well and that chain is just awesome, love the big links! Your lampwork beads are fantastic, so cool you made some just for the swap!

  12. Dry Gulch says:

    Fantastic designs, and I love the unique lampwork shapes you created. That copper chain is amazing too. 🙂

  13. Love the yummy colours.. great job Inge.. great job

  14. I think you did Linda proud. I love how free you were in the design of the double necklace.

  15. nice job!!! love the owl

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