Sunday, May 15, 2016

The 2016 Swap N Hop!

                          The time has come again for the annual Bead Peeps SWAP N HOP!

I asked to be paired with someone overseas for this swap and was so very delighted to be matched up with Rozantia Petkova from Sofia,Bulgaria!  Such a talented designer and I MUST add wire wrapper!

When my my beady goodness arrived I could hardly contain my elation!  Inside the package was a really cool metal box that contained the drool worthy swap!  She not only sent me some scrumptious lampwork beads, gemstones, a cool copper clasp, and an artisan ceramic pendant, BUT, she included something that I coveted!  One of her wire wrapped pieces of sea glass!  How lucky was and am I?! By the way, I used every single bead!  Thank you  Rozantia!  Please make sure you visit Rozantia's blog too...Here is the link...Rosantia Petkova

Here is what I sent to Rozantia...

Take a gander at the deliciousness that I received from Rozantia...

To this I added beads and copper findings from my bead stash to create all the pieces I would like to share with you in this chapter of my blog.

The first piece I designed was the Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Goddess Necklace.

Using the wire wrapped sea glass pendant I added pale green sea glass beads, matte green jasper that   matches the pendant, crystal, crystal encrusted copper color pewter, and copper daisy shaped pewter spacer beads.  

  For the rest of the pieces I tried a new technique, Fire Painting Copper!  Yes, the person that almost lost her fingers due to mishandling a soldering iron used a TORCH to paint copper!  Unbelievable as it seems I didn't burn any fingers OR hair.  I am HOOKED!!!

When the flame hits the metal the colors are very intense.  Just as a watercolorist dips a brush into water and paint the colors are never exact so each piece of copper will never be exactly the same!

Next I decided to make some earrings that can be worn with this necklace.  

 The pair on the left was made using fire painted copper chain and copper wire along with the delicate Czech glass drops beads.  The paler green sea glass pair of earrings was also made with fire painted copper that  I wire wrapped to showcase the winged shaped pieces and added a fire polished bead to the top of each earring.  Finally, I made the third pair of earrings with the lampwork beads and fire painted copper daisy spacers.   All three pairs of earrings are on copper plated lever back ear wires.

My ode to the 60's and 70's is The Flower Power Necklace!

To the beautiful ceramic focal piece and gemstones I added a randomly wired and hammered copper piece that I made and wrapped with the fire painted wire and firepolished Czech beads, fire painted   flowers, matte jade beads, and more of the Czech firepolished beads.  Completing the look are copper daisy spacer beads, antiqued copper plated tubes and lobster claw clasp and copper plated jump rings.

Now for the matching earrings! 

In these two pairs of earrings you can actually see how the fire painted copper looks.  To the pair of gemstone beads I added fire painted copper chain and fire painted copper end caps.  For the Czech glass owl earrings I again added the fire painted chain and copper filigree stampings that I again fire painted.  I also added the fire painted wire and copper plated lever back ear wires.
 For the pair on the left I added to the gemstones fire painted copper drops and fire painted wires and findings in the middle.  The pair of earring on the right I made using the matte jade beads and gemstones and fire painted copper flowers.  Both pairs have copper plated lever back ear wires.

  This pair of Czech flower beads and matte jade beads and copper daisy spacers earrings hang off hammered and fire painted copper washers.

  Finally, these earrings, made of gemstone and matte jade beads have a fire painted bead cap and copper plated lever back ear wires.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my creations and blog.  A very special thank you to our Hostess Linda Anderson for coordinating all of the Bead Peeps!
Here is a link to everyone that participated in this year's Swap N Hop!          

Linda Anderson - Hostess -
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher) Krafty Max


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Bead Peeps 2nd annual Swap 'n Hop!

     I would like to take a few minutes away from my unpacking of tons of beads in my new
home to introduce you to my new partner in crime for this challenge, Rozantia Petkova!
I had signed up for an international partner and to my surprise was rewarded with the
very creative Rozantia, who is from Sofia, Bulgaria. Rozantia has been going out of the
box shall we say and trying new techniques and mastering them all!

     I am so very happy that she was able to check out my work and even introducing them to
her followers in her blog while I was busy trying to find a new place to live because I was so
crazed looking that I didn't have time to discuss our mutual love of choosing beads, design
and creating the finished pieces. I also couldn't believe my eyes when I read how she goes
about creating her wire wrapped pieces since I often make quick sketches when designing,
even though a lot of them are in my head.

I too, have taken the liberty of posting some of my favorite pieces of hers!

Rozantia made the above for Baba Marta Day-a Bulgarian holiday-and it is so colorful and cheerful!

     I love these too!  The wire work is so imaginative!

     Here is a link to her blog site!
I hope you will take a look!



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Great Beadalon Goodie Giveaway

I will be posting more often once I move but I just had to
tell you all about this Giveaway from

Tools, wires and a whole lot of jewelry making goodness!
Just follow the link and enter to win!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Welcome to Faery"-19th Blogger/nonblogger challenge Bead Peeps!

                                    The Faery King and Queen....

I couldn't choose just from one of the Faery inspirational collage photos so I
based my necklace on all of them.  '

I also decided to do what I do best...think about the challenge and procrastinate
for the day.  Then, as usual, I started the necklace at 9pm tonight.  LOL

I did have an idea and actually pulled out the ceramic pendant-artist unknown
earlier and just knew it was to be the focal piece!

