Lori McDaniel Anderson organized the bead swap. Lori matched jewelry designers with partners. We sent each other beads in order to create jewelry. Lots of fun!
My partner is Monica Dockery. Monica lives in Lexington, Kentucky and has been making jewelry for over 10 years. She loves using beads that sparkle. Monica also teaches beading and gives beading parties. She has video tutorials on her YouTube channel.
Monica sent me a wonderful assortment of beads. There were beads made of clay, metal, stone, and glass. The glass beads included lampworked and Czech beads. There was a plethora of different cool clasps and some interesting keys. She made a pretty, sparkly heart pendant. A super fun bead soup!
I made four necklaces. I used a combination of Monica’s beads and my beads in each.
For the first necklace I made a focal out of a carved stone bead from Monica and a lampwork bead I had made. I love the colors she chose.
I used a lovely pink quartz focal bead from Monica for the second necklace. I love the Czech flower and heart beads she had sent me. Notice the cute owl clasp and copper beads from Monica.
Monica made a sweet, sparkly pendant using sprinkles and glitter. On the back of the pendant it says “You are the sparkle in my sprinkles”. I decided to make lampwork beads with dichroic glass for maximum sparkle to match the pendant. I also used some Swarovski crystal beads. The lampwork hearts with sparkly goldstone and the ceramic beads were from Monica. I wirewrapped the beads with silver.
I loved the two carved turquoise beads Monica sent me. I finally thought of a necklace design using them. I used lampwork beads I had made and dyed shell beads. The cool peacock clasp is from Monica.
I love how all my pieces turned out. What fun! Be sure to go to Monica’s site and YouTube channel to see what she made with the beads I sent her.
Thank you so much Lori for hosting this swap. Thank you Monica for the wonderful beads you sent me!