Fifth Bead Peeps Blog n Hop


Welcome to the fifth Bead Peeps Swap n Hop! Linda Anderson organized it. Just as in prior years, Linda matched a group of jewelry designers with partners. We sent each other beads in order to create jewelry.

This year my partner is Lois Sherwood. Lois live in Austin, Texas and makes lampwork beads as well as jewelry. Lois sent me a wonderful assortment of beads she had made in cool colors. She also sent a handmade clasp, wire, a neck piece, and complementary glass beads. A fantastic bead soup!


I made 2 necklaces and a pair of earrings.

For my first necklace I used most of the colorful lampwork  beads, the black coin-shaped beads, and the handmade clasp from Lois. I added only 2 of my own lampwork beads. I love this necklace and plan to wear it often.


For my second necklace I made a pendant with the focal lampwork bead from Lois. It is perfect on the neck piece. A variety of glass beads, wire, and a lampwork bead from Lois completed the necklace. I also added a charm that I had made out of copper clay. The necklace is light and easy to wear.

The earrings match the second necklace.


I love how all my pieces turned out. What fun!

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



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 Fifth Bead Peeps Blog n Hop

  1. Hope Smitherman says:

    What fun indeed! I love the bright colors of the beads you received and how you were able to combine them together to make a necklace. As well, your necklace and earring set is great.

  2. Marianne says:

    Love all the colors in the necklace. Really fun.

  3. Nadine says:

    Your lampwork bead necklace is like a carnival! So bright and colorful.

  4. That lamp work necklace is awesome – so bright & fun!!

  5. Penny Jane says:

    Whoa! The colours and life in your first necklace absolutetly ZING! Really lovely makes all round.

  6. Rosantia Petkova says:

    Wow, that first lampwork necklace is such a treasure! It fills me with joy just looking at it! The pendant and earrings set is so beautiful – the dangles add some playfulness to the pendant 🙂

  7. Catherine says:

    Love the fun and whimsical lampwork necklace!

  8. Linda says:

    Inge – Your pieces are DELIGHTFUL! They’re so cute and fun! I’m in LOVE with that first colorful necklace….you’ll be able to wear that with just about anything! I’m so jealous! 😀 Absolutely GORGEOUS work!

  9. Kari Asbury says:

    Love all the colorful beads strung together! It’s like a perfectly delightful carnival! Gorgeous work as always Inge!

  10. ingetraud says:

    Thank you. And thank you for all your work on the swap and hop. Lots of fun!

  11. Luv the whimsy of the lampwork necklace and the green earrings are adorable.

  12. Love your colour combos. I am very impressed with all talented people you have taken classes with. Great job on all your pieces

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