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 http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com (Hostess)
Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com
Terry Jeanette Carter https://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/

Seed Beaders

26 comments:

  1. love everything you made, great job Robin and love that glass focal bead your partner sent you

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  2. you made some pretty cool stuff, I especially love the "I'm a Little Nut!"

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    1. Thanks Tapping Flamingo! I couldn't resist the name for it!

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  3. That Octopus looks pretty content in his garden ☺

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  4. You made so many pretties! I especially like the Mezuzah necklace. Your use of the enameled bead caps and beads on the focal is so cool! Wonderful job.

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    1. I can't take credit for that. Nicole sent that unit to me as a focal. She did a beautiful job with it. I just embellished it with the chain, etc.

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  5. So many beautiful pieces! I love them all but I'm torn between the first and the last as favorites. So very, very gorgeous!

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  6. WOW Robin!!! These are all AMAZING!!! I Love them all but I think my favorite si either the octopus or the mezuzah! But Seriously you out did yourself!!! Awesome Job!

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  7. WOW Robin you created an amazing number of lovely pieces. The "Mezuzah" necklace is my favorite. Using the enameled beads caps like that is very creative and unique.

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    1. Thank you Becky! I can't take credit for the focal. Nicole sent it like that. I loved it and couldn't bear to take it apart!

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  8. So many lovely pieces! Love the octopus :)

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    1. Thank you Deborah! I think it's mine too.

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  9. Robin, you have risen like a phoenix and created beautiful, saleable pieces. I hope that this motivates you to continue creating and sharing that joy with all of us

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  10. Robyn your muse is shining ever brighter! I love the first necklace. It's flowing with that edge of darkness that always attracts me.

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  11. Thank you Shai. I keep hearing the Beatles song Octopus Garden in my head!

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  12. Dear Robin, all your designs are so beautiful, you make such amazing beaded chains to go with the focals and always add interesting detail to them so that I had to scroll up and down several times before choosing a favorite :) The Mezuzah necklace is my winner but I couldn't resist the charm of the "Nutty" necklace, too :)

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  13. Thank you Bairozan. I loved working with all the beady goodness that Nicole sent me.

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  14. Robin- My favorite piece is "The Octopus' Garden". The focal is beautiful and I love how you used a variety of types and colors of beads. The colors are wonderful. Great job!

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  15. Thank you Kathy! I had so much beady goodness to choose from in my swap thanks to Nicole!

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  16. WOW Robin! You worked REALLY hard! All of your pieces are lovely! My favorites are the malachite piece and the tube necklace. I love how you used the crystal beads to bring out the color in the malachite. I really love how you used the long tube - I've never really known what to do with that shape. GREAT work!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I really had fun with this swap!

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