Friday, April 6, 2018

Bead Peeps Swap and Hop 2018

                                            Let's Go To The Swap And Hop 2018

It's time once again for the annual Swap and Hop!  I was paired with the talented Nicole Rennell!
What a treat for me!  Nicole sent me a fantastic swap of blues and greens, beautiful focals (that she
made-just WOW).  Oh, and I forgot all about the head pins she made!  So many goodies to choose from!  Who wouldn't be thrilled?!

My first piece, "The Octopus' Garden",  was made with the double holed Czech square beads,
lava beads, some "turquoise", and some silvery coin shaped beads and African coiled beads.
To these I added vintage crackle glass beads, some lamp work beads, netted beads (with a silver netting), golden melon beads and pewter spacers.  The Octopus focal just seemed to call to me
telling me to use it.

My second piece is from Nicole's Labradorite polymer technique, this one is malachite.  For this piece I kept it simple( IF you think crystal is simple).  To the crystal I added the silvery coin beads and some square pewter spacers.  Because of the colors I call it "A Walk In The Garden".

My third necklace is called "I'm A Little Nutty" so called because the focal is a nut that is coated with resin.  For this piece I used copper chain, some of the spectra glass and "turquoise" beads.  I wire wrapped the focal using one of the head pins that Nicole made.

The fourth necklace is called "Mezuzah" because the focal reminds me of a mezuzah.  For this piece I  used the spectra glass beads again with the silvery coins. some of the coppery African coiled beads.  I added some funky chain and some fire polished beads.  The focal was hand enameled by Nicole as were the pieces surrounding and is absolutely stunning!

The final three pieces are a collaboration between myself and Lori Schneider since I had trouble with the neuropathy in my fingers. 

The final necklace is called "Talon".  The beads are the spectra glass and pearls along with the silvery coin shaped beads.  I added rectangular pewter beads and some chain.  

Finally the last two pieces are bracelets one that is made with lava beads and silvery coins and one that is made with the agate beads.  I added a vintage bracelet bar to each.

Special thanks to Linda Anderson for putting this Bead Swap N Hop together and to Lori Schneider for her help with some of my creations, and finally, thank you to Nicole Rennell for the scrumptious bead swap!

Thank you for reading and looking at my work.  Please visit the other blogs of the talented artists!
Linda Anderson (Hostess)
Hope Smitherman
Terry Jeanette Carter
Rosantia Petkova

Seed Beaders

Friday, January 19, 2018

2108 Time To Sign Up For The Annual Swap N Hop!

                                2108 Time To Sign Up For The Annual Swap N Hop!

          The time is nigh for the annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop and I for one can't wait.

   It's always exciting to see who we will be matched with!   Sometimes it's a newbie and
   sometimes it's a well established artist, you just never know and that's the fun part!

           I love when I open the swap package and see all the beads and baubles that I

   receive to create my "oeuvre les bijoux" with!  I hope that this swap will be the impetus
   to me getting my mojo back since getting ill last year.

           As for my style it's artsy.  The beads will dictate what I design of course and my

    clientele always have input.  I use the term "wearable art" because I love that most of
    my pieces seem to be show stoppers!

           I love blues, greens, pinks and, well, just about all colors except for orange, beige,

    and brown, but I will make those work.  I adore working with fired metals, various
    metals, chains, sparklies, and gemstones, seed beads and cabochons are not my thing


           Until next time,





Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps 3rd Annual Swap N Hop Reveal!

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Welcome to my BIG REVEAL!

I would like to thank my swap partner Naomi Knafla for the lovely beads
 that she sent to plastic beads, metallized plastic bicones and ovals, fiber optic
beads in 2 different colors, lampwork beads, mother of pearl diamond shaped beads, glass faceted rondells in 2 different colors, coin shaped metal spacers, a clasp, chain, dragonfly charms, and a filigree stamping with a dragonfly on it.  So as you can see I had an abundance of beads to work with!

I would also like to thank Linda Anderson for all her hard work coordinating  
this Swap N Hop and for thinking so highly of me to partner me with a first time Bead Peeps Swap
N Hopper!
So hop on and read all about it!

*Buddha's Reverie*

I created this set using the faceted green and olive green fiber optic beads.  I added
some vintage chain, matte gold coin shaped beads, pewter tubes, vintage metal spacers and vintage
designer glass beads.  For a focal I used a Buddha's head cameo that I enveloped in a vintage metal
bezel I wire wrapped an olive fiber optic bead and vintage gold spacers, a decoupaged bead-from, I wired on another olive green fiber optic bead, vintage gold spacer and a fabric tassel.   I also made a pair of matching earrings using the faceted green glass rondells, matte coin shaped beads and vintage chain.

*English Vintage Garden*

For this set I decided I would wire the lampwork and olive green fiber optic 
beads.  To these I added glass beaded chain in pale olive greens and clear.  I designed the focal with a vintage floral brass stamping that I fire painted, wired on a  lampwork and again the olive green fiber optic beads and a lovely bright spring green tassel that matches the green in the lampwork bead.  I also made a matching pair of earring with some of the same glass beaded chain, vintage hot pink fire polished Czech glass beads and the dragonfly charms. 

*Rain Forest Magic*

I created this piece with the pale green and olive green fiber optic beads.  I added jade rondells, deep green crystal rondells and light green crystal multi-faceted rounds, square gold pewter beads with swirls, and vintage chain.  For this focal I wired wrapped a large vintage foiled glass bead and matte coin shaped beads onto a piece of copper that I cut, textured, fire painted, and sealed.  I made a vintage chain tassel to which I wired on the pale green and olive fiber optic beads.  I designed the matching earrings with the same crystal beads, fiber optic olive beads, jade rondells and pewter beads.

*Goddess Ascending*

I chose to make one more set...For the necklace I used the plastic pink beads, the metallized plastic bicones and the pale green fiber optic beads.  I added vintage carved bone beads, and square gold pewter beads with swirls.  The focal for this necklace is a carved bone goddess with a swirl on her belly.  I wired her to the pale green fiber optic beads and another gold pewter square bead with swirl.  I also made matching earrings with the pink plastic beads, metallized plastic bicones and again the pale green fiber optic beads.  Finishing off this suite of jewelry I took a vintage brass pink corrugated cuff to which I screwed on a rectangle of copper that I cut, fire painted, sealed, punched and wire wrapped the pink plastic and metallic plastic beads with the same brass wire that I have used in all my designs.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy my creations!

I hope that you will take some time to hop on over to the other participants' blogs as well...

 Linda Anderson - Hostess -    

Non-Seed Beaders    
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman
Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price
Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo
Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker
Gloria Allen
Ally Asato
Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips
Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc
Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury 
Shai Williams
Betony Maiden
Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider
Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 
Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis
Deb Fortin 
Nicole Rennell
Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez
Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed 
Faye Wolfenden
Karin King
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Seed Beaders    
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Penny Houghton
Krafty Max 
Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop
Katy Heider  
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass
Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris
Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone