Bead Soup Swap and Create

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!


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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12 Responses to Bead Soup Swap and Create

  1. Becky Pancake says:

    Hi Inge, My favorite necklace is the first one. The pink quartz looks lovely with the copper. I will remember that combination for future projects. The peacock clasp is beautiful and I like the red shell beads with the turquoise. Great job.

  2. loreleieurto says:

    Gorgeous! My favorite is the red and teal necklace. I color combo I am loving right now as the weather warms up.

  3. I love all of the necklaces. Your choices of colors for each really makes them special. Great eye for color~

  4. Whoa!!! You made those beads look sparkle-tastic, Inge!! Even my silly little sprinkles resin heart made an AWESOME necklace with all those lovely colorful beads you made. I’m so happy that you were happy with the bead soup that I sent your way. I was worried since this was my 1st time participating that I wouldn’t have enough goodies unpacked to be thrilling to anyone besides me. lol. I can’t pick a fav, but I love the rose quartz heart necklace and the cute resin heart necklace the best. All are wonderful. Thank you again for all those beautiful beads! Sparkle on!

  5. Pamela Eller Traub says:

    Love all of your lovely pieces. The heart necklace I think is my favorite.

  6. Shai Williams says:

    Beautiful work! Love how you combined her beads with ones you had made.

  7. Hope Smitherman says:

    What a really beautiful reveal. I’m in awe over how beautiful your lampwork beads fit in with everything so well. Those sparkly dicroic ones are especially eye-catching. Who am I kidding? They’re ALL eye-catching.

  8. jewelsofsayuri says:

    The second necklace is indeed musical. I dont really like light pink or mustard but this piece is gorgeous.

  9. Robin Kae Reed says:

    Beautiful designs, the very springy one is my favorite!! They’re all really Fantastic!!!

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  11. Elisabeth says:

    Beautiful pieces – the red and turquoise is my fave 🙂

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