Yaaay today’s the day that we get to see what everyone’s made! :-)
This is the second blog hop/challenge that I participated in this year and I have the exact same reaction as the previous one. Where did the time go? lol It seems like only yesterday that I applied for this and we’re already at the reveal.
When I applied back in January (I think?) I thought “No worries. You have plenty of time for this. The reveal is months away”.
Then of course life got in the way. Doesn’t it always? We sold our house and we’re moving soon, so for the past month or so, I’ve spent most of my free time packing. As the reveal date kept getting closer and closer I started to panic a bit. I so wanted to be able to spend a good amount of time playing with the beads I received. But alas, I could only spare a couple of days!!! I so hate being rushed when designing jewelry. I hope I did the wonderful beads that I got justice.
I’m sure you don’t want to hear me ramble on and on, so let’s get on with it shall we?
My partner for the first ever Bead Peeps Swap N Hop (#BeadPeepsSwap) was none other than the hostess herself. Yep, Linda Anderson. How awesome is that now? To see Linda’s wonderful creations, go to her Etsy shop Cherry On Top Design here. Or her Facebook page here. She’s also on Instagram.You can also follow what Linda’s up to over at her blog From The Bead Board.
Wanna see what Linda sent me? Here they are! Was I a lucky devil or what? :-)
Close up shot of some of the lovelies :-)
When I opened the package I just couldn’t believe the amount of lovelies I got. Thank you Linda! I LOVE everything I got and even though it was a bit of a rushed job I thoroughly enjoyed creating with the goodies I received.
So a little info on the focals and beads that I got. The lovely handmade octopus pendant was made by Penny Bussone of Penny’s Lane. The cute elephant charms are from the same artist too. Don’t you just love them? I know I do. I love elephants. I actually collect elephant figurines so I was overjoyed when I saw them.
What else did I get? I got labradorite beads, tiger eye rondelles *swoon*, filigree, crystal spacers, glass beads, Swarovski crystals, 2 clasps, mother of pearl sticks and shells among other things.
Linda also sent me a pack of Ceralun epoxy clay!!! How cool is that now? I’ve never used this type of clay before. It’s this one here.
This epoxy clay was especially developed for the application of Swarovski crystals. As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to make my own bezel to use it with. If I had done it, this was going to be the first time that I ever made a hand forged bezel. Unfortunately, with the big move and all, I didn’t get a chance to make that bezel, so the epoxy clay is still in its package, unopened. *pout* Make no mistake though, as soon as I have some free time to play and experiment, I am going to attack that clay for sure :-)
OK, now on to what I sent Linda. Following are the lovelies that I sent her.
My bead soup included tiger jasper beads (one of my favorite beads to use in my designs), some frosted glass beads, lampwork beads, a few clasps, some faux suede cord (I love that cord and use it often) and of course some of my own handmade focals and charms.
A close up of my handmade focals and charms :-) I made these especially for Linda. All of them (except for the tribal pendant) are from my Topkapi Lace collection. You can see more of this collection at my Bead Lovelies shop here.
The Big Reveal
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for lol
Following are the pieces I made with the goodies that Linda sent me. As you’re about to see, I went a bit crazy with earrings. I made 6 pairs in all.
The first pair I made were these elephant earrings :-) I LOVE how these turned out.
Oops looking at the photos now, I see that some of the beads are wonky. I guess that this is what you get when you do a rushed job. Will have to correct that.
For these earrings I used the elephant charms, the lovely crystal spacers and the hot pink glass pearls. Those pearls really make them pop don’t you think? I finished these beauties off with some black suede cord from my stash.
I so wanted to make some earring charms to go with the lovely beads I got, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to. So I had to use what was already in my stash.
For the following earrings, I used my handmade flower earring charms and a pair of tribal inspired charms I made last year (I think?).
I just love the color of those cracked glass beads! It goes so well with the blue of the charms.
I love using fiber in my designs. And for the following earrings I used some vintage crocheted lace ribbon. What do you think? I quite like how they came out. Those gray tiger eye rondelles are gorgeous!!!
The next couple of earrings are quite different than the ones I usually make. I am fairly satisfied with how they came out but I think that if I had more time, I would have experimented a bit more with that filigree.
For these I used the silver filigree, the tiger eye rondelles and the silver crystals. I also used a couple of flower bell beads.
For the next pair of earrings, I used crystals, glass pearls, that lovely silver filigree, crystal spacers and a lovely chain I had in my stash. I took the chain apart to “create” lovely flower and heart connectors.
Sorry for that blurry photo. Sometimes my photos are so bad that even editing them to death doesn’t help lol
I wanted to use as many of the beads that I received as possible. But I must admit that the blue/green helix crystals I got were a bit of a challenge. They reminded me of those 80s disco balls and at first I had absolutely no idea how I was going to use them.
Then I had an illumination haha I remembered that I had some dark, rusty brown clasps that I hadn’t used yet. Why not use one part of the clasp as a dangle? Here’s the result of my ahem illumination.
I’m in love with how these turned out and I think that I’m going to be wearing these often :-)
After 6 pairs of earrings, I had a look at the remaining beads and yep, you guessed it, I STILL had many many beads left.
So I decided to make a couple of bracelets :-)
This blog hop has challenged me to work more with silver. I usually work with brass and copper, so this was a bit of a new “territory” for me.
Here’s the first bracelet I made :-)
I used a lovely chain I had in my stash that I never used as the “base” of the design. I then made another chain with some of the beads that Linda sent me. I used teal crackle beads, labradorite and 3 mother of pearl sticks. I also used one of the gorgeous clasps Linda sent.
I embellished the chain further by using some light blue suede ribbon I had. I finished off the bracelet with an anchor charm.
Sorry that photo is not the best. I have no idea why when I use a white background it sometimes turns gray (or pink) on me. Boo!
On to the next bracelet.
I LOVE how this one turned out :-)
For this one, I used quite a good number of beads that I received from my partner. I used labradorite, silver glass beads and tiger eye rondelles.
For the focal I used one of my own handmade faux driftwood beads. I really enjoy making these and they were very well received. I finished this lovely off by attaching a cute little dragonfly charm and tied some purple sari ribbon.
And now it was time to make some necklaces :-)
As soon as I saw the artisan octopus pendant my partner sent me I knew exactly how I wanted to use it. And here it is.
I wanted to keep things “simple” for this one because the pendant is quite dramatic I think. Didn’t want to overshadow it with too much going on. So I used the teal crackle beads, one of my own rustic organic polymer clay connectors and a piece of vintage crocheted lace ribbon.
While I was making all the above pieces a starfish pendant I had made years ago kept calling my name. But how to use it?
I loved those mother of pearl sticks I got so I wanted to use them again for my final piece. Plus I realized that I still hadn’t used those lovely teal tiger nasa shells I got. It was time to take action :-)
And here’s the result. My final piece. An asymmetric starfish necklace.
And that my dears, is what I made with the goodies that Linda Anderson sent me. Plus, I STILL have lots more beads and stuff left to play with. Yaaay! :-)
I don’t know about you, but I’m now DYING to find out what Linda made with the pretties I sent her. I also can’t wait to see what the rest of the bead peeps made with theirs.
So that’s it from me. I got some hopping to do :-)
I’ve copied the list of the participants below. Let the hopping begin!
Much love and peace,