It's reveal time for the Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop! I've been working hard on my pieces, and I'm thrilled to be able to share them with everyone.
As a refresher, my wonderful partner is Colleen Foley (her blog is here). She completely spoiled me, because this is what she sent to me...
Handmade lampwork beads! A ceramic focal made by Suburban Girl Studios! Pearls! (Yes, she was the catalyst for my recent pearl obsession. *grin*) African trade beads, vintage lucite, sea urchin spines!
...And I used all of it but the large vintage brass bead.
I actually ended up making three sets for this reveal. Due to the nature of the pieces she sent me (beads in the colors of sand and tropical flowers, along with a sea shell pendant), I decided to go with a beachy/ocean/water type theme for each one.
So, without further ado, here are the pieces that I made!
This set is made with the pearls, the vintage moonglow lucite, the vintage sea urchin spines, and the awesome swirly lampwork beads. It makes me think of golden sands and tropical flowers and the sounds of the gently rolling ocean.
Speaking of sounds--I love the sound that the sea urchin spines when they clink against each other. It's like a sea shell wind chime. I was very happy to come up with a necklace design that makes that sound when it's worn!
This second set is cooler and more earthy... Instead of the tropics, it made me think of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest--where there is thick forest and pebbled shores.
For this design, I used the Suburban Girl Studios focal that my partner sent me, and added some things from my own stash--spruce colored pearls paired with ceramic, glass, crystal, and copper.
I have to say, I really love this color combination!
This last set was a whim, because I really wanted to use the African trade beads and the last of the pearls.
And so, I thought of pirates and sunken treasure, and this set was born!
Strung on black leather, I also added some crystals and an Aztec-flavored glass focal to achieve the look of old treasure. (I had used the large vintage brass bead from my partner in the original version of this design as well, but it wasn't quite what I was going for).
I am really happy with this set--it has a wonderful weight to it, and looks positively opulent when worn.
So, there you go! Those are the pieces that I made for this blog hop!
Please stop by my partner's blog... As a refresher, this is what I sent to her, and I can't wait to see what she made with it!
And do check out the rest of these awesome artists who are participating in this blog hop... With so much talent in one place, there are sure to be some lovely creations!