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!
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