I gathered everything in a little pile on my bead board a Kristal Wick Sassy Silky,
a new/old brass flower, some farfale beads, 2 beautiful blue beads-I just love the
color and gloss, a pewter fairy,  an iridescent butterfly. brass wire, vintage chain,
a pewter clasp, and of course the Faery King himself!

After staring at the components for a long-like all day-time it came to me!  As you
can see, the Faery King has decided to emerge from his forest surrounded by leaves
and his little Faery Queen!  A butterfly has fluttered by and dragonflies flutter
around the Sassy Silky tube protecting them!

Now I present to you The Faery King and Faery Queen in all their glory!!!

Thank you for stopping by!


Friday, November 13, 2015


This is it!  Time for the Superstition Blog Hop courtesy of Tammy Adams-Paisley Lizard Designs!

             So... it's Friday the 13th!  Let's start with a little history lesson, shall we?
This date was VERY bad luck for the Knights Templar, a monastic military order.  Popular theory links the superstition to their demise because the members of the Knights Templar were arrested by King Philip IV of France on Friday, October 13, 1307.

        The fear of the number 13 itself is called triskaidekaphobia.  

What does this have to do with Black Cats...well here is one answer... Black cats have played a major role for centuries in folklore, superstition, and mythology. Black cats in the middle ages were believed to be witches' familiars, and some people even believed them to be witches incarnate. Many of these old superstitions about black cats exist to this day.

What does that have to do with Friday the 13th?   We really don't know...perhaps all the Knights Templar had black cats.  An interesting thought to ponder...

While you are doing that, let me tell you about what I made for this challenge.  I was "Lucky" enough to be one of the 13 people that received an adorable polymer Black Cat bead made by the talented Ms. Tammy 
Adams of Paisley Lizard Designs.  

I had the "inkling" (get it?) to make this piece even before I received my adorable black cat bead.  I had purchased the vintage brass broom and the vintage brass spider in a web within a heart stamping on one 
of my bead safaris and just knew that the would be perfect for this challenge.

Using a new "old" brass stamping of a flower, flattened it out and placed the cat bead inside the petals which I then folded over to encompass it like a floral frame.  I punched holes into the broom (and made a loop at the top of it) and the heart stampings and used brass wire to attach it all together along with some onyx beads and vintage brass chain.  I ended it all with a vintage looking  pewter clasp.

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of history-I love reading about the Knights Templar-AND like what I made because I had a BLAST!

Thank you so much Tammy Adams for choosing me and sending me my Lucky Black Cat Polymer bead!


I totally forgot to add all the participants' blog links, so without further ado here they are...

The Hop Participants

Tammy Adams (Hostess)
Renee Hong
Betony Maiden
Coral Law
Lee Koopman
Jeanette Belmont
Shai Williams
Beth McCord
Robin Lynne Showstack
Lori Blanchard
Deb Fortin
Michelle McCarthy
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kim Dworak
Divya N
Karin Grosset Grange
Mowse Doyle
Rebecca White
Shawneen Fagnani
Catherine King
Brook Bock
Kari Asbury
Carolyn Lawson
Linda Anderson
Ann Schroeder
Melissa Trudinger
Kathy Lindemer

Saturday, May 2, 2015

                           It's time!   It's finally time! 

                   The Big Reveal for the Swap N Hop

     I can't believe that the time has finally come to reveal to my peers what I have created, but first I would like to thank my partner, Sam Waghorn, for the wonderful selection of delicacies (below) with which to design my jewelry.  It was truly a smorgasbord of goodies!  Like the Butterfly wing-made by Kim
Snider, the adorable leaf clasp made by Bo Hulley Beads and how
could I forget the copper pieces created by Sam herself!

     I have to say that I did procrastinate and for me that is a good thing because I believe that I do my best work when I am under the wire!  

     I decided to focus on nature with the pieces I designed and named the collection  Wind, Earth and Water.  Of course the butterfly wing helped to point me in the right direction!

     The first piece I made is called Fluttering Among the Flowers.  
For this necklace I used the wing, the fire agate and earth tone leaf beads.  To those I added some pressed glass Czech leaves and a pewter grape leaf clasp.  I also made a matching pair of butterfly earrings using the fire agate.  

  For my next piece I decided to create something from the Earth. So I decided to run with the grape leaf from the necklace and make Grapes Of The Vineyard Earrings.  
I used the purple glass beads and leaves and added to those some green pressed Czech glass leaves and brass wire tendrils.

     For my Water creations I made The Nautilus Bracelet.  I used the nautilus pressed glass and aqua beads and the sweet leaf clasp that looked like it was floating on the water.  To these I added pressed Czech glass mini fish.  

Finally, I created the matching earrings for the bracelet.  
The Under The Sea Earrings.  
For these I used the nautilus and fire agate beads and added to them Czech glass mini fish and sea glass.

So there you have it.  Many pieces created with the wonderful selection of beads and findings sent to me all the way from the UK by my partner, Sam Waghorn whose blog you can read at

Thank you for reading and looking at my collection!

I would also like to thank our hostess with the mostest Linda Anderson and everyone on her team for all the hard work they did to put this ginormous challenge together.

I hope that you will take time to read the blogs of everyone that participated!

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//

KristinaHahn Eleniak
CatherineLa Vite
JaniceWarden Bergeron
Ingevon Roos
KellyHosford Patterson
Sue Kennedy
Maria RosaSharrow
Seed Beaders
RebeccaRobertson   (White)

               Oh yes and don't forget #BeadPeepsSwap