Its reveal day for Bead Peeps Swap N Hop

Today is the Bead Peeps Swap and Hop day! whoo -hoo!!!!

Today is the day that we get to show off what we made with the beads sent to us by our partner. My beads came from Inge von Roos in California USA.  

Several months back we signed up to participate, were assigned partners, and sent off our selection of beady goodies to our partner. Once they were received we then ooh-ed and ah-ed , stewed and cogitated, planned and designed, rearranged and then finally started the assembly process . 

Some of us got it right on the first go, others had to redesign, reassemble , rework, a few times or many, the planned idea till we were happy with the result. 

At last we get to share what we made with our beautiful treasures.

as a refresher , here are he beads I received from my partner Inge von Roos from California, USA.
Pretty aren't they?
I was one of the ones who had to rework my design several times as it just wasn't coming together  the way I had envisioned it. I think I was trying way too hard to make something earth-shattering.
When I finally listened to what the beads were saying it all fell into place.  So without further ado here is the piece I made. 

multi strand lower portion with seed beads twisted and wrapped with silk cord and the bunch all  tied with two overhand knots to add texture and stability to the focal dangle. Two long bead cones to hide the nasty less than pretty cord ends . Silver toggle clasp as a second focal point and a second set of multi strand seed beads to create the back half of the necklace 

Inge is a wonderful and prolific glass bead maker and she sent so many lovely choices  that I couldn't use them all, so I was very selective with the ones I did use. I sorted them according to the colours of glass she used. 

I have a vast array of seed beads in my stash (quelle surprise) and lo and behold I had some that were a good match to the lamp work beads that I had chosen to use.

Read on for why I only made one piece of jewellery.

Because I wanted a random mix I was able to use my bead spinner to string 8 strands of beads in a very short period of time. 

and that’s when the trouble started…….

How to combine the  lamp work beads and support their weight (they are heavy little puppies) without sacrificing fluidity. 
How to secure and hide the cord ends ……..

How to connect the multiple strands with the single strand of lamp work beads. 

There were some choice (and very unladylike) words uttered for a period of time till I got it all figured out.  
And that was only for the front half of the necklace. 

Then I had to decide how to finish the back half. 

And that’s when the trouble continued………

I have to confess at one point I was prepared to toss it all in the bin. but sanity prevailed Plus I’m one stubborn woman. Nothing was going to stop me from my appointed task at hand. 
So I took a break from it all for a day or two and finally got the idea to go back to the beginning idea and poof , it was so easy - I should have listened to the beads the first time.  Lesson learned…….

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit here and please hop on the swap train for the next station. 

I’d love for you to visit my partner next and then visit the hostess site to find the other swappers blogs. Or check out the list below. 

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//

Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit
Jessica Hocutt
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/
Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin
Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson
Lori Schneider
Divya N
Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden
Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian
Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson
Deb Fortin        *You are Here*
Inge von Roos
Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed
Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache
Nan Smith
Johana Nunez
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard
Sue  Kennedy
Shai Williams
Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger
Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest
Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru
Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn
Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Shai Williams
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad
Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas
Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen
Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick
Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler
Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury
Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley
Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen
Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy
Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter
Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore
Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman
Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp
Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber
Catherine King
Krafty Max
Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood
Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)
Heather Richter
Brandy Collier
Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard
Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake
Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris
Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson


  1. Ooh, lots of lovely beads to play with! Your necklace screams spring, and it's very, very pretty. I like the colors, the design and the length - it all came together terrifically, even if there were some "unladylike" words used in the making. Hee Hee.

    1. thanks Kelly. strangely enough I wasn't even considering if it was spring like or not . but you are correct it does look like spring.

  2. Your beads spoke well. Beautiful job.

    1. Thanks for visiting. I need to listen to the beads more methinks.

  3. The colors remind me of a warm summer night as the sunsets in the midwest. I rethink pieces often as well, and going with your gut after a little bit of hurdle jumping paid off for you. I would totally wear this piece on a trip to Cali for a beach party!

    1. thanks for stopping by and commenting. summer nights in Cali? lucky you.

  4. What a great design! I really like the multiple focals as it allows for so many different looks.

    1. and the dangle can easily be removed as it's just attached with two intertwined jump rings. thanks for popping by.

  5. Your necklace is TO DIE FOR! I LOVE the spiral and the seeds! A very inventive piece! Well done! =)


    1. thanks for stopping by and for commenting and most of all THANK YOU for organising this whole party. it was a blast

  6. Absolutely beautiful necklace. I love all the citrusy colors together. Warm and bright at the same time. I also tend to over think these design challenges. It's probably pretty common. You created a fabulous piece.

  7. thanks Tammy. I never noticed the citrus aspect of the colours i used. i just went with the colours in the lamp work beads.

  8. Beautiful colour combination and great job with the tiny seed beads!

  9. Color choice = superb, bright and airy!
    combination of seed beads + lampwork = awesome!


    1. thanks , but the credit for the colour choice goes to Inge as she made the lamp work beads that i pulled the colours from

  10. The multiple strands balance the visual weight of the lampwork really well. Great job!

    1. thanks Rachel. that's what my intention was so it's good to hear that i was successful .

  11. Wonderful work, the mixed bead and silk cord flow really well with those gorgeous lamp work beads. Its a gorgeous necklace.

    1. thanks for visiting and commenting . I haven't decided if i'll keep this one for myself as it is so pretty but I don't have any clothes in those colours so I'd have to go shopping *darn*

  12. The necklace is well designed and the colors are so pretty. Well done!

  13. Very nice color combo.I like how you you used the lampwork beads they are balanced to well. A true art piece.

  14. Really nice how the necklace shows off the focal bead. Great job

  15. I like how you say you "listen to what the beads are telling you". I will take a lesson from that. I often butt heads with my components. I have an idea and want it to work then finally give in to something totally different. Pretty piece!

  16. Beautiful! I've had Inge for a swap partner before and her beads are divine. You did a wonderful design for her beads!

    1. Inge's beads are lovely . I dont know if you can see it but the long bead on the right side has a central area that is clear but deep inside there is glittery bits. so cool.

  17. Very interesting the way you have the color combinations weaving back and forth through out the entire necklace !

  18. Earth-shattering, ha-ha, aren't we all trying to do exactly this :) Your labor paid off - this is a beautiful, colorful, both asymmetrical & balanced necklace with some eye-catching beads and design details (like the seed beads wrapped around the cord on both sides of the focal, love them)!

  19. I love the necklace you made! I have tried several times to make an asymmetrical necklace, but have not been successful. You did it. I hope you have fun with the rest of the beads!. It was great being your partner.

  20. Indeed, one must always listen to the beads :) I am glad you did - the piece is a beauty; very charming and sweet, a great necklace to wear! Love it!

  21. Hi Deb , You were indeed lucky to receive so many lovely beads. Your necklace is wonderful. It is unique and so full of color and texture. You showed Inge's beads perfectly.


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