Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps swap n hop

well today is THE day. It's reveal time for the 2017 bead peeps swap n hop event.
 Organized by our hostess Linda Anderson of Cherry on Top Design Co.  http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com its a fun way to meet new beady peeps and to challenge ourselves by relying on someone else's bead picks for us. 
This is the first time I have participated in this swap . 

*warning Long read ahead * just scroll through the pix if you don't want to read it all.


My partner is a polymer clay artist, Nicole Rennell from Massachusetts, USA.
She sent me an amazing example of her latest works -Faux Labradorite, plus an assortment of beady goodies to accent and enhance my design. 
just check them out. 
Hand made Faux Labradorite with faux pewter frame look at the size of it. I have large hands btw.
It's a FOCAL piece for sure.
Look at the detail of the faux pewter frame. Isn't it gorgeous?

and all these other yummy beads. 
sea glass in my favourite blue-green and crystals and african glass discs and silver spacers and e-beads galore. *swoon*

all this yumminess just for me.


Of course when presented with such choices one has to let the ideas percolate for a while. 
How long is a while? 
Well lets just say I got these March 10 this year. and now it's April 6 same year, 
and I just finished my pieces to show you all. 
Yeah my muse has been in absentia, 
in fact she has been missing in action for quite some time. 
But I do work best under tight deadlines
but......
what to do with such a large focal? 
Do I make something huge and busy and multi-stranded in an attempt to balance the visual weight?
hmmmmm........
Or just add it to a chain and call it a day?

Oh No , beady peeps!! 
That won't do.  Enter Pinterest.  
& ta-da, a lightbulb moment

I've been on a tribal search lately and suddenly realized that this focal needed to be the star
 but with some earthy edginess.

While trying to find ms. muse I was tidying up my studio (again) and found a cardboard display with several coils of hardware store wire (from my dad's workshop- but that's a story for another day) priced at $1.90 for three spools from K-mart (which hasn't been in Canada for quite a few years, may I add.)  They are non-rusting steel wire, 16 gauge half round, 19 gauge round, and 22 gauge also round. with pretty pictures on the display to tell one what they are to  be used for.  Home repair??? HA!

Brenda Schweder, move over .lol

I love to play with wire and wrapping it is a favourite technique, but OMG steel wire is really hard on the hands and fingers.and wrists  and dirty, dirty, dirty. 
But I got the edginess I wanted and I think the focal looks amazing, if I do say so myself. 
One of the hardest things for me is deciding when something is finished, is just right, doesn't need another darn thing added. You get the picture. 
I just happened to have some recycled Sari silk in my stash that is the right colour . 
I add some bead links, attach some silk; rats it needs to be shorter -cut the silk? no ! remove the beaded links and now it's the right length.  I didn't want it so long that the focal could end up getting squished, smashed, banged up , dented or broken so a really long necklace seemed inappropriate. Now it falls just mid-cleavage; safe and secure in that location. lol




and one needs earrings to go with  it.....


and a bracelet, just cause I love wearing them.


so now I have a parure of lusciousness. 
(that's french btw - and an intriguing word)

so now that you've waded through this recounting of my process (& God bless you for staying with me thus far) you deserve a treat , so head on over to the other blogs & see what goodies all the other participants have to show you. 

Linda Anderson    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Christina Hickman http://www.vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com
Catherine LaVite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Barbara Price    http://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/
Kathy Lindemer https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Linda Raggo http://www.instagram.com/linda_raggo_
Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Rachelle Walker http://www.chellerydesigns.net/blog
Gloria Allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Ally Asato https://instagram.com/purplemosspal
Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Naomi Knafla    https://www.instagram.com/naomiknafla/
Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Dana Phillips    http://www.neverwinterdesigns.blogspot.com
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Beth Blanc    https://www.instagram.com/beth.blanc.designs.jewelry/
Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com
Kari Asbury    https://www.instagram.com/kariasburyjewelry/
Shai Williams  http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Betony Maiden  http://beadwenches.blogspot.com
Inge van Roos     http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson https://www.instagram.com/pyxeestyx/
Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com
Rosantia Petkova    http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/
Erika Price http://erikaprice.co.uk 
Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Rachel Mallis http://www.sharpthingsblog.com
Deb Fortin    http://mhotistudio.blogspot.ca
Nicole Rennell  http://nicolerennell.com
Joanne Bell https://joannetinks.wordpress.com/
Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com
Sam Waghorn    http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com/
Robin Reed    http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Faye Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com
Karin King http://maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Divya   http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Seed Beaders
Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in
Penny Houghton http://smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Krafty Max    http://www.kraftymax.net/blogposts/
Heather Canepa http://www.desertjewelrydesigns.com
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Katy Heider     http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com/
Tina Pawass https://freebirdsinnovations.blogspot.com
Mowse Doyle http://www.midnight-leopard.com/
Tami Norris https://www.instagram.com/taminorris79/
Minnette Miller    https://www.instagram.com/minnettemiller/
Veralynne Malone http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com