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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bead Peeps Swap Reveal

It's A Long, Long Time from February to May...whoops, that's not how the song goes...ok, I know, you're not surprised to find a blog that's been quiet for a while until TODAY!!!  Yes, folks, it's time for the 2016 Bead Peeps Bead Swap REVEAL!  Welcome - I hope you enjoy discovering what I created to share even just a bit as much as I enjoyed working with my swap "goodies."

First, a reminder, I received this wonderful assortment of goodies from Maria Rose Sharrow of  Willow Street Shops.


The requirements of the swap are that you send at least one focal and at least one clasp which are to be used in the final designs.  As you can see, Rosa  was very generous, providing me with lovely soldered and bezeled focals (which she makes herself!!), two clasps, and a great variety of "supportive players" (game talk for lots of fun beads!).

My first designs came together out of the "necessity" to have some new jewelry for the Easter holiday, and I knew that Rosa's yellow flower pendant would be perfect.  I used some of the yellow and blue vintage beads as part of the necklace chain and added my own blue chrysocolla rounds and amazonite nuggets along with the sterling silver toggle clasp from the swap.



The matching earrings with more chrysocolla beads and amazonite use the textured silver links from the swap.



After thinking that I had an early start in preparing for today's reveal, I, naturally, procrastinated on any more work...until, yes, just a few days ago (some things never change).  But once I settled on using another one of Rosa's unique focals - this time the soldered pendant with a butterfly wing - things quickly fell into place.  The swap included brilliant teal glass rounds which highlighted the wing's color along with added chrysocolla rounds, turquoise rounds and accents of freshwater pearls in coral and white.



For the matching earrings I used gorgeous turquoise drops from the swap along with the accent freshwater pearls.


Finally, I used more of the swap's teal rounds in a memory wire triple wrap bracelet that features the same turquoise rounds and freshwater pearls as the necklace along with a variety of gemstone chips and sterling silver rounds.



My muse decided that the lovely darker pieces of the swap will need to wait for cooler weather, I think!  I just could not get focused with those pretties, but I know I will love working with them this fall!  Thanks, Rosa - I had a great time!

Here is the swap that I mailed to Rosa.


I'm excited to see what she has created.  You can join me by heading to Rosa's blog here Willow Street Shops.  And of course, please enjoy browsing all of the participating blogs and see what I know will be incredible, beautiful jewelry!  Happy Hopping!

Linda Anderson (our hostess) http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com 


Teresa Schurter http://treezstreazurs.com/
  
Terry Jeanette Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com 
Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/

Rachel Mallis http://mintmonarch.com 

SEEDERS

Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/ 

Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com 



26 comments:

Divya N said...

I love the flower necklace, its perfect

Maria Rosa Sharrow said...

Susan,

I love what you made. It's always not only amazing, but surprising, to see what your partner comes up with, using what you sent them.

You made pieces using colors and beads I would have never even thought to use. You have an amazing eye for combing colors. I love your use of bright colors.

I can't decide which is my favorite. They are all beautiful!

Thanks so much for being my partner!

Peacock & Lime said...

Beautiful colour combinations! I love the sunny, summer, flower necklace - it's so bright and cheerful :)

Shaiha said...

Doesn't Maria send the best focals? She was my partner for a BSBP a few years ago and I still treasure the necklaces I made from her wonderful focals.

And I just love what you made. They are all so warm and happy looking. Great job!

ChristinaMarieH said...

I love all of your pieces, the colors are vibrant and happy!

Marianne Baxter said...

I just love the daisy necklace. It reminds me of summer!

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Susan,I bet you looked lovely on Easter. You did a great job designing all of your piece. Yellow is a color that I don't wear or use much but I would wear that jewelry set proudly.

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love your Easter necklace. The colors are wonderful. It is a perfect necklace for spring and summer.

sam Waghorn said...

What a wonderful necklace you made with the daisy focal it really looks beautiful. I love your earrings which both look smashing.

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Wow Susan all your pieces are beautiful, you did those focals proud. Awesome job

fay ................................................... said...

What happy colours.. My fav is the daisy necklace.. Well done

fay ................................................... said...

Such happy colours.. loved the daisy necklace.. Well done

Lori Schneider said...

Great focals, and necklaces

Linda A. said...

Oh man! Your pieces are DELIGHTFUL! The yellow sunflower is my favorite! It's so bright, cheerful and sweet. Just love, love, love it! Thank you so much for joining us! =)

Linda
http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

Rachel Mallis said...

Beautiful job with the colors in the first necklace!

Rachel
www.mintmonarch.com

bairozan said...

Oh, I love that flower focal and the colors you chose to work with! And the whimsical butterfly focal necklace is so very springy, too! I like to combine materials of different texture, too, like the natural stones and pearls in your creations :)

Krafty Max said...

I love them all, but the daisy...OH MY!! The colors and 'brightness' of the set...LOVE IT! You did a great job with your SWAP!! ~KM http://www.kraftymax.net/bead-peeps-swap-n-hop-2016/

Kristina said...

I love the brightness of your pieces. So fun for spring... if it ever decides to stay.

Robin Reed said...

Your necklaces are really Beautiful!!! VEry light and Springy! Great Job! Be Blessed!

alainnjewelry said...

Loving that flower necklace! So bright and cheerful! I bet it was a big hit for Easter

Veralynne Malone said...

You really had a hit with your Easter set! I bet you were the talk of the town with it! Those colors were stunning! And the butterfly pendant was awesome and you did a great job of highlighting it. Excellent work!

motidana said...

Just love the pieces you`ve made for the swap. The daisy flower necklace is so beautiful!

Dry Gulch said...

The blue and yellow necklace is gorgeous, and so springy!

tappingflamingo said...

I just LOVE yellow, so you know, which piece I love the best...that yellow necklace. And that memory wire bracelet? Love those colors!

Teresa Schurter said...

Spring really came to your blog with the flowers and the butterflies! Well, one butterfly anyhow. The daisy paired with blue like that is one of my very favorite pieces. It's just perfect and the butterfly wing is running a very close second. Wow, great stuff.

Kari Asbury said...

Beautiful cheerful pieces. Perfect for spring/summer!

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