Friday, April 6, 2018

Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop - 2018 Reveal!

Well, here it is... the reveal for this year's Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop! Hurray!

It's always fun signing up for these sorts of swaps, where partners exchange beads and then make something with them... I enjoy the opportunity to work with new color schemes and beads that I might not have put together myself. 

For this swap, here are the beads that my lovely partner Karin King sent to me:

Beautiful things! Lampwork beads that she made, vintage German glass, Swarovski crystal--yay! I love the combination of the bright fire-colors with the dash of dark blue. Overall, I made three pieces with these beads.

...And, without further ado, here they are!

Necklace 1

This necklace was a lot of fun to make. It incorporates the majority of Karin's lampwork glass, paired with the copper spacers and the blue/purple vintage glass. 

I also used bumpy copper chain and bumpy copper beadcaps from my stash--chosen because  they echo the delightful "bumpiness" of the focal bead. I even used extra links from the chain to make the matching pair of earrings.

Oh, and speaking of that focal bead, it took me quite some time to figure out exactly how I wanted to use it. While I knew that I wanted to use it as the central part of the necklace, it took quite a few different iterations to land on a design. Ultimately, I'm very pleased how this turned out... And, imagine, it doesn't even incorporate a tassel! ;)

Necklace 2

This was actually the first of the necklaces that I designed--although the last I actually assembled. When I first looked at the beads from Karin, this is what popped out at me... and making it was my reward for completing the other two necklaces.

When I did make it, everything just fell into place. Isn't it wonderful when that happens?

It incorporates more of the beautiful lampwork beads that I was sent--the focal, some of the lovely headpins, and the luminous rondelles. It also uses the copper spacers and the Swarovski crystals. I even had enough elements leftover to make the matching earrings.

I love the fiery, summery look of this set... a much needed splash of color, considering how much it's been raining here recently! (And snowing, too, but I'm not dwelling on that part. Hah!)

Necklace 3

Ahhh, here it is. My most ambitious of the projects. I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I saw that focal bead--I knew that I wanted to pair it with that clasp, and that chain, and those beads (Czech glass and faceted matte glass, for those curious).

It just took some time to finish it.

That's because, in order to get there, I had to teach myself some wire-weaving first. Hah! What can I say, I like challenges. :)

And, honestly, this necklace was a challenge for me...

It's asymmetrical. 

It involves wire-weaving (something that I had never done before). 

It mixes metals in a way that I don't usually do (dark copper, shiny copper, gold--partially chosen because I wanted to add a bit of depth to the design, but mainly chosen due to the materials I had on hand).

...And it didn't actually turn out like I pictured it in my head (the connection between the clasp and the pendant didn't quite go the way that I wanted, and so on).

All of those things aside, though, I'm insanely proud of this necklace. Because I did it. I decided to do something different, and I stuck with it. And more than that, it's actually quite lovely, even if it's not quite what I pictured. 

So, here's to pushing myself--and seeing lovely results!

Necklace 4

...You know how I mentioned that, in order to make the previous necklace, I needed to teach myself wire-weaving? Well, here is my very very first attempt--made with another of Karin's lampwork beads. My wraps are sloppy, but I love it. Hurray for learning new things! :)

So, there you go! Those are the pieces that I created for this blog hop. Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I made... And thank you to the organizer of this hop, and to my partner for all the beautiful beads!

As a reminder, here are the beads that I sent to my partner... I'm excited to see what she ended up making!

And now, for links! Here are the participants!

Linda Anderson (Hostess)
Inge von Roos

Karin King (yay, my partner!)
Jenny Kyrlach (you are here!)

Kari Asbury
Nadine Edris

Kathy Lindemer
Hope Smitherman

Marde Lowe
Christina Hickman

Terry Jeanette Carter
Lisa Johnson

Catherine La Vite
Joanne Bell

Rosantia Petkova
Bonnie Robbins

Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed

Erika Price
Sarah Reid

Divya N
Lori Schneider

Robin Showstack
Nicole Rennell

Fay Wolfenden
Shai Williams

Andrea Frank
Cheri Reed

Seed Beaders
Deborah Apodaca
Palak Udeshi

Penny Houghton
Paulina Russell Http://

Heather Canepa
Tina Hemr

Naomi Knafla
Michelle Marson

Rebecca White
Laura Bosch

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake

...If you've made it all the way to the end of this very long entry, here is another thank you for being awesome. I hope you have a truly lovely day! :)


  1. I love all the necklaces you made. I could wear them all. My favorite is the first one. The colors are great.

  2. Love all those necklaces, but #3! I love to work with wire, but have not done wire weaving yet. I was just looking at tutorials for wire weaving....I want to try. You did a great job for your first try. Love what you sent too....I've made paper beads, but not for awhile. They are fun to work with.

  3. so much WOW! I love all your pieces and the wonderful colors but I must say necklace 3 is hands down my favorite and that was before read that it was new on so many levels for you. Fantastic job challenging yourself and as one who loves to do the mixed metal, asymmetric nailed it!

  4. The first two sets are really lovely (the pattern and chain and continuous nature of the first one is so cool). But, your wire wrapping really steals the show here. That's so awesome!! I think it's great that you not only got a fun challenge, but managed to learn something entirely new too. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you do with this new skill!

  5. I really like the brown asymmetric necklace as it ticks off all the boxes for me - asymmetric, it gots a tassel and it has mixed metals. Its different from what you usually do but its beautiful. I also love the combination of the industrial style chain with the African colored beads in the First necklace. That piece is perfect for 2018 as Ethno futurism is one of the biggest trends for AW18

  6. You are way too hard on yourself! The wire wrapped necklace is amazing!!! Love the combination of metals. Just perfect!

  7. Necklace #3 is a showstopper! And kudos to you for taking on multiple challenges. You rocked it!

  8. Hi Jenny, You added the perfect amount of blue to the first necklace. You seem to have a real eye for whay should go where. Kudos for learning wire weaving. I would never have know that you were not an old had at it. You did an outstanding job on the third necklace. You should be very proud.

  9. Necklace #2 is my favorite. The colors are beautiful

  10. Wow! They are all incredible! For me the real showstopper is the third one. I love the asymmetrical look (I suck at it though) and it has tassels! I prefer necklaces with some type of dangles to play with.

  11. Isn't it wonderful when everything falls into place just the way you imagined it! That third necklace is beautiful! But I really love the first one for the bead assemblage and that incredible chain! Necklace #2 is minimalist and elegant with the right amount of sparkle!

  12. Gorgeous work! I'm such a fan of your artistry!

  13. All of your pieces are wonderful. I find it difficult to make asymmetrical jewelry so I understand how you feel. I would love to be able to try wire-weaving. I think you did a great job with it. You should be proud!

  14. Lovely sweet designs - perfect for wearing out every day. Love the wire weaving too. :)

  15. wow--u r so good with the focal bead in necklace #1

  16. Giiiiiirl! You kicked booty and took NAMES! Congratulations on learning to wire weave! I'm kinda jealous. The blue/orange piece and the last necklace are def my favs. You did a FANTASTICAL job!


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